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February 19, 2013

Sports worlds colliding

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NORMAN —

Among the not-as-big schools, both Washington and Lexington are hosting. The action begins in the afternoon at both gyms Thursday, though the Bulldogs and Warriors, boys and girls, all in the winners’ bracket, won’t take the court until Thursday night.

In the midst of so much preps, Bedlam women’s basketball takes the court Saturday in Stillwater. The Baylor men are at Lloyd Noble Center the same day. And, if you haven’t noticed, college basketball’s postseason is around the corner.

The Big 12 women’s schedule concludes March 5, three days before the conference tournament begins in Dallas. And the last day of the Big 12 men’s regular season is March 9, four days before the conference tournament begins in Kansas City.

Yet the midblowing thing about the sports calendar is not that everything’s drawing toward a conclusion, but that a whole bunch of things are about to start up all over again.

Say you’re wondering if the Norman North boys can repeat as actual Class 6A state soccer champions and mythical national champions, each of which they claimed last season. Well, you’ll get to begin finding out March 1 — two weeks from today — when the season begins at Westmoore. And, if you’re a Tiger fan, you’ll have to wait until March 5, when Moore visits Gordon Drummond field. That, or go all the way to Bentonville (Ark.) High School where the girls open the season March 1, 2 and 3, playing a very rare Sunday game before driving home.

To say nothing of the prep baseball season, which begins March 4, when NHS travels to Lawton and North visits Putnam City West.

None of which includes the No. 1-in-the-nation OU softball team, which will eventually play some games at Marita Hynes Field, or the No. 15 OU baseball team, which meets Arkansas-Pine Bluff today and Wednesday and returns home March 1, 2 and 3 for three games with Pepperdine.

Catch your breath.

Try to keep up.

Clay Horning

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cfhorning@normantranscript.com

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