Four area high schools will head south this week with one thing in mind: Win three games in three days and bring home a state championship.

In Class A, boys teams from Agra, Frontier and Morrison open play Thursday at State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City.

Coyle’s Bluejackets open with No. 4 Fargo (26-3) on Thursday at 2 p.m. in Moore. They hope to follow that with wins at State Fair Arena on Friday at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday at 8:45 p.m.

The Bluejackets (23-3) are making their 18th trip to the final eight since 1973. They won championships in 1979, ’94 and 2003.

CHS — whose three losses were to Agra, Frontier and Morrison — was last in the final eight in 2006. They finished the regular season ranked second behind defending champ Stringtown (23-5).

“We are excited to be here, but it’s a little different than it was in ’06,” said Coyle coach Josh Sumrall. “In ’06, they were ecstatic and excited because most of those guys hadn’t been. This year’s team was there two years ago, so they are excited to be there, but they want to win the whole thing.

“It was kind of refreshing for me to see that in their eyes and their demeanor (Monday). I’m excited about that, knowing they’re here for business. Their demeanor is they want to win the whole thing.”

One team who clearly knows what it takes to win the whole thing is Frontier (19-6). The Mustangs will open their state-record 14th straight State Tournament on Thursday with a 7 p.m. contest with No. 7 Rattan (23-4). FHS won championships in 1996, ’97, ’99, 2004, ’05 and ’06.

“Fourteen years in a row is an outstanding accomplishment and something that is a tribute to all the great players that we’ve had come through Frontier over the years,” said coach Bob Weckstein, whose club ended the regular season ranked fifth. “It’s nice, but it won’t score one basket or get us one rebound Thursday night.”

In the semifinals, FHS could face Morrison on Friday at 3:15 p.m.

The Wildcats (15-12) open with No. 1 Thomas-Fay-Custer (24-2) on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

Morrison, which won its third straight football championship in the fall, is at the State Tournament for the first time since 2004 and the eighth time overall. They were 10th entering the postseason.

Coach John Hardaway hopes his team’s success on the gridiron continues to spill over to the hardwood.

“Our kids just hate to lose,” said Hardaway, who is a football assistant. “They just hate to lose. While they get frustrated during the season, you want to see a level of frustration. If they aren’t, you know (losses) don’t bother them anymore.

“They love to compete in anything. Their wanting to win and compete and play at a high level and play in the big games is a huge plus.”

The newcomer to the party is Agra, which has never reached the State Tournament before.

The Bearcats (24-3) will get their first taste of the final eight Thursday at 2 p.m. when they face Crowder (20-6). Agra was ranked second when the playoffs opened.

First-year Agra coach Chad Dickerson said his community is extremely excited to have earned its first trip to “The Big House.”

“Everyone is into it and everyone is happy for us,” Dickerson said. “Everybody is with us right now.”

Dickerson was an assistant in Agra for seven years and said it was a dream to take the team to OKC in his first year guiding the program.

It is clear the Bearcats will be one of the darlings of the tournament because they are a fresh face.

“I was happy to see them make it,” Sumrall said. “I remember my first year, when I went as an assistant for Doug Scott (with Ripley). He said, ‘When you walk into that arena, look around and enjoy it for a second because you don’t know when or if you’ll ever be fortunate enough to make it back. I told Chad that.”

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