WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012 • PAGE 1-B
SPORTS David Miller, Sports Editor
Class 6A No. 1 Broken Arrow Defeats Wildcats
By KYLE KENDRICK The night started off at The Wildcats are now 2-3 in
News Sports Writer the 152-pound weight class duals this season and will try
The Ponca City wrestlers with Ponca’s Logan Soutter to improve to .500 on the year
faced a daunting task on taking on Broken Arrow’s when they host Sand Springs
Tuesday night when the No. 1 Chase Ferman. Ferman won for homecoming on Thursday.
ranked team in class 6A, the the match by pin fall but the Thursday’s dual with Sand
Broken Arrow Tigers, came to Wildcats would bounce right Springs is scheduled to begin
town. The Wildcats held their back. Directly after Soutter’s at 6 p.m.
own against the top ranked loss Ponca’s Brannon Hunt
team in the state and trailed earned a win by pin fall over BROKEN ARROW 53,
just 24-21 in the dual until the Tigers’ Josh Foshee. The PONCA CITY 21
Broken Arrow won the last seesaw battle would continue 152 — Logan Soutter (PC) vs. Chase Fer-
five matches of the night to over the next four matches. man (BA). Ferman wins by fall.
win the dual by a score of Ponca City earned wins from 160 — Brannon Hunt (PC) vs. Josh Foshee
53-21. Shelby Krout at 182 and Jako- (BA). Hunt wins by fall.
170 — Jonathon Bond (PC) vs. Brock
Ponca City head wrestling da Bridges at 285. Krout won Warren (BA). Warren wins by fall.
coach Chris Walker said he his match by an 8-1 decision 182 — Shelby Krout (PC) vs. Mitch
felt like his team wrestled as while Bridges won his match Owens (BA). Krout wins 8-1.
well as could be expected. by pin fall. Meanwhile Broken 195 — Double forfeit.
“I felt that as a team we Arrow got wins at 170 pounds 220 — Jordan Kimbrell (PC) vs. Seth Cal-
improved and that we wres- and 220 pounds. Neither team vert (BA). Calvert wins by fall.
tled as good as we could have had a wrestler at 195 pounds 285 — Jakoda Bridges (PC) vs. Hunter
facing that type of competi- so that weight class was a dou- Porter (BA). Bridges wins by fall.
tion,” Walker said. ble forfeit. 106 — Lane Nichols (PC) vs. Marcus Sim-
“In many of the matches we After Bridges’ win at 285 mons (BA). Simmons wins by fall.
had to find some small suc- pounds Ponca would only win 113 — Caleb Burns (PC) wins by forfeit.
cesses. For example several one more match Tuesday. The 120 — Cole Burns (PC) vs. Caleb Clark
of our athletes wrestled the Wildcat’s one win during that (BA). Clark wins by technical fall 21-6.
number one kid in the state stretch came at 113 pounds 126 — Ryan Butler (PC) vs. Nathan Clark
and were able to score a take- when Caleb Burns won by for- (BA). Clark wins by fall.
down or wrestled their oppo- feit. Following Burns’ win by 132 — Nick Hamilton (PC) vs. Clay
Archer (BA). Archer wins by fall.
nent to the point that they forfeit Broken Arrow earned 138 — Dalton Lee (PC) vs. Tanner Bailey
outshaped them. We have to four wins by pin fall and one (BA). Bailey wins by fall. PONCA CITY’S Brannon Hunt (red) blocks a takedown attempt from Broken Arrow’s Josh Foshee in Tues-
build on the little success with by technical fall giving the 145 — Trey Steele (PC) vs. Paydon Bailey day night’s dual between the two teams. Hunt went on to win the match by pin fall but Broken Arrow won
this team.” final score its lopsided nature. (BA). Bailey wins by fall. the dual 53-21. (News Photo by Kyle Kendrick)
ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) —
Dominique Morrison scored
20 points and Oral Roberts
shot 67 percent Tuesday night
in an 89-80 victory over Oak-
Morrison hit 6 of 8 3-point-
ers to key a Golden Eagles
offense that sank 34 of 51
shots, including 11 of 16 from
Roderick Pearson scored
17 points, Warren Niles and
Steven Roundtree 16 each
and Michael Craion 10 for the
Golden Eagles (12-4, 4-0 Sum-
mit League) .
