By Cody Johnson
Led by senior quarterback Casey Freeman, Newcastle handed a crushing defeat, 45-13, to Tuttle last Friday in their first home game of the season.
The last time the Racers overcame the Tigers was over a decade ago in 2003. Winning the first two games of the season is a new feeling for Newcastle, having played Tuttle within those games in previous years.
"I think we played pretty well from the start. That opening drive was a big one especially going into the wind," head coach Keith Bolles said. "We scored within three and half minutes then defense went out and got a big stop. We got the ball back and scored again."
With protection from his offensive linemen, Freeman marched down the field leading the Racers in rushing with 106 yards and threw for an additional 237 yards. Freeman ran in two touchdowns personally and threw another two to Ben Persall in a 39-yard pass and a 17-yard pass each for a touchdown. One of those touchdown runs by Freeman can be viewed on The Newcastle Pacer Facebook page.
"One of the best things about our defense is that we have had quite a few three and out, which keeps our offensive churning on the field," Bolles said.
Sophomore kicker Hunter Everett was consistent in his kicking game obtaining six point-after-touchdown kicks. Everett also kicked a 39-yard field goal for the Racers.
Senior running back Zach Bergt dominated the field with a total of 38 yards rushing on 14 carries, one of which included a 3-yard run into the end zone. Senior Colton Scott also carried the ball well with a 3-yard run for a touchdown later in the game.
The Racers seemed to dominate the Tigers throughout the whole game and the statistics show it. Newcastle's offense ran 73 plays while Tuttle's offense only ran 55 plays.
"Defensively our two inside linebackers Colten Scott and Ty Smith played outstanding," Bolles said. "When you hold a team that is the caliber of Tuttle to sixteen or seventeen yards in a half, that's an impressive outing."
Newcastle marched down the field gaining 26 first downs, while the Racers’ defense held the Tigers' offense to 9 first downs. Newcastle also led the way in penalties, having nine called against them, losing 70 yards throughout the game. The Tigers only had three penalties, losing 29 yards.
This win took Newcastle up in the state rankings, placing them at second in class 4A behind Anadarko who also holds a 2-0 record for the season. In the overall rankings of Oklahoma schools Anadarko holds the third place ranking behind Jenks and Union, while Newcastle holds the 17 ranked position.
However, the most anticipated game in class 4A between Newcastle and Anadarko will not have to wait until the playoffs. It will take place at Newcastle in the regular season on October 31.
With the Tigers at their back, the Racers are looking to hit the road Friday to take on the Blanchard Lions on their own turf. Blanchard defeated Tuttle 39-27 in an all out brawl in week one of the season, after losing to Kingfisher in a scrimmage the week before.
During week two of the season, Blanchard lost to Casady in a 43-21 defeat. Their current ranking stands at 5 for class 3A and 28 in the overall state rankings. The Lions hold a 4.5-yard average on their rushing and a 15.2-yard average on their passing.
"They have some big offensive linemen. They run the ball and throw the ball really well. Coach Craig over the last couple years has been in the state finals twice. They have an experienced team," Bolles commented. "Overall they are just a really good team. This game and the ones over the last couple weeks are preparing us for our district play."
Despite winning Fans' Choice Player of the Week after his first week's performance, Blanchard's senior quarterback Kanon Kirchner's season totals on Maxpreps.com say he has rushed for 125 yards and has passed for 285 yards, statistics that are eerily close to Newcastle's senior quarterback Casey Freeman's single game statistics against Tuttle. Kirchner did sit out of last week's game briefly after some hard hits.
Newcastle is not relaxing in their training. Head coach Keith Bolles continues to push the Racers to improve each and every day, working towards an undefeated season one game at a time.
"We aren't really going to change a lot this week. Our goal each week is to go in and get better and improve on last week's performance. That's why we watch film. We are going to correct some of the mistakes we made in the Tuttle ball game to prepare for the Blanchard ball game. Hopefully after ten weeks of that we will be where we want to be," Bolles said.
By Cody Johnson
Newcastle Lady Racer Volleyball hosted Noble on Monday night in a match that went into four games.
