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December 4, 2013

First few tournaments on ice

NORMAN — The weather has done more than just postpone the OSSAA’s championship football games. It’s also forced the cancellation of several basketball tournaments this weekend.

The Norman High boys and Norman North girls were scheduled to travel to Durant to participate in the first tournament of the season, but won’t make the drive after tournament officials canceled the games. Likewise, the Norman freshman tournament has been canceled. Neither tournament is expected to be rescheduled.

The Class 6A championship football game between Jenks and Tulsa Union, originally scheduled for tonight at Oklahoma State University, has been moved to Dec. 12 at the University of Tulsa.

Wrestling season kicks off: One event that hasn’t yet been postponed is the start of the wrestling season for NHS and North.

NHS will open its season at Southmoore tonight, while North will travel to face Moore.

Both programs have several top wrestlers back. For North, that means defending state champion Levi Berry, while NHS brings back several strong seniors including football transfers Cade Parker and Cale Stumpff, who qualified for the state meet a year ago.

“My goal this year is to place at state,” Stumpff said. “I’m really excited to start the season, get in shape and get back on the mat.”

Young lineup brings pros, cons: North’s new basketball coach Bryan Merritt knows just how explosive his team can be. The T-Wolves started two sophomores and a freshman in Tuesday night’s overtime loss to defending state champion Edmond Memorial. But the game also showed him how far they have to go.

The Timberwolves played fast but loose. They turned the ball over 21 times and shot just nine free throws to the Bulldogs’ 33, mistakes that caught up to them as Edmond Memorial erased a nine-point deficit to come back and win the game.

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