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Homer Milton Hanson, 81

Born Saturday, February 29, 1936

Died Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Willard Dale Judkins, 85

Born Sunday, October 9, 1932

Died Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Dennis Wayne Goad, Sr., 59

Born Wednesday, July 23, 1958

Died Monday, December 11, 2017

Raymond Joe Hill, 65

Born Monday, March 10, 1952

Died Monday, December 11, 2017

Roy Eldon "Don" Harp, 74

Born Tuesday, November 23, 1943

Died Monday, December 11, 2017

Roy Eldon "Don" Harp, 74

Born Tuesday, November 23, 1943

Died Monday, December 11, 2017

Willie Lee Griffin, 85

Born Saturday, December 12, 1931

Died Monday, December 11, 2017

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EVENTS

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Castle Christmas
Mike Herndon Band at Music Hall of Fame

Friday, December 15, 2017

Castle Christmas
Swon Brothers play Salvation Army fundraiser

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Castle Christmas
Wreaths Across America

Sports

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 FLWFishing.com.

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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 www.cherokeecasino.com 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.

FORT GIBSON 70, JAY 39 (BOYS)
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.

FORT GIBSON 69, LOCUST GROVE 26 (GIRLS)
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.

FORT GIBSON 93, TULSA ROGERS 51
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 69, CLAREMORE SEQUOYAH 30 (GIRLS)
CLAREMORE SEQUOYAH 10 4 14 2 30
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 72 WAGONER 46 (BOYS)
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 62, WAGONER 21 (GIRLS)
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.

FORT GIBSON 97, LOCUST GROVE 49 (BOYS)
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.

FORT GIBSON 66, LOCUST GROVE 39 (GIRLS)
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 72 HILLDALE (BOYS)
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 65, HILLDALE 38 (GIRLS)
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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Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 7:57 AM

The Original Harlem Globetrotters are on the road for their action-packed 2017 World Tour, and they’re stopping by Muskogee tomorrow night at the Civic Center.

A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball-handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages.

Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability).

You can order tickets at this link. If you use the offer code MAGIC, you’ll receive a 25 percent discount on the tickets until 10 p.m. today.

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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.

FORT GIBSON 97, CHECOTAH 34 (BOYS)
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.

FORT GIBSON 70, CHECOTAH 18 (GIRLS)
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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.

FORT GIBSON 56, CATOOSA 51 (BOYS)
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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.

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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.

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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.

FORT GIBSON 60, WAGONER 39 (BOYS)
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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.

FORT GIBSON 63, WAGONER 19 (GIRLS)
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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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Sunday, January 22, 2017, 9:19 AM

FORT GIBSON – Rico Ybarra led all scorers with a game-high 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead the Fort Gibson Tigers past the Okay Mustangs in the Old Fort Classic tournament championship game, 69-52 Saturday night at John Harrison Field House.

The Mustangs’ Darrius Riggs added five of his 14 points in the second quarter to make a push at the Tigers but Jase Shepherd countered with five of his 14 points and keep Fort Gibson ahead heading into the half 38-26.

Riggs and company mounted a charge for the Mustangs and pulled within 48-42 with 3:45 left in the third quarter but a balanced offensive attack from Dortch, Shepherd and Calavan closed on a 10-2 and a 58-46 lead going into the final period.

From there Seth Martin led the attack in the final quarter with five of his 10 points as the Tigers defense held the Mustangs to just six points in the final eight minutes of play.

Ybarra led all with 18 points, Dortch finished with a double-double 15 points and 15 rebounds, Shepherd chipped in 14 points and Clavan and Martin each collected 10 points.

Fort Gibson is back in action against Wagoner at home Tuesday, Jan. 24.

FORT GIBSON 69, OKAY 52 (BOYS)
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OKAY – Lloyd Houston 14, Darruis Riggs 14, Kaleb Pierce 13, Colton Skiles 6, Caleb Riggs 5
FORT GIBSON (14-0) – Rico Ybarra 18, Kyle Dortch 15, Jace Shepherd 14, Carson Calavan 10, Seth Martin 10, Zach Evans 2

Girls

Fort Gibson Lady Tigers held a balanced offense on the night and shot near perfect 18-of-21 from the free throw line to take home their 14th consecutive Old Fort Classic Championship, besting the 6A Bartlesville Bruins 43-29 Saturday night at John Harrison Field House.

