2015 SBHS Cheerleaders

2015 SBHS Cheerleaders

(L-R) Back: Haylie Drake, Kacee Hostetler, Bailey Roberts, Caitlin Jacobs. Front: Taylor Pollock, Anna Perez, Emily Rugg, Nicole Blick.

Freshman Savannah Hughbanks returns the ball during recent tennis action on the South Barber courts.

Ana Wilhelm Crowned South Barber Homecoming Queen

Ana Wilhelm Crowned South Barber Homecoming Queen

South Barber Homecoming Royalty

South Barber Homecoming Royalty


Chieftains Win District Opener

The South Barber Chieftains defeated South Haven 32-22 Friday night to win their District 4 opener and push their record to 4-1 on the season. The Chiefs trailed 14-12 heading into the final quarter of play but scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to nail down the win. In other District 4 action, Attica-Argonia clobbered Caldwell 59-0 and Pretty Prairie blanked Norwich 50-0. South Barber hosts Norwich this coming Friday evening, October 9. See our print edition for complete story.

Homecoming Button will Provide Admission to NWOSU Miss Cinderella Pageant

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Ammorae Williams, Miss South Barber

The 64th annual Miss Cinderella Pageant set for Oct. 8-9 is part of Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s annual homecoming celebration.

Area high school girls will perform talent acts on Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. with the pageant portion on Oct. 9 at 8 p.m.. All of the contestants will take part in Northwestern’s homecoming parade on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m.

Admission to either the Miss Cinderella Talent Show or the Miss Cinderella Pageant is $10 each night for adults and $5 for students with a student ID or $10 total with the purchase of a Homecoming button. Buttons will be available at the door on talent show night. Both events will be held in Herod Hall Auditorium.

Anyone who wants to purchase buttons can buy them at the Alva Chamber of Commerce office located at 502 Oklahoma Blvd., (580) 327-1647; the Northwestern Foundation office in the Student Center, (580) 327-8593; or the Northwestern business office in Herod Hall, (580) 327-8536.

Buttons also will be available at Rialto, (580) 327-0535; Sights and Sounds/Radio Shack, (580) 327-0409; Daisy Village, (580) 327-3467; Holder Drug, (580) 327-3332; Alva Vision Clinic, (580) 327-2393; Hair on the Square, (580) 327-0258; and LaDEEda’s, (580) 327-0382. Buttons also are available for purchase from a number of individuals in several buildings across the Northwestern-Alva campus.

Katie Botts, Enid administrative assistant, (580) 213-3101, is the button sales representative for the Enid campus, while Milissa Sturgill, Woodward campus coordinator, may be contacted for buttons in Woodward at (580) 254-2503.

The 2015 contestants and schools they represent are: Shelby Bender, Cherokee; Katherine Blair, Waynoka; Jenna Castor, Shattuck; Emma Cline, Alva; Loren Decker, Ringwood; Meaghan Dorn, Mangum; Laura Givens, Arnett; Taylor Ham, Mooreland; Kara Hamen, Aline-Cleo; Macee Hammack, Leedy; Alisson Ingram, Cimarron; Sydney Luskey, Chisholm; Shelbi Morland, Laverne; Devre Newby, Woodward; Jasmine Seevers, Seiling; Alysson Stewart, Burlington; Ashley Strehl, Freedom; Marisa Wilkinson, Buffalo; Ammorae Williams, South Barber; and Kylie Wilson, Timberlake.


Chieftains Hold On to Top Trojans, Open District Play at South Haven


Junior Gavin Doherty intercepts a pass in last Friday’s win over Stafford


Big runs, long passes, crucial turnovers. South Barber’s football game Friday night with Stafford had it all. But it was the Chieftain defense that made the big plays late in the game to secure a 26-20 homecoming victory over the Trojans in a battle of two evenly matched teams.

South Barber takes a 3-1 record in District 4 play this week at South Haven, which has a 2-2 record after losing 70-28 last week to CedarVale-Dexter. Everyone starts with a clean record in District play, however, and South Barber will have crucial games the next four weeks at South Haven, a home game with Norwich, at Caldwell and a final home contest with Pretty Prairie before finishing out District play at state-ranked Attica-Argonia.

