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02/26/2021

BUSY WEEK IN SPORTS
READ ALL ABOUT IT IN THE WEEKEND
EDITION OF THE SAPULPA HERALD

• Lady Chieftains win Regional opener
• Senior scramblers play at Rock Creek
• JV Chieftains fall to Bishop Kelley
• Transfer portal rankings show Oklahoma landed three in top 10
• Millwood Defeats Kiefer In Regional
• Sapulpa’s Buckner goes 2-2 at state
• Dungee Makes History in 74-69 Win At Auburn
• Ouachita Baptist Picks Up Third Straight Win
• Kellyville Ponies host 3A Regionals
• Mounds travels to Hennessey for 2A Regionals
• SWOSU Lady Dawgs Rise One Spot in Coaches Poll to #19
• Central Oklahoma Glides Past Griffons
• Oklahoma Wesleyan edges Kansas Wesleyan
• Lady Bears claim MVC regular season title with 67-55 win at SIU
• Impressive Eagle Effort Comes Up Just Short Against Coyotes in KCAC Tournament

FULL ARTICLES IN WEEKEND EDITION (Feb 28, 2021)

EMMALEA LINDEN WEEKS, Mounds senior basketball player was recognized after the Monday night District victory versus Tonk...
02/26/2021

EMMALEA LINDEN WEEKS, Mounds senior basketball player was recognized after the Monday night District victory versus Tonkawa, for scoring her 1,000th career point as a Lady Golden Eagle varsity basketball player. Emmy after scoring 17 points on Tonkawa finished out Monday with 1,059 points scored. Pictured with Weeks is Mounds Head Basketball Coach, Jonathan ‘Punky’ Clay. Emmalea, is the daughter of Robert and Regina Weeks. She has attended Mounds schools 14 years.

ALL-STARS Kiefer football players were recognized Monday, at the Caitlyn Mathis Event Center, during the Kiefer Trojan D...
02/26/2021

ALL-STARS Kiefer football players were recognized Monday, at the Caitlyn Mathis Event Center, during the Kiefer Trojan District Championship games with the Okmulgee High Bulldogs. The duo of Hayden Cooper and Brock Capehart, were selected to the 2021 OFBCA 2A East All-Star team. The pair wore their new jackets presented for their outstanding athleticisms on the gridiron. Cooper, played wide receiver and defensive back, while Capehart worked the line.

SAPULPA –– The Sapulpa High School celebrated Mid Winter Court on Wednesday February 24, 2021 at the Chieftain Center wi...
02/26/2021

SAPULPA –– The Sapulpa High School celebrated Mid Winter Court on Wednesday February 24, 2021 at the Chieftain Center with Emma Castleberry being crowned Queen and Chase Carr the King. See Full Story In The Sapulpa Herald Weekend Edition!

Kiefer teams win districtDARRELL SUMNERHERALD WRITERKIEFER –– The No. 12 ranked Kiefer Lady Trojans (15-5) defeated the ...
02/23/2021

