By TIM RITTER
Pryor freshman running back Spencer Hinson stood head and shoulders above any Claremore freshmen player and his ‘frame’ paid large dividends for the Tigers in Thursday night’s ninth-grade football game at Lantow Field.
Hinson, a 5-foot-11, 240-pound bruiser, powered the Pryor Tigers to a 28-6 win over the Claremore Zebras.
The loss dropped Claremore to 2-2 on the season.
With Hinson carrying the brunt of the load on offense, the Tigers rushed 42 times for 209 yards and three touchdowns.
Through the air, the Tigers completed 6-of-11 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown.
Pryor got things rolling in the first quarter with a 15-play, 76-yard drive that was capitalized with a 3-yard touchdown run that put them ahead 7-0.
Moments later, Claremore answered with Kyle Morris scoring on the 2-yard touchdown run. Claremore’s drive was successful thanks to runs of 16 and 25 yards by quarterback Garrett Reynolds.
Pryor, however, rolled off 21 unanswered points, including a 15-yard touchdown pass right before halftime to go ahead 13-6.
Defensively, Brian Varner recovered a fumble in the first half that helped set up Claremore’s only scoring opportunity.
The Claremore rushing attack amassed 130 yards on 24 carries with a touchdown.
Morris led Claremore with 12 carries for 65 yards and the touchdown; while Reynolds added nine carries for 62 yards.
Reynolds also completed 4-of-7 passes for 55 yards and an interception.
By TIM RITTER
'Twice as Nice'
When it comes to the 3A State Tournament and Oklahoma City, the Verdigris High School basketball teams are a household name.
Head coaches Randy Upshaw and Mike Buntin lead their programs back to the 'Capitol City' this week for a chance to hoist the coveted 3A state championship on Saturday night at the Big House.
Cards fly into 3A State Tournament
Verdigris junior guard Cade Upshaw lives for March Madness.
The 5-foot-10 sharp-shooter overcame a sluggish performance in a loss to Tahlequah Sequoyah to bounce back for a 20-point outing in the Cardinals’ 72-42 win over Antlers Saturday evening in the Class 3A Area Tournament at Checotah Event Center.
CLASS 4A AREA TOURNEY: Vinita eliminates Inola
Vinita used an 18-point third quarter — highlighted by the sophomore leadership of Carsyn Spurgeon — and converted 21-of-34 free throws to notch a 61-55 win over the Inola Lady Longhorns Saturday night in the Class 4A Area Tournament.
‘Soaring to State’
In the hometown of Carrie Underwood, Verdigris senior point guard Baileigh O’Dell proved to be Oklahoma’s ‘Basketball Idol’ in Class 3A Girls Basketball.
The 5-foot-8 floor general put the No. 4-ranked Lady Cardinals on her shoulders and carried Verdigris back to the the state tournament with the 53-40 win over No. 5 Tahlequah Sequoyah Friday night in the Area Championship at the Checotah Event Center.
CLASS 4A AREA TOURNEY: Stilwell advances to State
A jam-packed, vocal crowd — aided by the control of several Claremore Police officers — witnessed Stilwell’s come-from-behind 57-51 win over Harrah Saturday night in the must-win game of the Class 4A Area Tournament at the Claremore High School Gymnasium.
SOFTBALL: Arkansas cruises past Miss. Valley State
The University of Arkansas softball team completed an undefeated run through the Razorback Invitational Sunday afternoon win with a 13-5 victory over Mississippi Valley State at Bogle Park.
AAC WOMEN'S BB TOURNEY: No. 1 UConn routs No. 3 Louisville for title
New league, same result. It's another championship for UConn.
Breanna Stewart scored 20 points and top-ranked Connecticut beat No. 3 Louisville 72-52 on Monday night to win the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament.
BIG 12 WOMEN'S BB TOURNEY: Sims leads Baylor to championship
Nothing was going to stop Odyssey Sims.
Not her early foul trouble, West Virginia's suffocating defense or the left ankle injury she suffered less than t wo minutes into the Big 12 championship game.
Sims, the Big 12 player of the year, bounced back and scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half to help No. 9 Baylor defeat No. 7 West Virginia 74-71 Monday night and earn an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. It was Sims' fourth championship in four years.
BIG 12 WOMEN'S BB: Kansas State fires coach Deb Patterson
Kansas State has fired women's basketball coach Deb Patterson, announcing the move two days after an opening-round loss in the Big 12 tournament.
NCAA MEN'S BB: Florida, Wichita State stay 1-2 in AP poll
Florida, which finished an unbeaten season in the Southeastern Conference, and Wichita State, which completed an undefeated regular season, are the top two teams in the AP college basketball poll for the third straight week.
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