The 2018 and 2019 sports seasons were ones to remember for different programs in the area.
State titles were won, losing streaks were snapped, and one team made it to state for the first time in two decades. In no particular order, these are some of the top storylines from high school teams in the area.
Lady Panthers advance to state title games
The Amber-Pocasset softball team’s seasons in the fall and spring were ones to remember. Even though it did not complete the softball sweep, Am-Po did win the Class A state title in the fall and finished second in Class 3A during the spring.
During the fall, Am-Po survived an extra-inning affair against Stonewall and then took care of business in the final two games to win the softball program’s first state championship, defeating Ripley in the state title game.
During the spring, Am-Po fell to Navajo in the championship. The Lady Panthers did defeat two teams ranked higher than them in the final Class 3A poll, including top-ranked Rattan in the semifinals.
Tuttle takes several titles
It is safe to say Tuttle had a big year when it came to winning state titles, both as teams and as individuals.
Sticking with the teams, the softball and wrestling programs continued their dominance.
The Lady Tigers extended their streak to three state titles in a row. Wrestling extended its state championship streaks in both state wrestling tournaments.
And then there was football. The Tigers were able to complete a 14-0 season with a win over Bethany in the Class 4A state title game.
Tuttle cheer also won multiple titles.
Cyril knocks off rival Fort Cobb-Broxton
After feeling the heartache of losing to their rivals in the state semifinals the season before, the Cyril Pirate basketball team came out on top in the 2019 Class A state championship game in Oklahoma City to win their first state title since 1938.
Cason McLemore had 25 points in the win.
Chickasha snaps losing streak, increases win total
The Chickasha football program showed it is on the rise in 2018 following an 0-10 2017. Chickasha entered the season having won just one game the previous two seasons and on a lengthy losing streak.
Chickasha ended the streak in the season opener with a win over Marlow.
The Fightin’ Chicks ended up winning four games during the season and were not too far away from a playoff berth.
Lions complete perfect season
Blanchard baseball suffered heartache in 2018, falling to Elgin in the Class 4A state title game. One season later, the Lions ended up with a 39-0 record and winners of the state title following a 14-5 win over the Harrah Panthers.
Minco advances to state tournament
For the first time since 1999, the Minco Bulldog basketball team advanced to the state tournament. The Bulldogs — a top-five team in Class 2A — bounced back from a loss to Rock Creek with a win over Talihina to clinch their first state spot in 20 years.
Minco advanced to the state semifinals before falling to Rejoice Christian in the state semifinals.