By Darla Welchel
The Booster Club for the Newcastle Racer Soccer teams is hosting a fundraising dinner so they can keep those players fed.
The Chili Supper and Silent Auction will be held between 5-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the high school cafeteria. All proceeds go right back to taking care of the nearly 100 middle and high school players, said Diane Medrano.
The boosters buy food for the teams for all away games and provide snacks for other times, she said.
“Feeding the kids at away games gets expensive, and this goes to help all those kids,” Medrano said.
Another area of expense is the gifts for senior night. They also use the proceeds from the yearly fundraiser for any uniform needs that might arise.
Last year, the boosters were able to purchase long sleeve jerseys to be worn under uniforms on cold days, she said. And, they are looking at trying to get warm-ups this year.
“If the coach wants or needs something for the kids, we try to honor that,” Medrano said.
The Racer Soccer season starts with a pre-season tournament on February 21 in Oklahoma City; the first home game is March 1.
If you are interested in supporting Racer Soccer or want to know how to become a soccer booster, find them on Facebook at Newcastle Racers Soccer.
By Max Terrell
For The Newcastle Pacer
The Newcastle Racers were unable to overcome the Tuttle Tigers for homecoming, failing to stop the high-powered Tiger offense losing 72-44.
The Racers lead the game early, but Racer turnovers helped the Tigers begin to increase their score totals turning steals into points on several occasions taking advantage of miscues and stolen passes. Then Tigers took the lead hitting several shots from the three-point line and from under the basket.
The Racers began fighting to increase their lead in the second quarter, showing flashes of the high powered offense Racer fans are used to seeing but the scoring from the Tigers in the second half would be too much for the Racers to overcome.
The third quarter saw the Racers slipping away in the game with the Tigers shooting a high percentage of shots almost making every single shot the Tigers took. The Tigers would end the third quarter scoring 33 points, mainly scoring from the perimeter.
The Racers continued to play hard despite the deficit, attacking the shooting lanes and playing physical on homecoming night.
Caleb Nichols ended the night as the scoring leader for the Racers with 16 points, while Isaac Johnson was the second highest scorer with 12 points.
The low scoring total was out of character for the Racers, who at one point in the season almost scored 100 points on a team.
While the low offense was a key to the Tiger win at Newcastle, the bigger issue for the team was the defense. At the end of the first quarter the Racers held a 13-8 lead over the Tigers, but gave up 33 points in the third quarter and then 14 points in the fourth quarter.
The Tigers outscored the Racers 47-22 in the second half mounting a lead that would be too high for the Racers to Overcome.
Its no secret the Newcastle Racer Fastpitch team are the Oklahoma State Champions in their district, but Friday night, January 16, 2015 between games at basketball homecoming, the girls were officially presented their - very large - Championship Rings.
(Pictured back row from left) Amber Kammerlocher, Karmyn Pearn, Emily Kelly, Alyssa Housley, Kindle Nelms, Allyson LeClaire, Mikaela Workman, Abby Sanner and Aruora Scott.
(Front from left) Sarah Miner, Emily Fertic, Lainee Grider, Rhylee Vandiver, Emily Cerny and Koby Crossley. (Not pictured: Molly Crosswhite)
By Jennifer Wynne
For the Newcastle Pacer
Friday night the Bridge Creek varsity basketball teams met Kingfisher at home.
“The girls are working extremely hard. They are willing and ready everyday and that’s our goal,” said Ladycat’s head Coach Terry Nichols said when asked how he felt about the varsity girls performance to date Bridge Creek,
The Ladycats had a great first quarter. Junior Kaitlyn Swagerty looked strong with two consecutive three pointers helping the Ladycats take the lead at 17/13 over the Yellowjackets by the end of the first. The second quarter wasn’t as successful with the Yellowjackets taking the lead 35/21.
The Ladycats couldn’t regain the lead for the remainder of the game, but Senior Rachel Petersen had a successful fourth quarter hitting three consecutive three pointers in a row and ending as top scorer for the Bobcats with 14 points in the game. The final score was 47/69 Kingfisher takes the win.
The varsity boys didn’t have much success with Kingfisher either.
Kingfisher started out strong with a three pointer to which Bridge Creek responded with a three pointer from Junior Riley Cowan. Unfortunately the Bobcats ended the first quarter with deficit of 7/14.
The Bobcats were still down at the half but were able to put 16 points on the board during the second quarter. Senior Forest Fisher fouled out during the third quarter and the Bobcats continued to trail the Yellowjackets.
