Sand Springs Junior High Cheer takes first place at Tulsa Classic

Photo courtesy of Michele Smith.

The Sand Springs Junior High Cheer Team took first place this past week at the American Spirit Championships Tulsa Classic at the Union Multipurpose Activity Center (UMAC). 


CPHS Football: Sandites end season 47-12 at No. 2 Midwest City


The No. 8 ranked Charles Page High School football team (5-6) saw their season come to an end Friday night in Midwest City as the No. 2 Bombers (10-1) secured their first semifinal berth since before the Class 6A split. The home team dominated with a 47-12 win that was nearly a shutout.

MWC 47 CPHS 12

1Q MWC 13-0
2Q MWC 21-0
3Q CPHS 12-6
4Q MWC 7-0

Passing: MWC 14-22-228-0, CPHS 3-8-20-2.
Rushing: CPHS 39-151, MWC 39-148.
Plays-Offense: MWC 61-376, CPHS 47-171.
First Downs: MWC 14, CPHS 9.
Penalties: 9-90.
Fumbles-Lost: CPHS 4-0, MWC 3-1.

This was the third quarterfinal meeting in four years between the two teams. The Sandites topped their higher-seeded hosts the first two times, but this time their record of three-straight semifinal appearances came to a close at the hands of the powerful District One Champions. This was also their first losing record since 2011, though it was a break-even regular season. The Sandites are currently on a school-record six-season streak of making the playoffs.

Things started out ugly for the Sandites who committed two false starts before ever running a play. Payton Scott had a nice fifteen yard run, but it wasn’t enough for a first down after the penalties and they punted away the opening possession. The Bombers scored on their first two possessions with a fourteen-yard pass from Preston Colbert to Dajon Sealey and a 42 yard run by Omari Johns. Elliot Janish’s first point-after kick was good, the second was blocked, and the home team held a 13-0 lead after the first quarter.

On the first drive of the second quarter the Bombers scored on a 25-yard pass from Colbert to Juwan Walker. The Sandites were held to a three-and-out, and the Bombers scored on the first play of the corresponding drive with a 44-yard endzone pass to Walker for the 27-0 advantage. Walker hauled in a twelve-yarder on the next drive to make it 34-0.

The Sandites finally got close to the red zone late in the first half thanks to a 31-yard kick return by Scott and an eleven-yard pass from Caden Pennington to Daren Hawkins, but Tramon Jackson beat out a Sandite receiver for an endzone interception on the next play. The Bombers ran the clock and took a knee for the first-half shutout.

The Sandites got their first defensive stand on the opening possession of the second half, forcing a punt from their 36. The offense picked up a pair of first downs from Scott, but a sack, forced fumble, and recovery from Elijah Manuel led to a one-yard touchdown run by Astin Anderson just five plays later. The visitors got a slight moral victory with a blocked point-after kick by Joel Mackey, but the Bombers were still up 40-0 with more than a quarter to play.

The Sandites finally hit paydirt on their next play with a fifty-yard march by Scott, capped by a two-yard run. The two point play fell apart, but at last the visitors were on the board.

Then came the defensive heroics. Senior lineman Gage Fain forced fumbles on back-to-back plays. The Bombers recovered the first and were drilled for a loss of twenty by Jerry Lyons. Kris Edwards recovered the second and two plays later Scott punched in a 26-yard run. The two-point pass play was unsuccessful, but the Sandites were finally threatening.

That would be the end of their good fortune, however. Their next possession was held to a single play as Jackson picked off his second interception of the night and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown. Janish's kick was the final point of the game. The Sandites fumbled their next possession, the teams exchanged punts, and Midwest City marched to the Sandite redzone before letting the clock run out. 

Scott ended the night with 174 yards on 27 carries, bringing his season total to a school-record 341 carries for 2,482 yards and 33 touchdowns. In his career he is 844-5412 rushing with 63 scores, plus 31 receptions for 449 yards and three touchdowns. He also recorded his first pass on a short shovel to Ben Nortey for eight yards. 

Midwest City will advance to the semifinals and will take on the three-time defending State Champions from No. 5 Bixby (7-4) who trounced No. 4 Stillwater (8-3) 41-14. No. 1 Booker T. Washington (10-1) defeated No. 6 Putnam City (7-4) 56-21 and will take on No. 3 Lawton (9-2) who defeated No. 7 Muskogee (5-5) 57-36. 

CPHS Football Preview: No. 2 Midwest City hosts No. 8 Sand Springs

Current Pittsburg State freshman defensive end Delvin Jordan pressures Bomber quarterback Preston Colbert in the 2016 quarterfinals. (Photo: Virgil Noah).

For the third time in the past four years, the No. 8 ranked Charles Page High School football team (5-5) will travel to No. 2 Midwest City (9-1) for the first round of the Class 6A-II playoffs. The Sandites won their last two bouts with the Bombers, but this will be their toughest match yet.

In 2014 the Sandites made the playoffs for the third-straight year and notched their first playoff win since 1997 when they topped Midwest City 29-28 in overtime. The No. 4 Bombers (7-3) were the favorite to win, but No. 5 Sand Springs (8-4) sent the game into overtime with a field goal and won with a defensive stand on a two-point conversion attempt. The Sandites were defeated 41-14 by Bixby in the semifinals. 

In 2016 the No. 3 Sandites (7-5) topped the No. 4 Bombers (7-4) 23-14 for their fifth-straight playoff appearance and third-straight quarterfinal win. Hunter Greathouse was 13-20-159-2 passing while Payton Scott ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns. The Sandites were defeated 35-21 by Bixby in the semifinals. 

With only two meetings in school history, you wouldn't think there'd be much rivalry in the series, but Midwest City will be out to prove themselves after failing to win a playoff game since 2013 before the 6A split. 

The Bombers have had a stellar season thus far, with their only loss coming 27-24 in overtime against No. 1 Booker T. Washington (9-1). They defeated No. 3 Lawton 41-35, No. 4 Stillwater 35-21, No. 6 Putnam City 32-14 and No. 7 Muskogee 26-20.

The Sandites have had several impressive outings that fell short in the final stretches. They led No. 9 Choctaw 20-7 before falling 21-20. They led Muskogee 34-30 before falling 40-34. They were tied 21-21 with No. 5 Bixby in the fourth quarter before falling 42-21. 

The Sandites have finished three-straight seasons with quarterfinal wins and have had winning records for five-straight years. Both are school records. They'll have to win the State title to end with a winning record, but they can finish at an even 6-6 if they at least win this quarterfinal. 

MWC Average Box

Scored: 40
First Downs: 17
Fumbles-Lost: 2-1
Penalties: 12-99
Passing: 14-21-237-0
Rushing: 35-157
Plays-Offense: 56-394

Allowed: 19
First Downs: 15
Fumbles-Lost: 2-1
Penalties: 7-58
Passing: 13-23-141-2
Rushing: 39-119
Plays-Offense: 62-260

CPHS Average Box

Scored: 28
First Downs: 14
Fumbles-Lost: 1-1
Penalties: 3-28
Passing: 5-11-63-1
Rushing: 44-270
Plays-Offense: 55-333

Allowed: 27
First Downs: 17
Fumbles-Lost: 2-1
Penalties: 6-49
Passing: 16-25-187-1
Rushing: 36-192
Plays-Offense: 61-379

Sand Springs vs. Midwest City History

2016: Sand Springs 23-14 (A, Quarterfinals)
2014: Sand Springs 29-28 OT (A, Quarterfinals)

Sand Springs Season Statistic Leaders


47-104-584-5 Pennington, 5 TD
1-2-45-0 Foster, 1 TD


11-148 McCallie, 1 TD
9-144 Scott, 1 TD
11-88 Millican
2-61 Hawkins, 2 TD
2-47 Fleischman, 1 TD


314-2308 Scott, 31 TD
28-240 Nortey, 2 TD
68-66 Pennington, 1 TD
10-28 McCallie
13-31 Jones


33/37 Weiser

Field Goals

1/2 Weiser, Long 25


36-31 Smith
1-48 Pennington


27-35 Weiser
22-38 Cox
1-51 Smith

Punt Return

Kick Return

10-182 Denton
7-113 Bratcher
3-91 Scott
4-38 Millican
3-15 McCallie


92 Cramer
59 Fleischman
48 Edwards
40 Fain
33 Finch
33 Lyons

For Loss

12-36 Finch
9-26 Fain
7-35 Edwards
6-32 Lyons
6-26 Cramer


4-30 Lyons
3-31 Edwards
3-15 Fain
3-11 Finch
1-12 Fleischman
1-12 Cramer


4-31 Askew
2-13 Cramer
1 Cartwright
1 Lyons


5 Cramer
4 Bratcher
4 Mackey
3 Denton
3 Edwards
3 Lyons

Fumble Recoveries

3-2 Edwards
2 Askew
1-24 Mackey
1 Bratcher
1 Cramer

Forced Fumbles

1 K. Adcock
1 Cartwright
1 Finch
1 Lyons
1 Mackey

Week Eleven 6A-II rankings and playoff predictions; a look at this weekend's games

The final eight were already decided going into last week's games, and now we have the final seeds for the fourth installment of the 6A Division Two playoffs.

