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Congratulations to five Heart of Oklahoma football players who have been named Players of the Year.

Plaques were presented to the five players in two separate ceremonies Tuesday night.

Payson Purcell, Brendan Bacon and Brody Holder were honored at halftime of the Purcell girls basketball game with Marlow.

Later that night at Washington at the halftime of the boys game with Lindsay, Major Cantrell and Tanner Winlock were honored.

Purcell was named the Heart of Oklahoma Defensive Player of the Year. He made 107 tackles for the Dragons in 2022.

Bacon and Winlock earned the exact same grade for blocking for the season at 86 percent so they shared the Offensive Lineman of the Year honor.

Cantrell was named the Heart of Oklahoma Offensive Player of the Year. He completed 74 of 131 passes he attempted for 1,466 yards and 20 touchdowns in the regular season. He also rushed the pigskin 28 times for 312 yards and two touchdowns.

Holder was named the Heart of Oklahoma Defensive Lineman of the Year.

He made 80 tackles during the 2022 season.

Holder, Cantrell and Winlock are all juniors and will be back next season.

Watch for photo coverage in next week’s Purcell Register.


The Chinese are lucky I’m not the president.

Our country’s handling of the China “weather balloon” incident should concern Americans.

It was indecisive and full of idleness, panic and confused signaling that demonstrated nothing more than how poor our country’s decision-making is towards Beijing.

Where there should have been decisive action, there was a shockingly delayed downing of this most recent balloon.

And it only came after the country’s rightful outrage was registered.

Where the country should have been reassured by the White House, it received a jumble of mixed messaging and dithering.

It’s difficult not to believe Biden would have taken no action at all had the public not been made aware.


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