High school hoops: A great night at Bishop McGuinness

NewsOK Blog: By Berry Tramel Published: February 18, 2014

I don’t get out much for sporting events that I’m not covering. An occasional high school football game. A gymnastic meet or two, since my oldest granddaughter loves the sport. Youth sports involving 7-year-old Riley or my 6-year-old nephew, who plays basketball and t-ball.

But Friday night, my wife and I took all three granddaughters — Riley, 4-year-old Sadie and 2-year-old Tinley — to the McCarthy Gymnasium to watch the Bishop McGuinness boys play Ardmore.


I know, doesn’t sound like the greatest Valentine’s adventure. But the Dish and I had a nice dinner on Thursday night at Legend’s in Norman, because we needed to get to McGuinness. I hadn’t seen Brian Canfield play all season. Brian’s father, Owen, is an Oklahoman editorial writer and the former Oklahoma City Associated Press sports editor. We spent a hundred nights driving back and forth to Stillwater, covering OSU football and basketball. We became great friends, and I’m Brian’s godfather.

It’s an indictment of our fast-paced lives that I don’t get to more of Brian’s games. He’s a heck of a ballplayer. I last saw him play last March, in McGuinness’ Class 5A state semifinal victory over Chickasha in Tulsa.

Anyway, we went to the McGuinness game and had the most delightful time.

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