Free-throws kept the Lady Tigers alive, despite poor shooting from the floor, not hitting a field goal from the third quarter and only connecting on four field goals in the second half.

“We have to hit those free throws to win the game,” said Ft. Gibson coach Jerry Walker. “We took some crazy shots and looks were hard to come by tonight but we made some better decisions later in the game.”

After ending the first quarter down 5-4, the Lady Tigers finally got some offense going behind Zoe Shieldnight’s five points and Ali Christie’s four points as Ft. Gibson closed the quarter on a 9-2 run to take a 17-10 lead into the half.

Bartlesville closed the gap to 26-20 entering the final quarter but Christie and Kaycie Glover pushed the Lady Tiger lead to 38-23 with 4:34 to go. By the time the Bruins caught their breath, Cailey Cunningham added six of her eight point in the final two minutes to close out the game.

FORT GIBSON 43, BARTLESVILLE 29 (GIRLS)
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BARTLESVILLE (7-6) – Luaren Richter 14, Jenna Williams 5, Avery Allen 4, Vivian Culver 3, Emily Hix 3
FORT GIBSON (14-0) – Kabree Edgmon 8, Cailey Cunningham 8, Kayci Glover 7, Alexis Wright 7, Zoe Shieldnight 7, Ali Christie 6, Danielle Johnson 2

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Friday, January 20, 2017, 7:51 AM

#15 Zoe Sheildnight goes up for a shot against #10 Tanika Duncan as #20 Ail Christie watches.

FORT GIBSON – An ugly win is still a win. Fort Gibson’s Kayci Glover and Kabree Edgmon’s free-throws with under a minute left to play in the game, sealed the win over Stilwell 53-48 in the Old Fort Classic Thursday night at John Harrison Field House.

Fort Gibson will play Bartlesville Saturday in the championship game at 7 p.m.

Stilwell charged back from a 32-20 halftime deficit, connecting on 56 percent of their shots in the second half while the Lady Tigers shot an uncharacteristic 20 percent from the field while committing 14 turnovers.

“We were sloppy the whole game,” said a frustrated Coach Jerry Walker. “We didn’t do the little things and we ended up in a dog fight.”

Stilwell’s Caylin Livers made it a game when she delivered a 3-point bomb from the top of the key to tie the game at 43-43 with 4:28 left in the final quarter.

Two minutes later Plizia Bishop gave the Lady Indians their first lead of the night 48-46. But the Lady Tigers’ Cailey Cunningham nailed a short jumper and free-throw to put the home team back up for good 49-48. From there Glover and Edgmon sealed the win.

FORT GIBSON 53, STILWELL 48 (GIRLS)
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STILWELL – Plizia Bishop 15, Caylin Livers 21, Laurn Issacs 8, Jayee Soap 6, Julia Brunner 4, Taneika Duncan 2, Desirae Scott 1
FORT GIBSON (13-0) – Zoe Shieldnight 14, Cailey Cunningham 13, Ali Christie 8, Kabree Edgmon 7, Kayci Glover 4, Alexis Wright 3, Danielle Johnson 3, Carlee Fryar 1

Boys game

The Fort Gibson inside tandem of Seth Martin and Kyle Dortch doomed Keys, as the pair led the Tigers to a 75-32 victory in the second round of the Old Fort Classic Thursday night at John Harrison Field House.

Fort Gibson will play in the Championship game Saturday night a 8:30 p.m. against the Stilwell-Okay winner.

“Everything looks good when you are shooting well,” said Tiger coach Gary Hendrix. “This team is very balanced and everyone can score, they play unselfish play.”

Martin and Dortch were the workhorses early for the Tigers as they both posted six points in the first quarter, keying a 10-0 run midway through the quarter, giving Ft. Gibson a 21-7 lead.

Carson Calavan went to work in the second quarter pumping in a pair of 3-pointers and build the lead entering half 40-20.

