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January 23, 2014

Tigers, Timberwolves finally take their rivalry to the mat

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NORMAN —

More damaging to the T-Wolves is the loss of center Kairo Rutledge. The senior has a deep bruise on his shin that held him out of Tuesday’s loss to Edmond Memorial, a game in which the Bulldogs exploited their size advantage inside to pull away for the victory. Rutledge will try to play this weekend, but there’s no guarantee he’ll be able to or even be near 100 percent for North.

Things aren’t much better on the girls’ side, with Bri Kuestersteffen and Julian Mougell both out for the weekend, and several other T-Wolves playing at less than full strength.

Improving Tigers face loaded Carl Albert field: The NHS boys played just three games before the holiday break thanks to several weather-related cancellations. NHS looked a little shaky in its first outing after the break, but has steadily improved since then.

The Tigers (2-7) will have an opportunity to take another step forward this weekend. They’ll meet No. 13 Muskogee (7-3) at 11:30 a.m. today in the first round of the Carl Albert tournament.

The strength of the tournament field doesn’t stop there. If NHS wins, the Tigers will face either 5-7 McAlester or Class 2A’s No. 1 team in Millwood. On the other side of the bracket sits another pair of strong teams in Class 5A’s Carl Albert and Star Spencer.

Corbin Hosler

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