Kiefer teams win district

DARRELL SUMNER
HERALD WRITER

KIEFER –– The No. 12 ranked Kiefer Lady Trojans (15-5) defeated the Okmulgee Lady Bulldogs (0-7) 85-26 Monday night at the Caitlyn Mathis Event Center for the Class 3A District 4 Championship game. Both teams advance to Regionals in the winners and loser’s brackets. Kiefer plays winner of Millwood/Meeker Thursday night at Kiefer at 6 pm.
The Lady Trojans raced out to a 22-2 first quarter lead and never looked back. Six different players entered the scoring column in the first quarter for the Kiefer girls led by Maddie Bonilla and Julia Ashford each with five points.
Kiefer continued the balanced scoring attack in the second as seven players scored led by Kaylee Alvarado with five points as the Lady Trojans extended its lead to 41-8 at the half.
Kiefer exploded for a 30 point third quarter as the blowout was on. Coach Cory Campbell played several players.
Bonilla led the Lady Trojans with a season high 20 point performance, Megan King 12, Alvarado was third player in double figures with 11, Ashford nine, Shayna Hendrix eight, Grace Strecker and Candice Calvert each with six, Kami Daniel four, Hannah Coons three, Remi Campbell, Faith Williams and Pepper Watashe all with two points apiece.
The Kiefer Trojans (7-9) conquered the Okmulgee Bulldogs (1-11) for the District title game Monday evening on the hardwood.
Kiefer Boys had a much harder game as Okmulgee jumped out and stayed in lead until third period.
Trent Hoover got Trojans on the scoreboard with a short jumper. Hoover hits a three point shot and gets Kyler Holt in the scorebook. First quarter has Okmulgee leads after one 14-7.
Hoover hits a free throw and Camden Rector three point shot is ahead of Brayden Barber’s basket. Barber continues his hot hand into the second eight minutes.
Okmulgee still has the lead but Trojans Caden Rowton, Marek Matheson score and Trojans catch up 26-26 halftime.
Bulldogs hit back to back treys to take a six pint lead. It would be the last points for Dogs.
Holt, Hoover, Rowton all score trail by one. late in third quarter Kiefer takes it’s first lead on Hoover, shot 37-34 Trojans. Hoover, Rowton extend Trojans lead. Barber and Rector close out the game strong for the 52-43 victory.
Trojans play again Thursday at home against Millwood High School.

Chieftain wrestlers heading to state tournamentCLAREMORE –– Sapulpa Chieftain wrestling currently has 10 wrestlers heade...
02/23/2021

Chieftain wrestlers heading to state tournament

CLAREMORE –– Sapulpa Chieftain wrestling currently has 10 wrestlers headed to "The Big House" in OKC this coming weekend as they've qualified for state at the Class 5A Regional Tournament held in Claremore!! Congrats is in store for the following individuals that have punched their ticket to chase gold!
Senior Luke Young 145lbs - placed 3rd place at Regionals. He won a 11-9dcision in his opening match before losing in the semifinals 5-4. Young battled back with a 17-1 tech fall win over Pryor before again defeating the Claremore opponent 8-7 to take third place.
Ethan Peterson 126 lbs - placed 3rd place at Regionals. He pinned the Coweta opponent to start off the day before losing the semifinals match. Peterson pinned the Pryor opponent before taking the third place match with another pin.
Caydon Miller 106lbs The junior wrestler pinned the Edison kid before losing a 5-2 decision in semifinals. He followed up with back to back pins over Coweta and Edison to capture third place.
Other first day wrestlers included Sophomre Kyle Brooks at 113 pounds, sophomore Garret Munson at 120, Sophomre Cooper Thomas at 138 weight class took sixth place honors for the Chieftains.
Kassie Buckner (Sapulpa's FIRST female wrestler to qualify for state!)
Coach Blevins and crew headed back to Claremore on Monday for the upper weight classes to compete in regionals. We are hopeful for more Chieftains to be punching their ticket, too!
At 152 junior Cohlson Peper defeated Coweta 3-1 in quarterfinals before losing the semifinals against a 33-0 Collinsville wrestler that has committed to Oklahoma State. He battled back and took third place with a 11-9 victory over Bishop Kelley to qualify for state. He has a 23-6 season record.
At 160 Senior Caden Willingtham pinned his first as well as a Glenpool wrestler in second match before suffering a pin in the semifinals. He finished fifth place and also quailfied for state.
At 170 pounds sophomre Xander Konell lost his first match. He battled back to take fifth place and qualify for state with a win over Tahlequah.
182 weight class freshman Micco Jones lost a 11-3 decision against Collinsville. Jones battled back to take fifth and head to state.
195 Junior Coleman Lecoq pinned the Coweta opponent in first round before suffering a pin in semifinals. He defeated a Durant wrestler to take third and qualify for state.
at 220, sophomore Caleb Turner pinned the Edison opponent if quarterfinals before suffering a pin in semifinals. Turner battled back to take third place for Sapulpa and qualify for state.
State will be Thursday (girls), Friday (lower weight classes), Saturday (upper weight classes).

