State basketball notebook: Rae Grellner plays the Big House

by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: March 3, 2012

Okarche sophomore Rae Grellner has known for a month that she'd be playing at State Fair Arena on Saturday. She just didn't know she'd be playing basketball, too.

Grellner was chosen to play the national anthem on her violin before Okarche's Class A state championship game against Frontier.

“We turned in a DVD three months ago for her to maybe get the chance to play at the state finals, not knowing, of course, that we would actually be playing in the game,” Grellner's mother, Amy, said. “So it was even that much more special, to play right before her game.

“She was a little nervous today, but she did a good job.”

Rae Grellner has been playing violin for nine years and plays with the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra. In three weeks, she will be performing with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.


With the majority of last year's players also a part of this season's state championship, experience was a big key for Forgan.

But winning the second one was very different from the first, said senior Ryan Radcliff, who had 29 points and 10 rebounds Saturday.

“The second one was so much better, more of a redemption-type deal for yourself, your town, your coaches, the area you come from,” he said. “It's just a great feeling.”

by Ryan Aber
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
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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