No. 1 Booker T. Washington Hornets (Last Week No. 1) vs. No. 6 Putnam City Pirates (6)

The District Two Champions from Booker T. Washington (9-1, 6-0) will host Putnam City (7-3, 4-3). The Hornets won a relatively close (by their standards) 42-13 battle in Bartlesville (1-8, 1-5) while the Pirates won a solid 52-14 tuneup game in Enid (3-7, 1-6).

Washington's only loss this season was a 30-21 out-of-state exhibition with West Monroe, Louisiana (10-0). They even topped Midwest City 27-24 in overtime.

Putnam City played the tougher district and fell only 27-21 to Lawton and 39-32 to Stillwater but was dominated 32-14 by Midwest City. In their regular season finale AJ Newsome passed for 246 yards and four touchdowns with 38 yards on the ground for two touchdowns, all in the first half. 

The pick: BTW 46 Putnam 21.

No. 2 Midwest City Bombers (2) vs. No. 8 Sand Springs Sandites (8)

The District One Champions from Midwest City (9-1, 7-0) won a solid 35-21 outing with Stillwater (8-2, 5-2) almost entirely on the ground. The Bombers combined for 151 rushing yards while Preston Colbert was 18-22-234-1 by air. They gave up 95 yards in penalties and had one fumble. The Bombers have lost only one game this season, by an overtime field goal to the top-ranked Hornets. 

Sand Springs (5-5, 3-3) fell 42-21 to the defending State Champions from Bixby (6-4, 5-1) but it was all knotted up at 21-21 going into the fourth quarter. They tied 7-7 in the first, the Spartans won a second quarter 14-0 shutout, and the Sandites did the same in the third. Caden Pennington was 3-12-19-1 by air while Payton Scott carried 29 times for 148 yards and all three Sandite touchdowns. 

The pick: MWC 33 CPHS 19.

No. 3 Lawton Wolverines (3) vs. No. 7 Muskogee Roughers (7) 

Last year's State Runners-Up made their way to the finals with a 35-28 semifinal victory over Muskogee. The Roughers (5-4, 4-2) will get a rematch this year, and they'll need to bring their A-game. The Wolverines (8-2, 6-1) are coming off a dominant 56-28 victory in Deer Creek (4-6, 2-5) that started with a 42-7 lead by the second period. Alihas Hopper was 21-26-238 passing with five touchdowns. Miles Davis had 203 yards and two touchdowns on eighteen carries.

Muskogee rediscovered their typically potent offense after a lackluster 27-14 win in Sapulpa (1-9, 1-5), drubbing Ponca City (1-9, 1-5) 51-19 on the road. Jacob Medrano was 16-18-305 with five touchdowns by air and Kristian Hillmon carried 11 times for 93 yards They gave up 115 yards in penalties, but had no turnovers. 

The pick: Lawton 48 Muskogee 35.

No. 4 Stillwater Pioneers (4) vs. No. 5 Bixby Spartans (5)

The three-time defending State Champions (6-4, 5-1) pulled out a winning season and home playoff game with their 42-21 fourth-quarter stand against the Sandites (5-5, 3-3) but they'll have their work cut out for them against Stillwater (8-2, 5-2) whose season has looked far cleaner and more consistent. 

There have been two Bixbys this season. One Bixby beat Jenks 35-18, Muskogee 38-23, Ponca 68-7, and Sand Springs 21-0. The other Bixby lost three-straight including a 37-35 upset in Putnam City. They only beat Bartlesville 37-21, and they were shutout 21-0 by Booker T. Washington. In their regular season finale they squandered a 21-7 lead and allowed the Sandites to tie it up with a third-quarter shutout before rallying in the fourth. Staton King was 19-29-212-1 passing and Tucker Pawley ran for 229 yards and five touchdowns on 41 carries. 

There's only one Stillwater and they can be counted on to show up. The Pioneers started on a five-win streak before falling 43-29 to Lawton, then went on another three-win streak before falling 35-21 to Midwest City. In their regular season finale they went down swinging with a 263-yard running performance and three touchdowns from Tyler Disidore. They also fumbled three times, turning over two of them.

The pick: Bixby 38 Stillwater 32

No. 9 Choctaw Yellowjackets (9) 

Choctaw (6-4, 3-4) once again missed the playoffs by a hair with a winning record and solid season. They went 3-0 outside of their district, including an impressive come-from-behind 21-20 win against Sand Springs. They shut out Enid 37-0 and drilled Putnam West (1-9, 0-7) 45-17 in the season finale. 

Avg Score: 26-23

No. 10 Deer Creek Antlers (10)

Deer Creek (4-6, 2-5) notched wins against 6A-I Southmoore and Edmond Memorial, as well as a 38-24 district win against Enid and a 34-7 performance against Putnam West. Their season finale was a 56-28 home loss to Lawton. 

Avg Score: 25-34

No. 11 Enid Plainsmen (11)

Enid (3-7, 1-6) won their opening two games 34-23 over Guthrie and 61-34 against Ponca City, and made headlines with a 49-42 double-overtime comeback win against Putnam City West who led 42-7 after three quarters. Despite a potent offense, that would be their only district victory and they closed the season with six-straight losses and a 52-14 finale against Putnam City. AJ Newsome passed for 246 yards and four touchdowns with 38 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the loss. 

Avg Score: 30-44

No. 12 Putnam City West Patriots (12)

Putnam West (1-9, 0-7) won their season-opener 16-15 against Duncan, but wouldn't notch another win this year. They had a few solid performances, putting up 42 points against Enid and only falling 21-11 to Putnam City, but ended the year with a 45-17 loss to Choctaw. 

Avg Score: 15-38

No. 13 Bartlesville Bruins (13)

Bartlesville (1-8, 1-5) found their lone win in game six, 9-2 against Sapulpa. They also defeated McAlester 30-25 in the season debut, but forfeited the game later due to an ineligible player. After the suspension, then resignation of their former head coach, the Bruins were in a holding pattern under interim coach Kyle Ppool. 

Avg Score: 16-39

No. 14 Sapulpa Chieftains (14)

Sapulpa (1-9, 1-5) started the season with seven-straight losses before trouncing Ponca City 42-14. They had several solid performances, including a 27-20 game against Choctaw, and a 27-14 loss to Muskogee, but never could cross the finish line. They ended the year with a 54-13 loss to Broken Arrow and managed 132 rushing yards against 6A-I powerhouse team. 

Avg Score: 13-34

No. 15 Ponca City Wildcats (15)

Ponca City (1-9, 1-5) edged out Bartlesville 14-12 in week five to avert a winless season and ended the year with a 51-19 battle against Muskogee. Justin Andrews was 20-44-254-1 passing for both Wildcat touchdowns. 

Avg Score: 14-44. 

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Scott Emigh
Overall: 68-18 (.791)
Last Week: 8-0 (1.00)
Last Year: 48-21 (.695)


Virgil Noah
Staff Writer
Overall: 58-15* (.794)
Last Week: 8-0 (1.00)
Last Year: 43-26 (.623)

*Virgil missed the first week of picks.

CPHS Softball: Destanie Garrett signs with Southwestern Christian University

Charles Page High School senior softballer Destanie Garrett signed a letter of intent Wednesday morning to play collegiate ball for Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Oklahoma.

The Eagles are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and compete in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC). They also compete in the National Christian College Athletics Association (NCCAA) Division One. 

The Southwestern softball team went 11-39 in the 2016-2017 season and finished last in the SAC. They are led by seventh-season head coach Kent Williams who has amassed an 80-209 record in his time with the program. 

