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May 9, 2013

Norman track teams net additional state entrants

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NORMAN —

Pitching coach key to T-Wolves success: When the Timberwolves head to Shawnee today for the state tournament, they’ll be doing so with one of the top pitching staffs in the tournament. North’s staff has a team ERA of just 2.60 and sports more depth than most teams.

Coach Brian Aylor credits much of that to assistant coach Brad Dolejsi, who in his fourth year with the program has worked with the staff to develop their skills. He works in tandem with the pitcher and the catcher to call pitches during games, and those pitchers almost always give Dolejsi part of the credit for their wins.

“The hitting can come and go and the defense can let you down, but the one part of our game that’s always been constant is the pitching, and so much of that credit goes to him and what’s done with this staff,” Aylor said of Dolejsi. “He’s been a huge part of our success.”

Pair of T-Wolves named to All-City team: Norman North seniors Daniel Herron and DJ Gasso were both named to the All-City team this week and will play in the All-City game at 6 p.m. next Thursday at Dolese Park.

The pair, along with Luke Jones, also have been nominated for All-State honors, which will be announced in two weeks.

Threat of rain could dampen state events: With a number of state championship events scheduled this week, including the state track meet and the state baseball tournament, weather could again be a factor.

Weather issues have wreaked havoc with baseball games this season and forced a delay in the regional tournament last week, while cold, wet and rainy days have become the norm at track meets recently.

There is a moderate chance of rain in Shawnee today, which could force changes to the schedule, including North’s 11 a.m. game against Bishop Kelley. There is also a lesser chance of rain on Friday and Saturday at the state track meet in Yukon.

Mills commits to Missouri Baptist: Markus Mills has committed to play volleyball at Missouri Baptist University next year. The Norman North senior has excelled at the sport, despite there not being a boys’ program at North, and will continue his career at the NAIA school based in St. Louis.

Corbin Hosler

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