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Owasso's new trends blending with winning tradition

(From left to right) Owasso High School senior catcher Jake Enzbrenner and junior third baseman Caleb Denny field ground balls during the team's practice. (KTUL)

Whether it's kissing babies, touching the rally bass, or the classic rally caps, perhaps no game is more inherently superstitious than baseball. Then again, maybe the only thing more inherent with Owasso: Winning.

The Rams have won 10 state championships since 1998; the most recent coming in 2015. Longtime head coach Larry Turner believes there are traits found within all of these teams.

"They buy in as a team and not just a group of individuals," Turner explained. They have a lot of talent but they have great team chemistry. It couldn't be a better deal for them to have success."

But the Rams have their quirks too. On Thursday's, they aren't the Rams, they sport the school's former mascot from the 1950's.

"My sophomore year, we started doing 'Throwback Thursdays,'" said senior catcher Jake Enzbrenner. "We used to be the Owls. And we started doing it every Thursday."

And with Owasso baseball, there's a firm belief in the importance of unity. Or in this case, a "perm" belief.

Several of the players were showing off their freshly permed hair; a change from their postseason ritual of years past. Many of the past winners bleached their hair as a sign of unity.

"We found a picture of coach turner with a big afro and we thought it was pretty cool," said junior third baseman Caleb Denny.

"So we had to try it out for ourselves." Credit junior pitcher Brayden Lloyd's grandmother for the work. "It takes a lot of hard work," Brayden said jokingly. "Like 20 minutes."

Going into the last weekend of April, Owasso has only lost two games this season. And in some of the national high school polls, the Rams rank as high as fourth in the country.

Obviously we'll have to wait see if 2017 ends with yet another state championship. Owasso will host Ozark (Missouri) Friday and will end its regular season schedule Monday at home against Collinsville.

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