By Corbin Hosler
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Norman High’s pitching staff has been a major factor in the team’s 8-4 start, and it is steadily improving. It’s also a staff that may be even stronger in the next few weeks as senior Paul Reed makes his way back.
Reed was expected to be a key starter for the Tigers this season but hasn’t had a chance to shine in the role after he re-aggravated an injury to his throwing arm in the preseason.
It’s been a long journey back for Reed, who has been seeing steady time in the field but hasn’t yet made his return as a starter.
But that may soon change, as the injury heals and Reed returns to form while working out of the bullpen.
“It was a setback, but I’ve been working my way back out there,” Reed said. “I’ve had two relief appearances now, and hopefully I’ll get a few more and work my pitch count back up to be ready to start in a few weeks.
“It was tough being out, but I take pride in being a two-way player and I just want to help my team however I can, whether that’s on the mound or in the field. And the current pitching staff has done incredibly well without me.”
T-Wolves in control of district: Nearly a month into the season, Norman North has assumed an early lead in District 6A-2.
There are no top-20 rankings for Class 5A or 6A this season, and all postseason assignments will be based solely on district finishes, placing more emphasis on the district schedule than ever before.
North sits at 4-0 in the district, tied at the top with Westmoore and a game ahead of Edmond Memorial. The T-Wolves have positioned themselves well, but still have series with the other teams at the top, first coming when they face Edmond Memorial April 7-8 for a two-game set.
Jags win Classic: No. 5 Westmoore defeated No. 4 Moore 5-1 Saturday in the finals of the Big Cat Championship at Southmoore.
The Jaguars went undefeated over the two-day competition that included wins over No. 2 and No. 9 Jenks.
“We needed that boost to know that we are still on top,” Westmoore’s Anne Ramirez said. “We can still go out there and beat the best teams. Moore is a top team for us and so is Southmoore. To get revenge on Southmoore was nice. The team needed it.”
Royals wrap tourney: The Community Christian girls completed their tournament run in Midwest City Saturday, falling 4-2 to U.S. Grant.
The Royals picked up goals from Kerri Ohsfeldt in the 70th minute and Carlee Appel, assisted by Ohsfeldt, in the 75th minute.
The loss dropped the Royals to 1-2 at the tourney and 2-3 for the season, though everything may be relative, as the Royals are in their first season of varsity soccer competition and are fielding a team that frequently includes only 11 players.
“I am truly pleased with our girls after the first five games of our season … to be competitive in every game,” Royal coach Angela Madory said, “especially with no substitutes on the sideline.”
Earlier in the tourney, on Thursday, CCS fell 4-0 to host Midwest City, before rebounding with a 2-0 victory over Del City.
Tigers eighth on links: Shortened to 18 holes as a result of the closure of Emerald Falls, the Norman High boys and 15 other high school golf teams were left to make the most of Forest Ridge Golf Club for the rare 18-hole tournament.
The Tigers, led by Turner Howe’s 80, placed fourth with a team total of 334, tying them with Jenks, one spot and one stroke behind Cascia Hall and two strokes behind Bishop Kelley.
Also for the Tigers, Elliott Greenlee finished with an 82, Hunter Smith fired an 83, Jacob Askey came home in 89, Andrew Cook shot 91 and Shane Marshall, playing unattached, shot 95.
Monday, at The Trails, NHS hosts its own tournament, the Tiger Trails Invitational.
Tigers looking for position: North isn’t the only squad in the hunt for a district baseball title. NHS sits at second in District 6A-4, though a quirk of the schedule leaves things still plenty up in the air.
Sapulpa sits at the top with a 3-1 record, followed by the Tigers, who have already played six district games while other teams have played as few as two. NHS is 3-3 in district play but four teams sit behind them at 2-0, leaving the field a convoluted bunch for the time being.
Michael Kinney and Clay Horning contributed to this article.
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