High scorer Jace Shepherd kept the Tigers rolling with 11 of his 16 points in the third quarter as Ft Gibson coasted from there on out to the win.

Martin finished with 15 points and eight rebounds as Dortch and Calavan each had 14 points on the night.

FORT GIBSON 75, KEYS 32 (BOYS)
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KEYS – Hunter Stratton 10, Kylar Stilwell 8, Matt Huffman 5, Stan Eubanks 2, Mike Gray 2, Sam Hunt 2, Chris Nofire 2
FORT GIBSON (13-0) – Jace Shepherd 16, Seth Martin 15, Carson Calavan 14, Kyle Dortch 14, Rico Ybarra 6, Jorden Brown 4, Andrew Rumbley 4, Dyllan Perkin 2

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Thursday, January 19, 2017, 10:18 AM

The Bull Riders Inc national finals start tomorrow night at the Muskogee Civic Center. The show starts at 7 p.m., and features a nightly awards presentation and an after party at the Creek Nation Muscogee Casino at Peak Blvd and US 69.

The event continues Sunday night at 7 as well.

On Sunday morning at 10, there will be two performances of the BRI Junior Tour Finals and a junior bull riding exceptional rodeo. Admission for that event is $10, and four and under are free.

Admission for the nightly events is $15 for adults, $7 for kids between 5 and 12, and kids 4 and under are free.

Tickets are available at the Muskogee Civic Center or call 888-610-7208.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 9:48 PM

Zach Evans plays during a Fort Gibson game

While other basketball players might be looking for college recruiters to come knocking, Zach Evans’ recruiter has already knocked at the door.

The senior forward, in his third year playing varsity, isn’t the most prolific scorer on the team, or the best rebounder; he’s the guy who holds the course while the starters are catching a few breaths on the sidelines, making a few buckets, swatting away a few shots from the other team. That’s perfectly fine with him; Zach isn’t looking to play pro basketball. He’s already found what he believes to be his calling.

Since the age of 10, he’s been obsessed with the Bible, devouring study notes, histories—and of course the text itself. At age 13, he gave his first sermon to his youth group. Then to his entire church, First Baptist in Fort Gibson. Then to larger groups of people.

“He’s a very bright young man, very hungry to learn not only everything but hungry to learn more about the gospel and the bible,” said First Baptist youth pastor Don Blankenship. “It is truly amazing to see how God is using him, how God is leading him.”

This fall, he hopes to attend Oklahoma Baptist University, where he can follow in his father’s footsteps and become a minister. His 4.1 grade-point average, and an abiding interest in calculus should help with that. And it can’t hurt that he’s president of Teens for Christ and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, speaking weekly and leading youth and adult services. And he spends his summers interning at First Baptist for the church’s youth pastor, studying doctrine and biblical research.

“The greatest thing is as a pastor to see the process of God calling Zach to preach,” said Pastor Danny Gandara . “The most special thing is that you just know that he has been chosen by God to preach the gospel.”

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 10:47 AM

Lady Tigers' #15 Zoe Shieldnight, #20 Ali Christie and #21 Cailey Cunningham fight for the ball over Keys' #2 Haleigh Cone and #14 Pearl Angel

FORT GIBSON – Senior starters Kabree Edgmon and Cailey Cunningham combined for 24 points, scoring two more than their opponents’ entire team on the night, as Fort Gibson dominated Keys 72-22 Tuesday night in the opening round of the Old Fort Classic at John Harrison Field House.

Fort Gibson will play Stilwell in the winners’ bracket Thursday at 7:20 pm and Keys will play Porter Friday at 7:20 pm.

Cunningham was in the right place at the right time in against Keys, scoring the first seven points of the opening quarter and nine of her 12 points on the night. The Lady Tigers posted a 17-1 lead before the Lady Cougars connected on a field goal.

Edgmon and Kayci Glover both pumped in a 3-pointer each with under 60 seconds to go in the first period, then Sophomore center Danielle Johnson nailed a short jumper as time expired to give the Lady Tigers a 26-5 first quarter lead.

