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April 19, 2013

It’s the Spring of the Bears

NORMAN — Though it causes slight pain to offer too many kudos to the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association, there’s this fantastic feature on its website.

Click on the “Champions” link and you can search state championships by sport, year or school.

It’s amazing.

Who knew Norman High claims 65 state titles in all and who knew boys swimming led the way with 10, the last in 1994? Or that Norman North claimed 10. Four in boys soccer, one in boys swimming, this season, and five in ... drum roll ... cheerleading.

(Sport? Not a sport? Look at it this way. If the OSSAA’s handing out state titles for it, it counts)

Or, who knew Noble had three? I’m guessing not too many people, even in Noble.

The last one arrived only 28 years ago, 1985, when the Bears won the Class 3A boys golf crown. Only 13 years prior, 1972, Noble captured a state volleyball title back when every volleyball-playing school was part of a single class. A true state title. It was the same for fast-pitch softball, when the Bears ruled the small diamond in 1965.

So, if you’re a Noble administrator and you want to honor an old state title team at halftime, now you know where to begin. And, if you’re a Noble fan, citizen, graduate or just a prep fan who likes it when the long-suffering threaten to earn immortality, you have to love Noble this spring.

It began with boys basketball in the Class 5A state tournament, a Cinderella story to be sure.

The Bears were just revving their engines.

You’ve heard of the Summer of Love? This is the Spring of the Bears.

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Larry Warden’s in his 12th season as Bears girls soccer coach. This one will make eight trips to the playoffs.

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