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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s third GAC Women’s Soccer Player of the Week awards of the 2021 season. Northwestern Oklahoma State’s Tiarra Campbell won Offensive Player; Ouachita’s Josilyn Kispert claimed Defender and East Central’s McKenna Leveling garnered Goalkeeper of the Week.
GAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Tiarra Campbell, Northwestern Oklahoma State, F, Fr., Apple Valley, California
Campbell tallied four goals in the Rangers’ 5-1 win at Oklahoma Panhandle State. She recorded the first four-goal game in the conference since Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Alimata Rabo netted four against Southern Nazarene on October 27, 2018. She scored in the 11th minute of their 2-1 victory against Oklahoma Christian.
GAC DEFENDER OF THE WEEK – Josilyn Kispert, Ouachita, Jr., McKinney, Texas
Kispert led the Tigers in their 3-0 home victory against UT Tyler, the Patriots’ first loss of the season. She scored the winning goal with a 51st minute tally. The Tigers extended their win streak to three, all three via shutout. They have not allowed a goal in more than 280 minutes.
GAC GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK – McKenna Leveling, East Central, Fr., Fort Worth, Texas
Leveling set the Tiger and the GAC record for saves in a single match when she tallied 20 in East Central’s double-overtime contest against Midwestern State. She made nine saves in the first half, seven in the second half and four across the two overtimes. The 20 saves represented the most in a Division II game since November 2019.
Alejandre Andrade, F (Southern Nazarene), Kaylee Swaner, M (Oklahoma Baptist)
Kaitlyn Morphy, D (Northwestern Oklahoma State)
Michele Snow, GK (Ouachita)
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s second GAC Women’s Soccer Player of the Week awards of the 2021 season. Oklahoma Baptist’s Hannah White claimed Offensive Player of the Week; Northwestern Oklahoma State’s Caitlyn Bidart earned Defender of the Week and Ouachita’s Michele Snow captured Goalkeeper of the Week.
GAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Hannah White, Oklahoma Baptist, M, Sr., Norman, Oklahoma
White netted three second-half goals, her first three of the season, in the Bison’s 4-3 come-from-behind victory against Central Oklahoma, the No. 6 team in United Soccer Coaches Central Region rankings. She tied the match at 2-2 and put the team in ahead, 3-2 and 4-3. The game-winning goal came in the 81st minute on a header for the first hat trick of her career.
GAC DEFENDER OF THE WEEK – Caitlyn Bidart, Northwestern Oklahoma State, Sr., Gardnerville, Nevada
Bidart led a Northwestern defense that surrendered just a combined 12 shots, seven on target, in their road wins against Nebraska-Kearney and Wayne State. The Rangers shut out the Lopers, 1-0, and defeated the Wildcats, 4-1. The Rangers’ 3-1 start represents their best four-game start since joining the GAC in 2012.
GAC GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK – Michele Snow, Ouachita, Jr., North Richland Hills, Texas
Snow recorded consecutive shutouts in home victories against Union and Christian Brothers. After collecting a save in a 2-0 win against Union, she totaled eight in a 1-0 win against the Lady Bucs. She had recorded three shutouts through the Tigers’ opening four games and she lowered her goals-against average to 0.71.
Tiarra Campbell, F (Northwestern Oklahoma State), Jaymee Dotson, M (Ouachita), Emma Roberts, F (Harding)
Grace Ann Green, M (Harding), Abbey Inman, D (Ouachita)
Reagan Allen, GK (Northwestern Oklahoma State)
NORMAN – This Saturday’s Oklahoma-Tulane football game has been moved from New Orleans to Norman. Kickoff remains at 11 a.m., and the game will be televised on ABC as previously announced.
The change in location was made after Hurricane Ida moved across New Orleans and the Gulf Coast on Sunday. Conditions in New Orleans are not favorable to host a game this week. Even with the change in venue, Tulane will be the designated home team for this game and will retain all net proceeds from ticket sales. All tickets for this game will be sold separately and are not part of season ticket packages. Ticket procedures are included later in this release.
Tickets purchased through Tulane for the game in New Orleans may not be used for the game in Norman. Those patrons will need to resolve through the Tulane ticket office at the appropriate time.
In addition to moving this game, the two schools have agreed to work together on identifying a date in a future season for a game in New Orleans.
“In this extraordinarily difficult moment for the people of Louisiana, we want to do our small part by assisting Tulane with the game this weekend,” said OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. “While we regret that it’s necessary for us to host it, we will welcome the Tulane family this Saturday with open arms and heavy hearts. We hope this act is one small way that we can help alleviate some of the stress the university is currently enduring.
“Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with all those impacted and those helping with the relief and recovery in the coming weeks and months.”
