A lot of good Weleetka boys basketball teams have passed through the state tournament over the years.
Out of 10 appearances at state, the Outlaws will play for the title for the third time in school history on Saturday.
While none of the players on the current team were alive when Weleetka won the state title in 1989, most of the team's fans weren't alive the first time the school reached the finals.
Weleetka lost to El Reno 41-16 in the 1933 championship game.
OKARCHE MAKES HISTORY
In its 23 state tournament appearances that include four state championships, Okarche has had plenty of big wins.
Thursday's 62-24 blowout of Turner, though, was its biggest, at least in terms of margin of victory.
Friday's win was the Lady Warriors' 29th in state tournament history, but Okarche has rarely blown opponents away.
The previous high for margin of victory was in the 2004 first round, when it beat Silo 69-36.
Three other times, Okarche has won a state tournament game by at least 20 points — all in the first round.
SHATTUCK COMEBACK FALLS SHORT
Shattuck's girls team erased a five-point deficit with 28 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter Friday morning to force overtime before falling to Erick 51-44.
But that wasn't even the most impressive comeback for the Indians this season.
They rallied from a nine-point deficit against Laverne in the Buffalo Tournament.
“I told them, ‘Girls, we were down nine with a minute left in a big game. It's not over. Get out there and get a steal,'” Shattuck coach Kenna Young said. “They reacted and played and gave us a chance to get overtime.”
Shattuck first got a 3-pointer from Daniela Galindo with 19 seconds remaining before Madeline Bonine intercepted an inbounds pass to set up two free throws by Takeyah Thomas with 12 seconds remaining to tie the game.
Galindo, though, fouled out midway through overtime, crippling Shattuck's chances.
“Daniela does everything for us,” Young said. “She's what opens everything else up.
“As you can tell tonight, she did all of the scoring. The girls depend on her; they're capable of doing it, but they just rely on her.”
Galindo finished with 23 points and 19 rebounds. She also scored 30 points in the Indians' quarterfinals win against Red Oak.
THIRD TIME NOT THE CHARM
For Hammon senior standouts Kori Barrios and Peyton Walker, it was their third straight trip to the state tournament that ended short of a state title.
The Lady Warriors lost in the state championship game the past two years and were defeated by Lomega in the state semifinals Friday night.
“It's just disappointing,” Hammon coach Lance Carpenter said. “It's a heartbreaker, is what it is. We were so close.
“It hurt them, Kori, Peyton and Erin (Burch) are such great competitors, that's not the way they wanted to go out. They wanted a gold ball, but they had great careers.”
START AND SCORE
If you want to know where the points are going to come from in Saturday's Class A boys championship game between Weleetka and Glencoe, keep an eye on the 10 guys on the court when the game starts.
All 72 of Glencoe's points came from its five starters in Friday's semifinal victory over Sterling. And all but two of Weleetka's 60 points in its win over Fort Cobb-Broxton came from the starting lineup.
FATHERS AND SONS
The small-school state tournament often turns into a family event on the court, and that was the case in Friday's Class A boys semifinal between Glencoe and Sterling.
Each coach had two of his sons playing for him.
Glencoe's John Lazenby coached sons Ty and Jake to victory against Sterling coach Bink Woolbright, who had sons Ty and Trevyn playing for him.