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Fastpitch state tournament

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Stroud and Dale fastpitch closed out the season last weekend as two of the top four teams in the state in Class 2A. Stroud, winners in 12 of its previous 13 games, beat Amber-Pocassett 9-2 in the first round of the state tournament on Thursday, then fell 7-3 to finals-bound Dale on Friday.

Big win for the Tigers

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Once they got past a penalty-filled first quarter, the Wellston Tigers had little trouble dispatching the Sunrise Christian Academy Buffaloes, 58-28, on Homecoming Friday night. The first period dragged on as the officials paced off penalty yards in both directions, but the Tigers punctuated the flags with back-to-back one-play scoring drives to take a 20- 14 lead.

Stroud D keys win over Choteau

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The Stroud Tigers picked up their first win of the season Friday, blanking Chouteau, 25-0. It was the first time for the Tigers to be on the field in almost a month, thanks to opponents cancelling games due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

Lions go to 2-1 in district play

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Chandler hammered Star-Spencer, 41-8, Friday night, setting up a key district clash this week against Millwood, which is 2-0 in district after beating Meeker 40-0 on Saturday night. The Millwood game will be at 7 p.m.

Prague girls, NRC’s Coody dominate

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Above, Prague’s Makenlee Shieldnight, Madison Mc-Caughey and Payton Camren stay together early in the girls’ 2-mile at the Cougar Classic at North Rock Creek en route to finishing second, third and fifth. Laura Soler and Emma Brill, not pictured, finished fourth and sixth to give the Lady Devils five of the top six finishers in Class 3A. Right, NRC’s Jordan Coody already had a sizable lead early in the boys’ 5K and won the 3A boys event by 40 seconds Photos/Brian Blansett

Ham sixth at Stroud

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Stroud’s Madison Ham kicks to the finish line at the cross meet in Stroud Saturday. She finished in 13:23.10, good for sixth place.

Big weekend for North Rock Creek

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There were a couple of huge firsts last week for North Rock Creek. On Thursday, the Cougars won their first-ever high school football game, taking a 28-8 victory at Choctaw.

Kingfisher 21, McLoud 13

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The McLoud Redskins are 3-3 after losing 21-13 to eighth-ranked Kingfisher last week in a contest that Coach Rusty Hall said, “We just came up a little short at the end.” The Redskins are on the road tonight (Thursday) to take on ninthranked Anadarko at 7 p.m. On Monday, Hall said of his team, “We played well.

Pirates fall in first round

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The Dale Pirates’ hopes of winning their second consecutive Class A fall baseball championship was cut short when they dropped a 4-2 decision to Silo in the first round of the state tournament. Dale Coach Eddie Jeffcoat said, “It was a good game.

Going to state!

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Above, the Stroud Lady Tigers pose with the regional championship trophy in Pawhuska after earning their second straight trip to the Class 2A fastpitch state tournament. For Sydney Balmes, right, and the North Rock Creek Lady Cougars volleyball team, it’s whole new experience, as they will be the first team in school history to play in a state tournament. For more on the state tournaments in softball, volleyball and baseball, see Page 9B.