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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Kevin Kopps is beyond legendary.
The Arkansas star pitcher won the 2021 Dick Howser Trophy on Friday, becoming the first reliever to win the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's player of the year award. The NCBWA also presented Kopps with its 16th Stopper of the Year Award as college baseball’s top relief pitcher.
Kopps was one of five finalists, including Vanderbilt pitchers Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter, Texas Tech second baseman Jace Jung and Florida State catcher Matheu Nelson, for the 34th Dick Howser Trophy, which is known as the Heisman Trophy of college baseball.
"Kevin Kopps had a simply amazing season," David Feaster, chair of the Dick Howser Trophy Committee presented by The Game Headwear, said. "To accomplish what he did as a pitcher after the COVID-19 pandemic and Tommy John surgery is extremely admirable. He literally placed the Arkansas team on his back and made the Razorbacks the No. 1 squad nationally for most of the 2021 season."
As college baseball’s most dominant pitcher, Kopps finished the 2021 campaign with a 12-1 record and 11 saves. He posted the nation’s lowest ERA (0.90) and WHIP (0.76), striking out 131 in 89 2/3 innings of work. Opposing hitters had a .162 average against the right-hander, who set the program’s single-season record for ERA during his historic year.
Kopps, who was named the SEC Pitcher of the Year and Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year, is also a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award — another one of college baseball’s most prestigious individual awards. He was voted the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association District 7 Player of the Year and was the first reliever to win the College Baseball Foundation’s National Pitcher of the Year Award.
The Dick Howser Trophy honors the most outstanding collegiate player each year, but it also is based upon the tenets of leadership, moral character and courage. Kopps is the second Razorback student-athlete to win the award, joining former Razorback and current Kansas City Royals outfielder Andrew Benintendi.
Benintendi swept college baseball's national player of the year honors in 2015, winning the Howser Trophy as well as the Golden Spikes Award.
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The Shady Point School archery team finished 3rd among 33 middle school teams competing at the NASP World Bullseye Championship held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, June 10-12.
The team posted a school record score of 3,273.
Warrior Sadie Deiter finished in the Top Ten, 8th out of 320 middle school girls.
The Warriors also participated in the 3D Championship.
This was the first year the program has ever competed in this event.
They qualified for the 3D Championship in their first attempt and finished 9th in South Carolina out of 23 middle school teams.
Five 5th graders travelled to the NASP Open, held the first day of the tournament, and competed individually in the elementary division.
77 bullseye teams and 63 3D teams from 33 states competed in the championships.
While a few other schools from Oklahoma sent individual archers, Shady Point was the only team representing our state.
“This team has worked hard all season. Their commitment is unmatched. We are very proud of these kids. This trip would not have been possible without the support of parents, the school, and the community. Thank you all for making this trip a reality,” said Hank Austin, coach.
Third Annual LeFlore County Historical Society was a huge success thanks to the many local businesses and individuals who supported the event.
“We had to postpone the original golf tournament date, due to rain, but on Friday June 4, the weather cooperated, and we were able to have the tournament,” said David Deaton, Director of the LeFlore County Historical Society. “We had 11 golf team sign up and 50-hole sponsors.”
First Place went to the Bridgman Furniture team.
Second Place – Arvest Bank Team
Sixth Place – Knight and Stockton Law
Knight and Stockton Law Team
Thank You Prize Sponsors:
Warehouse Willy’s- $50.00 gift card
Chili’s- 5-$5 coupons
Fancy Plants Flowers and Gifts-Bud vase
Pizza Hut-Large 2-topping pizza
Weaver’s Meat Market-10 lb. of Hamburger
Northside Liquor – 2 bottles of wine
Pirate Nutrition- $40 card
Coffee Cup- $20 gift card
Personali-Tees- Tee shirt, face-mask, key chain
Golfnut of Fort Smith- box of Taylor made balls
Walmart- $25 gift card
Deep Roots Nursery-Fish Planter & tee shirt
Kim’s Flowers-3 prizes
Donna Bush- wreath
Mark-it-Place- Beer Koozie
K Bush Day Spa- ½ Massage
BeautyLicious- 2 haircuts, Tee shirt
Ollies Lumber/Ace Hardware- gift card
Roma’s- $50.00 gift certificate
Purple Plume -Purse
Jazzy Jewels- $25.00 gift card
Bud’s Country Junction- 2 meals
Wolf Ridge Golf Course—18 hole round of golf + cart for two.