Downtown’s Master PlanSPECIAL TO THE HERALDThe City of Sapulpa Downtown Master Plan is in draft form and ready for publi...
02/23/2021
Downtown Sapulpa Master Plan

Downtown’s Master Plan

SPECIAL TO THE HERALD
The City of Sapulpa Downtown Master Plan is in draft form and ready for public feedback on the draft recommendations and concepts via public open house. The public open house will be Mar. 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the SeneGence Event Center, 117 E. Dewey Ave., in Sapulpa.
If virtual engagement is preferred over in-person attendance at the public open house, community members will be able to review and comment on the entire draft plan document online via the project website for 2 weeks, from Mar. 11 through Mar. 26, 2021.
Community members are encouraged to participate in-person via the public open house or virtually via the project website.
The Downtown Master Plan will guide the future direction of downtown Sapulpa to ensure that it can continue to sustainably grow and develop to suit the needs of its residents. The draft plan includes sections on the overarching vision for downtown, land use, development, urban design, aesthetics, street life, transportation, parking, and economic development.
The project website is live at www.downtownsapulpaplan.com. Sign up for project emails, which include invites to public engagement events. Please direct questions to [email protected], or Nikki Howard, Urban Development Director, at 918-248-5917.

Sapulpa, OK is conducting a planning process to uncover the future of its downtown. This site provides overview information and ways to engage in the planning process.

02/23/2021

Voters to Decide $1.6 million Sapulpa School Bond

Bond Election Spring 2021
A Special Election will be held on March 2, 2021 for voters to decide on a School Bond totaling more than $1.6 million in projects to help continue growing the educational needs of Sapulpa Public Schools students.

The bond includes two propositions.

Proposition 1, if passed, will be used to:
Purchase and install furniture, fixtures and equipment district-wide to include but not be limited to: classroom/library furniture, security upgrades, and HVAC
Purchase new band instruments
Purchase equipment for Athletics, Cheer, and Ping Pings programs
Purchase equipment for Ag program
Purchase digital curriculum/textbooks district-wide
Purchase and install technology district-wide
Repair/replace roofs as needed
The total amount of Proposition 1 equals $1,195,000.

Proposition 2, if passed, will be used to:
Purchase vehicle(s) for student transportation, including: Additional vehicle with wheelchair lift to accommodate Special Education students; Vehicle for Ag program; Activity Bus; Route Bus
The total amount of Proposition 2 equals $450,000.

Based on the assessed property valuations and taxation over the past three years, there is no projected tax increase.

