Kenneth Eugene Grayson, 70

Born March 7, 1948

Died July 12, 2018

Jr. Nathaniel J. Jones, 84

Born September 21, 1933

Died July 12, 2018

Cecil Wayne "Tank" Patterson, 61

Born November 29, 1956

Died July 11, 2018


Our death notices and obits are always free to the families and funeral homes.



Thursday, June 28, 2018, 8:39 AM

Former OU quarterback Jamelle Holieway

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said the game was tonight. The game is actually Friday, June 29.

The Muskogee Fraternal Order of Police is hosting a benefit flag football game at 6:30 tomorrow night at the Indian Bowl. A team of Oklahoma Sooners alumni will play a team of Muskogee police officers in the charity game.

Former Sooners appearing are quarterback and Big 8 player of the year Jamelle Holieway, linebacker and Big 12 defensive player of the year Rufus Alexander, defensive end and All Big 12 Auston English, wide receiver, 2018 graduate and all academic Big 12 Jeffery Mead, defensive back and all-American kick returner Antonio Perkins, defensive end and all Big 12 Ronnell Lewis, wide receiver and also all Big 12 Jarrail Jackson as well as running back KeJuan Jones, who scored 37 touchdowns in his career for the Sooners.

The Fraternal Order of Police is raising funds for its “Shop with a Cop” program for underprivileged children at Christmas.

Admission to the game is $10 for adults, $5 for students and children twelve and under will be admitted free. Immediately following the game the players will be available for autographs and photos on the field.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 7:57 AM

Russ Warner

Boater Russ Warner of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, weighed five bass Saturday totaling 15 pounds, 15 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Okie Division tournament on Fort Gibson Lake. Warner took home $5,165 for his win.

“I fished the mid-lake area and targeted offshore rock piles,” said Warner, who logged his first career victory in FLW competition. “All of my fish came from between 6 and 10 feet of water and were on main-lake spots, close to the river channel.

“Every fish I weighed came on a 10-inch Yum Ribbon Tail worm,” continued Warner. “Junebug was the best color, but I did switch to cranberry later in the day. My last fish bit around 2 (p.m.).”

Warner said he fished slow, rotating through eight different stops. He said he hit each at least three times and caught five keepers.

“I got my MinnKota Ultrex trolling motor a couple months ago and wouldn’t have won without it,” said Warner. “The wind was blowing pretty hard and I could get lined up on the rock piles I had marked. I hit Spot Lock, and it would hold me there as I faced the wind. I could make 20, 30 or even 40 casts to the same spot, sometimes waiting until that 40th cast to get a bite.”


Friday, June 1, 2018, 10:49 AM

Kaylee Bryson

Kaylee Bryson, 17, of Muskogee, will be featured as part of the Rev Racing Youth Driver line-up at the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Development Program, competing at the Bojangles Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway, according to Rev Racing.

Bryson is an accomplished race driver who started racing winged karts in 2010 when she was only 8 years old. In two and a half years, she racked up 50 wins in the division, before she made the transition to Restrictor Micro-Sprint cars, where she got another 16 wins between 2013 and 2015. She was just the second female in history to win a Golden Driller at the Tulsa Shootout in 2015. In 2016, she won both of the micro-sprint races she ran before moving up to A-Class and Outlaw Micro-Sprint Cars, where she garnered multiple top three, top five and top 10 finishes before claiming the 2016 Port City Raceway A-Class rookie of the year and points championship honors.

In 2017, she won two A Feature races.

The junior NASCAR program she’s entering “cultivates growth and seizes the opportunity for development in drivers at the earliest age possible,” Jusan Hamilton, NASCAR senior manager of racing operations and event management, said. “Drivers who are successful and show promise are considered to compete for a chance at the next level of the program in the Late Model Series.”

The summer shootout will kick off with a practice session on Tuesday.

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Friday, May 25, 2018, 10:28 AM

Watch A mods, B mods, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and Next Gen racers at Thunderbird Speedway tonight for the K and N Filters night.

The historic half-mile on Cherokee Street is NASCAR certified and the races are a thrilling way to spend the first night of the weekend.

Tickets are $10 for grandstands, and kids 10 and under are free. Gates open at 6 p.m., hot laps start at 7 and races start at 8 p.m.

The first 100 fans get a free gift bag.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 9:06 AM

Mark Johnson of Weleetka

Boater Mark Johnson of Weleetka, Oklahoma, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 18 pounds, 6 ounces Saturday to win the 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Okie Division event at Lake Eufaula. For his victory, Johnson earned $5,349.

“I spent my tournament fishing on the lower end of the lake, near the dam,” said Johnson, a former FLW College Fishing angler who earned his first career win in BFL competition. “At my first spot, I fished for an hour and a half but only caught one 2-pounder. I moved to my second area and within 30 minutes I had my tournament weight.”

Johnson said that he fished rock piles where the post-spawn fish were setting up, in 15- to 20-feet of water. He credited an unnamed green-pumpkin-colored Football jig with a Zoom Brush Hog and a Carolina-rigged green-pumpkin Brush Hog as his key baits.

“I caught around 20 keepers, but the fish were post-spawn and not looking so good,” Johnson said. “I felt that if I kept them in my livewell much longer I would lose them. So, I decided to end my tournament around 11:30 and weigh what I had in order to keep my fish alive and avoid any penalties.

“That decision to weigh-in early ended up winning me the tournament,” Johnson continued. “If I would have waited, one or two may have been deceased and I would have gotten a dead-fish penalty, which would have cost me the win. My BassCat and Mercury were crucial to making the long run back to weigh-in and keeping my fish alive.”

