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.
Glass, Hall spark Longhorns past Catoosa, 87-55
Once a Longhorn, always a Longhorn.
Hrdlicka, Teter pour ‘heart’ into Zebra soccer program
For the past four years, Claremore High School seniors Katelin Teter and Nick Hrdlicka have represented the ‘heart and soul’ of the Lady Zebra and Zebra soccer programs.
The soccer duo will join seven other seniors on Friday night for Homecoming against Collinsville at Lantow Field.
9 straight for Lady Zebras
Claremore sophomore forward Bailey Steckline got the ‘hat-trick’ plus one Tuesday night in the Lady Zebras’ 10-0 win over Tulsa Memorial at LaFortune Stadium.
Steckline tallied two goals in the first half, and added two more in the second to complete her impressive night.
Tulsa Memorial holds off Zebras, 2-1
Tulsa Memorial scored a pair of first-half goals to steal the momentum away from the Claremore Zebras, as well as the 2-1 win Tuesday night in Metro Lakes Conference action at LaFortune Stadium.
BASEBALL: Whatley, Howe power Zebras past Tahlequah
Claremore’s Matt Whatley has proven over the past four years that he’s one of the toughest outs in the Metro Lakes Conference.
On Tuesday, Whatley went 3-for-4 with two singles and a triple while sparking the Zebras to a 12-2 win over Tahlequah in five innings at American Legion Park.
BASEBALL: Dewey takes pair from Sequoyah
It’s very difficult to win when you can’t score.
Class 4A third-ranked Dewey blanked homestanding Sequoyah 7-0 and 2-0 in a district doubleheader on Tuesday, improving to 21-3 with a dominating two-hit pitching performance in the opener and a four-hitter in the nightcap.
SOCCER: Sequoyah topples No. 15 Catoosa, 1-0
Sequoyah boys soccer coach Bob Campbell had one phrase to sum up his feelings following the Eagles’ game with 15th ranked Catoosa at home Tuesday night.
“We’re in the driver’s seat.’’
Alex Bourgeois scored late in the first half and Sequoyah made it stand up for a 1-0 victory over the Indians in a showdown for the district lead.
Jackson sprints Zebras to 1st place at OBU Relays
Claremore senior sprinter Tyler Jackson felt the need for speed Wednesday afternoon at the Oklahoma Baptist University High School Invitational.
Jackson notched a pair of first-place victories in the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash to help Claremore earn 130 points for top honors.
BASEBALL: Arkansas Tech roughs up ‘Cats
The Rogers State University baseball team had a disappointing finish in its home finale as No. 12-ranked Arkansas Tech blanked the Hillcats 11-0 Tuesday evening in non-conference action from the Diamond Sports Complex.
BASEBALL: Southwest Baptist slips past NSU, 5-3
The Northeastern State baseball team lost 5-3 to Southwest Baptist Thursday afternoon at Dobson Field.
The RiverHawks (19-22, 15-18 MIAA) held a 3-0 lead early in the contest, but a late rally from the Bearcats (23-18, 19-13 MIAA) and costly errors from the visitors allowed the home team to secure the series-opening triumph.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: Conference champion NSU lands top seed in MIAA tourney
The No. 31-ranked Northeastern State women's tennis team has drawn the top seed in the 2014 MIAA Women's Tennis Championship, the league announced Thursday morning.
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