Forgan boys take Runner-Up Trophy
Bulldogs fall just short of another gold
OKLAHOMA CITY - Never give in. That was the motto for this yearís Forgan High School boys basketball team for the 2014-15 season.
And the Bulldogs never did. FHS reached its fourth state title match in five seasons here Saturday night in the State Fair Arena. This time, they came away with the runner-up trophy and a 24-7 record.
This yearís Forgan team definitely had plenty of ups and downs along the way. FHS lost two games at home and struggled at times during the playoff run. But, Todd Kerrís team played its best basketball of the season last weekend by beating Red Oak and Lookeba-Sickles. And the final was close throughout as Forgan fell to Fort Cobb-Broxton 53-46.
"We just kept battling all the way through - and we never gave in," Kerr said. "And especially over the last month, we came together as a team. The guys became accountable to their teammates and what we were trying to accomplish.
"Through that we were very fortunate to get where we are at. As we look back, we needed a three at the buzzer to beat Waynoka in the first game of Regional and Boise City has us on the ropes all night in the Area consolation game. We got to State and played our best basketball - no doubt."
"It is amazing how the experiences you deal with shape how things turn out," Kerr said. "True character is revealed through the adversities you face. In basketball, we faced a ton of adversity and because of that we were able to grind out a couple of wins in the first two days. It got us to the game on Saturday, but it didnít work out. This team did nothing easy - and it was probably the reason we advanced once we got there."
Since the 2008-09 season, the Bulldog basketball team has a record of 184-21 with state titles in 2011, 2012 and 2014. In 2012 and 2014 the Bulldogs had records of 29-1. It is quite an amazing stretch of success for a small high school in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
"It is a tribute to the kids who have gone through here and the ones here now," Kerr said. "When I walked off the court all three nights, there was a plethora of former players waiting. They were so excited for this team and what this has become. It is almost overwhelming to think about what weíve been blessed with - totally beyond anything I could imagine."
Kerr was again humbled by the showing of support from people in northwest Oklahoma. On all three days, the Forgan fans filled the stands to the brim to cheer on the Bulldogs.
"We were packed every night in our stands, but we always get that support," Kerr said. "We appreciate the Beaver kids supporting us. Sometimes those things donít happen with the rivalry we have, but that was impressive.
"Also, looking at the whole bunch of people to support us, it is incredible. There are only 400 people in Forgan and there was no place to sit on Saturday."
Coach Kerr also wanted to thank his three assistants, Brett Trippet, Kaden Taylor and Nick Nichols.
"I donít think people will ever realize what coach Trippet does for our program and what he means to us," Kerr said. "There is no possible way to get to where we have without him. He is a very self less person who puts the kids before anything else. Nick also took an expanded role this year, and Kaden is always throwing out good ideas. They do so much. I have the best bookkeeper in the state - she is on top of everything. And my filmer is top notch - we have the best there. And Mr. Smalts will always allow me to run the program and do whatever we need to give our kids a chance to succeed. I am thankful to be in that spot and situation.
"I also need to thank my family, my waterboys and everyone associated with us. My wife, my older son and my younger son are incredible. Also huge props go out to our Booster Club, which is filled with the most caring people in the world."
Forgan put two players on the 5-man All-Tournament team - senior Chandler Bryer and junior Dee Alston. The other three starters - seniors Cameron Vanatta and David Stout along with junior Cody Matthews all took turns making big plays in the big moments.
"The kids stepped up and made plays, and when they took our best away we had others step up and make plays," Kerr said. "We played as well as we possibly could for three days, and we were able to play on Saturday, which is where everyone wants to be. It didnít turn out the way we wanted, but there is also a lot of pride in the way we represented ourselves."
Bryer, Vanatta and Stout finished their Forgan careers with two state titles (2012, 2014) and a runner up.
"Chandler is as fierce a competitor as I have coached," Kerr said. "And the other guys bought into the system and did what we needed them to do. They were committed to us and were good team players throughout the whole thing.
"I couldnítí be more proud of how these seniors finished up. They will look back on this and be proud of what they accomplished in their high school careers as basketball players."
Coach Kerr said all season that this yearís team did "everything they hard way."
