Changes and championships highlight Spring
Our recap of the 2013-2014 area sports slate ends today with a look back at the warm-season championships and coaching moves in the outlying hamlets of Lawton.
Elgin baseball breaks through: For the first time in more than 40 years, Elgin qualified for the state tournament. The Owls captured the berth with a 4-1 victory in the if-necessary game against rival Cache in the Blanchard regional final on May 9.
Elgin's long awaited trip to state was a choppy one. No. 3-ranked Dewey posted a 7-0 win over the Owls behind the no-hit performance from Oklahoma State signee Carson LaRue, on May 15 at Edmond Santa Fe.
The lasting memory of the experience may well be Elgin and Cache meeting in the regional finals, where they played two high-quality games. Cache had to fight through the losers bracket by beating No. 9 Blanchard; the Bulldogs turned around and beat Elgin to force a Sunday regional final, which was played on a warm, windy Mother's Day afternoon. It was Cache's second straight year to force, and lose, a winner-take-all regional final.
Altus, Duncan football undergo coaching changes: Outside of Lawton, when comes to large-school area football, these two are among the largest.
Duncan technically made its coaching move in late winter, announcing Craig Benson as its new head coach on February 11. Benson hailed from Sallisaw where he compiled a 53-16 record, reaching the state semifinals once and quarterfinals twice.