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[ ! Ji: ![!!l![l : ! f !Ii Sports : ....... , ] i 1 THE JOURNAL, Thursday, May 17, 2012 - B3 STUFF Continued from Page place to coach, little lone your hometown. There would be the added pres- sure to win in front of the home folks and it appears that coach Buck posted his fair share of victories. Plus as you take a look at the program's accomplish- ments, you can definitely say the job he did was a dandy one. PIONEERS Continued from Page ball coach for six years. The highlight of his tenure at Glencoe came in 2000 when the boys' basketball team earned a trip to the state basketball tournament. GHS defeated Laverne and Okarche, in overtime, before losing to Fort Cobb-Broxton in the Class A state finals. "That was Glencoe's first-ever trip to the state tournament and it was a very exciting time and an experience that I will never forget," said coach Holt. "One of my highlights as a coach ... we had great kids and it was great fun!" Coach Holt capped off his fifth year as the Pio- neers' head coach recently by leading SHS to the Class 6A state tourney for the first time since 2005. Edmond Santa Fe ended the Pioneers' season with a 4-1 first round win at Cla- remore. "Taking Stillwater to state this year meant a lot to me," Coach Holt said. "Coach Gary Gardner had built a successful program and we had some good teams and good kids come through here since 2005 ... we just never could get over the hump in the regional until this year. B1 He told us he'll still be around and will turn his attention towards helping the school district's athletic department with some fund- raisers to help offset funds lost due to budget cuts. If he has the same success he did with that endeavor as he did with the baseball program, things will be good at P-T. B1 "The kids performed extremely well against a tremendous opponent, Sand Springs, in the regional and the crowd here was electric. When we got to state the atmosphere was tremen- dous again and we played a great opponent in Santa Fe. The kids played their tails off ... we just came up short. "This is another high- light in my coaching career - I'll never forget that state tourney game with the stands full. It was a great experience, one that I told our kids you should want to go to every year. "Our goal this year was to go to state and win it," he said. "Our expectations won't change around here and I like it that way. To get back to state with the Pioneers meant a lot to me personally. I know people here love their baseball and to give them something spe- cial to be proud of makes me feel proud to be the coach here. "This is a great place to coach baseball - there are very few problems from the kids or parents and that makes my job that much easier. This was a fun year and one I won't soon forget." BUCK Continued from Page rable one as Cameron Karner led to Demons to a 1-0 shutout over Plainview, who was the tournament's top seed. Karner tossed a no-hitter to lead the Demons to a semifinals appearance. The other state tourna- ment appearances memo- rable in their own rights but there was one of them that presented different chal- lenges in preparing for. It was the 2004 trip and a day after the Demons won its regional tournament at Hennessey, longtime P-T supporter Ken Karner was killed in an automobile accident. Two members of the team, his son Logan and teammate Eric Nelson, were also in the vehicle and were injured. Nelson's inju- ries weren't too severe but Logan would not be able to play because of his. In fact, Logan was allow to leave the hospital long enough to be at the state tournament games in Dale. "I remember when I got that phone call. It felt like a ton of bricks fell on me," Buck said. Not only was it challeng- ing for Buck and his coach- ing staff to deal with the emotions of the tragic event and still prepare for the state tournament, but dealing with tournament issues as well. Rain postponed the first day of the tournament so the first two rounds were played on a Friday at Dale High School. Despite the media atten- tion drawn because of the accident and Logan attend- ing the games,.P-T won the emotional opener. How- ever. a loss ensued later in the day and eliminated the Demons. As for the game itself, Buck has seen little B1 changes. The changes have come with the student/ath- letes. In the past, Buck said it wasn't unusual for three- hour practices to occur with some players wanting to stay for more afterward. That isn't so much the case now. "There are so many more opportunities and things for kids to do now that you couldn't do even 10-15 years ago," Buck said. "For the most part, it is something they do as part of their day; it's not their life." And the way coaches approach players now is. different too. "Use to you could chew on a kid's butt and you really can't do that now. I think kids in some ways are more mature and you have to treat them more like an adult," he added. But one thing he takes pride in is the conduct of all his players over his tenure as coach. The players were not just representing him as a head coach or as a school, but the community as a whole. "One of the proudest things besides winning would be when we would go into a restaurant or convenience store and the waitress or manager would come up and say, "You have a good group of kids,' and that would make me proud," he said. Another thing he's proud of as a head coach, he's never had a player ejected from a game. "But I've gotten tossed a couple of times," he said followed by laughter. Buck feels this program has an identity of having kids that are hard-nosed, fundamentally-sound that Coach Bobby Buck talks to P-T batter Chance Alley during a timeout in the 66 Conference tournament championship game against Seminole at Prague. Buck recently stepped down at head baseball coach after 20 years. Journal photo by Kyle Lomenick like to play the game. "We try to teach them the fundamentals of the game," he said. "Really you just hit it, throw it, and catch it and that's all there is to it and whoever does that the best has a chance to win." In getting back to his current duties at P-T, he would like to devote more time in raising money for the athletic department since funding cuts have depleted the budget. He said he had some ideas for fundraising projects but wasn't ready to release any information at this time. He also wants to help in other areas such as mowing the ballfields if needed. "I want to help make it easier for the coaches to just coach and not have to handle that stuff," Buck added. "I hope there are many more years of me being able to help people do stuff here." Congratulations 2012 graduates and good luck! it; I Congratulations on Becoming Meridian Made The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work. Congratulations on the completion of your career training at Meridian Technology Center class of 2012. 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