Hard Scrabble Golf Course: A round of golf for 4 plus cart
LCHS Board Members
Ron’s Lumber and Home center
Central National Bank
Knight & Stockton Law Firm
P & K Equipment
McBee Law Firm
Lunch was sponsored by The Community State Bank
Sleeve of Golf Balls Sponsored by Ted and Sharon Knight
Country Club Fee sponsored by Bob Lowrey
Hole in One Sponsored by Shore Insurance Hole #13
Thank You Hole Sponsors:
Poteau Tag Agency
Patty & Keith Wright
Knight & Stockton
Adams Abstract Co. Inc
Arklahoma Family Insurance Agency, LLC.
Reece's Cabinets, LLC
John Hamilton—State Farm Home & Auto
Sanders & Sullivan
D & D Pharmacy
Belle Point Beverages
Shockley's Auto Sales
Central National Bank
First National Bank of McAlester
First National Bank
Poteau Eye Clinic
Hammond Family Dental
Ron’s Lumber & Home Center
Marilyn’s Bail Bonds
McBee Law Firm
Jeff Smith, District Attorney
Barber & Barber
Asset and Investment Advisors
Wells & Wann CPA
JOB Construction, Inc.
Mindful Well Being Counseling
Harp’s Food Stores
P & K Equipment
Amy Hall Century 21
Evans-Miller Funeral Home
Red’s Premier Outdoor Equipment
Green Country Refrigeration
Because of these great businesses and individuals the LCHS will be able to continue the tradition of preserving the History of LeFlore County and move forward into the 2022.
Thank you golf committee— Sharon Knight, Randy Bridgman, Brittany Crase, Judy Ervin, Bonnie Prigmore and Bob Lowrey.
You have all done a tremendous job!
The LeFlore County Historical Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
LeFlore County Museum at Hotel Lowrey
303 Dewey Street PO Box 457
Poteau, OK 74953
FaceBook LCHS Lowrey www.leflorecountymuseum.org
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – On the eve of the 2021 Great American Conference Baseball Championships, the league announced its All-GAC teams and awarded its top individual honors. Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Alex Bedard won Player of the Year; Harding’ Ryder Yakel and Michael Chrisman earned Pitcher of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, respectively; Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Seth Morrow garnered Freshman of the Year and Northwestern Oklahoma State’s Ryan Bowen captured Coach of the Year.
Bedard became the first Bulldog named Player of the Year. He hit .398 with a .476 on-base percentage. He led the GAC and ranked in the top 10 in the nation with 57 runs scored and 30 stolen bases. Morrow finished the regular season tied for the league’s lead with 51 RBI. He ranked in the top seven in five major offensive categories.
One season after receiving Newcomer of the Year, Yakel claimed the Bisons’ first GAC Pitcher of the Year. He led the conference with a 2.70 ERA, a .185 opponent’s batting average and a 0.88 WHIP. In 14 appearances, he picked up six wins and six saves. He struck out 52 in 50.0 innings pitched. Chrisman ended the regular season as one of seven players in the GAC with at least a .400 batting average. His 68 hits led the GAC and he placed in the top five in runs, triples, stolen bases and total bases.
Bowen led the Rangers to their first GAC Championship berth in program history. Despite the abbreviated schedule, the Rangers won their most games, 26, in their Division II era.
Bedard, Morrow, Yakel and Chrisman all added All-GAC First-Team honors to their accolades. Arkansas Tech’ starting pitcher Patrick Miner earned First-Team honors by unanimous vote. He led the league with 89 strikeouts, tied for the top spot with eight wins and ranked second with a 3.57 ERA. The top-seeded Wonder Boys matched the GAC high with three First-Team selections. Outfielder Josh Detweiler and designated hitter Evan Hafley joined Miner on the First Team.
Southern Arkansas, the regular-season co-champion with Arkansas Tech also put three on the First Team in starting pitcher Jacob Womack, catcher Brett McGee and second baseman Austin Baker. Arkansas-Monticello also produced three First-Team honorees in third baseman Jordan Johnson, shortstop Dylan Borman and starting pitcher River Hunt.
SWOSU first baseman Drew White, Henderson State starting pitcher Spencer Taack and Northwestern Oklahoma State’s Marques Paige rounded out the First Team.
