By JUSTIN RAINS
Cayuga senior Don Holly picked up his second scholarship offer in a week Monday, and targeted next month for when he hopes to make his decision.
Holly received an offer from Northwestern Oklahoma State University Monday, less than a week after also receiving an offer from Southeastern Oklahoma.
After visiting NWOSU’s Alva, Okla., campus last week, Holly came away impressed.
“It’s a smaller campus and it seems like everybody there is worried about getting to class, getting work done,” the academic-minded linebacker said. “Most of the time you just see people walking...but it was like a ghost-town. It reminded me a lot of Cayuga. I kind of liked that.”
Along with enjoying the vibe on campus, Holly said that he felt like he could join the Rangers and make an impact sooner than at SOSU. Those factors have him vaulting NWOSU to top of his four-team list.
Along with the offers from the two Oklahoma schools, Holly is being recruited by Columbia University and Army.
“Northwestern is more affordable for me and my family, and I feel like with Northwestern I can get in, play and get my scholarship money to increase,” he said. “So, I think it’s better opportunity...right now.”
Holly, who led Cayuga in tackles en route to Defensive Player of the Year honors in the district, added that he hopes to have the process wrapped up by the beginning of next month.
Elks win in Buffalo
The Elkhart boys’ powerlifting team edged Madisonville Saturday at the Bison Invitational powerlifting meet.
The Elks got a win from Cody Defore in the 148-pound class, and Defore also was named the meet’s Outstanding Lifter.
Elkhart had two lifters finish second, with Rodrick Arceneaux (198 pounds) and Zach McFarland (275 pounds) each bringing home silver medals.
Dalton Kassaw finished third in the 123-pound class, while Garrett Flanagan did the same at 165 pounds.
Jesse Underwood (242 pounds) and Kevin Laningham (super heavyweight) also finished third in their respective classes.
Rounding out Elkhart’s scoring lifters — and effectively creating the two-point margin of victory — were Tate Molandes (148 pounds) and Chris Box (165 pounds) who both finished fifth and earned one point each.
Cayuga finished third, tying with Hearne at 22 points, but earning the tiebreaker via the Wildcats’ two first-place individual lifters.
Daniel Jock won the 275-pound class for Cayuga, and Aaron Foxworth captured the 220-pound class.
Blake Guldjord finished third at 148 pounds, while both Jacob Boyd (220 pounds) and Carlos Aguinaga (181 pounds) each finished fourth. Colton Moody finished fifth in the super heavyweight division to round out Cayuga’s scoring.
Oakwood’s Ryne Moore won the 132-pound class, while Louis Collins added a fourth-place finish for the Panthers at 198 pounds, and Christian Brummett earned a point with his fifth-place finish at 181 pounds.
Caleb Williams had the highest finish for Frankston, finishing second in the 181-pound class.
Caleb Terrell and Brice Harrington finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 132-pound class for the Indians, and Justin Caldwell rounded out Frankston’s scoring with a fifth-place finish at 242 pounds.
The Ladycats from Cayuga captured the meet title on the girls side, led by wins from Ashlyn Statham (97 pounds) and Shelby Luce (114 pounds).
Jana Walthall (181 pounds) and Shaina Stotts (198 pounds) each earned a silver medal for the Ladycats, while Emma Ricard finished third in the 105-pound class.
Elkhart finished sixth as a team, getting a win from Chasity Chambless in the 132-pound class.
Harley Brim finished second in that class behind her teammate, while Jenna Neel earned a silver for the Lady Elks at 123 pounds.
Frankston’s Raven Paul got a lone win for the Maidens in the 220-plus pound class. Frankston also got two third-place finishes from Ali Carnes (123 pounds) and Leah Landry (132 pounds).
Oakwood’s lone scoring lifter was Madison Dunn, who finished second in the 165-pound class.