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Oklahoma high school sports: Carl Albert's football streak, Trey Alexander's finale and the 21 things to look forward to in 2021

Bixby holds up the championship trophy after defeating Choctaw for the Class 6A-II football title on Dec. 5 at Wantland Stadium in Edmond. [Alonzo J. Adams/for The Oklahoman]
Bixby holds up the championship trophy after defeating Choctaw for the Class 6A-II football title on Dec. 5 at Wantland Stadium in Edmond. [Alonzo J. Adams/for The Oklahoman]

With the turn of the calendar comes another opportunity for lifelong highlights, record-breaking seasons and more.

Here are 21 things The Oklahoman’s staff is looking forward to in high school sports for 2021.

1. Bixby going for 49. The Spartans’ football team has won 36 straight games and three state titles. If they win 13 more, they’ll break Wagoner’s 11-man record of 48 straight.

2. Carl Albert aiming for 6. The Titans have won five straight Class 5A titles, but next season brings an opportunity to start adding rings on the other hand.

3. The state basketball tournament. After last season’s second weekend was canceled, it will bring even more hype and enthusiasm to this year’s tournament.

4. Spring sports. There weren’t any last year, but that shouldn’t be the case this year. Baseball, golf, slowpitch softball, soccer, tennis and track will be back.

5. Steele Wasel’s development. Choctaw’s quarterback is bound for a big spring on the recruiting trail and in the fall on the gridiron. Just how high is his ceiling?

6. Trey Alexander’s final ride. The senior guard at Heritage Hall has one last go around to try and win another state title. Don’t miss an opportunity to see him.

7. Jeremiah Johnson blossoming. The sophomore guard at Putnam North is next in line for the state’s top basketball recruits. He’ll soon be a household name.

8. The Oklahoman’s 2022 Super 30. Although the 2021 class was loaded, 2022 has numerous prospects at the top of the list who are going to shine well into the future.

9. Gentry Williams’ return. The star at Tulsa Booker T. Washington tore his ACL early during his junior season. Arguably the top recruit next year, his return is good for the state.

10. Battle between Goodman and Wilson. Christian Heritage’s Drew Goodman, an OU, signee, and Edmond North’s Jordan Wilson, an Oklahoma State signee, will have a Bedlam battle for bragging rights as the city’s top golfer.

11. How high will Yukon’s Kyla Davis jump? The senior pole vaulter at Yukon smashed the Class 6A record as a sophomore. In her final year, she has a chance to break the state record and more.

12. Who can top Maddi Kamas? Kingfisher senior golfer Maddi Kamas won seven of her final eight tournaments as a sophomore and has only gotten better. Now she’ll try to win a state title.

13. Picklo vies for another title. Mustang senior wrestler Tate Picklo, an OU commit, will attempt to win his third Class 6A state title and complete his third consecutive undefeated season.

14. Tuttle looks to extend streak. The Tuttle wrestling program has won a record 12 consecutive state tournament titles. With first-year coach Bobby Williams at the helm, the Class 4A Tigers will try to keep their streak alive.

15. Will Norman girls basketball lose a game? The Tigers are loaded with talent and have one of the best girls basketball teams in state history.

16. Hayes tries to remain on top. Senior swimmer Aiden Hayes will attempt to cap his brilliant swimming career at Norman North with another strong season before heading to NC State.

17. Stillwater wrestling looks to make noise. The Pioneers have a new coach in former Oklahoma State wrestler Ethan Kyle and are nationally ranked. Stillwater is one of several loaded teams in Class 6A.

18. Get to know this name. Dayton Forsythe. The Dale guard is poised for a breakout year. He’s just a freshman, but the Oklahoma high school basketball world will know him before the season is finished.

19. Will Tuttle’s twin towers be as dominant as last year? Junior Hadley Periman and sophomore Landry Allen were one of the state’s best duos in high school girls basketball last season. Their length causes nightmares for opponents, and the Tigers will lean on them again this year.

20. Who will replace Gabe Simonsen? The Mustang cross-country star won his third straight Class 6A state title in the fall, and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top in 2021.

21. Will the east-side dominance continue? The 1995 Midwest City Bombers are the last team from the west side of the state to win a football title in the largest classification. Will the east-side streak finally come to an end?

Cameron Jourdan

Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internship with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in a... Read more ›

Nick Sardis

Nick Sardis joined The Oklahoman in 2017, and he covers high school sports. Born and raised in Norman, he played baseball at Norman North High School and is a student at the University of Oklahoma. Read more ›

James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›