Bulldogs fall in Class B state title contest
FHS reaches gold ball match for fourth time in last five years
OKLAHOMA CITY - The 2015 Class B State Tournament was a lot like the regular season for the Forgan Bulldogs - a bumpy, rollercoaster ride.
FHS, sitting in its fourth gold ball match in the past five season, survived two thrilling games on Thursday and Friday against Red Oak and Lookeba-Sickles, repsectively, to earn the chance for the top prize in the state.
The Bulldogs, however, fell to Fort Cobb-Broxton, the top ranked team all season, in one of the better games of the season 53-46. Forgan ended its season with a record of 24-7.
"It was a good, clean game," Forgan coach Todd Kerr said. "They just never made any mistakes to allow us to close the gap. They didnít turn it over and made their free throws.
"In the fourth quarter, we made the plays we needed to. We hit free throws and we made some big baskets."
Early in the title game, it was a battle with four ties and five lead changes in the first eight minutes. Bulldog senior Chandler Bryer, an All-Tournament selection, put Forgan up 16-15 with a trey at the end of the first quarter. Bryer scored 18 points in the contest and had nine rebounds. Senior Cameron Vanatta added 17 points, while junior Dee Alston, also named to the All-Tournament team, scored nine.
The Mustangs went up by seven in the third quarter before Forgan cut it to one. Fort Cobb then scored seven straight as the Bulldogs could never get the lead back.
"The were the best defensive team we played in the tournament," Kerr said. "We didnít get many easy looks. I think if we could have gotten a couple of possessions to go our way, the game would have turned out differently."
In the Friday night semi-final, also in the Big House, Forgan built a 14-point lead before Lookeba-Sickles battled back to make it close in the second half. Junior Cody Matthews picked up the scoring as the Panthers took Bryer out of the game with double teams and a box and one with 21 points. Alston added 16 and senior David Stout scored 10. Vanatta also had nine.
Forgan, in the opener, defeated Red Oak 55-52 in the Class B opener Thursday at Carl Albert High School. Bryer led the way with 24 points and also had the play of the game with a steal following a Red Oak rebound.
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Bulldogs advance into State;
Girls eliminated with 25-3 mark
WOODWARD - Heading into Saturday nightís Class B, Area I consolation final, Forgan coach Todd Kerr knew his team was going to be in a dog fight against Boise City for the right to play in this weekís State Tournament.
He was right. Forgan overcome a 15-4 deficit in the first quarter and a 24-15 hole at halftme, earning a 50-41 victory over the Wildcats to advance into the State for the fifth straight season and the sixth time in the last seven.
The Bulldogs (22-6) suffered a 49-43 loss to Southwest Covenant in Fridayís Area title match.
"It was a game that was a complete opposite of Friday (which Forgan lost to Southwest Covenant)," Kerr said. "Boise City jumped out on us, and they had a lot of energy. We weathered the storm, composed ourselves at halftime and got going in the fourth quarter. I had some kids on the floor that didnít want that to be their last game. We wanted to get back to where weíve been.
"We just had a lot of resolve."
After outscoring the Wildcats 16-12 and narrowing the deficit to just five points, Forgan used a 19-5 scoring spree in the fourth quarter - ignited by senior Chandler Bryer, who scored a game high 27 points to pace the Bulldogs. Bryer had a pair of "and one" plays and also made seven free throws just in the final quarter. Junior Dee Alston added nine points and senior Cameron Vanatta scored nine. Senior David Stout and junior Cody Mathews both had a pair for the Bulldogs.
In Fridayís contest, Forgan led 25-15 at halftime and owned a 34-28 lead going into the final eight minutes, where Southwest Covenenat exploded on a 21-9 run in the victory.
Because of some of the weather conditions across the state, the Class B State Tournament bracket is not released. It will be available by 2 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. However, coach Kerr said Monday night that he expects his team to face off against Red Oak in the opening round. Sites and times were also announced on Wednesday on ossaa.com.
Lady Bulldogs eliminated
The Lady Bulldogs, one of the favorites to win this yearís Class B girls title, dropped a pair of games over the weekend in the Area Tournament, losing to Coyle on Friday and to Leedey on Saturday.
FHS, which ended the season at 25-3, played in the Area Tournament without freshman Destiny Alston, who suffered a knee injury during practice last week.
