Longhorn news and announcements
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Baseball kicks off with Spring just around the corner
The 2014 High School and Jr. High Baseball season began last week with the Longhorns playing in the Wanette Invitational Tournament. Above, Alex won its first game against Macomb JV with Senior Jackson Mainka pitching.
What's up this week? Next week is Spring Break; students return March 24
This week's scrumptious menu!
Heck of a ride: both Longhorn teams fall in Area to end hard-fought 2014 season
Although the Lady Longhorns earned one game more than the Alex boys, both teams found their path to the State Tournament blocked by Chattanooga. The Longhorns suffered their second and final defeat of the post-season at the hands of Chatty on February 27, the same day that the Alex girls beat Cyril to advance to their own matchup with Chattanooga, which proved a bit too strong and elminated the final Alex team on February 28.
Above and below, Alex teams compete against Chatty. CONGRATULATIONS, LONGHORNS! YOU DID WELL!
Alex turned out in force to support High School Basketball in the post season!
Alex 5th and 6th grade academic team is District Champs, Regional Runner-Ups and headed to State!
The Alex 5th and 6th grade Academic Team competes in both the Oklahoma Junior Academic Bowl Association (OJABA) and the Oklahoma Association for Academic Competitions (OAAC).
Like other sports, OJABA games are played for four quarters. During the first quarter, 20 questions are presented with each question worth ten points. At the end of the first quarter, the team with the most points may select a “lightning round” category, which is played during the second quarter. Teams are given 60 seconds to answer 10 questions requiring rapid fire answers. The second half of games repeats the first half. Generally, the Alex team prefers this style of competition.
Alex participated in the OJABA District Meet at Calumet on November 15, 2013. Alex defeated Calumet and Verden to take first place. The Regional Meet was also held at Calumnet, on January 25, 2014. Alex went head-to-head with Verden and Cimmarron, defeating Verden twice, and being defeated by Cimmarron twice to place Regional Runner-Up. The OJABA state tournament will be held in the Physical Sciences building on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman on March 29, 2014.
OAAC games are a bit different. They consist of four quarters with eight questions asked during each quarter. A correct answer gives the team an immediate bonus question with ten points awarded for each correct answer. On December 4, 2013, Alex hosted the OAAC District Meet, which saw the Longhorns defeat Minco, Pioneer and Middleberg. The OAAC Regional Meet was held at Lindsay on January 28, 2014. Alex took on Lindsay, Newcastle and Tuttle and placed fourth, advancing to a Firebird tournament. This tournament was canceled due to weather, automatically advancing Alex to the Area tournament on February 15, 2014, at at Purcell Middle School. Alex competed against Banner, Lindsay, Hydro-Eakly, Tuttle, Crescent and Purcell and the Longhorns' OAAC season ended with them placing sixth in the OAAC Area tourney.
The members of the 5th and 6th grade Acacademic team include 6th graders Trenton Anderson, Jewel Avery, Kade Bauman, Jonathan Fitzsimmons, Breanna Gray, Brycen Otey, Sam Otey, Bailee Stapp and Dustin Tolson. Fifth grade team members are Kash Boatwright, Callyn Carnes, Mark Franklin, Tyler Gibbs and Olivia Ketchum. Trenton, Kade, Bailee, Dustin and Kash have served as team captains throughout the year.
Academic team members have worked very hard to get where they are today. Team practice began in September and has continued each Wednesday since. Practice has gone from simply meeting and reviewing the rules of both organizations to weekly practice games. Now, the students set up the room, keep time and score and sometimes read the questions. Team members recently completed a US geography project that was an out of class assignment. They share information and expertise with each other and have learned “team” concepts as they theorize about how best to compete in each type of game. The Longhorns improved their game during the season with scrimmages with Ninnekah and Verden.
The Alex First National Bank helped purchase a state-of-the-art wireless lock-out buzzer system to be used in Academic competitions. Team members designed their own t-shirts and Principal Tolson and Tom Ketchum provided the shirts that announce on front: “If you ~~ (mustache) me a question,” and on the back: “Please shave it for later.” The shirts have been a big hit at each meet.
Parents of academic team members have been VERY supportive, providing drinks and snacks whenever needed, hosting a hospitality room at every Alex tournament, helping with and judging and donating cash when needed. Their financial support paid for a Christmas party for the team at Hey Days.
Seniors Caleb Capps and Ryan Shaw traveled with the Academic team to keep score and time at the Regional tournament at Calumet.
There is no criteria for becoming a member of the Alex Elementary Academic team. Some students were nominated by teachers, some scored advanced on OCCT tests and some asked to participate. Sponsors always work to accommodate conflicting activities but team members have gone to meets in lieu of stock shows, basketball games or other school and personal activities. Almost every student attends practice each week and most have not missed any practice times. The commitment of team members has been impressive and has clearly paid off!
CONGRATULATIONS, LONGHORNS! YOU'VE DONE WELL!