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February Spotlights: Mooreland Basketball, Derrick Luetjen and Derek Patterson
February 9, 2011By Austin Chadwick of VYPE MAGAZINE - Northwest Oklahoma
Murillo “Mo” Grant
When Murillo, or Mo as he likes to be called, was born 17 years ago, he probably never thought he would end up in Fargo, Oklahoma, much less the United States. Mo was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A country with a population of 11 million people, it was a big change going from that to Fargo, with an estimated population of roughly 700. He now resides with his American family, the Howards. Fargo Bearcats head coach Brent Caldwell probably never thought he would get a bonus when Mo came to town, turning out to be the go-to-guy for his Fargo Bearcats. Mo started playing ball at the age of 10, because his brother Bruno played, and he wanted to be just like him. In Brazil, basketball teams are not formed from schools, but from clubs. The rules are very different in America compared to Brazil. When asked how his time in Fargo has been, he said, “I have enjoyed playing basketball and attending school in Fargo. I have really enjoyed my American brother and family and hope to return to America in the future, hopefully to play basketball at the collegiate level.”
Kylea Dian Wilson
Mooreland Softball, Basketball & Track
A triple threat when it comes to sports, Kylea can get it done on the court, the field, the track, and in the classroom. From 2008-2010, Kylea led the Bearcats fast pitch softball team in hits, stolen bases, runs scored, average and assists. She also ranks 3rd in her class academically with a 3.9 GPA. Kylea has signed a letter of intent to play softball for Seminole State College. In addition, Kylea is helping to lead the Mooreland basketball team.
Mooreland Girls Basketball
With an inspirational showing, the Lady Cats won the annual Oil Center Classic in Woodward. Kylea Wilson was named tournament MVP while Jennifer Myers won all-tournament team honors. Kayla Wilson was voted most inspirational, and Delaney Thrash won the 6th man award. Lady Cats: Taryn Ham, Haylee Steuart, Danielle Starr, Kylea Wilson, Delaney Thrash, Michalia Phillips, Alex Smith, Katelyn Thomas, Erika Stubbs, Kayla Wilson, Jennifer Myers, Erin Tate, Sarah Patton, Shealynn Stout. Head Coach: Bobby Dawson, Assistant Coach: Dusty Lasley, Managers: Abby Gregory, Kadee Kenny, Denae Sowell, Filmer: Chelsea Phillips, Water Girl: Peyton Dawson.Okeene Boys Basketball
The Whippets have a chance of making the state tournament in a competitive Class A. Led by Derrick Miles, Tanner Bedwell and Chris Root; the Whippets are playing well at the right time. Also look for Ryan Osmus and Kaleb Cusak to help down the stretch.
Derrick Luetjen and Derek Patterson
University of Tulsa Football
The signing period saw two great NWOK players go to the University of
Tulsa. Luetjen, who led a stout Hennessey defense to the Class 2A
state championship and the talismanic Derek Patterson from Kingfisher.
“Patterson has some magic to him,” said University of Tulsa head coach
Bill Blankenship. “He led Kingfisher to two state title games and he
is a winner. We are excited to get them both (Luetjen and Patterson)