OU Vice President and Athletics Director Joe Castiglione has worked closely with Tulane officials in changing the arrangements for the game.
“This is obviously a heart-wrenching time,” said Castiglione. “We have been reminded again of the life events that take precedence over everything else we do. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tulane President Michael Fitts, Athletics Director Troy Dannen, the Tulane community and everyone impacted by this storm.
“I know that many of our fans were looking forward to visiting one of our favorite cities, New Orleans. But now, we have an opportunity to do what we do best, and that is extend our hospitality to people who are facing a significant challenge. All of us will do our part to make the Tulane team and fans feel welcome and appreciated as we host their home game.”
Due to the short notice and holiday weekend, several of OU’s contracted game services providers will be unable to assemble a full staff for this game. For that reason, only the lower bowl (including club levels, loge boxes and suites) of Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium will be used for fan seating.
Apart from those seats allocated for Tulane, OU season ticket holders will have first opportunity to purchase tickets and will be contacted Monday evening via email. Those with lower bowl, club level, loge box and suite season ticket locations may purchase their existing seats for this game. Those with seats located elsewhere in the stadium will also have an opportunity to purchase tickets and will be accommodated in various locations throughout the lower bowl. The deadline for season ticket holders to purchase tickets will be 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
The price of the lower-level tickets for season ticket holders will be $30, and $50 for suites and clubs to include hospitality. OU students will have an opportunity to purchase tickets priced at $20 beginning Tuesday. If tickets remain after season ticket and student requests are accommodated, a public sale will be held on Friday and those tickets will be available at $50 each.
“I wish that we could accommodate a full stadium for this game, but these are challenging circumstances with very little notice,” Castiglione said. “We rely on hundreds of trained professionals from several agencies to work with us on game day and have learned that it is not possible to be fully staffed for this event. We have thoroughly assessed the many aspects of hosting a game and there is no question that this is the right course of action.”
Fans are reminded that they will need to download the Oklahoma Sooners app to access game tickets. It is highly recommended that the tickets be downloaded to a wallet app before arriving at the stadium.
Additional game details and OU’s game day protocols will be released this week on SoonerSports.com and the OU Athletics social media platforms.
Recovery efforts are now underway along the Gulf Coast. OU officials urge those wishing to support relief efforts to give generously to agencies of their choice. Another giving opportunity will be announced later this week.
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – On Tuesday, the Great American Conference announced the results of its 2021-22 GAC women’s golf preseason coaches’ poll. Henderson State and Arkansas Tech tied in the voting while the Reddies claimed five first-place votes to four allotted to the Golden Suns.
The Reddies ended the Golden Suns’ five-year reign as GAC champions when they captured the title after a team playoff. Allie Bianchi clinched the win for the Reddies with a par on the second playoff hole. They return all five golfers from their GAC Championship lineup in BianchI; Gracen Blount, a First-Team All-GAC selection; Karen Lee, an All-Tournament honoree; Hannah Choi, an All-GAC Second Team performer and Daphney Tilton, who made the Honorable Mention team.
Arkansas Tech won the Central Regional for the second time in program history and qualified for match play at the National Championships for the first time. Katie Whitfield won the medalist honor at the GAC Championships and took third at the Central Regional. Jacqueline Klemm unanimously garnered the league’s Player of the Year award and made the WGCA All-America Team. Josie Roberson, who placed second at the GAC Championships and Bhenyapa Buranasiri, who finished eighth, joined Whitfield and Klemm as key returners.
Southwestern Oklahoma State placed third in the voting. The Bulldogs’ Megan Brown claimed the GAC Freshman of the Year award. She finished third at the GAC Championships. Mikaela Rindermann led SWOSU at the Central Regional with a ninth-place showing. Like Henderson State, SWOSU returns all five from its GAC Championship lineup in Brown, Rindermann, Rebecca Lau, Georgia Miller and Zoe Morton.
Harding finished fourth, followed by Oklahoma Baptist. The Lady Bisons edged out the Bulldogs for third place at the GAC Championships. They earned a spot at the Central Regional for the first time since 2013. Brenda Sanchez, who took seventh at the GAC Championships, made the Honorable Mention All-GAC team. Oklahoma Baptist’s Hayden Meiser also claimed a spot on the Honorable Mention All-GAC team.
Arkansas-Monticello took sixth, one point ahead of both Southern Arkansas and Southern Nazarene. Northwestern Oklahoma State rounded out the poll.
Seven schools – Arkansas Tech, Harding, Henderson State, Northwestern Oklahoma State, Oklahoma Baptist, Southern Nazarene and Southwestern Oklahoma State - open at the Central Region Preview on September 7.
The 2022 GAC Championships take place from Sunday, April 10th through Tuesday, April 12th. Hot Springs Country Club will host the event for the 10th time.
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