Fireworks Start Early

It was an absolute perfect night for a homecoming game, and it didn’t take long for the Chieftain defense to make its first big play of the game. On the first Trojan drive after taking the kickoff, junior Spencer Kimmell jumped on a fumble at the Stafford 30.

Chieftain head coach Matt Cantrell went for the touchdown on the very next play, but a long pass into the endzone was intercepted, giving Stafford the ball right back at their own 15.

The South Barber defense, with seniors Tyler Martin, Kolton Pavlu and sophomore Kadin Banks on the front line, held solid and forced a punt to the Trojan 32 yard line.

On a 3rd and 3 play, junior quarterback Grant Cantrell scrambled out of the pocket then connected with Spencer Kimmell over the middle for a 25-yard touchdown pass and run and 6-0 Chieftain lead after the failed extra point try.

Junior defensive back Gavin Doherty had the next big play as he jumped high to pick off a pass and stop the Stafford drive on the Chieftain 20. But the offense couldn’t get going, though, and punted right back to the Trojans.

Trojans Strike Quickly

On the first play of the second quarter, Stafford used a 56 yard pass play to tie the score at 6-6. The Trojans then forced another Chieftain punt and took a 12-6 lead on a long run.

The two teams traded fumbles on their next possessions, but the South Barber offense got going with a nice catch and run by sophomore Trae Rathgeber took the ball out near midfield. Grant Cantrell then got great protection from his linemen and launched a long pass to Spencer Kimmell, who caught it in stride for a 46-yard score to tie the game 12-all at halftime.

Exciting Second Half

South Barber had to punt after taking the second half kickoff, but the defense held solid and forced the Trojans to punt the ball to return man Trae Rathgeber. Trae made a nice cut, then raced 70 yards for the touchdown and 20-12 lead after Cantrell pounded over for the extra points.

But Stafford wasn’t going away easily. On the first play after the kickoff they scored on a 67 yard run and tied the game 20-all after getting the extra points.

The defenses then took over, forcing both teams to trade punts. The Chieftains got a drive going late in the third quarter, though, with a couple of nice runs by Rathgeber moving the ball to the Trojan 21 as the fourth quarter got underway.

Freshman Neal Gugelmeyer ripped off a 13-yard run down to the Stafford 13, and on a 4th down and 1 play, Grant Cantrell stepped back to pass, then found an opening and rambled 12 yards into the endzone to put his team on top 26-20 after the points after again were no good.

Now it was up to the defense.

The Chiefs jumped on a Stafford fumble at their own 36 and a good run by Rathgeber moved the ball to the Trojan 30. But a pass into the endzone was again picked off stopping the South Barber drive.

Trae Rathgeber got the ball right back for South Barber with an interception on the Stafford 33, but the Chiefs fumbled the ball right back on the next play. Stafford used a power running game to move to the South Barber 5 yard line where the defense held solid. On a 4th and goal from the 5 yard line, the Chieftain defense held Stafford on the one-yard line to stop the scoring threat.

Backed up near their own endzone, South Barber was forced to punt but got a nice kick from Cantrell that rolled dead on the Stafford 30.

The Trojans again got big runs to move the ball into Chieftain territory as the game entered the final minute of play. A couple of big hits on the quarterback by Tyler Martin put Stafford in a desperate position at the South Barber 33 with just nine seconds left. That forced the Trojans to pass into the endzone on their final play, and waiting for the ball was Trae Rathgeber, who got his second interception of the game.South Barber took over and ran the final second off the clock to preserve the win.


Grant Cantrell was 8 of 19 passing for 143 yards. Five of those passes were caught by Trae Rathgeber for 68 yards, while Spencer Kimmell had 3 receptions for a team high 75 yards.

Cantrell led the rushing attack with 14 carries for 50 yards, and Rathgeber ran the ball 17 times for 50 yards. Neal Gugelmeyer had 2 carries for 14 yards and Gavin Doherty 2 carries for 10 yards.

