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January 1, 2013

NHS guard kept out with back fracture



Tournament provides valuable experience: With two games delayed by the football team’s run to a state title and no tournament to open the season, the Timberwolves found themselves in the unusual position of having played only three games by Christmas. When North met NHS in the Crosstown Clash last week, it was the third game of the year for the Timberwolves, as opposed to the eighth for the Tigers.

It may have been a blessing in disguise. With two starters (Payton Prince and Quan Hogan) coming over from the football team, the extra time in the gym may have paid off. With a trip to Ardmore over the weekend, the T-Wolves doubled the games they’ve played and picked up their second and third victories of the season in taking third place.

In their final game against Dumas, Texas, the Timberwolves showed some signs of growth. After taking a big lead and then watching it whittle away, they responded with a strong finish to close out the game.

“We played pretty well,” coach Butch Roberts said. “We were sloppy with the ball when we got ahead, but we took care of business of the first half.”

NHS wrestling gets win during break: Norman High picked up its first dual victory of their year last week when the Tigers faced off against Edmond Memorial. Picking up key victories from Nick Webb at 220 pounds and Jake Stinson at 285, the Tigers prevailed 37-33.

It was an important win for NHS after the Tigers dropped a close dual to Norman North and continued a trend of strong performances that begin when NHS hosted its first-ever pool tournament two weeks ago.

In that tournament the Tigers had one victor in Nigel Jollifie and had another two wrestlers finish in second place, with Derek Ross accomplishing the feat at 113 pounds and Daniel Mbainayel doing so at 126.

The Tigers will next take to the mat at a tournament on Saturday in Salina, Kansas.

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