Junior Riley Cowan had a great fourth quarter though hitting three consecutive three pointers and ending the game as leading scorer for Bridge Creek with 23 points total in the games. The final score was 52/80 Kingfisher wins.
By Haley Pauley
For The Newcastle Pacer
Meet freshman wrestler Isac Higginbottom, or Higgy as some call him.
When asked if he liked the nickname, he replied “I’ve been called Higgy off and on since Kindergarten; it kind of grows on you.”
Higgy, along with his parents Danny and Lori Higginbottom, moved to Newcastle from Mustang at the end of last school year. Little brother Caleb is a sixth grader at Newcastle Middle School and older brother Zeth is a student at Oklahoma State University.
This is his second year wrestling, having been on the Mustang Junior High team last year, where he recalls wrestlingagainst Newcastle Junior High.
“I remember we had to face Newcastle at a dual tournament – I won,” he said smiling
Higginbottom seems to have a knack for that.
“You will be watching him wrestle, and it will look like he’s about to get beat. Then in a split second Higgy has turned the kid over, and just like that he gets the pin and wins,” said fellow teammate Eddie Pauley III.
When asked about Higgy, another team member Layson Grider’s take on Higgy is simple, “He is so strong.”
Head Wrestling Coach Zack Hale added, “[He’s a] great kid, amazing strength, funny, definitely provides comic relief to a team that has had some stressful times over the season. He’s very eager to learn, and he’s not afraid to wrestle or even to wrestle up. He could be on the junior high team, but he chooses to wrestle up on the High School team. In the long run this mat time is going to help him; it’s great for gaining more experience.”
With a high school record of 8 and 4, one of the better records on the team, it is believed Higginbottom made the right decision by wrestling up.
He is definitely game for the challenge of bigger, faster, more experienced opponents. Higginbottom also tests those challenges when he is not on the wrestling mat.
“I like to do stunts at home, kind of like a daredevil,” he said.
“Winning” is Higgy’s one word answer when asked what his favorite part of wrestling is, followed by “Losing”, for his least favorite part.
Higgens loves hanging out with his teammates and considers them his friends; it’s the biggest benefit to coming to Newcastle. In fact, his dad, Danny, feels almost the same way.
“We enjoy seeing him doing something that makes him happy, being part of a team,” Danny said, “Athletics teaches him that academics are important in school too, you run the chance of being ineligible if you don’t keep your grades up. Coach Hale is great with Isac, he’s a great mentor and motivator and that’s good for Isac.”
Higginbottom hopes to continue his wrestling career at college for the University of Oklahoma where he plans to major in law enforcement.
Youth tournament coach Eddie Pauley Jr. sums it all up with his take on Higginbottom, “His potential is sky high. We look forward to great things from this young man in the future.”
By Haley Pauley
For The Newcastle Pacer
It was yet again another busy weekend for the Racer High School wrestling team, this time traveling to Catoosa’s two-day high school tournament.
The great thing about these tournaments is mat time, and with a team consisting of mostly freshmen, mat time is valuable and educational. Win or lose, a player will come away with something new every time you are out there.
Friday brought a day of pool play. Every Racer had a minimum of three matches on Friday, some seeing as many as five matches. Saturday was time for bracket play where the Racers did well and held their ground.
Freshmen Mason Ford was the only wrestler to place in the medal rounds bringing home a fourth place. Railen Gordon, junior, finished the weekend at sixth place, while Freshmen Levi Maxwell and Chris Dalton both ended at seventh. All the wrestlers came home with a lot more experience than they left.
Saturday also saw youth wrestlers making their way to Bridge Creek, where they were hosting their own tournament. With the High School in Catoosa, the Junior High boys could have taken the weekend off, yet some chose to keep wrestling and get some of that valuable mat time.
Laycin Griner, a seventh grader, was just one of many. He entered the Bridge Creek Open tournament, beat his first opponent by points, pinned his second opponent to put him the first place finals and just came up short in that match. It was a very good weekend for Griner who finished second place in Div IV at 88 pounds.
By Haley Pauley
For The Newcastle Pacer
This time last year junior wrestler Tyler Brasseaux was resigned to the sidelines with a hard cast over his broken foot cheering on his fellow Racers. This year it was the team cheering on Brasseaux.
Having been released by his doctor on Monday to finally to be able to wrestle again, he was ready to go Thursday night when the Racers hosted the Anadarko Warriors for Homecoming. Brasseaux managed a pin fall for the win in just forty-five seconds.
