Stillwater News Press

May 30, 2013

Local athletes shine on state's biggest stages

By Nick Snow

STILLWATER, Okla. — From golf and tennis to soccer and slow-pitch softball, plenty of athletes were at the top of their game during the spring season. The successes led to several deep playoff runs and even a couple runs at both individual and team state titles. And while no one was able to bring home the gold, just getting the experience will provide a lifetime of memories for years to come.

First team

Matheus Barbosa, Stillwater boys soccer

It was a season of high expectations, but not a lot went right for the Pioneers this season. But if there was one bright spot, it was the play of Barbosa.

A senior, Barbosa tallied five goals and three assists to lead the Pioneers.

Alyssa Bullock, Stillwater girls soccer

When it comes to soccer, a solid goalkeeper can overcome almost anything. And Bullock was definitely solid recording four shutouts and helping the Lady Pioneers record eight wins on the season. It wasn’t enough as the Lady Pioneers just barely missed the playoffs for the second year in a row.

Mattea Jackson, Cushing girls golf

Jackson, a senior for the Lady Tigers, capped off her career with a bang as she finished ninth in the Class 4A state golf tournament.

Not only did Jackson end her career with an 87 at state, but the Lady Tigers just missed out on a little team hardware of their own as they finished third as a team.

Kayla Lyons, Frontier girls golf

Just getting to state seemed to be a battle — with temperatures barely above freezing and drizzle falling throughout regionals. But all of that didn’t matter to Lyons.

A senior, Lyons led the way for the Lady Mustangs at state, carding a 115 to finish 55th overall.

Jessica Hutchinson, Glencoe softball

The leading run producer for the Lady Panthers, Hutchinson had a huge year in slow-pitch. She also led Glencoe in average and helped the Lady Panthers reach regionals.

Gabbi Shelton, Stillwater girls golf

On a team full of young players, it was Shelton’s senior experience that led the Lady Pioneers back to the state tournament. However, Shelton didn’t just lead Stillwater back to state. She also earned All-State honors after getting voted in by the state’s coaches.

Sam Smith, Stillwater boys soccer

Whether it was trying to ignite the offense with his speed or locking down opponents as a defender, whatever Stillwater coach Seth Condley asked, Smith did it. He may not have put up as big of numbers as Barbosa, but his presence was certainly felt on both ends. Unfortunately, even he couldn’t will the Pioneers to the playoffs.

Lauryn Sullins, Perry girls tennis

Being the daughter of a coach can put a lot of pressure on you. But when the pressure was on, Sullins rose to the occasion finishing second in the Class 4A No. 1 singles. Sullins performance all season was a big reason Perry took home the runner-up team trophy.

Nick Tanner, Cushing boys golf

Like Sullins, Tanner knows the pressure of being the offspring of a coach — after being coached by his father Bobby Tanner in both basketball and golf.

With his father by his side for most of the Class 4A state golf tournament, the younger Tanner turned in one of his best rounds of the year, firing a three-day total of 223 to finish tied for 23rd at state.

Marrisa Wright, Perry girls tennis

Sullins may get most of the attention as the No. 1 singles player, but Wright showed that she’s just as much of a force on the tennis court. Wright finished third overall in state at No. 2 singles as the Lady Maroons came up just short of the state team title.

Second team

Bethany Childs, Frontier girls golf

Troy Fort, Stillwater boys golf

Robin Porter, Glencoe softball

Chris Smith, Cushing boys golf

Olivia Staubus, Stillwater girls soccer