“Cailey was on fire in the first quarter,” said Ft. Gibson coach Jerry Walker. “You never know who it is going to be, who is going to be left open because everyone creates opportunities for each other.”

As most the starters begin to exit by the opening minutes of the third quarter, Johnson began to emerge, scoring seven of her 12 points in the third period and keep the Lady Tigers rolling as they extended their lead 61-18 heading into the final quarter.

“She (Johnson) is just a sophomore and she keeps improving every day,” said Walker. “She is starting to make more of her opportunities every time she gets out there.”

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KEYS – Sydney Grinder 7, Kelsey Harper 5, Peal Angel 3, Nicole Brown 3, Carley Weir 2, Haleigh Cove 1, Autumn Wolf 1
FORT GIBSON (12-0) –Kabree Edgmon 12, Cailey Cunningham 12, Danielle Johnson 12, Kayci Glover 8, Ali Christie 6, Kylee Snell 5, Zoe Shieldnight 4,Carlee Fryar 3, Bylee Kirkhart 3, Hannah Johnson 2, Grace Crawley 2, Kierra Milton 2

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Monday, January 16, 2017, 11:31 PM

Carson Calvan (12) drives against Porter's A.J. Gains.

FORT GIBSON – Carson Calavan and Seth Martin combined for 35 points for Fort Gibson, scoring six more points than their opponents combined, as the Tigers took the opening round win over the Porter Pirates in the Old Fort Classic, 84-29 Monday night at John Harrison Fieldhouse.

Fort Gibson (12-0) will play Thursday at 5:50 pm while Porter will play Friday at 5:50 pm with both opponents to be decided Tuesday night.

The Pirates pushed the Tigers behind Koehn Chaney’s pair of early 3-pointers and poor shooting by the home team.

Normal sharp shooter Jace Shepherd only found the basket twice in the first quarter on six shots and as a team the Tigers connected on just 35 percent in the opening quarter. Rico Ybarra kept the Tigers afloat with a pair of 12-foot jumpers and a 17-8 lead.

“We didn’t play very inspired ball in the first quarter but Porter has some good shooters, you can’t take anything away from them,” said Tiger coach Gary Hendrix. “We have to be prepared to play every game; we have to be ready to compete every night whomever we are playing.”

Then Porter got scrappy. A.J. Gains pumped a long range 3-pointer and pull the Pirates within 18-14 with 6:05 left in the quarter. Then Martin and Calavan had enough. Calavan poured in three consecutive 3-pointers and Martin added seven points as the Tigers increased their lead with a 21-4 run.

Shepherd and Jorden Brown closed out the quarter with a pair of 3-point bombs and a 48-18 halftime lead for the Tigers.

Martin continued his short range dominance for the Tigers in the third quarter adding seven more points of his 17 points on the night. Martin also pulled down 13 rebounds on the night.

The Tigers’ Calavan finished with a team high 18 points as Shepherd had 11 points and Ybarra 10 points. Kyle Dortch pitched in eight points despite early foul trouble. Zach Evans came off the bench to pull in seven rebounds.

The Pirates Chaney had the game high with 20 points.

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PORTER – Koehn Chaney 20, John Israel 6, AJ Gains 3
FORT GIBSON (12-0) – Carson Calavan 18, Seth Martin 17, Jace Shepherd 11, Rico Ybarra 10, Kyle Dortch 8, Jorden Brown 5, Dyllan Perkins 4, Andrew Rumbley 4, Nathan Salters 3, Levi Sandersfield 2, Zach Evans 2

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Saturday, January 14, 2017, 12:21 AM

Laney Swink (25) shoots over Makenna Wilson (12) during the Fort Gibson win.

LOCUST GROVE — Fort Gibson Junior Zoe Shieldnight scored 10 of her 15 points in the opening quarter Friday night, setting a tone for the Lady Tigers to take down the Locust Grove Lady Pirates, 69-41.

Locust Grove had beaten the Lady Tigers routinely over the last few seasons.

Shieldnight carried Fort Gibson (11-0) early, as their perimeter shooting started off cold. The junior controlled the inside game, leading a 10-2 run to close out the opening quarter as the Lady Tigers held a 17-8 lead.

