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High schools: Tuttle basketball coach Paul Meuser's Bucket List takes on greater meaning

While the veteran coach waits on results from a bone marrow biopsy, he and the Tigers will continue their pursuit of making the Class 4A state tournament.
by Scott Wright Modified: February 23, 2014 at 7:21 pm •  Published: February 23, 2014

But he hasn't been able to bring Tuttle that first-ever trip to State Fair Arena. And Meuser wants this group of players to be the first.

“We talk about how we want to be the first team at Tuttle that's ever gone to state, and do something that no one else has ever done here,” junior guard Tyler Lester said. “It was a big relief having Coach back.

“On Tuesday night, we played without him, and I think we were worrying about him. A blood transfusion is a pretty big deal, even though he was saying, ‘Aww, it's nothing.' Having him back on the bench meant a lot.”

The next step in the Tigers' state tournament pursuit comes at 8 p.m. Thursday, when Tuttle hosts a regional winner's bracket game. A win that night guarantees them a spot in the area tournament March 6-8. Three straight wins will put them in the Big House.

With a 21-2 record, Tuttle has actually been flying under the radar much of the season, only recently cracking the top 10. Now ranked eighth in Class 4A, the Tigers are ready for their shot at a state tournament run.

And Meuser, with the familiar smile that couldn't be any bigger, is ready to enjoy the ride.

“I've got great kids on this team, just quality people. I want to see them succeed,” he said. “I've always said it when I was healthy that Jesus is my savior, and whatever he needs — you know, he might need a coach, I don't know.

“I've got great doctors. I've got great kids on my team. I've got my family here with me. I'm a blessed man.”

by Scott Wright
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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