Despite finishing the 2011-2012 season 29-0 and Oklahoma Class 5A state champions, the Shawnee Lady Wolves were not considered an exceptionally athletic group. Rather, Coach Wendi Wells and the Lady Wolves themselves say it was the solid friendships among team members and the years of playing together that made them the best team in Class 5A.
But, that was not the only commonality the Lady Wolves shared. Five of the players who saw lots of game minutes have close relatives who are Citizen Potawatomi Nation employees. Leslie Cooper, director of FireLake Wellness Center, is the mother of players Taylor and McKenzie Cooper. Leslie Grovey works in the CPN Accounting Department. Her daughter is Kelsee Grovey. Taylor’s and McKenzie’s grandmother, Judy Cooper, works for the Nation at First National Bank & Trust.
Susan Brooks teaches aerobics classes at FireLake Wellness Center. Hannah Brooks is her daughter. And, Bailey Cooper has three relatives among the CPN’s 1,900 employees. Her grandfather, Joe Clay Sr., is a transit driver for the CPN. Great-aunt Carol Clay Levi is director of the Employment and Training Program. And, her uncle, Elliott Clay, does video productions for the Public Information Department on a contract basis.
Additional congratulations go to Kelsee Grovey and Taylor Cooper, who have been named to the Oklahoman newspaper’s Big All-City first team. Grovey, Taylor Cooper, and Caitlin Ramirez, who missed most of the season with an injury, will play Division One basketball – Cooper at Oral Roberts University and Grovey and Ramirez at Tulsa University.