The Racers were full of pin falls as Freshmen Levi Maxwell and Eddie Pauley III both beat their opponents by falls also. These 6-point wins helped the team come away winners with the final score of 54 to 15. The junior high was victorious as well with a score of 42 to 24 over the Warriors junior high team.
“Anadarko is a historically tough team,” said Head Coach Zach Hale. “They are very well coached by John Holten. [They] always compete well in tournaments.”
Both the Anadarko junior high and high school teams brought only six wrestlers – just half of a full roster. Team size is just a number, according to Coach Hale.
“They travel small, but what they bring is tough, they are a very good team with tough individuals. We were fortunate in our wins tonight,” he said.
On the schedule next for the Racers is District Duals, Thursday Jan 22, with teams from Tuttle, Tecumseh and Santa Fe South coming to Newcastle for a night full of great wrestling. Be sure to come out and show your support.
By Max Terrell
For The Newcastle Pacer
The Lady Racers left on homecoming night with a convincing win, defeating the Tuttle Lady Tigers 51-34, in a game in which the Lady Racers dominated defensively.
The first quarter started out slow for the Lady Racers with the scoring coming late in the first quarter, but forced the Lady Tigers into bad shots that allowed the girls’ defense to help Newcastle tie the game at the end of the first quarter.
The defense picked up the intensity in the second and third quarters holding the Lady Tigers to single digit scores. In the second quarter Newcastle held Tuttle to 4 points, and in the third Tuttle only managed 7 points.
This gave the Lady Racers a lead they would build upon as the offense continued to flow outscoring Tuttle 30-19 in the second half of the game.
The third quarter was the most efficient, offensively, for the Lady Racers, with the offense scoring 19 points in one quarter. The girls made sure to have everyone involved in the quarter, with six different players scoring multiple baskets.
Katie Mayo made the biggest contribution on the scoring end, dominating the post and ending the night with 21 points. Some of the most key shots taken by Mayo during the game were critical put back shots from rebounds.
Mayo also played solid defense, blocking shots and forcing the Lady Tigers into tough shots.
Aaliyah Endsley also had an impressive scoring night with 11 points and several assists, creating shot opportunities for her teammates, which lead to the high scoring offense.
While the Lady Racers managed to walk out of their home gym with a double digit win, there were several turnovers that threatened to make the game closer than it was in the first half.
There were several passes that were intercepted or players would lose control of the ball, as it would go out of bounds. In the highest scoring quarter for the Racers, there were very few turnovers, which lead to not only the high scoring offense, but also translated to an impressive defensive performance.
The win continues the stretch of victories for the Lady Racers as they look to improve as the season advances.
By Darla Welchel
2014-2015 Wrestling Homecoming
Be sure to check out the image gallery at the bottom
Senior Rebecca Bruns was crowned the 2014-2015 Wrestling Homecoming Queen just minutes before the Racers took on the Anadarko Warriors during the homecoming duel.
Bruns is the daughter of Mike and Gayle Bruns and Terri Zipp; she is also the sister of Sara, Emily, Grace, Michael and Jacob. She has been a member of the Newcastle Cheer Squad for five years and is a National and State Champion cheerleader. Bruns’ future plans are to attend a university in pursuit of becoming a pediatric nurse.
Junior Railen Gordon, the son of Josh and Nancy Adams and brother to Rasaun and Avary, escorted Bruns. He has attended Newcastle Schools since the fifth grade and has wrestled for the Racers for four years. Gordon says his hobbies are eating, sleeping and hanging out with his friends, but his future plans are a bit more lofty – to attend college to become a personal trainer.
Senior Candidate Jordyn LeClaire is the daughter of Misti and Toby Gravatt and Aaron and Melissa LeClaire. She is the oldest of eight siblings: Allyson, Dakota, Kaden, Will, Josie, Max, Rook and Reese. She has gone to Newcastle since kindergarten and she is a member of NHS, the Link Crew and Math Club.
Her escort, Dylan Linger is the son of Tony and Nikki Linger and brother to six siblings. Linger has attended Newcastle since fifth grade and has wrestled for three and a half years and ran track for five. He plans to pursue a career in petroleum engineering at OU.
Senior Candidate Ashley Maxwell is the daughter of Cory and Shawna Maxwell and sister to Alyssa, Tyler and Levi. She has attended Newcastle Schools since eighth grade and is the captain of the robotics team. Maxwell plans to attend OBU to get a degree in business management.
