Chickashanews.com

Top News

February 25, 2013

Latham goes the distance

— When Chickasha junior Josh Latham won his first state championship Saturday night at State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City, he didn’t care who joined in on the celebration.

Once the 182-pound state finals match ended with Latham taking a 5-1 decision, he hugged his coaches. Then he hugged the referee.

“I can’t stop smiling,” Latham said after the match. “I gave my mom a big hug as soon as I found her. Really anybody that came up to me, whether I knew them or not, I hugged them. They didn’t seem to mind.”

Latham capped off a 38-4 junior season with a state championship win over Jacob Lamb of Del City, a wrestler he had just beaten a week earlier in the 5A West regional finals.

At regionals, Latham pinned Lamb in the first period. The state tournament match went much differently, although the result was the same.

“He definitely knew what I was going for,” Latham said. “The last time, I was really aggressive and I went out there and pinned him in the first. I don’t know if I caught him or not. This one, he gave it his all. He definitely didn’t want to lose, that’s for sure.”

The match started with Latham attacking, as he has all year. He scored a takedown with 50 seconds left in the period, and scored a near fall as time expired to take a 4-0 lead going into the second.

After that, Latham was in control of the whole match, and showed the stamina necessary to hold on in the third period, something he has struggled with at times in his career.

“He’s kind of always had a problem with his wind in the third period, because he wants to wrestle my style and just go, go, go, and he didn’t have the gas tank for it to be quite honest,” head coach Chad Randle said. “Probably the middle of the year this year we talked, and changed our strategy to wrestle a little more under control, slowing the pace down and methodically kicking peoples’ butts. It helped a lot.”Latham got a relatively late start in wrestling, picking up the sport his freshman year and wrestling junior high. It didn’t take him long to start having success, and he qualified for the state tournament his sophomore year.

Text Only
Top News
  • Starved Pennsylvania 7-year-old weighed only 25 pounds

    A 7-year-old Pennsylvania boy authorities described as being so underweight he looked like a human skeleton has been released from the hospital.

    July 22, 2014

  • GCEM discuss hot temps, Amber water tower

    It's back to summertime with temperatures this week reaching the high 90s and above.

    July 22, 2014

  • Local Chickasha man hits tree

    A local Chickasha resident struck a tree while speeding according to a report from Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

    July 22, 2014

  • image-3.jpg Girl Scout donates to Locks of Love

    Six-year-old Madison Dunn donated her long hair to Locks of Love when she learned that some children don't have hair.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hospitals let patients schedule ER visits

    Three times within a week, 34-year-old Michael Granillo went to the emergency room at Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles because of intense back pain. Each time, Granillo, who didn't have insurance, stayed for less than an hour before leaving without being seen by a doctor.

    July 22, 2014

  • Malaysians wonder 'Why us?' after second loss of airline jet

    It was all too familiar. Grieving families rushing to airport. The flashing television graphics of a plane's last radar appearance. The uncomfortable officials before a heavy thicket of microphones.
    For many Malaysians, the disappearance of Flight 370 in March has been a long trauma from which the nation has not yet recovered.

    July 21, 2014

  • Galaxy II end Energy unbeaten run

    When Los Angeles Galaxy II beat Oklahoma City Energy FC back in May, the venue, the team sheet and the state of both clubs were different than those on Saturday night. Unfortunately for OKC, the script remains the same.

    July 19, 2014

  • H@TG4ES-1.jpg Howling at the Gates:

    The web comic, "Howling at the Gates" begins when mad scientist Hypatia tells her boyfriend Grant that she plans to kidnap Pythagorus with her time machine.

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Court rules Oklahoma gay marriage ban unconstitutional for second time

    A federal appeals court judge ruled for the second time the state of Oklahoma cannot prevent homosexuals from marrying, and Chickasha native Aron Seymour couldn't be more excited. 

    July 19, 2014

  • Chickasha son's golf legacy lives on locally

    The way Orville Moody struck a golf ball marveled players across the professional tour.

    July 19, 2014

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Obama Offers Condolences at Dutch Embassy Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament The Rock Finds His Inner 'Hercules' Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts
Poll

Who do you blame for the current immigration crisis?

The President
Congress
Both are equally at fault
     View Results