After nine successful seasons at Piedmont, boys basketball coach Ryan Wagner is going to try to repeat that performance at Putnam City North.
Wagner built the Wildcats into a perennial state tournament team, even with the school growing from Class 4A to 5A.
He replaces Rick Harris at Putnam City North, who had held the job since 2007. Harris stepped down to have more time to watch his two children compete in college athletics.
Wagner is excited for the opportunity that lies ahead with the 6A Panthers.
“It’s a great school district, and the really big thing for me is that there’s a lot of tradition, a lot of pride in the athletic programs at Putnam City North,” Wagner said. “When I resigned at Piedmont, I wanted everyone to know how important they were to our success. The parents were great. The community was amazing. The administration really let me be myself and work to build that program. And then the kids worked hard.
“I think it’s going to be the same way at Putnam North. I feel like I’m going from a good situation to a really good situation.”
RODDY, REESE WIN GATORADE TRACK AWARDS
A pair of throwers earned the state’s Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year awards, announced this week.
Duncan’s Kevin Roddy and Fairview’s Baylor Reese were selected as the winners.
Roddy, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound senior was the Class 5A state champion in the discus with a throw of 174 feet, 10 inches, and was runner-up in the shot put. He also won the shot put competition at the Meet of Champions with a throw of 58-9.
Earlier in the season, Roddy had a discus throw of 195-7, which was the ninth-best throw in the country.
Reese, a 5-9 junior, won the Class 2A discus competition with a meet-record throw of 140-7. Her season-best throw measured 149-5.
EIGHT-MAN ALL-STAR GAME SATURDAY
The Oklahoma Eight Man Football Coaches Association All-Star Game is Saturday night at 7 on the campus of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami.
The game features 80 players from Class B and Class C football on Red Robertson Field.
Admission to the game is $5. Gates open at 5 p.m.
ST. MARY HOSTING BASEBALL CAMPS
Mount St. Mary is hosting two baseball camps next week for kids.
The Wagner Twins Baseball Camp for players in first through fourth grade will be Monday, while the Justin Calloway Baseball Camp for players in fifth through eighth grade will be Friday.
Both camps begin at 8 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Cost is $50 and includes lunch and a T-shirt. For more information, visit www.mountstmary.org or contact John Keilty at email@example.com.