Jason Cole

Panthers pick scissors, beat Union’s paper

On paper, the opponents looked like the tougher team. The Oklahoma Union Cougars had only lost one game for the entire year and already had one tournament victory under their belts. They were a group of tall boys who played and moved with discipline and precision. But, as they say in sports, that’s why games […]


High School A-Team heading to state for the first time in 18 years

High School A-Team heading to state for the first time in 18 years

It was a long drought, but the reward was definitely worth the wait. After years of struggle and hard work under the tutelage of Rose Coon, the Barnsdall High school academic team finally found its way to the state tournament. It had been eighteen years since the Panthers last trip to the state tournament and […]


White takes home gold at Inola Tournament

Lane White, a Panther freshman, had an incredible weekend of wrestling to capture first place at the Inola tournament. “Lane wrestled wonderfully,” said Shawn Wilson, wrestling coach. “He had to beat the top three seeds in his bracket on his way to the gold medal but he did it. One kid was a two-time state […]


Panther wrestlers weigh in against Newkirk

Anyone sitting in the stands when the Panthers traveled to Newkirk to face the Tigers would have been witness to a strange conversation. While it’s not unusual to hear fans describing the action or explaining certain situations on the mat to the less knowledgeable in their midst, it is odd when the play-by-play is being […]


Panthers, Huskies shoot out in Barnsdall

The Pawhuska Huskies came to town just before winter break and it led to an exciting evening of junior high basketball. Splitting the night, each town managed two wins. In the opening game, the seventh-grade girls fought a seesaw battle with the Lady Huskies that wasn’t decided until the final second ticked off the clock. […]


Pinning Districts soon

Athletes from across Green Country will soon be descending on Barnsdall for an afternoon and evening of wrestling. And when the night is over, one team will be crowned the 3A-8 district champion. The event will be on Tuesday, January 10 and wrestling will commence at 1 P.M. The participating schools in the 3A-8 championship […]


A-team defeats Goliath Skiatook

Skiatook, the big class 5 A powerhouse, travelled to Barnsdall recently to take on the much smaller Panthers, but might have bit off more than they bargained for. The Academic team won a split decision against the Bulldogs in a classic David versus Goliath battle. “We did really well,” said Marissa Dunaway, a senior member […]


Jr High wrestlers start strong

A person would be hard-pressed to imagine a better start to the wrestling season than the performance that the junior high Panthers displayed over the past several days. “I am so proud of these guys,” said Shawn Wilson, wrestling coach. “They accomplished some things that they really deserve to hold their heads high about.” Opening […]


Young wrestlers prepare for action

The Barnsdall elementary wrestling program will be hosting their annual tournament on Saturday, December 10. The event will be held at Gilbert Field House and several hundred wrestlers from across the state are expected to attend. The tournament entry deadline is Wednesday, December 7 at 10 P.M. All entries must be made via www.okwawrestling.com but […]


Five from Barnsdall make Bruins team at Sooner Classic

Five from Barnsdall make Bruins team at Sooner Classic

A few, select athletes from Barnsdall got the chance for one last weekend of football. This opportunity came when the Bartlesville Bruins sixth-grade team needed a few more boys to round out their team. The Bruins had the offensive and defensive line but were lacking skill players, so they came to borrow some Barnsdall talent. […]


1 junior, 2 sophomores are old men of Barnsdall grappling squad

1 junior, 2 sophomores are old men of Barnsdall grappling squad

Barnsdall’s wrestling season begins full-force this week with both the junior high and high school grapplers entering into action. On Thursday, December 1 the Panthers will travel to Oologah to square off against the Mustangs. The junior high will begin wrestling at 6 p.m. and the high school will start at 7 p.m. The Mustangs […]


Junior High girls get nothing but net

The Barnsdall Junior High basketball teams travelled to Sperry on Monday and managed to collect one win for the evening. The win came at the hands of the seventh-grade girls. “They played a great game,” said Alyssa Smith, girl’s coach. “They hustled and worked really hard and played their hearts out.” Scoring for the Panthers […]


