Chandler’s defense stoutChandler coach Neal Bacon knew this year had the potential to be special. One big part was how many starters he had returning on defense. The entire front seven was returning from a team that reached the quarterfinals last year. "The experience really helps,” Bacon said. "We knew we would be strong up front, and our secondary is playing its best ball of the season.” Bacon said defensive backs Davin Perkins and Casey Barrier had their best game of the season in shutting down Millwood star receiver Cameron Sanders last week. Chandler plays Kingfisher in a Class 2A semifinal Friday night at Moore High.
Title-game preview(s)?The Del City girls basketball season couldn’t get off to a more interesting (or challenging) start. The Eagles, who are ranked second in Class 6A, open the season playing No. 3 and No. 1 in consecutive games. Del City, which was 22-5 last year, hosts third-ranked Norman tonight at 6. The team’s next outing, on Dec. 9, is a game at top-ranked Midwest City. All three schools in the 1-2-3 triumvirate made the state tourney last year, and each defeated and lost to one of the three teams. "I think it’s OK,” said coach Karri Seals. "We’ve opened up with Norman for a couple of years, and we opened with Jenks last year. We’re used to it.” The Eagles are led by a pair of Oklahoma State signees, Desiree Jeffries and Toni Young.
Midwest City rebuildsAfter winning two consecutive state championships, Midwest City is adjusting to a new role, that of underdog. The Bombers lost a wealth of talent last season, including state champions Willie Gunter and Mark Meyer. The losses continued this fall when projected starter Kameron Stewart injured his knee in a football game, wiping out his season. So what’s left? Enough, said first-year head coach Floyd Lorne even though the Bombers have no returning state qualifiers. "Losing Kameron was a big blow, that’s like 20 points in a tournament,” Lorne said. "But we’ve got some guys back that we think are going to have big years who nobody has heard of yet. And I think having been around these guys all this time, they know my style and what I expect which makes it easier than if someone new was walking in.”
Football pushes back basketball gamesBethany’s scheduled home basketball game Friday night against Kingfisher has been postponed because Kingfisher is still alive in the Class 2A football playoffs. The Yellowjackets play Chandler at Moore on Friday night. The basketball game will be made up, but a date has not been set. By Robert Przybylo, Justin Harper, Matt Patterson, Ryan Aber and Brandon Chatmon