CPHS Golf: Carson Griggs signs with University of Denver

Charles Page High School senior and OSSAA 6A State Runner-Up golf star Carson Griggs signed a letter of intent Wednesday morning to play for the University of Denver (DU).

DU is a four-year private university participating in NCAA Division One athletics. The Pioneers have been members of The Summit League since 2013 and they placed sixth in the conference championship this past season. Their last conference title was in 2014 and their last NCAA Tournament appearance was in 2011. They are led by Head Coach Erik Billinger in his fourth season. 

Griggs is coming off a second-place finish in the OSSAA 6A State Championship last May, finishing just two strokes behind the Champion in a field of 72 competitors. He shot four strokes under par in a three-round tournament at the Golf Club of Edmond. He tied for 20th place as a sophomore and 19th place as a freshman.

Last year Griggs took first place at the 6A State Preview at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, but the Championship location was relocated due to spring flooding at its usual site. He also won the Sand Springs Invitational and the Frontier Valley Conference Championship, and placed second at the Bartlesville Bruin Invitational.

CPHS Volleyball: Gloria Mutiri signs with Kansas State University

Charles Page High School senior standout Gloria Mutiri signed a letter of intent Wednesday morning to play collegiate volleyball for Kansas State University.

Mutiri was the leading-scorer for the Lady Sandites four years running, finishing her senior season with 524 kills, 79 blocks, 106 digs, 39 ages, and 15 assists. She averaged 4.9 kills per set this year and led her team to the Regional Finals, a 15-18 record, and the No. 12 ranking in Class 6A. The Lady Sandites went 65-76 during Mutiri's time with the program and she was recently named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State team. 

Kansas State is currently 9-15 overall and 2-9 in the Big 12 Conference. The Wildcats are in their seventeenth season under Head Coach Suzie Fritz, who has amassed a 317-186 record in her time leading the program. Last year the team went 21-10, tied for fourth in the Big 12, and made the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Their last conference title came in 2003. 

CPHS Track: Tiqvah Soap signs with Friends University

Charles Page High School senior Track and Cross Country star Tiqvah Soap signed a letter of intent Wednesday morning to run for Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.

Friends is a four-year non-denominational Christian private school competing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC). 

The Falcons finished last season with a KCAC Championship in Cross Country and placed thirtieth at the NAIA Championships. They placed first in the KCAC Indoor Track Championships and tenth at the NAIA Championships. They also placed first at the KCAC Outdoor Track Championships and finished fourteenth at the NAIA Championships.

Soap led the Lady Sandites on three occasions this past fall. At the Pryor Invitational she had a 25th place finish, running an 1850-meter course in 8:09 and placed eighth at the Sapulpa Invitational with a 5:50 mile. At the Holland Hall 5K she took 35th place in 24:24. In 2016 the Lady Sandites qualified for State as a team and Soap placed 25th in 20:29.5. 

Last spring Soap took sixteenth in the 800-meter run at the State Championship with a personal-record performance of 2:30.79. Her season-best 1600-meter run was 5:54.3. She was also a member of the State-qualifying 3200-meter relay team that placed eleventh with a time of 10:29.79. 

Youth Wrestling: Sandites crown eleven champions at Claremore Invitational


The future of Sandite wrestling is looking as bright as ever as the 2017-2018 youth wrestling season kicks off. A few weeks into the season, the Sandites have had strong showings at each tournament with several first and second place finishes.

The Sand Springs Team Big wrestling club crowned eleven champions at this past weekend's Claremore Youth Invitational and had seven runners-up. 


Michael Johnson (4-0) took first place in Division Four at 64 pounds. He pinned Jackson Martin in 1:33 and Simon Hartline in 0:22, and scored decisions of 6-0 and 4-0 against Jagen Jones and Iziah Tusler, respectively. 

Bentley Furr (4-0) took first place in Novice Division Two at 64 pounds. He pinned Hayden Smith in 23 seconds, Mateo Baldez in 2:29, and Colton Waldon in 28 seconds before scoring a 9-4 decision against Zavier Campion in the finals.

Chris Kirby (3-0) pinned Veronica Cooper in 22 seconds and Jose Flores in 24 seconds before scoring a 16-1 tech fall over Jonathan Gatz in the Division Five 155-pound finals.

Clayton Giddens (3-0) breezed through Division Four, pinning Joaquin Moralez in 2:48 and Keith Sanders in 3:52 before teching Dylan Abbott 18-3 in the finals.

Jaxon Grigsby (3-0) won Division Three at 58 pounds in dominating fashion. He pinned Owen Kiesel in 1:20 then teched Zane Filtz and Ty Michael Clark 15-0 each. 

Blayton Collins (3-0) took first place in Novice Division Two at 61 pounds with a thirty-second pin of Hunter Belcher and a 12-4 major decision against Maleah Zinn.

Owen Martin (2-0) took first place in Division Five at 84 pounds, pinning Korbyn York in 1:52 and teching Julian Briones 17-2. 

Skyler Wood (2-0) took first place in Novice Division Three at seventy pounds with a 1:57 pin of Edward Jones and a 15-2 major decision against William Laffoon.

Kasen McAffrey (2-0) won Division Two at 70 pounds, pinning Noah Boulware in fifteen seconds and Ethan Starks in 3:29. 

Rollin Fish (2-0) won Division One at 66 pounds, defeating David Tusler 13-9.

Connor Beals (2-0) won Novice Division Three at 76 pounds, pinning Mia Adams in 2:41 and scoring a 14-6 major decision against Bobby Brockman.


Abraham Flores (2-1) took second place in Division Four at 120 pounds. He pinned Adrian Flores in 0:32 and Cameron Braswell in 0:21 but fell 2-0 to Blake Gilkey of Collinsville.

Carter Wood (2-1) pinned Josiah Moss in seventeen seconds and Caiden Estrada in 24 seconds, but fell 9-0 to Mason OBanion in Division Two at seventy pounds.

Ethan White (1-1) was majored 10-0 by Nathan Dekker in the Division Five 134-pound bracket, but pinned Thomas Moralez in 2:14 for second place.

Zander Grigsby (1-1) pinned Kynndrick Brooks in 3:31 but fell 2-0 to Bryson Humphries in the finals.

Ethan Starks (1-1) competed in Division Two at seventy pounds and teched Noah Boulware 18-3 before falling to teammate Kasen McAffrey.

David Cline (1-1) placed second in Novice Division Three at eighty pounds, edging out Drake Blue 6-5. 

Taytum Parker (1-1) placed second in Novice Division Two at 52 pounds with a pin of Tucker Daniels in 1:19.

Consolation Champions

Mitchell Smith (4-1) took third in Division Four at 84 pounds. He pinned Jim Watkins in 1:50 and defeated Jaxson Humphries 6-2 before falling 6-3 to Blade Walden. In the consolation bracket he pinned Dayton Moison in 44 seconds and repeated against Humphries with a 10-7 decision.

Robert Burke (3-1) took third in Division Three at seventy pounds, pinning Jace Simms in 1:55 and teching Aaron Wyrick 20-5. His lone loss was a close 7-5 decision to Daxton Sullivan. 

Asher Giddens (3-1) competed in Division One at 46 pounds. He defeated Rowden Benavidez twice, once in the first round and once in consolation. He was pinned by Parker Ingram but scored an 11-0 major decision against Kyson Buckner and a 9-0 major decision against Venvidez to win consolation.

Matthew Moore (2-1) competed in Division Three at 64 pounds. He defeated Jack Hooe 5-2 and Jimmy Groden 9-0. 

College Wrestling: Jack and Cody Karstetter place 1st and 3rd at OCU Open

2017 State Champion Jack Karstetter won his first college tournament this past weekend. (Photo: Scott Emigh). 

2017 State Champion Jack Karstetter won his first college tournament this past weekend. (Photo: Scott Emigh). 

Charles Page High School graduates and All-State wrestling brothers Jack and Cody Karstetter have been reunited at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College after two years apart. 

Jack (5-0) graduated CPHS in 2017 and made his college debut with a 133-pound First Place finish in the Freshman/Sophomore division. The former 6A State Champion swept the competition with two pins, two decisions, and one major decision. He took down Waylon Holman in 2:57 and Gage Gomez in 3:47, then decisioned Marcelino Lopez 8-4. In the semifinals he majored Ryan Chavez 19-7, then topped James Tann Cole 11-4 in the championship round.

