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Sports THE JOURNAL, Thursday, March 27, 2014 - B3 YARD Continued from Page press box was removed to make way for the addition. A new press box is being planned as part of the addi- tion. "I'm not sure baseball fields are ever completely finished," he said. "There' s always something you want to add or tweak to make your ballpark nicer." Hoffman added the awnings have been a great addition as they help proj- ect fans from foul balls plus they serve as projec- tion from the sun and moisture. The program is also reaping the benefits of a hitting facility built a couple of years ago that also includes dressing facilities and a coaches' office. With Ripley playing baseball both during the fall and spring, Hoffman said it is nearly an year-round pro- cess to keep the ballpark in shape. Also figure in some summer games and tourna- ments as fundraisers with proceeds going back to the program to go along with the junior high and high school schedules, the field gets more than its share of use. "We play a lot of games on this field," he said. "So anytime you have games on it you have to take care of it and do the kinds of things that keep it healthy and growing," he said. One particular year five summer prospect tourna- ments were held plus three school tournaments for both junior high and high school. He estimated about 12-15 games were event and that doesn't include the head-to-head games that are scheduled as well that usually include two per night. "It takes a lot of effort from our coaching staff because we spend a lot of hours working on it," he COWBOYS Continued from Page pounds with a 4-0 decision over Oklahoma's Andrew Howe. Alex Dieringer earned his first champion- ship at 157 pounds. Our congratulations to head coach John Smith and the team for their excellent showing throughout the season. We are making our plans to include OSU wres- tling in our weekly reports next season. CN CN CN Monday night's late start for the Cowgirls' second round game of the B1 said. "And our kids spend a lot of hours working on it grooming it after ballgames and trying to take care of it properly." And that's why Hoff- man is proud of the level of competition that fills the spring tournament bracket as many of the teams are repeat entrants and have been for several years. Taking this year's tourna- ment as an example, the field covers several areas across the state from as far east as Vian and west to Leedey. Amber-Pocasset is in the south-central part of Oklahoma with Stonewall located in the southbast part of the state. "I am very proud of the award because we've had so many great coaches come to our tournaments and comeback year after year because they know hopefully they'll have a good field to play on with good umpiring," he said. "They know we trying to run the best tournament we can run and I'm proud of that and to be recognized by those guys for our work is a great honor." And this wasn't the only award Hoffman brought home at the mid-winter event. He was the recipient of the Bob Taylor Award for loyalty to the game of baseball and the school program. Again, Hoffman didn't know who nomi- nated him. "I am extremely honored to get this award," Hoffman said about it. "We have tre- mendous support from our administration and school board in addition to the support from our com- munity." Taylor was one of the organizers of the Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Associa- tion and a longtime head coach in the state. B2 NCAA Tournament kept us from adding it this week but we were thrilled to see any team from Oklahoma make it past the opening round. It wasn't pretty but the Cowgirls escaped it with a 61-60 overtime win over No. 12-seed Florida Gulf Coast last Saturday after- noon in West LaFayette, Ind. OSU played Purdue Monday night for a trip to the Sweet 16. Senior Tiffany Bias hit her only shot of the game RIPLEY Continued from Page but took advantage of two walks and a hit by pitch given up by RHS right- hander Trevor Watts. Four more runs were added in the third and three more in the fifth. Despite being held hit- less, the Warriors managed to get runners on base. Rip!ey left two stranded in the bottom of the first as Chandler Salinas reached on a fielder's choice then advanced to second when Houston Twoguns walked. Earlier, Garret Gosney led off reaching on an error. Watts was the losing pitcher. The Warriors opened the tournament with a strong 5- 1 win over No. 8 in Class A Amber-Pocasset last Thurs- day afternoon, Ripley held a 3-0 lead after two complete innings. Both teams went scoreless in the third and fourth before the visiting Panthers broke the shutout attempt with their lone run in the top of the fifth. BOXING Continued from Page tive boxers in his garage, Nicholson opened a club Nick's Fight Club offers amenities found in most gyms but also has punching bags and a boxing ring. He offers training for boxers and those involved in MMA Fighting, as well as those wanting to shed a couple of pounds. A new building is cur- rently under construction, which will include a ring and a wrestling mat, along with the other gym ameni- ties. Nicholson hoped that Friend would be around to hear about the new facility when it is completed. According to Friend's sons, Joey and Daniel, some of the memorabilia their with 41 sgnds left in the extra five-rflinute period that lifted the Cowgirls to the win. Prior to that shot, she was 0-for-8 from the field. The Cowgirls held a slim 4-3 scoring advantage in overtime. O-State had an opportu- nity to win the game in reg- ulation but couldn't convert on critical free throws. For the game, OSU was 7-of- 14 