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It’s been quite the turnaround season for the Sand Springs volleyball team. A year after claiming only six wins, Sand Springs nears playoff action with more than double that total in 2019. Sand Springs will embark on postseason play next week, and the Sandites will do so after finishing 11-2 at home this season. ...

10/7/2019

Sand Springs was tasked with taking down the district’s top team if it wanted to stay home for the playoffs. Sure enough, the Sandites knocked off Owasso and will now have teams arriving at their field with a state tournament berth up for grabs. The win over the Rams assured the Sandites of finishing ahead of Jenks in District 6A-3 and hosting Enid, Sapulpa and Choctaw in regional tournament play. ...

10/7/2019

For the second time this season, Sand Springs suffered losses to both Bishop Kelley and Union. The Sandites had lost to both teams previously at the Union tournament before losing two Frontier Valley Conference games to the Comets and Redskins last week....

10/1/2019

A penalty kick was the difference in Sand Springs’ first-round win in the state playoffs. Sophomore Fernando Saldana scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over the Enid Plainsmen in the Class 6A state playoffs Wednesday, May 1 at Memorial Stadium. It had been 10 years since the Sand Springs soccer team made a state playoff appearance, and the Sandites did not disappoint. With 6:40 left in the first half, Saldana scored an unconventional penalty kick, giving the Sandites a 1-0 lead. Instead of lining up and taking the shot, Saldana danced his way to the ball and buried it in the back of the net. Less than four minutes later, the Sandites were back in the same spot. Sand Springs was awarded another penalty kick, but, this time, Luke Jeffus would take the kick. Jeffus took a more traditional approach, but the Enid goalkeeper was able to make a diving save. The Sandites (13-2) went into the locker room with a 1-0 lead. Things got rough in the second half, and the referees issued several yellow cards to Enid. With around 17:34 left in the game, Enid’s Miguel Garcia was issued his second yellow card of the game, earning him an ejection. The Plainsmen had several scoring chances in the second chance, but senior goal keeper Ethan Tippit came up big with some huge saves. He ended the game with a clean sheet. With only a few minutes to play, Saldana was fouled hard deep in Enid territory and was taken out of the game. He left the field on his own volition. He now has a team-high 14 goals on the season. The Sandites will play the winner of Jenks and Norman, and Norman beat Sand Springs in a shootout earlier in the season....

5/2/2019

Pairings for the 6A-5A regional baseball tournaments are set. Here are first-round pairings, based on order of district finish and the format outlined by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association. Broken Arrow, Jenks, Owasso and Stillwater earned the right to host 6A regionals and Bishop Kelley, Claremore, Collinsville and Pryor will host 5A tournaments. Kelley has no lights on its diamond and will conduct its tournament at Union’s facility, 7616 S Garnett Road, Comets athletic director Lance Parks said. Tournaments are mandated to begin Thursday, but may start earlier by consent of the competing coaches. Claremore’s tournament is set to begin Wednesday and Pryor’s tournament is tentatively set to begin Wednesday. Regional champions advance to the state tournament, May 9-11, in Tulsa. 6A REGIONALS First-round games only listed in four-team regionals. In three-team regionals, all three first-round pairings are listed. ...

4/30/2019

This season, Elizabeth Luttrell has thrown strikes, and she's knocked strikes out of the park. Luttrell, a senior pitcher, moved to 3-0 on the season and hit a grand-slam home run in Sand Springs’ 16-3 win over Barnsdall Tuesday, April 2 on the road. Sand Springs (5-0) exploded for eight runs in the top of the first inning, started by a two-run home run from Luttrell, who went 3-4 at the plate with three runs scored and six RBIs. She also pitched six innings, giving up seven hits with two strike outs and four walks. In the first, Mackenzie Bechtold wanted in on the action and hit a two-run homer of her own for the 4-0 Sandite lead. A few plays later, freshman Avery Tanner doubled to right field to score Rachel Jones and Madison Lee, and the Sandites made it 8-0 when Aliyah Taff hit a fly ball, scoring Tanner and Drew Hawkins. Barnsdall tried to keep it respectable scoring a run in the bottom of the third, and they scored another in the fourth for the 9-2 deficit. In the top of the sixth, Sabrina Usher singled to score Taff, and Luttrell got another bite at the apple, hitting a 2-1 pitch over the left field fence for her second homer of the game. Trailing 16-2, Barnsdall scored again in the bottom of the sixth, but it wouldn’t be enough. The Sandite girls racked up 19 hits and left three runners stranded on base....

4/3/2019

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