The Lady Racers Varsity team started the night off well winning their first game but then lost three in a row to fall to a 1-3 defeat. Junior Varsity did not fair well either, losing 0-2 to the Lions.
Ninth grade volleyball split games 25-23 and 25-27 with Noble but came up short in their final tie-breaking game 13-15.
The Lady Racers also hosted Oklahoma Centennial last Thursday in a 3-0: 25-9, 25-7, 25-12 blowout.
Newcastle looked strong and confident as both the Junior Varsity and Varsity went uncontested through the Bisons lineup.
"We did a lot of things really good. They made things happen, and we got to work on bump, set, spike," assistant coach Dana Chambers said.
In the first varsity game of the night the Lady Racers took no mercy scoring 25 points before Centennial could even reach the double digits.
In the second game of the night, the girls did not relent scoring 25 and holding the Bisons to 7. In the final game of the night, at first it looked like Centennial might form a comeback, but then the Lady Racers pulled away once again to win 25-12.
"I think the biggest thing is we are still figuring out all of our athletes and where to put them," Chambers said. "Volleyball is a sport where you have to have confidence. There are not very many sports where every mistake is a point. That's what is most different for our athletes to understand. We understand it is emotional, but you have to move on so you aren’t living in that moment behind it."
Next week the Lady Racers will host Clinton on Monday. Then they will travel to Centennial on Tuesday for their rematch. Thursday night Newcastle will host Chickasha for their First Annual Seniors’ Night that will take place between the junior varsity and varsity matches. All lineups next week will begin with ninth grade at 4:30 p.m. with junior varsity and varsity following.
"We are excited everyone is coming out and supporting them," Chambers said.
By Cody Johnson
Newcastle Fastpitch took out the No. 4 ranked Blanchard Lady Lions last Thursday in a game that went two extra innings.
It seemed like no one could score. Each team would get runners on base but no one could hit them home before three outs were made.
"We should have won it early. We threatened three times and then came the big hit. We had runners at second and first. I thought the ball went further, called her on to third base and she gets thrown out," head coach Mike Crossley said.
Then in the bottom of the eighth inning, with a runner on third, Karmyn Pearn hits one to the fence to win the game for the Lady Racers.
Emily Cerny has been on fire on the mound this season. In one stint she struck out 57 batters in 4 games.
The Lady Racers then traveled to Jones for a tournament over the weekend. At the Jones tournament Newcastle played the 5A school Bishop McGuinness and walked away with a 4-3 win last Friday.
Next up the Lady Racers squared off against Luther. Yet again Newcastle walked away with another victory, 4-1.
Newcastle has been winning but actually dropped in the rankings from the No. 14 spot to the No. 15 spot despite already having shut out four teams this season that are currently ranked ahead of them.
When you step up to the plate, it does not matter what the rankings say. You better be ready to play.
By Cody Johnson
The Newcastle Racers rolled through Pauls Valley on their own field last Friday with a 47-7 win.
"The offense and defense executed really well," head coach Keith Bolles said.
Led by starting senior quarterback Casey Freeman, the offense marched over Pauls Valley's defense, scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter putting the Racers ahead 21-0.
Senior running back Zach Bergt scored the first touchdown of the night on a 25-yard break away run. A 19-yard pass from Freeman to senior running back Kyle Rice followed soon after.
Driving down the field towards the end of the first quarter, Freeman ran a 1-yard quarterback sneak up the middle for the third touchdown. Sophomore Jose Ramirez kicked three field goals for extra points.
In the second quarter, the Racers didn’t slow down. A 32-yard pass to junior wide-receiver Gavin Garner from Freeman and another extra-point kick from Ramirez continued the Newcastle dominated game. Bergt ran in another touchdown from 61 yards out, however the extra point attempt was no good. This put the score at the end of the half at 34-0.
In the second half, Newcastle began rotating out their starting lineup after Freeman hit senior running back Whispern Williams with a 15-yard touchdown pass followed by another Ramirez kick for an extra point.
