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December 29, 2012

EHS' 'Popeye' tops 2012's sports stories

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ENID, Okla. — 2. Steve Chard named

Enid High School’s

head football coach

After an extended search following the resignation of Plainsmen head coach Tommy Parker after four seasons, former Yukon defensive

coordinator Steve Chard

was named Plainsmen head coach in March.

Chard took over a team that went 2-8 and did not return a wealth of experience. He introduced a new defensive scheme and got the players to buy into his system early on. Enid won its first two games, 41-12 over Choctaw and 19-14 over Edmond Memorial before encountering a six-game losing skid, which included heartbreaking last-minute losses to Bartlesville (44-42) and Ponca City (21-20) streak and finishing 3-7, but he never lost the team.

Chard also brought in several new coaches, including bringing former Enid stars Kareem Sears and Shawn Mills back into the fold as assistant coaches. The team improved its scoring defense significantly, allowing 13 fewer points per game than last season.

3. LSU-Eunice wins 2012

NJCAA Division II

World Series.

Over 15,000 fans attended the National Junior College Division II World Series held at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in June. The 10-team field was narrowed down to top-seed LSU-Eunice and defending champion Western Oklahoma State for the finale.

The Bengals downed the defending champs 7-3, earning their fourth national championship, and second in the past three seasons. The live Internet stream provided by Chisholm Trail Broadcasting drew an impressive 130,000 views.

 4. Laverne wins

 Class B football title

 It was an all-northwest finale in the Class B state championship game as Laverne completed its first-ever undefeated season by defeating Pond Creek-Hunter 50-19 for the Class B gold ball. The Tigers dealt the Panthers their only two losses of the season.

It was a close contest at halftime with Pond Creek-Hunter trailing only 14-7 until Laverne scored 30 points in the second half to win going away. Laverne’s Dalton Birch rushed for 161 yards and three touchdowns in the victory.

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