A red dirt Sports Xtra Weekly Update

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This first week of 2018 has been a busy one for Cushing Tiger sports fans across the map. From high school wrestling duals to championship basketball tournaments - What a way to start the new year!

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In a wrestling dual against the Bristow Pirates, Cushing Tigers fought hard but ultimately suffered a 42-29 loss in the absence of their team captain, senior Billy Simpson, who has been out since last month due to an injury.


On December 22nd the state-placing wrestler sustained a severe injury to his spinal cord during a regular practice. Although family and friends feared he may never be able to walk unassisted again, Simpson was recently reported to have regained much of the feeling in his fingers and toes and has begun working daily toward being able to walk on his own. 

Last Thursday, January 4th, Simpson was flown to a rehabilitation center in Colorado where his chest tube was removed without complication. To friends, family and fans - any gifts or well wishes will find Billy at

  • Craig Hospital  
  • 3425 S Clarkson St
  • Englewood, CO 80113



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Cushing Tigers lost to number one seed, Mannford Pirates, in game one of the RT 66 Classic Basketball Tournament last Thursday. The game wrapped up with a score of 57-33 and brought the Tiger record to 1-7. 

"It's one of those games where we can learn from it and we will get better from it," says Cushing Tiger head basketball coach, Kent Hixson. "We played a good first half but then the "turnover bug" hit us". 


After a 38-23 win over Seminole, featuring 16 points pulled in by senior Kyleigh Leverich and another 14 from junior Braelyn Berlowitz, the Lady Tigers moved on to Game Two of the RT 66 Classic Tournament to face the Mannford Lady Pirates. 

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The Lady Tigers claimed claimed another victory, defeating Pirates by a 10 point margin on Saturday with a score of 42-32. The win hoisted Cushing's record up to 8-2 and secured thier placement in the Classic Championship match against the Luther Lions.

The tournament came to an exciting end when the last game closed at a 41-29 score in favor of Cushing (now 8-2) and fans were thrilled but unsurprised as the Cushing Lady Tigers accepted the RT 66 Classic Championship trophy. 

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