McALESTER — With the Kiowa Cowboys and Cowgirls sweeping the Pitt 8 Conference, it should come as no surprise that Kiowa had seven players and coaches — the most from any school — selected for All-Conference honors in a list submitted Wednesday by Canadian athletic director Tommy Pinkley. Both Kiowa teams went undefeated in district play during the regular season, and the Cowgirls won the Pitt 8 Tournament.
From the Cowboys, Keith Quaid was named boys’ Coach of the Year. Senior Clay Doyle and juniors Brycen Overton and Brice Smith were all named to the All-Conference team.
From the Cowgirls, junior Addy Clift was named girls’ Player of the Year and Wade Daniel was named Coach of the Year. Senior guard Miranda Stiles was also named to the All-Conference team.
The Cowboys became the first Kiowa boys’ basketball team to reath the Class A state semifinals or finals. The Cowgirls won their district and regional tournaments, but then went 0-2 in the Area IV Tournament, coming up one win short of a return trip to State.
From the Stuart Hornets, Dillon Lawrence, Sam Mitchell and Kaleb Wilson all earned All-Conference honors. From the Lady Hornets, McKay Barton, Emilee Beck and Kayla Smith did.
The Hornets, runners-up in the Pitt 8 Tournament, tied for conference runner-up and reached the area tournament. The Lady Hornets won their district but then went 0-2 at Regionals.
The Canadian Cougars were the other boys’ co-runner-up in the Pitt 8, and Chase Shearwood was named Player of the Year. Elizabeth Willis made the All-Conference team from the Lady Cougars.
The Lady Cougars’ postseason ended with a loss in the district semifinals, while the Cougars reached Regionals before bowing out.
The Pittsburg Lady Panthers finished second to Kiowa in both the Pitt 8 Conference and Tournament. Chandler Billingsley and Erin Cross made All-Conference from the Lady Panthers.