Bond Transparency Act
INFORMATION REQUIRED BY THE BOND TRANSPARENCY ACT OF 2017
Independent School District No. 33, Creek County, Oklahoma (Sapulpa Public Schools)
In accordance with the Bond Transparency Act of 2017, please see the information below:
Date of Posting: January 6, 2021
Description of Proposed Bond Projects voting on 2nd day of March, 2021:
PROPOSITION NO.1
to purchase and install furniture, fixtures and equipment district-wide to include but
not be limited to: HVAC; band instruments; classroom/library furniture and security
upgrades $560,000.00
to purchase digital cirriculum/textbooks district-wide $250,000.00
to purchase and install technology district-wide $245,000.00
to repair/replace roofs district-wide $140,000.00
TOTAL: $1,195,000.00
PROPOSITION NO.2
to acquire vehicle(s) for pupil transportation $450,000.00
Description of Unpaid/Unfinished Bonds Previously Approved by Voters of the
Jurisdiction:
As of the 2nd day of March, 2021, Independent School District No. 33, Creek County, Oklahoma, has 2
General Obligation bond issue(s) outstanding:
$9,885,000 Building Bonds of 2018, dated July 1, 2018 ($4,945,000 outstanding in principal as of the 2nd
day of March, 2021); and
$9,910,000 Building Bonds of 2020, dated June 1, 2020 ($9,910,000 outstanding in principal as of the
2nd day of March, 2021.
The School District has $16,000,000 in unissued building bonds authorized at an election held on the 26th
day of August, 2014. These bonds will be used to construct, furnish, equip, and/or acquire improvements
at the Middle School; acquire and install technology equipment throughout the district, as needed; construct,
furnish, equip, and/or acquire improvements for Agriculture/FFA; acquire and install furniture and
equipment throughout the district, as needed; acquire band instruments; and construct, furnish, equip, and/or acquire improvements throughout the district.
Detailed Description of the Use of Previous Bond Proceeds:
2018 Issue
Construct, furnish, equip, and/or acquire improvements at the Middle School to
include, but not be limited to: general conditions, existing conditions, utilities,
concrete, and wood and plastics $2,735,000.00
Acquire and install technology equipment throughout the district, as needed $4,950,000.00
Construct, furnish, equip, and/or acquire a new Safe Room/Dining Room at Liberty
Elementary $1,900,000.00
Construct, furnish, equip, and/or acquire HVAC equipment throughout the district,
as needed $250,000.00
Acquire and install furniture and equipment throughout the district, as needed $50,000.00
2020 Issue
Construct, furnish, equip, and/or acquire a new facility at the soccer field to include,
but not be limited to: locker rooms, restrooms, concessions stand, press box,
weight room, training room, storage, turf, track, scoring system and score board,
weight equipment, track equipment, lighting, fencing and a practice field. $3,280,000.00
Construct, furnish, equip, and/or acquire improvements at Collins Stadium to
include, but not be limited to: restroom addition, fencing, bleacher repair,
concessions upgrades, press box upgrades, seating addition with chair backs, turf,
track surface, and lighting $2,925,000.00
Construct, furnish, equip, and/or acquire improvements at the Baseball/Softball
fields to include, but not be limited to: covered canopies, press box, terracing, and
fencing $155,000.00
Acquire and install technology equipment throughout the district, as needed $3,330,000.00
Acquire band instruments $60,000.00
Acquire and install furniture and equipment throughout the district, as needed $60,000.00
Acquire band instruments $50,000.00
Acquire and install furniture and equipment throughout the district, as needed $50,000.00

02/23/2021

Commissioners told of Issues
with Childer’s Creek PUD

SPECIAL TO THE HERALD

Whenever there is a greater than the normal number of folks attending a weekly Creek County Commissioners meeting, some issue is at hand whether property, business or roadway something has spurred people to come. Monday February 22nd rather than the dozen or so people normally witnessing county business, this day, this meeting, this agenda there were 33 persons keenly interested in the goings on.
What a fair number whom were personally present in the Ballroom of the Collins Building concerned with was BOCC Agenda Item #13-Discussion and possible action to consider a Planned Unit Development (PUD) and Preliminary Plat for “Childers Creek” a proposed single family subdivision containing 24.51 acres more or less.
Two men and a woman all of whom were nearby or adjoining residents to the proposed Kiefer area 24 single family homes development, stepped to the fore to vocally express to and address the three commmissioners on this matter.
Tellingly the business folk wishing to build this subdivision were not present Monday, nor did any reps for the enterprise make themselves known.
Also at the Creek County Planning Commission which is a recommending body to the BOCC in these matters, all but one voted against any recommendation for the “Childers Creek” PUD and Plat. The proponents of the subdivision according to the Creek County Planners Office is Select Designs, located on South 49th West Avenue.
Wendy Murray of the planner’s office stated that the CCPC voted 7-1 against recommending approval to the commissioners.
The first opponent to speak was Jack Long. He said among his concerns was flooding in the area, erosion on Childers Creek banks and the impact of 24 new homes on both the rainwater runoff and aerobic septic systems with pop up sprinkler heads that discharge household effluents above ground.
Long stated he realized growth was inevitable in Kiefer town but he insisted that the BOCC hold the developer to account and that, “If we are going to develop (new housing) then let’s do it right.” Long stated that his family had lived on the property since the 1950s.
Another speaker dead set against the subdivision as known currently was Casey Evans. Evans said his concerns included high voltage lines, and energy wells in the area and untended bodies of water. He said that his property would touch the development on two sides.
Commissioners appeared to be displeased with the applicant not appearing before the board on such a matter of importance. Sapulpa Commissioner Newt Stephens Junior, related that he had asked for a ‘hydrology’ report and that none had been rendered. The BOCC will review the “Childers Creek” matters on March 22nd.