Cody (5-1 season, 12-6 career), a 2015 CPHS graduate and State Runner-Up, spent two seasons at the NCAA Division I level. He signed with the University of North Carolina TarHeels and went 6-3. He placed sixth at the Virginia Tech Hokie Open, then took second at the Wolfpack Open. He transferred to the University of Oklahoma last season and went 1-2 after a season-ending injury.

On Sunday he competed at 141 pounds in the Freshman/Sophomore division and took third place. He pinned his first two opponents, Ernest Caldwell in 1:49 and Jacob Blumenthal in 4:18, and won a 6-4 decision over Nate Keim. In the semifinals he was majored 13-2 by Oklahoma State University freshman and four-time undefeated State Champion Kaden Gfeller, who went on to win the bracket with a 14-2 major decision. In the Consolation bracket he pinned Darian Manzanares in 1:14 and Brandon Conrad in 6:23. 

NEO is a two-year junior college in Miami, Oklahoma. The Golden Norsemen finished last season with a 14-1 record and placed third in the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) National Championships. They will return to action this Saturday at the Bethany Swede Open in Lindsburg, Kansas and will host Neosho County Community College in their first dual on Tuesday, November 14th. 

Class of 2015 graduate and Oklahoma Wesleyan freshman Kyler Childers (0-3) competed at 285 pounds in the Freshman/Sophomore division. Childers was a three-time State placer for the Sandites and signed with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M his senior year but never competed. This is the first year of the Wesleyan wrestling program, which competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes and Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Eagles will travel to Bristol, Tennessee next weekend for the King University Open.

CPHS Football: Sandites fall 42-21 to No. 6 Bixby on Senior Night

The No. 8 ranked Charles Page High School football team (5-5, 3-3) suffered a 42-21 defeat in their regular season finale Friday night at Memorial Stadium. The three-time defending State Champions from No. 6 Bixby (6-4, 5-1) won their fourth-straight encounter with the Sandites to clinch a home playoff game, sending the Sandites to take on the District 1 Champions next week.

BHS 42 CPHS 21

1Q All 7-7
2Q BHS 14-0
3Q CPHS 14-0
4Q BHS 21-0

Passing: BHS 19-29-212-1, CPHS 3-12-19-1.
Rushing: BHS 42-232, CPHS 43-159.
Plays-Offense: BHS 73-444, CPHS 55-178.
First Downs: BHS 23, CPHS 15.
Penalties: BHS 4-40, CPHS 4-32.
Fumbles/Lost: BHS 0/0, CPHS 0/0.

The Sandites’ opening drive could not have been more perfect. Luke Bratcher picked up the longest kick return of the season at 45 yards, then the talented Offensive Line paved the way for Payton Scott to march the remaining 52 in only nine plays. The drive was capped by a three-yard run and Jaden Weiser kick for the 7-0 lead.

It was the Spartans’ show from there. They scored on their first possession with a ten-yard run from Tucker Pawley to conclude a seventy-yard twelve-play drive.

The Sandites punted their next possession, the Spartans turned the ball over on a fourth-down pass attempt broken up in the red zone by Lucas Adcock, and the first quarter ended 7-7.

The second quarter was a 14-0 shutout on the part of the visitors. They scored a four-yard run by Pawley on a seven-play 54-yard march. The teams exchanged punts and the Spartans marched 63 yards in eight plays with a one-yard scoring run from Pawley. Reis Vernon was three-for-three on point-after kicks, but bounced a thirty-yard field goal attempt off the uprights shortly before halftime.

After some halftime adjustments, the Sandites came out ready for action and a third-quarter shutout. Kaiden Cox’s onside kick was recovered by Garrett McCallie and the Sandites scored soon after on a four-yard run from Scott. Hayden Cramer picked off a pass on the Spartans’ drive and the Sandites scored once again on a twenty-yard run from Scott to tie the game.

The visitors went right back to work in the fourth with a shutout of their own to sabotage the Sandites' Senior Night. Pawley scored on a one yard run, Staton King sent a 47-yard touchdown pass to Cade Cavendar, then Pawley scored his fifth and final touchdown from seven yards out. 

Pawley led all offensive players with 229 yards and five touchdowns, all on the ground. King was 19-29-212-1 by air and Scott was 29-148 rushing with all three Sandite touchdowns. Cramer led the Sandite defense with thirteen tackles, closely followed by Dash Fleischman with eleven. 

The Sandites will take the No. 4 seed in District Two, meaning they will travel to No. 2 Midwest City (9-1) for the playoff quarterfinals next Friday. Midwest City went undefeated in district play and their only loss this season was a 27-24 overtime battle with No. 1 Booker T. Washington (9-1, 6-0). Bixby will play host to No. 4 Stillwater (8-2). The winners of those two games will meet at a neutral location in the semifinals. 

Sand Springs Individual Statistics

Passing: Pennington 3-12-19-1.
Receiving: McCallie 3-19.
Rushing: Scott 29-148, 3TD. Pennington 9-8. McCallie 3-2. Nortey 2-1.
PAT: Weiser 3/3.
Kick-AVG: Cox 3-28, Weiser 1-30.
Punt-AVG: Smith 5-31.
Kick Return: Bratcher 2-51, Denton 1-10, McCallie 1-10.
Tackles: Cramer 13, Fleischman 11, L. Adcock 7, Finch 6, Askew 6, Edwards 5, Mackey 5, Fain 4, Lyons 3, Bratcher 2, Naugle 1, Krotzer 1, Mock 1, Cartwright 1, Denton 1, Moyer 1, Evans 1.
Tackles For Loss: Finch 2-5, Mackey 1-4, Cramer 1-3, Moyer 1-1. 
Interceptions: Cramer 1-7.
Breakups: Edwards 2, L. Adcock 1, Lyons 1, McCallie 1.

Bixby Individual Statistics

Passing: King 19-29-212-1, 1TD.
Receiving: Cavendar 3-70, 1 TD. Presley 7-50, Riddle 6-49, Calton-Wakins 2-33, Barbour 1-10.
Rushing: Pawley 41-229, 5TD. Roller 1-4, King 2-(-1).
PAT: Vernon 5/5.
Field Goals: Vernon 0/1.
Kick-Avg: Vernon 6-42.
Punt-Avg: Vernon 1-39.
Tackles For Loss: King 1-6, #99 1-5, Farley 1-2.
Sacks: #99 1-5.
Interceptions: Tillman 1.

Longtime Sandite Ed Dubie inducted into University of Tulsa Hall of Fame

Former Sand Springs coach and athletic director Ed Dubie was inducted into the University of Tulsa Hall of Fame this September.

Dubie was a four-sport athlete, lettering twelve times at TU from 1928 through 1931. He played football, baseball, track, and basketball. Playing the quarterback position, he led TU to a 26-6 win over Arkansas in the first game ever played at Skelly Stadium in 1930. He was a starting player on the basketball team and was team captain for three seasons. Prior to college, he played for Bristow High School.

After graduating from TU in 1932, he refereed Big Eight and Missouri Valley football games for 25 years, chaired the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission for 25 years, taught a church school class for 37 years, served on the Sand Springs School Board for 42 years, and defeated lung cancer along the way.

During his tenure in Sand Springs, he coached football, basketball, and baseball. His 1937 football team went undefeated. The field house at Charles Page High School was named in his honor.

Following his career with Sand Springs Public Schools, he headed the tax and insurance departments for the Sand Springs Home Interests and became a partner at the Dubie-Wells insurance agency. He also served as the head of the Tulsa Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Dubie passed in 1992 at the age of 84. His wife, Marjorie, joined him in 1998 at the age of 85.

Joining Dubie in the TU Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017 are three-time Conference Pole Vault Champion David Smoot, Minnesota Viking Wes Hamilton, four-time All-American golfer Stacy Prammanasudh, All-Conference softball player Lauren Lindsay, and the 1982 Conference Champion Football Team. 

The induction ceremony was held Friday night, September 29th at the Lorton Performance Center at TU. The inductees were also recognized at halftime of the Tulsa-Navy football game on September 30th. 

Week Ten 6A-II rankings and predictions; a look at this weekend's games

It's the last week of the regular season, and the eight playoff-bound teams have all clinched their berths. From District One it'll be Midwest City, Lawton, Stillwater, and Putnam City. District Two will advance Booker T. Washington, Bixby, Muskogee, and Sand Springs. The teams still have one last game to try and improve their seed. 