Northwestern Oklahoma State and Oklahoma Baptist each placed four players on All-GAC Second Team. Starting pitcher Scott Creedon, reliever Kaleb Honea, outfielder Daschal Johnson and designated hitter Blake Hoffman represented the Rangers. Infielders Hector Ruvalcaba and Kaimana Bartolome plus starting pitcher Jake Lipetzky and outfielder Walker Keller made the team from the Bison. The rest of the All-GAC Second Team featured UAM’s Mason Philley and Andrew Piraino, Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Keyshaun Smith and Zach Baxley, Arkansas Tech’s Jonathon Arrieta, Harding’s Connor Kelly, Henderson State’s Danny Mitchell and SAU’s Zach Smith
The Honorable Mention All-GAC Team consisted of Arkansas Tech’s Hayes Cox and Trace Maddux, Harding’s Harrison Heffley and Cody Smith, Henderson State’s Taylor Langston and Joe Myers, Southern Arkansas’ Tucker Burton and Ty Manning, Ouachita’s Luke Scaggs and Cooper Timmons, Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Nate Postlethwait and Miguel Soto, Arkansas-Monticello’s Grant Shepherd, Northwestern Oklahoma State’s Grant French, Oklahoma Baptist’s Ramon Enriquez and Southern Nazarene’s Colby Entwistle.
Bedard also earned a spot on the league’s All-Defensive Team. Harding led the conference with four All-Defensive selections in Kelly, Smith, David Butterfield and Luke Van Dover. Arkansas Tech’s Cox and Matt Robbins, Northwestern Oklahoma State’s Johnson and Arkansas-Monticello’s Aaron Gaela filled out the team.
The following Fanshawe students participated in the State Track Meet
Here are the results
Emma Baldwin, Slatey Free, Josey Peterson, Piper Warren
Coaches: Karlie Crane, Ryan Carter
At their recent regularly scheduled meeting, held on Tuesday, April 22, 2021, the Carl Albert State College Board of Regents approved the hiring of new CASC Wrestling coach, Jake Lords. Lords will be entrusted with the startup, execution, and operations of the new CASC Wrestling program, set to begin in the fall of 2021.
Lords hails from Rexburg, Idaho, and attended Chadron State College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree; he earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Lords will be leaving his position as Head Assistant Coach at MSUM to join the Viking team. Lords spent six years as the head wrestling coach at Madison High School in Rexburg. While at Madison HS, Lords coached more than 65 state qualifiers and 16 state place winners, including a state champion and two state finalists. As a high school wrestler in Idaho he placed third in the state three times. Lords served on the Idaho High School Wrestling Coaches Association committee to help sanction women's wrestling, as well as served as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for USA Idaho Wrestling.
“We could not be more thrilled to invite Jake into the Carl Albert family,” said President Jay Falkner. “This is an exciting and unprecedented time for the college, and we wholeheartedly believe Jake is the right person to execute a successful, new wrestling program at Carl Albert.”
At the Tuesday, March 9, 2021 meeting, the Carl Albert State College Board of Regents unanimously approved the implementation of the men’s and women’s Viking Wrestling Program. The women’s program will launch in the fall of 2022 as a NJCAA-sanctioned event.
Carl Albert joins NEO A&M as one of only two community colleges in Oklahoma to offer collegiate men’s wrestling. The CASC Wrestling Program will compete with colleges of CASC’s size and NJCAA classification. “These athletes will compete with several colleges in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and the upper midwest,” said Randy Graves, Vice President of Student Affairs. “We feel good about this addition to our campus, and are anxious to see the program thrive under Jake’s leadership.”
Lords will be relocating to Oklahoma, and is set to begin in May; the specific date is yet to be determined.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Members of the Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus and the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus recognized the Norman High School girl’s basketball team on the House floor Tuesday for their continued excellence on and off the court.
House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, presented a citation of commendation to the Lady Tigers and head coach Yasmine Parks. Norman High is currently on a 41-game winning streak that dates back to December 2019. The team recently won its second consecutive state championship.
“Great leadership creates opportunities for great results,” Virgin said. “The success of this team is a direct reflection of the leadership from Coach Neal, Coach Parks, and their players. These student-athletes faced adversity on and off the court, and they prevailed with class and dignity. I am proud to have these ladies represent Norman.”
