2022 SPORTS IN REVIEW: Early Year Highlights, Part 2

2022 SPORTS IN REVIEW: Early Year Highlights, Part 2

Below is a continuation of the countdown for the top 10 local sports news from January to March 2022. 6 to 10 stories published on sports websites on Wednesday

January – March 2022

  • 10. Nate Smith had a successful debut as a football coach at Novato High School.

  • 9 – Caney Valley High basketball team, both winners

  • 8 Dewey High Boys Hoops is making a big comeback

  • 7 Wesleyan Christian boys have 20 wins

  • 6 – Pawhuska 3rd catch by state; Report other abuses

  • 5 Oklahoma Union High School basketball players earn money to return to state

  • 4. The Bartlesville High School basketball team won 12 games.

  • 3 – David Castillo scores his 1,000th point

  • 2. Bartlesville High School swimmers win gold at state.

  • 1 – OKWU Basketball advances to the Elite Eight

5 Oklahoma Union High School basketball players earn money to return to state

If anyone was going to bet, the smart money seems to cast doubt on Oklahoma Union's chances of returning to the 2A state tournament, let alone defending their state title from last season. After all, head coach Lee Ott had fired two of his best players (Jess Hollingshead, Nate Collier) and other players the year before. But thanks to Cade Hollingshead, Jayden Kennard and Baylor Nash, the Cougars went 20-4 in the regular season and finished 4-2 in the playoffs, including a three-point upset in the State Elite Eight.

4. The Bartlesville High School basketball team won 12 games.

The Bruins have made the high-speed elevator beautiful again. In the 2019–20 season, Bartlesville compiled a 1–22 record, the worst record in their team history. The Bruins bounced back from a 6-15 record in the 2020-21 season. The Bruins doubled their streak last season to go 12-11, their first winning record since 2014-15. Highlights included a 57-56 win over Broken Arrow and a 71-70 win over McAlester. Starring David Castillo, Kent Girard, Adhi Ayyappan, Jordan Carter etc.

3 – David Castillo scores his 1,000th point

For Bartlesville High School boys basketball, Castillo was the fastest shot to reach 1,000 career points. He did it in his 41st career game in a mid-February home game against Owasso. He did so while averaging just under 25 points per game. His career high of 43 in a game during this span was against Ponca City. ESPN ranked Castillo as a national A-list player in the Class of 2024 and he was part of two USA Basketball gold medal teams.

2. Bartlesville High School swimmers win gold at state.

Aidan House failed to compete on the women's swim team her sophomore and junior year at Bartlesville High School. Coming out of his senior year, he was like the proverbial secret weapon. House entered the season on a winning streak that culminated with two gold medals at the Class 6A state meet (200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke). As a sophomore, Griffin Craig won state gold in the boys 100-meter backstroke.

1 – OKWU Basketball advances to the Elite Eight

Legendary Eagle head trainer Donnie Bostwick knew his horses were capable of something special and they did not let him down. OKWU posted a 34–3 record, the second best record in Bostwick's nine seasons with OKWU. In the national tournament, the "Eagles" defeated their first opponents – St. Catharines, Kansas Wesleyan and LSU Shreveport – by double digits. Thomas More defeated the Eagles 59-56 in the Elite Eight. Jaden Litske and Brandon Byrd average double figures for a balanced offense, while Derrick Talton Jr. Averaged 3.6 assists per game.

This article was originally published in the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise as Sports Review 2022: Year 1 Highlights Part 2.

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