The Pryor Times

May 16, 2013

The Porter Report

No slowing down in the summer

Chuck Porter
Sports Editor

PRYOR, OK — You may be looking at your calendar wondering what you are going to do with these three months of summer break. What now?

All of the Mayes County high schools have wrapped up their sports years, and sent seniors on their way. Every school sent at least one team or athlete to a state tournament this year, and brought home several state titles, all-state selections and even a national championship.

The Thunder look to be, sadly, on their way out. At the time of this writing, they are still down 3-1 in their series with Memphis, but by the time you read it, Kevin Durant and Co. could already be in the offseason stage.

So what is there to watch or play?

Plenty.

The American Legion baseball season will kick off soon, and Mayes County will be well-represented. College baseball and softball are in full swing (no pun intended). Oklahoma and Oklahoma State baseballers are each ranked in the latest top 50, and the Sooner softballers were named the No. 1 overall seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament.

OKC may have lost its playoff legs, but there is plenty of good basketball to watch. The rest of the NBA playoffs, featuring the most gifted athlete I've ever seen, LeBron James, will go through June, and the WNBA tips off later this month. The Tulsa Shock will open their season at Atlanta May 25 and will open their home campaign May 27.

Summer league football will begin soon, with area teams hitting the field for 7-on-7 drills and conditioning, and before you know it, the season will be upon us.

I've heard the complaints about golf being boring to watch, but there will be nothing boring about watching Tiger try to improve on his best year yet this summer. He's already had the best start in his career through two months and needs just five PGA wins to dethrone Sam Snead as the winningest golfer of all time. The only question is if he can do it by September.

Want something with a little less dirt and sand and a little more glitz and glamour? Try the NBA Draft in June, when a bunch of big and tall men do their best faux-Urkel impressions and find out their futures.

Looking for something to do, instead of watch? There's plenty of that, too.

Golf courses are already welcoming droves of linksmen and women. Hitting the pool counts as exercise. Now is also a great time to try a sport you may have never tried before, like disc golf, tennis or racquetball.

As the spring season winds down, the summer season is heating up.

It's always a good time for sports.