Claremore Daily Progress

April 5, 2013

Verdigris PG O’Dell earns All-VYPE honors

Mills, Battenfield collect postseason awards

Tim Ritter
Sports Editor

VERDIGRIS — Verdigris junior point guard Baileigh O’Dell added another piece of hardware to her impressive resume, earning first-team Small School All-VYPE magazine honors.

O’Dell picked up the Eastern Oklahoma honor after leading the Verdigris Lady Cardinals to the Class 3A state tournament for the second-straight season under head coach Mike Buntin.

Behind O’Dell’s court leadership, the Lady Cardinals reached the Elite Eight, and finished the 2012-13 season with a 24-4 overall record.

O’Dell was joined on the Small School All-VYPE first team by Kiefer’s Taylor Harris, Dewar’s Cheyenne Been, Victory Christian’s LaRanda Thomas and Cascia Hall’s Lisa Spoerl.

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Claremore Sequoyah sophomore guard Blake Mills brought home first-team All-VYPE Small School honors after leading the Eagles in scoring with 18 points per game.

Mills and the Eagles wrapped up the 2012-13 boys basketball season with a 6-17 overall record and a loss to Miami in the district tournament.

Mills was joined on the first team by NOAH’s Allonzo Trier, Rogers’ Dedric Cherry, Kiefer’s Thomas Bacon and Berryhill’s Colin Beveal.

Verdigris senior forward Blake Battenfield garnered Honorable Mention recognition on the Small School All-VYPE team after guiding the Cardinals to the Class 3A state tournament.

Battenfield and the Cardinals capped off their season with a loss to Oklahoma City Centennial in the Elite Eight.

The Cardinals finished with a 23-5 overall record.