|Schedules, Cancellations, and Make-up Games ---|
|12/11/13 - |
Ada High School
The Ada vs. Duncan wrestling dual scheduled for Thursday, December 12th has been postponed. The match will be rescheduled for a later date.
Ada High School will now participate in the Global Productions Basketball Tournament scheduled to be played on December 19th, 20th, and 21st. Games will be played at both Bethel High School and McLoud High School on Thursday, December 19th to ease issues with semester tests. All games on Friday and Saturday will be played at Bethel High School.
Ada Junior High School Basketball
We are in the process of trying to reschedule basketball games against Ardmore, Seminole, and Byng that were cancelled due to the winter weather last week. More information will follow soon.
The Ada Junior High 7th, 8th, and 9th grade basketball games against Durant will be played today (Thursday, December 12th) as scheduled.
The boys are at Durant beginning at 4:30 and the girls are at Ada beginning at 4:00.
Ada Junior High Basketball vs. Wewoka
Due to a leaky roof at Wewoka, basketball games scheduled for Monday, December 16th will be played as follows:
Monday, December 16th @ Ada
Ada vs. Wewoka 7/8/9 4:00/5:00/6:00 Boys Only
Tuesday, December 17th @ Ada
Ada vs. Wewoka 7/8 4:00/5:00 Girls Only
|12/02/13 - After coming within one win of a boys’ state basketball tournament berth in 2012-13, the Ada Cougars are poised for further success in 2013-14.|
The Cougars, 18-11 a year ago, welcome back three starters and appear to have more depth as they launch the season as the No. 1 seed on Thursday, Dec. 5, against Chandler at 6 p.m. in the Oklahoma Baptist University Bison Invitational in Shawnee.
“We can go 8-deep, which is something we didn’t have last year,” said Ron Anderson, who is heading into his sixth season as Ada’s head coach. “Last year, we could only go six-deep. We’ve got more coming off the bench to help us this year.”
It’s been a fairly long dry spell for the Cougars, who haven’t been to state since 2001, but Anderson believes his Cougars have an excellent chance of taking that next step.
“This year we expect good things and it could possibly be the best team we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Anderson said.
Ada’s three returning starters include: 6-foot, 7-inch junior Cory Kilby and the senior tandem of 5-10 guard Walker Whitworth and 6-7 forward David Forbes.
Kilby had a magnificent sophomore campaign last season in which he averaged 20.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. He also shot 63 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the free-throw line.
“Cory is obviously our cornerstone. He does so many things. But the one thing that stands out is that he’s coachable,” said Anderson. “He has become a leader by example and a leader on the floor. He’s very humble and he doesn’t let things get in the way of his ultimate goals of winning ball games.”
Kilby’s best game last season was a 35-point, nine-rebound and three-block performance against McAlester.
Anderson says Kilby has developed into a better, bigger and stronger player after playing for the Oklahoma Phenoms’ 16-17 year-old AAU team over the summer.
Whitworth, who is expected to play the two-guard this year, shot 43 percent from the field and 79 percent from the line in 2012-13, while averaging 9.8 points and 2.6 boards. His best game last season was 19 points on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range against Noble.
“Walker is a shooting guard, who has been such a leader on the floor and by example. He also has NBA range with his shot,” Anderson said.
Forbes supplied 4.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while shooting 85 percent from the charity stripe last year. Against Durant, he posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds to go with three assists and a pair of blocked shots.
“David has improved. He has size and good range for a big guy. He has the ability to play inside or outside,” said Anderson. “He’s got potential because he’s got very good shooting skills and, with his size, can shoot over a lot of people.”
Another senior, 6-3 forward Garrett Bacon, should help the Cougar cause inside. Bacon did not play basketball after competing on the wrestling team last season. He did play basketball for Ada as a sophomore.
Playing the point-guard spot for Ada is 5-9 sophomore Jermaine Lawson, a move-in from New Orleans, and/or 5-7 junior Jamal Henderson.
|Lady Cougar Basketball|
|11/25/13 - By JEFF CALI - Ada News Sports Editor |
The Ada High girls basketball team knocked on the Class 4A State Tournament door last season.
