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Eastern Oklahoma State College Softball Program announces their 2020 Prospect Camp for all current high-school players in the region (8th grade through unsigned 12th grade graduates).
The one-day camp will be July 15, 2020, from 1:00 PM- 5:00 PM. Camp staff includes EOSC players and coaches.
The camp fee is $75 and includes a t-shirt. Register online at eoscsoftball.com.
Camp will be held at Mountaineer Softball Field. Participants should take their bats, batting helmets, gloves, cleats and tennis shoes for cage use.
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS MEN’S GOLF Press Release
FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas men’s golf seniors Luis Garza and Mason Overstreet were named to the Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced.
To be eligible for the Division I Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status an individual must be a sophomore, junior or senior with a stroke-average under 76.0 while maintaining a minimum cumulative career grade-point average of 3.2 and participating in 40% of the team’s competitive rounds.
Garza carries a 3.36 career GPA, is set to graduate later this summer and is a four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection. He posted a 73.58 scoring average and 14 of his 18 round counted toward the team total. Garza shot a season-low round of 67 twice – once leading to a 21st-place finish at the Bearcat Invitational and the other to a 25th-place finish at the White Sands Intercollegiate.
Overstreet graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in business finance, posting a 3.89 GPA with a season stroke average of 71.46. The Kingfisher, Okla., native is a two-time SEC Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was Arkansas’ nominee for the SEC’s H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship. He has earned SEC Academic Honor Roll four times, has posted a perfect 4.0 five times to earn Chancellor’s List, and has earned Dean’s List (3.75-3.99 GPA) three times (only four career “B’s”).
For more information on Arkansas Men’s Golf, follow @RazorbackMGolf on Twitter.
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - For Immediate Release - Contact: Mike Houck - (405) 249-5892
NORMAN — The Walter Camp Football Foundation, caretaker of the nation's oldest college football All-America team, announced Thursday that Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey is a member of its 2020 preseason All-America first team.
Humphrey, a redshirt junior who has started 26 of his 28 career games, including all 14 last year, earned 2019 second-team All-America honors from the Walter Camp Foundation, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America and Sporting News.
The Shawnee, Okla., product was one of three 2019 finalists for the Rimington Trophy — awarded to the nation's top center — and was a first-team All-Big 12 selection by league coaches and media. He was selected as Big 12 Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year by coaches, registering 93 knockdowns and not allowing a sack in his 799 snaps.
A finance major who is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 selection, Humphrey was named a freshman All-American by the FWAA and The Athletic in 2018 when OU's offensive line won the Joe Moore Award.
The Sooners are 24-4 in Humphrey's two seasons, with Big 12 championships and College Football Playoff appearances both years.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Three student-athletes from Arkansas football were named to the Athlon Sports SEC Football 2020 Preseason All-Conference Teams, including a pair of multi-year honorees.
Senior running back Rakeem Boyd landed on the second team offense, while sophomore offensive lineman Ricky Stromberg was placed on the fourth team unit. Senior De’Vion Warren rounded out the group with fourth team specialist honors. It’s the third-straight year Warren has appeared on an all-conference squad from the outlet, while Boyd is making his second showing on the list.
Boyd, from Houston, Texas, was the team’s leading rusher for the second consecutive season, totaling 1,133 yards on 184 carries, scoring eight times in 2019. He ranked fourth in the SEC and 27th nationally with an average of 94.4 rushing yards per game and ninth in the conference with 6.2 yards per carry. He ran for 100+ yards in five games, posting a season-high 185 yards against Western Kentucky on Nov. 9, his most rushing yards as a Razorback. His five 100+ yard performances brought him to a total of eight over two years, making him one of 16 Arkansas running backs in school history to do so. Boyd also hauled in 160 yards through the air on 19 catches in 2019.
Stromberg, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, played in all 12 games as a freshman last year, moving into the starting position at guard, with each of the last nine games coming at the right guard slot. He totaled 741 snaps in 2019, according to Pro Football Focus, participating in every offensive play in five games. Stromberg did not allow a sack in 417 pass protection plays, recording three grades over 80.0 from PFF in the category. He blocked for an offense that scored 28 times and racked up 4,081 total yards, including 2,315 passing yards, 1,766 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns both through the air and on the ground last season.
