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July 11, 2014

Rayner to play basketball at NOC Enid

ENID, Okla. — Pond Creek-Hunter graduate Zach Rayner will continue his basketball career at Northern Oklahoma College Enid.

Rayner lead the Panthers in scoring (14.6 points per game) and rebounds (10.2) as a senior last season, guiding PC-Hunter to the team’s first state tournament in 28 years. The Panthers lost to Hollis in the Class B quarterfinals, but Rayner didn’t want that to finish his career.

NOC Enid head coach Greg Shamburg made sure it wouldn’t.

Shamburg, whose son attends school in Pond Creek, saw plenty of Rayner during his career and over the summer made sure he knew playing for the Jets was an option. Rayner enrolled at NOC Enid two weeks ago.

“I’m really excited (Shamburg) gave me the opportunity,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity.”

At 6-foot-4, Rayner often served as the Panthers’ de facto post, especially after an injury to center T.J. Krittenbrink, but Rayner is expected to return to a more natural role as a shooting guard or small forward at NOC Enid. He plans to sharpen his ball-handling and shooting before the start of practice in August, with the hopes of earning playing time as a freshman.

NOC Enid finished 21-8 last season, and Rayner will join a roster that lost four sophomores, three of them guards. Rayner didn’t receive an athletic scholarship, but had enough academic and other grants for a full ride at NOC Enid. He plans to move on to Oklahoma State Unniversity and study engineering after his two years at NOC Enid..

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