Oxford boys stun Udall, makes SCBL into a three-way race

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ever so often people are reminded why they love sports.The Oxford boys pulled off an upset Tuesday night that shook the hierarchy order of the South-Central Border League boys basketball standings. Oxford knocked off Udall, 39-37, on the road.Udall came in as the No. 7 ranked team in Class 1A-Div. I according to the latest Kansas Basketball Coaches Association poll.And much like K-State Wildcat fans stormed the court on Monday night after the big upset win over the Jayhawks, so did the Oxford Wildcat fans on Tuesday night. Was it “Wildcat Week?”  “What a great high school basketball game and a great atmosphere,” Green said. “Udall was 14-1 and has a quality basketball team.”Oxford went into the hole early, trailing 10-2 after one quarter. But in the second, Oxford outscored Udall 13-10 and trailed 20-15 with renewed energy going into halftime.In the third quarter, Udall upped the lead back to eight and led 32-24 going into the final frame.But Oxford controlled the tempo thereafter.“We got after it on that end and really took them out of their spread dribble drive and forced them into some bad shots,” Green said.With 9.1 seconds to play, Oxford’s Timmie Catlin got fouled after breaking the press. He missed the free throw but Oxford made the stop on the other end to secure the two-point win.“This is one of the best defensive teams I’ve had in my time here and this game was won on the defensive end of the floor,” Green said. “This was a total team win for us.”Catlin led Oxford with 13. Other scorers include: Derek Williams with 10, Dexter Norris 6, Carson Crain 2, Tyler Eckstein 3, and Kurt Sloan 2.Udall’s scorers include: Perez 15, Weber 1, Martin 14, Williams 5, Welshans 2.Oxford was 7 of 14 from the free throw line and won without hitting a 3-pointer. Udall had seven treys.The Wildcats, 9-5 overall, have moved into a tie in the loss column with Udall in the SCBL race. Udall is 6-1 and Oxford is 4-1. West Elk is leading at 5-0.Of course, sub-state tournament positioning is the primary focus of a basketball coach. Green said Oxford could finish 14-6 or 15-5 which would land it as a No. 4 seed in a loaded sub-state out east that features Oswego, West Elk and the always loaded Pitt Colgan.Oxford travels to 2-14 (0-7) to Central on Friday.“We are on an NBA like schedule- three games this week, three games next week,” Green said.•••••In girls action, Udall beat Oxford 50-44.Oxford led 13-7 at the end of the first quarter but Udall outscored the Wildcats 19-1 in the second quarter and never trailed thereafter.Scoring for Oxford were: Payne 21, Perez 2, Metz 16, Whitlock 4, Lawrenz 1. Udall was led by Bracheric with 20. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down siranch 1p · 339 weeks ago Colter Silhan 4pts for the Wildcats 🙂 Report Reply 0 replies · active 339 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Common sense · 339 weeks ago Controlled the temple? Report Reply 0 replies · active 339 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down siranch 1p · 339 weeks ago My bad, 2pts for Silhan. This was a great game for our guys, our school, and our community! Report Reply 0 replies · active 339 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Froggy44 · 338 weeks ago Oxford played a great game that night. Glad I was there to witness a well deserved victory and the place went explosive after the win at the end !! Oxford has lost to Udall in alot of close games the last few years and it is nice to see the underdog finally win and play to there potential !! And be so humble and show great sportsmanship !! Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Halloween once was all about fun

first_imgBack in the day, there were two holidays on the calendar you drew a red circle around if you were a kid. One was Christmas, for obvious reasons. The other was Halloween. It was the day of sugar highs to end all sugar highs, when nobody said you couldn’t have another candy bar or cupcake, and you ate all the treats you could swallow, even if – far back in your mind – there was the memory of the all-night bellyache you had the previous year. Nobody with any self-respect would buy a costume. That was only for the little kids, who were too young to realize their parents were dressing them up as adorable kittens and fat pumpkins. Older kids – third through sixth grades were the prime trick-or-treating years – took delight in creating our own outfits from stuff we found around home – or, if our mother was handy, something she could run up quickly on the sewing machine using some dish towels, an old sheet or a discarded suit from Grandpa. My twin younger brothers always dressed alike – usually as hoboes (big pants, big hats, cork-blackened faces) or ghosts (old pillowcases with two eyeholes cut in them). One year, though, they took first prize at their elementary school dressed in a single giant jacket, buttoned tightly around both of them. They carried a sign: “The Two-Headed Man.” My favorite Halloween was the one I dressed as a gypsy, or what my mom and I thought gypsies looked like, from what we had seen in the movies. I wore a voluminous purple skirt of my mother’s, with some kind of peasant blouse, a scarf tied around my hair and my mother’s big gold earrings. With a slash of bright red lipstick, I was ready. My second favorite – the year “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” was released – was as a Jane Russell look-alike. I really wanted to go as Marilyn Monroe, but my best friend was the blonde so she got to go as Marilyn. I was a far-distant second, with my brown hair piled up on one side of my head, lipstick laid on heavy, my training bra stuffed with my father’s white socks to make me look as sexy as a mousy, plump preteen could look. That year, as I recall, the two of us ventured far out of our neighborhood. We got lost and it grew later and later, and we started to panic as people turned off their porch lights. Finally, we spotted my dad’s truck; he had come to rescue us. After that, trick-or-treating became a group effort: The littler kids would go with the bigger, older kids, and they would look out for us. Torture us is what they actually did, with tickle fights and ghost stories that made us want to run home to our mothers. And they taught us to soap windows and TP houses and bushes, and blamed it on us little kids when they were caught. But the one thing we would hang on for was a visit to a house a couple of blocks away where a grandmotherly woman – gray hair in a bun, sturdy shoes, apron covering her housedress – would lay out a spread the likes of which today’s kids can only imagine. She’d invite us into her living room, where she had pushed the dining room table up against the wall, covered it with an orange tablecloth and added big black spiders and cobwebs. On the table were fresh-made doughnuts, hot from the frying pan and sticky with sugar and cinnamon, along with hot apple cider, apple turnovers and platters of homemade fudge. Today, nobody would go to the trouble of setting out such a spread. And if they did, nobody would allow their children to go inside. But there was no fear then, when you could trust your neighbors – even the ones you didn’t know well – and Halloween was strictly for fun. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.And on top of that, you got to dress up like your favorite superhero or fairy princess or movie cowboy or whatever your fantasy was. And – the greatest thing of all – you got to go out by yourself after dark, an occurrence reserved the rest of the year only for adults. There were no worries then about razor blades in apples, no talk of having Halloween candy X-rayed at the local hospital, no fear of some pervert grabbing a little kid off the street. It was sheer fun, just for kids. The adults stayed in the background, remembering their own Halloweens, and some, perhaps, even playing their own pranks. My father, for instance, refused to hand out candy unless the greedy trick-or-treater danced for him first. The fun started early in the day. Kids all wore their costumes to school, where we’d have a costume parade so everyone could get a good look at their handiwork – or, more likely, their mother’s handiwork – generally late-night magic worked with a couple of burned corks, a pillowcase, a length of rope and maybe a little lipstick or your dad’s fishing hat. last_img read more