Report card time: Yukon winter and spring sports receive grades for 2016-2017

Back in December, I gave out my grades for each fall sports team at Yukon High School. Now that the school year is coming to a close and all of the sports are done with the 2016-2017 school year, here are my grades for the winter and fall sports:

-Winter sports

Boys basketball-

The Millers had a good regular season in the 2016-2017 year. They swept arch rival Mustang and had their senior center Cameron Martin earn All-State status. Yukon was exciting to watch, as their athleticism was second-to-none with Jordan Williams and Vernon Turner wowing crowds with their high-flying dunks.

However, the ending was disappointing for the Millers, as they were upset in the first-round of the regional tournament by Sand Springs. It would have been tough to make a run to the state tournament but Yukon should have made the area-round of the postseason.

Final grade: C

Girls basketball-

The Yukon girls had a tough year in 2016-2017, as it seemed like they could never truly get on a roll. The Millerettes had a talented roster but they lacked size in the paint to compete against some of the better teams in the state.

Every time Eric Sailer’s crew took the floor, they played with a ton of heart and battled until the very end. Sailer announced he was leaving for Bethany High School recently but YHS is returning the bulk of the roster from last season, so the future looks bright for Millerette hoops. However, this past season was a difficult one for Yukon.

Final grade: C-

Wrestling-

Joe Schneider’s boys were once again one of the top athletic programs in the school this winter, as they had another solid year in 2016-2017.

The Yukon grapplers took down arch rival Mustang in a dual and they had a ton of success in the regional tournament, which they hosted at YHS.

Senior Chase Vincent took a runner-up finish again in the 160-pound weight class for the second-straight year, while several other wrestlers qualified and finished high in the state wrestling tournament back in February.

Final grade: B+

Swimming-

In his first year on the job as the head swimming coach at Yukon High School, Bruce Clifton led the Yukon swimming teams to their best season in school history, even if that history isn’t very long.

They had a record number 19 total swimmers go to the state swimming meet and compete against the best in the state. The next step for Yukon is to take their whole team to the state meet instead of only several individuals.

Final grade: A-

-Spring sports

Baseball-

Going into the 2017 season, Yukon wasn’t expected to have a great year on the diamond, as they were young and inexperienced across the board.

I guess that’s why the preseason rankings don’t matter that much?

Yukon went 28-10 overall, won the district championship, hosted a regional tournament and won the regional championship and beat Jenks in the state tournament quarterfinals in a six-inning run-rule.

Their season came to an end in the semifinal round but that is a lot farther than any “expert” had the Millers going back in March.

Here’s one thing I know, Kevin James can flat out coach baseball.

Final grade: A

Boys track-

Obviously, Vernon Turner stole the show when it came to boys track, not only at Yukon High School, but across the state with his nation’s best high-jumping ability. Turner won his third-straight state title in the high-jump but he wasn’t the only Miller track star this spring.

Cole Bailey and Tallyn Brazell were also solid for Yukon in the high-jump and Jordan Williams was a force to be reckoned with in the long-jump.

Sprinters, Tyrese Antwine, Parker Kenley, Carvell McKinley and Ethan Scott were solid for the Millers as well.

Final grade: A

Girls track-

Mariah Waibel set a new school record in the 300-meter hurdles race with her performance at the state track meet last Saturday.

Kenadi Hamilton had a great year in the pole vault competition, Grace Mckeown was another solid sprinter for the Millerettes.

In the long-distance competitions, Hannah Delgado was a standout for Yukon.

Final grade: B

Boys soccer-

After the start to the season they had, the Yukon boys soccer team looked like they might never win a match in 2017 but the Millers turned it around after the first couple of weeks in the season and they made a run that clinched a spot in the playoffs.

For any team to come back the way they did after the way they started the season shows a lot of heart and a lot of mental toughness.

Final grade: B

Girls soccer-

The Millerettes were a young team going into the 2017 spring season and they also had to battle injuries quite a bit throughout the year.

Once they finally got healthy, Yukon started to play some really good soccer and made a run to the playoffs in the middle to the end of the season.

They began to play as a team and they started to capitalize on scoring opportunities. The Millerettes ran into a buzz saw in the first round of the playoffs at Norman North but this was an overall, successful season for Yukon.

Final grade: B+

Boys golf-

University of Oklahoma signee Lane Wallace didn’t have the end to his high school career that he wanted but he still had a solid year for the Millers on the golf course.

As a team, Yukon made the state tournament, which was an impressive accomplishment. Head coach David Jewell preached all season long that his team just needed to get better with each tournament the played and they did just that in 2017.

Final grade: B+

Girls golf-

The Yukon girls golf team had a year for the ages in 2017, as they won three tournaments throughout the spring and they had a top-six finish in the regional tournament, which qualified them for the state tournament.

Alyssa Wilson stole show in the individual competitions and Hailee Thompson shined as a team leader, as the Millerettes had their best season in school history under first-year head coach Patrick Courtney.

Final grade: A

Boys tennis-

The Yukon boys tennis team had a tough year in 2017, as they could never get into a rhythm on the court.

The Millers had a solid outing in several tournaments throughout the year but struggled in the regional tournament and were unable to qualify anyone for the state tournament.

Final grade: B-

Girls tennis-

The Millerettes had a strong year on the tennis court in 2017, as they qualified everyone except for the No. 2 single for the state tournament. They would have had a good chance to qualify every player but their No. 2 single was ill for the regional tournament and was unable to play.

Chloe Kanelopoulos led the way for the Yukon girls in the No. 1 singles bracket, as the doubles teams followed in suit.

Final grade: A

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