Berryhill breaking through
Class 4A No. 5 Berryhill has breezed through its opponents to the tune of a 21-1 record.
“We have played solidly all season, but we are starting to play our best as the season draws to a close,” Berryhill coach Jamie Hill said. “We are starting to eliminate those small breaks of focus we had early in the season and are trying to play every point at a high level.”
Hill has a host of hitters at her disposal, including Hannah Armstrong, Lena Culver, Anna Nelson, Lexi Wise and Hannah Hartwig, who have a combined 590 kills. Setting up those hitters has been setter Brooklyn Burgess with 501 assists. Aliyah England and Emily Clark have fortified Berryhill’s defense.
“We have a balanced team with a variety of good hitters and defenders,” Hill said. “We also have a good setter, and we’ve been very aggressive on the serving end.”
Hinkle, Tigers post wins
Broken Arrow freshman Payton Hinkle ran right into the record books at the Broken Arrow Tigers XC meet on Saturday. Hinkle took home medalist honors by finishing the 5K race at 18 minutes, 53 seconds — 12 seconds ahead of Regent Prep’s Ellie Gilbreath, a three-time state champion in Class 2A.
“She’s as impressive as they get,” Broken Arrow coach Shane Messinger said. “She set the meet record, course record and the school record. She has all kinds of potential with a great work ethic.”
Broken Arrow’s Blake McConkay (16:48) finished first in the boys race to lead the Tigers to the team title with 88 points, 15 better than Jenks. BA’s Andres Chapa and Jaxson Leming also finished in the top five.
“The boys are racing so well as a team,” Messinger said. “It’s been fun to be around.”
Sand Springs soaring
It has been success by committee for Sand Springs this season. The Sandites (16-4) have powered their way to a 6-0 mark in District 6A-4, thanks to contributions up and down the roster.
“We’ve had a lot of girls step up this year,” Sand Springs coach Shelli Brown said. “We’ve been through a lot of injuries early in the season, so kids have stepped up and filled some big shoes. It seems like someone different is always stepping up and making a difference.”
Madelyn Blair has been the Sandites’ steady hand in the pitching circle, and she has been backed by offense from Kimi Presnell and Makenna Skaggs, both of whom are batting better than .465.
On Thursday, Sand Springs will face Broken Arrow (5-0 in 6A-4) in a clash for 6A-4 supremacy.
“How could you not be excited to play BA?” Brown said. “They have established such a great tradition in softball.”
— Ben Johnson, for the Tulsa World