The top 10 boaters:

  1. Mark Johnson, Weleetka, Okla., five bass, 18-6, $5,349

  2. Justin Phillips, Checotah, Okla., five bass, 17-15, $2,675

  3. David Ryan, Levasy, Mo., five bass, 17-12, $1,982

  4. Chris Jones, Pocola, Okla., five bass, 17-5, $1,348

  5. Joe Erwin, Cleora, Okla., five bass, 17-0, $1,070

  6. Nick Kincaid, Coweta, Okla., five bass, 16-3, $981

  7. Thomas Canady, Collinsville, Okla., five bass, 15-14, $892

  8. George Simonof, Jacksonville, Ark., five bass, 15-13, $802

  9. Sawyer Grace, Russellville, Ark., five bass, 15-10, $668

  10. Cade Alsbury, Gentry, Ark., five bass, 15-10, $668

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 25-27 BFL Regional Championship on Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Missouri. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 8:53 AM

The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League tournament season will continue Saturday, May 19, for Okie Division anglers with a tournament on Eufaula Lake. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing for top awards of up to $8,000 and $3,000 respectively in the one-day tournament.

Anglers can expect to find bass in all three phases of the spawn at Eufaula Lake in this mid-May event. Competitors will find bass transitioning in and out of staging areas on points and humps as well as on the beds. The bass on Eufaula prefer to spawn in weedy, wooded and rocky areas in the backs of coves. Areas that will be protected from the wind and other elements are favorable. Jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs, crankbaits and soft-plastic creature baits will all be popular baits for tournament anglers. A five-bass limit nearing 18 pounds should be enough to win this Okie Division BFL tournament.

The 2018 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2018 BFL All-American will be held May 31-June 2 at Cross Lake in Shreveport, Louisiana, and is hosted by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

For complete details and updated information visit For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLW’s social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat.

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Friday, May 4, 2018, 4:57 PM

Colby Leonard

On April 26, Fort Gibson schools administered a drug test to Colby Leonard, a soccer star on the team, and told him he failed the test. Leonard was selected to play on the prestigious FCV Football Academy in Stanford, England, one of only 19 students to do so internationally. Colleges and universities around the state are recruiting him, and he also played on Team USA.

The schools suspended him from playing soccer, even though Leonard’s family submitted him to a seven-panel drug test the same day at a private clinic and all seven tests came back negative. His parents demanded a second test be given on May 2 in accordance with the Fort Gibson extra-curricular handbook, but the schools did not administer a second test using the same urine sample.

Today, after attorney Steve Money rushed into action on the case, judge Mike Norman issued a temporary injunction forbidding the schools from keeping Leonard from playing and from retaliating against him.

The case will later get a hearing, but until then, Leonard can play soccer for the team.

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Friday, April 13, 2018, 2:43 PM

Tonight is opening night at Thunderbird Speedway, introducing the Nascar Whelen Home series to the speedway.

A mods, B mods, super stock and factory stock will be featured on the historic half mile. The new Next Gen class will debut on the all new quarter mile in the infield.

The track is expecting more than 100 cars. Area racers include Dalton Clay, Mike Anderson, Tate Cole and Kyle Slader.

Adult price in grandstands is $10 with children 10 and under free. Pit passes are $30.

Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing starting at 7:30.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018, 7:56 AM

Kevin Flock's Quality1 Lube and Repair car will be at the track tonight.

Muskogee’s Thunderbird Speedway will host a test and tune tonight, starting at 6 p.m. for all the NASCAR Whelen Series cars, factory stock and next generation cars.

Flat track motorcycles are also welcome.

Grandstands are free, and with lit passes $20.

Now is your chance to see the cars get the kinks worked out and get ready for the season.

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Monday, April 2, 2018, 8:46 AM

The Muskogee Youth Football and Cheer league is hosting a sign-up event on April 7 at 2 p.m. at Indian Bowl.

All registrations must be completed online; computers will be available. Parents can register their children from home at, under “MYFC News” and “Registration”.

Registration fees are $150 for football and $250 for cheer, with a $25 discount for fees paid in full by June 9.

For more information: 918-348-5909.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 8:56 AM

Muskogee Police Officer Ron Yates will be driving this car.

Muskogee’s Thunderbird Speedway opens up the doors and the throttles this weekend for its first NASCAR Whelen Series race cars, according to the track’s Stanley Slader.

“We are having an open practice on Saturday,” he said. “And our big car show will also be at the Civic Center.”

Two Muskogee Police officers, Ron Yates and Devin Beach, will take part in the open practice, which starts at Thunderbird after the car show, around 2 p.m.

Muskogee Police Officer Devin Beach will drive this car.

The car show starts at 10 a.m. at the Muskogee Civic Center, and runs to 2 p.m., according to Slader. After that, the festivities move to the Thunderbird Speedway’s historic half-mile track for an open practice.

“Also Saturday afternoon, we will have our new quarter-mile dirt track for Dwarf cars mini sprints, and everybody that wants to practice,” Slader said.

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Friday, February 23, 2018, 9:10 AM

Parents watching a game last Saturday between Glencoe and Okay were shocked when one student, number 14, from Glencoe repeatedly elbowed and punched Okay players after making sure officials were watching the action elsewhere, according to multiple parents.

“It was brutal,” said Ronnie Boswell. “Every time the refs looked the other way, he was punching or hitting somebody. Nobody did anything about it.”

The student, Trey Lazenby, is also the son of Glencoe’s coach and school superintendent John Lazenby.

“They were just upset they lost the game,” Lazenby said today. “There were two officials there certified by the OSSA. They didn’t call any fouls. You have a good day.”

Lazenby has been benched in other games because of foul trouble, including one in January against Frontier.

