The Moore American

April 26, 2013

Westmoore relay shines at Mid-State; Softball teams set for state

By Michael Kinney
The Moore American

MOORE — Edmond Memorial cleaned house Thursday at the Mid-State Track and Field Championships. The Lady Bulldogs (217) won by 100 points over second place Norman while the boys (209) had 108 more points than Westmoore (101).

While the Jaguars didn't win the team title, it did run away with another victory in 800-meter relay. According to senior Addison Staggs, the Jags are the top-ranked relay team in the state in the 800-meter relay.

The Southmoore boys ended the night with a victory in the 400-meter relay.

Both teams have a chance to do well at state, if they can make it out of the regional meet.

Southmoore will compete at Norman High along with NHS, Lawton, Norman North, Putnam City, Putnam City West and US Grant.

Westmoore and Moore are heading to Edmond North along with Choctaw, Edmond Santa Fe, Eisenhower, Midwest City and Yukon. Both meets will take place May 4.

State track is at Yukon High May 10-11.

Softball

• ’Cats, Lions, Jags make state: Southmoore earned a spot in the 6A state slowpitch softball tournament when it defeated Tecumseh 15-2 Wednesday to win the regional championship. During the regular season, the 10th ranked SaberCats (21-10) had limited success against the top teams in the state, but they pounded the Savages (22-11) to earn a third straight trip to state.

"I was worried after getting pounded pretty good in the game before that we wouldn't respond correctly," coach James Lingo said. "But our kids never got down. They showed some mental toughness. They fought their way through it. And t really showed a lot of fortitude to put eight runs on the boards in the first inning of that last game and never look back or give Tecumseh life."

No. 3 Moore (33-5) also claimed a spot at state after sweeping through its regional tourney. In three games against Putnam City West and Putnam City North, the Lions outscored their opponents 45-4. That included a 16-0 shutout of the Panthers in the title game.

No. 1 Westmoore didn't take the field until Thursday and rolled through Elk City 16-1 in the regional championship to earn a bid to state.

Norman High was eliminated after a pair of losses, 16-1 and 14-2, to Tecumseh. Norman North was knocked out of its regional tournament in Broken Arrow with a 7-0 and 15-0 loss to Sand Springs. North won earlier in the day, 25-0, against Tulsa McLain. The T-Wolves finished the season at 8-18.

The state tournament is set for Wednesday at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. The SaberCats and Jaguars face-off in the first round while Moore will take on Jenks. Both games are at 10 a.m.

"Coach (Steve) Schwarz does a great job with his kids and they can really play," Lingo said. "Obviously defending state champions, went 40-2 last year. Went 29-4 this year. Not much of a difference. I have the utmost respect for his program, and the way his kids play hard. We are going to play whatever cards we are dealt and whoever the opponent is the state says we're supposed to and go at it. It's going to be fun. If you are going to win a state title, you have to beat them sometime."

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