Reggie Hamilton’s 28 points
paced the Golden Grizzlies
(8-9, 2-3), who lost their fifth in
a row and had a 31-game home
winning streak against league
Travis Bader added 16
WESLEY MATTHEWS (2) of Portland gets his hand on the ball to block a shot by Oklahoma City Thunder MICHAEL DIXON, center, of Missouri, shoots past Oklahoma’s Ste-
points, Drew Valentine 14 and
center Kendrick Perkins (5) in the third quarter of a game in Oklahoma City Tuesday. Portland won 103-93. ven Pledger, right, Cameron Clark, front left, and Andrew Fitzgerald
Corey Petros 10.
(AP Photo) (4) during the first half of a game Tuesday in Columbia, Mo. (AP
Oral Roberts led 37-33 early
in the second half. An 8-0 run
Thunder Loses Second Straight pushed the gap to 45-33 with
16:27 left, and the Golden
Eagles eventually led by 20 Mizzou Blind Sides
points at 68-48 with 8:28 to go
By JEFF LATZKE Westbrook had 22 points on onds left but came out with on Morrison’s 3-pointer.
AP Sports Writer 8-for-18 shooting and Durant the offensive rebound and hit
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — finished with 19 points while two foul shots to make it 100-
Even after losing All-Star hitting 8 of 26 shots.
Brandon Roy to an injury- Oklahoma City started the
“It just tells us one thing
Boxing COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Contrast that with the Tigers’
Oklahoma didn’t see this com- 59.3 percent, and it’s easy to
induced early retirement, season 5-0 before losing for — that we have to get bet-
ing. see how Missouri won easily.
look who’s on top of the West- the second straight night. ter,” Oklahoma City coach
After a strong showing Kim English had 23 points
ern Conference early on this “I think sometimes you need Scott Brooks said. “We have to
through their nonconference and nine rebounds, and Mar-
NBA season: The Portland losses to remind you that keep improving, but our guys
schedule, the Sooners were cus Denmon added 20 for Mis-
Trail Blazers. you’ve got to get better,” Nick understand that. They under-
outmatched Tuesday night at souri (14-0, 1-0), which was
LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 Collison said. “You wish it stand that this is not the final
No. 7 Missouri, falling 87-49 12 for 21 from 3-point range,
points and eight rebounds wasn’t like that. You wish you product that you will see.”
TULSA (AP) — The Medical in the Big 12 opener for both held the Sooners to 33 percent
and Portland clamped down could always realize the need Aldridge and Oklahoma
teams. shooting and outrebounded
on Oklahoma City in the sec- to improve but human nature, City’s Kendrick Perkins were Examiner’s office says an ex-
Oklahoma knew it hadn’t them 38-23.
ond half to knock the Thunder sometimes you get a little lax both called for technical fouls University of Tulsa football
faced a team like the Tigers Oklahoma hoped for some
from the top spot in the West when you’re winning.” after Perkins slammed his player who participated in an
this season, but that didn’t easy baskets facing a four-
with a 103-93 victory on Tues- Neither team led by more shoulder into Aldridge fol- unsanctioned boxing match
make the outcome any less guard lineup, but failed to
day night. than seven until the fourth lowing a rebound. The two died from sudden exertion
surprising. capitalize on its Big 12-lead-
The Blazers are the only quarter, when Portland start- were quickly separated by due to Sickle Cell Trait com-
“They knocked us on our ing 42.2 rebounds per game.
team in the West without two ed to inch away. teammates before the conflict plications.
A spokeswoman for the heels, and we didn’t respond “We just didn’t give it the
losses this season. Nicolas Batum and Felton escalated.
very well,” coach Lon Kruger best effort that we had,” guard
Gerald Wallace contributed hit 3-pointers on consecu- Portland, which also already office said Tuesday a full
said. Sam Grooms said. “We have to
13 points and 10 rebounds for tive possessions, and Batum won at Denver, also grabbed autopsy report on what caused
Andrew Fitzgerald led the go back to the woodshed and
Portland, which held Oklaho- added another from the right an early advantage in the George Clinkscale’s death
won’t be done for several Sooners (10-3, 0-1) with 18 just get better.”
ma City to 34 percent shooting wing just before the shot clock Northwest Division race.
points and six rebounds, scor- Even though his team suf-
in the second half to push expired to bump the Blazers’ “You want to win every divi- weeks.