The younger Lazenby’s Twitter proclaims “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful.” And, three days before the Okay game, “We will never fall as long as I’m the head”.

Lazenby is committed to play baseball at Seminole State College next year.

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Monday, February 5, 2018, 9:39 AM

Get your Ba-Ba-Booey voice ready: The Adams Pro Golf Tour will play a national tournament at the Muskogee Country Club from May 14 to May 19, according to the Muskogee Chamber of Commerce.

“We are looking forward to introducing some of the best professional golfers in the nation and many visitors to our community,” DJ Thompson, president and CEO of the chamber, said. “This event will bring national recognition to Muskogee, as well as generate substantial income for businesses and the city.”

The chamber expects that the week’s activities will bring more than $350,000 to the Muskogee economy.

About 130 PGA Tour hopefuls are expected to come from as far as Australia, England and South America.

The week-long event begins on Monday, May 14, with professional practice Rounds and a Pro-Am Pairing Party that evening. Tuesday’s events will include the Pro- Am golf event, where sponsors get to play side-by-side with the top players on the APT. The APT is known to have produced professional golfers such as Bubba Watson, Ryan Palmer, Andrew Landry, Austin Cook and Jhonattan Vegas. The professional portion of the tournament will begin Wednesday, May 16 and conclude Saturday, May 19. The cost to play in the Pro-Am is $1,500 per team – a team of three matched with one pro golfer. Spectators may purchase daily passes or a pass for the week to watch all rounds of play. Passes will be on sale beginning in late March.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018, 10:04 AM

Muskogee’s Thunderbird Speedway at the Fairgrounds downtown is now NASCAR sanctioned, the speedway’s Stanley Slader said today.

“We got the certification Monday,” he said just now. “It’s a really big deal for the racers, the track and Muskogee.”

NASCAR sanctions, difficult to get, mean drivers can race for a “real nice” point fund, and gain the chance to win regional and national championships. In addition, the races being sanctioned means they’re far more likely to draw out-of-town spectators to Muskogee.

“At the end of the season, our top 10 racers are invited to Charlotte (North Carolina) to the NASCAR awards banquets,” Slader said. “And the racers and crews now have access to a million-dollar insurance policy.”

The track will now also be eligible for help to make improvements and draw more shows.

Opening night is April 6, but a car show aimed at downtown is set for March 17.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017, 8:02 AM

Press release in response to our questions about the beating.

Although rumors that the baseball season has been canceled are not true, Muskogee High School and the administration are seeking answers in allegations of a student being brutally beaten, the assault filmed and passed around to other students at the school.

The student, whose name we are withholding because he is a minor and the victim of a violent crime, was allegedly viciously beaten with at least one belt by members of the baseball team and possibly other assailants, though school officials will not confirm that detail. The district is now interviewing students and weighing possible criminal charges for students involved in the assault.

The district’s official response is that it can’t comment, citing “student privacy rights” as the reason for its silence, but assured it will “take the appropriate action.”

The video was allegedly distributed through SnapChat. Students report that they’ve been ordered to delete it from their phones.

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Friday, October 27, 2017, 1:34 PM

Muskogee campus police officers Brandon Combs and Doug Ragsdale pose with Anthony Sanchez.

Anthony Sanchez, a student at Muskogee High School, already knows what he wants to do when he graduates; he wants to be a police officer.

The special-needs student is “adored” by everyone at the high school, Muskogee Schools Police Chief Dan Hall said. “Officers Brandon Combs and Doug Ragsdale have put together a simulated campus police uniform after Anthony showed interest in being a police officer or just hanging out with them.”

A fan of professional wrestling, the sophomore used to come in every morning emulating the wrestlers on TV, Hall said, which led to the relationship with the two officers.

“He is so fun to be around,” Combs said. “I think we would all be a lot happier and the world would be a better place if we could be half as happy as he is every day.”

Anthony will lead the Muskogee High School football team out onto the field tonight at the Roughers’ game at Indian Bowl, Combs said.

“He is just a kid that brings a smile to everybody’s face,” Principal Kim Fleak said. “It is building character and relationships among all the students who interact with him. We just wanted to honor him and make him feel special.”

“Everybody likes him so much,” he said. “He’s funny and just fun to be around. He makes me want to be a better person.”

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 10:25 AM

YETI FLW College Fishing is heading to Fort Gibson Lake on Oct. 14 for the third and final regular-season stop in the Southern Conference. The tournament was originally scheduled for early May, but was forced to be rescheduled due to flooding and dangerous water conditions. A full field of college fishing clubs will be competing for the top award of a $2,000 club scholarship and a berth into the 2018 College Fishing National Championship, which will be hosted on the Red River in Shreveport, Louisiana, next May.

“Fort Gibson is a good fishery and I think the college anglers will do well,” said FLW Tour pro Jim Tutt of Longview, Texas, a six-time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier who finished in 4th place when the Costa FLW Series competed on Fort Gibson Lake in 2016. “There are a lot of 3 to 4 pound fish in it, and there are some good spotted bass as well.

“A good limit that I would feel very proud of is 15 pounds and up. However, I think the winning weight will likely be 18 to 22 pounds. It should be an exciting tournament for these college anglers.”

Anglers will take off from Taylors Ferry North Recreation Area in Wagoner, at 7:30 a.m. CDT Saturday. Weigh-in will be held at the launch ramp beginning at 3 p.m. Takeoff and weigh-in are free and open to the public.

Schools are allowed to register up until the morning of the tournament. Entries may be made either by phone or at

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 11:27 AM

Oklahoma’s own Ryan Dirteater is stopping this month, and you have two chances to meet him.