No. 1 Booker T. Washington Hornets (Last Week No. 1) vs. No. 13 Bartlesville Bruins (13)* District 2

Booker T. (8-1, 5-0) clinched the District 2 Championship last week with a 21-0 shutout of the defending State Champions from Bixby (5-4, 4-1). The Hornets held Bixby to 115 total yards, including 11 yards on 33 runs, thanks in part to seven sacks. Thomas Grayson ran 20 times for 131 yards and all three Hornet touchdowns came in the first half. Both teams gave up two interceptions apiece with no fumbles. 

Bartlesville (1-7, 1-4) was part of a record setting night, but at their expense. The Sand Springs Sandites (5-4, 3-2) dealt the Bruins a 55-13 loss, running for over 500 yards. Noah Sunday was 22-36-227-1 passing but their run game was held to 77 yards on 25 carries and they gave up one fumble. 

The pick: BTW 58 BHS 7.

No. 2 Midwest City Bombers (2) vs. No. 4 Stillwater Pioneers (5)* District 1

The Bombers (8-1, 6-0) are one step closer to a District title after scoring a 46-25 win over Enid (3-6, 1-5). Their defense was slow-starting as both teams scored on their initial drives before the Bombers jumped ahead with five-straight touchdowns. Preston Colbert was 11-16-222-0 passing and Austin Anderson carried 19 times for 186 yards.

Stillwater (8-1, 5-1) is still in contention for the title after a 39-32 win against Putnam City (6-3, 3-3), but they'll need some help to get there. Not only will they need to beat Midwest City, but they'll also need Lawton to lose. It's impossible for the Pioneers to pass the Bombers in point-differential, so even with a fifteen-point win, they'll need the Wolverines to win by less than two points for Stillwater to host a playoff game. Tyler Disidore ran 18-110, Qwontrell Walker ran 17-111, and Garrett Leming was 11-74 in the back-and-forth affair. 

The pick: MWC 38 SHS 29.

No. 3 Lawton Wolverines (3) vs. No. 10 Deer Creek Antlers (10)* District 1

Lawton (7-2, 5-1) is still in the running for the district title, but it's almost entirely out of their hands. Even with a fifteen-point win over Deer Creek (4-5, 2-4), they'll still need Stillwater to upset Midwest City by at least eight points. Last week they throttled Putnam City West (1-8, 0-6) 44-7. Deer Creek is coming off a 34-21 loss to Choctaw (5-4, 2-4).

The pick: LHS 47 DC 14.

No. 5 Bixby Spartans (4) vs. No. 8 Sand Springs Sandites (8)* District 2

The three-time defending State Champions (5-4, 4-1) suffered a 21-0 shutout at the hands of Booker T. (8-1, 5-0). Staton King was 7-21-104-2 passing and Tucker Pawley was held to 38 yards on 19 carries. All 21 of the Hornets' points came in the first half. The Spartans will clinch a home playoff game with a win. 

Sand Springs (5-4, 3-2) did what they do best and fed the ball to Payton Scott all night long against Bartlesville (1-7, 1-4). The senior star ran for 506 yards and seven touchdowns in the 55-13 beat down. The Sandites won the turnover battle with one pick and one fumble. The Sandites can still earn a home playoff game with an upset of Bixby and a Ponca City upset of Muskogee. 

The pick: BHS 38 CPHS 29.

No. 7 Muskogee Roughers (6) vs. No. 15 Ponca City Wildcats (14)* District 2

Muskogee (4-4, 3-2) is coming off a lackluster 27-14 performance against Sapulpa (1-8, 1-5). Jacob Medrano was 18-27-203-0 passing and the Roughers were 37-139 on the ground. They'll clinch third place with a win and a Sandite loss, but if the Sandites upset Bixby it'll come down to point-differential and the Roughers have the lowest spread of the four post-season qualifiers. 

Ponca City (1-8, 1-4) is effectively out of contention, but they could still play the spoiler when it comes to post-season seeding. The Wildcats are coming off a 28-14 loss to Norman (1-8) and should theoretically be an easy win for the Roughers. However, the Wildcats have had some impressive offensive outings this season, scoring 34 against Enid and 21 against Booker T. 

The pick: MHS 39 PoHi 19.

No. 6 Putnam City Pirates (7) vs. No. 11 Enid Plainsmen (11)* District 1

Putnam City (6-3, 3-3) lost a 39-32 heart-breaker in Stillwater to seal them in at fourth in districts. The Pirates are bound for Booker T. in the post-season, but first they get a tuneup game against Enid (3-6, 1-5). A.J. Newsome was 19-33-268-0 passing while Keylhan Henderson led the ground game with 109 yards on 17 carries.

Enid (3-6, 1-5) is coming off a 46-21 loss to Midwest City (8-1, 6-0). Mason Skrimager was 27-37-191-2 passing.

The pick: PHS 40 EHS 23.

No. 9 Choctaw Yellowjackets (9) vs. No. 12 Putnam City West Patriots (12)* District 1

Choctaw (5-4, 2-4) won a 34-21 bout with Deer Creek (4-5, 2-4), but is out of playoff contention and shooting to end the year with a winning record. Putnam City West (1-8, 0-6) is coming off a 44-7 beat down from Lawton (7-2, 5-1) and is just hoping to avoid a winless district record.

The pick: CHS 35 PCW 21.

No. 14 Sapulpa Chieftains (15) vs. Broken Arrow Tigers

Sapulpa (1-8, 1-5) wrapped up their district season with a 27-14 loss to Muskogee (4-4, 3-2) and will end the year against 6A-I Broken Arrow (5-4). The Chieftains were 24-106 on the ground and 8-16-76-1 by air against the Roughers. Broken Arrow is coming off a 49-7 victory over Edmond Memorial (1-8) led by Noah Cortes with 231 yards on the ground and Kejuan Tolbert with 173. 

The pick: BAHS 56 SHS 10.

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Scott Emigh
Overall: 60-18 (.769)
Last Week: 7-1 (.875)
Last Year: 48-21 (.695)


Virgil Noah
Staff Writer
Overall: 50-15* (.769)
Last Week: 8-0 (1.00)
Last Year: 43-26 (.623)

*Virgil missed the first week of picks.

CPHS Football Preview: Bixby at Sand Springs, home playoff game on the line

Payton Scott (34) posts a block for 2016 quarterback Hunter Greathouse (5) in a Semifinal Playoff game against Bixby. Scott ran for 86 yards and a touchdown in the 35-21 loss while Greathouse passed for 125 yards and two touchdowns. (Photo: Morgan Miller). 

Payton Scott (34) posts a block for 2016 quarterback Hunter Greathouse (5) in a Semifinal Playoff game against Bixby. Scott ran for 86 yards and a touchdown in the 35-21 loss while Greathouse passed for 125 yards and two touchdowns. (Photo: Morgan Miller). 

The No. 8 ranked Charles Page High School football team (5-4, 3-2) will host the three-time defending State Champions from No. 5 Bixby (5-4, 4-1) in their regular season finale Friday night at Memorial Stadium. Both teams have already clinched playoff appearances, but their seeding is very much undecided.

The Spartans and Sandites are second and fourth, respectively, in their district. With a loss, the Sandites will take on the District One Champions, likely No. 2 Midwest City (8-1, 6-0). With a win and a Ponca City upset of Muskogee, the Sandites will be the District Runners-Up and get to host a playoff game. If both Sand Springs and Muskogee win their games, it will come down to point differential and the Sandites will be guaranteed third place. If the Sandites beat Bixby by more than ten points, they can take second.

Both teams have the same record overall, but the Spartans have pulled off one more district win than the Sandites. Sand Springs went 2-2 in non-district play to the Spartans' 1-3, but the Spartans played a tougher schedule. 

Bixby defeated 6A-I Jenks (5-4) 35-18, but the Trojans weren't quite themselves at the time, starting the year 0-4 for the first time since 1968. Since then they have rattled off five-straight victories in dominant fashion. From there the Spartans fell 47-28 to Bentonville (7-2), 37-35 to No. 6 Putnam City (6-3) and 34-22 to 6A-I Westmoore (7-2). All competitive losses to quality programs. 

Sand Springs dropped their season opener 59-21 to Pulaski Academy (9-0), then gave up a 21-20 come-from-behind loss to No. 9 Choctaw (5-4) after leading for the entire game. They rebounded with a 28-14 win over No. 12 Putnam City West (1-8). The Sandites won a district bout with Sapulpa then won 26-21 over 6A-I Yukon (4-5).