"They went in and did not want them to score, and I was really proud of them," Bolles said about the second-string players making a defensive stop ten yards shy of the end zone.
Pauls Valley was able to score one touchdown and extra point towards the end of the third quarter, however neither team put any points on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter.
"Overall for the first night and having missed our second scrimmage, I was really pleased with our execution," Bolles said.
The Racers will return to action on Friday at home against the Tuttle Tigers at 7:30 p.m.
Tuttle is coming off a 27-39 home-field defeat that was handed to them by Blanchard last Friday in their season opener.
By Cody Johnson
The Newcastle High School boys and girls cross country team traveled to Purcell last Thursday for their season-opener. The boys' team won first place with a team score of 52. The girls' team took third with a team score of 99.
In the girls' division, runners ran a 1.3 miles course and there were 98 runners. Allie Shumard won first with a time of 9:04. Sydney Cannon took eighteenth place with a time of 10:22. Aubrey Sanders followed in nineteenth place two seconds after Sydney.
In the boys' division, 120 runners ran a 2 miles course. Nick Tate was the fastest Racer coming in third with a time of 10:57. Austin Hilderbrand ran the course in 11:30 and came in eighth place. Hunter Palacois was hot on Austin’s heels coming in at 11:52 and in eleventh place.
Josh McFarland came in thirteenth place with a time of 11:54 while Joey Rice placed seventeenth with a time of 12:01.
On Friday the High School teams will travel to Norman for their next race at 9:30 a.m.
The Junior High Lady Racers are out to a blazing start this season. Thus far the Lady Racers have compiled 12 wins, 2 losses, and 1 tie. The Junior High Racers started practicing at the beginning of July in anticipation for a good season. Under newly named Head Coach Chance Scott and new assistant Casey Carolan the Lady Racers prepared for the upcoming season. The Racers have 23 players on the roster including six returning starters from last years team.
In the first outing of the year, the Lady Racers played in the Irving Festival in Norman, where they defeated Noble, Whittier, and Irving. They also had a tie with Longfellow. The following Monday the Lady Racers suffered their first loss of the young season at the hands of the Tuttle Lady Tigers. The next day the team traveled to Purcell to play a very tough game, but were victorious in their efforts. " This was one of the most exciting games I have been involved in, in my 15 years of coaching," said Head Coach Chance Scott. With their spirits still riding high the Lady Racers next challenge would be the Lady Lions from Blanchard. The Lions tried to rally late in the game but the Racers were able to hold on for the win.
The next challenge for the Lady Racers would be the Tuttle Tournament. The Racers took out the OKC Lady Broncos in the first round. Then in the second round the Racers had to go extra innings to beat Mustang North. In the third round the Lady Bobcats were next on the bracket. The Lady Racers emerged victorious once again. Then in the semifinals Newcastle lost to South Moore. In the third place game the Lady Racers bounced back and beat a very tough Dale squad.
The following week the JH Racers traveled to Lexington where they collected yet a another win. Then continuing the hot streak they took wins over Bridge Creek and Lindsay later in the week.
Three ladies share time in the circle for the Racers, Brianna Jackson, Taryn O’Brien, and Mackenzie Wagoner. "It's a rare and fun time when you can have three pitchers in Junior High that you can in the circle and know you can compete with anyone." stated Coach Scott.
By Cody Johnson
The Newcastle Lady Racers fastpitch team went 2-0 last Thursday and Friday as they traveled down to Lindsay for the Lindsay Festival.
Newcastle began the festival by playing Ninnekah at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday. They rolled through the Ninnekah Owls 17-0.
The next game of the day came at 1:15 p.m. when the Lady Racers faced off against the Lindsay Leopards. Newcastle blew away the Leopards in that face off 6-0.
When the Lady Racers returned on Friday the rains came with them. Their Friday game of the Lindsay festival was canceled leaving them with a 2-0 record.
The Lady Racers will travel next weekend to Bixby for an all-day Thursday, Friday and Saturday tournament.
