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.
SECOND TITLE FELT DIFFERENT FOR FORGAN
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.”