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Summer prides and team camps are going on and it’s still just under three months from season openers, but the area’s best began surfacing last year.

Bill Huddleston, the longtime voice of Rougher football, was recognized on Tuesday by the Oklahoma Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association with a Distinguished Service Award Outside the Field of Athletics.

Muskogee grad James Brown (center) signed a basketball letter of intent to play at Garden City (Kan.) Community College next season. Next to him is assistant coaches Oren Faulk and Robert Warren and standing is Roughers head coach Lynwood Wade.

Among recent signees from Muskogee High School are, from left, Layla Johnson with NSU (soccer), Tea Myers with Mississippi Valley State (basketball), Blake Simmons (Naval Academy), Maddie White with Northeastern State (dance), Aspen Stewart with Oklahoma and Cherish Thompson signed with Texa…

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Muskogee athletic director Jason Parker announced in a text message to the Phoenix on Wednesday that Diego Zavala has been hired as the Roughers head boys soccer coach.

Porter Schools at its Monday board meeting approved the hiring of Troy Mitchell as its girls soccer coach. He replaces Chris Sherwood, who coached 15 seasons there after starting the program. He has moved into full-time administrative duties, as principal and athletic director.

Wagoner’s Kaden Charboneau and Collin Condict capped a memorable year at Wagoner with two wins in three matches and capped the Class 4A state tennis tournament with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Syvan Syribouth and Matthew Thompson of Elk City for seventh place in the 16-pair field.

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Oktaha’s counterpunching ability on Thursday propelled the Tigers into the semifinals of the Class 2A state baseball tournament with an 8-3 quarterfinal win against the Calera Bulldogs on Palmer Field at Dolese Park in Oklahoma City.

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