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High schools: Different look, but same old Putnam City Pirates

With the powerhouse tradition coach A.D. Burtschi has built over the years — four championships in the previous 10 seasons — fans expect to see Putnam City in the top 10.
by Scott Wright Published: December 18, 2011
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On the court, the Pirates are blessed with versatility. They can go with a more traditional two-forward set, use only a single post, or play to their quickness with a five-guard look.

When you're relying on so many young players, there will be hiccups, like the two-loss outing at the Bixby Tournament earlier this month.

And there could be some more learning experiences this week at the Wildcat Holiday Classic in Pensacola, Fla., against some strong out-of-state competition. The Pirates begin action Monday against Pensacola-based Escambia High School.

But here's the key that will keep PC around in March: they play Burtschi ball. Hard work on defense, team first on offense. The latter quality hasn't always come naturally to some recent Pirate teams, but this year appears to be a different story.

“Since we're so young, we know we have to work harder to get there at the end of the year,” said Goldsmith, an athletic 6-foot-6 forward. “Most other teams have seniors to rely on. We're the youngest team coach Burtschi has ever had.

“We're not great yet, but we're gonna get there.”

by Scott Wright
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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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