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now Concentrate, on By Rick Lomenick JOUrnal Sports Editor Bruce Williams will still be at McIlvain Field during Friday night football games, but his location won’t be where it has been for the past seven seasons. Williams formally resigned his head football coaching position to con- centrate on his administra— tive duties at Perkins-Tryon as athletic director and assistant high school prin- cipal. His resignation was acknowledged at Monday night’s board of education meeting to pave the way for the position to be posted and applications received. Sport-s -ALENDAR Thursday, Dec. 10 - P-THS basketball . at Bethel tournament through Saturday. - P-T wrestling hosts Chandler dual, 6 pm. - P-TMS basketball with Chandler, 5 p.m.: girls, there; boys, here. - Agra HS basketball hosts Agra tournament through Saturday. ' Carney HS basket- ball at Agra tournament through Saturday. - Coyle HS basketball at Cimarron tournament through Saturday. - Ripley HS basketball at Garber tournament through Saturday. - Stillwater HS girls’ basketball at Cleveland tournament through Saturday. - Stillwater HS boys’ basketball at Harrah tour- nament through Saturday. Friday, Dec. 11 - P-THS wrestling at Newkirk Dual Tournament through Saturday. - Stillwater HS wrestling at Perry tournament. Monday, Dec. 14 P-TMS basketball - hosts Mannford, 5 pm. - Agra HS basketball hosts Oilton, 6:30 pm. - Carney 5‘“-8"‘ basket- ball at Davenport, 4:30 pm. ' Coyle 5‘“-8"‘ basketball hosts Ripley, 4:30 pm. Tuesday, Dec. 15 P-THS basketball at Mannford: JV, 4 pm; varsity, 6:30 pm. Varsity games broadcast on KGFY 105.5 FM with pre- game show at 6:15 pm. - P-T wrestling at Tecumseh dual, 6 pm. - Agra 5"‘-8m basketball hosts Carney, 4:30 pm. - Coyle HS basketball hosts Davenport, 6:30 pm. - Ripley HS basketball hosts Morrison, 6:30 pm. Stillwater HS basket- . ball at Edmond Santa Fe, 6 pm. f Stillwater HS wrestling hosts Deer Creek, 7 pm. Thursday, Dec. 17 - P-TMS basketball at Cleveland, 5 pm. - Agra HS basketball at Davenport, 6:30 pm. j - Coyle HS basketball at b BRIEFS, Page A2 Perkins He spent seven seasons as the team’s skipper and compiled a 50-29 record to make him the third win- ningest coach in program history. His seven seasons also makes him the third longest tenure head coach behind Ditz McIlvain (24 years) and Lloyd’Wertman ,(9 years). “It went by in a flash, didn’t it,” he said from his coaching office desk a few days after the Demons’ season ended at Kingston last month. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, I really . have.” Williams said Devine Intervention was what led he and his family to trans- plant deep family roots from the southeastern Oklahoma community of Broken Bow to Perkins back in 2014. At the time, Williams said there were changes taking place in Broken Bow. And while they weren’t bad, he added they were enough to follow God’s will in their lives. “We really felt like the Lord was telling us, ‘It’s time to extend those» roots and let me help you grow. There’s more for you out there than what you’re cur- rently experiencing and I want you guys to step out on faith and let me guide you,”’ he said. Williams was one of numerous applicants for the position. He said when he first interviewed with ' then athletic director Jerry Burnett and high school principal Jeff Colclasure, he told his wife Mandi this was where they were supposed to be and he hadn’t been offered a job yet. Williams was one of three finalists that met with the board of education and he was joined by his wife Mandi as he referred to themselves as “a pack-- 1 age deal.” He was later offered the position and he accepted. It was also his first head coaching gig after serving as an assistant coach for several years. The first of seven straight winning seasons started in the fall of 2014. Williams debuted as head coach at Sequoyah-Claremore and ’ the Demons gained a 31-28 win. P—T trailed much of the game before a field goal was the difference—maker. Wil- liams also inherited plenty of talent that enabled P-T to average nearly 38 points a game that season. ‘ Williams said he was told by Wertman that the talent pool was far from dry. Williams added he was also anxious to' see if the talent * (105 333-527 mm 133. FORD 5J1} HH'R at; r I i I _ I i .42, Bruce Williams acknowledges the play of his team during the Demons’ 56-7 win over Pauls mer Valley in the first round of the Class 3A football playoffs last month. Williams is stepping downs as head football coach after seven seasons. He will concentrate on his administrative duties of athletic director and assistant high school principal. The search is currently underway for his successor. Journal photo by Kyle Lomenick ' pool would support his up-tempo offensive philos— ophy. “It took one practice to realize we had those guys,” Williams added. “It was a great first year to allow me to learn as a head coach but it allowed me to learn with some suc- cess even to the point where we got beat by Douglass in the first round that year and after the game I felt like that was a missed opportunity where we should have won that game,” he said. If there was a blemish on Williams’ stint here, it would be the inability to reach a goal he set of win- ning a state championship. He felt there were a couple of different years there were several pieces of the puzzle to make a run but couldn’t quite get things put together on both sides of the ballat the same time. “I feel