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Wagoner celebrates another Academic State title, start of girls wrestling
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Wagoner celebrates another Academic State title, start of girls wrestling

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Two Wagoner High School athletic secrets were revealed during the annual Awards Night in the Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, May 14.

The first honor revealed was the Class 4A Academic State Champion trophy went to the Lady Bulldogs. They carried a 3.9 team grade point average.

The trophy was presented by soccer coach Brandon Carr.

Of winning the Academic State Championship, senior Bri Cox spoke for the team when she said, “I’m very proud of the girls and really excited. I didn’t know we would get it tonight. We worked really hard for it.”

Just 30 minutes before the start of the assembly, the Wagoner Public Schools Board of Education approved to establish a girls wrestling program.

Alexis Miller, who just finished her sophomore year, approached Athletic Director Dale Condict about the idea.

“She came to me and coach Charbonneau to start girls wrestling,” Condict said. “I told her, ‘We’ll do all we can.’”

Earlier, Miller spoke at the School Board meeting about the idea.

“The girls should have a high school team as well,” Miller said. “It’s the fastest growing sport in the nation. There will be a girls division and a State tournament this year.”

The School Board approved the plan easily.

At the Awards Assembly, Ashton Bartholomew and Dez Penney won the top individual awards for Best Athletes.

“I’m happy, humble, blessed and thankful for everything,” Penney said of her honor.

“I worked toward this in every sport I did,” said Bartholomew. “I had that drive in every sport. I don’t like to lose at all.”

Penney took part in basketball and track and field. Bartholomew played football, basketball and track and field.

Award Notes

Bri Cox and her father, Todd, became Wagoner’s first father-daughter All-State soccer players. Todd won the honor in 1998…

Bulldog goal keeper, Ethyn Willis, was also selected to the East All-State squad…

Alyssa Armstrong was selected the Region II Female Athlete of the Year through the Oklahoma Coaches Association. Armstrong was recently selected as a Fellowship of Christian Athletes All-State volleyball player…

Bret Bouher is stepping down as the baseball coach and it was announced that Benny Nail would be the new coach. Mike Mills is also leaving as girls softball coach to help take care of family members. Brian Edwards will take over the softball duties…

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