December 28, 2012

A Year to Remember: The top 10 local sports stories of 2012

The Express-Star

— As 2012 draws to a close, it's time to look back on the things that transpired in sports in Grady County throughout the year.

What do you think was the top story? Let us know in our comments section, or on our Facebook page, "The Express-Star".


10. Amber-Pocasset girls basketball makes it to the state tournament.

The Lady Panthers finished the season with a 29-2 record, losing to Northeast Academy in the first round of the state tournament.

Amber-Pocasset was coached by Sam Belcher then, now coached by Kirk Reimers.


9. Amber-Pocasset fast-pitch softball makes a run to the state semifinals.

The Lady Panthers had a decent regular season, but made a surprising run through regionals, beating No. 4 Fletcher twice and winning the first round of the state tourney over No. 2 Rattan before losing to No. 3 Binger-Oney in the semifinals.


8. Amber-Pocasset baseball finishes as state runner-up in spring.

The Panthers baseball team was one game away from a state title, losing a close game to Rattan in the state finals, capping of a great season for Cheyenne Graham's team.

The Panthers were a close-knit group, with Graham saying the players had become family.


7. USAO men's soccer wins first-ever home national tournament game.

The Drovers lost only one game all season, their last one. Before that, the USAO men hosted their first national tournament game, beating Grand View 2-0 at Hampton Field.

The Drovers lost to Belhaven in the next round of the tournament in Alabama.


6. Chickasha softball overcomes youth and makes it to state finals.

The Lady Chicks were a young team with only one senior, and depended on many sophomores and freshmen. However, Dennis Furr's squad beat Tahlequah and Deer Creek in the first two rounds before losing to Grove, 3-2 in the state finals.



5. L.J. Powell inducted into Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame

Former USAO and Chickasha High School baseball coach L.J. Powell was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in July.

Powell coached at USAO 12 years and for more than 30 years at Chickasha High.



4. Tuttle wrestling sweeps state and dual state for third year in a row

Matt Surber's Tuttle High School wrestling team won class 4A dual state championship before winning the overall title at the state tournament.

The Tigers won three individual titles, had three runners-up, and six third-place finishers.



3. Jacoby Brown goes undefeated and wins 5A state wrestling title

Jacoby Brown finished off an undefeated season with a state championship win over Guthrie's Landry Chappell in February.

This year, Brown is striving to be Chickasha's first two-time state champion.



2. Blanchard wins first state football championship since 1979

After winning only five games the year before, the Blanchard High School football team lost only one game on the way to the 3A state championship game.

It was the Lions' first title since 1979, and they won by beating No. 1 Kingfisher.



1. Legendary sports broadcaster Bob Martin passes away

Bob Martin had been the voice of Chickasha football and basketball for many years, and passed away this summer after a battle with illness.

Martin had a long broadcasting career in Chickasha and other places, and is sorely missed by the community.