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June 1, 2009

For Sooners, '08-'09 a year of almost

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Patty Gasso’s small-diamond Sooners had another one of those seasons she has to be tired of. Harsh enough is the fact OU’s missed five straight World Series after reaching five straight. Doubly harsh is the fact that this program has never been the same since Jennifer Stewart pitched her last game.

It remains a pitcher’s game and if Gasso can’t find one magnificent arm to ride and ride and ride, she must find two or three she really, really, really likes. But for the last two seasons it’s been D.J. Mathis and a prayer. And next season, even she’ll be gone.

Even Jack Spates’ mat Sooners enjoyed their finest regular season in many a moon before falling apart when the trophies began to be handed out. Spates’ squad didn’t finish a step or two short of anything magical, but that’s not the test facing his program. Nor is that test Bedlam, in which the Sooners achieved a split. The next step for Sooner wrestling is catching up to Iowa State, Nebraska and Missouri.

It is likely a quirk of fate, this past nine months.

Not a single Sooner coach is riding spellbindingly high these days, even while, program for program, the athletic department may not remember a time it was in better shape.

Maybe it was a magical year for somebody.

Heck of a job, Joe C.

Clay Horning

366-3526

cfhorning@normantranscript.com

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