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Ketchum High School basketball team forms bond with National Guard unit in Afghanistan

KETCHUM, Okla. -- — It wasn't the fan base Miles Monical expected to find in his senior season at Ketchum. But this year an Oklahoma Army National Guard unit started waking up at 6 a.m. to tune in to every game. "Somewhere halfway across the world there's a whole group of people listening to us and supporting us. That's one of the coolest things to have. Especially because they're out there protecting our freedoms every day," Monical said. Davies Vanpool broadcasts the games for the website SportsbeatOK. He's a guardsman himself who was deployed in desert storm. Vanpool tells 2 Works for You they ask for the schedule weeks in advance, saying it's something they look forward to. "Even when you're just having a crummy day and you just get that much of home it just makes it so much better. It gives you a little peace of mind, reminds you there's a light at the end of the tunnel and you'll be home one day," he said. The boy's coach said it makes a difference in the way they play, knowing they have fans cheering 10,000 miles away. "It makes it feel like it's worth it. All the hard work we do. People don't understand how much hard work goes into a high school basketball team. When you know that those people are out there rooting for us it just kind of makes it feel like it's worth it," Sam Banker said. This week the school's production class is putting together a thank you video for the holidays. They'll send it out before Christmas with a care package for every guardsman. Copyright 2018 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed....

12/18/2018

This Week in Ketchum Hoops – Dec 10th

After seeing mixed results in last week’s Adair Tournament, the Ketchum boys and girls basketball teams return to the court with only 1 game this week – a home game on Tuesday, December 11th, against 4A Claremore Sequoyah. The Lady Warriors dropped all 3 games in the Adair tournament to schools from larger classes while the Ketchum boys salvaged a couple of wins after an opening round loss to Locust Grove. The girls dropped their opener to 4A #19 Locust Grove by a score of 66-43. Senior Caley Gregory led the ladies with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Kinzee Farrar and Emily Flanagan added 10 points each with Jaylah Kieslich adding 7 points and 9 rebounds. Their second game in the tournament saw the ladies lose on a buzzer beater prayer from Claremore Sequoyah by a score of 60-59. The ladies really battled and it looked like they had it one before the wild last-second shot found the bottom of the hoop. Kinzee Farrar led Ketchum with 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. Caley Gregory added 13 points and 9 rebounds, Jaylah Kieslich added 10 points and 7 boards and Star West had her best scoring game of the season with 8 points. The ladies fell in the final game of the tournament to 3A Dewey by a score of 58-41. The Lady Warriors played well and had it close through the first 2 ½ quarters, but Dewey got hot late and pulled away for the win. No stats are available for this game. The Ketchum boys ended up 2-1 at the Adair Tournament and brought home the Consolation Championship – but still dropped in this week’s rankings to #20 in Class 2A. They ended up in the consolation bracket when they dropped their 1st game in the tournament to 4A Locust Grove (who would win the tournament) by a score of 63-41. The Warriors struggled with turnovers and never could find the range from 3 point land as Locust Grove pulled away late. Miles Monical was the only Warrior in double figures in the Locust Grove game, with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Coleton Johnson added 8 points and Hunter Chandler 7. Ketchum took on local rival Adair in their next game and routed the Warriors from Adair by a score of 80-44. Zack Farrar led the way with 21 points (3-5 3 pts), Monical added 19 points and 10 boards, and Colton Johnson had his best game of the young season with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Freshman Hadyn Rogers added 7 points, Jayce Martin had 6 and Hunter Chandler and Shelby Young added 5 each. The boys won the Consolation Championship with a 60-49 win over Lucky 7 Conference rival Wyandotte. Monical led the way with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Farrar added 17 and Colton Johnson added 10 points and 8 boards. Austin Chandler and Shelby Young each hit a big 3 point basket in the 4th quarter as the Warriors started to pull away from the Bears. It’s also worth noting that Senior Miles Monical is up for Oklahoma Player of the Week on the PrepHoops.com website this week after leading the Warriors with 17.7 points on 10 shots per game, 10.7 rebounds and 3 assists in last weeks games. You can go vote for Miles HERE. We will see you Tuesday night at Ketchum High School for more great Ketchum Hoops action!...

12/11/2018

80-44 (W) - Ketchum @ Adair

The Ketchum varsity basketball team won Wednesday's away non-conference game against Adair (OK) by a score of 80-44....

