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  • Mooreland loses to Fairview

    Katie Strehl|Oct 28, 2021

    The 6 and 0 Mooreland Bearcats met the 7 and 0 Fairview Yellow Jackets last Friday night in Mooreland. Fairview walked away with another win, and Mooreland is now 6 and 1. The Yellow Jackets scored within the first two minutes after starting their first drive on their 30-yard line. The Bearcats also scored later in the quarter. This happened when Stetson Roper (No. 24) recovered a fumbled punt. The Bearcats moved the ball down field and on first and ten on the three yard line Roper scored 6;... Full story

  • Bearcats beat Red Devils

    Katie Strehl|Oct 13, 2021

    The Mooreland Bearcats beat the Texhoma Red Devils Friday night, extending their record to 5 – 0. The game started with a quick touchdown for Mooreland when quarterback Carter Sampson kept the ball and ran over 30 yards to put the Bearcats within the 5-yard line. On the next snap Sampson scored. Stetson Roper (#24) scored 2 points and the score was 8-0 with 11:30 left in the first quarter. Mooreland scored once more in the half when Sampson, on defense, intercepted the ball and ran it over 35 ya...

  • Rodeo Queen Kick-Off held Tuesday

    Katie Strehl|Jul 22, 2021

    Freedom's 84th Annual Rodeo Queen's Kick-off was a success. Lily Thomas, a Medford High School student, and Jaci Weber, a Freedom High School student, are competing for queen. Kenadie Meyer, an Alva middle school student, and Havana Pritchard, who is new to Freedom, are running for princess. These ladies will be knocking on doors for the next four weeks selling tickets and promoting the Freedom Rodeo that is slated for Aug. 19, 20 and 21. Gary Earnest is the 2021 Honored Old Cowhand and will be... Full story

  • Teacher of the Year, students recognized

    Katie Strehl|Jun 3, 2021

    Ag teacher David Turner was recognized as Freedom Public School “Teacher of the Year” for the school year of 2020-21 during the end-of-the-year assembly. As every school year comes to an end, FPS has an award assembly. During the FPS 2020-21 assembly, Freedom Public School students and staff gathered to reward students who have achieved benchmarks within their academic classes. Elementary school students received attendance, reading, math and science awards while selected middle and high sch...

  • Mooreland overpowers Magnum

    Katie Strehl|Nov 19, 2020

    The Mooreland Bearcats hosted their first-round football playoff game and soundly beat the Mangum Tigers 38 to 13. Mooreland will travel to Minco for round two of the playoffs Friday. In the first possession, the Bearcats scored in two plays. Ridge Proviance (No. 21) set it up with a kick return of 26 yards so that the offense could start on Mangum’s 43. Carter Sampson connected with Conner Scarborough (No. 27) who stepped out at the 27, and Sampson scored by running it up the middle. The score read Mooreland 6 – Mangum 0. Mangum looked goo...

  • Freedom School bond issue results in question

    Katie Strehl|Nov 5, 2020

    At 6:58 p.m. a Freedom voter just made it through the door to cast her vote. At 7 p.m. Vanessa Gerloff opened the entrance door and announced, "Polls are closed. The polls are closed." Out of 222 registered voters in Freedom, 220 voted Tuesday, Nov. 3. "It was a steady flow of people," Janell Reutlinger said. "Only one time, around 3 p.m., did we have voters waiting in line to vote." As of Tuesday evening the Freedom School bond issue (that is voted on in three precincts: Harper, Woods and Woodw... Full story

  • Bulldogs outscore the Bearcats

    Katie Strehl|Nov 5, 2020

    The Mooreland Bearcats met the Hooker Bulldogs last Friday night at the Mooreland field. The first quarter was a defensive battle filled with fourth down stops and penalties on both sides. Mooreland scored first with just seconds left in the first quarter. The Bearcats began on their 36. The Bearcats strung some runs together using their running backs, Conner Scarborough (No. 27) and Stetson Roper (No. 8). Scarborough was able to advance the ball 11 yards and then an additional 10 yards after... Full story

  • Bearcats beat the Eagles 34-6

    Katie Strehl|Oct 8, 2020

    The Mooreland Bearcats took on the Burns Flat-Dill City Eagles at home last Friday night. It was the Mooreland homecoming, and the Bearcats came out fighting to score first. During the first quarter of play, both teams struggled to move the ball and neither team scored. However, the Bearcats put themselves in good position to score at the end of the quarter. Mooreland player Theo Sutton intercepted the ball and took it to the 19-yard line. With less than two minutes before the quarter expired, t... Full story