Statistics and game information was not available on Tuesday.
Feb 26, 2015
Bulldogs roll to 7th straight Regional title; Girls dominate
FORGAN - The Forgan High School basketball teams swept the Class B Regional here Saturday night with a pair of dominating wins.
The Bulldogs, under coach Todd Kerr, beat Boise City 39-28, while the Lady Bulldogs, under Brett Trippet, whipped Felt 63-35. Both teams are now a win away from reaching the State Tournament.
The FHS boys (21-5) will face Southwest Covenant for a state berth, while the girls (25-1) will battle Coyle. Both games will be played at Woodward High School.
In the boys game Saturday, the defending state champion Bulldogs used two short runs to start each half to claim their seventh straight Regional crown. Boise City didnít score for the first six minutes of the game or the first four minutes of the third quarter.
"It just happened to be a slower game," Kerr said. "We didnít want to give them any run outs or transitions that would get them going. The kids played really good defense and did a good job on their scorers.
"We were patient offensively and got to the line quite a bit."
In the fourth quarter, Boise City twice cut the lead to eight, but could not get any closer
as Forgan hit 13 of 16 free throws in the quarter to seal the game. Forgan was 17 of 26 for the game. Boise City was just 2 of 10 from the line.
Senior Chandler Bryer finished the game as the leading scorer with 20 points. Bryer was 8 of 10 at the line in the fourth quarter. Cameron Vanatta added 13, and was 6 of 8 at the charity stripe.
In the girls contest, the Lady Bulldogs led by 11 at halftime but used a big run in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
"Happy with the win," Forgan coach Brett Trippett said. "There were times in the first half we didnít find their shooters and they made those shots. About the third quarter we started finding them and got on a roll offensively. Proud of the girls for finding a way, then putting it away."
Senior KaDawn McReynolds and freshman Destiny Alston each scored twice in a 9-2 run that stretched into a 16-3 run that put Forgan up 46-22 with 1:26 left in the third.
Forgan continued their roll into the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run that put the Lady Bulldogs up by 21 (55-24).
In the first half, Forgan started quickly, taking a 12-4 lead with 3:20 left in the first quarter. Felt cut the Forgan lead to five (16-11) with six minutes left until halftime, but Forgan answered with a 7-0 to push the lead back to double digits (23-11).
Alston led Forganís offensive attack with 29 points. Alston was 12 of 21 from the field, including a pair of threes, and 3-3 at the line. KaDawn McReynolds was 4 of 8 from behind the arc, and scored 14 points. Nikki Taylor scored 9, and Courtney Eagan added 8.
Coach Kerr wished to thank everyone who helped clean the gym last week and to everyone who brought food for concessions and the hospitality room.
He wanted to give a special thanks to Forgan Booster Club, Rodney Albert, Teryl Leisher, Greggory McReynolds, Debbie McGill, Delbert Cash, Nick and Mindy Nichols, Shane and Jennifer Kirkhart and Mike McCarter.
Feb 5, 2015
Forgan teams continue drive
to playoffs; Wins keep coming
The roads in the Oklahoma Panhandle - and even the entire northwest area - to the State Tournament will definitely lead through Forgan.
With both of the schoolís teams in the top four of the state - and a District and Regional at home - the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs continued regular season play last week with wins over Southwestern Heights and Turpin.
The Bulldogs, ranked third in the state at 17-3 overall, had two tough games, beating Heights 48-37 and Turpin 49-26. In the game with the Cards, Forgan led just 31-26 at the end of the third quarter but held THS scoreless in the final eight minutes of the game.
"We played good defense the whole night - even though I thought Turpin outworked us in the first half," FHS coach Todd Kerr said. "I think our defense has been pretty solid, but offensively - right now - we have not have had much flow or rhythm. We have to keep grinding along, and hopefully we will get it going again."
The third ranked Lady Bulldogs, 19-1, defeated Heights 56-27 and coasted to an easy 60-24 victory over Turpin last Friday. In the game with Turpin, freshman Destiny Alston put in a career high 34 points for the Lady Bulldogs.
Forgan built a 31-10 lead at halftime, then outscored the Lady Cardinals 25-8 in the third quarter. Senior KaDawn McReynolds added nine points, while junior Nikki Taylor scored eight for the Lady Bulldogs.