Clinkscale died Sept. 22 ing all but two in the first fered its worst loss against
ahead on an off night for All- advantage up to 92-82 with 5:55 sion game you can,” Matthews
half. Oklahoma now has a pair Missouri since 1922, Grooms
Stars Kevin Durant and Rus- remaining. said. “No matter how early it after boxing in Guts Church’s
Fight Night VI. Witnesses said of blowout losses against Mis- insisted the loss wouldn’t
sell Westbrook. Wallace countered a couple is, it’s a good win.”
souri schools, falling by 20 shake the team’s confidence.
The Thunder were held to easy buckets by Westbrook by The Thunder led for most he had cramping and severe
points against Saint Louis in Missouri is one of four
only 40 points on 13-for-38 backing in against Durant for a of the first half, when their pain after the bout.
His family is pursuing a civil November. The third loss was unbeaten teams in the nation
shooting in the second half pair of layups, and Aldridge’s shots were falling — except
by a point to Cincinnati. under first-year coach Frank
after making 51 percent of 19-footer from the top of the for Durant’s. Collison had lawsuit against the church
Oklahoma had entered the Haith — and the Tigers’ start
their shots and leading most key put Portland up 98-86 with back-to-back layups to finish and owners, Bill and Sandy
night holding opponents to 59 is their best since the1981-82
of the first half. 2:46 to play. the first quarter, and Harden’s Scheer.
Attorney Trevor Henson points per game in its last team was 19-0.
James Harden made his Thunder coach Scott Brooks 3-pointer from the right wing
seven contests, but the Soon- After Tuesday’s games, four
sixth career start in place called a timeout but his team in the opening minutes of the says had Guts Church officials
ers were the team struggling of the 345 Division I teams
of Thabo Sefolosha (flu-like couldn’t mount a rally. Fel- second quarter gave Oklaho- followed Oklahoma laws, they
to score Tuesday. The team remain unbeaten.
symptoms) and led the way for ton all but sealed it when he ma City its largest lead of the would’ve had a pre-fight phys-
ical performed and a doctor at shot only 33.3 percent from the Ricardo Ratliffe added 13
the Thunder with 23 points. missed a layup with 45 sec- game at 32-25.
ringside. field, resulting in its lowest points and eight rebounds,
scoring output of the season. and reserve Michael Dixon
Torre Makes Move
had 13 points for Missouri.
Steven Pledger scored 11
points for Oklahoma, but on
3-for-10 shooting with just
To Buy Dodgers
three points in the first half
while Missouri took a com-
manding 43-25 lead. Oklahoma
has lost six of its last seven
By RONALD BLUM sale by owner Frank McCourt conference openers.
AP Sports Writer in November, five months The Sooners were picked to
NEW YORK (AP) — Joe after the team filed for bank- finish in a tie for last in the
Torre resigned today as Major ruptcy. Following months of Big 12 by coaches but entered
League Baseball’s executive bickering and accusations of the game among the national
vice president for baseball mismanagement, an agree- leaders in rebounding, offen-
operations to join a group try- ment between McCourt and sive rebounds and 3-point per-
ing to buy the Los Angeles MLB said the team is to be centage.
Dodgers. sold by April 30, which coin- Take out Fitzgerald’s
Torre managed the Dodgers cides with the deadline for 16-point half and Oklahoma
from 2008-10, then retired and McCourt to pay former wife was just 4 for 19 from the field.
joined MLB last February as a Jamie $131 million. Pledger was held to three
top aide to Commissioner Bud Initial bids for the team are points on 1-for-7 shooting for
Selig. He is joining a group due by Jan. 23 with the Black- the Sooners, who shot 35 per-
headed by real estate devel- stone Group, Frank McCourt’s cent.
oper Rick Caruso. investment banker. The price Oklahoma was just 3 for
“I have made this decision likely will break the record 13 to start the game, falling
because of a unique chance to for a baseball franchise, top- behind by 10 the first 6:13.
join a group that plans to bid ping the $845 million paid by Six points from Fitzgerald
for the Dodgers,” Torre said the Ricketts family for the in a span of 1:16 shaved the
in a statement. “After leav- Chicago Cubs in 2009. deficit to four at 20-16. Mis-
ing the field, this job was an Torre, the 1971 National souri answered with a 10-2 run
incredible experience, one League MVP, was a nine-time capped by Denmon’s 3-pointer
that I enjoyed very much.” All-Star during a playing MICHIGAN KICKER Brendan Gibbons (34) kicks the game winning field goal in overtime against Virginia with just under 7 minutes to
The Dodgers were put up for career from 1960-77. Tech in the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game in New Orleans, Tuesday. Michigan won 23-20. (AP go, and pulled away the rest
Photo) of the half.