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2018 Grady County basketball tournament promises tough competition

This year's Grady County basketball tourney features a field of three area Class A teams and five Class 2A teams including Class A Alex, Oklahoma Christian Academy (OCA) and Verden and Class 2A AmPo, Dibble, Minco, Ninnekah and Rush Springs.

The top four seeds in the Girls Bracket hold statewide rankings, making the 2018 girls county championship up for grabs in an exciting way that will likely see every play count. While only top-seeded AmPo has a statewide ranking in the boys bracket, all the boys teams are closely matched and some upsets are likely brewing.

To kick off the tournament, the Alex boys play Dibble at 8:00 pm on Monday, January 15, 2018. The Alex girls face off with OCA at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, January 16.

Girls bracket breakdown -

#1 seed Rush Springs holds a 12-2 season record going into the tournament and is ranked #17 in Class 2A, having lost only to AmPo and Central Marlow.
#2 seed Minco holds a 10-3 record and, at #16 in Class 2A, is the highest ranked girls team in the tournament. Minco lost to Central Marlow earlier in the season and enters the Grady County after back-to-back losses to Christian Heritage (Class 2A #1) and Okarche (Class 2A #4).
#3 seed AmPo holds a 10-6 season record and is ranked #18 in Class 2A. They have losses to Dale (2A #2) and Rush Springs and have been defeated twice by Minco.
#4 seed Alex, ranked #18 in Class A, enters the Grady County tournament with the field's best win-loss record, 13-1, having lost only to Rush Springs.
#5 seed OCA holds a 11-5 season record going into the tournament with all of their losses coming against ranked teams.
#6 seed Ninnekah holds a 6-8 season record with their losses in the tourney field including Alex, AmPo and Dibble.
#7 seed Dibble holds a 3-8 season record. Among tournament teams, they have won against Ninnekah and lost to Alex, Minco and Rush Springs.
#8 seed Verden holds a 4-12 season record with prior losses against tourney teams Alex, Dibble and Rush Springs.

Boys bracket breakdown

#1 seed AmPo enters the Grady County tournament ranked #9 in Class 2A with a season record of 12-4. In the tourney field, they have won against Alex, Ninnekah, Minco and Rush Springs. The four losses sustained by the AmPo boys came in games against Calumet (Class B #4), Dale (2A #5), unranked Carnegie and Fort Cobb (Class A #2).
#2 seed Minco has a season record of 9-5 with tourney team record of a win against Dibble and a loss to AmPo.
#3 seed OCA holds a season record of 7-8. They have not yet played any teams featured in the Grady County tournament.
#4 seed Dibble has a 8-5 season record with wins against tourney teams including Alex, Ninnekah and Ninnekah and losses to Minco and Verden.
#5 seed Alex holds a season record of 7-6. In the tournament field, they have won twice against Ninnekah and against Rush Springs and Verden. Their losses came against AmPo and Dibble
#6 seed Verden has a 10-8 record with wins against Dibble and Rush Springs and losses to Alex and Ninnekah.
#7 seed Ninnekah enters the tournament with a 7-8 record with a win against tourney-team Verden and losses to Alex, AmPo and Dibble.
#8 seed Rush Springs holds a 2-1 season record. They have won no games against tournament teams and have losses to Alex, AmPo and Verden.

Listen to radio coverage of all the 2018 Grady County Tournament games on Chickasha's Kool 105.5 FM by clicking the following link:

Alex students receive honors

Yu-Ching Hung, Sage Heldermon, Dustin Tolson and Bhase Byrne were recognized as Students of the Month for December 2017.

Longhorn Trailblazer award recipients

High School students honored with Trailblazer awards for perfect attendance.

Jr. High students who received Trailblazer awards for perfect attendance.

These students were nominated by their teachers to receive Trailblazer awards for outstanding performance.

Good job, Longhorns!

Jr. High Basketball competes in Grady County JH Tourney

Above, Freshmen KDeebeth Pettijohn (left) and Olivia Ketchum (right) play offense against Dibble during the Jr. High Grady County Tournament on January 11, 2018. Below, Alex Freshmen Chase Owens (left) and Kash Boatwright (right) take the ball to AmPo in the Jr. High Grady Tourney. Both games were played on January 11, 2018, and neither Alex team placed in the tournament.

Lady Longhorns run Longhorn Classic to go 10-1

Alex High School girls basketball defeated Cement and then Stratford to earn a spot in the 29th annual Longhorn Classic Basketball Tournament championship game on January 6, 2018, at Alex. The Lady Longhorns faced off with the Mountain View-Gotebo Tigers in a game that saw the Tigers come out strong and lead Alex through most of the first half. Alex called on its speed and risk-taking abilities during the second half to build a defensible lead and defeat MVG by four, 40-36.

Junior Breanae Hines was named to the Longhorn Classic All-Tourney team and Senior Hailey Morris received MVP honors. The tournament championship boosted the Alex girls' season record to 10-1 with their only loss thus far coming against class 2A Rush Springs on December 5, 2017.

Seniors Cristen Alcorn (left) and Hailey Morris (right) score during the Alex v. Cement first-round tournament game on January 4, 2018.

The 2018 Longhorn Classic Girls Champs are shown here with their coach, Amber Otey, who was honored for her efforts in leading the championship team during the tournament.

Alex v. MVG - Scenes from the Sideline:

Alex boys defeat Chatty to clinch Longhorn Classic third place

Alex Boys Basketball opened the 2018 Longhorn Classic Basketball Tournament with a win against Ninnekah but fell to Stratford during second round play on January 5. The loss set the stage for a third place matchup on January 6 against Chattanooga. The Longhorns maintained a significant lead throughout the game but Chatty made a last ditch effort and pulled ahead by one in the fourth. Alex pressed on, though, and won the game, 56-42, to win third place honors. Nik Venable was named to the Longhorn Classic All-Tourney team.

Left, Sophomore Jon Fitzsimmons battles under the basket during the Alex v. Ninnekah first-round Longhorn Classic game on Jan. 4. Right, Junior Nik Venable scores against Ninnekah.

The 2018 Boys Longhorn Classic third-place winners are shown here with head coach Isaac Byrne, assistant coach Kenny Deaton and the younger boys who support the team.

Alex v. Chatty - Scenes from the Sideline

Longhorn Drumline out in force during the Longhorn Classic Tournament

360 degrees of the almost-completed Longhorn Gymnasium

Take a virtual reality tour of the new Alex gym right here on the school website. If you are viewing this 360 photograph on a traditional computer, use your mouse to pan and zoom the image. On a tablet or phone, use your finger to pan, and pinch and counter-pinch to zoom in or out. This view of the new gymis available on any Google map by searching for the Alex Junior-Senior High School and then enabling Google Street View. The photograph is VR headset ready and can be viewed in 3D and panned by gyroscope using any modern mobile phone inserted into any VR headset from a Google Cardboard viewer to an Oculus Rift. Give it a try!

School Bond Transparency Act of 2017

Clicking the About Us button in the main menu above will display a new link entitled "School Bond Information." This information about school bonds passed in Alex's bond elections has been posted permanently as required to help the school district comply with the Oklahoma Attorney General’s interpretation of the new “Bond Transparency Act of 2017.”