Oklahoma HS 2024 Spring Sports Championships Top Athletes, Moments

The 2023-2024 sports year in Oklahoma has come to an end.

The spring sports championships recently wrapped up and The Oklahoman’s Jordan Davis, Hallie Hart and Nick Sardis were at various events around the state in recent weeks.

Here are some athletes, teams and moments that stood out to them.

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Most impressive individual performance you have experienced

Jordan Davis: Amber-Pocasset senior Hayden Brown was particularly notable for his performance in the Class A state championship game against Tushka. Brown made a statement in his three at-bats, with each hit scoring five of their seven runs. His 3-for-3 performance at the plate helped lead the Panthers to their first-ever Class A state championship.

Hallie Hart: Classen SAS senior Sofia Acuña capped her high school career with her third straight state title in girls tennis. The most impressive part? She went undefeated in each of those seasons. Acuña won every set in her four state tournament matches this year, posting a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Natalie Gillett of Tulsa Holland Hall in the final. After covering Acuña’s state championship game last year, it was great to see her repeat the feat at a senior level as family members and friends surrounded her.

Nick Sardis: Carl Albert junior Trystan Haynes had a great performance at the Class 5A state track and field meet at Western Heights. Haynes, who committed to OU football last week, helped Carl Albert break the Class 5A state record in the 4×200-meter relay on Friday as the Titans finished in 1 minute, 26.60 seconds. On Saturday, Haynes won the 400 in 47.24 and captured titles in the 4×100 (41.51) and 4×400 (3:19.06). His role was crucial in capturing Carl Albert’s fourth track championship.

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Best team you’ve ever seen

Jordan Davis: The Carl Albert baseball program once again dominated the Class 5A state tournament, as it has done in recent years. The Titans outperformed themselves in every match throughout the tournament. Their pitching staff of Oklahoma State’s Kash Ferris, Mason Avery, Sammy Gonzalez and Declan Murphy was strong against the elite hitters. But it wasn’t just the team’s collective effort that led to success. Individual players such as Hutch Russell, Easton Perkins, Easton Harless and Mister Randle also made their mark all weekend with a flurry of goals.

Hallie Hart: Washington Baseball. Washington entered the state tournament with tremendous energy, needing just five innings for an 11-1 run-rule victory against Silo in the quarterfinals. Then Washington advanced to three-peat as Class 3A state champions. Instead of building a team around one or two stars, the Warriors had a complete lineup of standout guys that fed off each other. Tristin Babbitt and Marlon Moore anchored Washington on the mound, while hitters like Dax McCaskill and Kade Norman fueled the offense.

Nick Sardis: The Mustang girls track team was impressive at the Class 6A track and field meet at Western Heights last week, winning its first title in program history. The Broncos finished with 122.21 points, while ahead of Jenks, who had 99, and had three girls claim individual titles: Jordan Atkinson (100 and 200), Emily Cloutier (pole vault) and Kassidi Watkins (long jump). Cloutier set the state record in the pole vault at regionals and Watkins broke the Class 6A state record in the long jump, and Mustang really made great strides in Shannon Atkinson’s first year as head coach.

Best game you’ve seen

Jordan Davis: The Class 5A slowpitch state championship game between Tecumseh and Washington was a game for the ages. Tecumseh entered the bottom of the fifth inning trailing by three runs before kicking into high gear en route to a comeback victory. The Savages erupted, scoring six runs in the sixth inning, with junior shortstop Katie Overstreet providing a much-needed spark during that stretch. She hit two home runs that day and drove in two more runs on a walk.

Hallie Hart: The Class 3A boys state finals featured two spectacular programs in Crooked Oak and Casady, and they produced high-quality competition. The opponents traded momentum heading into sudden death extra time, and Eddy Parra scored the golden goal off a cross from Heztli Rodriguez, sending the Cyclones into a frenzied celebratory mood. Parra’s hero moment was particularly memorable as he moved from midfielder to striker in extra time, stepping out of his usual position to seal Casady’s 2-1 win.

Nick Sardis: Preston and Wister had a close battle in the Class 2A state baseball quarterfinals in Shawnee. Hunter McElhannon won the game for Preston when he hit an infield single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, scoring Kellen Dean and sealing a 4-3 victory. Preston trailed 3-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, but scored three runs in the frame to tie the score, and McElhannon – just a sophomore – ultimately became the hero with the walk-off.

Most underrated athlete you’ve ever seen

Jordan Davis: Westmoore third baseman Caleb Rey played an immense role in the Jaguars’ first state championship victory in 30 years. Although he wasn’t the most flashy, his efforts helped get the job done. He earned the nickname “Regional Rey” from his older brother Erick with his play over the weekend, hitting .500 at the plate with five RBIs to help push Westmoore.

Hallie Hart: Julia McBride of Edmond North girls soccer. While Rylee McLanahan is the Huskies’ big phenom, McBride is emerging as an underrated star. The junior midfielder scored both of the Huskies’ goals to send Edmond North past Norman North 2-1 in the state final.

Nick Sardis: Tulsa Cascia Hall freshman golfer Coleman Sides made a statement during the first state tournament of his high school career. He defeated Heritage Hall’s Ben Lathrop in a playoff for the Class 5A individual title and also helped Cascia Hall win the team championship at Winter Creek Golf & Country Club in Blanchard.

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Best fan support

Jordan Davis: The Class B State Baseball Tournament in Shawnee. The fan bases of the two state championship teams were united in their love for the sport and filled the stands every game. The Calumet crowd was the loudest crowd I have seen in all the spring sports we cover. Their loud honks, whistles and air horns could be heard blocks away in Shawnee, creating a sense of community. In terms of crowd size, Fort Cobb-Broxton came out in waves, filling almost every inch of the stands, standing and sitting to show their support for the Mustangs.

Hallie Hart: Loyal fans stayed at the OKC Tennis Center past midnight to await Saturday’s girls tennis championship ceremonies. Spring storms and an outdoor lighting accident led to delays, but spectators stayed around and packed the stands when it was time for athletes to receive their medals. From adults ordering pizza to children running around the tennis complex, fans made the most of the situation and brought energy into the late hours as tennis center staff worked hard to keep the event running.

Nick Sardis: The Class 2A state baseball quarterfinals at Shawnee High School had a great atmosphere. Even though there were two weather delays, fans from all teams filled the stands creating a special environment, and Shawnee did an excellent job hosting the event.