NORMAN — The Norman High boys, ranked No. 4 by the state’s prep soccer coaches, are likely out of the District 6A-2 title race.
Edmond North, with a 1-0 overtime victory over Edmond Santa Fe on Friday, appears to have the district crown sewn up. That leaves the Tigers getting past Lawton Ike at Harve Collins Field tonight before meeting Santa Fe Tuesday for the district’s second position, and that’s where it gets interesting.
If the Tigers earn the second spot, they also earn a first-round playoff game at Gordon Drummond Field — or, the way the weather’s been, Harve Collins Field. If they then win that game, their most likely second-round opponent will be defending state champion and crosstown rival Norman North. If NHS (10-1, 4-1) were to fall to Santa Fe (9-2, 4-1), its most likely second-round opponent would be Edmond North. But if avoiding North so early in the playoffs is a consolation prize for falling to the Wolves, Tiger coach Gordon Drummond doesn’t want it.
“We want to win,” he said.
T-Wolves ninth, Tigers 13th: Norman North had to settle for an average finish in below-average weather conditions at Thursday’s Edmond North Invitational at Lincoln Park West in Oklahoma City.
Three Timberwolves broke 80, but the final team tally of 313 was well off the pace of victor Edmond North’s 283. Tulsa Union (298) finished second and Edmond Memorial (300) was third, followed by Jenks (301) and Edmond Santa Fe (302).
North finished ninth place in the 24-team field, one stroke in front of Bishop McGuinness, two in front of Moore, five in front of Oklahoma Christian and seven in front of Norman High’s 320.
“It was cold, windy and cloudy. The only thing that was missing was the rain,” North coach Dennis Etter said. “The course wasn’t as wet as you would have thought. It drained really well … but it was an endurance contest, for sure.”
Of the locals, NHS’ Turner Howe’s 73 was tops. North got a 76 from Thomas Johnson and 78s from both Thomas Ludwig and Ryan Trousdale.
Edmond North’s Nick Heinen earned medalist honors with a 3-under 68.
Another opening: Butch Roberts’ resignation as North boys basketball coach isn’t the only opening among Timberwolves’ athletic programs. Carol Testa, longtime fastpitch softball coach, also resigned this week. Like Roberts, Testa only resigned her coaching position. When the fastpitch season begins next August, both the T-Wolves and Tigers will have new coaches. Andrea Harrison was hired to run NHS’ fastpitch program in January.
Schedule update: The Mid-State Conference girls’ golf tournament will take place today, a day later than originally scheduled, at Willow Creek Country Club in Oklahoma City. The first day of the (baseball) Deer Creek Showdown was rained out Thursday. Today, Westmoore meets Edmond North at 10 a.m., Westmoore meets Southmoore at 12:30 p.m., Norman North meets Guthrie at 2 p.m., Southmoore meets Bishop McGuinness at 3 p.m. and North meets Deer Creek at 7 p.m.
— Clay Horning