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February 19, 2013

Sports worlds colliding

NORMAN — Buckle up. It’s that time of year again.

When seasons, sports and worlds collide, among the high schools and those donned in crimson and cream, when there are few days of rest, for those trying to bring it to you and those of you trying to follow it all.

It’s a funny thing.

Everybody thinks we’re so busy around here for OU-Texas-at-the-Cotton Bowl week. Well, we are. But not like this.

So, with excitement, an alarm clock and maybe some NoDoz (or lots of coffee), welcome to The Craziest, Busiest, Most Relentless, Impossible To Keep Up With — though we try — Time of The Year.

The Norman North boys winning the Class 6A state swim crown was plenty impressive, yet only the opening act.

Friday and Saturday bring us 28 wrestlers from Norman High, Norman North, Moore, Westmoore, Southmoore, Noble and Little Axe descending upon State Fair Arena, where NHS has four grapplers in tow — Nigel Joliffie (106), Derek Ross (113), Colin Pasque (138) and Cael Stumpff (182) — to North’s three, though it’s the T-Wolves with a pair of just-crowned regional champions — Hayden Hansen (126) and Levi Berry (160) — leading the way.

Also, if you’re keeping score at home, it’s Noble and Southmoore leading area programs in pure numbers, each with five different grapplers headed to Oklahoma City.

Of course, before any of that happens, the Class 6A and 5A basketball playoffs begin, while the Class 2A, 3A and 4A playoffs continue. Of 22 area high school teams, 21 will be in action beginning Thursday.

Among the big schools, two get to play host.

The Norman North girls play host to Lawton, Midwest City and Norman High beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday when the Tigers meet the Bombers.

The Southmoore girls will be visited by Putnam City West, Edmond Memorial and Yukon, the Bulldogs and Millers tipping things off at 6:30 Friday night.

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