Fans can meet Dirteater at Cherokee Casino Grove from 5 to 7 p.m. and Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs from 8 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 25.

Dirteater is a professional bull rider from Hulbert and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Dirteater, who has been living and breathing the rodeo scene since he was born, quickly fell in love with the sport.

The cowboy made the decision to go pro while he was still in high school, which led to his stellar career in the Professional Bull Riding circuit.

Dirteater has a strong physical resilience and must maintain a healthy build, which has paid off. He has sustained injuries while riding such as a dislocated knee, a broken finger, torn ACLs, a broken femur and a broken jaw.

His resolve, however, was not broken. Despite the setbacks, Dirteater went on to the 2016 Built Ford Tough Series World Finals. He successfully rode all six bulls for more than eight seconds each in this event, a perfect performance.

Dirteater hosts “Ryan Dirteater’s Ropin’ for Wishes,” a charitable event that raises funds for the Tulsa Area Make-A Wish Foundation and Rider Relief Fund.

Cherokee Casino Grove is located north of Grove on Highway 59 and East 250 Road. Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs is located 3 miles east of Claremore on Highway 20. For more information, visit or call 918-283-8800. All guests must be at least 21 years of age.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 10:45 AM

The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League tournament season will continue Saturday, June 17, for Okie Division anglers with a tournament on Fort Gibson Lake.

Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing for top awards of up to $8,000 and $3,000 respectively in the one-day tournament.

The event will be held at Taylor Ferry North, hosted by the Wagoner Area Chamber of Commerce

The bass fishing on Fort Gibson Lake is expected to be excellent for this mid-June BFL event. Anglers will likely be seen flipping jigs to postspawn bass in areas with flooded grass and willow. Other competitors may opt for fishing points with green-pumpkin-colored jigs, swimbaits and running humps with soft-plastic worms. The winner of this tournament will likely need five bass nearing 18 pounds to secure top honors.

The 2017 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

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Monday, June 5, 2017, 10:03 AM

Carolina Smith, Sadie Allen and Jazzie Dyer

Carolina Smith, Sadie Allen and Jazzie Dyer, all 14, are set to represent Oklahoma in defending its title at a national swim meet in Ohio starting on Thursday.

Forty-nine swimmers throughout the state were chosen for the honor.

The meet, the 2017 Multicultural Swim Meet, is at the University of Ohio.

The girls will swim and compete, as well as meeting an Olympic swimmer and have dinner with them.

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Friday, April 28, 2017, 9:00 AM

Colby Leonard and Grayson Ramey of the undefeated district champion Fort Gibson Tigers soccer team have been selected to travel with PC North soccer coach Tom Pecore to Germany this summer to play soccer with a team representing the United States.

Both teens play the forward position.

Leonard and Ramey have been playing soccer together for ten years and work smoothly together as a team. During the trip, they will train with top German coaches in some of the most famous training facilities in Europe. Between games, they will see many of Germany’s historic sights.

The boys must raise a total of $7,000 by June 1 for the trip, which starts on July 19 and ends July 29.

The Tigers play a playoff game tonight at Fort Gibson.

A bank account will be set up at a Muskogee bank in the boys’ name for donations. We will update when it becomes available.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 8:26 AM

These four swimmers from the Muskogee Sharks Swim Team have recently made state qualifying times. The girls practice at the Muskogee Swim and Fitness Center.

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Monday, February 27, 2017, 7:48 AM

Fort Gibson's Cailey Cunningham brings the ball up court against Locust Grove.

FORT GIBSON - It took a 23 point second quarter, to right the ship for the Fort Gibson Tigers Saturday night in the Area II Regional finals, blowing past the Jay Bulldogs 70-39, and staying a perfect 26-0 at John Harrison Field House.

With the win, came a loss as the Tigers postman Senior Kyle Dortch went down in the second quarter with a sprained knee. Dortch returned to the game minutes later but left again and didn’t return to the bench until the fourth quarter.

4A No. 1 ranked Fort Gibson will play next Friday night against the Tulsa McClain / Victory Christian winner at Skiatook at 8 p.m.

JAY 11 5 17 6 39
FORT GIBSON 9 23 19 19 70
JAY – Gabe Simpson 12, Garrett Sweeney 10, Daylon Simpson 6, Dalton Tanner 5, Tyler Battiest 2, John Culver 2, Kobe Budder 2
FORT GIBSON (26-0) – Jace Shepherd 16, Rico Ybarra 16, Seth Martin 15, Carson Calavan 10, Kyle Dortch 6, Zach Evans 5, Chance Wafford 2

GIRLS – Senior guard Kabree Edgmon’s pair of 3-pointers in the opening minutes of Fort Gibson’s showdown with Locust Grove, gave the home team all the momentum that they needed, as the Lady Tigers jetted past the Pirates 69-26 Saturday night in the Area II Regional finals at John Harrison Field House.

4A No. 1 ranked Fort Gibson will play at 6:30 p.m. next Friday night against the Vinita / Victory Christian winner at Skiatook.

After Edgmon pushed the Lady Tigers (26-0) lead to 9-2 with 5:31 left in the first quarter, Kayci Glover nailed a 3-pointer to close out the opening period and a 18-8 lead.

LOCUST GROVE 8 4 4 10 26
FORT GIBSON 18 24 13 14 69
LOCUST GROVE – Katy Hildreth 7, Macie Pierce 7, Ashley Panther 6, Katlyn Mayfield 2, Danell Vann 2,
FORT GIBSON (26-0) – Ali Christie 14, Kabree Edgmon 13, Zoe Shieldnight 10, Cailey Cunninghham 9, Laney Swink 6, Alexis Wright 6, Danielle Johnson 4, Kayci Glover 3, Carlee Fryar 2

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Friday, February 24, 2017, 9:26 AM

Jace Shepherd dribbles against Tulsa Rogers defenders.

