McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Local Sports

January 4, 2014

De’Angelo Rhone works his way up

(Continued)

McALESTER —

Rhone said the Buffs started coming together at a basketball camp at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee over the summer. They played especially well in a Dec. 13 game against Wewoka in the consolation semifinals of the Okemah Invitational.

The Buffs beat Wewoka 64-59, then came back the next day to beat Riverside in the consolation finals.

“We all stepped it up, all together,” Rhone said of the Wewoka game.

“We can go as far as we want to go, as long as we keep working. If we keep working hard, we can go as far as we can imagine. But if we start slowing down and not playing well, it’s going to be just like last year.”

Zike said Rhone brings a level of athleticism to his position that works well with McAlester’s fast-paced offense, and Rhone agreed that the 2013-14 Buffs seem to play best when they’re flying up and down the court.

As a center, Rhone said he sees rebounding as his primary responsibility to the team.

“Rebounds really do win games,” Rhone said. He added that rebounding comes down to a combination of “boxing out and making sure I get my man boxed out so everybody has a fair chance at getting the rebound.”

The Buffs still have two months left of basketball season, and Rhone said this senior year hasn’t yet felt like it’s flying by. But once it’s over, Rhone said he’ll most miss his teammates.

“It’s been a privilege to be able to play basketball and be around all these people,” Rhone said.

Rhone said he’s also run track and field for McAlester in the past, competing in the 400- and 800-meter dash. He said that assuming McAlester fields a track team in the spring — McAlester athletic secretary Mary Martin confirmed it would — he’ll most likely run again this spring.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • Casey Fernandez 1 Ex-Buff Fernandez reaches golf semifinal

    Casey Fernandez, a senior at the University of Southern Mississippi and former golfer for the McAlester Buffaloes, made it all the way to the Oklahoma Golf Association’s State Amateur Championship semifinals before losing to Tulsa-Jenks golfer Preston Crawford on Wednesday at The Patriot Golf Course in Owasso.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Maceo Thomas 1 Thomas key to McAlester disc golf growth

    For Maceo Thomas, one of the founding members of the Eagle Hill Disc Golf Club, the 12 golfers who came out for Saturday's mini-tournament in Krebs is a welcome sign of how much disc golf has grown since the club formed in 2011.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Josh Ramsey Ramsey wins Eagle Hill tourney

    Josh Ramsey threw 10 birdies and eight pars, needing just 44 total strokes to win Saturday’s mini-tournament at Eagle Hill Disc Golf Course in Krebs.

    July 21, 2014 5 Photos

  • Bill Williams Williams looks back on Hartshorne coaching era

    Still living in Hartshorne six weeks after accepting a coaching job at Elk City, Williams sat down with the McAlester News-Capital to look back on his seven-year Hartshorne coaching career.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Clay Doyle Kiowa’s Doyle signs with St. Gregory's University

    Kiowa's Clay Doyle earned a baseball scholarship to St. Gregory's University in Shawnee in early May, then enjoyed a signing ceremony Friday at Kiowa High School.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Booster club to host golf tournament

    Eufaula’s golf booster club will hold its 3rd annual Ironhead Golf Booster Club Charity Tournament on Aug. at 9 a.m. at Fountainhead Creek Golf Course in Checotah.

    July 18, 2014

  • Clarissa Salinas Photo gallery: McAlester volleyball practice

    Photos from Thurday's McAlester Lady Buffaloes volleyball practice at Puterbaugh Middle School.

    July 18, 2014 6 Photos

  • Zoie Newman Volleyball camp wraps in McAlester

    McAlester’s road back to the championship-caliber volleyball teams of the mid-2000s could take multiple seasons, so new varsity coach Sara Reeder ran a four-day youth volleyball camp Monday through Thursday at Puterbaugh Middle School in McAlester.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Schedule released for Little League Regional

    The schedule has been released for the Little League Southwestern Region tournament, which will have Pittsburg County Little League as its representative and runs Aug. 1-6 at Marvin Norcross Stadium in Waco, Texas.
     

    July 17, 2014

  • Dennis Sistrunk The Firm wins men’s league tournament

    The Firm won four games in a row following its opening-round loss, scoring more runs in each subsequent game to win the men’s league softball tournament Tuesday at the Pittsburg County Softball Complex in McAlester.

    July 16, 2014 5 Photos

Poll

Do you agree with the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision?

Yes
No
     View Results
AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
NDN Video
LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB'
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.