With impressive wins over Tecumseh on Feb. 22, the Newcastle Racer and Lady Racer basketball teams move on as district champions, headed for a tough Regional matchup on a neutral site.
Both teams will face Inola High School in the first round of the Class 4A, Area Two regional tournament Thursday at Henryetta High School. The boys tip off against the Longhorns at 8 p.m., while the girls face the Lady Longhorns at 6:30 p.m.
The Racers (14-9) cruised to a 58-49 victory over the Savages under Interim Head Coach Eddie Miller.
“The boys played hard, it was a physical game and they responded,” Miller said. “Tecumseh’s a pretty good team, they were physical, but our kids didn’t back down. They got after it and fought through adversity.”
Miller was named interim coach after head coach Wes Pulliam was suspended from coaching duties due to an incident during practice before the Racers’ game against Dale. Newcastle Public Schools officials declined comment.
The Racers relied on the efforts of Caleb Nichols throughout the game, as well as the shooting arm of Casey Freeman and the defensive acumen of Gavin Garner.