Of books and tunes
Tahlequah’s boys were state academic champions in Class 5A. That announcement was made across the state at the Mabee Center. At State Fair Arena, Rattan’s boys and Thomas Fay Custer’s girls won in 2A, Washington’s boys and Lincoln Christian’s girls were the 3A champions and Berryhill’s boys and Santa Fe South girls were 4A champs. Also at Tulsa, Stillwater boys and Edmond Memorial girls in 6A and Tulsa Kelley girls in 5A were tops in the classroom.
Fort Gibson student Carrigan Bradley, a freshman, sang the National Anthem at the outset of the evening session on Saturday.
The highly anticipated 4A title bout between Roland and Douglass was just that. Before a near-capacity crowd in the afternoon session, Douglass defeated Roland for their fourth consecutive championship, 82-80. It was consistently an offensive battle, with Roland leading 28-26 after one quarter and trailing 44-41 at the half. Oklahoma State-bound Stephen Clark scored 51 points (15-of-32 from the field, 9-of-19 on 3s and 12-of-12 from the free-throw line) for Douglass. Arkansas-Fort Smith signee Seth Youngblood had 40 points (10-of-18 from the field, 8-of-15 on 3s and 12-of-14 from the line). Though 15-of-21 from the free-throw line for the game, Roland missed three in the final two minutes that proved critical.
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In other games, Northeast Academy won the 2A girls title, 53-36 over Alva. In 3A girls, Perkins-Tryon fell to Sulphur 42-34, Latta won 2A boys over Haworth, 58-41, and in the final game, Millwood, which escaped a quarterfinal against Hugo on a buzzer-beater layup on its own goal by the Buffaloes, beat Okemah 59-53 to win the boys 3A title.
And at Tulsa, Kaylan Mayberry had five treys among her 22 points as Tulsa Washington – which knocked off Muskogee in the area finals a week ago – beat Bixby 52-46 for the 6A girls title. Mayberry’s father, Lee Mayberry, led Will Rogers to a state title in 1988 and older sister Taleya, now a University of Tulsa senior, was part of B.T. Washington’s state championship teams in 2008-09.
Deer Creek-Edmond knocked off defending champion Shawnee 59-44 to take the 5A girls title. Edmond Memorial grabbed the boys 6A title, beating Midwest City 49-47.