The shift from winter to spring signals a shift in sports as well. The move manifests in the change from indoor to outdoor sports, from basketball to baseball and softball. However, rather than moving quickly on to the next big thing, it is important to underscore a few huge, local basketball accomplishments.
Many hometown teams took their games to the big house (aka the OSSAA Boys and Girls State Tournament), and a few of them even made it to the championship Saturday. Harrah boys and girls qualified for the 4A state tournament with the boys team falling to Ft. Gibson in the quarterfinals (44-41) and the Lady Panthers making it all the way to the finals. While there, Harrah girls lost to Newcastle (62-53) in the Saturday night brawl, though hoisting the silver ball in the air was definitely an impressive accomplishment. Choctaw girls were defeated in the 6A quarterfinals by Owasso in a 55-45 game. Similarly, Del City girls lost in the 5A quarterfinals to East Central (75-69). In an exciting twist, Midwest City girls took home the 6A State Championship title over Owasso in a 45-40 victory. The Lady Bombers were due for a big win—the last time they won a championship was in 2010. Each team that qualified for the playoffs signaled they were at the top of their perspective classes, no matter the outcome.
All in all, the numerous impressive appearances by locals underscored a single fact—there is a large amount of talent situated in a relatively small area.