FORT GIBSON – Fort Gibson Senior postman Kyle Dortch scorched the visiting Tulsa Rogers Ropers for 30 points and Junior Carson Calavan poured in 28 points of his own, as the Tigers dominated the Ropers 93-51 Thursday night at John Harrison Field House in the opening round of the 4A Area II Regionals.

4A No. 1 ranked Fort Gibson (25-0) will play the Jay / Berryhill winner Saturday at 8 p.m. in Fort Gibson.

Jace Shepherd got the Tigers going with a 3-point bomb with 5:49 to go in the first quarter and push the home team up 7-3, then a pair of steals by the senior guard and easy transition buckets pushed the lead to 14-3 with 4:04 to go.

Calavan popped a pair of 3-pointers to end the quarter as the Tigers took a 27-13 lead into the second.

Then Dortch went to work, as the big man scored 16 of his game high 30 points in the second quarter and push the Tigers lead to 55-25 at intermission.

Even though the damage was done, Calavan kept bombing the Ropers, scoring 18 of his 28 points in the third quarter and leaving little doubt to the outcome, stretching the Tigers lead to 85-35 to end the third quarter.

Rico Ybarra finished with 10 points and Shepherd with nine.

TULSA ROGERS 13 12 10 14 51
FORT GIBSON 27 28 30 8 93
TULSA ROGERS – Damaree King 14, Dovell Battle 7, Dishon Preston-Larimore 7, Jeremy Adams 5, Eureko Lewis 5, Avery Hill 3
FORT GIBSON (25-0) – Kyle Dortch 30, Carson Calavan 28, Rico Ybarra 10, Jace Shepheard 9, Seth Martin 8, Turner Howk 6, Marco Ybarra 2

GIRLS – Fort Gibson Guard Kabree Edgmon found her groove, as the Senior ripped off 22 points and five rebounds to lead the Lady Tigers past the Claremore Sequoyah Eagles 69-30 Thursday night at John Harrison Field House in the opening round of the 4A Area II regionals.

4A No. 1 ranked Fort Gibson (25-0) will play Locust Grove Saturday night in Fort Gibson at 6:30 p.m.

After Cassidy Ramsey scored a quick layup for the Lady Eagles on the opening possession and a 2-0 lead, the Lady Tigers’ Edgmon took it personally.

Edgmon ripped off eight of her 22 points in the opening period, as the Lady Tigers posted a 20-10 lead after the first eight minutes of play.

Not to loose focus, Edgmon once again was the offensive engineer, scoring nine more points in the second quarter as Ft. Gibson jumped out on a 18-2 run and ending with a 44-14 halftime lead.

As the starters left at the beginning of the third quarter the Lady Tigers were on cruise control from there on out.

Zoe Sheildnight added 12 points and nine rebounds as Alexis Wright came off the bench and chipped in 11 points and four rebounds.

FORT GIBSON 20 24 16 9 69
]CLAREMORE (6-18) – Cassidy Ramsey 8, Ashley Sanders 7, Avery Tucker 6, Kenzie Saul 5, Callie Shultz 2, Tori Wood 2
FORT GIBSON (25-0) – Kabree Edgmon 22, Zoe Shieldnight 12, Alexis Wright 11, Danielle Johnson 8, Cailey Cunningham 4, Hannah Johnson 4, Ali Christie 3, Grace Crawley 3, Grace Kolmer 1, Laney Swink 1

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Sunday, February 12, 2017, 8:29 AM

Fort Gibson's Danielle Johnson and Wagoner's Katelyn Bruce battle for position.

WAGONER – Fort Gibson Senior guard Rico Ybarra had the game high 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the 4A No. 1 ranked Tigers in a 72-46 whipping of the Wagoner Bulldogs Friday night.

Fort Gibson jumped out on a 10-0 run before the home team ever got on the board, that came with 5:15 left in the opening quarter when Jaceuon Roberson sank a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Just under 60-seconds later the Bulldog’s Kellen Strickland sank a 3-pointer of his own and pull the home team within 10-6.

Ybarra and company closed out the quarter on a 10-6 run for the visiting Tigers (22-0) and a 20-12 lead to end the first period.

Jace Shepherd scored six of his 10 points in the second quarter and Carson Calavan chipped in five as the Tigers built a 39-20 lead entering half time.

Ybarra once again had the hot hand in the third quarter, scoring six but Wagoner’s Matt Shinkman dropped in eight of his 10 points and try to keep the Bulldogs in the fight.

Postman Kyle Dortch gave the Bulldogs the knockout punch, scoring eight of his 18 points in the final quarter, his final points a long range 3-pointer from the top of the key with just under 5:00 left to play.

Gabe Shoemaker did make a showing in the final quarter for Wagoner, nailing three 3-pointers to keep the game respectable late.

Fort Gibson travels to Verdigris Tuesday night to finish up the regular season and will begin district play Saturday night at Fort Gibson against Wagoner.

FORT GIBSON 20 19 16 17 72
WAGONER 12 8 13 13 46
FORT GIBSON (22-0) – Rico Ybarra 20, Kyle Dortch 18, Seth Martin 14, Jace Shepherd 10, Carson Calavan 7, Jorden Brown 2, Zach Evans 1
WAGONER (8-13) – Jaceuon Roberson 11, Matt Shinkman 10, Gabe Shoemaker 11, Chris Coulter 9, Dyallan Mayfield 2, Kellen Strickland 2

GIRLS – Sophomore post Danielle Johnson poured in 15 points and pulled down six rebounds to lead the 4A No. 1 ranked and undefeatd Fort Gibson Lady Tigers past the Wagoner Bulldogs 62-21 Friday night.

