By Wesley Coburn - ONN
All Okmulgee Public Schools students who plan on participating in Bulldog sports during the upcoming 2017-18 school year are required to have a complete athletic physical on file in the athletic department before they will be allowed to compete or practice.
There are three chances for students to get these physicals: 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 13 and Thursday, July 20 at Okmulgee Pediatrics, located at 1101 S. Belmont Ste. 205. The third date will be Thursday, July 27 at the Wetumka branch of the East Central Family Health Center, located at 109 S Main St in Wetumka. For that location, a bus will leave Brock Gym at 12 p.m.
The required paperwork may be picked up from Diane Colbert at Okmulgee High School.
OK Chargers Extreme football league held there tryouts Saturday.
“Tryouts went real well, we had about thirty new players come out and a lot of linemen. We had some that are known in the minor league circles, Krispin Shannon Crawford, Dominique McQuinney,” said Charger manager James Whitecloud.
A quick last minute change moved the venue to Harmon stadium. “We wanted the guys to see how nice the home field was as opposed to our practice field,” said Whitecloud.
The Chargers got a nice surprise when Former OU standout Ronnell Lewis showed up and signed with the team.
Lewis who is now living in Okmulgee is native to the area where he attended Dewar High School in which he accounted for 2,219 yards on 150 rushes with 33 touchdowns in 2008 along with 156 tackles while he picked off 11 passes on defense and added 2,000 yards and 40 rushing touchdowns as a junior.
After graduation he signed with the Oklahoma Sooners where fans nicknamed him Lewis "The Hammer". Known for his big hits, he rose to national prominence after two big hits on special teams against Stanford in the 2009 Sun Bowl. Lewis followed up a promising freshman season with a stellar sophomore campaign in 2010 in which he logged 3.5 sacks, 37 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and a 12-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Baylor Bears despite only starting four games. In the 2012 NFL Combine, Ronnell ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68s and performed 36 repetitions of 225 lbs.
Lewis also played for the Detroit Lions, the Oklahoma Defenders of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League for the 2014 season, the Boston Brawlers of the Fall Experimental Football League in Fall 2014, the Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League and traded to the Los Angeles KISS in exchange for Rod Harper.
Lewis is looking forward to a great season staying closer to the family and the community where he grew up.
A schedule not been released yet for game dates and locations. Whitecloud said scrimmages will start soon.
Athletes competed in the Okmulgee Bulldog Invitational track meet on Friday in some very chilly weather. Okmulgee extended an invitation to many other school in Oklahoma to participate in the meet. Thirty-five school came to compete in the event. The invitational is one of the best high school track meets to see some of the best track and field athletic abilities. Competitors enjoyed the amenities of the new Harmon stadium updates and the eight lane track. There were four divisions held in the boys and girl’s class of relays and field events. (See VIDEO moment below)
Ponca City's coach Lee Guest commented on their decision to join in the event,” Coach Panky and the athletic director Kevin Gordon are, "two of the best coaches in the area this is the reason why he brought our Ponca City team down here.”
Okmulgee will compete in Ponca City in two weeks.
Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer
Paul Orosco takes a look at some pole vaulting in a 9 feet vault made by Beggs senior Cassy Rice. In this event the bar is raised 6 inches each time until last vaulter is left.Cassy beat her record of 9' by jumping 10' this time.
Okmulgee Sophomore Brad Bell won the Class 3A Championship last weekend. Bell has only wrestled for 2 years and has less match experience under his belt than most championship winners, which proves he is quite the natural. Bell also excels in football and baseball and will be a powerful asset to Okmulgee the next two years.
ONN conducted a special interview with Brad and his coach Marlan Houston (pictured above) and have footage from his winning match. Check it out below! - Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN
Coach Houston runs commentary with Paul Orosco in this video below:
The Okmulgee Public Schools are pleased to announce
sign-ups for the Okmulgee Youth Baseball & Softball League.
== for kids between the ages of 5 and 12 ==
(Boys cannot turn 13 before April 30, 2015; Girls cannot be older than 12 as of January 1, 2015)
Four Divisions available!
