Barry Lewis: Readers can begin voting for metro's top football player
BY BARRY LEWIS World Sports Writer
Thursday, December 13, 2012
12/13/12 at 10:24 AM
Go to Barry Lewis' BlogOriginal Print Headline: Readers can begin voting for metro's best football player
Tulsa World readers have the opportunity every week during the season to vote for the high school football athlete of the week.
For the fifth consecutive season, readers also have a chance to vote their choice as the Metro high school football player of the year.
Listed below in alphabetical order are the eight finalists for the award. Online voting will continue at tulsaworld.com/highschools through 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Hunter Atyia, Union: Senior quarterback completed 157-of-259 passes for 2,151 yards and 19 touchdowns with seven interceptions as he led the Redskins to the Class 6A semifinals. Rushed for 480 yards and five TDs. Also had an average of 34.2 yards on 34 punts.
Trey'Vonne Barr'e, Jenks: Senior tailback led 6A rushers with 2,231 yards on 9.7 per carry. Also led 6A with 33 touchdowns. Had 290 rushing yards and three TDs to help the Trojans win the Class 6A state championship game against Norman North. Had six tackles and three pass breakups in limited action on defense this season.
Lawrence Evitt, Wagoner: Junior tailback-cornerback averaged 10.9 yards per carry as he led state rushers with 2,980 yards and paced 4A with 39 TDs to help the Bulldogs reach the semifinals. Had 34 tackles and an interception on defense.
Jake Gandara, Fort Gibson: Senior tailback-cornerback had 243 carries for 2,253 yards and 31 TDs. Also returned two kickoffs for TDs and caught a touchdown pass. On defense had 40 tackles, three interceptions and a fumble recovery to help the Tigers reach the 4A quarterfinals.
Jaylen Lowe, Owasso: Senior quarterback completed 139-of-230 passes for 2,264 yards and 20 TDs with six interceptions to help propel the Rams to the 6A semifinals. Also rushed for 563 yards and 14 TDs. Averaged 39.8 yards on 27 punts.
Abrm McQuarters, Cascia Hall: Senior tailback-linebacker rushed for 1,802 yards and had 22 TDs to help the Commandos post an 11-1 record and reach the 4A quarterfinals. Had 33 tackles and was a big hitter in part-time duty on defense.
Tanner Smith, Verdigris: Senior tailback-linebacker rushed for 2,282 yards and 31 TDs to help the Cardinals reach the 3A quarterfinals. Also scored on a kickoff return, fumble and interception. Had 48 tackles.
Stanvon Taylor, East Central: Senior wideout had 67 receptions for 1,107 yards and 19 TDs overall to lead the Cardinals into the 5A title game. Also rushed for 301 yards on 29 carries and completed 5-of-8 passes for 202 yards and two TDs. Was a shutdown cornerback with 34 tackles and four interceptions.
Catoosa coach honored: Catoosa volleyball coach Carolyn Replogle has been selected as a 2013 National Coach of the Year finalist. She will be honored at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association's National Awards Banquet on June 26 at Des Moines, Iowa. The banquet honors athletic directors and coaches in 19 sports throughout the nation. Criteria for the coach of the year award includes outstanding coaching longevity, won-loss record, championship years, awards received and services to the coaching profession and to athletes.
"Coach Replogle's dedication to sports and education is the perfect example of our mission at Catoosa Public Schools," said CPS superintendent Rick Kibbe in a press release. "We strive to promote excellence through integrity, accountability, leadership, community involvement, compassion, and pride, to create productive citizens with lifelong learning skills."
Catoosa won the 5A state volleyball's 2012 Academic Achievement Award by having a team grade point average of 3.25. These are non-weighted grades for those who are taking college and AP Classes. The team also reached the state tournament.
Central edges Hornets: Delvon Lucas' trey with four seconds left lifted visiting Central past Booker T. Washington 50-49 on Tuesday.
Central (3-3) let an 11-point lead slip away in the final three minutes and the host Hornets (1-4) took a 49-47 lead on Kevin Sims' basket with 11 seconds remaining.
"We called timeout and I told our players to listen to me and that we're going to win this game," Central coach Eli K. Brown III said. "We ran a play for Delvon to use his speed and either take it to the hole to tie the game, pull up to try to win it or pass it because we had a guy in each corner. He split the trap and made a 20-footer off one leg."
Basketball notes: Allonzo Trier scored 49 points for NOAH in an 87-82 loss to 5A No. 2 Memorial on Tuesday. ... An interesting matchup is set for Saturday when three-time defending 4A champion Oklahoma City Douglass visits Booker T. Washington at 8 p.m. That game will feature two of the state's top boys players - Douglass' Stephen Clark and Booker T. Washington's Juwan Parker. This will be Clark's first high school game in Tulsa. ... Another game to watch this weekend will be a 5A boys showdown as No. 2 Memorial hosts No. 3 Edison at 8 p.m. Friday. ... Kiefer's Taylor Harris scored 85 points in three games at the Liberty Tournament last week, including 48 in a semifinal win over Beggs. She made 30-of-32 on free throws in the tournament. Harris is averaging 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Fundraiser at Jay: The Jay boys basketball team is holding a "Team Up for Toys" campaign to benefit local Angel Tree families. During Jay's home basketball games against Locust Grove on Friday, there will be drawings for a Kevin Durant autographed jersey, an OU helmet autographed by Bob Stoops, and an OSU football autographed by the 2012 team. Tickets for the drawing are being sold for $1 each or six for $5. All the proceeds go to buying Christmas presents for the Angel Tree families. The basketball team has raised more than $2,000.