Senior Ali Christie led the Lady Tigers (22-0) early in the game, posting five of her 10 points in the first quarter as the visitors ran to a 23-5 lead over the Lady Bulldogs at the end of the first period.

Johnson went to work on the inside game scoring seven of her 15 points in the second quarter as the Lady Tigers jumped to 15-4 run and a 40-9 lead with 3:44 left in the second quarter.

Dez Penny popped in a pair of short jumpers for the home team Wagoner but a 3-pointer from the left wing by Cailey Cunningham as the second quarter buzzer slammed the door shut and a 48-13 lead heading into the half.

The obvious damage was done as in the opening minutes of the third period the Lady Tigers starters exited the game as the reserves only managed 16 points in the final two quarters.

Zoe Sheildnight fished with 11 points and Christie finished with a double-double on the night, 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Lady Tigers forced 19 turnovers on the night, committing just six themselves.

FORT GIBSON 23 25 5 9 62
WAGONER 5 8 4 4 21
FORT GIBSON (22-0) – Danielle Johnson 15, Zoe Sheildnight 11, Ali Christie 10, Kabree Edgmon 9, Alexis Wright 5, Kylee Snell 3, Cailey Cunningham 3, Laney Swink 2, Grace Crawley 2
WAGONER – Dar Dar Penny 5, Dez Penny 4, Shamara Virgil 4, Jaylin Powell 2, Alize Foabes 2, Katlyn Bruce 2, Megan Hopkins 2

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 9:56 AM

Fort Gibson's #20 Ali Christie defends against Locust Grove's #3 Katie Hildreth

FORT GIBSON – Fort Gibson Senior Kyle Dortch saved his best performance for his last regular season home game of the season and senior night, posting a double-double, a game high 33 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Tigers past the Locust Grove Pirates in a dominating fashion, 97-49 Tuesday night at John Harrison Field House.

Dortch led the Tigers (20-0) from start to finish, dropping in 12 points in the first quarter as Fort Gibson lead 28-14 at the end of one. However it wasn’t an easy start by any means as Locust Grove’s Patrick Vaughn and Kaden Bendabout nailed a pair of 3-pointers each to and pull the Pirates within 15-14 with 4:04 left in the quarter.

Fort Gibson travels to Catoosa Thursday night and to Wagoner Friday night.

LOCUST GROVE 14 20 12 3 49
FORT GIBSON 28 25 33 11 97
LOCUST GROVE – Kaden Bendabout 12, Patrick Vaughn 10, Justin Littlebear 9, Tucker Phillips 6, Kyle Panther 5, Garrett Jenkins 4, Jaren Dirtseller 2
FORT GIBSON (20-0) – Kyle Dortch 33, Seth Martin 21, Carson Calavan 14, Jace Shepherd 9, Rico Ybarra 6, Zach Evans 5, Chance Wafford 2, Turner Howk 2, Josh Wimmer 3

GIRLS – Fort Gibson’s Zoe Sheildnight led all scorers with 21 points and seven rebounds to lead the Lady Tigers past the Locust Grove Pirates 66-39 Tuesday night at John Harrison Field House.

It looked like it would be a fight from the beginning when Locust Grove’s Karly Kerns popped a pair of 3-pointers early in the game but 3-pointers by Fort Gibson’s Alexis Wright and Cailey Cunningham and six points from Sheildnight corrected the ship for the Lady Tigers and a 18-6 lead to end the first quarter.

Sheildnight scored 11 of her 21 points in the second quarter as the Lady Tigers (20-0) jetted out on a 13-0 run with 4:32 left before halftime and cruised to a 36-14 lead before the Pirates knew what hit them.

Kabree Edgmon scored six of her seven points in the third quarter and Ali Christie added six more to keep the Lady Tigers rolling and a 57-27 lead entering the final period.

This win marks the 13th consecutive year that the Lady Tigers have notched 20 wins or more in a season.

LOCUST GROVE 6 8 13 12 39
FORT GIBSON 18 18 21 9 66
LOCUST GROVE (12-8) – Reagan Torrey 8, Maysey Pierce 8, Karlie Kerns 6, Katlynn Mayfield 6, Donnelle Vann 4, Ashley Panther 3, Cameron Banian 2, McKenna Wilson 2
FORT GIBSON (20-0) – Zoe Shieldnight 21, Aline Christie 10, Cailey Cunningham 9, Kabree Edgmon 7, Danielle Johnson 6, Alexis Wright 5, Laney Swink 4, Kayci Glover 2, Grace Crawley 2

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 11:18 PM

Fort Gibson's Zoe Shieldnight breaks down court as Hilldale's #30 McKayla Maxwell and #24 Taylor Sanchez chase

Fort Gibson senior Kyle Dortch posted a double-double, scoring a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead the 4A No. 1 ranked Fort Gibson Tigers 72-47 over the Hilldale Hornets Tuesday night at the Hilldale Event Center.

Hornet Grant Sikes led the home team out of the gate strong, nailing three consecutive 3-pointers to open the game and an 11-2 lead with 5:13 left in the opening quarter.

With the Hornets up 16-8 with under 1:20 left in the first quarter, the Tigers (18-0) clawed back within striking distance with a pair of jumpers from Dortch. Then Rico Ybarra dropped in a pair of short floaters, the last at the quarter buzzer and pull the Tigers within 16-13.

