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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)
OU Athletics Press Release
Written by Lindsey Morrison
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The top-ranked Oklahoma women's gymnastics team finished as the runner-up at the 20201 Big 12 Championship Saturday afternoon inside WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va.
Denver earned the crown with a team score of 197.350. The Sooners earned a 197.125, followed by a 197.050 from Iowa State and a 195.725 from West Virginia.
Following the conclusion of the meet, Big 12 Yearly awards were announced as well. Anastasia Webb was named the Co-Big 12 Gymnast of the Year along with Denver's Lynnzee Brown. This is the second major conference award of Webb's career after being named the Co-Newcomer of the Year in 2018, also with Brown. Senior Karrie Thomas was named the Event Specialist of the Year for the first time in her career. Head coach K.J. Kindler was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year for the 10th time and first since 2018.
Along with her major honor, Webb earned a pair of Big 12 individual titles with a 9.925 on vault and a 9.95 on beam. Webb shared the beam title with sophomore Ragan Smith, who earned her first career title. Denver's Brown won bars with a perfect 10 and shared floor with Iowa State's Addy De Jesus (9.95). Brown also won the all-around with a 39.725.
Out of the gate, the Sooners had the advantage with a huge 49.500, their second highest score of the year on the event. Iowa State was in second with a 49.325 on vault, West Virginia in third with a 49.275 on floor and Denver in fourth with a 49.175 on beam.
Junior Olivia Trautman kicked off the meet with a 9.850 as she stuck her double layout dismount. Freshman Katherine LeVasseur nailed her DLO for a 9.9 in the No. 2 spot. Webb was poised and elegant as always on her pak salto and stuck her double-front half-out dismount for a 9.9. Sophomore Ragan Smith kept the scores of 9.9 going with a huge Ray for the third 9.9 score of the rotation. Thomas added a 9.85 in the No. 5 spot, setting up freshman Audrey Davis who had been out the last two meets. Davis came up with a big number as she anchored with a career-high 9.95 as she stuck her double front dismount to close out the rotation.
In the second rotation, the Sooners rebounded from a fall to put up a strong 49.400 on beam. Denver made a huge jump to second with a 49.450 on floor, Iowa State moved to third with a 49.150 on bars and West Virginia rounded things out with a 48.975 on vault. Sophomore Jenna Dunn got the Sooners back on track after a leadoff fall, earning a 9.750. Senior Carly Woodard kept things going strong with a 9.85 in the No. 3 spot. Smith really got the Sooners going in the right direction as she matched her season high with a 9.95 in the No. 5 spot. Thomas came up big for OU as she nailed her dismount for a 9.9 in the No. 5 spot. Anchoring was Webb who was clutch as always, sticking her dismount and earning a huge 9.95.
The Sooners had a rocky third rotation, earning a 48.925 on floor. Denver pulled even with the Sooners after three rotations as they added a 49.200 on vault and the teams sat at a 47.825 through three rotations. Iowa State added a 49.275 on beam and West Virginia a 49.275 on floor. Senior Jordan Draper kicked off floor with her energetic performance for a 9.8, followed by some powerful tumbling from senior Evy Schoepfer for a 9.85. Sophomore Vanessa Deniz added a 9.625 in the No. 3 spot, followed by a 9.825 from junior Emma LaPinta in the No. 4 spot. Webb anchored with a 9.800.
With the meet coming down to the wire, the Sooners 49.300 on vault wasn't enough to overcome a 49.525 on bars from Denver. Leading off was junior Allie Stern with a strong vault for a 9.850. LeVasseur notched a 9.9 on a huge 1.5, followed by a 9.85 from Trautman. Webb earned her event title with a 9.925 in the No. 4 spot and LaPinta anchored with a 9.775.
Oklahoma will receive its regional assignment next Monday, March 22. NCAA Regional competition is set for April 1-3 at four campus sites: Alabama, Georgia, Utah and West Virginia. The top two placing teams from each regional will advance to the 2021 NCAA Championships in Fort Worth, Texas, April 16-17.
|Vault||Anastasia Webb (OU)||9.925|
|Bars||Lynnzee Brown (DU)||10.0|
|Beam||Ragan Smith (OU), Anastasia Webb (OU)||9.95|
|Floor||Lynnzee Brown (DU), Ady DeJesus (ISU)||9.95|
|AA||Lynnzee Brown (DU),||39.700|
|OU TEAM HIGHS|
The 1st Annual LeFlore County Archery Tournament was held March 2nd & 3rd. National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) members Arkoma, Bokoshe, Cameron, Fanshawe, Hodgen, Howe, LeFLore, Panama, and Shady Point participated. Teams competed in two divisions, middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12).
Shady Point’s Brayli Beason and Arkoma’s Jacob Yates earned the titles of best overall female archer and best overall male archer in the county, respectively. The Howe Lions are the high school division county champions and the Shady Point Warriors are the middle school division county champions. Awards were given to the top overall female and male archers, the top three teams in each division, and to the top 6 females and males in each division. Team scores are calculated using the top 12 individual scores from each team, per NASP rules. The participating schools would like to thank Dewayne Hornbuckle with the Choctaw Nation for providing the medals and trophies for the winners.
NASP began in 2002 in Kentucky and has expanded across the United States the past 19 years. Currently, there are over 300 NASP member schools in Oklahoma. Local members hope to see the county tournament expand with more schools participating in the future.
