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32 - THE JOURNAL, Thursday, July 4, 2019 Pioneer grads on many juco baseball rosters Recent Stillwater High graduates will take their baseball playing skills to the next level with five planning to play junior college baseball in Kansas. The five players will go the junior college route in hopes of improving during the next two years to earn looks from Division 1 or Division 11 colleges in the future. Left~handed pitch- ers Caleb Case and Cole Miller signed to play at Cowley County Commue nity College in Arkansas City, Kansas. Case also could play first base for the Tigers, Who qualified for the Division I Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado last season. Pitchers Caden Pogue and Eli Riggs will play at Hutchinson Community College while outfielder/ infielder Jackson Meyer, a Pioneer all-state selection, plans to attend Coffeyville Community College. XXX Riley Metzger, a 2017 SHS graduate, recently completed two outstanding seasons as an outfielder with Hutchinson’s Blue Dragons. He recently announced on Twitter that he would continue playing baseball at Oklahoma State. XXX In the Tulsa World’s All- World Preseason Football Contest for 2019, Stillwater High junior running back Qwontrel Walker was listed as the No. 3 running back in the area. He’s a candidate in the voting for the World’s Preseason running back award .. ‘ Walker rushed for 2,310 yards and 35 touchdowns on 284 carries last season ' for the Pioneers. SHS teammates listed as candidates at their respec- tive positions are quarter— back Gunnar Gundy and receiver Anthony Bland. XXX It was sad to see the demise of American Legion 'baSeball in the state after the start of high school summer leagues and other summer baseball organiza- tions. Legion baseball was the best in the state in the BRIEFS Page A1 Monday, Sept. 9 P-THS softball hosts Bethany, 5 pm. Tuesday. Sept. 10 P-THS softball at McLoud, 5 pm. - P-T 7"'-9"‘ football at Mannford, 5 pm. Thursday, Sept. 12 - P-THS softball at Tulsa 7 Conference Tournament at Cleveland through Satur- day, Sept. 14. Frlday, Sept. 13 t P-THS football at Cush~ ing, 7 pm. Game broadcast . 3,, {security Gamma past and a source of pride in numerous communities. StillWater’s Han- ner-Sharp Post 129 was respected as one of the better programs in the state in years past. I American Legion base- ball is hanging on in the state with a few teams remaining. And, recent state champions among the group have been competi— tive in regional tournaments and some even reaching the American Legion World Series. . Registered as Legion teams this summer are~the Ada Braves, Ada A’s, Ard- more Cardinals, Bartlesville Doenges Ford, Shawnee Phillies and Three Rivers Bandits. The Ada Braves are three-time state Legion champion. XXX Tom Holliday, former Oklahoma State assistant PRIDE b Page A1 numerous options that can be used. It is even custom- ized for the size of weight room P-T has. ' It is broken down to two sides with groups 10f five players. Each is assigned a color and it rotates to the different workouts with per- centages of their maximum lifts then need to do and the number of repetitions. They are also on a timer. “Depending on the day they get 30 seconds for their lift and 20 seconds to rest to change from one lift to the next,” Wil- liams explained. “It really changed the dynamic of our weight rom. We get in and we get out and there is no wasted time.” The big thing he likes is that coaches do not have to look at a timer to blow a whistle. They can spend their time on coaching tech- nique depending on the different lifts and observe everything taking place in the weight room. I The workout intensity seems to mirror the way the on KGFY 105.5 FM with the pregame show at 6:30 pm. - 00er HS football at Yale, 7 pm. FIRST CLASS SELFoSTORAGE 00" Journal Sports Writer/H. By, Ron Holt and head baseball coach, is intohis second season ' coaching the Chatham Anglers in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League in Massachusetts. ' As expected, the Angler roster features several O-State players, including outfielder Cade Cabbiness, infielder Hueston Morrill, pitcher Parker Scott and newcomer infielder/out— fielder Kaden Polovich, who is off to a productive start this summer. Polovich, a Deer Creek-Edmond graduate, played two years at North- west Florida State College before signing with the Cowboys. Last season, he hit .273 with a team—lead— ing 12 home runs and 38 'runs—batted-in. Another Cowboy playing in Cape Cod this summer is Ben Leeper, a pitcher for Wareham. Demons are on the practice field with things kept on a timing system to eliminate wasted motion. “The kids know that everything is based on time and efficiency,” Williams said, adding there is no wasted time. A full Summer Pride workout session in the weight room is 34 minutes long. Including the con- ditioning portion outside, the full workout is done in an hour. It also includes five minutes of stretching exercises. This system was found while attending a coaches clinic. A trial version was used last year and the coaching staff liked the . results so the full program was purchased last fall. And it isn’t just used for Summer Pride. Williams said it was utilized by the body mechanics class as well at the basketball pro- grams and the football off-season athletes. It was also used during the season 5 when lifting was Scheduled. “We’re pleased with it,” Williams said. “I think we get sufficient and efficient work in by using that pro- MAXINE ’8 CUSTOM FRAMES, 40 years of Quality Art, Diploma gram.” Summer Pride isn’t the only thing many of the P-T gridders have been involved with so far this summer.- All Of the skill players for both the middle school and high school took part in seven-on—seve’n camps each week during June at Stillwater High School’s Pioneer Stadium. I ‘fIt’s immeasurable what it does for us,” Williams said. Coaches went to Still- water on Tuesdays with the seventh and eighth graders and on Wednesdays with the freshmen and varsity. Williams added it helped the incoming seventh grad— ers get introduced with what to expect in school ball with the terminology. It is seen as a refresher for the eighth graders. “It’s kind of cool to see them grow from that first seven-on-seven to the last,” Williams said of his middle schoolers. “They under- stand how it sit down in a hole and how to work to get open. It’s just a throw and catch. It’s been really good for us.” This was the varsity’s c- Needlework Framing ‘ 908 S. Main - Stillwater 0 (405) 372~0690 www.maxlnestramescom Photo Restoration M-F 9:30-6 0 Sat 104 a t I fit ‘5 s I More rodeo action from Friday night’s performance fourth year to attend this event and was all about getting valuable repetitions for this year’s group. “I know seven—on-seven is not real football so I take everything with a grain of salt,” Williams said. “It’s getting'a chance to work on the timing of your quarterback and receivers and getting your defensive backs to break on the ball and, recognizing routes. It’s just good for us.” Williams also sees this L as bonus practice time since there are things that you can do in a seven-on-seven situation that can’t be done in practice in the fall. And it goes for both sides of the ball. “It’s strictly passing so you kind of figure out through seven-on-seven how it gives you a great idea of who’s going to be ready to play in thefall and compete at that level,” Williams said. Heading into the spring drills, Williams and his staff felt like they. had about 10 receivers at their dis- posal. But after thOSe two weeks of workouts and the seven-on—seven camps that number has been reduced to about seven. However, Williams said the others are capable of battling playing time.', . And that competitive— ness goes for theother side of the ball with defensive players vying for positions and playing time. “There’s a lot of good that comes out in compet— ing in‘this type‘of event,” Williams said. 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