A technical foul on Hilldale’s Alden Morton to open the second quarter was the momentum swing Fort Gibson needed. Jace Shepherd sank the pair of free shots and the Tigers began to hit their stride running out to a 13-0 run and a 24-16 lead until Sikes dropped in a layup with 3:45 to go before half. Seven second quarter turnovers didn’t help the Hornets along the way.

Mikay Winston connected on a long range 3-pointer with 1:22 before the half and pull the home team within 28-25 but Dortch hit a pair for a 33-27 lead for the Tigers.

And that was as close as the Hornets would get. Ybarra fired in eight of his 14 points, spurning a 14-5 run by the Tigers and a 47-33 lead with 5:40 left in the third quarter. Kaden Bass tried to stop the bleeding with five points late in the quarter but the damage was done, as Carson Calavan poured in seven of his 15 points in the quarter and the Tigers owning a 60-39 lead entering the final period.

Seth Martin was the high point man in the fourth quarter for the Tigers, chipping in six of his 14 points to hold the edge for the visitors.

Sikes finished with 20 points and six rebounds on the night for the Hornets as Ybarra and Martin had 14 points and Calavan 15 points for the Tigers.

The Hornets committed 17 turnovers on the night, all but three coming after the first quarter. While in contrast the Tigers only committed five on the night.

FORT GIBSON 13 20 27 12 72
HILLDALE 16 11 12 8 47
FORT GIBSON (18-0) – Kyle Dortch 24, Carson Calavan 15, Seth Martin 14, Rico Ybarra 14, Jorden Brown 3, Jace Shepherd
HILLDALE (8-6) – Grant Sikes 20, Juiah Steward 8, Hunter Dotson 6, Mikay Winston 6, Kaden Bass 5

GIRLS – Fort Gibson’s senior guard Kabree Edgmon’s 16 points sealed the deal for the visiting 4A No. 1 ranked Lady Tigers over the Hilldale Hornets 65-38 Tuesday night at the Hilldale Event Center.

It was the Lady Hornet’s Hailey Olson that took control of the game early in the opening period, scoring four quick points to pull the home team within 9-8 after Fort Gibson had jumped out to a 5-0 lead. But Edgmon had other ideas as she busted back to back 3-pointers push the Lady Tigers lead to 17-8 to end the first quarter.

Kenzie Mize added five of her 14 points in the second quarter but Fort Gibson was able to match point for point and hold a 30-19 lead heading into the half.

Edgmon drained a 3-pointer from the right wing to open the third quarter of play and a 33-19 lead for the Lady Tigers. Then Kayci Glover for into the act and popped another 3-pointer from the top of the key and push the visitors up 40-21 with 3:26 left in the third.

The nail in the coffin came when Edgmon drove the lane with seconds left in the third quarter, when she kicked it out to Alexis Wright, who launched a 3-pointer from the left wing and a 49-29 lead entering the fourth quarter.

A technical foul on Hilldale’s coach Scott Hensley with 6:15 left in the fourth quarter seemed to deflate the Lady Hornets as Fort Gibson’s Edgmon sank four consecutive free throws.

Mize ended the game with 14 points and eight rebounds for the Lady Hornets on the night, Olson fished with seven.

Glover and Cunningham both finished with 11 points for Fort Gibson as Wright added 13 points and eight rebounds.

FORT GIBSON 17 13 19 16 65
HILLDALE 8 11 10 9 38
FORT GIBSON (18-0) – Kabree Edgmon 16, Alexis Wright 13, Kayci Glover 11, Cailey Cunningham 11, Zoe Shieldnight 6, Danielle Johnson 5, Laney Swink 3, Ali Christie 2
HILLDALE – Kenzie Mize 14, Hailey Olson 7, Lacey Bell 6, McKayla Maxwell 4, Tyler McMillian 3, Taylor Sanchez 2, Morgan Gaddy 2

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Sunday, January 29, 2017, 8:01 AM

FORT GIBSON – Senior Jace Shepherd drained seven 3-pointers, six in the first half, and posted a game-high 23 points to lead the Fort Gibson Tigers in a rout of the Checotah Wildcats 97-34 Saturday night at John Harrison Field House.

4A’s No. 1 Tigers jumped out to a 35-6 lead in the first quarter.

Shepherd had 11 points in the first period alone as every starter contributed early and often as Carson Calavan had eight, Seth Martin four, Rico Ybarra six and Kyle Dortch six in the first quarter.

Again Shepherd was the key contributor in the second quarter, pumping in three more 3-pointers as the Tigers extended their lead to 60-19 over the Wildcats at intermission.

Calavan took over from 3-point range, drilling a pair in the first two minutes of the third quarter and pushed Fort Gibson’s lead to 73-21 by the time the reserves took over.

The Tigers (17-0) will travel to rival Hilldale Tuesday night.

CHECOTAH 6135 10 34
FORT GIBSON 35 25 27 10 97
CHECOTAH – Brenden Dan 16, Colby Gilroy 5, Isiah Butler 4, Jalen Francher 3, Collin Roberts 2, Tucker Frame 2, Kaleb Jackson 2
FORT GIBSON (17-0) – Jace Shepherd 23, Carson Calavan 17, Rico Ybarra 14, Kyle Dortch 13, Seth Martin 6, Dyllan Perkins 5, Zach Evans 4, Jorden Brown 3, Levi Sandersfeild 3, Turner Howk 3, Marco Ybarra 2, Andrew Rumbley 2

GIRLS – Number 1 ranked 4A Fort Gibson forced 28 Checotah turnovers and didn’t allow a Lady Wildcats point until 18 seconds left in the first quarter, as the Lady Tigers ripped the Wildcats 70-18 Saturday night at John Harrison Field House.

