Cushing wins Tulsa 7 School of Year award
By Jim Perry
They won five championships in the Tulsa 7 Conference. In so doing, Cushing High School wrapped up the 2016-17 title as Tulsa 7 School of the Year.
Cushing won T-7 titles in girls cross country, wrestling, girls track and field, girls golf and boys golf. CHS was third in softball, girls basketball and academics.
Cushing also had upper-division finishes in baseball and boys track and field.
Points were accrued on depending on finish in a specific sport: 10 for first, eight for second, six for third and four for fourth.
Cushing received 10 points for each of its championships and finished the academic year with 87 points, well ahead of runner-up Mannford and Berryhill, which finished third.
Perkins-Tryon, Bristow and Cleveland were fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.
Points were split — Cushing and Mannford each got seven in baseball — in the event of a second-place tie.
CHS did not score points in boys cross country or boys basketball.
The traveling trophy that represents the School of the Year has been misplaced, according to Barry Patterson, director of athletics at CHS.
“We won it last year and Glenpool won it the year before, their last year in the conference,” Patterson said. “Nobody knows where the trophy is; we don’t have it.”
The traveling trophy has the names of all schools that have won the award since the beginning of the conference, Patterson said.
Cushing, also with 87 points, also won the junior high Tulsa 7 title. Mannford had 86 and placed second.
The Tigers were first in academics and seventh-grade girls track and field. Second-place finishes in seventh-grade girls basketball, freshman boys basketball, seventh-grade boys basketball, eighth-grade boys basketball, wrestling and seventh-grade boys track and field helped buoy the Tigers’ chances.Cushing High School multi-sport athletes Megan Stump and Kyler Patterson celebrate the school’s second consecutive Tulsa 7 Conference School of the Year award for 2015-16. Stump played fast- and slow-pitch softball and basketball. Patterson starred in football and baseball for the Tigers.