By Michael Kinney
The Moore American
MOORE — Fastpitch regional pairings have been released for all classes, and games will begin today after the tourney was moved up a day to avoid the threat of rain Friday.
Moore, along with Southmoore and Westmoore, are favorites to advance to the state tournament and compete for a state title, but both Norman High and Norman North are in a position to make a run.
For the Tigers, that will mean advancing past the Lions. NHS (13-16) opens regional play against Putnam City (19-11) at 2 p.m. today at Moore, while the Lions (28-3) were awarded one of the tournament’s top seeds and will meet U.S. Grant (1-16) at noon on their home field.
“We have worked all year at challenging ourselves no matter our opponent,” Moore coach Stephanie Riley said. “We will continue to work on situations and staying focused on our overall goal. I will have 16 players on this squad so I am hopeful to get all of them some playing time throughout the regional tournament.”
It’s the 11th straight year Moore has played host to the regional tourney.
Southmoore (25-3) also will host a regional, meeting Putnam City West (1-24) at noon today. Also in the regional are Edmond Santa Fe and Putnam City North. Westmoore (26-8) earned the toughest draw, traveling to Jenks to compete with Midwest City and Bartlesville alongside the Trojans.
Norman North (12-16) is also traveling, heading to Edmond Memorial, where the Timberwolves will meet Mustang (19-9) at 2 p.m. while Lawton Eisenhower battles the host school.
Each regional is a true double-elimination format, which means that one loss won’t knock the team out of contention. Barring any delays, regionals will conclude with a championship game at 2 p.m. on Oct. 11, with an if-necessary game at 4 p.m.
Help coming: Westmoore has jumped out to a 5-0 record this year despite not having the services of its most versatile football player. Wide receiver /safety Lexus Lee fractured a bone in his foot the week before the season began and has been sidelined ever since.
According to Lee, his return may be eminent. The senior said he could see limited action Friday against Putnam City, depending on what his doctors say.
Sooner tour: Saturday during Oklahoma’s win over TCU, the Sooners invited several of its possible recruits to the game. Many of them came and stood on the sideline before the game and enjoying the atmosphere.
One of those players included Southmoore’s Jalen Adams. Even though the senior wideout hasn’t had the type of season he had hoped, he’s confident the numbers will begin to improve. He scored his second touchdown of the season Friday in a win over Putnam City West.
Adams and his SaberCat (3-2) teammates will face a stiffer challenge Friday when they host Lawton High (5-0) at Moore Stadium.
Regional volleyball: The 6A volleyball regional pairings were announced last week and every area school will have to hit the road to start the postseason Thursday.
No. 11 Norman North and Moore will compete in No. 6 Edmond Memorials regional site along with Putnam City. Norman High has to travel to Tulsa where it will face No. 4 Union, No. 14 Enid and Sand Springs.
No. 13 Westmoore also heads North to No. 3 Bishop Kelley. They will be joined by Muskogee and Ponca City.
Choctaw will host No. 9 Southmoore, No. 8 Owasso and Yukon.
Times for the regional tournament will be 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. for the semi-finals and 7:30 p.m. for the championship finals. The host site will play the 4:30 p.m. semi-final game.
Last meet: With the Moore schools joining the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference (COAC) after this year, Tuesday will be the final Mid-State Conference Cross Country meet ever. It will be held at 3 p.m. in Norman at Irving Middle School.
Thunder coming: The Oklahoma City Thunder have made it an annual tradition during the preseason to pick a high school in the state to hold one of its preseason intra-squad scrimmages. This year that school is Westmoore.
Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and the rest of the Thunder will be at Westmoore Oct. 13 to hold a scrimmage and practice. The scrimmage is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. in the Jaguars gymnasium.
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