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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Path to state is on the road for area softball teams

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  • In order to advance to the playoffs, area teams will need to be road warriors this week.
    The regional assignments for Class 3A through Class B were released, and all the area teams that advanced past district play will be on the road. The regional tournaments begin Thursday, and run through Friday in a double-elimination format. The tournaments are comprised of four teams. All first-round games, along with winner's semifinal games and loser's elimination games, will be Thursday. The remainder of the games will be Friday.
    In Class 3A, No. 2-ranked Sulphur will travel to Wilburton, where it will play the host at noon Thursday. The winner of the matchup will play the winner of Valliant and Hugo at 6 p.m. Thursday. Hugo is ranked 16th in the state.
    Davis travels to Okemah where it will play Beggs at 2 p.m. Okemah and Holdenville make up the other side of the bracket. Davis is ranked No. 7 in the state. Holdenville is ranked No. 18 and Okemah is No. 19.
    Sulphur and Davis were among a number of Class 3A teams that received a bye in the district tournament.
    Both Marietta and Tishomingo will travel to Marlow, which is ranked No. 4 in the state. Marietta drew Marlow at noon and Tishomingo will take on Lindsay at 2 p.m. Marietta swept Comanche to reach the regional tournament, and Tishomingo defeated Kingston.
    In Class A, No. 5-ranked Healdton and Ringling will travel to Stonewall. Healdton will face Maud at 2 p.m., and Ringling will take on host Stonewall at noon. Stonewall is ranked 11th in the state, but the Blue Devils knocked off No. 6 Elmore City-Pernell to reach the regional tournament. Healdton swept Wilson to punch its ticket.
    In Class A regional action, Turner will travel to Indiahoma and will play the host team at noon. Arapaho-Butler and Sentinel make up the other half of the bracket. The Falcons enter the regional tournament ranked No. 2 in the state. Sentinel is No. 13 in Class A and Arapaho-Butler is No. 18, despite sporting a 10-16 record. Turner swept Ryan to reach the regional tournament.
    Area Class 4A teams will begin district play Thursday. No. 6-ranked Lone Grove will host Madill, and Plainview will host Dickson.
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