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High school notebook: Tom Cobble, Charley North headed to Oklahoma Coaches Hall of Fame

by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: March 4, 2013
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photo - El Reno High School football coach Tom Cobble watches as the El Reno football team practices at Yukon High School on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, in Yukon, Okla. El Reno was getting some practice time on the artificial turf before playing this week's semifinal playoff game at Mustang High School.   STAFF PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER  ORG XMIT: KOD
El Reno High School football coach Tom Cobble watches as the El Reno football team practices at Yukon High School on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, in Yukon, Okla. El Reno was getting some practice time on the artificial turf before playing this week's semifinal playoff game at Mustang High School. STAFF PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER ORG XMIT: KOD

The Chicks are 10-4 in games decided by seven points or less, partly a product of an experienced lineup.

Coach Bryan Merritt starts five seniors, led by E.J. Golightly and Joey Sylvester.

Golightly, a 6-foot-2 guard, averages 23.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists, while the 6-4 Sylvester adds 16.2 points and 11.2 boards inside.

PERFECT PERKINS-TRYON TAKING SIMPLE APPROACH

Longtime Perkins-Tryon coach Jerry Burnett hadn't been paying much attention to the Demons' record.

And then they won their second tournament this season. That's when he realized a perfect regular season was possible for the first time in school history.

“It's something we don't talk about very much, but we're happy to be undefeated,” Burnett said.

Perkins-Tryon (26-0) opens the Class 3A state tournament at 3:30 p.m. Thursday against Hugo (19-8) at State Fair Arena.

The Demons, though, know that their record doesn't necessarily mean much starting Thursday.

“If you look at the big picture: state tournament, playing at the fairgrounds, it can become overwhelming,” Burnett said. “We're going to focus on it's just another game and we need to come out and play like we always do.”

Perkins-Tryon is led by 6-foot seniors Jordan Gorham and McKenzie Stanford. They combine for nearly 30 points and 17 rebounds per game.

“They control the boards every night,” Burnett said. “Obviously, they're a big reason for our success and when our outside game is on, we're pretty tough to beat.”

KETCHUM ONE WIN FROM RECORD

No. 2 Ketchum, which knocked off No. 1 Northeast 52-51 in the area finals, will set a school record for most victories in a season with one win in the state tournament.

Ketchum coach Grant Callison said the Warriors are unbeaten (26-0) partly because they play with three point guards on the floor.

The team's leading scorer — 6-4 senior Jeylyn Sharpe who averages 23 points and 11 rebounds per game — was the club's starting point guard two years ago.

“He grew about five inches over that summer and we moved him inside,” Callison said.

Tanner Mouse, a 6-2 guard who is averaging four steals per game, played the point last season but moved to the No. 2 guard this year when 6-1 senior Trae Fairchild transferred from Liberty. Fairchild is the son of the new girls' coach at Ketchum.

“We have three guys who are used to running our offense,” Callison said.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
Reporter
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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