The Prague boys will have a deep bench full of eight promising new varsity players but are going to be lacking in varsity experience. Juniors Tristin Jorgensen and Matt Headley return from last season to bring valuable experience to a floor of young players.
The Red Devils open up at Meeker in what is likely to e a close rivalry game come Tuesday.
Coach Benny Burnett and his girls can put the past behind them after finishing last season with seven losses in eight of their last games. Prior to the girls’ game against Tecumseh they were holding a positive 10-8 record but flat-lined until Regionals.
But it’s a new season, with new faces and new challengers, and the return of coach Benny Burnett.
Burnett returned to Prague this season after coaching previously there from 1988-1995. His girls won the State Championship in 1993 and were runners-up in 1991, so Burnett knows what it takes to succeed.
Led by UCO signee Tori Bristow, the girls’ first opponent will once again be Meeker, who they opened up with a 34-28 win against at home last year. The Lady Devils will stay on the road as they continue on to Stroud on Dec. 8, before hosting Seminole in their first home game on Dec. 11.
The short 3-game stint will give coaches a good idea of where they need to improve early in the season as they take a long winter break until returning at McLoud Jan. 5, when the season reboots.
The inside game will be the Lady Devils greatest strength while learning a new system and a crowd of young players could lead to a few challenges.
Date Opponent Time
Dec. 1 @ Meeker 6:30/8
Dec. 8 @ Stroud 6:30/8
Dec. 11 Seminole 6:30/8
Dec. 14-19 Czech Holiday Classic TBA
Jan. 5 McLoud 6:30/8
Jan. 7-9 @ Byng Tournament TBA
Jan. 12 Holdenville 6:30/8
Jan. 15 Chandler 6:30/8
Jan. 18-23 @ Conference Tournament (Meeker) TBA
Jan. 26 @ Chandler 6:30/8
Jan. 29 @ Okemah 6:30/8
Feb. 2 Stroud 6:30/8
Feb. 5 Tecumseh 6:30/8
Feb. 6 @ Jones 6:30/8
Feb. 9 @ Seminole 6:30/8
Feb. 12 Perkins 6:30/8
Feb. 16 Meeker 6:30/8
After losing three seniors to graduation the Seminole boys should be in good shape this basketball season.
Led by coach Randy Neal, the Cheiftains should have an experienced team this year to make a run at the State title.
The boys go on the road against Holdenville today before hosting Sulphur and Wewoka in their next two games.
After the Christmas break they will travel to Meeker for a rivalry game before spending a few days at the Stroud Tournament from Jan. 7, through the 9th.
Helmed by head coach Chontaye Walter, the Seminole girl’s basketball team started their season last week with a tough loss to Byng.
The Chieftains fell to the Pirates 58-54 to start their season Nov. 24.
Seminole finished last season with a strong 20-5 record, winning their first eight games before taking their first loss. They went on a 7-game run to finish the regular season before winning their eighth straight in Districts against Harding Charter.
They lost two close games in Regionals to finish their season. The girls lost to Chickasha 41-39 and Pauls Valley 50-49 in overtime.
The Lady Chieftains graduated three seniors from last season, maintaining a lot of experience for this year.
The Seminole girls will be back in action today against Holdenville in their first road game. They will host Sulphur Dec. 4, and Wewoka Dec. 8.
Date Opponent Time
Nov. 24 Byng 6:30/8
Dec. 1 @ Holdenville 6:30/8
Dec. 4 Sulphur 6:30/8
Dec. 8 Wewoka 6:30/8
Dec. 11 @ Prague 6:30/8
Dec. 12 @ Tecumseh 6:30/8
Dec. 15 Chandler 6:30/8
Jan. 5 @ Meeker 6:30/8
Jan. 7-9 @ Stroud Tournament TBA
Jan. 15 @ Stroud 6:30/8
Jan. 18-23 @ 66 Conference Tournament TBA
Jan. 29 Holdenville * 6:30/8
Feb. 2 Tecumseh 6:30/8
Feb. 5 @ Okemah 6:30/8
Feb. 6 Meeker 6:30/8
Feb. 9 Prague ** 6:30/8
Feb. 12 @ McLoud 6:30/8
Feb. 15 @ Wewoka 6:30/8
** Senior Night