The Sand Springs Athletic Department had a season of “almost” this past winter, but none of the three teams could chase down a state championship.
The Sandite wrestling team had two wrestlers almost win state championships. They advanced to the state finals but both were turned away, settling for second place. The Sandite girls basketball team advanced to the state tournament for the third-straight season, but they lost to eventual state champion, Norman, and the boys basketball team almost made it to back-to-back state tournaments.
Sand Springs wrestling had a new look this season with the addition of Jarrod Patterson as head coach, who took over for the retired Kelly Smith. After the regular season, the Sandites held a 14-4 record and won the first round of dual state. The Sandites then fell to No. 2 Choctaw, ending the dual season with a 15-5 overall record.
At the Jenks regional, Sand Springs placed third, sending six to the Class 6A state tournament — Brendon Wiseley (106), Scott Patton (152), Chris Kirby (160), Seth Jones (126), Blake Jones (132), and Kaden Glass (195).
Wiseley and Patton advanced to the state finals, but both were beaten and Sand Springs did not have a state champion for the first time in five years.
The Sandites finished seventh place overall and had four placers – Wiseley (2nd), Patton (2nd), Seth Jones (4th), and Kirby (4th).
The Sandite girls basketball team advanced to the state tournament for the third-straight season but fell to Norman in the first round of the Class 6A state tournament.
Sand Springs also had a new look with head coach Tobey Nightingale taking over for former head coach Dustin Morrow.
The girls ended the season with a 21-5 record after coasting through the regional and area tournaments. They beat Owasso and Ponca City in the regionals, and they won the area championship with a 57-43 win over Moore.
Senior Holly Kersgieter, who signed with the University of Kansas, ended the season with a scoring average of 18.3 points a game, and she hit a career high of 37 points against Jenks. She was 28-76 on 3-pointers for 36.8 percent. She was 129-169 at the free-throw stripe for 61.9 percent, and she also had 232 rebounds on the season for an average of 8.9. She almost averaged a double-double.
Fellow senior Destiny Johnson, a University of Tulsa signee, averaged 16.4 points a game, and she was 14-56 with threes for 25 percent. She also went 105-140 at the free-throw line for 75 percent. Johnson ended with 98 rebounds and 56 assists.
Senior Isabella Regalado averaged 7.3 points a game this season and was 32-109 from three-point land for 29.4 percent. Regalado was also 36-52 at the free-throw line for 69.2 percent.
The Sand Springs boys were one game away from heading back to the state tournament after breaking a 55-year drought in 2018.
The Sandite boys ended the season with a 17-9 record but lost to Putnam City North in the area consolation finals.
Junior Davon Richardson led the Sandites in just about every single category. Richardson led in assists (74), steals (35), and blocks (30). He also led in scoring with 15.8 points a game and 7.7 rebounds a game.
Richardson was 11-37 on threes for 30 percent, and he was 72-107 from the free-throw line for 71 percent.
Senior Cale Savage was the team’s three-point expert with 58 3-pointers for 43 percent. He also averaged 11.9 points and 3.4 rebounds a game. He led the team in free-throw percentage with 82 percent (72-88).
Sophomore Marlo Fox ended with 9.2 points and 2.5 rebounds a game. He was also 17-60 on threes and 52-79 from the line for 66 percent.
Junior Josh Minney and senior Cole Durkee were neck-and-neck, scoring 8.5 and 8.7 respectively. Minney grabbed 5.8 rebounds a game, and was 71 percent from the line (65-92). Durkee nailed 32 threes, and he was 70 percent from the line (28-40)