The Moore American

October 30, 2013

Area runners teams qualify for state

American Staff
The Moore American

MOORE — Norman North’s Belle Wallace led the way, winning with a time of 11:26, while teammates Isabella Rose and Abbey Mace finished second and third with times of 11:31 and 11:32 respectively. With Sheridan Spellman in seventh and Rachel Chrisman in 11th, the T-Wolves finished with a historically low score of 24 points, easily besting second-place Edmond Memorial, which scored 69 points. Norman High, led by Hayley Redwine’s fifth-place result, finished in fourth place.

Southmoore took 10th with 318 while Moore was 12th with 355 points.

The Lions Alley Bryant had the top time from any of the Moore schools at the Norman regional. She ran the course in 13:25 and was an individual qualifier for the state meet. The SaberCats’ Brittany Kelley was 49th with a time of 13:31.

The regional, run at NHS’ home course, produced much faster times than the other Class 6A regional hosted in Tulsa on Saturday. In that race, Sand Springs’ Cheyenne Walden won with a time of 11:43, a pace that would have been enough for just sixth place in Norman.

On the boys’ side, it was another win for North, as Ben Barrett easily outpaced the competition, winning with a time of 15:53, a full 24 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Chris Ebert of Edmond Memorial in Norman. Edmond Memorial won the meet with a score of 44, while North was second with 71 points and NHS came in third with 100 points.

Southmoore finished in 8th with 179 points. They were led by Gaven Kanske, who finished in fight with a time of 16:42. Cody Byars came in less than a minute behind his teammate. Both for state.

Moore, which took 12th, had one runner finish in the top 50. Nathan Harlan ran the course in 17:56.

The Westmoore girls qualified for the state tourney after taking second at the Tulsa regional with 78 points. They were 21 points behind Jenks.

Ashtyn DeRoin led the Jaguars with a 10th place individual finish in 12:49. Elizabeth Disalvatore was 14th and Savannah Waddell 15th.

The Westmoore boys finished fifth with 133 points and qualified for the state tournament. Garrett Elmore led the charge by coming in 24th place.

The class 6A state meet is Saturday, Nov. 2 at Edmond Santa Fe High. Girls kick the event off at 10 a.m. The boys will go at 10:45.

Bowling try-outs: Oklahoma high school bowling tryouts for the Sooner Conference will be Monday, Nov. 4 and Monday, Nov. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sooner Bowling Center in Norman. All high school students from Norman High, Norman North, Moore, Southmoore, Westmoore, Purcell, Washington at Noble are eligible to try out.

Oklahoma high school bowling is a free program sponsored by bowling centers that teaches high school students bowling skills and sportsmanship through practice and competition. Grade eligibility is a requirement. Students are led by certified coaches and will tryout for both varsity and junior varsity teams.

Bowlers have a chance to advance to regional and state bowling competition. For more information, contact Tim Howard, High School Bowling Coordinator at Sooner Bowling Center in Norman, 360-3634.

Playoff races tighten: Norman High kept itself alive for a playoff berth in District 6A-4 with Friday’s upset over Edmond Santa Fe, but the Tigers will likely have to win out by defeating Putnam City West and then unbeaten Lawton if they want to make the playoffs.

The path is easier for Southmoore (5-3, 3-2) as far as the math is concerned. With its win over Edmond Memorial, the SaberCats are now in a four-way tie with the Bulldogs, Wolves and Mustang.

Southmoore faces Choctaw (3-5, 1-4) and the Bronchos in their final two contests. Their playoff lives are in their hands if they win out.

Things are much more complicated for Norman North (5-3, 4-1), which dropped its first district game of the season to Putnam City North on Friday. The loss dropped the T-Wolves into a three-way tie for first with Edmond North and Putnam City North.

Because all three teams are tied, the tiebreaker used is district points. Teams are awarded up to or minus 15 points based on margin of victory in every district game. The team with the highest cumulative total wins the tiebreaker in the event that a head-to-head result is not applicable.

That’s the case in District 6A-3, and it’s not a system that favors Norman North. The T-Wolves have a total of 18 district points, while Putnam City North has 19 and Edmond North has 49.

The Timberwolves do have the easier remaining schedule of the three teams, facing Moore and Lawton Eisenhower, two teams with a combined record of 4-12. Putnam City North has games against Lawton Eisenhower and Yukon (4-3, 2-3), while Edmond North squares off against Midwest City (6-2, 3-2) and winless US Grant.

Westmoore (7-1, 4-1) kept alive its hopes of hosting a home playoff game with its comeback overtime victory over Sapulpa (5-3, 2-3) Friday. It’s now tied with Broken Arrow (6-2, 4-1) in District 6A-2.

The Jaguars face Tulsa Edison (4-4, 1-4) this Thursday at Moore Stadium. A win should set up a matchup with BA in the final week of the season for No. 2 in the district behind Jenks (8-0, 5-0).