A Look at Dewey Softball

Here’s the latest addition to EE’s countdown to the top 15 local sports stories of 2021.

No. 4 – Softball Dewey: In the Shadow of the Mountaintop

Over an 11-year span in the 1980s and 1990s (1984-1994), Dewey High won the state softball championship seven times.

That’s only part of the story. In the late 1990s, Dewey’s appearance in the state tournament was as seasonal as falling leaves and golden sunsets in the early evening.

But Dewey’s status as a premier state power faded in the early 2000s.

In 2002, the Lady Doggers reclaimed the state tournament.

But, that was the last hurray for the shiny era.

Dewey’s diamond fortunes over the next decade and a half followed a yo-yo pattern – a few good years, very good years, average years and bad years.

But, with the arrival in 2017 of Niki Keck as head coach, Dewey was on the verge of reconnecting with his roots.

In 2018, the Lady Doggers (17-10) missed just one game to go to the playoffs.

In 2019, Dewey (20-16) advanced to the state quarterfinals — the most advanced Dewey in the playoffs since 2002.

In 2020, Dewey (28-4) returned to the state and lost a heartbreaking 7-5 decision in the quarterfinals.

And then there was 2021.

Dewey had a 30-win season (31-5), the most wins in a campaign since at least the 1990s — if ever.

Dewey sailed through the 2021 regionals without giving up the race – outclassing their opponents, 12-0.

This took them back to the quarter-finals for a third consecutive season. This time, Dewey did not flinch. The Lady Doggers beat Perry, 4-2, to advance to the state semifinals for the first time in about 25 years.

But North Rock Creek denied Dewey a chance to advance to the 2021 state finals, 6-2.

Even so, Dewey’s third straight appearance in the state and coming within a win of the state finals created one of the best local sports stories of 2021.

The core group around which Keck built Dewey’s fortune consisted of six seniors from the Class of 2022 – Gabby Higbee, Briley Davis, Savanna Moll, Makenna Smith, Rian Davis and Kaleena Downing.[spowerhousefortunesweresixseniorsfromtheClassof2022—GabbyHigbeeBrileyDavisSavannaMollMakennaSmithRianDavisandKaleenaDowning[spowerhousefortunesweresixseniorsfromtheClassof2022—GabbyHigbeeBrileyDavisSavannaMollMakennaSmithRianDavisandKaleenaDowning

Meanwhile, Dewey also made history by going undefeated (12-0) in regular season district games.

Here are the Dewey softball numbers:

Playoffs 2019

Regional: Dewey 10, Valiant 6

Regional: Dewey 13, Henryetta 9

Regional: Dewey 10, Valiant 3

State quarter-final: Tahlequah-Sequoyah 7, Dewey 1

Playoffs 2020

Regional: Dewey 5, Antlers 0

Regional: Dewey 10, Beggs 0

Regional: Dewey 7, Beggs 2

National quarter-final: Pocola 7, Dewey 5

Playoffs 2021

Regional: Dewey 6, Holdenville 0

Regional: Dewey 1, Tahlequah-Sequoyah 0

Regional: Dewey 5, Tahlequah-Sequoyah 0

State quarter-final: Dewey 4, Perry 2

State Semifinals: North Rock Creek 6, Dewey 2

Neighborhood Games 2021

F: Dewey 13, Adair 3 (Davis)

F: Dewey 9, Adair 3 (Davis)

F: Dewey 11, Lincoln Christian 1 (Davis)

F: Dewey 14, Lincoln Christian 1 (White)

F: Dewey 16, Salina 0 (Davis)

F: Dewey 12, Salina 0 (White)

Where: Dewey 12, Holland Hall 0 (Davis)

Where: Dewey 13, Holland Hall 0 (Davis)

F: Dewey 12, Claremore-Sequoyah 2 (Davis)

F: Dewey 16, Claremore-Sequoyah 0 (Davis)

F: Dewey 13, Kiefer 6 (Davis)

F: Dewey 8, Kiefer 7 (Davis)


Here’s the EE countdown to the best stories of 2021

No. 15 – Bartlesville Football: Lady Bruin Football Goes to the Playoffs

#14 – Bartlesville Swim: Perfect Start for Bartlesville Girls Swimming

No. 13 – Pawhuska Football: Huskies back in the deep hunt

No. 12 – Bartlesville Baseball: Still happy days in Doenges

#11 – Bartlesville, Dewey and Oklahoma Union: Volleyball teams reach new heights

#10—Changes in Coaching: Programs Move to New Leadership

No. 9 – Bartlesville Runway: Turner soars into the sky

No. 8—Wesleyan Christian Race: Lady Mustang Extends Stride; her sophomore teammate is following in her footsteps

No. 7 – Bartlesville Football: A touchdown to remember

No. 6 – Oklahoma Wesleyan baseball: Eagles head to Spring Classic

No. 5 – Oklahoma Wesleyan Basketball: Perfect for Christmas

No. 4 – Softball Dewey: In the Shadow of the Mountaintop

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