Sapulpa names Tim Holt, Jr. head football coachHERALD STAFF REPORTSSAPULPA, Okla. -- Sapulpa Public Schools has announce...
02/23/2021

Sapulpa names Tim Holt, Jr. head football coach
HERALD STAFF REPORTS

SAPULPA, Okla. -- Sapulpa Public Schools has announced Tim Holt, Jr. as the new head coach of the Sapulpa Chieftains football team.
The Sapulpa School Board of Education unanimously approved the hire during its meeting on Feb. 22.
“I couldn’t be happier than I am right now to be a part of this great community,” said Holt, Jr. “We have a tremendous amount of talented young men and I am honored to be able to lead them to achieve their absolute best on the field, as well as help guide them towards life beyond football.”
Holt comes to Sapulpa from Broken Arrow High School where he has been on the Tigers’ coaching staff the last two years. He’s served as the Special Teams Coordinator, Passing Game Coordinator, and Wide Receivers Coach during Broken Arrow’s run to the 6A-I state semifinals in 2019 and state quarterfinals in 2020.
As head coach of the Coweta football program, he led the Tigers to the playoffs for three straight years while earning the 2017 5A-III District Coach of the Year award.
“I am excited to welcome Tim back to Sapulpa,” said Michael Rose, Sapulpa Public Schools Athletic Director. “With more than15 years of coaching experience, including as a head coach, Tim is the right person to lead the fine young men of Sapulpa Chieftains Football and build the program for future success.”
It’s a homecoming of sorts for Holt. He attended Sapulpa High School through his junior year before transferring to Kellyville High School to be with his father who had accepted a new coaching position.
Following high school, Holt attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University where he was a four-year letterman, two-year starter, and senior captain of the football team. He graduated in 2005 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Health/Physical Education/Safety K-12.
Holt comes to Sapulpa High School with his wife, Stephanie, and his 7-year-old twins, daughter, Rylan, and son, Canton.
Coach Holt is expected to start in time for spring practice in May.

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You wouldn’t happen to have a picture of Lone Star’s student of the months for November would you? Perhaps you posted it already and I missed it! If so, could you tag me in it? Thanks so much!
This Thursday at the Sapulpa Public Library at 5pm, in person and on our Facebook live page
Just so you know Next Monday at 7pm City Council meeting the Mayor will be signing a Proclamation for the Indian Heritage Month for Sapulpa.
The Local Nancy Green Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution wish to give their Sincere Thanks to: Chapter Members and local businesses: Merrifield, Reasor’s, and Walmart for donations to help purchase (150) one hundred and fifty stuffed animals, for the comfort of children in distress. These items were distributed to Creek County law enforcement and or Creek County Help Agencies. There are countless ways to make a difference in our local community. Would you like to help? You can donate any time! Contact our chapter at [email protected]
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Laughs? We got ‘em! Reserve your seats NOW for the SCT premiere of The Nit Wits! Performing March 6-8 and March 13-15 at 124 S. Water St. in Sapulpa. Visit www.sapulpatheatre.org, or call 918 227-2169.