By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Two area high school athletes will not only get to represent their schools one more time, they will also represent their tribe as Perkins-Tryon’s Jordan Gorham and Glencoe’s Kagen Castlebury were selected to the first team Oklahoma Indian All-State basketball teams.
“It’s great,” Castlebury said. “Getting to play one more game is nice. It will be fun.”
Both athletes will be on the North team. The girls game is at 6 p.m. Saturday at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville. The boys game will follow.
Castlebury, who is part Choctaw, helped lead the Panthers to the Class A state championship and was surprised by the selection.
“I’m greatly honored,” Castlebury said. “I’m appreciative of my coaches nominating me and being selected by the committee.”
According to the press release, players are selected on the basis of their individual basketball, academic and extracurricular records. Castlebury said he takes pride in his Indian heritage.
“I think I will represent it well,” Castlebury said. “It means a lot. It’s indescribable. It’s an honor to be able to play for my tribe.”
Castlebury said it’s a great thing that Oklahoma recognizes athletes of Indian heritage.
“Honestly, you see more people that are not just one race,” Castlebury said. “It’s great that they recognize that.
Gorham, who is part Cheyenne, Arapaho and Kiowa, was the Lady Demons’ inside threat. She averaged 16.2 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, leading P-T to the Class 3A state championship game.