Leedey junior shortstop Drew Ward looks to be headed to the 2013 MLB Draft, he said during this weekend's Class B fall state tournament.
Ward, who is one of the nation's top prospects in the 2014 class, has been working to meet the necessary requirements to graduate a year early.
“(There is) about a 95 percent chance I'm going to (graduate early),” Ward said following Leedey's loss to Red Oak in the semifinals.
“I've been talking to some scouts and stuff. Well, my adviser has. They told me that I'm ready to do that. We kind of discussed it and decided to do it last year.”
Ward said he is being advised by Legacy Agency.
He also said he lacks just three block classes remaining after starting online last year on his senior requirements.
However, Ward said he is still interested in college.
“I really do want to go to college,” he said. “That's one of my priorities is college, get a degree and everything. I wouldn't mind going in the draft, but college is a priority for me.”
McLOUD ROLLS TO THIRD STRAIGHT WIN
A year after struggling to an 0-10 finish, McLoud finds itself in the middle of the playoff berth in District 4A-2 after its third straight win Friday night, 40-16 at Tecumseh.
“We're excited. We're sitting in a pretty good spot if we can keep it rolling,” Redskins football coach Eric Cardin said. “We had some kids out early, and we're getting them back healthy. The kids that are seniors have been starting since they were sophomores, and we took our lumps the last two years, but it's coming around now.”
At 4-2 overall, the Redskins are unbeaten in three district games, though the road gets tougher with games against Douglass and Ada still ahead.
Junior quarterback Joseph Wood, who missed last season with a torn ACL, has been the biggest key to the turnaround. He was 18-of-28 for 289 yards Friday, throwing for a touchdown and rushing for two more.
“He's been a huge difference for us,” Cardin said. “He's a special athlete and he's making plays.”
This week, McLoud hosts Mannford, which snapped its winless streak with a 14-7 win over Harrah on Friday. One more win would virtually assure a playoff spot.
PAULS VALLEY HOT IN DISTRICT
After starting the season 0-3, Pauls Valley is now 3-3 but more importantly, 3-0 in District 3A-4.
The Panthers' 10-7 win over Lone Grove on Friday night puts them atop of the district standings with Madill as the only unbeaten teams.
“We are thrilled where we are sitting right now,” Pauls Valley coach John Inman said.
Changing the defensive scheme has been the biggest reason for Pauls Valley's resurgence, he said.
Pauls Valley started the season using only three down lineman but has gone to a 4-2 alignment.
“We have played much better since,” Inman said. “It fits our personnel a lot better. We are not incredibly big up front. We were a little undersized and that fourth body has helped us.”