Ashley’s brother Levi Maxwell had the honor of escorting her at Homecoming. He has attended Newcastle since he was in the fifth grade. Maxwell’s hobbies include playing Xbox, fishing, going to church and eating.
Freshman attendant Lainee Grider is the daughter of Zane and Niki Grider and sister to Laycin and Lyanna. She has gone to Newcastle since the first grade and is a proud member of the FAA. Grider is also a Newcastle Fastpitch State Champion.
Grider’s escort was Humberto Garcia Jr., the son of Jesse and Margie Salazar. He has attended Newcastle Schools since fourth grade and this is his second year of wrestling. “JR” plans to attend OU to study law and eventually open a business.
Sophomore attendant Baylee Bigham is the daughter of Terresa Bigham and James and Brenda Bigham. She has six older siblings: Jamie, Alyssa and Sydnee Bigham and Greg and Jordan Penny. Bigham has gone to Newcastle her whole life and plays softball and is a wrestling manager. She plans to attend college to pursue a career in physical therapy.
Tyler Brasseaux was Bigham’s escort and is the son of James and Alex Brasseaux. He has attended Newcastle Schools since ninth grade where he discovered his love for wrestling. His future plans are to enter the Marine Corp focusing on a career as a K-9 officer, which he hopes leads to a career in law enforcement.
Junior attendant Bailey Matthews is the daughter of Chris and Polly Matthews and younger sister to Austen and Cody. She has attended Newcastle since the fourth grade. She has been a wrestling manager since sixth grade and loves supporting Racer wrestlers. Her goals are to attend college to obtain a PhD in Forensic Pathology.
Matthew’s escort was Ethan Lemons, the son of Tommy and Brandi Lemons and brother to Will Lemons and Crystal Pfaff. He has attended Newcastle since second grade and has wrestled for three years. Lemons’ future plans are to go to college for programming.
The Basketball Homecoming Flower Girl was Kendall Foushee. She is the daughter of Jason Foushee and Eddie and Haley Pauley and sister to Coraley Foushee and Alex and Eddie Pauley who wrestles for the Racers. She enjoys riding horses, especially Cloud and playing soccer. When she grows up, she wants to be a famous cowgirl.
Conner Espinosa was the Homecoming Crown Bearer and is the son of John and Jennifer Espinosa and brother to Taylor. He wrestles for the Newcastle Little League Wrestling Club, where he took first place at his most recent tournament. Espinosa loves Minecraft and playing with his friends.
2014-2015 Basketball Homecoming
There may not have been many alumni at the Newcastle Basketball Homecoming, but there were plenty of proud parents courtside taking lots of photographs.
And the moment that stole the show was when Shabria Irby was crowned the 2014-2015 Racer Basketball Homecoming Queen.
Senior Shabria Irby is the daughter of Marlena Johnson and Tracey Irby and the sister of Shombray. She has attended Newcastle for four years and has played basketball all four years. She also qualified for state in track her junior year. Irby plans to attend SWOSU to pursue a career in Physical Therapy.
Her escort for the evening was Eric King, the son of Larry and Lisa king and brother to Nathan and Katy. He has attended Newcastle for 12 years and has played basketball for the Racers since seventh grade. King plans to attend college on a basketball scholarship.
Senior Candidate Madison Granger is the daughter of Ron and DeDe Granger and sister to Miranda and Solomon. Attending Newcastle her whole life, Granger has played basketball for six years. Her future plans are to attend OBU to major in Biochemistry and then go to medical school to become a pediatrician.
Ben Persall was Granger’s escort. He is the son of Donnie and Jaime Persall and younger brother to Emily. He has attended Newcastle since second grade and has played football and basketball for six years. Persall plans to play collegiate football and to become a registered nurse.
Senior Candidate Haley Zellner is the daughter of Monte and Carla Zellner and sister to Cara and Macey. She has attended Newcastle since fifth grade and is in many organizations including the National Honor Society. Zellner plans to attend SWOSU to earn a BA in Athletic Training and then pursue her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at OU.
Her escort was Cale Asperheim who is the son of Rich and Paula Asperheim and brother to Jessica. He has attended Newcastle Schools for 12 years and plays basketball and soccer for the Racers. His future plans include college and becoming a dentist.
Abbey Bond was the freshman attendant. She is the daughter of Dean and Kendra Bond and Tammi and Mark Lee. She has two big brothers, Dillon and Devin. Bond has attended Newcastle all her life and is a freshmen officer and plays basketball.