for 50 percent. Roshunda Johnson led OSU in scoring with 11 points. B2 Ripley countered with two more runs in the bottom of the frame for the win. Salinas, Cory Sadler, and Cody Romine each went 2-for-3 atthe plate for the Warriors. Twoguns was the winning pitcher in going the distance. The consolation bracket game was won by Amber- Pocasset with a 13-6 win over Cashion. Stonewall 14, Ripley 13 SHS 001 092 101-14 8 3 RHS 300 321 400-13 8 3 Chandler Salinas, Garret Gosney (4"), Cory Sadler (6'h), Trevor Watts (6th), Dillon Moore (6th), Houston Twoguns (9 th) and Justin Ford, Chandler Salinas (4t"). L - Moore. Leedey 11, Ripley 0 LHS 404 03-11 9 0 RHS 000 00- 0 0 2 LHS: Goldston, Harrel (4 th) and Carman. RHS: Trevor Watts, Dillon Moore (5 th) and Chandler Salinas. W - Goldston. L - Watts. Rlpley 5, Am-Po 1 A-P 000 010 0-1 3 1 RHS 120 020 x-5 7 0 A-P: Parr and James. RHS: Houston Twoguns and Chan- dler Salinas. W - Twoguns. L - Parr. B1 dad acquired during his days as a fighter and coach will be given to Nicholson to go on display in his new facility. Nicholson is one of many young boxers who gained respect for Friend during their time u0der his mentorship. That's why several former SBC boxers and coaches from throughout the Kansas-Oklahoma region paid their final respects during Friend's funeral. XXX With the end of spring break, the spring sports athletes return to action this week. Coach Rusty Atkins' track teams will participate in the Bethany Invitational Meet Saturday, while the Pioneer and Lady Pioneer tennis teams will play in the Claremore Tournament. SHS's boys will play at Claremore Thursday, while the girls take the courts in the Claremore meet on Saturday. The annual Stillwater Cup varsity soccer meet will be held at SHS's Pio- neer Stadium Friday and Saturday with the Pioneers and Lady Pioneers com- peting in the event that traditionally attracts qual- ity teams. SHS's boys' golf team will play in the Union Invitational Saturday. The tourney will be held at the Forrest Ridge and Emerald Falls Golf Courses. After spending spring break in Arkansas, SHS's baseballers opened dis- trict play earlier this week against Putnam City and visits Muskogee at 2 p.m. Saturday. Roger Stevens Perkins-Tryon catcher Alex Dougan lunges for a foul ball during last Thursday's game with Word of Life: The Fire ral- lied past the Demons for a 13-12 win during pool play of the Hector Tovar Invitational Tournament in Perry. Dougan did not make the catch. Journal photo by Kyle Lomenick DEMONS Continued from Page B1 run came in the bottom top of the fourth inning. of the fifth when Austin P-T used eight hits, Nietenhoefer scored as two walks, and one hit by Alex Dougan reached on an a pitch to notch the runs. infield error. Nietenhoefer Two errors also figured into earlier reached on a walk. Alex Dougan finished with a 2-for-3 performance with the RBIs. Reese was also 2-for-3 with the double. Reese was also the losing pitcher in giving up seven runs in two innings on eight hits. He was relieved by Longbrake who tossed the final three. In Thursday night's final game of the opening round, Blackwell scored the game's only runs in the second inning for the 2-0 blanking of the Demons. The runs came on a one- out home run then later a the equation. Bane had the big bat with two doubles in the frame and four RBIs. Nietenhoefer notched to RBIs on two singles while Ryan Richards used a sac- rifice fly and a single to add two more runs batted in. The end result was a 12-3 lead. Word of Life countered with three runs in the bottom Of the fourth to cut the deficit to 12-6 head- ing into the fifth and final inning due to a pre-deter- mined time limit. In the top of the inning, P-T went down in order while the Fire countered with seven runs fielding error up the middle, to rally to the win. Word of P-T never got a runner past second base. Brady Davis was left stranded in the third inning after he was hit by a pitch then went to second after Alex Dougan reached on a fielder's choice. In the fourth, Longbrake reached on a one-out single then went to second on Nieten- hoefer's single to right. However, a double play got the Maroons out of the inning. Tanner Bane turned in a solid performance on the mound despite getting his second loss of the day. Bane went the distance scattering eight hits while striking out nine and not allowing any walks. Longbrake accounted for two of the P-T hits in three trips to the plat e . P-T opened pool play earlier in the day Thursday with a disappointing 13-12 loss to Word of Life Prepa- ratory Academy. The Fire scored early in a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning. That lead held up until the Life scored them on six hits and one error. Bane was the losing pitcher in relief of Zeke Dougan in the fifth inning. Bane was also the leading hitter with his two doubles in four plate appearances. Nietenhoefer was 2-for-2 with a walk. P-T 9, Newklrk 1 NHS 100 00-1 5 3 P-T 403 11-9 7 0 NHS: Leven, Leathers (3 'd) and Lush. P-T: Zeke Dougan and Alex Dougan. W-Z. Dougan (2-1). L - Leven. Chisholm 15, P-T 3 CHS 520 530- 15 16 3 P-T 200 010- 3 5 2 CHS: Langton and Atkinson. P-T: Shelby Reese, Dillon Long- brake (3 'd) and Alex Dougan. W - Langton. L - Reese (0-1). Blackwell 2, P-T 0 BHS 002 000 0-2 8 2 P-T 000 000 0-0 3 2 BHS: Brown and Schuer- mann. P-T: Tanner Bane and Alex Dougan. W - Brown. L - Bane (0-3). Word of Life 13, P-T 12 P-T 000 (12)0-12 9 3 WofL 300 37- 13 12 3 P-T: Brady Dougan, Zeke Dougan (4th), Tanner Bane (5 ) and Alex Dougan. WofL: Begone, Lightbourne (4=), Sharelee (5 ) and Contreras. W - Contreras. L - Bane (0-2). 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