Zoe Shieldnight (15) carried the Tigers early.

“Zoe played a very good game tonight,” said Coach Jerry Walker. “She hit some big shots early and kicked the ball out when she needed to. She is as good of player in her position that there is around.”

Just as the Lady Pirates looked like they might make charge with a few quick buckets by Katy Hildrieth, Fort Gibson’s Alexis Wright turned on the heat. Wright poured in seven of her 10 points in the second quarter, including a top of the key three-pointer that led to a 12-3 run to close out the second quarter and 37-19 lead entering the half.

“It’s good to have Alexis back,” said Walker. “She is instant everything, instant offense, instant defense and a physical player. She adds a lot to our team.”

A stalemate third quarter kept the distance nearly the same with a 52-32 Fort Gibson edge entering the final period.

Kabree Edgmon finally found her shot from the floor in the fourth quarter as she hit three consecutive short jumpers to add to her game high of 16 points.

Wright finished with 10 points and eight rebounds on the night.

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LOCUST GROVE – Katy Hildreth 11, Kathryn Mayfield 11, Macie Pierce 8, Makeana Wilson 3, Reagan Torray 3, Makenzie Pursley 3, Hailey Grass 2
FORT GIBSON (11-0) – Kabree Edgmon 16, Zoe Shieldnight 15, Alexis Wright 10, Ali Christie 8, Cailey Cunningham 7, Danielle Johnson 6, Kayci Glover 5, Laney Swink 2

Boys Game

When four of your five starters post double digits, your team is normally going to have a good night. That is just what happened Friday night when the Tigers traveled into Pirate territory and took home a convincing 85-47 victory.

Junior Seth Martin led the way for Fort Gibson, with a double-double and game-high 23 points and 14 rebounds. Both marks are career best for Martin.

“Seth responded well tonight,’ said Tigers coach Gary Hendrix. “He played very well and that’s the kind of play we need from him.”

It all started out like roses for the Tigers behind Carson Calavan’s quick pair of 3-pointers to open the game. Rico Ybarra contributed seven of his 12 points in the first quarter to help out. Then Kyle Dortch slammed the door shut on the Pirates with his 15 foot jumper as the buzzer sounded to end the quarter and a 23-5 lead.

Dortch took over the second quarter with seven of his 18 points and controlled the paint on the defensive end as well, holding the Pirates ace Aaron Halpain to just six points in the first half.

“That might have been one of the best first halves of play we have had since I have been here,” said Hendrix. “We had a good run and everyone was hitting their shots.”

With Dortch gaining the inside attention, Martin took over. Martin dropped in 12 of his 23 points and pulled down six rebounds in the third quarter, leading the Tigers on a 32 point barrage and a 69-36 lead to end the third quarter.

Dorth and Calavan each finished with 18 points and three rebounds, Ybarra chipped in 12 points and Shepherd added eight points and five rebounds.

FORT GIBSON 85, LOCUST GROVE 47 (BOYS)
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LOCUST GROVE – Aaron Halpain 16, Patrick Vaughn 16, Brady Bendabout 6, Caden Bendabout 3, Max Dawson 3, Tyler Hurry 2
FORT GIBSON (11-0) – Seth Martin 23, Carson Calavan 18, Kyle Dortch 18, Rico Ybarra 12, Jace Shepherd 8, Zach Evans 2, Marco Ybarra 2, Chance Wafford 1, Andrew Rumbley 1

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 8:31 AM

FORT GIBSON – Lady Tigers’ Kabree Edgmon and Ali Christie combined for 31 points, nearly outscoring Inola by themselves, as Fort Gibson blasted the Lady Longhorns 75-34 and keep their record a perfect 10-0 at John Harrison Field House Tuesday night.

“We have played a lot of tough teams in the last few weeks and I am happy the way we came out and played tonight,” said Fort Gibson coach Jerry Walker. “It’s tough mentally and physically, but it prepares us for later in the season.”

Edgmon led Fort Gibson with 18 points, five rebounds and four steals while Christie added 13 points of her own and six boards. The pair did most of their damage in the first quarter as they combined for 20 points — 10 more than the visitors scored before the break.

