Piedmont takes two from

Del City on senior night

By Blake Colston, Sports Editor


Piedmont’s baseball team sent its senior class out in style Monday in a doubleheader sweep of Del City.

The ‘Cats run-ruled the Eagles 14-0 and 17-0 in five innings, with the senior class making big contributions in each contest. Piedmont improved to 18-12 overall and closed district play at 10-2.

In Game 1, senior catcher Bryce McDermott had a home run and five RBI’s in a 3 for 4 performance by the Wichita State signee. Senior Noah Ellis went 2 for 2 with four RBI’s as Piedmont scored four times in the first inning and added five-spots in the second and third.  [Read More]


Piedmont’s Kilie Swanson readies to fire a shot on goal. Swanson and the Lady ‘Cats host Western Heights Tuesday night at Deer Creek.  (Photo by Bill Nixon)


Thomas, Williams running toward state meet

By Blake Colston, Sports Editor


In the past, Piedmont senior Hannah Thomas wore out a path between the soccer field and track during the spring.

Thomas was a key piece of Piedmont's soccer team as well as a long distance runner for the Lady Wildcats' track squad.

This season, she's chosen to wear just one path and it isn't necessarily the one you'd have expected the Southwestern Oklahoma State soccer signee to pick.

Thomas is focusing on solely on track during her senior year.

"It's actually been kind of a weird transition because I wasn't planning on running track at all this season," she said. "It's turned into more of a positive thing for me because I get more fitness in to get ready for college soccer."

Head coach Jon Bakewell said he's happy to have athletes willing to compete in multiple sports at the same time, but also welcomes the opportunity to have athletes like Thomas choose to focus solely on track.

"I'd like for a high school kid to be able to do whatever sport they want," he said. "But sometimes you just have to make that decision and it's been great to have her."  [Read More]

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Pitcher Jacob Henson, rarely used at the plate, swings at a pitch during a pinch-hit opportunity in Piedmont’s 14-0 win over Del City Monday.  (Photo by Blake Colston)

Postseason ‘Paw-sition’

Wildcats, Lady ‘Cats open playoffs Tuesday night at home, on road

By Blake Colston, Sports Editor


Fresh off a second place finish in district play, the Piedmont Lady Wildcats soccer team is four games away from claiming the program's first ever state title.

Piedmont will host Western Heights in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs at Deer Creek Tuesday night at 7, and the key to this game, as well as any others that follow this postseason, is clear, head coach Brad Brucker said.

The Lady Wildcats have to find enough goal scoring to give themselves a chance against top-level competition. In Piedmont's four losses this season, it's been shutout three times. In the Wildcats' 11 wins they've scored a whopping 55 goals.

"We will have to manufacture some goals, either on set pieces or off some timely scoring," Brucker said.

If leading goal-scorer Kilie Swanson and company can ignite the offense, Piedmont can win multiple postseason games. Led by Aspen Cope, Piedmont is strong in the midfield, and the 'Cats are solid defensively, too.  [Read More]

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