Warren, from Monroe, Louisiana, appeared in nine games for the Razorbacks in 2019, seeing time as a regular on both offense and on Arkansas’ special teams units. He returned a team-high 16 kickoffs for 326 yards, averaging 20.4 yards per turn. His longest of the year came on a 37-yard return at Ole Miss on Sept. 7, coming a yard shy of it the following week against Colorado State with a 36-yard play. Warren finished the year with nine of his 16 returns going for 20+ yards. He also caught four passes for 19 yards, while also rushing five times for 51 yards, providing a threat every time he touched the ball.
For more information on Arkansas Football, follow @RazorbackFB on Twitter.
Youth Travelling Basketball program for the summer months open to all student-athletes in public, private, and homeschool education. Recruiting profiles are available for OHTB team players in grades 9-12. For personal basketball advancement, send text message to either 479.221.0246 or 918.774.7865. Government Guidelines and Rules will be administered due to current COVID-19 epidemic.
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Upward Sports of Poteau presents: 3v3 Basketball Tourney
The tournament will be Saturday, June 13, 202 at the Panama Old Rock Gym.
There will be a $40 per team entry fee.
The youth grade divisions will 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, 7th-8th and 9th-12th.
The adult divisions will be 18 years-40 years and 41+ years.
Contact Jeremy Martin at 918-817-2382 to register your team or for more information.
NORMAN – It’s another Sooner sweep. For the third time in the last five years, Oklahoma student-athletes have won the Big 12’s top athletic honor. The conference office announced Thursday that Maggie Nichols and Jalen Hurts are the 2019-20 Big 12 Athletes of the Year.
Thirteen Sooners have now been named Big 12 Athlete of the Year in the 24-year history of the league, including a stunning nine in the last eight years. Nichols and former OU football player Baker Mayfield swept the awards for OU in the 2017-18 season and former basketball player Buddy Hield and former softball player Paige Parker were winners in 2015-16.
OU’s other Big 12 Athletes of the Year were Kyler Murray (2018-19; football), Lauren Chamberlain (2014-15; softball), Keilani Ricketts (2012-13; softball), Sam Bradford (2008-09; football), Jason White (2003-04; football), Stacey Dales (2001-02; women's basketball) and Josh Heupel (2000-01; football).
Nominees for this year's Big 12 Athlete of the Year awards were submitted by Big 12 institutions and selected by a media panel based on athletic performance, academic achievement and citizenship. Fan voting conducted via Big12Sports.com also was a consideration in the final tallies.
MAGGIE NICHOLS The 2020 AAI Award winner, Big 12 Gymnast of the Year and Honda Sport Award finalist, Nichols wrapped up her illustrious career with her second Big 12 Athlete of the Year award.
She is the only Sooner to ever repeat as the Big 12 Athlete of the Year and joins Nebraska’s Sarah Pavan (2006-07, 2007-08; volleyball) and Texas’ Cat Osterman (2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06; softball) as the only repeat winners – male or female – in league history. After the 2017-18 season, Nichols became the first ever gymnast to be named Big 12 Athlete of the Year.
The Little Canada, Minn., native guided the Sooners to 11 consecutive weeks ranked No. 1 nationally and a 16-0 record before the season was suspended due to COVID-19. Nichols was ranked No. 1 on vault and in the all-around, No. 2 on bars, No. 4 on floor and No. 7 on bars, while boasting the top-three all-around scores for the year.
With five perfect 10s in 2020, Nichols finished her career with 22 perfect scores to rank fourth all-time in NCAA history. Against West Virginia and Texas Woman’s University, she notched a perfect 10 on vault and bars to earn multiple perfect scores in the same meet for just the second time in her career. Her most prolific performance came in the home opener over Arkansas as she tallied a perfect score on vault and a 39.900 in the all-around. The mark was her fourth score of 39.900 and was the top score in the nation in 2020. She is the only gymnast in NCAA history with multiple marks of 39.900 or higher in the all-around and boasts the fourth-highest with a 39.925.
Nichols’ list of career accomplishments and accolades is beyond extensive. She is a two-time Big 12 Gymnast of the Year, Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, two-time South Central Region Gymnast of the Year, four-time Honda Sport Award Finalist, Honda Sport Award Winner, NCAA Inspiration Award Winner, Arthur Ashe Courage Award Winner and a six-time NCAA individual champion. She holds the OU record for perfect scores in a career (22), perfect scores in a season (8), individual NCAA championships (6), All-America honors (30), All-Big 12 accolades (17), individual event titles (146), uneven bars titles (35), beam titles (33) and all-around titles (30).