  • Black Bears bite the Bearcats

    Katie Strehl|Sep 9, 2020

    Mooreland Bearcats took on the Pawnee Black Bears Friday and lost 14 to 38. Both teams showed up ready to play. The Cats kicked the ball to the Bears first and because of a penalty the Bears started deep in the Cats' territory. About mid-field the Bears turned the ball over on downs and Mooreland had a turn to score, but on fourth down the Cats gave up the ball to the Bears. The Bears pushed the ball down field by keeping to the running game. With 38 seconds left in the first quarter the Bears... Full story

  • Link crowned 2020 Miss Freedom on Saturday

    Katie Strehl|Sep 3, 2020

    And Miss Freedom 2020 is ... TamLynn Link! At the Miss Freedom Pageant on Saturday, Link won the talent and interview portions of the contest, each worth 30 percent of the overall score. She sang "Amazing Grace" to the tune of "House of the Rising Sun." Link will go on to compete at the NWOSU Miss Cinderella Pageant, which has been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. Madison Rhodes was named first runner-up and received a trophy and bouquet of flowers. Her talent was tap dancing to the lively... Full story

  • Dixie Stansberry is 2020 Old Cowhand

    Katie Strehl|Aug 12, 2020

    Dixie (McCammon) Stansberry is Freedom's 2020 Cimarron Cowboy's auxiliary Old Cowhand. "I am pleasantly surprised," Stansberry said. "It is an honor." Dixie Stanberry will be honored all three nights of the 83rd Freedom Rodeo on Aug. 13, 14 and 15. The annual Old Cowhand Reunion will be held Saturday (Aug. 15) starting at 11 a.m. at the Freedom Park. All are welcome to come and celebrate. Stansberry's grandparents, George and Mary Louise McCammon, homesteaded the property known as the...

  • 5K and Fun Run slated

    Katie Strehl|Aug 6, 2020

    The Freedom School Athletic Department will sponsor the annual Freedom Red Bluff Classic, a 5K/fun run, on Saturday, Aug. 15. Check-in begins at 7:15 and the race begins at 7:30 a.m. Entry forms were due Wednesday, Aug. 5; however, one can register at 7 a.m. on the day of the event. The race begins at the Freedom Rodeo Grounds and ends on Main Street. The cost to participate is $15 for the fun run and $20 for the 5K. Everyone who registers will get a T-shirt. First, second and third place... Full story

  • Dixie Stansberry is 2020 Old Cowhand

    Katie Strehl|Aug 6, 2020

    Dixie (McCammon) Stansberry is Freedom's 2020 Cimarron Cowboy's auxiliary Old Cowhand. "I am pleasantly surprised," Stansberry said. "It is an honor." Dixie Stanberry will be honored all three nights of the 83rd Freedom Rodeo on Aug. 13, 14 and 15. The annual Old Cowhand Reunion will be held Saturday (Aug. 15) starting at 11 a.m. at the Freedom Park. All are welcome to come and celebrate. Sandy Wimmer is quick to attribute much of the success of the Freedom Museum to Dixie's efforts as a board... Full story

  • Good News Ranch cowhands wanted

    Katie Strehl|Jul 29, 2020

    The churches of Freedom will collaborate to bring the annual Vacation Bible School event titled “Good News Ranch.” This year’s VBS country theme will be held at the Freedom Christian Church (FCC). Patrons from both FCC and Freedom Methodist Church (FMC) will be managing the event. “Good News Ranch” is a sequel to last year’s VBS and will be held Aug. 4-6, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The return of Tumbleweed Todd (Pastor Todd Finney of FMC) and Wobbly Boots (Jennifer Finney) will offer songs, fun and laughs. Stories will be told around the campfire as...

  • 83rd Rodeo Queen Kickoff held Saturday

    Katie Strehl|Jul 16, 2020

    Despite COVID-19 and a particularly hot evening that turned into a predominately windy event, the Freedom Rodeo's 83rd Queen Kickoff took place Saturday evening. The temperature soared over 100 degrees and the heat index was around 110 and before the evening event was done the temps dropped and the wind gusted throughout the pavilion at the town park. About 40 people of Freedom gathered to support the tradition of the "Queen Kickoff." This event marks the countdown to the annual Freedom Rodeo... Full story

  • 'You can't always get what you want'

    Katie Strehl|May 21, 2020

    Some communities have done virtual ceremonies and others did parades to honor their 2020 high school seniors. Freedom Public School, having only five graduates, had their ceremony indoors and followed every rule of the state's COVID-19 plan on Saturday, May 16. While the school's auditorium seats around 300, seniors were only allowed to invite up to 10 family members and friends. Rows were taped off to allow only every other row to be occupied; every fourth seat in the remaining rows was left op... Full story

