By Mike Kays
Phoenix Sports Editor
Kailey Campbell and Faith Lasiter capped their high school golf careers with one final victory Monday at the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Games at Cherokee Hills Golf Course in Catoosa.
Well, almost. More on that later.
First, Campbell, a four-year standout at Oktaha who was a individual state champion as a sophomore and member of two team champions, and Lasiter, who led Eufaula to its first-ever state championship in 3A while coming in second individually, rolled to a 3-0 match win against 4A runner-up Darby Morgan of Weatherford and Markie Hawkins of Fort Cobb.
The area girls had a three-shot advantage (21 to 24) in the scramble and in the bestball (25 to 28) formats, then on modified alternate shot rolled to an even greater edge (28-33). For the round, they shot 74 for an 11-stroke advantage.
They were fifth overall and the East squad they were a part of won 14-10.
“It felt pretty good,” said Campbell, who will play beginning this fall at Oklahoma Christian University. “We both played well and to play with her, someone I’ve known ever since I started playing golf, was special.”
Campbell has one more pre-college tournament. She left Catoosa bound for Jackson, Miss., and the Southern Junior Cup which starts today.
Lasiter got an offer Monday to extend her college career at Seminole State when the coach there, Richard Schroyer, caught up with her and did an on-site inspection of her game.
“It was completely a surprise,” she said. “I felt like I really needed to make sure I played well and I did so. It was nice to play with Kailey instead of against her like we’d done so often. We fed off each other’s energy.”
Eufaula coach Bill Bumgarner was another coach watching.
“I told (Schroyer) she was a grinder and a worker,” he said. “She’s done great things for our program.”
She’ll visit the campus Thursday. “I think I’ll probably sign at that point,” she said.
Tahlequah’s Emily Pippin, playing with Morgan Brown of Henryetta, lost 2 1/2 to 1/2 to Emilee White of Comanche and Allyson Wilcox of Duncan, who finished third overall. They battled to a 22-all draw on scramble, lost by three stokes (24-27) in best ball then fell by two shots (25-27) in alternate shot.
Girls medalists were Allison Snell of Edmond North and Maci Arrington of Hinton, who was state-runner up in 2A just ahead of the third-place Campbell.
On the boys side, the East dominated 17 1/2 to 8 1/2. No area golfers competed on the boys side. Jeremy Gray and David Dyson of Elk City were medalists shooting an overall 65.
Two Fort Gibson Lady Tigers capped their careers in the same pool they won the school’s third consecutive Class 5A championship in.
Hannah Cantrell was fourth in the 50 freestyle (26.62 seconds) fifth in the 100 freestyle (59.70) and part of the runner-up 200 medley relay (2:01.46) and 200 free relay (1:46.45).
“It wasn’t my best performance, but it was a blast and a great memory,” said Cantrell, who is now headed for the swim team at Oklahoma Baptist University.
Hali Martin was fourth in the 100 butterfly (1:11.85) and second in the 400 freestyle relay (4:05.03) and third in the 200 freestyle relay (1:57:42) against her Lady Tiger teammate.
Martin hangs up the swimwear and trades it for a band uniform as she will attend UCO on a music scholarship.
“It’s difficult to think this is the end for me but it’s closing one door and starting something new,” she said. “I was in good enough shape to swim but other than that, it was one of the few times I really didn’t care about winning. Like they told us when we got here, this week is all about having fun.”
The West girls beat the East girls 61-31. The West boys won 58-33.
Wagoner’s Lateze Clayton was a late football add to the All-State East roster on Monday. He’ll join former Bulldog T.J. Ponds on the squad that plays Friday at Union-Tuttle Stadium.
Vian’s Landon Decker is the lone area player in baseball at J.L. Johnson Stadium on the Oral Roberts campus. He’ll play for the East in the Small School game at 4:30 p.m. At Bixby High School, Okay’s Bristen Graves will join the Small East volleyball team in a 6 p.m. contest.