By: Sandite Pride Editorial Board
Charles Page High School senior Kasey Bales was selected as this week's Sandite of the Week for his outstanding performance in the Sandites' 30-14 victory over Yukon this past Friday.
The 5'10" 165 pound all-purpose player has seen all kinds of action in all kinds of positions over his career and has been a crucial member of both this year's team and last year's State Finalist team.
As a wide receiver he has hauled in 25 passes for 378 yards and four touchdowns this season, with 123 yards and two touchdowns coming on eight receptions in the game against Yukon; a personal best. Bales has also carried twice this season for 27 yards. While he hasn't been called on to pass yet this season, he was two of four on trick plays last year for 77 yards.
Bales is a talented kicker, completing sixteen of eighteen extra-point attempts this season, though he handed over kicking duty to Alejandro Hernandez against Yukon. He did punt twice in the game for an average of 41 yards and also handed a kick return for ten yards.
He was in on the first offensive play of the evening for the Sandites, hauling in a fourteen yard pass for a first down to start things off. He followed it up two plays later with a twelve yard pass for another first down, and ultimately capped off the drive with a 25-yard touchdown reception.
His next reception was for nineteen yards and he followed that up with a six yarder. Early in the second quarter he hauled in a pass for 25 yards, turned the ball over to the running backs for a few plays, then finished the drive off with a fourteen yard reception to make the game 17-7.
He nearly had a fifteen yard touchdown reception early in the third quarter, but the ball just barely slipped out of his grasp and the drive resulted in a failed field goal attempt.
The Sandites (3-2, 1-0) will return to action this Friday at 7:00 p.m. for their homecoming game against Ponca City (1-4, 0-2).
Sandite of the Week is a weekly recognition given to any one person with significant ties to the Sand Springs community who accomplishes remarkable achievements during the Sunday through Saturday week preceding the award. Prior achievements may be noted in the article, but do not bear direct influence on the selection committee which only considers prior week accomplishments. Candidates may be nominated by anyone by emailing SanditePrideNews@gmail.com. The award is not given to anyone in consecutive weeks, but any recipient may be nominated and awarded again in the future, so long as the weeks are not consecutive. Final selection is made by a majority vote of the Sandite Pride Editorial Board.
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