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January 24, 2013

COLUMN: Solution for 6A dilemma on way to state board

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Gore joins Warner in a search for a head football coach. Lee Blankenship, cousin of Muskogee head coach Josh Blankenship, will take over the program at Beggs next fall after two seasons as the Pirates’ mentor.  Warner, a little ahead on its process following the retirement of Chris McMullen, may have its candidate by the February board meeting.

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Area basketball players will have a local stage to showcase their talents thanks to a locally-run organization.

D&D Productions, operated by Homer Deffebaugh and his brother Cliff, both local youth coaches, is planning a two-day youth basketball event March 15-16, the weekend following the state tournament for classes 2A-6A. The event will be at Muskogee High School and will be available  for high school and middle school boys and girls.

“There’s a lot of area talent and most of these kids after their school seasons have to travel on AAU teams to get the kind of exposure we hope to provide some of here. We want to provide a local stage for these kids to show their talents and we hope to have college scouts present.

Coaches of players must submit statistics for kids wishing to be considered. Coaches will be screened by the organization.

Homer Deffebaugh said the plans were ultimately to host such an event three times per year, once in the spring break time frame, once in the summer and again during Christmas (although Christmas might interfere with school teams).

Another event in the works is a two-day men and women alumni tournament involving teams from Northeastern State, Muskogee High, Bacone College and Connors State College for the following weekend, March 22-23.

Those interested in participating or coaching in either event should call (405) 209-5471 or (918) 684-9094.

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