A dozen of the area’s most high-profile athletes will wrap up outstanding high school careers when they compete in the 2011 All-State games Monday through Friday in the Tulsa area.
The annual showcase of the state top senior talent will begin with baseball on Monday at Oral Roberts University’s J. L. Johnson Stadium and will conclude with the All-State football game at Broken Arrow Stadium at 8 p.m. Friday. Athletes from the Ada area will compete in baseball, tennis, boys and girls basketball and football during the week.
Monday’s small school baseball game, which begins at 4:30 p.m., will feature area stars Brendon Barr from Roff, Dylan Tinkler from Latta and Jake Sanders from Tupelo.
Ada’s Robert Jackson and Matthew Medcalf and Byng’s Gentry Fisher will play matches beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tulsa University’s Michael D. Case Tennis Center, and on Wednesday night the area’s top two girls basketball players — Konawa’s Nikki Nail and Ada’s Erin Walling — will be on the court at ORU’s Mabee Center, with the evening’s first game beginning at 7 p.m.
On Thursday, Stratford’s Dalen Qualls and Latta’s Reed Johnson will compete against each other in the small-school boys basketball contest at 7 p.m. at the Mabee Center, and Stratford’s Mark Qualls will be the coach for the West squad in that game.
Friday’s All-State football game will include two area players, Ada defensive back Ronald Lucas for the East and Stratford quarterback Chase Chamberlain, who is listed as a running back for the West.
Barr was the area Player of the Year after leading Roff to the Class A baseball title (the school’s fourth in seven seasons) this spring. A starter on the Tigers’ 2009 fall and 2010 state championship squads as well, Barr led all area players in home runs (18), RBIs (64) and runs scored while leading a rebuilt Roff squad a to a 26-7 record this spring, and he homered six times in the playoffs.
Tinkler was a four-year starter at Latta, where he hit 10 home runs and drove in 56 runs this spring while stealing 17 bases and hitting a team-high .470. One of the state’s top defensive shortstops, he also went 3-1 on the mound in helping the Panthers to the 2A state tournament.
Sanders was also a four-year starter at Tupelo and reached eight straight state tournaments during his career. He hit .430 this spring with 20 RBIs and 54 runs scored, and he didn’t allow an earned run in the final six innings but took the tough-luck loss as the second-round Tigers were eliminated by Arnett in 12 innings in the first round of the Class B state tournament.
Jackson became the first Ada High player to win a No. 1 singles title in Skip Griese’s 27 years as AHS tennis coach when he captured the Class 5A crown this spring. A state qualifier as a freshman who finished third in the state as a junior, Jackson won two tiebreakers en route to beating Riley Hale of Bishop McGuinness, 7-6, 7-6, in the 5A title match.
Medcalf, who will join Jackson on the East squad Tuesday, played two seasons at No. 2 singles before teaming with John Stout for a fourth-place finish in 5A in No. 1 doubles this spring.
Fisher was an alternate on the East squad and was informed last week that she will play on Tuesday. She posted a 23-10 record overall and was seventh at No. 1 singles for the Lady Pirates this spring.
“This was her first year to play singles,” veteran Byng coach Alan Simpson said of Fisher, who, as a sophomore and junior, finished fourth at No. 1 Dlubles. “She has played a tough position every year.
“Gentry is just a humble, unassuming kid,” he added. “I think she was very excited about getting to play. These things happen in all of those sports — kids just don’t want to play for some reason or they’re injured.” -
Nail, the Ada News Area Player of the Year as a junior and senior, helped Konawa to back-to-back Class 2A state tournaments and also went to a state tournament (the school’s first ever) at Konawa as a sophomore. She averaged almost 18 points per game as a senior and was also a standout on Konawa softball teams that won the 2010 fast-pitch title in 2A and finished second to Washington in slowpitch in Class 4A this spring.
Walling was a four-year starter at Ada and led the Lady Cougars to the area tournament this spring.
She averaged 17.8 points and almost six rebounds per game as a senior.
Dalen Qualls was Oklahoma’s leading scorer in any class the past three years and wound up his career ranked No. 5 on Oklahoma’s all-time scoring list. He averaged 30.6 points per game as a senior while leading the Bulldogs to their second state tournament in three seasons.
Johnson ranked behind only Qualls in area scoring over his four seasons as a starter at Latta, and he evolved from a pure shooter as a freshman into a complete player as senior. He averaged career highs in points (21.3) and rebounds (7) during his final varsity season.
Lucas, who also earned All-State honors in soccer, was one of the state’s top defensive backs and special teams players for Ada last fall. He had four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and also returned a kick for a score while leading an Ada defense that posted three shutouts in 2010.
Chamberlain became Stratford’s first-ever All-State football player after leading the Bulldogs to the state championship game for the first time in school history last fall. He threw for over 1,400 yards and ran for over 1,000 yards as a senior and graduated as one of only a handful of Oklahoma players to pass for over 4,000 yards and run for over 3,000 yards in their careers.