But a tough Elgin club knocked them out of the playoffs on the second day of the area tournament.
This year, the Lady Cougars plan on crashing right through the state tournament door and have high hopes of being a state title contender.
Ada finished its first year under new head coach Christie Jennings with a rock solid 19-9 record. That was all fine and well.
“We felt like last year we had a pretty good inaugural season with me as their coach,” Jennings said. “We feel like this year the state tournament is the ultimate goal, and we’re working hard to achieve that. We’re going to be disappointed if we don’t reach that goal.”
Ada has everybody back this year except graduate Kyndel Carter. That includes a group of five experienced seniors — starters Aaliyah Blakley, Sami Jewett, Haley Dean and Meneé Thomsen and key reserve Markeisha Black —who are hungry for more.
Jennings said her team is ready to show fans and the rest of Class 4A what they can do with a year of a new system under their collective belt. In fact, they adopted the motto “Something To Prove” early in the preseason. Expectations for the Ada girls haven’t been this great in a number of seasons.
“Our motto all summer and all preseason was something to prove. We all wore bracelets that said that,” she said. “There is some pressure on us, but we probably put more pressure on ourselves than anyone else does.”
Jennings said chemistry and confidence will be the biggest keys to Ada’s success during the 2013-14 season.
“We lacked two things last year that I felt like would have pushed us over the top. One is chemistry, and part of that was playing in my system where everything was new. They had chemistry with each other but didn’t have chemistry within the program. That has really improved,” she explained.
“The second thing is mental toughness and confidence,” Jennings continued. “Last year we were playing a lot of games we didn’t really think we were supposed to win going in. I just couldn’t ever get that out of their heads that they didn’t belong with the Shawnees and Harrahs. I don’t think we’ll have any of those problems this year.”
Jennings has been pleased with all five of her seniors leadership and improvement during the preseason.
“I couldn’t even tell you which one I think is most improved. Every day I could pick you a different player out of those five,” she said. “We’re really fortunate to have those five girls that have been together I guess since junior high.They’re the core of the team, but we also have some young kids that are going to have to play some vital minutes, too.”
Blakley, who is listed at 5-11 but looks every bit of six foot,
scored 15.6 points and grabbed over 10 rebounds per game a year ago. Sami Jewett was Ada’s second leading scorers on most occasions, averaging 11.3 points per game. Jennings hopes those averages increase this year but also expects more offensive contributions from Dean and Thomsen who both averaged under six points a contest.
“Every one of them, through our scrimmage season, has had a game where they just filled it up. And the more weapons we have, the harder it’s going to be to play against us. Offensively, they’ve all got more confident in what they’re doing,” she said.
Another thing that has helped this year’s group of Lady Cougars is the amount of time they’ve spent in the gym. Save a couple of tennis players, Jennings had had nearly everybody else on the team in the gym since last March.
“I’ve never coached a team that’s been in the gym as much as this team has,” she said.
Although the Lady Cougars started off the preseason with a lackluster performance in an early scrimmage or two, Jennings said everything appears to be coming together in time for their 2013-14 season opener against Chandler Dec. 5 at the Oklahoma Baptist University’s Bison Invitational in Shawnee.
“They’ve been full steam ahead over the last two weeks. We feel like with our preseason work and our scrimmage schedule, we’ll be ready to play when Dec. 5 rolls around,” she said.
And the Lady Cougars will still have something to prove.
|Ada Cougar and Lady Cougar Basketball|
|11/25/13 - |
Basketball Season Set To Open
Lady Cougar Aalyiah Blakely and Cougar Cory Kilby were selected as a VYPE Magazine top 100 basketball players in Oklahoma. Student-athletes from all corners of the state were in attendance for a photo shoot recognizing the best basketball players in Oklahoma. The event took place November 17th at Edmond Santa Fe High School and the magazine issues will be coming soon to a store near you.
Senior leader and leading scorer Aalyiah Blakely will join a veteran group of Lady Cougars in what’s expected to be a top contender in class 4A. Aalyiah averaged 15.6 points per game and 10.4 rebounds last season for the Lady Cougars.