  • Lady Eagles win one, lose one at districts

    Katie Strehl|Feb 20, 2020

    The Freedom Lady Eagles handled the Deer Creek-Lamont Lady Eagles (DCLA) in the first game of District Basketball Playoffs last Friday evening in Burlington. The game was close in the first quarter with Freedom ahead by one (8-9). The score was tied 12-all with just four minutes to go in the second quarter. And then, Freedom started hitting their shots. Linsy Weber (00) hit a three-pointer, Ariana White (10) made two points, Summer Ralston (22) exploded with seven points and Jaci Weber (40)... Full story

  • Freedom local livestock show results

    Katie Strehl|Feb 13, 2020

    The Freedom FFA Local Stock Show began at 8:30 last Friday morning. About 50 patrons sat in the stands and supported the 4-H and FFA members. A total of 15 members showed gilts, barrows, does, goats, a ewe, lambs, heifers and a steer. Members competed for class winner, champion, reserve champion and showmanship awards. There were over 40 awards given. The livestock judge was Jay Merritt, the ag ed teacher from Mooreland High School. The announcer was Greg Highfill; the woods county OSU... Full story

  • Freedom robotics team formed

    Katie Strehl|Nov 7, 2019

    Freedom Public Schools has begun a robotics team. It will be one of the only For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) teams in northwest Oklahoma. The team of 13 students, ranging from seventh to tenth grade, are excited to be part of an innovative program. "It's way more than building robots," Bretta Matthews, co-coach of the team, said. "We're wanting to promote team building and high level critical thinking skills." Team members not only design and build robots but... Full story

  • Bulldogs outrun the Bearcats

    Katie Strehl|Nov 7, 2019

    On a chilly Friday evening, the Mooreland Bearcats hosted the last regular season game against the Hooker Bulldogs. Both teams needed this win to seal their fates and continue on to the playoffs. The Bearcats came out to win and scored first with a nice pitch from quarterback (QB) Dawson Frazier (1) to Connor Scarborough (27) who rushed in for 6. The 2-point try was no good and with 6:32 left in the first, the Bearcats led. The Bulldogs and the Bearcats missed opportunities to score due to... Full story

  • Freedom Carnival was festive

    Katie Strehl|Oct 31, 2019

    Freedom Public Schools 2019 Fall Carnival, a traditional fundraiser for 7-12 grades, was fun and successful. The evening started with a dinner, served by the senior class, of chili or chicken and noodles with mashed potatoes, green beans, hot rolls and dessert. The class vice president, Cade Kennedy, felt the class fundraiser was successful. "The class did fairly well between having dinner, playing bingo and the silent auction," Kennedy said. "I heard we made over $1,000." The games/booths... Full story

  • 4-H Week: 'Inspire Kids to Do'

    Katie Strehl|Oct 17, 2019

    Last week was National 4-H Week, and it was full of activities for Freedom School's students. The 4-H theme was "Inspire Kids to Do." Each day was dress-up day and there were contests. Contests included "guess the number of candies in the candy jar," 4-H scavenger hunt and "kiss the goat." A large jar was full of chocolate candies and students, faculty and staff could guess. There were 127 pieces and school administrator Bryant Weber won the jar with a perfect guess. The scavenger hunt... Full story

  • Red Devils defeat Bearcats

    Katie Strehl|Oct 17, 2019

    Mooreland Bearcats came up short of a win last Friday evening losing to the Texhoma Red Devils 13-6. Both teams had their share of fumbles, interceptions and penalties throughout the game. The Red Devils scored first on the third down of the first quarter after Tryan Grice (3) stripped the ball from a Bearcat carrier and ran 52 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was good and the score read 7-0 Red Devils with 11:07 left in the first. The Bearcats got the ball and kept it on the ground. The... Full story

  • Mooreland JH team mows past Chisholm

    Katie Strehl|Oct 10, 2019

    The Mooreland Bearcats junior high football team met the Chisholm JH Longhorns team on Oct. 1 at the Mooreland field. Mooreland scored first with a short run by Carter Sampson and a quick two points made the score in the first minutes of the game 8-0. The quarter ended with the Bearcats knocking on the door after a nice gain of 20 yards by Kaden Overton that ended at the two yard line. The Bearcats scored within seconds of the second quarter; two extra points brought the score to 16-0. The half... Full story

  • Bearcats clip the Eagles

    Katie Strehl|Oct 10, 2019

    Mooreland Bearcats battled the Oklahoma Christian Academy Eagles (OCA) in what started as a barn burner last Friday night. The Eagles received the opening kickoff and set up on their 34 yard line. On fourth down the Eagles went for a first down but were foiled by an interception caught by Bearcat player Lance Bolar of Freedom. Bolar was brought down on the Eagle's 23 yard line. Three downs later, running back, Keeton Bowers ran the ball in for 6; the extra point was no good and the Bearcats lead... Full story

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