Once a Longhorn, always a Longhorn.
Though Clyde Barkley is Sooner born, his heart and soul revolves around ‘Inola Longhorn Basketball’.
Inside the Inola High School Gymnasium Tuesday night, Barkley — who is in his 37th year as the Longhorns head boys basketball coach — collected his 600th coaching victory.
“Truly blessed,” Barkley said on the milestone moment. “Each win is significant, but this one is even more special because I did it in my hometown with a great group of players and very dedicated fans.”
One fan, in particular, and the key to Inola’s state championship success in 1998 — Barkley’s son Justin — followed every shot of Tuesday’s win right behind the Inola bench.
“What a honor for Dad, our family and the Inola community,” Justin Barkley said. “Basketball is what we know. Anyone that can stay in one place and get that many wins, it’s an accomplishment in a tough business.”
Justin Barkley, who is the Rogers State University head men’s basketball coach, added that his father’s passion for Inola basketball is as great today as it was 20 years ago.
“Dad loves teaching the fundamentals and molding young men into champions on and off the court,” Justin Barkley said. “The reason the Inola boys basketball program is so consistent year in and year out is because dad (Clyde) has his hand on the program from the sixth grade to the high school.”
Inola senior point guard Travis Hall and junior guard Garrett Glass combined for 34 points — 17 each — to make Barkley’s milestone moment a night to remember.
According to Barkley, “This honor goes to all my players. For 30-plus years, I’ve been fortunate to sit on the sidelines and coach through them. They’re the ones that make these victories possible.”
Inola built an 8-0 lead, stretched it to 26-5 at the end of the first quarter, and used an 8-0 run late in the second quarter to lead 43-22 at halftime.
Hall and Glass tallied 24 of Inola’s 43 first-half points.
Casey Gill and Aaron Davis followed with 11 and 10 points, respectively; while Taylor Mootry contributed with eight.
The Longhorns outscored Catoosa, 23-15 in the third quarter to carry a 66-37 lead into the final eight minutes of play.
Kaleb Presley led Catoosa with 15 points, while Matt Dillon and Tre Harvey followed with 13 each.
The Longhorns (2-0) advanced to the semifinals at 8:30 p.m. tonight agains Fort Gibson.
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Once a Longhorn, always a Longhorn.
District champions ... Enough said!
Claremore freshman forward Olivia Maulsby converted a game-winning header with 1:22 remaining to lead the No. 4-ranked Lady Zebras past No. 5 Skiatook, 2-1 Tuesday night in Metro Lakes Conference play at Lantow Field.
SOCCER: Bulldogs spoil ‘Senior Night’ for Zebras
Claremore senior goalkeeper Sam Lillie made the most of his first and last varsity start Tuesday night against Skiatook on Senior Night at Lantow Field.
For 40 minutes, Lillie was flawless in the goal, allowing only one goal and making several tenacious stops against the fiery Bulldogs.
The second-half, however, told a different story as No. 3 Skiatook scored four goals and enjoyed a 5-0 win over the No. 15 Zebras.
Berryhill’s White strikes out 17, tosses no-hitter over No. 1 Verdigris
Top-ranked Class 3A Verdigris got White-washed by 4A No.3 Berryhill on Tuesday night.
In a battle of 2013 state champions, Chiefs’ ace Nick White — a future Oklahoma State pitcher — fired a no-hitter with 17 strikeouts, igniting a 5-0 victory over the Cardinals.
Stilwell’s Lea signs with RSU men's basketball
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SOCCER: No. 2 Lady Cards roll past Oologah
Verdigris senior forward Caitlyn Hanslovan tallied another ‘hat trick’ in her illustrious Lady Cardinals soccer career Tuesday night at Oologah.
The three goals by Hanslovan soared the second-ranked Lady Cardinals past Oologah, 5-0 in non-conference play at Mustangs Stadium.
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NBA PLAYOFFS: Grizzlies look to keep home edge against Thunder
The Grizzlies are happy to be back in Memphis, where they finished the regular season by winning a franchise-record 14 straight games.
They brought home-court advantage with them.
To guard Mike Conley, that ratchets up the pressure even more. It's time for the Grizzlies to protect the place they call the Grindhouse.
NBA PLAYOFFS: Warriors, Clippers to meet in Oakland for Game 3
Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson sat on the scorer's table at Oracle Arena on Wednesday morning. He gazed around the building and tried to envision what it will look and sound like when the Warriors host the Los Angeles Clippers for Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Thursday night.
Arkansas' Beeks among SEC pitchers having banner season
Now more than ever, the key to success in the Southeastern Conference is pitching.
The league has the lowest ERA in the country, and aces abound as postseason play approaches next month.
LSU's Aaron Nola (7-1, 0.88 ERA), Arkansas' Jalen Beeks (5-3, 1.49) and Mississippi's Chris Ellis (5-0, 1.72) are among those dominating almost every time they take the mound.
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