Nichols led the Sooners to a 111-2 record, three undefeated seasons, three Big 12 championships and two national championships over the last four years.
JALEN HURTS In his only season at Oklahoma after transferring from Alabama, the 6-1, 221-pound Hurts was the 2019 Heisman Trophy runner-up after accounting for 53 touchdowns. He threw for 3,851 yards and 32 TDs while rushing for 1,298 yards and 20 scores. He also caught a pass for a touchdown.
The Houston native was a first-team All-Big 12 selection by the league's coaches and media and was the conference's newcomer of the year by AP and offensive newcomer of the year by the coaches. He earned second-team All-America honors from Sporting News and was a third-team All-American by AP. Hurts was also a finalist for the Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Award, Manning Award, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award and Senior CLASS Award.
As a Sooner, Hurts led the nation in yards per pass attempt (11.3; FBS record is 11.6) and ranked second in passing efficiency rating (191.2; fourth best in school history), yards per completion (16.3), points responsible for per game (22.9) and touchdowns accounted for. He also ranked third in the country in total offense (367.8 ypg), sixth nationally in completion percentage (.697; third best in school history), seventh in rushing touchdowns (20 was the second most among QBs), eighth in passing yards and 11th in passing touchdowns. He averaged 275.1 passing yards and 92.7 rushing yards per contest.
Hurts compiled 5,149 yards of total offense in 2019 (3,851 passing, 1,298 rushing), good for the second-highest figure in OU history. He set school single-season records for rushing yards by a quarterback and points scored by a QB (126). He also tied the school single-game record for rushing touchdowns by a QB (Jack Mildren also had 20 in 1971).
The senior became the first quarterback since 1981 (Darrell Shepard) to lead OU in scoring and the first since 1988 (Charles Thompson) to lead the Sooners in rushing yards. He was one of just two players nationally since at least 1996 to record 32-plus passing TDs and 18-plus rushing TDs in a season (Florida's Tim Tebow had 32 and 23, respectively, in 2007 when he won the Heisman Trophy) and he became only third FBS player to register at least 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards by the 11th game of a season.
In 2019, Hurts also became the only FBS player since at least 1996 to post a passing efficiency rating of 245.0 or better five times in the same season (minimum 15 attempts) and the only player to do so more than three times.
Hurts led OU to a 12-2 record, its fifth straight Big 12 title and its third consecutive College Football Playoff appearance. He was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 21st pick in the second round (53rd overall) of April’s NFL Draft.
- Mike Houck | Assistant AD/Strategic Communications University of Oklahoma Athletics Department
Eastern students honored with 52nd annual Larry Stone Awards
WILBURTON, Okla. – For the past 52 years, Eastern Oklahoma State College has honored the legacy of a former two-sport athlete and Marine lieutenant who died in combat while on patrol in Vietnam. Although this year’s annual athletics award banquet had to be canceled due to the COVDI-19 pandemic, three Eastern student athletes still received awards named after the late Larry Stone of Jay.
Stone played football and baseball at Eastern in the early 1960s and was known for his unselfish attitude and commitment to his team. It is this lasting impression that prompted a group of his former college teammates and classmates to honor his legacy by presenting the annual Larry Stone Award to a male and female student athlete who exemplifies the same characteristics. A memorial scholarship is also awarded to a student-athlete who will return to Eastern for his or her sophomore year.
Eastern sophomores Kendrie Escoe and Christian McGowan were selected for the 2020 Larry Stone Award on the basis of their overall contributions to the spirit of athletics and their demonstration of teamwork, determination, unselfishness and citizenship. Deja Williams received the Larry Stone Memorial Scholarship.
Escoe is a women's soccer player from Bethany, Okla. She graduated in the top 10 percent of her class with a degree in psychology and carried a 3.88 GPA during her time at Eastern. Escoe has committed to continue her academic and athletic career at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
"Kendrie is known as grandma Ken,” said Head Women’s Soccer Coach Justin McCain. “She's always taking care of everyone. She's just an exemplary student athlete. When someone needs something, they go to Kendrie. I couldn't ask for a better leader on the team.”
McGowan is a baseball player from Bokchito, Okla. He graduated with a degree in general studies and earned a 3.6 GPA. While at Eastern, McGowan earned NJCAA National Pitcher of the Week honors, NJCAA Region 2 Pitcher of the Week honors and turned himself into a professional baseball prospect. McGowan has committed to continue his academic and athletic career at Kansas State University.
