ENID, Okla. —
9. Hennessey makes
2A state semifinals
The Eagles had not made it to state since 1989, but nearly made the most of their first appearance in 23 years, advancing to the boys basketball 2A semifinals.
After defeating Watonga in the quarterfinals, Hennessey (25-3) came up short in the semifinals against Haworth 67-58, snapping an 11-game winning streak. It was Haworth’s 17th straight win, but their streak would end with a 71-45 loss to Northeast Academy in the finals. Haworth earned its spot in the semifinals by defeating Pioneer in the quarterfinals.
The Mustangs came within three outs of advancing to the Class A baseball finals in 2012, but eventual champion, top-ranked Rattan, crushed Pioneer’s hopes when Jonathan Samuels hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning — his second round-tripper of the contest — to defeat Pioneer 7-6 after Pioneer had rallied for a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning on Tanner Leon’s double.
Pioneer finished the season 32-4.
Noteworthy: No list would be complete without at least a mention of Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf. The redshirt junior from Enid persevered this season after not getting the nod as starting quarterback. After injuries to J.W. Walsh and Wes Lunt, Chelf has started the last four games and has a team-leading 12 touchdown passes. Chelf will be the starting quarterback when the Cowboys play Purdue on Jan. 1 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl ... Finally, local golfer Paul Schepperley made news in April and earns a mention here for his 350-yard hole-in-one on the first hole at Pheasant Run. The 14-handicap golfer aced the par four dogleg right hole with his first shot of the day. It also was his first-ever hole-in-one.