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April 19, 2013

Chance for Clash in playoffs

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.”

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