5. High kicks for FTG soccer
It was a banner year for both the boys and girls soccer teams at Fort Gibson in 2013. The boys advanced to the Class 4A state semifinals before falling to Santa Fe South 2-1 at Leo Donahue Tiger Stadium.
The girls did one better, blanking Piedmont 2-0 in their semifinal match before they were shut out by Verdigris 3-0 in the finals.
“I’m just blessed to have coached in the state championship game,” said Fort Gibson girls coach Jaime Snyder. “If the last game of the season is the state championship game, there’s no other place we would like to be.”
6. Girls golf titles at Hilldale, Eufaula
Hilldale's first-round lead in Class 4A was the difference at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City as the Lady Hornets' one-stroke advantage over defending champion Poteau held.
“There’s probably an asterisk by it but everyone had the same opportunity to lead this thing yesterday and everybody knew what the weather might do and I told our girls before we started that we needed to approach this as if it was a one-day tournament,” Hilldale coach Oren Sikes said. “It’s unfortunate but everyone played under that same predicament.
Eufaula Lady Ironheads captured the 3A championship at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club. The Lady Ironheads, which held a 10-stroke lead after the first round, posted a score of 371 in the wet, windy and cold conditions for a two-day total of 716 to finish 20 shots clear of Henryetta, who totaled 355 in the second round to finish at 736.
“The temperature was in the low 40, windy with intermittent rain,” said Eufaula coach Bill Bumgarner. “They’ve played in a bunch of tournaments like this this year, so they were prepared. I knew that they would go out and probably play well.”