Senior Panther named Barnsdall’s Wendy Heisman winner

Senior Panther named Barnsdall's Wendy Heisman winner

If a teenager gets in trouble at school or with the law people tend to stand up and take notice, but the good kids in life sometimes get overlooked. Thank goodness that some people still recognize the kids that do things right. Carly Cassity falls into the good kid category and she was recently recognized […]


Panthers gear up for Wrestle-a-thon fundraising

Panthers gear up for Wrestle-a-thon fundraising

It is the week after football season and the pads and equipment have been stored away for another year. But even as this sport winds to a close, another season in wrestling is heating up. It is a familiar ritual at Barnsdall that kicks off the grappling season. On Monday, November 14 at 6:30 P.M. […]


Win or loose, Panthers still hear their fans

If the final measure of success were the bottom line, then surely a season that ends with the Panthers 0-10 would be considered a failure. Fortunately for the boys on the field, there are so many more facets to consider than just the final record. And it’s those countless intangibles that really, truly matter in […]


Jr High hoops hop into their season

The Barnsdall basketball season will be officially kicking off on Monday, November 14. The Panthers will be participating in the Pawhuska Junior High Basketball Tournament which runs from the 14th through the 18th. All four Panther teams involved will be opening their season facing the Blackwell Maroons. In the initial game of the evening the […]


Senior night ends sadly for varsity Panthers

Senior night ends sadly for varsity Panthers

The last home football game of the year ended on a sour note for the lone remaining Barnsdall Panther senior. The 34-20 loss to the Drumright Tornadoes ended Matt Chuning’s hope of picking up a home victory before his senior football season came to a close. But Chuning was philosophical about the loss. “I know […]


Sixth grade Panthers fall short at Division Championship

It wasn’t the ending that the Panther faithful dreamed about. In fact, it was a heartbreaking finale to a season that many thought would only be over when the sixth-grade Panthers brought home their second NEOYFA league championship. But all good things come to an end, and Saturday night in Okmulgee the chase for the […]


MIAsm injuries leave Jr High with short stick

Too many injuries and missing players eventually caught up to the Panther junior high football team at the end of the season. Needing to replace six starting positions left big gaps and the coaches had a limited number of players to fill the holes with. “We lost kids due to injury and the elementary playoffs,” […]


Sixth grade Panters keep throwing pigskin

Sixth grade Panters keep throwing pigskin

At the end of a long and rainy evening of football there was only one Barnsdall team remaining. And for the sixth-graders, the dream that’s carried the Panthers through a long season of pursuing their second league championship came one step closer to fulfillment. Barnsdall was given the opportunity of hosting the opening round of […]


Hawes injured, Yale Bulldogs march on Varsity Panthers

The Panther football woes continued Thursday as they picked up their eighth loss of the year, this time at the hands of the Yale Bulldogs. Things seemed to begin well for the Panthers when Caleb Hawes connected with Nathan Hayman for a touchdown reception in the opening series of the game, but it was a […]


Hominy Bucks cut off Jr High winning streak

The Panther junior high football program was riding high on a four game winning streak, but unfortunately sometimes good things come to an end. Against the Hominy Bucks the Panthers just gave up too many big plays. Jumping to a quick score on a long run, the Bucks took the lead and never looked back. […]


Panthers improving, but not enough to take down Hominy

Panthers improving, but not enough to take down Hominy

Friday night’s football game against the Hominy Bucks would have been perfect for spectators with short attention spans. A parent after the game made the comment that he had always wondered what would happen in a game if the teams forgot to bring their defenses. His question was answered as both teams seemed to score […]


Young Panthers take top two playoff seeds

The brackets are out for the Northeastern Oklahoma Youth Football Association playoffs and two Barnsdall elementary teams find themselves in good position. And luckily for the Panther faithful, both the fifth and sixth-grade teams will be opening their first round of competition on home turf. The games will be played on Saturday, October 22. The […]