State tournament notebook: Leaky roof plagues Big House

State Fair Arena didn’t have its best week. The Big House was hit with a pair of power surges that knocked out the lights on Friday, once for 10 minutes, and once for 15 minutes. On Saturday, a roof leak caused water to drip onto the floor near mid-court throughout the day.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: March 8, 2014
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State Fair Arena didn’t have its best week.

The Big House was hit with a pair of power surges that knocked out the lights on Friday, once for 10 minutes, and once for 15 minutes.


On Saturday, a roof leak caused water to drip onto the floor near mid-court throughout the day.

Because of it, Melody Wilfong and Hope Madden were the hardest-working people in the arena Saturday. The two girls were responsible for drying the wet spots on the court from the leak. One of them ran onto the court during timeouts and free throws to wipe it up.

Fortunately, no one was injured because of the leak.

FAMILY BATTLE FOR BRYER, KARPE

Connor Karpe won the family battle, but Chandler Bryer won the war.

Karpe scored 22 points for Lookeba-Sickles, seven more than Bryer, his first cousin. But it was Bryer’s Forgan squad that took home the gold ball in the Class B title game.

“It was hard for my grandma and grandpa,” Bryer said. “They sat in the middle. It was tough for them, but it was fun competing against him. He’s a great competitior.”

SWOSU SIGNEES STRONG IN FINALS

Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s presence was easily noticeable at the state tournament with two signees winning gold balls.

Okarche’s Morgan Vogt and Pond Creek-Hunter’s Jade Jones both guided their teams to state championships, but were already looking forward to their days together as teammates at the Division II university in Weatherford.

“I’m so excited,” Jones said. “We’re going to room together. She’s been cheering for me. Obviously, I wanted her to win. It was a given they were going to win.”

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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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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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