Defensively, it was definitely a team effort. Spencer Kimmell was in on 27 tackles with Grant Cantrell right behind with 17, Tyler Martin 13 and Gavin Doherty 11 tackles and assists. Neal Gugelmeyer was in on 8 stops, Kolton Pavlu 7, Trae Rathgeber 6 and Kadin Banks 4 tackles. Brian Farney and Cole Coggins had one tackle each. Trae Rathgeber intercepted 2 passes and Gavin Doherty had one pick, with Rathgeber and Kadin Banks each recovering a fumble.


The Red Dirt Rangers will kick off the Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series at Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Tuesday, Oct. 20, as the first of four scheduled acts for the season.

The homegrown red dirt band originated during the 1980s in Stillwater. The group has been spreading red dirt music across the plains for 25 years. Woodstock (NY) Times describes the band as “hip cowboys” who “play with soul,” like a bit of “Tex-Mex with extra jalapeño.” Laid-back and identified as taking the road-less-travelled, the Red Dirt Rangers share their passion of red dirt music everywhere they go.

All Concert Series performances will be in Herod Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Season tickets are now available in Alva at the Graceful Arts Center, Holder Drugstore, Rialto Movie Theater and the Northwestern Bookstore. Adult season tickets are $40, and student season tickets are $20. Tickets to individual performances will be sold on an “as available” basis at $15 for adults and $10 for students.

Continuing as second in the lineup are Jeff and Stacy Pederson on Tuesday, Dec. 1.The Pedersons will bring a refreshingly clean and an award-winning comedy act to Northwestern’s stage. Hailed as one of the best female comedians by Vocatus Productions, Stacy also is known as a motivational and inspirational speaker for women. Stacy and her husband Jeff, also known as “The Rock N’ Roll Pastor,” provide a dynamic duo that is entertaining and witty.

The Justin Pierce Jazz Quintet will perform on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. Justin Pierce is a saxophonist and professor of music at Oklahoma Baptist University. He currently is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of North Texas (UNT), where he also earned a Master of Jazz Studies degree. While at UNT, he served as lead alto saxophonist in the One O’Clock and Two O’Clock Lab Bands. As a freelance woodwind performer, Pierce has performed with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Temptations, The O’Jays, and Wayne Newton. The Justin Pierce Jazz Band performs jazz standards with a contemporary jazz flavor.

RUNA on March 8, 2016, is the last performance in the lineup. RUNA is a group of five musicians who come from a variety of musical backgrounds ranging from folk, classical, rock n’ roll, Middle Eastern and more. The Celtic band’s pure rhythm will send chills through the spine as the members dive into the songs from their albums for their performance. Recognized as “an incredible masterpiece” by The Celtic Crier, RUNA will finish the concert series with a bang.

This year, seven different sponsorship packages are being offered, each including season tickets, reserved seating and program advertisements. The sponsorship packages are as follows:

· Member, $150 to $249 contribution—three season tickets, seating in reserved section and name recognition in concert program.

· Partner, $250 to $349 contribution—five season tickets, seating in reserved section and name recognition in concert program.

· Friend, $350 to $499 Contribution—seven season tickets, seating in reserved section, name recognition in concert program and a quarter-page ad in concert program.

· Associate, $500 to $749 contribution—nine season tickets, seating in reserved section, name recognition in concert program and a quarter-page ad in concert program.

· Sustainer, $750 to $999 contribution—11 season tickets, seating in reserved section, name recognition in concert program and a half-page ad in concert program.

· Patron, $1,000 to $4,999 contribution—18 season tickets, seating in reserved section, name recognition in concert program and a full-page ad in concert program.

· Benefactor, $5,000 or more contribution—25 season tickets, seating in reserved section, name recognition in concert program and a full-page ad in concert program.

The reserved seating section at each concert will be held until five minutes prior to the performance.

Anyone interested in buying a sponsorship package or tickets, please contact Kimberly Weast, chair of the Department of Fine Arts, at (580) 327-8462 or by email at kkweast@nwosu.edu.

The Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series is supported by the Alva Tourism Convention Development Committee, the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Charles Morton Share Trust.