Four local teams are advancing to the state softball tournament, sweeping through their regional competitions.
Colbert, Rock Creek, Tushka and Caney will all make the trip to Oklahoma City for this week’s state tournament in three different classes. Brackets will be announced on Monday.
Colbert won their Class 2A regional in Wister last week with a three-game sweep of Wister, Pocola and Panama.
On Thursday, Colbert defeated Wister 1-0, then took down Pocola 7-5 in the winner’s bracket. Panama slipped past Wister 1-0 to survive.
On Friday, Panama edged Pocola 9-8, setting up the final showdown with Colbert. The Lady Leopards took the regional crown in a 4-3 decision.
Coach Damon Lewis and star pitcher Breawna McCraw now await the OSSAA brackets to be released this week. The potent Lady Leopard lineup includes Arie Young, Makenna Pierce, Hanah Guajardo, Kylie Stubbs, Haylie McGowan, Samantah Cummins, Kylie Rice and Jordan Weger.
The Tushka Lady Tigers had to take down a hard charging Silo team on Friday to reach State.
Silo lost to Cyril-Cement on Thursday but bounced back with a 5-4 win over Konawa. In a Friday rematch against Cyril-Cement, Coach Mike McDonald’s Lady Rebels rallied for a 6-3 win to reach the regional final.
Tushka had victories over Konawa and C-C, both by 3-2 scores. In the Friday final, Tushka blanked Silo 5-0 to claim the trophy.
The Lady Tigers are the defending spring 2013 slow-pitch champion, and they are coached by David Durbin. Senior Lady Tigers include Kelsey Chambers and Lindsey Broughton; juniors are Courtney Cook, Jayden eaves, Carissa Moore and Emily Jacob; there are five sophomores and nine freshmen.
In Class A, Wade Johnson’s youthful Rock Creek Lady Mustangs went 3-0 to advance to the state tournament. Michelle Wheeler is the lone senior, with Allison Robinson and Alyssa Robinson the only juniors.
Ten underclassmen make up the rest of the team, including hard-throwing sophomore pitcher Brianna Iams.
Rock Creek defeated Allen 5-0, then Weleetka 6-2 and finally Roff by a score of 5-2 in the regional held at Roff.
In Class B, the Caney Lady Cougars under Coach Jackie Dollarhide will appear at State after three wins in their own regional.
Caney got by Battiest 10-1, while Bennington slipped past Buffalo Valley on Thursday. Caney defeated the Lady Bears 9-2 in the winner’s bracket, forcing them into a rematch with the Lady Buffs.
Bennington was eliminated, then Caney blanked the Lady Buffs 8-0 in the final game.
The Lady Cougars are led by their lone senior, MaKaela Mahana, as well as juniors Larisa Heard and Kira Head. Three sophomores and seven freshmen round out the Caney lineup.