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December 31, 2013

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Oktaha, meanwhile, wound up one stroke behind Hinton, falling short in its quest for a fourth title in five years.



7.. Former Rougher drafted into NFL

When the Oakland Raiders announced who they had picked in the sixth round of last April’s NFL draft, a big cheer could be heard in the Stacy McGee household as the former Muskogee Rougher and Oklahoma Sooner found out he would be donning the Silver and Black.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said at a post-draft press conference he was convinced McGee was the right pick at that spot.

“The research. Not only doing the research of the people down there and all of that, but it’s the research with him and his group. The people that surround him – his support group, and talking to him himself. You just came away with, ‘I wanted to see what this guy has and give him a chance.’” he said.

“He knows it, but I have no problems bringing him into that locker room. He’s a solid guy that made some mistakes in college and that happens sometimes. But after the thorough research we had with him, we felt good about it.”

McGee became the first Muskogee area player to be selected in the NFL draft since former Fort Gibson Tiger Ted Lehman was taken by the Detroit Lions with the fifth pick of the second round (37th overall) in the 2004 draft.

8 MHS wrestler's strategy backfires

With the score tied at 3-3 in the waning moments of Class 6A 152-pound final, Muskogee’s Jacobe Smith had a plan against Bartlesville’s Michael Hamilton

Smith intentionally allowed Hamilton a one-point escape in hopes of getting a two-point takedown, but couldn’t pull it off.

“I didn’t want the match to go into overtime,” Smith said. “I was taking my shots and doing what I had to do. I thought I could get a quick takedown. I’m feeling a little disappointed right now.”

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