9. Vian, Wagoner in football semis
It is almost common place to see Vian and Wagoner in the state semifinals.
Wagoner entered the playoffs with a 10-0 record and the No. 2 team Class 4A, and on a collision course with No. 1 Anadarko. As happened in 2012, the Bulldogs saw their season end at the hands of the Indians 34-14 in the semifinals.
Like Wagoner, Vian entered the playoffs undefeated and No. 3 in Class 2A. In the semifinals, the Wolverines would meet the team that ousted them from the 2012 playoffs – Davis. After a week off because the winter storm that invaded the state, the Wolverines could not solve the Wolves and dropped a 56-39 decision.
10 ((tie). Muskogee athletics controversy
At the beginning of the summer, former Muskogee Public Schools athletic director and Roughers’ wrestling coach Bobby Jefferson was in a predicament.
On June 17, MPS assistant Jim Wilson told Jefferson he had to choose between the two positions. According to superintendent Mike Garde, Jefferson chose the AD position.
“For some reason, it was Jim’s understanding that he had made the decision to take the athletic director job,” Garde said when asked to comment on a written statement Jefferson sent to the district office.
However, Jefferson had a different story to tell about his meeting with Wilson.
“This came up in the last 10 minutes,” Jefferson said. “I said I was happy with both and I wasn’t choosing.”
Jefferson's son Dan was interviewed but apparently never had a chance with the search committee. On Aug. 9, John Petty was approved by the Muskogee School Board as the new wrestling coach. In November, Jefferson announced he would retire as AD at the end of the month.
10 (tie). MHS slowpitch and fastpitch make state
It was a banner year for coach Keith Coleman’s squads at Muskogee High School as both the slowpitch and fastpitch softball team earned a spot in the Class 6A state tournament.
The slowpitch version of the Lady Roughers made the trip to Oklahoma City in May but it was a short trip as the Union Lady Indians scored five runs in the first inning and held on to win 10-8, ending Muskogee’s season in the quarterfinals. Union would eventually capture the state championship with a 16-6 run-rule win over Broken Arrow.
However, it wasn’t a total downer for the team as it was awarded the 6A slowpitch academic state championship for maintaining a 3.65 team grade-point average.
“The state tournament is a day where anything and everything can happen,” Coleman said. “We make costly errors on routine outs and it came back and bit us. The academic championship is the first in the school’s history and it falls back to the Laura Holloway Carter Scholarship and the excellent teachers and staff at Muskogee High School. That provides the girls with a lot of incentive to keep the grades up and this year it showed.”
In October, the fastpitch team earned a spot in the state tournament quarterfinals but ran into Oklahoma commit Jayden Chestnut of Mustang who limited the Lady Roughers to one hit while striking out 14 batters in a 4-0 win over Muskogee.
“We knew how good she was,” Coleman said of Chestnut. “She totally dominated us from the beginning to the end. She really didn’t give us any chances. It was a great job by her. Hats off – she’s tough and she did a great job.”