By Corbin Hosler
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Fastpitch regional pairings have been released for all classes, and games will begin on Oct. 10.
Moore, along with Southmoore and Westmoore, are favorites to advance to the state tournament and compete for a state title, but both Norman High and Norman North are in a position to make a run.
For the Tigers, that will mean advancing past the Lions. NHS (13-16) opens regional play against Putnam City (19-11) at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Moore, while the Lions (28-3) were awarded one of the tournament’s top seeds and will meet U.S. Grant (1-16) at noon on their home field.
Southmoore (25-3) also will host a regional, meeting Putnam City West (1-24) at noon. Also in the regional are Edmond Santa Fe and Putnam City North. Westmoore (26-8) earned the toughest draw, traveling to Jenks to compete with Midwest City and Bartlesville alongside the Trojans.
Norman North (12-16) is also traveling, heading to Edmond Memorial, where the Timberwolves will meet Mustang (19-9) at 2 p.m. while Lawton Eisenhower battles the host school.
Each regional is a true double-elimination format, which means that one loss won’t knock the team out of contention. Barring any delays, regionals will conclude with a championship game at 2 p.m. on Oct. 11, with an if-necessary game at 4 p.m.
Injuries hurting NHS, North: Injuries have been a major story in Norman football this season, and that isn’t changing as the teams head into Week 5.
At North, junior linebacker Trace Magee is out for another week, while Jake Brewer and Dillon Hyden likely will join him on the sideline.
Things aren’t much better at NHS, where Darius Manning will miss another week with injury. Manning has been one-half of a dynamic running back duo with Dupree Young this season, and the Tigers amassed barely more than 100 yards last week in his absence.
Upset win energizes
Timberwolves: Norman North’s upset over No. 10 Midwest City last week did more than just give the T-Wolves a 1-0 start in District 6A-3. It also proved to a young team they had what it takes to compete for a district title.
And that confidence is a welcome sign for the Timberwolves.
“It’s a step on the district ladder, but it’s a big win for us,” coach Wade Standley said. “I’m proud of our guys for having the fight to pull that one out.”
Pivotal district game looming for Washington: Washington is off to a 3-1 start and last week won its first district game in convincing fashion over Frederick.
But the Warriors say they won’t accept less than a district championship this season, making Friday’s contest on the road at Hobart (2-2, 0-1) a dangerous prospect. Hobart dropped a game to Lindsay last week but remain one of District 2A-3’s most dangerous squads.
Lindsay (2-2, 1-0) is anther team expected to compete with Washington, but it may take some time for that to come to fruition. The two teams don’t meet until the regular-season finale, and it’s possible that the district title will come down to that game when Washington hosts Lindsay on Nov. 8.
Cross country squads get look at state course: Both Norman High and Norman North’s cross country teams will get a chance to run on the state course in Friday’s pre-state meet at Edmond Santa Fe.
The state meet is still a month away, but many of the top teams will be in attendance at the meet, which will be run on the same course as that state tournament.
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