The Norman Transcript

Local Sports

February 24, 2013

North wins Clash for title

NORMAN — For the third time this year Norman North squared off against Norman High. And for the third time, the T-Wolves came away victorious.

In a game every bit as tight and physical as expected, North held on late to earn a 43-33 win in the regional championship game of the Class 6A playoffs.

“It feels great,” North junior Bri Kuestersteffen said. “We beat them twice in the regular season and that was great, but this game meant something so it was even better.”

The game came as a surprise matchup since in terms of seeding NHS wasn’t expected to advance to Saturday, but the Tigers upset Midwest City on Thursday to continue their season against North. And, despite the loss, both teams will continue the postseason in the area tournament.

Not that either team was thinking about that on Saturday afternoon. After a lopsided North victory in the first Clash of the season and a narrow one a week ago, both teams entered the game expecting a “dogfight,” as North coach Jeff Blough put it.

And that was exactly what they got. At times hectic, with four turnovers in the game’s first five possessions, and other times methodical, with possessions taking a minute or longer, the game went back-and-forth in the first half. It also was a physical game that several times saw players get tangled up and tumble to the court.

“It was exactly what I expected,” Blough said. “Both teams wanted it badly.”

The Timberwolves may have wanted it a little bit more. They watched a video on Youtube of the Tigers celebrating in the North stands a year ago, something that Blough said was a big motivator.

“We came out focused and knew what we wanted to do,” he said. “And we played outstanding defense tonight.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • Grizzlies Thunder Basketball Thunder withstand Grizz charge to take Game 1

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Style points don’t matter in the NBA playoffs. It’s all about getting wins and moving on. So, despite watching a huge lead dwindle down to a single basket, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks is pleased his team was able to ...

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pistons Thunder Basketball Thunder set to take on unlikely rival in Memphis

    It’s become an unlikely rivalry. There is no reason for Oklahoma City and Memphis to have an ongoing feud, except that they do and the numbers seem to bear it out....

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • North girls escape with win over ESF

    EDMOND — Ranked No. 5 in the state and the winners of six straight games, three of them over top 10 teams, the Norman North girls looked every bit the dominant team Thursday night at Edmond Santa Fe … right up until they flirted with ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Tigers take series with Timberwolves

    Heather Jones made her final Crosstown Clash contest a game to remember....

    April 18, 2014

  • T-Wolves take over late

    EDMOND — Had it ended the way it looked like it was going to end, Norman North boys coach Geo Claros was prepared not to be too upset. He liked the way his team was staying after it, even if he didn’t like how it continued a season-long ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Pistons Thunder Basketball Thunder go all out against Pistons

    OKLAHOMA CITY —  Heading into the final game of the regular season, Oklahoma City coach didn't want to hear anything about a night off. With his team riding a two-game losing streak and fighting for playoff positioning, he treated it like a playoff game.
     

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Clash tennis Timberwolves win girls’ Clash before boys’ dual ends in a draw

    And Crosstown Clash tennis dominance goes too … Norman North, sort of....

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fuller Westmoore's Fuller signs with Oklahoma Christian

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Tripp Fuller was looking for a school that fit him. One where the Westmoore senior would feel at home at....

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • North nearer to filling coaching vacancies

    A host of coaching positions in Norman are open for next year....

    April 17, 2014

  • Injuries taking a toll on CCS girls squad

    If luck, like karma, is supposed to come back around, Community Christian’s girls soccer team has a lot to look forward to because, right now, they’re living the other side of the equation....

    April 16, 2014