Bethel graduate Corey Metscher to play in All-State football game – Shawnee News-Star

By Brian Johnson Sports Editor bjohnson@news-star.com

Corey Metscher, a recent Bethel graduate, will be playing in another high school football game.

It was recently announced that Metscher will participate in the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Football Game to be held on July 29 at Oklahoma Baptist University’s Crain Stadium.

The game will start at 7:30 p.m. Player presentations will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Metscher, who was nicknamed the Shawnee News-Star The Tri-County Area Football Athlete of the Year will continue his playing career at East Central University in Ada next season.

Metscher was a star on both sides of football as a running back and linebacker for coach Joey Ginn’s Bethel Wildcats as he was named District 2A-3 Most Valuable Player.

Offensively, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Metscher rushed the ball 194 times for 1,457 yards and scored 18 touchdowns during his 2021 senior season. He eclipsed the 100-yard rushing barrier eight of 11 team matches.

On the defensive end of the ball, Metscher had 96 tackles including three for loss, four quarterback dispatches, intercepted a pass, defended two passes, forced a fumble and blocked a punt.

Metscher was selected as the Shawnee News-Star Tri-County Area Male Athlete of the Week from August 30 through September 30. On Feb. 4, 2021, after scoring 201 yards on 19 carries and scoring rushes for 6, 4, 9, and 30 yards in Bethel’s 2021 season-opening 49-26 victory over Meeker. He also had 11 tackles and blocked a punt to set up a score in that game.

Metscher joins two other area players, both offensive linemen, who are slated to play in the All-State Game — Tecumseh’s Brennon Carter (6-5, 275) and Seminole’s Myles Branson (6-1, 250).

Former Shawnee baseball player

Solid Independent League Roulette

Before Wednesday’s Independent League baseball game, former Shawnee High School baseball star Josh Rolette was hitting .500 in the previous four games for the Kane County Cougars of the American Association of Independent Leagues.

Rolette, who was on state championship teams with the Wolves and played collegiate at Kansas State University, had a .277 batting average this season, heading into Wednesday.

However, in the Cougars’ previous four games, it was 9-for-18 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored as Kane County went 3-1 in a pair of games apiece against Winnipeg and Sioux Falls.

In 24 games this season, Roulette has two home runs, seven doubles and 19 RBIs.

Roulette hit .289 with five home runs, 10 doubles and 20 RBIs in 39 games for the Cougars in 2021.

Roulette, who resides in Knoxville, Tennessee, is in his second season with the Geneva, Illinois-based club.

Chandler pitcher Jon Gray excels for Texas Rangers

Former Chandler High School star Jon Gray had an outstanding throwing effort last Friday in the Texas Rangers’ 7-0 triumph at Detroit.

Gray, who also pitched at the University of Oklahoma, worked the first seven innings from the mound, allowed five hits, no walks and struck out six to bring his record of the season at 2-3.

Gray threw 102 pitches in the game and 68 ventured for strikes. He also lowered his ERA to 4.27 with Friday’s win.

In two other games, which weren’t decisions, he struck out 10 in the Rangers’ 8-6 win over the Chicago White Sox and stoked 12 against the Tampa Bay Rays in seven innings on June 2. .

Gray was on the disabled list in April with a sprained knee.

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