Fort Gibson (17-0) emptied the bench once again and put 15 different players on the court on the night with four scoring in double digits.

Alie Christie and Cailey Cunningham both scored 11 points each, more than the Checotah team as a whole as the Lady Tigers held a 48-7 advantage at the half.

Danielle Johnson added six of her 10 points in the third quarter and pushed the Ft. Gibson lead to 60-12 entering the fourth period.

Zoe Sheildnight added 10 points, with eight rebounds on the night.

CHECOTAH 2 5 5 6 18
FORT GIBSON 24 24 12 10 70
CHECOTAH – Sabetha Sands 5, Lennes Miller 3, Sara Mathews 2, Kyra Collins 2, Destiny Thomas 2, Olivia Clayton 2, Jessica Smith 2
FORT GIBSON (17-0) – Ali Christie 11, Cailey Cunningham 11, Zoe Shieldnight 10, Danielle Johnson 10, Grace Crawley 6, Kayci Glover 5, Alexis Wright 5, Carlee Fryar 4, Kabree Edgmon 4, Laney Swink 2, Bylee Kirkhart 2

Versus Catoosa

Seniors’ Jace Shepherd’s and Kyle Dortch’s free-throws with under 13 seconds to play sealed the win for the Fort Gibson Tigers over the Catoosa Indians 56-51 Friday night at John Harrison Field House.

CATOOSA 22 7 9 13 51
FORT GIBSON 14 15 14 13 56
CATOOSA (11-5) – Matt Dillon 13, Tyson Tiger 12, Damon Phelps 12, Tyler Tiger 10, Brycen Whistance 2, Harley Whistance 2
FORT GIBSON (16-0) – Kyle Dortch 21, Jace Shepherd 12, Rico Ybarra 11, Seth Martin 7, Carson Calavan 5

Inside tandem of Zoe Sheildnight and Danielle Johnson led the Fort Gibson Lady Tigers with a combined 29 points, four more than the visiting Catoosa, as they cruised past the Lady Indians 90-25 Friday night at John Harrison Field House.

CATOOSA 7 7 5 6 25
FORT GIBSON 30 27 17 16 90
CATOOSA (8-7) – Cheyenne Sanders 10, Britten Garrett 6, Lunda Hecht 5, Mercedes Baker 3
FORT GIBSON (16-0) – Zoe Shieldnight 16, Danielle Johnson 13, Ali Christie 10, Cailey Cunningham 10, Kabree Edgmon 6, Kayci Glover 6, Alexis Wrigth 6, Laney Swink 6, Bylee Kirkhart 5, Hannah Johnson 4, Grace Kolmer 4, Carlee Fryar 2, Kylee Snell 1

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 8:41 AM

FORT GIBSON—Junior Seth Martin and Senior Kyle Dortch scored 18 points each as the pair led the 4A number one ranked Fort Gibson (15-0) past the Wagoner Bulldogs 60-39 Tuesday night at John Harrison Field House.

Rico Ybarra
As the Bulldogs kept it close at the end of the first quarter 10-9, Dortch did most of his damage in the second quarter, scoring 10 of his 18 points and leading the Tigers into half with a 31-10 lead.

“When teams play us man to man it gives our inside guys lots of opportunities,” said Tigers coach Gary Hendrix. “Seth and Kyle both shot the ball well for us tonight.”

Wagoner’s Jacuon Roberson and Dyllan Mayfield kept things interesting as the two nailed back to back 3-pointers and pull the visitors within 39-30 with 2:01 left in the third quarter.

Jace Shepherd hit a floater, then Rico Ybarra added six of his eight points and Martin dropped in eight more points, his last at the buzzer to end the third quarter and give the Tigers a 48-32 lead.

“They slowed our tempo down a little tonight and we wanted to push it more,” said Hendrix.

Fort Gibson plays 4A number 11 ranked Catoosa Friday January 27th.

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WAGONER – Jaceuon Roberson 12, Dyallan Mayfield 11, Patrick Curry 8, Kellen Strickland 6, Matt Shinkman 2
FORT GIBSON (15-0) – Seth Martin 18, Kyle Dortch 18, Jace Shepherd 8, Rico Ybarra 8, Carson Calavan 6, Jorden Brown 2

Girls dominate

Fort Gibson's  #20 Ali Christie defends against Wagoner's #11

Fort Gibson’s Zoe Sheildnight scored 11 points and pulled down six rebounds to lead the number one ranked 4A Lady Tigers (15-0) past the Wagoner Bulldogs 63-19 Tuesday night at John Harrison Field house.

The Lady Tigers ran out to a 17-1 lead in the opening quarter and didn’t allow the Bulldogs a field goal until 4:45 left in the second quarter when Katlyin Bruce hit a layup.

Ali Christie contributed seven of her nine points in the second quarter and Cailey Cunningham added five as the Lady Tigers extended their lead going into have by a 30 point margin, 37-7.

Fort Gibson controlled the game from start to finish, forcing 27 Wagoner turnovers on the night.

So balanced was the scoring that 11 Lady Tigers shared in the wealth as 16 different players saw playing time on the night.

WAGONER1657 19
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WAGONER – Dez Penny 5, Ktlyn Bruce 5, Jaylin Powell 4, Alice Forber 3, Shamava Virgel 2
FORT GIBSON (15-0) – Zoe Shieldnight 11, Ali Christie 9, Cailey Cunningham 9, Kayci Glover 8, Danielle Johnson 6, Carlee Fryar 5, Grace Crawley 5, Hannah Johnson 4, Laney Swink 2, Alexis Wright 2, Kabree Edgemon 2

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