With 2019 coming to an end, it is time to take a look back.
This past year saw plenty of impressive storylines across The Express-Star coverage area, from state tournaments to snapping or continuing streaks. It is time to take a look back at some of those storylines, in no particular order.
Chickasha softball puts together turnaround season
Head coach Courtne St. Clair’s second season leading Chickasha softball saw the program take several steps forward as the program tries to get back to where it was just a few years ago.
With a mix of returning players and new players, the Lady Chicks advanced to their first regional tournament since 2017.
After finishing third in their district, the Lady Chicks won two games at their regional tournament and finished with 24 wins after winning three games in 2018.
Am-Po softball continues streak of state appearances
Whether it is the spring or fall, Amber-Pocasset softball has become a powerhouse.
The ultimate sign of Am-Po becoming a powerhouse was its state title in 2018. But the Lady Panthers have been to state multiple seasons in a row in the spring and fall.
In the fall, the Lady Panthers have been to state the past three seasons after a semifinal run in 2019. They have won at least one game at state each of those three seasons.
Am-Po also advanced to state in the spring of 2019 and has been to state multiple springs in a row. The Lady Panthers advanced to the title game in 2019.
Minco boys make semifinal run
Starting in 2018, the Minco Bulldogs finished their season at the state tournament in 2019. Minco advanced to state for the first time since 1999.
In the program's first trip to state in quite some time, the Bulldogs picked up a win at the state tournament to advance to the Class 2A semifinals. Minco defeated Okemah in the first round of the state tournament.
Minco’s loss came to eventual state champion Rejoice Christian.
Cyril boys win state title
In Class A, the Cyril boys (basketball) made their name known in Oklahoma sports history.
For the first time since 1938, Cyril had itself a state championship team. And Cyril’s win could not have come against a more fitting opponent.
Facing off against rival Fort Cobb-Broxton, the Pirates came away with a 57-52 victory just a season after the Pirates were eliminated in the semifinals by the Mustangs.
Chickasha football clinches playoff berth
The Chickasha football team did multiple things in 2019 that had not been accomplished by the program in several years.
Chickasha achieved multiple landmark moments in the final week of the season. The Fightin' Chicks beat Anadarko for the first time this decade and clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2013.
The Fightin’ Chicks also secured their first winning season in several years with the win over Anadarko at Anadarko.
Chickasha faced quite a bit of adversity but managed to fight through and win its final three games of the regular season, keeping playoff hopes alive throughout that streak and getting the help it needed to advance to the postseason.
Chickasha fell in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs, but that loss took nothing away from the storyline of Chickasha’s season.
USAO programs see success
USAO programs continued to see success in 2019.
The USAO baseball team and softball team each advanced to the World Series.
The baseball team won the Sooner Athletic Conference regular-season title and conference tournament and ended up finishing third at the World Series.
The softball team won the SAC during the regular season and was one of the final three teams competing at the World Series.
The USAO men’s basketball team advanced to the national quarterfinals as a No. 7 seed in 2019. The women’s soccer team swept Sooner Athletic Conference titles and won one match in the national tournament.
USAO also got plenty of strong individual performances in 2019.