On the court, the Lady Tigers were flawless, and off the court, they were exemplary. After exercising their right to free speech, the team was the target of racist slurs used by an announcer at the state tournament.
“It is unfortunate that the story coming out of the state tournament was the racist comments by the announcer,” said Rep. Merleyn Bell, D-Norman. “These young athletes have shown that naysayers and ignorant detractors are no match for hard work, determination, and believing in yourself. What the Lady Tigers have accomplished on the court has been special, but their efforts off the court are something I will personally remember for the rest of my life.”
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s fifth Men’s Soccer Player of the Week awards of the 2021 spring season. Southern Nazarene’s Angel Lopez garnered Offensive Player of the Week; Rogers State’s Callum
Hubble earned Defender of the Week and Harding’s Jared Nitz won Goalkeeper of the Week.
GAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Angel Lopez, Southern Nazarene, M, Jr., The Colony, Texas
Lopez scored two second-half goals at Newman in the Crimson Storm’s 4-1 victory against the Jets that helped them secure a spot in the upcoming GAC Championships. His first goal, a 73rd minute tally, gave the Crimson Storm a 2-1 advantage. He
increased the margin to 3-1 with an 81st minute goal for his first multi-goal performance of his career.
GAC DEFENDER OF THE WEEK – Callum Hubble, Rogers State, D, Sr., Chelmsford, England
Hubble made two crucial stops on the backline to help the Hillcats secure a draw with Harding. He made a clean open field slide tackle in the penalty area to stop a scoring chance. He eliminated a second scoring opportunity coming in from the wing
after a Harding player worked past another Hillcat defender to make the tackle and prevent a dangerous pass.
GAC GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK – Jared Nitz, Harding, Fr., Oak Grove, Missouri
In his third appearance in net for the Bisons, Nitz made a season-high eight saves against No. 8 Rogers State. The lone goal he surrendered came off of a penalty kick. The 1-1 draw with the Hillcats represented the first time in 31 instances that the
Bisons did not lose to a nationally-ranked opponent.
Blake Arndt, F (Fort Hays State), Luke Mills, D (Newman), Jordan Watson, F (Rogers State) Alec Bevis, D (Fort Hays State), Asa Moncivais, M (Newman), Esteban Ramirez, D (Southern Nazarene) Kieran Brown, GK (Fort Hays State), Jean Claude Consol, GK (Newman), Dillon Dean, GK (Rogers State), Ramiro Jimenez, GK (Southern Nazarene)
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s second women’s and men’s track & field athletes of the weeks for the outdoor season. Harding swept the four awards as Kinga Szarzynska and Liz Fouts earned the women’s honors while Fallou Gaye and Dorian Chaigneau claimed the men’s accolades.
GAC WOMEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Kinga Szarzynska, Harding, Sr., Kluczbork, Poland
Szarzynska turned in a winning time in the 800-meter run at the NextEra Energy Harding Invitational as she ran a 2:15.12 and bested the field by more than 13 seconds. Her time paces the GAC and ranks as the seventh fastest time in the NCAA Division II outdoor season.
GAC WOMEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Liz Fouts, Harding, Sr., Searcy, Arkansas
Fouts placed first in the discus at the NextEra Energy Harding Invitational with a throw of 49.60 meters that earned her an NCAA Division II Provisional mark. The throw ranks as the fourth best in the country and it broke her own school record. She also placed second in the shot put and fifth in the hammer throw.
GAC MEN’S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Fallou Gaye, Harding, Jr., Dakar, Senegal
At the NextEra Energy Harding Invitational, Gaye matched the Harding record in the 400-meter hurdles with a winning time of 52.04 seconds. His time represents the fastest time in NCAA Division II thus far this season. He also ran on the winning 1600-meter relay team.
GAC MEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Dorian Chaigneau, Harding, Fr., Fontenay-le-Comte, France
Chaigneau, the NCAA Division II National Indoor Track & Field champion in the pole vault, opened his outdoor season with the top clearance in the country, 5.11 meters. He broke a 41-year school record in the event, held previously by Mike Lynch since 1980. The mark ranks as the third-best vault in league history
Chauncey Blake, Fr. (Southern Arkansas), Kobe Gill, Fr. (Southern Arkansas), D’Kari Smith, Jr. (Southern Nazarene)
Rozlyne Manor, Fr. (Southern Arkansas), Alexis Matlock, Fr. (Southern Arkansas)