|Soccer Teams Set To Open Season|
Hit hard with key losses to graduation, the Ada High School girls soccer team will need youth to step up in 2017.
The Lady Cougars are coming off a 10-4 record, including a perfect 6-0 district mark, and a Class 4A playoff berth in 2016.
Ada now must enter the 2017 campaign without two all-state performers — midfielder Cassidy Walsh and goalkeeper Fisher Fulton — along with several other key players who exhausted their eligibility.
“Cassidy scored most of our goals and is going to be a big-time miss,” said Ada head coach Cole Jones. “We lost several more seniors. We’ve got several freshmen who have to come in and fill big roles. I’ve been impressed with how hard they are working. We hope that our freshmen can step in and create something.”
|Cougars Defeat Ardmore In OT|
An 8-1 run in overtime lifted the Class 4A sixth-ranked Ada Cougars to a 56-49 victory Tuesday night over the host and Class 5A 12th-ranked Ardmore Tigers.|
Ada, which improved to 15-4 on the season, had two chances to end it in regulation late but came up empty on the shots.
However, the Cougars quickly scored in overtime, with sophomore Kobe Burgess and senior Ben Pruitt scoring three apiece to pull away. Burgess poured in a game-high 27 points, and Pruitt ended up with 16.
Vaughn Appleman tallied six points before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Tanner Gilliam followed with four, and Adam Anderson had the team’s only 3-point basket of the night.
“We played a 1-3-1 defense the whole game. Ardmore was able to tie it in the fourth,” said Ada head coach Ron Anderson. “They were able to get lots of penetrations once Vaughn fouled out, and they did a great job (defensively) on Ben.”
|Cougar Alumni In The Coaching News!|
University of Missouri head football coach Barry Odom has filled out his coaching staff and will be joined by his younger brother, Brian Odom, who will serve as outside linebackers coach for the Tigers. |
Brian Odom was an all-stater at Ada High School his senior year and was named the Oklahoma High School Player of the Year in 1999 by the Tulsa World.
“I’m excited to have Brian join our staff. He will be a great fit for us in a variety of roles,” said Head Coach Barry Odom. “He has an understanding of the defensive structure we’re going to run. He’s been around it extensively his last couple of years at Washington State, and he and I have spent a lot of time together personally prior to that studying and sharing defensive philosophies. He’s got a great mind for football, and he has a strong background in leading, mentoring and motivating players to improve themselves and attain goals. I know what I’m getting with Brian, and I know the opportunity to be back at Mizzou means a lot to him.”
|Five Cougs Sign To Play Football|
Five Ada High seniors inked letters of intent as part of National Signing Day during a ceremony Wednesday morning at the Ada High student center.
Defensive linemen Micah Hutchins (6-2, 265) and Vaughn Appleman (6-7, 240) signed to play college football at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.
Lineman Jacob Granger (6-5, 265) and Karson Rogers (6-3, 240) will take their talents to Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkanas.
Senior quarterback-turned-receiver Colby Eaker (5-10, 175) will join the Southern Nazarene University football squad in Bethany.
“I’m really excited for these young men. They all have great opportunities to go to the next level and No. 1 get a great education and also be able to play football. I think they’ll do well,” said Ada High football coach Wade Standley. “These guys have worked hard and they’re reaping some of the rewards for that and it’s nice to see.”
|Wrestlers Finish Seventh At Shawnee|
Led by a championship from Jonathan Fuller, the Ada High wrestling team finished seventh at the Midwestern Conference Tournament in Shawnee last weekend.|
Fuller won the title at 132 pounds.
Carter Patterson finished second at 113 pounds for Ada, while Dylan Fisher (at 120 pounds) and Gavin Owens (at 138 pounds) were fourth. Brooks Davis was fifth for the locals at 195 pounds.
Plainview won the conference championship with 202 points, while Blanchard was second at 175.5. Newcastle was a close third at 174.5, followed by Harrah (158.5), Madill (109), Sulphur (104) and Ada (102).
A total of 19 schools were represented at the tournament.
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