12/5/2018

12 area players receive A-6 honors - Ibarra, Dunbar, Moss saluted

Chris Ibarra of Commerce shared District A-6 most valuable player honors with Andrew Crow of Rejoice Christian. Ibarra finished the season with 1,862 yards and 24 touchdowns on 209 carries. He also caught 26 passes for 431 yards and another three scores for the Tigers, who finished 9-4 and reached the Class A quarterfinals. Crow, who led Rejoice (13-1) to the Class A semifinals, had 241 carries with 43 touchdowns and 2,554 yards. Crow also caught 10 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown. The Tigers’ Hayden Moss was selected as offensive player of the year and teammate Ryan Dunbar shared defensive player of the year honors with Colten Dale of Colcord. Moss completed 104 of 220 passes for 1,557 yards and 14 TDs. He also had 203 yards and five touchdowns on 85 rushing attempts. Dunbar logged 153 total tackles from his linebacker position He had 42 solos and 111 assists. Dunbar also recovered two fumbles, caused one and had two pass deflections. Brent Marley of Rejoice and Steve Trammell of Oklahoma Union were co-coaches of the year. Twelve local players received honors at their various positions, including Juan Herrera, Salvador Martinez, Brandon Brown, Colby Dean and Brandon Kelley of Commerce, Kale Thomasson, Tanner Daniels, Jonas Gregory and Trevor White of Quapaw, James Handrich, Grant Harden and Thatcher Smalley of Fairland. Top players in the district on offense were: Quarterback — Kale Thomasson, Quapaw Running back — Joey Russ, Oklahoma Union Offensive line — Tanner Daniels, Quapaw, guard; Eric Cullen, Rejoice, tackle, and Cole Inuoye, Rejoice, and Juan Herrera, Commerce, center; Chad Kendrick, Colcord, tight end; Reece Hamar, Rejoice, receiver. Defensive honorees were: Inside linebacker — Zach Hair, Rejoice, and James Handrich, Fairland Outside linebacker — Trevor White, Quapaw, and Brandon Brown, Commerce Defensive line — Grant Harden, Fairland Defensive end — Colby Dean, Commerce Safety — Brandon Kelley, Commerce, and Raven Difrancisco, Colcord Corner — Hunter Harris, Oklahoma Union, and Thatcher Smalley, Fairland Special teams — Jonas Gregory, Quapaw, player; Salvador Martinez, Commerce, and Justin Seay, Rejoice, kicker Newcomer of the year — Seth Haley, Commerce; Jace Gillmore, Oklahoma Union, and Brannigan Ray, Quapaw Riley Powell of Fairland and Brenden McMacken of Quapaw were medical players. The all-district team included: Commerce — Caden Pickard, Jayke Murphy, Oscar Guttierrez, Brandt Nading, Ty Houston, Austin Hart and Jacob Bachman Fairland — Cole Cawlfield, Jamal Morris, Jay Padberg and Charles Reed Quapaw — Josh Curry, Ty Earp and Craig Rundell Afton — Brett Fuser, Cole Mikesell and Braeden Gaines Rejoice — Riley Walker, Nate Anderson, Clint Hurst, Caden Ward, Dillon Hair, Logan Barnes, Roman Lockney and Gage Barham Oklahoma Union — Brenden Reiman, Sam Dick, Trevor Hertel, Christian Robinson, Mason Seigel and Cody Benson Ketchum — Zach Vanpool All-district honorable mention: Commerce — Lance Hyatt, Danny Salinas, Caleb Eulitt Fairland — Jacoby Jackson, Maison Renfrow, Brian Padberg, Braxton Jones and Ahkay Steers Quapaw — Jarrett Smith, Matt Lovell, Hunter Thomasson, Jacob Gregory and Dante Gaines Afton — Patrick Hallacy Rejoice — Joey Stephens, Hayden Viel, Dawson Gates, Cole Hill, Caillum West, Logan Linnell and Duke Curtis Colcord — A.J. Nichols, Stormy Odle and Pablo Alvarez Ketchum — George Horton...

12/4/2018

The Week in Ketchum Hoops – Week 2

Week 1 for Ketchum basketball brought a mixed bag, with the Ketchum girls dropping a couple of games and the boys dropping their opener before bouncing back with a big win on Friday night. The week ahead starts tonight (Monday night!) with games at the Adair Tournament against 4A Locust Grove. The girls play at 7:30 against #19 Locust Grove, who split a pair of games last week, losing to Oologah-Talala by 4 before handling Claremore Sequoyah on Friday. The Ketchum boys will follow at 9 tonight against the Locust Grove boys, who are also 1-1 on the season after a loss to Oologah-Talala and a win over Claremore Sequoyah. The Ketchum girls lost their opener to 2A #13 Oklahoma Union last Tuesday by a score of 67-43. The Lady Warriors battles, and were within single digits late in the 3rd quarter before the Lady Cougars pulled away. Ketchum was led in scoring by Kinzee Farrar with 13 points and Jaylah Kieslich with 10. Emily Flanagan added 8 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Friday night the Lady Warriors fell in a tight, exciting game to Lucky 7 Conference foe Fairland by a score of 47-45. The ladies had their chances in the game, but it seemed like everything Fairland threw up at the goal in the last few minutes went in. No stats are available as of this time for that game. The Ketchum boys got their season started by taking a 64-41 thumping from 2A #14 Oklahoma Union. Oklahoma Union’s defense caused the Warrior’s problems throughout, and at the other end, Oklahoma Union shot a smoking 75% from the field for the game. The Warriors were led by Hunter Chandler’s 13 points and Miles Monical’s 10 points and 12 rebounds. The Warriors got right on Friday night with a 73-43 win at Fairland where the Ketchum boys controlled the game from the start. Hunter Chandler had 19 points and 6 rebounds, Miles Monical had 18 points, 10 steals, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks and fellow senior Zack Farrar added 10 points and 5 assists. Below are the brackets for this week’s Adair Tournament. We hope to see you there!...

12/3/2018

63-41 (L) - Ketchum vs. Locust Grove

The Ketchum varsity basketball team lost Monday's home non-conference game against Locust Grove (OK) by a score of 63-41. B...

12/3/2018

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KETCHUM HOOPS | 12/11/2018

80-44 (W) - Ketchum @ Adair

80-44 (W) - KETCHUM @ ADAIR | The Ketchum varsity basketball team won Wednesday's away non-conference game against Adair (OK) by a...

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STAFF | 12/5/2018

12 area players receive A-6 honors - Ibarra, Dunbar, Moss saluted

12 AREA PLAYERS RECEIVE A-6 HONORS - IBARRA, DUNBAR, MOSS SALUTED | Chris Ibarra of Commerce shared District A-6 most valuable player honors with Andrew Crow of Rejoice...

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JIM ELLIS | 12/4/2018

63-41 (L) - Ketchum vs. Locust Grove

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The Week in Ketchum Hoops – Week 2

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