In February, Plainview went within a few minutes of winning its first dual state title, but fell to Perry. The Indians rebounded and went on to win their second straight state wrestling title.
Also in the month we met the Looney siblings. Freshman Lindsay Looney became the first Denison swimmer to bring home a medal at state and it was pure gold. Lindsay also made it to Olympic qualifying.
In March, 5 basketball teams made it to state, including Latta and Plainview girls making the quarters. Ada, Atoka and Van Alstyne boys made it to the state semifinals.
In April, Southeastern's Mike Metheny reached a milestone, collecting his 1,300 win. He remains the active leader in wins in division II.
In May, more state championships. In Oklahoma slow pitch, 7 teams made the quarterfinals, Silo, Rattan and Stonewall made the semis and Tushka fell in the state title game.
In Oklahoma baseball, Rattan and Boswell made the quarters, Kingston and Tushka made the semifinals, while Silo and Roff fell in the championships.
Also in May, the Ada Cougars brought their brooms to the state tennis championship. The girls won their third straight title, while the boys captured their 11 title in program history.
Continuing with the trend, golf was also a successful sport in our area. Led by Sydney Youngblood, the Durant girls golf team brought home the 5A state championship. Tishomingo girls and Plainview boys/girls finished runners-up in their respective classes.
In June it was Texas time for state baseball, Van Alstyne made it to the state tournament, but fell to West in the title game.
In July and August, it was all about preparing for the football season.
In September, Kaymon Farmer became the Southeastern career receptions leader, while Devlon Wortham took the career rushing touchdown record.
In October, The Tushka Tigers swept fall championships in both baseball and softball. The Latta Lady Panthers softball team also won the first fast pitch softball championship in school history.
The Marietta Indians cross country teams were also state champs, sweeping both 3A boys and girls.
Also in the month, the Bells Panthers beat Celeste 94-74, ranking toward the top of highest scoring performances in state history.
In November, The Battle of the Ax returned to its glory, As Denison edged out Sherman 35-30 in a game we won't soon forget.
Also in the month, the Tioga Lady Bulldogs won the 1A state volleyball championship. This is the first volleyball state title in school history.
In December, the football state championships, Plainview fell to Jones in a valiant effort. The Gunter Tigers tasted football gold for the first time in school history, beating Boling at AT&T.
Later in the month, ECU senior Braxton Reeves completed the best week of basketball in school history, Scoring a program high 45 points against Cameron.
Congrats to all our athletes and may 2017 be as successful, if not more!