"We have had a good stretch where we are playing well at times," Trippet said. "We have sure seen a lot of different defense, but we are finding ways to make it work. We have a good group of girls who make adjustments together. They donít require a ton of coaching. They make adjustments on the floor and figure things out."
The Forgan teams played at Texhoma (boys lost-girls won) on Tuesday and will host Hooker on Friday. FHS will end the regular season next Tuesday (Feb. 10) at home against Laverne for senior night.
SHATTUCK - It was a clean sweep here over the weekend for the Forgan High School basketball teams, which won both sides of the bracket in the first annual Shattuck Shootout.
In the boys game, the Bulldogs defeated Laverne 51-37, while the Lady Bulldogs were 37-27 victors over Vici.
The Bulldogs (15-3) lost to Shattuck early in the week but bounced back with an 88-27 win over Sharon-Mutual in the opener, then earned a 43-25 victory over the Indians in the semifinals.
Senior Chandler Bryer was the MVP of the tournament, while junior Dee Alston earned all-tournament honors.
"It was a good week. Our kids were resilient and we competed hard," Kerr said. "We didnít shoot the ball well for the week, but we were there at the end. We battled and showed a lot of toughness. We did have a couple of grind it out wins.
"We have a lot of work to do, and our schedule is tough down the stretch. We should be battle tested at the end of the season for sure."
FHS led Laverne 23-14 at halftime, but the Tigers closed the gap to three points at the end of the third quarter. Forgan was able to seal the game at the free throw line, hitting 16-of-20 shots in the fourth quarter. Bryer led the way with 16 points, while Alston and senior David Stout both scored 10.
After a closer than expected two point win over Shattuck last Tuesday, the fourth ranked Lady Bulldogs got it rolling in the tournament, winning by 25 points per game.
"We struggled a little bit all week," Trippet said. "It wasnít our best week, but we came alive on Saturday in the championship. We played really good defense and finished the game strongly."
Freshman Destiny Alston was the tournament MVP, and senior KaDawn McReynolds was all-tournament. Forgan held Vici to single digits in the first three quarters of the title contest on Saturday.
Alson led the way with 17 points, while junior Nikki Taylor scored 10. Sophomore Courtney Eagan added seven.
The Forgan teams played Tuesday at Southwestern Heights and will play host to Turpin on Friday.
FHS reach tourney finals
LAVERNE - After a brutal tough week - which included his teamís first home loss in eight seasons - Forgan coach Todd Kerrís defending champion Bulldogs dropped a tough 17-point decision to Seiling here Saturday in the finals of the Laverne Tournament.
The Bulldogs, now 4-2, also fell to Texhoma 53-49 last Tuesday at Bullard Gymnasium.
"I know that we have work to do. We played four tough teams last week and we were able to win two and drop two," Kerr said. "We are going to be a work in progress for a while here. The kids are playing really hard and are competing at a high level.
"If they continue to do that, we will get better. The encouraging part is the toughness we showed throughout last week."
Forgan opened the tournament with a closer than expected win over Booker (63-49), then beat an athletic Laverne team 48-36 in the semifinals.
Two Bulldog players were named to the all-tournament team: senior Chandler Bryer and junior Dee Alston.
Girls finish 2nd
Brett Trippetís Lady Bulldogs were also the runner-up at Laverne, losing their first game of the season to Seiling 46-34. Forgan, ranked 13th in Class B, fell to 5-1 on the season.
"We played pretty well, but we had a tough time putting the ball in the hole in the championship game with Seiling," Trippet said. "I am proud of what the girls did - they are getting better."
The Lady Bulldogs also beat Texhoma 44-28 last Tuesday, then opened the tournament with a 68-17 victory over Booker, Texas. A 59-40 win over Shattuck put the Lady Bulldogs into the finals.
Three Forgan players were named to the all-tournament team: freshman Destiny Alston, sophomore Courtney Eagan and junior Nikki Taylor.
The Forgan teams played at Balko on Tuesday night and will not return to the court until Jan. 3 when Beaver visits for the first game of 2015.
"I know that we have work to do. We played four tough teams last week and we were able to win two and drop two. We are going to be a work in progress for a while here. The kids are playing really hard and are competing at a high level"
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