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B2 - THE JOURNAL, Thursday, August 12, 2010 Sports Colts cap successful tenure The Stillwater Colts 14- and-under baseball team ]:ecently completed their ?fifth (and final) season with ~a runner-up finish in the Platinum division (the top division) at the AAYBA World Series that took place in Chesterfield, Mis- souri during the week of July 18-24. The Colts lost the cham- pionship game 12-11 in nine innings to a combined team from New Hampshire and St. Louis. In that game, the Colts scored six runs in the bottom of the sev- enth inning to force extra innings, but came up just short of having a storybook finish to their outstanding run as a team. Stillwater Colts players from left on the front row are: Nathan Jolliff, Kaid Brock, Utah Jones, Luke Reynolds, Trevor Wilson, and Carson Teel. On the back row: Gunner Black, Jan Littell, Caleb Eldridge, Kelby Wickline, and Sam Kraybill. With them are head coach Todd Kraybill and assistants Kim Brock, Gary Teel and Rick Wilson. Photo provided The Colts are made up primarily of present Still- water Pioneer baseball players who are entering the eighth, ninth or 10th grade. Nine of the Colts have played together for the entire five years for head coach Todd Kraybill, along with assistants Kim Brock, Gary Teel and Rick Wilson. The Colts inaugural season was 2006. Since that time, the Colts have com- piled a 240-67-2 record, ing four state titles) and finished runner-up in four other tournaments. Now, the Colts players will focus their efforts on helping Pioneer baseball be successful over the next having won 18 tournament four years. championships (includ- State champs The P-Town Boys, a men's softball team made up of Perkins and area players, recently won the 2010 Men's Class B state championship in Weatherford. With their trophy are members of the team: Robert Jones, Mike Cox, David Focht, Scott Jones, Chris Focht, Chris Osburn, Grady Davis, Billy Blancet, Rob Owens, Ty Hambly, Sam Segura, Matt Davis, Blaine Stephens, and Jason Gomez. From Perkins are brothers Chris and David Focht who are 1996 Perkins-Tryon High School graduates, and Matt Davis. Photo provided E-mail your articles to: sports@thejournalok.com RADIO Continued from Page play-by-play for Northeast- ern State University football and basketball. He came to Stillwater on Oct. 1998, starting as a news director. And, that's when he also spent many days and nights broadcast- ing sports. "My first football game to broadcast here was Mor- rison at Ketchum. I hadn't moved from Grove yet and I could see the lights of Ketchum's field from my house so that worked out fine for me," he said. Since that game, Van Ness has provided play- by-play commentary for a variety of local sports, In the fall, he broadcasts Stillwater High softball, Oklahoma State Cowgirl soccer and Perkins-Tryon football. In the winter, his voice can be heard describ- ing action at Stillwater High and Perkins-Tryon basket- ball games. He also assists sports director Rex Holt with a daily talk show, The Game. He handles the talk show when Holt is away. In the spring, he's busy broadcasting Pioneer base- ball, Cowgirl softball and Perkins-Tryon baseball. He gets a little break in the summer, providing com- mentary at some Stillwater American Legion baseball games. Fans who hear him on the air probably have no idea how hard he works. Most times, his working conditions are not idea. He had to take an umbrella to handle the heat to Bartles- ville since there was no working press box at the field. He works hard to prepare himself for every broadcast, B1 ~ "1 feel very blessed and very privileged t6 do what I do," said Va~ Ness, who has raised his family in the Per; kins' community. "This is what I wanted to do since I was 16. I've made a lot of contacts during my career and met a lot of people. "Our lives are bettei" for being here and :1 hope what we have done has helped our community. I tell people I have a news job that turned into a pretty good sports job." Bill Van Ness which is obvious by the expertise and insight he offers during each broad- cast. But, the main reason he does such a professional job is because of his passion for his vocation. "I feel very blessed and very privileged to do what I do," said Van Ness, who has raised his family in the Perkins' community. "This is what I wanted to do since I was 16. Fve made a lot of contacts during my career and met a lot of people. "Our lives are better for being here and I hope what we have done has helped our community, i tell people I have a news job that turned into a pretty good sports job. "I've never done every: thing I want to do, but I like what I'm doing. I like where I am and I like who I'm doing this for," he said. "I consider myself to be very fortunate ... someone is taking care of us." FRONTROW MOVIES 604 E. Hwy 33" Perkins, OK 405-547-1135 $1 OFF purchase of previously viewed movies (No Limit) frontrowmovies.formovies.com i IIIO lll ell e lll Oll O IIIO Ill Ill e III SIII n o i e i "Now That's A Pizza Coupon!" Present This Coupon For $2.00 OFF ANY LARGE PIZZA One coupon per customer per visit. One pizza per coupon. Not valid with other discounts. Highway 33 Perkins 547-2456 HARVEY'S TIRE & AUTO NEW & USED TIRES BRAKES, TUNE-UPS, ETC. CONTRACTOR FOR LYLE YOUNGKER, DBA HF2RCULES MUFFLER (405) 547-4119 101 N. ]VIAIN, PERKINS Country Comfort HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING. INC. 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