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Boys Basketball

Lewis Woodmore – McAlester

Great kid and athlete he’s our 2nd leading returning Scorer will be a big part of how much success we have this year and will provide Senior leadership for us this year 

Payton Battle – Hartshorne

Using his 6’6 frame to an advantage, Battle is a force in the paint on both ends of the court plus can score from the perimeter.

Bo Dacus  – Leflore

Bo is the only returning starter from last season. This team gets its energy from him. Will make plays on both ends of the floor. 

Denver Hamilton – Red Oak

Denver is an excellent athlete and led the team in scoring last season with 13.4 ppg. Although a signee with Seminole Jr. College for baseball, he is also an excellent basketball player. He is able to score both from the perimeter and off the bounce and is very quick defensively. 

Troy Clark – Wilburton

Troy really came into his own last season after the Christmas break. He lead us in rebounding after the break at 10 per game. He is very athletic and plays best going to the rim. 

Girls Basketball

Madigan Griffith – McAlester

If you look up in the dictionary what a leader is it will have Madigan’s picture there. She goes into her senior season looking to take on a bigger role offensively and continue the success that we’ve had. 

Katelyn Woodruff – Canadian

Katie has led the Canadian girls in most offensive and defensive categories her entire career. 

Brooklyn Surginer – Hartshorne

A 6’0″ Sophomore forward was a move-in for the Lady Miners. Brooklyn aka Brooky is going to be a force to be reckoned with. She is tall, strong, and moves like a guard. Brooky will beat opponents to death on the inside with her physicality. She handles the ball extremely well. She can hit mid-range, 3 pointers or beat you off the dribble. She is going to be a big player for the Lady Miners for next few years. 

Paige Igou – Kiowa

If she is sound with the basketball and scores some we will be tough to beat. Her attitude and effort are infectious. If she is positive it impacts the whole team. 

Tegan Tilley – Wilburton

Tough nose player. Very good defensively. Good off the dribble. Great energy. Leads by example. 

Wrestling

Kenneth Carter – McAlester

Kenneth Carter never stopped working. He was one match away from qualifying as a freshman. We took him as an alternate because one of the wrestlers above him got injured. He got to step on the state mats and I think that made him hungry. He wrestled Freestyle & Greco all summer and even qualified for nationals. We sent him across the nation to compete and he came back at veteran of the sport. He’s the toughest kid in the room and hasn’t been taken down all year (except by coaches). He’s going to pull off some upsets. 

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Evan Black – McAlester

Great kid with Major upside he is willing to do what’s ask and always works hard and will be another key piece to the success of the Buffs this year 

Cylas Baker – Hartshorne

Hard worker and a team player 

Luke Herrell – Leflore

Luke is the type of kid every coach wants. He hustles all over the place no matter how long or little he is in the game. 

Tanner King – Red Oak

Tanner is a really great athlete and a super hard worker. He has worked to improve his scoring ability and is the heart of the teams defense. He is only 5’10” but can and will guard any position on the court that we need defended. 

Bryson Miller – Wilburton

Bryson is a very quick guard who will run the point at times and play all three guard positions. He will guard the other team’s best player. Works hard and never complains. 

Girls Basketball

Lilly Autrey & Katelynn Knight – McAlester

These two have been HUGE contributors over the last 4 years and go into their senior seasons with something to prove. 

Dalaina Watson – Canadian

Dalaina is always going to be the hardest worker on the floor in every game. She is as a tough as they come. 

Jayda Moore – Hartshorne

A returning starter that can shoot from anywhere on the floor. Midrange or 3-Pointer it does not matter. Jayda is versatile and has the endurance to run defenders into the ground. She is never in the same spot, constantly moving. Don’t let her small size fool you, she is sneaky finding ways to get rebounds and steals. 

Wrestling

Makenna Manning – McAlester

Makenna does a lot for the newly established girl’s wrestling program. She’s always recruiting more girls, trying to get people to come out to duals, and she’s always making her teammates do things right. I’ve witnessed her on more than one occasion pull her teammate across the line after they tried to short it during conditioning. She’s shown a lot of improvement from last year.

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