War Eagles Outsmart Porter 67-51 on MIT Night

Josh Caldwell was among the scoring leaders as Oak Ridge defeated Porter 67-51 Tuesday night. Photo courtesy of Chuck Briese

The Oak Ridge War Eagle basketball team proved to be rude hosts in defeating a pesky Porter Spartans squad 67-51 on Tuesday night.

The War Eagles (2-2) are playing like a cohesive unit already with balanced scoring across the board. Tanner Doyel, Brent Burress, Josh Caldwell and Luken Baker led team scoring with 11 points each. Bryan Lehmann and Trumaine Jefferson chipped in with 10 apiece. Porter’s Hunter Ray scored 32 points to include making 13 out of 14 free throws.

Coach Stewart was pleased with his team’s effort, “We had some amazingly balanced scoring, he said.”

The basketball game was not the only event going on as this was also Oak Ridge’s annual MIT night. MIT night is an idea Coach Stewart and company came up with eight years ago as a way to show teachers just how valuable they are to the young people of this community.

“Our teachers are so involved with the students and so helpful in their success, we just wanted to say thank you.” Coach Stewart said.

Each player picks their most important teacher for their own individual reasons. The players write a statement and Coach Stewart reads it during pre-game introductions. The players and their teachers walk out together as they are introduced.

The teachers this year are… Ms. Abele, Ms. Lowe, Ms. Crowe, Ms. Garrett, Coach Pirtle, Ms. Mayfield, Mr. Winter, Mr. McComis, Coach Strickland, Ms. Bernstein (the only staff member that has been at Oak Ridge High School for its entire history), and Ms. Sullivan. Coach Stewart indicated that Ms. Sullivan had to escape the hospital because she just had surgery. MIT night is so special to her that she did all she could to attend – and made it!

Oak Ridge holds their annual alumni game on Friday night at 7:00 pm. Coach Stewart said, “Now we have to defeat some of the best players from three decades! I am looking forward to seeing them again.”








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Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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