Woodward, Okla. —
Woodward joins the basketball playoffs Saturday night with district competition at Boomer Fieldhouse
The Boomers are hosting Blackwell in the Class 4A Area 1, District 1 tournament, the first step in a 3 week process to determine the 8 teams that will advance to the state tournament.
Girls game tips off at 6:30 p.m. with the boys following.
All four teams will advance to next week’s regional tournament either on the winners or elimination side in Oklahoma’s double elimination playoff system. The regional is played at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center in Enid.
On the boys side, the Boomers are looking for their first state tournament appearance since 2011. A year ago they were eliminated in the regional consolation finals. Woodward‘s girls also reached the regional consolation finals last year after making it to area in 2012. The girls have not been to the state tournament since 2006.
Woodward’s boys come into the playoffs 18-2 and ranked 9th in Class 4A (they have been ranked as high as 7th).
The Boomers have won their last four games.
Coach Corey Miller starts a veteran club with seniors Taylan Iliff, Kaleb Roach and Kale Hixon joined by junior Ty Richey and sophomore Garrett Owen. All five are capable of double digit points each night.
Blackwell comes in with a solid 15-7 record of its own with perhaps the biggest regular season victory over Alva. The Maroons, who have only 2 seniors on the roster, have won 7 of their last 8 games.
The Blackwell coach is a familiar name in these parts. Bud Valerius played his senior year at Woodward High School and received All-State honors in 2001. He has also coached at Waynoka and Hooker.
Woodward’s girls are 5-15 going into the playoffs, but the Boomers are coming off a nice win at Guymon on Tuesday.
A brutal schedule should have the Boomers prepared for just about anything in the post season. The Boomers have spent the season battling the likes of Alva, Enid, Weatherford. Elk City and Anadarko, among others.
The Boomers are a young squad with just 2 seniors on the roster.
Blackwell has compiled a 12-10 record while playing in a league that includes powers like Alva and Fairview.
Here is a look at the rest of the 4A-1 pairings
Seminole at Mannford
Boys: Seminole is 12-6 while Mannford is 18-4 and ranked 12th. Mannford has been ranked as high as 7th this year. Girls: Mannford is 9-13 and Seminole 4-13.
Star Spencer at Weatherford
Boys: Interesting matchup. Star Spencer would typically be favored and has a 12-12 record but Weatherford has made huge strides this season, beating Anadarko and playing Woodward tough in recent games. Girls: Probably a no-contest. Weatherford is 21-4, ranked second and expected to challenge for the state title. Star Spencer has struggled to a 5-12 record.
Cleveland at Oologah
Boys: Oologah is 18-4 and ranked 15th while Cleveland is 8-11. Girls: Oologah sports a 7-15 mark and Cleveland is 8-11.
Dewey at Tulsa McLain
Boys: McLain is one of the most athletic teams in Class 4A and has a 14-4 record, ranked 4th. Dewey’s boys are a solid 13-10. Girls: Dewey is favored even with a 5-18 record because McLain is winless on the season.
John Marshall at Classen
Boys: John Marshall is having a bit of a down year at 6-13 but plays in one of the state’s toughest conferences. Classen has just one win this season. Girls: The opposite, Classen is 21-4 and ranked 12th. John Marshall is 7-14.
Cushing at Mt. St. Mary
Boys: Cushing is 8-10 and St. Mary is 6-17, but doe have a nice win over Star Spencer. Girls: St. Mary is a state tournament contender with an 18-5 record and No. 6 ranking. Cushing, a former power, has slumped to 6-14.
Tulsa Webster at Berryhill
Boys: Webster is 9-13 while Berryhill is 14-8 and ranked 18th. Girls: Berryhill is again ranked at No. 15 with a 16-6 mark. Webster is 10-10.