like our program is a very well—respected program across the state not that it wasn’t before I took over,” Williams said. “We moved up a class and this preseason we were in the top 10 and we finished in the top 10 at the end of the year. “But at the end of the day there are more important things than just wins and losses and I feel we made a lot of good relationships along the way and helped some kids out along the way,” he said. The transition to his new duties started about two seasons ago when Wil- liams took over as assistant athletic director. This was also during the Demons’ best season in recent years WILLIAMS, Page A2 Matmen roll past Cleveland, 52—27 CLEVELAND Perkins—Tryon opened the high school wrestling season with a solid 52-27 dual win at Cleveland last Thursday. The home dual season opens tonight as the Demons will host the Chandler Lions’at the P-T Gymna- sium. Middle school wrestling action will start at 6 pm. High school action will start around 7 pm. P—T won six of its nine matches by falls. Devon Devers got the Demons’ first pin at 120 pounds. Kavan Meyers at 132 pounds also won by a fall. _In the middle weights, Josh McFee at 152 and Noah Perkins at 170 pounds won by falls. Gage Allen at 195 pounds and Josh Hoover at 220 pounds also won by falls. Rich Hart at 160 pounds gained a 9-1 major decision. Cadyn Burns at 106 pounds and Kolby Brasher at 1 13 pounds won their matches by forfeit. Kyle Durnal at 126 pounds and Blake Davis at 138 pounds lost by falls as did Ethan Dawson at 285 pounds. Stephen ,Johnson lost his match 145 pounds by a 3-2 decision. Cleveland also won a match by a weekend’s First United ifOrfeit at'1'82 pounds. SHS winter sports open seasons With Stillwater’s foot- ball season ending in a state semifinal loss to Choc- taw, the Pioneer and Lady Pioneer basketball teams, swimming teams and wres- tling squad are preparing to open their seasons despite the coronavirus uncertainty. There will be a new face guiding the Pioneer bas- ketball team. Scott Morris, who started and coached V Northern Oklahoma-Enid Junior College’s wom- en’s basketball team for 19 years, will being his first season at SHS. He-takes over for Michael Davis, a longtime contributor to Pioneer hoops. Morris built NOC-, Enid’s women’s program to successful heights, leaving the program after 456 wins and five appearances in the National Junior College (NJCAA) Tournament. The Lady Pioneer bas— r; 830 N. Main Street - Perkins (405) 547-1 1 99 ketball team returns a famil- iar face on the sidelines as Kendra Kilpatrick begins her llm season as SHS’s girls’ head basketball coach. Kilpatrick continues coaching despite battling breast cancer. ’ Stillwater’s basketball teams face challenges in the 2020—21 openers.’Both teams visited Edmond North on Tuesday. In the first Class 6A rankings, Edmond North’s boys are ranked second While. the Lady Huskies were ranked sixth. , Both teams visit Edmond Santa Fe — another Central Oklahoma Athletic Con- ference rival on Tuesday, Dec. 15. Santa Fe’s boys are rankedNo..173andtthe'Santa Fe girls are ranked No. 16. In between the two games with Edmond teams, the Lady Pioneers compete in the Cleveland Basket- ball Tournament, Thursday through Saturday. Stillwa- ter’s first home game will be Friday, Dec. 18, when Yukon’s boys and girls visit Pioneer Field House for a COAC doubleheader. There’s also a leadership change in Stillwater’s wres- tling program as Ethan Kyle is taking over for longtime Pioneer mat coach Doug Chesbro. Kyle wrestled at Oklahoma State, grad— uating in 2007. He comes to SHS from the Univer- sity of Wyoming where he was associate head coach and recruiting coordinator under head coach Mark Branch, a Newkirk native and another former OSU wrestler. The No. 4 Pioneers, who return two defending state champions, visited No. 1 Broken Arrow last Tuesday in a feature early-season dual. Stillwater visits No. , 12 Sand Springs tonight. Stillwater was sched- uled to compete this week- end in the Tournament of Champions in Perry High’s John Divine Hall, but Perry announced last weekend that the tournament, which annually attracts compet- itive teams from several states, is being cancelled because of virus concerns. This would have been Perry’s 45‘h Tournament of Champions. Stillwater’s only home P SHS, Page A2 Member .FIJhC P-T opens up at Bethel tournament BETHEL — If all remains scheduled, Perkins-Tryon hoopsters will finally get a chance to begin their respective seasons at this Bank Classic at Bethel High School. The touma— ment continues through 1 Saturday. The top-seeded Lady Demons will have to for— feit their first round game against Bethel today as the team will been its final day of quarantine. P—T will begin action in the conso- ' lation bracket at 12: 15 pm. Friday and play the loser of the Prague vs. Tecumseh game. A win in Friday’s game will put the Lady Demons in the consolation champi- onship game at 12:15 pm. Saturday. Other first round games today began with McLoud playing Byng at 9 am. followed by Bridge Creek taking on Chandler at 12: 15 pm. Tecumseh played Prague at 3:30 pm. The rest of Saturday’s girls bracket schedule start with the seventh place game ‘ at 9 am. The third place game will be atx3:30 p.m. BETHEL, Page A2 Lobby Hours: . ' ' Monday~Thursday 8 am. to 4 p. m”. Friday 8 am. to 4:30 pm. Saturday 8 am. to Neon Drive-thru Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30 am. to 5 pm. , Friday 7:30 am. to 6 pm. ‘ Saturday 7:30 am. toNoon Q. m“ m