Stillwater News Press

High School Sports

April 4, 2013

Panthers, Wildcats eye success at Coyle Tournament

STILLWATER, Okla. — With the regular season drawing to a close, several area teams are looking for momentum as they travel to Coyle for a tournament starting Friday and ending Saturday.

Coyle coach Josh Sumrall said he brought in several good teams and it should be a competitive tournament.

“Union City is the top seed,” Sumrall said. “Glencoe is one of the best teams in Class A and Morrison is a solid team. The rest of the tournament is pretty wide open. It will give us a chance to play some teams we usually don’t get to play.”

The tournament was supposed to start Thursday but due to rain on Tuesday and Wednesday, it will start Friday. Union City (15-3) is ranked seventh in 2A and will face Agra (2-8) at 4 p.m. Friday. The winner plays the Coyle-John Marshall winner at 2 p.m. Saturday. The loser plays at 8 p.m. Friday. Agra coach Mark Bingham said despite his team’s record it has played competitively.

“We aren’t coming out with wins in close games,” Bingham said. “We’re just going to go out and see what we can do.”

Glencoe is the second seed and opens the tournament with Destiny Christian at 10 a.m. Friday. The Panthers (12-7) are on a seven-game winning streak and won the Chisholm Trail Invitational.

“We got off to a late start because of (coming back) from basketball,” coach Tony Cazzelle said. “We only had two days of practice and lost some games we might not have. We’ve won seven in-a-row and beat Pioneer, who is ranked. We’re playing a lot better than the past.”

Cazzelle said he hopes his team will get to play Union City.

“Hopefully we can win the first two games and set up that matchup,” Cazzelle said. “We got to play good competition to get us ready for playoffs.”

The Morrison Wildcats are the third seed and play Frontier at noon Friday in the first round. The winner plays the Glencoe-Destiny Christian winner at 4 p.m. Saturday, while the loser plays at 2 p.m. Friday. The Wildcats have won three of the last four, including two no-hitters by Josh Hite, who struck out a combined 20 batters. Coach Tim Hatter said it will be a tough tournament, adding good defense will be key.

“We have to play solid defense behind our pitchers,” Hatter said. “We got good pitchers but need to give them good backing.”

The Mustangs (2-12) have lost seven in-a-row but coach Mike Allen said he is pleased with their effort.

“We’ve been in a lot of ballgames,” Allen said. “We have four or five games down the stretch I think we can be competitive.”

Allen said consistency will be the key for his team to have success in the tournament.

“We have three or four innings where we make all the plays,” Allen said. “Then we have that one inning where we boot it around. We have to stay out of the big inning.”

The Bluejackets (2-6) play John Marshall at 6 p.m. Friday.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
High School Sports
Buy & Share Photos
NewsPress e-Edition
NewsPress Specials
AP Video
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
NDN Video
Famous Internet Cats Help Big Cause With Viral Video Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2" Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza
Must Read