The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


December 29, 2012

EHS' 'Popeye' tops 2012's sports stories


ENID, Okla. — 5. Fairview Lady Jackets

win 2A basketball crown

 Avenging a loss just one week earlier in the winner’s bracket area final at Chisholm Trail Expo Center, the Fairview Lady Jackets (29-2) upset favored Northeast Academy 38-36 in comeback fashion to claim the 2A girls basketball crown at State Fair Arena.

The Jackets rallied back from a 35-28 deficit midway through the fourth quarter for the dramatic win. It was Fairview’s third gold ball, but first since 1974 (the other was in 1967). Kori Fast led Fairview with 12 points and would later sign to play for Northern Oklahoma College Enid.

6. Kingfisher makes third

football championship game appearance in four years

Kingfisher finished the regular season undefeated and ranked No. 1 in 3A and appeared primed to claim a state championship, but Blanchard spoiled those plans with a 28-21 upset victory in the 3A title game.

It was the Yellowjackets’ third appearance in the state championship in the past four seasons. The Jackets rallied from a 14 point deficit to tie the game at 21-21, but a 58-yard rushing touchdown just 14 seconds after Kingfisher had tied the game, sealed the title for Blanchard.

7. Lomega Lady Raiders win

Class B basketball crown.

Overcoming an 11-0 deficit to start the game, Lomega rallied to defeat top-ranked Harmon 49-44 to win the Class B girls basketball title in 2012.

The Lady Raiders, who finished 30-1 on the season, did not take the lead until the third quarter and still trailed 33-32 heading into the final stanza before junior Ashley LaGasse took over, scoring 11 of her game-high 25 points in the decisive fourth quarter. It was the 11th gold ball for Lomega, tying Byng for most by any program in Oklahoma girls basketball history.

8. NOC Enid Lady Jets

 upset in regional final

 Coming off an appearance in the Final Four of the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association national tournament in 2011, Northern Oklahoma College Enid Lady Jets were derailed in their quest for a return visit to the national tournament in 2012

Ranked No. 8 nationally, and sporting an impressive 29-3 record entering the game, NOC Enid was upset 58-57 in the Region 2 finals by Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, a team the Lady Jets had narrowly defeated twice earlier in the season by scores of 59-58 and 59-57. However, the Lady Jets did claim the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference crown with a 17-1 league mark.

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