The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


April 7, 2013

Kippenberger is All-NW boys POY


“It was really different being in a different uniform and being on the other side. It felt weird at first, but I’m happy that we won.’’
He had a season-high 31 points in a 63-50 win over Oklahoma Bible Academy in the district finals.
“The playoffs are always a good time to play,’’ Kippenberger said. “I always do better in the playoffs. It’s make or break. You have to play your best or you’re going to go home. I always tried to put that in the back of my mind.’’
The biggest disappointment was not returning to the state tournament. The Yellowjackets lost to eventual champion Latta 39-38 in overtime in the regional finals and fell to Hinton at area, 60-38.
“That was our main goal, getting to the state tournament,’’ Kippenberger said. “When we played Hinton, we came out flat. We didn’t play our best. We still had a great season. I accomplished  lot for my first year to play with those guys.’’
There was some pain when he returned to the state tournament as a spectator instead of a player.
“I know the excitement of playing in the state tournament,’’ he said. “There’s no gym that compares to the state tournament. It was kind of tough.’’
However, Kippenberg enjoyed playing in the Fairview gym and found out why it’s called the Echodome.
“It gets to you at first,’’ he said, “But after a while you get used to it. We had a lot of support; it’s amazing to see how many people supported us.’’
Kippenberger, who didn’t play football for Hennessey’s state championship teams as a sophomore and junior, became a star receiver and kick returner for a 10-2 Fairview team.
“I thought playing football would be a good way to get to know the guys,’’ Kippenberger said. “It ended up pretty good.’’

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