Defense was the name of the game for the Lady Tigers on the night, forcing 20 first-half Inola turnovers and in return led to the Lady Tigers posting a 29-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. Edgmon chipped in eight more points in the second quarter as the Lady Tigers closed at half with a 46-10 advantage.

Carlee Fryar scored all seven of her points in the second half at the Lady Tigers saw a busy rotation of fresh legs in the game.

Zoe Shieldnight controlled the inside game for the Lady Tigers, collecting eight rebound and three blocked shots to go along with her six points.

“We changed some things up tonight some to buy into what we are trying to accomplish,” said Walker. “We have to continue to play smart and stay focused.”

Ranked in the top spot in 4A, the Lady Tigers travel to Locust Grove Friday night.

FORT GIBSON 75, INOLA 34 (GIRLS)
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INOLA – Katelynn Harbison 13, Rylee Bynumm 12, Halley Gilmore 6, Miram Eves, Lillie Walker 2
FORT GIBSON (10-0) – Kabree Edgmon 18, Ali Christie 13, Carley Cunningham 9, Carlee Fryar 7, Zoe Shieldnight 6, Kacie Glover 5, Danielle Johnson 4, Grace Crawley 3, Grace Kolmer 2, Brylee Kirkhart 3, Laney Swink 2

Boys game

After the visiting Inola Longhorns pulled within 48-37 at halftime, it took Rico Ybarra’s red-hot touch and 16 of his 21 points in the third quarter to put some distance between 4A number one ranked Fort Gibson and Longhorns, as the Tigers wrangled the Longhorns for a 96-67 win Tuesday night.

Jace Shepherd got the Tigers off on the right foot on the night, pumping in 13 of his 20 points in the first eight minutes of the game. Seth Martin and Zach Evans each chipped in six in the first quarter at the Tigers showed complete control with a 29-15 lead.

The Longhorns charged back in the second quarter behind the hot hand of Micah Bell’s 12 points and a Inola 11-0 run at the 4:04 mark. Martin and Carson Calavan stopped the bleeding as the pair scored six each in the second period.

Then Ybarra went to work in the third quarter to distance the guest as the Tigers outscored Inola 30-16 in the third.

Shepherd collected 20 points, Martin ended with 14 points 10 rebounds, Calavan added 13 points and Evans finished with eight points and three rebounds.

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FORT GIBSON (10-0) – Rico Ybarra 21, Jace Shepherd 20, Seth Martin 14, Carson Calavan 13, Zach Evans 8, Jorden Brown 6, Turner Howk 5, Kyle Dortch 4, Chance Wafford 2

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 9:59 PM

Harley Fain

On his Facebook page, Harley Fain is all smiles, rooting for the Oklahoma City Thunder, flexing his muscles, supporting the police, Donald Trump and the Sooners, chatting amiably with friends and family.

But the pictures are carefully posed. While Fain’s muscles are indeed impressive, they mask the fact that his hands are almost completely useless. And that he’s in a wheelchair — and has been for almost four years.

“I just want to set the record straight,” he said in an exclusive interview. “Right after I was injured, police interviewed me and I was groggy on pain medications. My story changed from me believing it was bullying to not.”

What they were asking was whether his broken neck had occurred due to a consensual wrestling match with fellow Rougher football player Mackenzie McCall, a running back and linebacker to Fain’s tight end and linebacker. In March of 2013, Fain was rushed to the hospital after his neck was broken in a locker room at Indian Bowl. Coaches, who were in a meeting at the time, were not supervising the students when the event happened.

McCall told authorities he and Fain had been wrestling. Fain, hopped up on pain meds, at first didn’t agree, but then did.

“I just didn’t know what I was saying.”

But now, he says, he wants people to know the truth: he was being bullied by McCall.

“I had checked out a ball, and I was going to check it back in and Mackenzie said he wanted it,” Fain said. “But the ball was checked out to me; I was responsible for it, so I said no, he should check out a ball himself.”