• 6 & Under – Tee Ball for Girls or Boys
• 8 & Under – Boys Baseball / Girls Softball
• 10 & Under – Boys Baseball / Girls Softball
• 12 & Under – Boys Baseball / Girls Softball
To sign up, simply return the Sign-up Form to the School Secretary by Monday, February 16th. Or you can also sign up by visiting the Baseball Field (inside the indoor hitting facility) on:
Sunday, February 1, 2015 1 pm – 4 pm
Sunday, February 8, 2015 1 pm – 4 pm
Sunday, February 15, 2015 1 pm – 4 pm
Teams and coaches will be assigned by March 15. Practice times will be assigned for teams in late March and April. League play begins in May and ends before July 1. If you have questions or are interested in coaching, please contact Coach David Dunlap at 918-770-3540.
There is no fee to play.
Gate Admission for games will be charged for adults and children over 5. Coaches with passes and players are admitted to all ballparks without charge. Employees of Okmulgee Public Schools are admitted to Morgan Field and Bateman Park without charge.
OYBSL is a Nations Baseball league. For rules, please visit www.nations-baseball.com
The Preston Pirate boys took home the Championship from the Muscogee Creek Nation Okmulgee County Tournament on Saturday after a grilling close game against Okmulgee Bulldogs that ended in a score of 70 to 60 with Preston on top.
In the girls division the Beggs Lady Demons battled it out against Preston Lady Pirates but came up a little short with an end score of 51 to 46 with Okmulgee on top.
See more photos and get prints here:
Game Action from Night 1 of the Muscogee Creek Nation Okmulgee County Basketball Tournament
Photos by Paul Orosco ONN Chief Photograpgher
Preparations are underway in Okmulgee, as city retailers are prepared for the 2015 Okmulgee County basketball tournament.
All 8 of the Okmulgee county area teams have converged on the city for the tournament that begin Monday January 19 and continues through Saturday January 24.
Okmulgee merchants busy themselves in preparation as they ready their places of business and their inventories in anticipation of county teams and their followers.
The tournament will feature some the best young talent in the state of Oklahoma and is guaranteed to provide fans with matches fueled by long time county rivalries.
The Preston Pirates enter the tournament as the early favorites and expect to compete for tournament championships in both the girls and boys divisions.
Also featured will be teams from Morris, Beggs, Henryetta, Dewar, Wilson, Schulter and host Okmulgee.
In the first round on Monday night the Morris Lady Eagles took a seamless win over the Dewar Lady Dragons, Beggs Golden Demons won over Dewar Dragons, Beggs Lady Demons won against the Wilson Lady Tigers, and the Henryetta Knights took hold of the Morris Eagles for a win.
Tournament organizers expect great large crowds on hand as fans throughout the county gather to cheer on their favorite teams.
If you cannot make a game ONN will be "Streaming" the gave live and the games will also be put on archive for later viewing at any time.
You will find our "Live Streaming" Channel at this link: CLICK HERE Or you can always visit our home page and hit the basketball at the upper right corner of our home page.
Photos by Paul Orosco Chief Photographer
By Deborah Thomas
Last nights game between the Dewar Dragons and the Wilson Tigers was wrought with action the whole night.
The Lady Dragons played hard and was rewarded with a win that almost went into overtime. At the end of the first half, the Lady Dragons had scored 12 points and the Lady Tigers had scored 11. Although the Lady Tigers pulled slightly ahead in the second half, the Lady Dragons won the game by one point. Final score: 33-32.
The boys game was so close even though the Tigers came out with teeth and claws bared. By the end of the first period, the Dragons tenaciousness had become apparent with a score of 16-4. By the end of the first half, the Dragons had made it clear they were out for a win. The Dragons scored 26 and the Tigers 7.
During the second half, it was back and forth with a player from the Tigers fouling out. The Dragons secured their win with an ending score of 57-29.
Photos by Allen Gardner - ONN
Henryetta Basketball Tournament is in full swing
The Henryetta Basketball tournament kicked off Monday night. Morris Lady Eagles were in top form as they faced the Okmulgee Bulldogs in round one.
Lady Eagles got a good start right away and kept around a 10 point or so lead throughout the game, until the last quarter when the Lady Bulldogs gave a good fight closing the gap and ending the score at 44 to 39.
The Okmulgee Bulldog boys were on fire the whole night never giving the Morris boys any room to step ahead. They won by a whopping 104 to 25. The Bulldogs will head on into the semi-finals.
Photos by Allen Gardner - ONN