Isaiah Sumner was Bond’s escort and is the son of Jimmy and Rachelle Ray. He was born in Ada but has lived in Newcastle for almost a year. After high school he wants to get a degree in entrepreneurship, marry the love of his life and have three beautiful children.
Caitlynne Weatherly was the sophomore attendant and is the daughter of Justin and Heather Molitor and Mike and Michelle Weatherly. Her siblings are Mason, Makenna, Kambree and Emery. Weatherly has attended Newcastle since third grade and is a member of student council and FCS. She hopes to become a speech pathologist after high school.
Her escort was Isaac Johnson, the son of Kevin and Melissa Johnson and brother to Krey and Bree. He plays football, basketball and runs track for the Racers. His favorite thing to do is play Xbox and hang with his friends.
The junior attendant is Aaliyah Endsley, the daughter of Tammy Endsley. She has attended Newcastle Schools since pre-k and has been playing basketball since she was five-years old. Her plan after high school is to become a physical therapist.
Glenn Cerny was Endsley’s escort for the night. He is the son of John and Susan Cerny and has four siblings. He has been a Racer since kindergarten and has played basketball since the first grade. Cerny’s future plans are to hopefully attend OSU and pursue a degree in engineering.
The Homecoming Flower Girl was Jordie Brooks. She is the daughter of Brett and Adena Brooks and sister to Jacie and Jersie. She loves to play basketball and softball. Brooks wants to be a teacher and coach just like her daddy when she grows up.
The Crown Bearer was Jayden Clay, the son of Tommy and Tammy Clay and brother to Walker and Brittani. He has attended Newcastle since pre-K and plays football, baseball and basketball for the Racers. His hobbies include playing with friends, hunting, fishing and spending time with family.
With four out of seven days spent on a wrestling
mat, the fi rst week back to school after
Christmas break proved to be a busy time for
the Racer Wrestlers.
Tuesday started things off with a win for
both the Junior High and High School teams,
as they traveled to Lexington and returned
from the dual with defeats over the Bulldogs.
The High School team fi nished with a dominant
54 to 15 score while the Junior High was
equally impressive with a fi nal score of 54 to
The Racers were on the hunt for another
check mark in the Win column when they
paid a visit to the Indians of Little Axe that
following Thursday. The dual looked to be on
similar track to Tuesdays as the Junior High
boys cruised to a victory with a score of 48-
36 and were followed by the High School team
who started the dual by quickly putting points
on the board.
Little Axe rallied, and the Indians came
back to tie with the last match-up of the night.
In accordance with the National Federation of
High Schools rulebook, there are criteria to
be looked at in the event of a tie in order to
determine a winner.
Sixteen different criteria are used and have
the chance to break the tie starting with the
fi rst criteria and continue down the list until
a winner is decided; the fi nal criteria is a coin
Little Axe was announced the winner after
much deliberation. However, due to a misapplication
of rule 9-2-2 of the rule book when
reviewing the criteria, Newcastle has fi led an
appeal of the decision. The high school dual
winner is still unknown and is now in the
hands of OSSAA.
There was not a lot of time to dwell on
Thursday’s events as Friday morning brought
with it 8 a.m. weigh-ins for the two-day, double
elimination Pauls Valley tournament consisting
of 15 other schools. The Racers traveled
to the home of the Panthers taking with them
a team of 33, 21 making up the Junior High
team and 12 for the High School.
The key to a two-day tournament is to win your fi rst bout making the road to medal
rounds signifi cantly shorter. Several Racers
proved this by winning their fi rst round bouts,
including Hunter Palacios, Isaac Higgenbottom,
Jacob Bruns and Dominick Baez.
There were wins and losses during Friday’s
bracket play, but overall a good showing from
Newcastle. Returning early Saturday morning,
28 of the 33 were still in the running for medals.
After all day wrestling Saturday and as many
as fi ve matches a day, the Racers left the tournament
having four third place medals in their
possession with freshmen Mason Ford, sophomore
Hunter Palacios, sophomore and seventh
graders Jacob Bruns and Devon Baez all fi nalizing
the weekend by bringing home some
Next up for the Racers is Homecoming on
Thursday, January 15. Wrestling starts at 6
p.m. in the small gym, when the junior high
team takes on the Anadarko Warriors, followed
by Homecoming festivities, which will precede
the high school dual. Come out and show your
support for these hard working Racer Wrestlers.