McCall, angered by the refusal, followed Fain into the locker room and attacked him from behind, he said. The running back picked him up and slammed him headfirst into the ground.

“I heard a crack,” he said. “And then I couldn’t feel anything.”

McCall tried to prop his body up on the lockers, he said, but he fell down again. Another student came in and called for help. A coach then moved Fain again, a 2015 lawsuit claimed, possibly making the neck injury worse.

“My parents filed that lawsuit,” he said. “I asked them to drop it and they did, because I was tired of fighting.”

Less than three months after Harley Fain was paralyzed, the student he says attacked him was tweeting about being a bully.

Fain is paralyzed from the nipples down. He can use his arms, but he can’t use his hands. He attended NSU, but took this semester off.

“I want to be a coach,” he said.

The statute of limitations for criminal charges passed nine months ago, as did most statutes for civil actions, but Fain says he’s not interested in all that anyway; he just wants to get the record straight and get on with his life.

“I want people to know (how dangerous) bullying is,” he said.

McCall, who went on to walk on to a college football team, declined efforts to reach out to him for this story. His Twitter account, however, seems to indicate he has moved on as well, with him tweeting jokes about neck injuries:

Fain’s dreams of playing college football are over. But his dream of becoming a coach is still up for grabs, despite the physical challenges he was dealt while he was still a teenager hoping to be responsible and check a football back in when he was done practicing his snaps with it. He also wants people to be aware that bullying can have real - and permanent - consequences.

Harley Fain mows a lawn.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 8:26 AM

Bacone College’s Sport Management and Recreation Management degree programs, the Student Society for Sport and Recreation Management at Bacone College, and the Division of Business will present the Fall 2016 Symposium for Sport and Recreation from noon to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 in Bacone’s Wacoche Hall.

Five speakers and leaders in different sports industries will speak to the student and college community about their respective careers.

Guy Troupe, the originator of the National Football League ‘Rookie Camp’ will discuss the creation of the Rookie Camp and his player development company Troupe21 and Associates, which he recently sold.

Kevin Fite will return to this year’s event as the Senior Associate Director of Athletics at Oklahoma State University to discuss current compliance issues in the NCAA.

Russell Beene, former director of athletics at Seminole State College in Oklahoma, and Van Shea Iven, the founder of the Oklahoma High School Express television show that highlights the achievements of high school sports in Oklahoma, will also give presentations.

Kyle Briggs, a team sport sales representative for Dupree Sports of Stillwater, will discuss the many turns and twists that led him into sport retail sales.

There is no admission charge for this event, and the public is welcome to attend. For more information, contact John Winters, (918) 781-7241 or wintersj@bacone.edu.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016, 1:17 PM

Love-Hatbox Sports Complex is in the red so far this year to the tune of $68,000 according to a profit and loss statement issued by the company that manages the complex, Sports Facilities Management.

The main cause of the shortfall, according to the statement, is lower-than-expected usage and tournament revenue - about $120,000 less than the company budgeted for.

Even with fewer tournaments, tournament expenses came in about $6,000 over budget, while local usage expenses actually came in under budget. In all, the facility has lost a total of $68,362 as of July. Revenues from G-Fest are not included, since G-Fest was run by the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and comes from its budget.

“We do expect that they’re going to at least break even by the end of the year,” Interim City Manager Roy Tucker said. “A lot of their revenue is generated in spring and summer, and with the weather we’ve been having, it’s just not been up to expectations.”

Since Sports Facility Management took over, however, the facility is being used more than ever, he said.

“They have actually tripled or quadrupled the number of tournaments there since they took over,” he said. “They’re going to bring in a general manager and I believe Neil Hayes will be moved to a position of recruiting new tournaments.”

$153,532 of the complex’s revenue came from the City of Muskogee, $37,662 over budget. In addition, the city will have to make up for any shortfalls, from the tourism budget and general fund, Tucker said.

“This is the last year the city is including a supplement,” he said. “In 2017, they’re going to have to stand on their own.”

To view the profit and loss statement, click here.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 10:05 AM

The Muskogee Rollin’ Raiders won third place in an international tournament in Houston on Sunday, according to John Jenkins, the team’s captain.

