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June 20, 2013

Eleven local All-Staters go down in history

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Norman —

It was disappointing for everyone involved.

How often does it rain in Oklahoma during the middle of June? Very seldom.

After polling many of the veteran slow-pitch softball coaches in attendance, none could remember the Slow-Pitch All-State games ever getting rained out during their 21-year run. The fastpitch All-State Games were rained out in 2006, according to some of the coaches, but no one could recall a slow-pitch canceled by Mother Nature.

So congratulations to all the area All-Staters for earning your way to the big event, and for being part of something that no one believes has ever occurred before.

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One really cool thing this sports writer learned while attending the lone inning (and hanging around during the delay) of the Slow-Pitch All-State Games was that three local coaches were OSSCA officers.

Not only does Matthews hold the organization’s top spot, but Latta’s Jim Foster Vice President and Roff’s Kathy Gregson (who is heading to Purcell High School) is the Executive Secretary.

Just goes to show how lucky this area is to have had these three coaches working in this neck of the woods for many years.

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It was nice to get to hang out in the press box with former Konawa softball player Jackie Coats, who was going to be the official bookkeeper for the Slow-Pitch All-State games.

Ironically, The Ada News might have had as many as 13 All-Staters, but Konawa seniors — including Coats — didn’t fill out the proper forms to get a chance to be selected by the OSSCA committee.

“We didn’t fill out our paperwork,” she said. “We didn’t know if we would really have a shot.”

By the way, Coats and Carlee Henderson of Latta were both 2013 OSSCA Academic All-Staters.

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