Looking at mutual opponents:

  • No. 14 Sapulpa (1-8, 1-5). Sand Springs beat their biggest rivals 31-16. Bixby pummeled the Chieftains 48-10. It's tough to compare scores in a rivalry game. 
  • No. 15 Ponca City (1-8, 1-4). Sand Springs wrecked the Wildcats 41-7, but once again Bixby had the better performance with a 68-7 beat down.
  • No. 7 Muskogee (4-4, 3-2). Bixby handily defeated the Roughers 38-23 while the Sandites fell 40-34. It's worth noting that the Sandites came back from a 30-13 deficit to a 34-30 lead before giving up a 96-yard kick return. Even then, they picked up a first down at the Muskogee thirteen-yard line before time ran out. 
  • No. 1 Booker T. Washington (8-1, 5-0). Both teams were shut out by the top-ranked Hornets. Sand Springs fell 40-0, Bixby fell 21-0. 
  • No. 13 Bartlesville (1-7, 1-4). The Spartans had one of their worst games of the season two weeks ago, only defeating the Bruins 37-21. The Sandites had their biggest win of the year last Friday and murdered Bartlesville 55-13. 

If both teams play their best performances of the season, the Spartans will likely be the victors. But in a year plagued by turnovers and poor execution, they could easily be upended by the Sandites who have played a relatively clean season. 

Bixby leads the series 15-12 and 8-2 in the last seven years. The Spartans won the first meeting in 1922 when Sand Springs High School was coached by A.R. Bateman. The Sandites won back-to-back from 1926-1927 and the teams didn't meet again until the 1980s when they split the series 3-3. The Sandites won the 1990s series 5-3, but the most recent saga has been rather one-sided on the part of the Spartan program. 

The Spartans are led by CPHS graduate Loren Montgomery, who was an All-State offensive lineman under Head Coach L.D. Bains. Montgomery joined Bixby in 2010 and has a coaching record of 56-34 in his eighth season. He is 8-2 against his Alma Mater and has led his team to three consecutive State Championships since the 6A split. Sandite coach Dustin Kinard is 60-58 in his eleventh year leading the program. This will be their sixth-straight year making the playoffs, which is a town record.

Bixby Average Box

Scored: 35
First Downs: 21
Fumbles/Lost: 2/1
Penalties: 7-58
Passing: 13-24-200-1
Rushing: 38-191
Plays-Offense: 62-391

Allowed: 24
First Downs: 18
Fumbles/Lost: 2/1
Penalties: 7-56
Passing: 17-29-237-1
Rushing: 30-117
Plays-Offense: 59-354

CPHS Average Box

Scored: 29
First Downs: 14
Fumbles/Lost: 1/1
Penalties: 3-28
Passing: 5-10-68-0
Rushing: 45-283
Plays-Offense: 55-350

Allowed: 26
First Downs: 16
Fumbles/Lost: 2/1
Penalties: 6-49
Passing: 15-25-184-1
Rushing: 35-188
Plays-Offense: 60-371

Sand Springs vs. Bixby History

2016: Bixby 35-21 (State Semifinals)
2016: Bixby 35-19 (A)
2015: Bixby 38-28 (State Championship)
2015: CPHS 20-0 (H)
2014: Bixby 41-14 (State Semifinals)
2014: Bixby 34-31 (A)
2013: Bixby 35-21 (A)
2012: CPHS 21-7 (H)
2011: Bixby 43-23 (A)
2010: Bixby 48-35 (H)

1999: Bixby 23-7 (H)
1998: CPHS 30-6
1997: CPHS 19-0
1996: CPHS 28-7
1995: Bixby 17-10
1994: CPHS 33-7
1993: CPHS 26-20
1992: Bixby 20-17 OT

1985: CPHS 14-3
1984: CPHS 5-3
1983: Bixby 21-4
1982: Bixby 28-7
1981: Bixby 14-12
1980: CPHS 10-7

1927: CPHS 20-6
1926: CPHS 30-12

1922: Bixby 19-14

Sand Springs Season Statistic Leaders


44-92-565-4 Pennington, 5TD
1-2-45-0 Foster, 1TD


9-144 Scott, 1TD
8-129 McCallie, 1TD
11-88 Millican
2-61 Hawkins
2-47 Fleischman, 1TD


285-2160 Scott, 28TD
26-239 Nortey, 2TD
59-58 Pennington, 1TD
13-31 Jones
5-27 Edwards

Point-After Kicks

30/34 Weiser

Field Goals

1/2 Weiser, Long 25


31-31 Smith
1-48 Pennington


26-35 Weiser
19-40 Cox
1-51 Smith

Punt Return

Kick Return

9-172 Denton
3-91 Scott
5-62 Bratcher
4-38 Millican
1-14 Mackey


79 Cramer
48 Fleischman
43 Edwards
36 Fain
30 Lyons

For Loss

10-31 Finch
9-26 Fain
7-35 Edwards
6-32 Lyons
5-23 Cramer


4-30 Lyons
3-31 Edwards
3-15 Fain
3-11 Finch
1-12 Fleischman
1-12 Cramer


4-31 Askew
1-6 Cramer
1 Cartwright
1 Lyons


5 Cramer
4 Bratcher
4 Mackey
3 Denton
2 Lyons

Fumble Recoveries

3-2 Edwards
2 Askew
1-24 Mackey
1 Bratcher
1 Cramer

Forced Fumbles

1 K. Adcock
1 Cartwright
1 Denton
1 Finch
1 Lyons
1 Mackey

CPHS Softball: Sandites finish season 23-8, Kimi Presnell bats .522

The Charles Page High School varsity softball team saw their fall fast-pitch season come to a close this month with a 23-8 record and their third-straight Regional Championship, falling 4-1 to Choctaw in the State Semifinals.

After a game-two 4-3 loss to Claremore in a season-opening festival, the Lady Sandites rattled off six-straight wins before falling to the top-ranked team in Class 2A. They won another nine in a row, including a first place finish at the Bixby Tournament before hitting a rough patch at the University of Central Oklahoma Tournament where they went 2-3. They finished districts 8-2 for second place, then swept their Regional 3-0. 

In the State Tournament they held Choctaw (32-9) scoreless for three innings before the Yellowjackets jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth. University of Northern Iowa-commit Jacie Taber gave up a walk and four hits before bringing the inning to a close with a strikeout. 

Jensen Arnold singled in the bottom of the fourth and courtesy runner Kinsey Skaggs scored on a double from Felicity Horn, but that was the lone run of the game for the Lady Sandites. 

The girls benefit from playing the only sport with two seasons in the same year. They will get one more tour together when Slow Pitch begins this spring. Last year they finished 11-13 in slow pitch, ranked No. 17 in Class 6A. They will graduate only two seniors this May in Lauryn Jewell and Destinee Garrett, returning a highly-talented and heavily-experienced unit in 2018. 

Final Season Statistics

Batting Average

.522 Presnell (92 At-Bats)
.457 Usher (94)
.368 Taber (87)
.365 Blair (96)
.357 Luttrell (84)
.340 Arnold (53)
.325 M. Skaggs (83)
.316 Horn (76)
.271 Clemons (70)
.200 K. Skaggs (10)
.176 Lee (17)
.143 Jones (7)
.000 Bechtold (1)
.000 Hawkins (3)

Slugging Average

.761 Presnell
.596 Usher
.536 Luttrell
.471 Taber
.469 Blair
.434 Arnold
.434 Horn
.386 Clemons
.386 M. Skaggs
.235 Lee
.200 K. Skaggs
.143 Jones
.000 Bechtold
.000 Hawkins

On-Base Percentage

.532 Presnell
.460 Usher
.423 Horn
.409 Luttrell
.398 Blair
.385 Arnold
.385 Taber
.333 M. Skaggs
.326 Clemons
.304 Lee
.200 K. Skaggs
.143 Jones
.000 Bechtold
.000 Hawkins


32 Presnell
29 Usher
23 Horn
22 Luttrell
20 Clemons
18 M. Skaggs
16 K. Skaggs
14 Taber
12 Blair
11 Hawkins
8 Jones
1 Arnold
1 Lee


