The Norman Transcript

January 23, 2014

Tigers, Timberwolves finally take their rivalry to the mat

By Corbin Hosler
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Norman High may be looking forward to a Tuesday meet with Midwest City that will decide whether the Tigers advance to Dual State, but first they will meet the Timberwolves for a Crosstown Clash dual that’s been a month in the making.

NHS and Norman North were supposed to meet for the dual last month but were snowed out. Instead, they’ll meet tonight to decide bragging rights. Weigh-ins are at 4:30, with the JV wrestling at 7 p.m. and the varsity at 7:15 p.m.

After the Clash, the Tigers will travel to Midwest City on Tuesday for a dual that would send NHS to Dual State if the Tigers win. They defeated Edmond Santa Fe and Moore in tight matches on Tuesday.

Swim teams to compete at Mid-State meet: Both Norman High and Norman North’s swim teams will have their first test in advance of the state meet today when they compete at the Mid-State meet.

The meet starts at 1:30 p.m. at Oklahoma City Community College, and is the precursor to the regional meet on Feb. 7-8 that will decide which swimmers advance to the state meet on Feb. 21.

Reed signs with Pomona College: Norman High senior Paul Reed, one of the Tigers’ leading pitchers, will continue his career next season at Pomona College.

Reed’s signing will be honored at a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 29 in the NHS library.

T-Wolves nursing injuries: Norman North is in the midst of one of its worst stretches of the season, though it doesn’t feel that way. The Timberwolves have suffered a series of narrow losses while losing four of five games.

The biggest problem North has faced in that stretch is a rash of injuries. Guards Malcolm Carter and Najji Brown missed last week’s game against Midwest City, and Brown will be out again this weekend.

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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