Junior Cory Kilby was also the Cougars leader in points (20.3) and rebounds (10.0). The cougars return three starters from a year ago and they too are expected to be a top contender in class 4A.
The Cougars and Lady Cougars will open the season in the OBU Tournament, Thursday, December 5th. From a vote of coaches, the Lady Cougars received the number #1 seed and will play Chandler at 4:30 PM. The Cougars were also selected the #1 seed and will also play Chandler following the girls game at 6:00 PM.
Ada will open the season at home Friday, December 13th against Tecumseh.
|11/14/13 - By JEFF CALI - Ada News Sports Editor |
ADA — The Ada High football team is in the same spot it was a year ago. The Cougars are hosting a playoff game for the second straight year. Woodward is the first-round opponent.
However, this isn’t exactly déjà vu.
The Boomers are a much-improved team from a year ago. Older. Stronger. Nearly everybody back. And they have added Johnny Football Jr. at quarterback.
All that sets the stage for an epic showdown between the eighth-ranked Boomers (7-3) and the ninth-ranked Cougars (7-3) in a Class 4A first-round matchup Friday night at Norris Field.
“We’re excited that we’re hosting a playoff game. This is two years in a row that we’ve had a home playoff game. It’s a lot nicer than having to get on the bus and travel somewhere,” said Ada head coach Matt Weber.
Woodward is enjoying its first winning season since 2001. And the Boomers have earned it. They finished third in District 4A-1 behind No. 1 Anadarko and No. 7 Clinton but had opportunities to defeat them both in regular season matchups. Woodward dropped an 18-15 decision to Anadarko and lost to Clinton 19-14 last week. The Boomers only other loss — a 35-34 setback to Garden City, Kansas — could have also easily been a victory.
“Probably most people would tell you this is Woodward's best team since 1996 when they lost to McAlester in double overtime in the state semifinals,” said Woodward News editor Johnny McMahon.
After watching plenty of film on the Boomers, Weber is certainly a believer.
“They’re as good as any team out in that district (4A-1). They lost close games to Clinton and Anadarko. They had chances to win both of those ballgames and be district champs,” Weber said. “They’re as good a team as we’ve played all year.”
Senior quarterback Kale Hixon is the wildcard of the Woodward bunch. He joined the Boomers after his father, Craig Hixon, joined the Woodward coaching staff this season.
“We’ve been telling our kids, he’s the mini-Manziel of high school football,” Weber said of the 5-8 QB. “He’s really good when the play breaks down. Sometimes he’ll freelance back there and juke kids out and keep his eyes down field and throw one over the top of you. He’s just as scary when he takes off with it.”
Oddly enough, Hixon has a 315-yard rushing game this season (during a 70-21 win over Elk City) and a 309 yards passing game in the loss to Garden City. He’s also the team’s leading rusher on the season.
Hixon’s favorite receivers are 5-10 sophomore Kade Marlatt and 6-5 senior Kaleb Roach. And then there’s playmaker Micah Kee, a 6-0 senior that is a threat as a runner and receiver. Kee has rushed for 180 yards during a game this season.
“They spread you out and have a 6-5 receiver (Roach) and they play two or three different running backs, and then they’ll get in a doube-tight, double wing set and try to mash you. They go from one extreme to the other,” Weber said. “You have to prepare for a lot, but it’s the kids they have executing the plays that makes them so good.”
Woodward returns 10 starters on a defense that is giving up just 14.5 points per game. The Boomers have forced 30 turnovers, 17 of them interceptions. The Ada offense has thrown 14 interceptions this season.
“They’re outstanding on defense. We’re certainly going to have to play our best game to beat them,” Weber said.
The Ada coach said he and other 4A coaches believe the quest for a state championship is pretty wide open.
“I don’t think hardly anyone will have an easy time with their first-round game. Usually one team will get really hot at the right time and balls will bounce their way, and I think that happened with the state champion last year. Clinton was a very good team but they got hot at the right time. I think coach (Mike) Lee would tell you that. We hope it’s the Ada Cougars that get hot at the right time this year,” Weber said.
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