32 Taber
29 Luttrell
22 Blair
22 Horn
21 Usher
16 Presnell
15 M. Skaggs
13 Clemons
10 Arnold
2 Lee


48 Presnell
43 Usher
35 Blair
32 Taber
30 Luttrell
27 M. Skaggs
24 Horn
19 Clemons
18 Arnold
3 Lee
2 K. Skaggs
1 Jones


33 Usher
30 Presnell
25 Blair
25 Taber
21 Luttrell
21 M. Skaggs
17 Horn
13 Arnold
13 Clemons
2 Lee
2 K. Skaggs
1 Jones


15 Presnell
10 Blair
8 Usher
6 Luttrell
6 Taber
5 Arnold
5 Clemons
5 Horn
4 M. Skaggs
1 Lee


2 Horn
2 Presnell
1 M. Skaggs
1 Usher

Home Runs

3 Luttrell
1 Clemons
1 Presnell
1 Taber
1 Usher


1 Presnell
1 K. Skaggs
1 Taber
2 Blair
2 Jones
4 Lee
5 Arnold
5 Luttrell
8 Usher
8 Clemons
8 Horn
9 M. Skaggs

Base on Balls

20 Horn
10 Clemons
8 Presnell
8 M. Skaggs
7 Luttrell
6 Blair
5 Arnold
5 Taber
3 Lee
3 Usher

Hit By Pitch

2 Arnold
2 Presnell
1 Clemons
1 Lee
1 Luttrell
1 M. Skaggs


16 M. Skaggs
11 Clemons
8 Horn
7 Presnell
5 Arnold
4 Taber
3 Usher
2 Lee
1 Blair
1 Luttrell

Stolen Bases-Caught Stealing

12-4 Presnell
10-0 Usher
3-0 Luttrell
3-0 Taber
3-1 M. Skaggs
1-0 Clemons
1-0 Hawkins
1-0 K. Skaggs
0-1 Horn


1 Arnold
1 K. Skaggs
1 Horn
1 Taff
1 Usher
2 Luttrell
2 Taber
3 M. Skaggs
4 Jones
5 Presnell
5 Lee
5 Blair
12 Clemons

Double Plays

11 Luttrell
9 Presnell
3 Blair
3 Taber
2 Clemons
2 Lee
1 M. Skaggs
1 Horn
1 Usher

Pitching Record

1-0 Jones
16-3 Taber
6-3 Blair
0-2 Taff

Earned Run Average

0.00 Jones
2.04 Taber
2.96 Blair
4.31 Taff

Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched

1.000 Jones
1.358 Taber
1.500 Blair
1.923 Taff


1 Taff

Innings Pitched

120 Taber
52 Blair
13 Taff
2 Jones

Batters Faced

531 Taber
234 Blair
69 Taff
9 Jones


118 Taber
27 Blair
3 Taff
1 Jones

Base on Balls

1 Jones
7 Taff
13 Blair
52 Taber

Hit By Pitch

11 Blair
24 Taber

Strike Percentage

67% Blair
64% Taber
61% Taff
57% Jones

Sandite of the Week Payton Scott surpasses 5,000 career rushing yards

Charles Page High School senior running back Payton Scott set the all-time school rushing record Friday night with a 507-yard seven-touchdown performance against Bartlesville (1-7, 1-4), but the performance was just the latest rung on the never-ending ladder of his incredible career. 

Scott's week nine performance brought his season stats to 2,160 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns on 285 carries, and his career stats to 5,090 yards and 58 scores on 788 carries. That's not even including his receiving career which stands at 31 catches for 449 yards and three touchdowns. Tack on nine kick returns for 203 yards and the deceptively small athlete averages 6.93 yards every time he touches the ball.

Standing at a mere 5'5" 180 pounds, to the untrained eye he might not look like much of a threat. However, the 152-pound defending State Champion wrestler is 100% muscle and 100% motivation, combining for the strength of two men. Not just any two men, but two men straight out of the Olympics. 

Scott's abilities have only continued to improve as time goes on and this season alone he averages 7.58 yards per carry, a notable improvement over his already impressive 5.5 yards per carry last season. The always dependable athlete has accounted for 73% of the Sandites' total offensive yardage this year, handling 71% of the carries and 59% of the total plays. He holds the top-two single-game performances in town history.

One thing is for sure, the Sandites (5-4, 3-2) will need every inch of his abilities to defeat the three-time defending State Champions from Bixby (5-4, 4-1) this coming Friday. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. and pending the final week of district action, it could be the last time he and 24 other senior Sandites play under the Memorial Stadium lights. 

Click here to view previous Sandite of the Week recipients. 

Anyone with significant ties to Sand Springs is eligible for Sandite of the Week nomination. Past recipients have included City officials, athletes, actors, school officials, and more. 

Click here to nominate a Sandite. 

CPHS Basketball: Holly Kersgieter commits to University of Kansas Jayhawks

Holly Kersgieter enters the court prior to the 2016 Area Championship game. (Photo: Morgan Miller).

Holly Kersgieter enters the court prior to the 2016 Area Championship game. (Photo: Morgan Miller).

Charles Page High School junior basketball standout Holly Kersgieter has committed to play collegiate ball for the University of Kansas. 

Kersgieter was a starting player on the Lady Sandite Frontier Valley Conference Championship team that went 24-2 last season before being eliminated in the 6A State Semifinals. She was named the FVC Defensive Player of the Year and made the All-Conference Second Team.

Despite sharing the ball with three other Division One recruits, Kersgieter amassed 271 points on the season, or 10.42 per game. She was the second-highest scorer behind Oklahoma State University-bound softballer Sydney Pennington. She had the team-high in nine different games with a single-game best of 19 points. She was third in total rebounds, first in steals, second in blocks, and second in assists. She shot 81.25% at the charity stripe, 41.46% from outside the arc, and 50.29% on total field goals. 

The University of Kansas went 8-22 overall last season for last place in the Big 12 Conference. They are coached by Brandon Schneider who is 14-47 after three years heading the program. The Jayhawks play at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. 

Kersgieter received offers from:

  • University of Texas at Arlington, Sun Belt Conference, 22-9 last season.
  • Oklahoma State University, Big 12 Conference, 17-15 last season.
  • Missouri State University, Missouri Valley Conference, 16-15 last season.
  • Austin Peay State University, Ohio Valley Conference, 14-16 last season.
  • Texas Tech University, Big 12 Conference, 14-17 last season.
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City, Western Athletic Conference, 10-19 last season.
  • University of Tulsa, American Athletic Conference, 10-21 last season.

Kersgieter also played volleyball last year and tallied 181 kills, 299 digs, and 35 aces over 104 sets, helping her team to a 24-14 record. She sat out the 2017 season to focus on basketball. 

Sandite Cross Country places 12th at State Championship


The Charles Page High School boys' Cross Country team made their way to Edmond for their first-ever State Championship appearance Saturday and took twelfth place ahead of teams like Union and Westmoore.

The Sandites were led by junior Aden Baughman in 41st place with a time of 17:05.27. Junior Jaelyn Jackson finished in 57th place in 17:19.47 immediately followed a half-second later by senior Ian Baustert in 17:19.97. Junior Jacob Smith placed 78th in 17:38.39, senior Landin Green placed 87th in 17:54.07, junior Nelson Yazzie placed 96th in 18:12.39, and junior Danny Murray placed 110th in 18:45.01. 

Individual Sandites have made the trip to State before, but never as a unit. Baughman made the trip last year and finished in 17:36.7 for 44th place. He also took 69th as a freshman in 17:53.5. 

Bartlesville won the title handily with a 36-point margin over Edmond Memorial. The Sandites finished with 271 points, 21 ahead of Union, and 207 behind the Champs. The Frontier Valley Conference was well represented with a fourth place finish from Owasso and an eleventh place finish by Jenks with 249 points.

Edmond Memorial senior Jed Helker took the individual title with a time of 15:46.91, more than seven seconds ahead of Bartlesville senior Nathan Lauritsen. The Bruins also had the third-place finisher in senior James Martinez. 112 boys competed. 

Last year's Runners-Up, Norman, won the girls' division with an eighteen-point margin over the defending Champions from Bartlesville. Senior Lady Bruin Rilee Rigdon won the individual title in 18:15.81 with a sixteen-second margin over Mustang's Emma Downing. Rigdon succeeds the Sandites' Cheyenne Walden, who won the title four-straight years before graduating this spring. 