“A lot of people said (the team’s final game) was the best game of the tournament,” he said. “But there was a junior team there that just beat everybody.”

The team is self-funded, and has been going on for about eight years, Jenkins said. It practices twice a week at the Alice Robertson Junior High gym when school functions don’t interfere. Playing wheelchair basketball is a different game than stand-up basketball, Jenkins said.

“It takes some getting used to,” he said. “You have to have a little bit of coordination, and I’m not the most coordinated guy in the world. It takes a little bit of upper body strength, too.”

The eight-man team is made up of people with physical disabilities that keep them from playing stand-up sports, he said. Normally, the team plays in regional tournaments, about one a month from October to March. The first game of the new season is in October in Little Rock.

When they’re not tearing their way through international tournaments, the team sometimes puts on displays at area schools to show children they can do anything, regardless of their circumstances.

“Anyone can play,” Jenkins said. “You just have to want to.”

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Monday, August 29, 2016, 8:20 AM

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden visit with Cherokee Nation citizen and world champion archer Joe Thornton at the Joe Thornton Archery Range groundbreaking event.

The Cherokee Nation will host a ribbon cutting Tuesday to celebrate the opening of the new Joe Thornton Archery Range near the tribe’s main complex in Tahlequah.

It is the first range ever built on tribal lands, and only the third public archery park in Oklahoma.

The Joe Thornton Archery Range bears the name of Cherokee Nation citizen Joe Thornton, the 1961 World Archery Champion. Thornton won the World Archery Championship in Oslo, Norway, in 1961 and the British National Championship in 1962. He was a member of the USA World Champion Archery team.

Thornton, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday, will launch the inaugural arrow at the ceremony.

The park features a 70-meter, Olympic-style range with a 125-foot awning to shield archers from the weather. There is also a tower, restrooms and a 3D range.

The Cherokee Nation provided the land for the archery range and oversaw its construction. Fifty thousand dollars to help build the park was provided by the Archery Trade Association, which helps start archery parks. The Oklahoma Wildlife Department provided archery kits to local schools to use the range. The range will also be the site for this year’s traditional cornstalk shoot during the Cherokee National Holiday.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016, 5:42 PM

Cole Kiser, 18

Hilldale football star Cole Kiser, 18, has been charged with forcible rape in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, MuskogeeNOW.com has discovered.

Kiser, the number 1 wide receiver for Hilldale’s team, was elected player of the game numerous times by MaxPreps.com for his performance on the team. He is scheduled to graduate this year.

He is alleged to have raped a 15-year-old girl in Baton Rouge, who told police she was attending a youth conference at a local church in July of 2015 when the event happened.

Kiser and his accused co-defendant, name withheld because he is still a juvenile, described as Kiser’s cousin, were attending the same conference, an affidavit filed in the case alleges. The girl says she met the pair at the pool of the hotel she was staying at. At first, she said, she and he began kissing consensually.

Later that night, the victim went to the pool with a friend, but the friend left, leaving her with Kiser and his co-defendant. The girl got out of the pool and Kiser allegedly asked her if “sex was an option,” according to the affidavit. The girl told police she said no, and that Kiser said they were going to have sex, and if she screamed, he would “go to her hotel room where her family was and hurt everyone in the room.”

The girl alleges he and the co-defendant looked around to find an area without cameras and ended up in a wooded area next to the hotel, where they took turns having sex with her.

The victim later that night posted to social media “I just cheated on my boyfriend with some random .... we had sex?” When questioned by police about the post, she insisted she was raped by the two boys.

A rape kit determined the girl had skin from two males under her right hand fingernails. DNA testing showed that Kiser could not be confirmed or excluded as the person whose skin it was, and that The co-defendant was excluded.

An arrest warrant was issued for Kiser on April 29 in Baton Rouge. Calls for comment from Kiser’s family have not been returned. If they are, we will report what they say if they comment.

UPDATE: The family has declined to comment, but said through a friend that they’re confident the evidence will exonerate the boys.

UPDATE: Cole Kiser was arrested in Baton Rouge on May 12, when he was also released on a $25,000 bond.

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