#1 Overall Female Archer - Brayli Beason, Shady Point 287
1 Overall Male Archer - Jacob Yates, Arkoma 285
Shady Point Middle School
Shady Point Middle School Team: Ayme Arhcer, Hayle Archer, Brayli Beason, Sky Bluford, Jake Cauthen, Jonah Chamberlain, Sadie Deiter, Cadyn Hilton, Ariana Loggains, Nathan McKinney, Anistyn Marrow, Abi Miller, Abi Parker, Addison Parker, Hayden Shadwick, Harley Shipman, Alexis Smith, Mya Townley, Jaxon Woodral, and Justice Woodral. Coach Hank Austin
Panama Middle School
Panama Middle School Team: Karson Burks, Colin Caldwell, Tyson Covey, Austin Cruse, Izzy Deaton, Hayven Hoffman, Gunner Lynch, Ethan Milligan, Ryleigh Pierce, Jay Skelton, Brian Smith, Kambrey Thompson, Jayda Timms, and Kamden Tippit. Coaches Carrie Covey and Joe Claborn
Howe Middle School Team
Howe Middle School Team: Jannet Armstrong, Jordan Bautista, Kimber Bryan, Karsyn Burgess, Kendra Calderon, Aaliyah Caldwell, Kayleigh Chitwood, Jacey Frizzell, Walter Martinez, Gracie Molnar, Duncan Phoenix, Luis Ramirez, Corey Shipman, Carley Smith, and Psalm Yandell.
Middle School Team Scores
- Shady Point 3256
2. Panama 2869
3. Howe 2824
Howe High School Team
Howe High School Team: Jasmin Bandmann, Jeff Buffington, Ashley Cauthen, Caleb Crabtree, Jaxon Dorsey, Kaitlyn Frizzell, Jayton Goldsb, JC Gonzalez, Weston Graham, Shelby Jones, Nataly
Juarez, Kaylee Mattox, Kourtney Mattox, Adrian Moreno, Cristy Ramirez, Andy Roberts, Taylor Roberts, Stewart Savage, Chay Stiechen, and Erika Weaver. Coach Jon Sockey
High School Team Scores
1. Howe 3189
2. LeFlore 3119
3. Arkoma 3075
Arkoma High School
Arkoma High School Team: Carl Brake, Kiarra Butler, Hayden Harmon, Jessica Harris, Ariannah Johnson, Katie Johnson, Eli Lenard, Ema Lenard, Rosa Moreno, Lydia Mounger, Nora Neal, Carlos Rodriguez, Leo Sanders, Shianne Vise, and Jacob Yates. Coach Jess Wells
MS Girls Top 6
1. Brayli Beason, Shady Point 287
2. Sadie Deiter, Shady Point 279
3. Ayme Archer, Shady Point 277
4. Harley Shipman, Shady Point 274
5. Mya Townley, Shady Point 271
6. Addison Parker, Shady Point 267
MS Boys Top 6
1. Hayden Shadwick, Shady Point 277
2. Jake Cauthen, Shady Point 276
3. Cadyn Hilton, Shady Point 264
4. Gunner Lynch, Panama 263
5. Jaxon Woodral, Shady Point 262 (6)
6. Duncan Phoenix, Howe 262 (5)
HS Girls Top 6
1. Ashley Cauthen, Howe 278
2. Jordyn Rivera, Panama 277
3. Jessica Harris, Arkoma 269
4. Kaitlyn Frizzell, Howe 266 (10)(11)
5. Kourtney Mattox, Howe 266 (10)(10)
6. Katie Johnson, Arkoma 265
HS Boys Top 6
1. Jacob Yates, Arkoma 285
2. Traven Sumpter, LeFlore 281
3. J.C. Gonzalez, Howe 279 (15)
4. Eli Lenard, Arkoma 279 (12)
5. Dillon Vaden, LeFlore 273
6. Andy Roberts, Howe 272
LeFlore High School Team
Kailee Caldwell, Bo Dacus, Vaden Dillon, Sara Ellis, Johnny Ferguson, Luke Herill, Kalobe Hudlow, Kaylen Hudlow, Trysten Ingle, Hunter Latimore, Chase Lloyd, Rylan Luman, Cooper Newman, Holly Parker, Ryan Poor, Harley Robinson, Traven Sumpter, and Josh Waddles. Coach Smokey Waller
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s fifth Women’s Tennis Player of the Week award for 2021.
Arkansas Tech’s Aastha Dargude earned the nod after going undefeated against two GAC opponents.
GAC WOMEN’S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Aastha Dargude, Arkansas Tech, Fr., Mumbai, India Dargude improved to 5-1 in singles play from the No. 3 position as she earned victories against Henderson State’s Franny
Nyarko and Southern Arkansas’ Serena Gill.
In the deciding match against Nyarko, she dropped the opening set but rallied to win the second set in a tiebreak and 6-1 in the decisive set. She earned a three-set win against Gill.
In the competitive playing field of JUCO baseball, Carl Albert State College is proud to have a star stand-out in shortstop Mac Moody.
Moody was selected as the NJCAA DII National Player of the Week for this past week, marking him as the best offensive player in the entire nation last week.
A Fort Smith, AR, native, and a graduate of Southside High School, Moody is currently a sophomore at Carl Albert. Playing since tee ball, Moody has been known as a utility infielder but has settled in at second base for the Vikings. Current season stats are: .465 batting average, 20 hits, 3 homeruns, 3 triples (1st in NJCAA DII), 3 doubles, 11 runs scored, and 10 RBI's. In a game #2 win vs Labette CC on 2-27-21, Moody hit for the cycle (single, double, triple, and homerun).
Earlier in the week in a win vs. Connors State College on 2-25-21, Moody was 4-6 with 2 homeruns, 5 RBI's and a single away for hitting the cycle for 2 games in a week.
Moody played summer ball for Sportsman Baseball in Fort Smith, and is pursuing a degree in General Studies.
The Viking Baseball team has a busy spring schedule of exciting match ups! The full schedule can be found at www.cascathletics.com