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State tournament notebook: Weleetka gunning for third title

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 — in 1933.
by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: March 1, 2013
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photo - Ryan Jones, left, and Richard Allen cheer on Weleetka during the Class A boys semi-final game of the state high school basketball tournament between Weleetka and Fort Cobb at the State Fair Arena., Friday, March 1, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Ryan Jones, left, and Richard Allen cheer on Weleetka during the Class A boys semi-final game of the state high school basketball tournament between Weleetka and Fort Cobb at the State Fair Arena., Friday, March 1, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

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.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
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
Reporter
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
Reporter
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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