The Newcastle Racers football team continues to prepare for the upcoming season with a scrimmage on Thursday at home against Tecumseh and Mount Saint Mary. This will be the second and final scrimmage the Racers play in their pre-season schedule.
Last week Newcastle took on the Bethany Bronchos and the Harrah Panthers in a scrimmage on the Bronchos' field.
"For our first scrimmage, I was very pleased," Head Coach Keith Bolles said. "We have a pretty experienced team."
"It was really good for us from a defensive standpoint. We got to see people adjust and we got to see some things that we need to work on this week so we are ready for our next opponent," Bolles said.
Bethany showed the Racers a spread offensive lineup, not showing a running back most of the time. Harrah showed an opposite style offense with two backs on the field and double tight ends.
"Offensively, I felt like we did some really good things. Casey threw the ball well and receivers caught the ball well. Obviously they brought some different type sets that we haven’t seen a lot on or worked on so that’s some stuff we have drawn up now and gives us an opportunity to work on," Bolles said.
The scrimmage was set up with the Racers facing off 10 plays offense and 10 plays defense against each opponent. Newcastle played 30 snaps in a row and did not have any player cramp or have to come out, a fact Bolles attributes to their conditioning.
With seven players starting for their third year and 24 seniors, the Racers have pushed forward working hard in preparation for the season. They spend their last hour of the school day lifting and working on their cardio.
Once school lets out, their football practice begins. Having already taken care of cardio, they only have one focus on the field…. playing football.
Newcastle's first game of the season will be on September 5 at Pauls Valley at 7:30 p.m.
The Newcastle Lady Racers fastpitch team took on ninth-ranked Mount Saint Mary Monday defeating them 1- 0 in the eighth inning.
A walk off double by Kindle Nelms hit Lainee Grider into home to win in the second extra inning. Cerny only allowed three hits the entire game and struck out 17.
This win along with two wins from last Saturday bumped the Lady Racers up in the state rankings from 20 to 11.
The Lady Racers traveled to Shawnee last Saturday for the Hall of Fame Shootout and did not take any mercy on their opponents.
"Emily is getting better and better, she struck out 27 Saturday," Head Coach Mike Crossley said.
Led on the mound by Emily Cerny, Newcastle took down Elk City 1-0 and one of the top ranked teams in 5A, Claremore 5-0.
Next the Lady Racers will travel to Lindsay Thursday for a two-game lineup with the Ninnekah Owls at 11:15 a.m. and the Lindsay Leopards at 1:45 p.m.
By Cody Johnson
The Lady Racers Volleyball team played their third match of the 2014 season at Crossing Christian on Monday losing in the fifth game.
"We play the best three out of five and went to the fifth game and lost," Head Coach Melissa Johnson said.
The Lady Racers lost the first two games by several points but came back to win the third game 25-6 and 25-17 fourth game. This took the match into the fifth and final game.
The score was 14-15 with the Lady Racers serving the final point. Newcastle's server was called stepping over the line during her serve. This penalty gave Crossing Christian the final point they needed to win 14-16.
"In the third and fourth game we played fantastic. In the fifth game we played pretty good to win, but you know," Johnson said, "It was bitter."
After a School Board decision last year, this is the first year Newcastle offers volleyball as a sport. This is part of Superintendent Tony O'Brien's vision to grow the school district academically and athletically according to Johnson. "He has really been a big supporter of having volleyball here."
"We are playing against teams that have played for ten years," Johnson said. "Our team 7-12 grade, we have been spending hours and hours in the summer time getting ready for volleyball because it’s the first time ever. If you went into the gym, they are doing fantastic. We have tremendous girl athletes here at Newcastle."
Each volleyball match consists of either best two out of three games or best three out of five games. Each game consists of the first team to obtain 25 points and to be ahead of their opponents by at least two points. If the match goes into the final game, the game is the first to obtain 15 points and win by two or more points ahead of their opponents.
The Lady Racers hit the road on Thursday returning to action at Community Christian with ninth grade, junior varsity, and varsity starting at 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. respectively. They will also return to Community Christian on Saturday for a tournament.