Phoenix Staff Reports
The sister of Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf will join him at Oklahoma State next season — as a member of the women’s basketball team.
Courtney Chelf averaged 18 points and 5.4 rebounds at Enid this past season. The 5-9 Chelf scored 26 points in a loss to Muskogee in the Beouin Shrine Classic finals in January. She was an All-Tournament selection.
She will join Lakota Beatty (Anadarko), Brianne Coffman (Jarrell, Texas), Roshunda Johnson (Little Rock, Ark.), Katelyn Loecker (McPherson, Kan.), Diana Omozee (Pflugerville, Texas) and Marisha Wallace (Midwest City) in the Cowgirls’ camp this fall.
OU signs big man
Oklahoma men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger signed junior college big man Edison Avila, a 6-10 sophomore who averaged 11.4 points, 5.5 rebounds for Seward County (Kan.).Originally from the Bronx in New York City, Avila was an AAU teammate of OU sophomore-to-be Isaiah Cousins for a year in high school. Cousins hails from Mount Vernon, N.Y.
On the women’s side, Oklahoma signed T’ona Edwards, a 5-5 guard who averaged 16.7 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals for Northeast this past season. She joins Midwest City Carl Albert’s Gioya Carter, Shaya Kellogg (Ames, Iowa) and Derica Wyatt (Nashville, Tenn.), who signed last November.
Cowgirls heavy on area
Connors State inked six including Haskell guard Sherrell McHenry, Eufaula center Janet Hill, Checotah guard Katie Smith, Oktaha forward Lanessa Grayson and Muskogee forward Mari Jackson along with Lauren Godfrey, a 6-1 center from Liberty Eylau High in Texarkana, Texas.
“They all know each other and have played together which will add to our chemistry of the team. It (chemistry) wasn’t at the level we wanted last season. These girls give us a good start for next year,” said Connors coach Eddie Kite.
NSU signs six
Northeastern State women’s coach Randy Gipson signed Jamie Jackson, a 5-7 guard from Beebe, Ark., who averaged 20 points. Che’Ron Lewis, a 5-10 forward from Cushing (17.9 points, 10.5 rebounds), Sara Sagely, a 5-6 guard from Crowder (Mo.) College (12.6 points) and Mya Walker, a 5-8 forward from Lewis Center, Ohio (14.9 points, 6 rebounds).
Lewis, however, only scored two points in the Class 4A state semifinals against Fort Gibson in the 52-35 loss at Southern Nazarene University.
“We are very excited about this year’s signing class,” Gipson said. “We think we have really helped ourselves by bringing in a group that possesses good physical strength and athleticism. They also each have good ball skills and high basketball IQ.”
ORU list includes area standouts
ORU made it official, announcing the signing of Adrion Webber, former Muskogee guard, along with Connors State’s Denell Henderson and Jabbar Singleton, a 6-0 product out of New Orleans. Webber announced his signing Wednesday night. He will play where another Muskogee player, Alexus Wilson signed in the November signing period.
Lady Rougher still unsigned
No news on the status on Muskogee senior Kelsey McClure. The All-Phoenix MVP was still “negotiating some options” said her mother, Vanessa McClure, on Thursday.