“Christian is a great personality that never changed as he had success on the field,” said Head Baseball Coach Matt Parker. “Yes, he was a very good player, but he was an even better teammate.”
Williams is a women's basketball player from Manvel, Texas. She maintained a 3.7 GPA for her freshman year while receiving multiple honors. Williams was twice named the NJCAA Region 2 Player of the Week, First Team All-Region, as well as being named an NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention. She will be receiving the Larry Stone Scholarship as she returns to Eastern next fall.
The Southeastern Conference announced the return of voluntary in-person athletics activities on campuses league-wide beginning June 8 under strict supervision of designated university personnel and safety guidelines developed by each institution.
SEC Release: https://bit.ly/2yqhNvD
Below are statements from Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek, Football Head Coach Sam Pittman, Men’s Basketball Head Coach Eric Musselman and Women’s Basketball Head Coach Mike Neighbors.
Hunter Yurachek – Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics
“I appreciate the leadership and commitment of SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, our conference member institutions and the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force related to returning student-athletes to campus. As we resume on-campus activities, the continued health and well-being of our student-athletes will remain our top priority. I sincerely appreciate the efforts of our Department of Athletics staff and numerous medical professionals across our state, who worked collaboratively to develop a detailed plan in accordance with University, SEC, NCAA and Arkansas Department of Health directives. We are well prepared and look forward to confidently welcoming back many of our student-athletes in the coming weeks.”
Sam Pittman – Football Head Coach
“I’m thankful for all the people that have spent a lot of time and effort in making these decisions this week. The most important part in all of this is the health and well-being of our student-athletes. We are confident in our plan to bring our guys back to campus where our resources are here to help them academically, emotionally and physically. For us as a new staff, we can’t wait to see them and continue to build our trust with one another.”
Eric Musselman – Men’s Basketball Head Coach
“This is an exciting step in our hopes to play sports in the fall. I think it will be great for our student-athletes to be back on campus and have the many services our support staff can give them in terms of academics, medical needs, physical conditioning and mental wellness. While we look forward to seeing our student-athletes back, we know this is still a serious time in this world-wide pandemic. We need to take things slow and we need to follow all the guidelines in order to ensure the health of everyone. That is the only way we can move forward.”
Mike Neighbors – Women’s Basketball Head Coach
“We’ve shared a saying around our program for three years: if you stay ready you never have to get ready!
“Since day one, I’ve used Governor Hutchinson, Commissioner Sankey, Chancellor Stenimetz, and Hunter Yurachek as my Mount Rushmore of information on how to proceed through these challenging times. They have kept us well informed and have built confidence in us all that there is a great plan in place. So if they say we’re ready, we are ready.
“We understand it’s “more proceed with caution” for now rather than “GO”! We will strictly adhere to the guidelines and procedures put in place to keep us safe.
“I can’t wait to see each and every returner and welcome our newcomers!”
For Immediate Release - Contact: Mike Houck - (405) 249-5892
NORMAN — With increased safety and convenience in mind, the University of Oklahoma Athletics Department announced Wednesday it will fully transition to digital ticketing at all of its venues, as well as for football parking.
Although ticket buyers will no longer have the option to print their tickets at home, the new digital system will provide quick and safe ticket delivery of season, mini-plan and single-game tickets and football parking passes via smartphones and the Sooner Sports app.
OU fans have already experienced digital ticketing the last two football seasons at the Big 12 Championship and bowl games.
“We’re sure hopeful that our athletics competitions will occur as scheduled,” said OU Vice President and Athletics Director Joe Castiglione. “But regardless of any timetables, we're extremely excited to introduce digital ticketing at our venues as it will result in several benefits for our fans.
“First, our aim is to limit physical contact between our fans and game day staff as much as possible, and this change is a first step in achieving that goal. We'll announce more of those steps later. The new digital ticketing process will also significantly reduce ticket fraud and loss of tickets, making for an even more seamless venue-entry experience. And fans will enjoy the flexibility of being able to immediately transfer tickets and parking passes to friends or family members.”
Ticket buyers will receive links via the Sooner Sports app or text message, allowing them to download tickets to their Apple Wallet (iPhone) or to Google Pay (Android). Just prior to reaching the venue gates, fans simply pull up the tickets with QR codes on their smartphone screen to show the gate attendant for scanning.
The athletics department still plans to print commemorative tickets that it will make available to fans who are interested.
Fans can visit www.soonersports.com/digitaltickets for an overview of the new digital ticketing procedures and answers to frequently asked questions.
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