CPHS Football: Payton Scott runs for school-record 507 yards in 55-13 victory over Bartlesville

CPHS senior running back Payton Scott set a school record with 507 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns in the 55-13 win over Bartlesville. (Photo: Morgan Miller).

CPHS senior running back Payton Scott set a school record with 507 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns in the 55-13 win over Bartlesville. (Photo: Morgan Miller).

The No. 8 ranked Charles Page High School football team (5-4, 3-2) needed just one more win to make the playoffs, and they found it with style in a 55-13 performance against No. 13 Bartlesville (1-7, 1-4). 5'5" senior running back Payton Scott had already set the school's single-game rushing record with 352 yards in a week-four bout with Sapulpa. He completely shattered his own record against Bartlesville with 47 carries for 507 yards and seven touchdowns. 

CPHS 55 BHS 13

1Q CPHS 14-0
2Q CPHS 21-13
3Q CPHS 20-0
4Q All 0-0

Passing: BHS 22-36-227-1, CPHS 1-1-11-0.
Rushing: CPHS 61-555, BHS 25-77.
Plays-Offense: CPHS 62-566, BHS 61-304.
First Downs: CPHS 21, BHS 14.
Penalties: CPHS 3-26, BHS 3-25.
Fumbles/Lost: CPHS 1/0, BHS 2/1.

The Sandites got off to a great start thanks to their powerful run game and a fumble recovery from Luke Bratcher. Both teams exchanged punts on their opening possessions, then the Sandites went to work. Scott carried eight times for 74 yards, aided by a facemask penalty, and scored the opening points on a five-yard run. Jaden Weiser kicked the point-after and the Sandites were up 7-0.

Bartlesville would have to wait another 53 seconds before bringing out their offense. Kaiden Cox’s kick was muffed by Will Walton and recovered by Bratcher for another Sandite possession. This time they needed only three plays to score. Ben Nortey took it eighteen yards for a first down and eight more yards for the touchdown, his second of the season.

The Bruins marched as far as the Sandite 40 before Gage Fain wrapped up Deandre Young at the line of scrimmage for a turnover on downs two plays into the second quarter. Scott came back to the field for three more plays and 55 yards, scoring on a 23-yard run for the 21-0 advantage.

Bartlesville made their way onto the scoreboard on their next possession with a 48-yard pass from Noah Sunday to John Cone, but the Sandites responded with yet another Scott-dominated drive, scoring on a 22-yard run thanks to a big block from Dash Fleischman.

Bartlesville looked threatening to start their next drive, kicking things off with a 22-yard pass to Young, but Kris Edwards and Jerry Lyons teamed up for a thirteen-yard sack to push them right back into their territory. Fain drilled Cone on a short screen and Joel Mackey broke up a deep ball to force a punt.

Once again the Sandites were insatiable as the two running backs traded off runs to combine for a 75-yard drive capped by a 32-yard touchdown carry from Scott through a hole created by Cameron Lierly and Nicolas Hancock. 

The Sandite Defense did their best to stave off the Bruins’ next possession but the visitors ate up the last 3:20 and scored an eleven-yard pass to Bradley Crawford as time expired. After a bad snap forced a two-point pass attempt, Bratcher picked it off in the endzone to end the half 35-13.

The second half didn’t start off any better for the Bruins, who threw an interception to Hyatt Cartwright on the third play of the opening drive. Scott made the most of it, driving 70 yards in eight plays for a five-yard touchdown run and 42-13 lead. 

Bartlesville was held to a quick three-and-out and Scott broke his previous record on an eight-yard run. Three carries later and he scored his sixth touchdown on a nine-yard carry. 

Another unsuccessful drive from the Bruins and Scott went right back to work with a 67-yard drive in five carries to end the third quarter with the final points of the game and 195 yards in that stanza alone. 

Even the Sandite JV was too much for the Bruins and time ran out with Bartlesville held at the Sandite sixteen yard line. 

The Sandites will next host No. 4 Bixby (5-4, 4-1) who was shut out 21-0 by No. 1 Booker T. Washington (8-1, 5-0), clinching the District Two Championship for the Hornets. The three-time defending State Champions will roll into Sand Springs Friday at 7:00 p.m. 

Sand Springs Individual Statistics

Passing: Pennington 1-1-11-0.
Receiving: Scott 1-11.
Rushing: Scott 47-507, 7TD. Nortey 5-53, 1TD. Jones 2-1. Wilkerson 1-0. Pennington 6-(-6). 
PAT: Weiser 7/8.
Punt-Avg: Smith 3-33. 
Kick-Avg: Cox 8-27. Weiser 1-30.
Kick Return: Denton 2-31. 
Tackles: Bratcher 7, Lyons 5, Fain 5, Haley 3, Cramer 3, Brown 3, Rutledge 2, Fleischman 2, Moyer 2, Wakefield 2, Edwards 2, Anderson 2, Denton 2, Courville 1, Mock 1, Wright 1, Mackey 1, Finch 1, Smith 1, Davis 1.
For Loss: Fain 3-11, Edwards 2-14, Lyons 1-13, Denton 1-2.
Sacks: Lyons 1-13, Edwards 1-13, Fain 1-8.
Interceptions: Cartwright 1. 
Breakups: Bratcher 2, Cramer 1, Denton 1, Mackey 1, Askew 1. 
Fumble Recoveries: Bratcher 1.

Bartlesville Individual Statistics

Passing: Sunday 22-36-227-1, 2TD.
Receiving: Cone 11-122, 1TD. Crawford 4-35, 1TD. Young 2-27. Jones 2-18. Gulledge 1-11. Clowdus 1-10. Mantooth 1-4. 
Rushing: Young 7-35, Clowdus 8-29, Brady 7-25, Sunday 3-(-12).
PAT: Hopkins 1/1.
Punt-Avg. Unknown#82 5-33. 
Kick-Avg: Unknown#82 1-52.
Kick Return: Clowdus 4-8, Cone 1-6, Walton 1-0.
Sacks: Gilette 1-7.

Sandite Baseball wins 2nd Annual Monster Ball 8-7 over Sandite Softball

Sand Springs Assistant Coach Scott Watkins hit a home run for the Baseball team in the second annual Monster Ball. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

Sand Springs Assistant Coach Scott Watkins hit a home run for the Baseball team in the second annual Monster Ball. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

The Charles Page High School baseball and softball teams came together Thursday evening at the Sandite Sports Complex for a friendly game of slow pitch to raise money for Sandite Special Olympics. The teams played in full costume, causing lots of errors and lots of entertainment.

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Officer Riley Rutledge got the first hit for the boys and took second on a ground out from the Hulk. Cal Watkins, professional skater, hit a single and a poop emoji hit a 2RBI triple for the lead. The poop scored on a banana single and the inning came to a close as Minnie Mouse put out Guy Fawkes at first.

Adrian Sarasua reached second on an error and made third on a ground out from Felicity Horn in the third inning. An error from the third base lumberjack gave the girls their first run of the evening and Coach Brooke Smart sneaked into the batting order for a game-tying homer over the centerfield fence. A throwing error from the short stop gave the Ladies the one-run lead.

The Sandites brought out the major leagues in former Minnesota Twin Scott Watkins for a home run, followed by yet another homer from a small baby. The softballers made an error on what should have been an easy tag on a slow T-Rex, allowing a sumo wrestler to take the 6-4 lead.

Madison "Bambi" Lee got the girls back on the scoreboard. Aliyah "Netflix" Taff had no chill, reaching first on a fielder's choice, but was left stranded as the girls trailed 6-5 to start the seventh.

After a seventh-inning stretch and Adams-Family performance from the middle school cheerleaders, the baseball team came out to try and further their lead. Godzilla hit a quick pop fly but Napoleon Dynamite got on base with a bunt single and was joined by a sumo wrestler soon after. Both were left stranded, however.

A chicken-suited Jensen Arnold caught a line drive from Rutledge to bring in the Lady Sandites in the bottom of the ninth for one last hurrah. Despite having 34 men on the field, the Sandites still gave up a single. A dropped catch on a hit from Coach Smart tied things up. With the bases loaded and Kimi Presnell at bat, the unicorn hit a line drive to James P. Sullivan on third to force extra innings.

The Hulk hit a two-run homer early in the tenth for the 8-6 lead and the girls got another try to save the game. Bambi hit a sacrifice to score Sarasua and the girls needed just one more run, but they came up short after a fly out from Jacie Taber.

The boys won the Golden Pumpkin for the first time, tying the series 1-1.