Anadarko's Lakota Beatty was selected as the Gatorade Oklahoma Girls Basketball Player of the Year, it was announced Thursday.
Beatty, an Oklahoma State signee, averaged 20.1 points, 5.6 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game for the Lady Warriors. Anadarko made it to the Class 4A semifinals.
As a junior, Beatty was an Oklahoman Super Five selection after leading her team to a state title.
The award honors athletic excellence as well as academic achievement and character on and off the court.
With the award, Beatty is a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award, which will be announced later this month.
Previous winners include Edmond Santa Fe's Courtney Walker (2012), Midwest City's Ashley Clark (2011), Midwest City's Richa Jackson (2010), Adair's Kevi Luper (2009), Sapulpa's Alyssia Brewer (2008) and Sequoyah-Tahlequah's Angel Goodrich (2007).
CARL ALBERT HOLDS FUNDRAISER
Kyle Staggs couldn't be at Carl Albert's game Thursday against Dale, but the Titans still used the game as a fundraiser for Staggs' Make-A-Wish Foundation trip to Disney World.
The gate proceeds from the game between top-ranked teams were donated to the cause, and other donations were accepted at the game.
The Titans wore a patch honoring Staggs.
The game didn't go Carl Albert's way, though.
The Class 2A No. 1 Pirates scored eight runs in the sixth to break a 3-all tie and come out with an 11-3 win.
Hunter Pinkston's grand slam capped the inning.
Ole Miss signee Evan Anderson struck out 10 and allowed just one hit in four innings as Dale took a 3-0 lead before the Titans tied it in the fifth.
DEER CREEK'S BURNETT PICKS ORU
Deer Creek sprinter Kirsten Burnett has decided on her college future, verbally committing to the Oral Roberts track program on Wednesday.
Burnett won four gold medals at the Class 5A state track meet last season, including individual victories in the 100 and 200 meters. She was named The Oklahoman's Big All-City Girls Track Athlete of the Year.
Burnett picked ORU over Oklahoma Baptist.
“I felt very at home there. I knew I'd be comfortable,” Burnett said of ORU. “I think there's a lot of potential to grow individually and as a program.”
MIDWEST CITY, OKEMAH WIN POWERLIFTING TITLES
Midwest City and Okemah won state powerlifting state titles last weekend at the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association's state powerlifting meet at McLoud High School.
McAlester's Caden Pratt earned the large class' lightweight squatter, lightweight deadlifter and lightweight overall lifter titles. Wetumka's Derrick Moore also earned a trio of individual honors in the small class, taking the heavyweight squatter, heavyweight bencher and overall heavyweight lifter titles.
The title was Midwest City's sixth consecutive in the large-school class. The Bombers finished with 65 points, 22 more than second-place Blanchard. Morris, Prague and McAlester rounded out the top five.
In the small-school class, Okemah edge Mangum 68-66. Holdenville, Kiefer and Sharon-Mutual took the next three spots.
In the large school class, Pratt was joined by Westmoore's Josh Morgan (heavyweight squatter, heavyweight overall lifter), Blanchard's Braden Stringer (lightweight bencher), Bridge Creek's Brett Morris (heavyweight bencher) and Durant's Jacob Barnhart (heavyweight deadlifter)
The other outstanding lifters in the small school were Empire's Stephen Price (lightweight squatter), Hartshorne's Dallas Herring (lightweight bencher), Mangum's Michael Gilmore (lightweight deadlifter) and Haskell's Britt Williams (lightweight overall lifter).
OBU SIGNS LACROSSE PAIR
Edmond Memorial's Chloe Webber and Edmond North's Hannah Dowell signed to play lacrosse at Oklahoma Baptist University.
Webber is an attacker, and Dowell is a midfielder.
“I am excited to add more girls to next year's roster who are local so that we can continue to grow the sport throughout Oklahoma,” Lady Bison coach Katy Mohr said in a release.
OBU is in its first season of women's lacrosse. The addition of the sport was announced in 2010 along with the additions of football and swimming.
Oklahoma Baptist is playing an independent schedule this year, going 1-4 through its first five games.
The Lady Bison host Missouri State on March 30.
They've also played Texas State, Texas Tech, Midland University and the University of Dallas.
Lacrosse is a club sport at both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
PIRATES, PANTHERS PLAY FOR CALDWELL CUP
The Putnam City and Putnam City North soccer teams played for the annual Caldwell Cup Thursday night.
The Caldwell Cup is a traveling trophy awarded to both the winning boys and girls' soccer teams in memory of John Caldwell, an All-State soccer player and 1997 graduate of Putnam City.
Caldwell, who played soccer at Southern Nazarene University, died in a car accident in 2003.
“John was a teammate of mine on my club team growing up,” said Putnam City North girls coach Jake Kurey.
In addition to the games, the soccer teams from both high schools meet for dinner the night before each year.
“You get a couple of stares across the table,” Kurey said. “It's a fun night.”
ANOTHER SHOOTOUT IN EDMOND
Edmond Santa Fe defeated Edmond Memorial, 1-0, in a shootout Tuesday night, but that's nothing unusual when the Wolves and Bulldogs meet in soccer.
Six of the last eight contests between the teams have been decided in a shootout, said Santa Fe coach Joe Peeler.
“Our goalie (Chris Morgensen) had a really big save to start it off,” Peeler said.
Austin Place then scored on the last kick of the game, getting the ball by his former Santa Fe teammate — Memorial goalkeeper Evan Helker — who many consider the best goal keeper in the state.
Helker has signed with Oklahoma Christian University to play soccer. Place has signed with the University of Buffalo.
Santa Fe is now 3-0 on the season as Morgensen has recorded two shutouts.
The only goal scored against Morgensen this season came with 40 seconds left against Bishop McGuinness when the Wolves had reserves on the field, Peeler said.
BY RYAN ABER, SCOTT WRIGHT AND ED GODFREY