The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 8, 2013

Sports briefs for 4-9-13

Enid News and Eagle

— Soccer heads to Moore for crucial contests

Staff reports

Enid’s soccer teams will be in a do-or-die situation tonight when the Pacers and Plainsmen visit District 6A-4 rival Moore in a 6 p.m. girls-boys doubleheader.

Both Enid teams are 0-3 in the district after being swept by Bixby on Friday — the girls 3-1 and the boys 1-0. A loss would all but eliminate both teams from the playoff picture.

“We need to get results,’’ said Enid coach Craig Liddell. “There are no ‘could have or should haves or we played well ... ’ we have to get the results in the win column tomorrow.’’

Moore’s girls are 1-3 in the district after losing to Ponca City 6-2 Friday. The Lions are 2-2 after beating the Wildcats 3-2.

“It’s a pretty even matchup,’’ Liddell said.

The game will be played on a grass field at Central Junior High in Moore. Moore’s field is undergoing renovation.

“That changes the game,’’ said Liddell, whose teams play most of their games on artificial surfaces. “You have a narrower field and a playing surface which is more choppy. You have to play smart and a little harder and be ready for any bobbles that might take place. The ball can take some awkward hops and you have to be ready for it.’’

Liddell expects a tight, physical game in both contests.

Sophie Holle has scored six goals for the girls. Felix Mora has four goals for the boys.

EHS relay team going for fourth-straight gold

Staff reports

Enid’s boys 1,600-meter relay of Seth Handley, Raheem Mitchell, Alex McCoy and Alex Lofton will be going for their fourth-straight gold medal at today’s Ponca City Invitational.

The quartet are ranked No. 2 in 6A with a best time of 3:24.88. McCoy had a 49-second split on his leg at the Putnam City Invitational Friday.

“It’s a pride thing for them,’’ said Enid coach Joe Miranov. “They want to continue that winning tradition. They were saying at Putnam City about how much fun they were having.’’

McCoy will be running on the 400-meter relay in place of Johnny Lawrence. Miranov said Lawrence still is on the relay, but wanted to try some different combinations “just in case.’’

Holly Stuart will be held out of the girls’ 3,200-meter relay, but will return next week when EHS goes to the Oklahoma Baptist University Invitational.

“We know we’re 20 or 30 seconds faster with her in it,’’ Miranov said. “We’re trying to develop some of our younger runners.’’

Miranov will take both a varsity and junior varsity team to the meet.

“This is a fun meet for us,’’ Miranov said. “We’re giving a lot of our JV kids a chance to show us what they can do.’’

EHS tennis struggles at Broken Arrow

Staff reports

BROKEN ARROW — Enid’s doubles teams both lost in the consolation finals of the Broken Arrow boys tennis tournament Monday.

Both the Enid No. 1 (Zach Gwin and Connor Angleton) and No. 2 (Jason Christopherson and Blake Young) lost to Jenks teams in the consolation finals.

Both teams had beaten Edmond Santa Fe teams in the consolation semifinals. Both teams are now 5-5 overall.

Singles players Koderick Miller and Tyler Hallett both were 0-3 in the eight-team tournament.

“When you have changed your lineup like we have (third tournament with the new lineup), you’re going to take some lumps,’’ said EHS assistant coach Carl Gaebler. “We did all right. It was a very tough tournament.’’

The EHS girls will go to Broken Arrow today. Both the boys and girls will go to Ponca City on Thursday.