By Nick Snow
STILLWATER, Okla. —
From the Ripley and Glencoe High School baseball teams to Stillwater’s volleyball and cross country teams, several athletes had breakout seasons for their respective teams.
For some, this season was one last chance for glory. For others, the fall season hopes to be a springboard to stellar careers in the future.
Peyton Meacham, senior, volleyball, Stillwater
It’s been a while since the Lady Pioneers made an appearance at the state tournament, but it would not be possible without the help of the senior hitter.
Meacham recorded a team high 365 kills and 44 blocks en route to all-state honors and Stillwater’s first appearance in the state tournament since 2009.
Kiley Josey, senior, volleyball, Stillwater
Part of the power-packed duo that led Stillwater to state, Josey was a big reason for the Lady Pioneers’ success late in the season.
Josey finished the season with 359 kills and a team-high 46 aces. She also had 14 blocks and 309 digs en route to earning all-state honors.
Alivia Molina, sophomore, cross country, Frontier
It wasn’t quite the top 10 performance Molina was looking for, but the sophomore sensation proved that she’s ready to compete with the best of the best in Class 2A cross country.
A year after finishing 10th in the state meet, Molina finished still beat a host of other runners this year by finishing 20th with a time of 13:26.
Nathan Melton, senior, baseball, Glencoe
Whether it was with his bat or on the mound, Melton did it all for the Panthers during their fall season.
The senior was second on the team with a .394 average, including two home runs and 22 RBIs. On the mound, Melton went 9-4 with a 3.75 ERA while striking out 92 batters and allowing 24 walks to help Glencoe reach regionals.
Levi Morris, senior, baseball, Ripley
Melton may have been the catalyst for Glencoe, but Morris was equally as dominating for Donnie Hoffman and the Warriors.
Morris posted a 4-2 record on the hill with a 3.87 ERA. He also struck out 46 batters in 38 innings and pitched two complete games. At the plate he put up a .400 batting average and a .494 on base percentage. Morris drove in 32 runs and scored 29, while stealing eight bases.
Hunter Hall, sophomore, baseball, Glencoe
Hall first burst onto the scene as a member of Glencoe’s basketball team, but Hall showed he’s equally as talented on the diamond.
Hall led the Panthers offense, hitting .494 with six home runs and 29 RBIs. He also had 11 doubles before Glencoe bowed out of the state tournament with back-to-back regional losses.
Tessa Meeks, senior, volleyball, Stillwater
Meeks may not get a lot of the credit for Stillwater’s success with the likes of Josey and Meacham garnering all-state honors, but the fact is that those honors wouldn’t be possible without Meeks.
The senior set up Meacham and Josey, recording a team-high 465 assists with only five errors for the Lady Pioneers. Meeks also finished third on the team with 197 digs and had 24 aces.
Chandler Salinas, freshman, baseball, Ripley
It’s hard to imagine a freshman having much impact for such an experienced Warrior team, but Salinas proved time and time again that he is the real deal.
In his first season, Salinas hit .462 and had an on base percentage of .604. He led Ripley with 43 RBIs and 38 runs scored. The freshman third baseman also stole 16 bases.
Sam Smith, senior, cross country, Stillwater
A host of injuries made Smith’s senior season a little less spectacular than what he had hoped for, but that’s not to say Smith didn’t have a spectacular season.
The senior won Stillwater’s first meet of the year in Enid and finished third in Perry. He also finished 72nd in the Cowboy Jamboree after injuring his foot on the first hill. After coming back the week before, Smith ended his career by finishing 46th at state with a time of 17:01.83.
Caulden Greenfield, senior, baseball, Ripley
The senior proved to be a dual threat for the Warriors in their quest for a district title.
Greenfield went 4-3 as a pitcher with a 4.07 ERA. He struck out 53 batters in 43 innings.
At the plate, he batted .371 with a .488 on base percentage. He drove in 39 RBIs and scored 23 runs, while adding eight stolen bases.
Jake Lazenby, junior, baseball, Ripley
Who says catchers aren’t supposed to have speed and hit well?
Lazenby proved that theory wrong by batting .375 with a team-high 16 stolen bases. He also drove in 14 runs and added eight double and a triple.