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Poteau, OK - This past Saturday, Carl Albert State College proudly hosted the Women's National Duals, bringing together five exceptional teams from five different states in an exhilarating showcase of women's wrestling prowess
Teams from Umpqua Community College (OR), Snow College (UT), Ellsworth Community College (IA), Trinidad State Junior College (CO), and Carl Albert State College (OK) converged in Poteau, OK, to participate in a highly competitive round-robin format. Each team wrestled against the four other schools, demonstrating skill, determination, and sportsmanship throughout the day.
The final standings reflected the intensity of the competition:
- Umpqua Community College (OR) claimed the top spot, finishing in 1st place winning all 4 duals.
- Snow College (UT) secured 2nd place, going 3-1, with their only loss coming at the hands of Umpqua.
- Carl Albert State College (OK) clinched the 3rd position, narrowly falling to Snow and facing a hard-fought battle against Umpqua.
- Trinidad State Junior College (CO) secured the 4th spot, recording a victory against Ellsworth but facing losses in the other three dual meets.
- Ellsworth Community College (IA) landed in the 5th position, going 0-4 on the day.
Notable undefeated performances from Carl Albert State College included two Viking wrestlers: Calli Connally at 101 and Alexis Miller at 109. Additionally, Rachel Dismuke at 123 and Malia Kehne at 136 both had impressive records of 3-1 for the day.
The event was a celebration of the incredible talent, dedication, and sportsmanship displayed by the athletes and coaches from across the nation. Carl Albert State College is grateful for the opportunity to host such a prestigious event and thankful to the teams for making the journey.
A special acknowledgment goes to the athletic training staff, Chelsie Barnes and Savannah Glasco, whose exceptional care ensured the well-being of the athletes throughout the day.
Jake Lords, Head Wrestling Coach, expressed gratitude for the support received from CASC and the Poteau communities, stating, "I'm thankful for the support that CASC and the Poteau communities have given these programs. Excited for the future! Go Vikes!"
The 3rd Annual Cameron Archery Tournament was held January 12-13 at the new Cameron Arena.
628 archers from Arkoma, Charleston (AR), Chouteau-Mazie, Hodgen, Howe, Idabel, Krebs, Locust Grove, Lukfata, McCurtain, McLoud, Muldrow, North Rock Creek, Panama, Roland, Salina, Shady Point, Spiro, Tulsa Area Home School, and Cameron competed. “We expected over 800 archers this year, and despite the weather, all but three schools came. We are very happy with the turnout and appreciate all of the archers, coaches, and fans that attended,” said Hank Austin, Cameron’s archery coach.
The team winners by division were…
1st – Locust Grove
2nd – Chouteau-Mazie
3rd – Charleston (AR)
1st – Locust Grove
2nd – Cameron
3rd – Charleston (AR)
1st – Locust Grove
2nd – North Rock Creek
3rd – Cameron
An estimated 1,600 people attended. The event included a NASP bullseye shoot, 3D fun shoot, drawings, raffles, and new vehicles on display by one of the tournament’s primary sponsors, Harry Robinson Sallisaw Ford. “We want to thank Harry Robinson Sallisaw Ford, Johnson Construction, Killin’ Time Archery, Hugs and Biscuits, Smart-Mart, Six Degrees, Gellco Outdoors, Central National Bank, the Community State Bank, Arvest, Brian Jackson, our 37 target sponsors, individual donors, the Cameron staff, Board, administration, and community for all of their support and hard work in making this year’s tournament a great success,” Austin said. “It takes a lot of people and resources to put on an event of this size over two days.” A list of all sponsors can be seen on the school’s Facebook page and winners are listed at NASPTournaments.org.
The Cameron Yellowjackets are currently ranked 3rd in the middle school division and 5th in the high school division in the state. They’ve already competed in several tournaments this year, bringing home team and individual awards.
Cameron will host the 4th Annual LeFlore County Archery Tournament on Wednesday, January 24th and the public is invited to attend. Fans should contact their school’s archery coach for times. Admission is $5 per person. Children 5 and under, veterans, and first responders are free.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Rick West, R-Heavener, recently filed legislation that would require an organization such as the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) to accept cash for admittance to sporting events or any other activity where payment is required.
House Bill 2972 would require any private organization or association which charges schools or school districts a membership fee, retains a portion of revenue generated by an interscholastic activity or contest of the member schools, and provides the coordination, supervision, and regulation of the interscholastic activity or contest shall accept cash as legal tender for admission to any activity or contest.
"We don't live in a cashless society, and honestly it's dangerous to try and go in that direction," West said. "Our ability to purchase what we want at any time easily could be taken away from us if we go cashless. We don't need to give the government that much control over our lives.
"It's also hard for people, like grandparents, who don't have a credit card or a cash app on their phone, to enjoy these games. For some in rural areas, this is one of their only forms of entertainment. Going cashless disenfranchises many."
West said the request for the legislation came from constituents who said they faced being turned away from tournament games last year when their only method of payment was cash.
HB 2972 also stipulates that an organization can't charge any more for taking cash nor offer a discount for the use of another payment method.
If signed into law, the act would become effective July 1. The bill will be eligible for consideration during the upcoming legislative session, which starts Feb. 5.
Rick West serves District 3 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. His district includes part of LeFlore County.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Ty Burns, R-Pawnee, today applauded the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) board of directors for approving an exception granting one free transfer to any high school student with established athletic eligibility at their current school.
Burns, a former public school teacher and coach, previously attempted to introduce legislation to modify the eligibility criteria for high school transfer students to play sports. However, the exception to Rule 8 occurred through rules rather than legislative action.
"I commend OSSAA for adopting this rule change following my efforts to advance multiple bills and conduct an interim study," Burns said. "I appreciate Kevin Sain and all the parents who actively participated in the interim study and every step of the process. Now, students who love playing sports get a better shot at doing what they love without all the usual waiting and paperwork."
The change is an exception to Rule 8, which states a student must wait one year from the first date of attendance at a new school before gaining athletic eligibility unless a hardship waiver is granted. Free transfers allow students to switch schools once without sitting out or moving to a new district, and they do not require hardship waivers.
Kevin Sain, with Sain Law Firm, P.C., also commented on OSSAA's recent exception.
"I am grateful for Representative Burns' advocacy; he has continuously listened and acted on behalf of Oklahoma's students," Sain said. "Despite the challenges kids face today, I see hope for Oklahoma's students in the future."
According to OSSAA, schools are prohibited from recruiting student athletes, and those who are recruited will face disqualification from all levels of competition.
This measure will take effect July 1, 2024, and the 2024 transfer window will last from July 1-15.
It was great working with Brian Jackson, Scott Wagner, and Stephen-Paul Lambert to help Calvary Church host their first Arrows for Missions archery tournament.
Thank you guys for letting me help with a new event, expanding archery locally and for a great cause! As far as I know, this was the first private/church organization in LeFlore County to host a tournament inviting NASP schools.
I was glad to see two of our own Cameron archers, Laken and Trenton, shoot great at their church’s tournament!
To date, 14 of the 17 school districts in LeFlore County are affiliated with NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) and several are active.
Four NASP tournaments will be held this year in our county…
January 5-6 - 6th Annual Shady Point Archery Tournament @ the Reynolds Center in Poteau
January 12-13 - 3rd Annual Cameron Archery Tournament @ Cameron Arena
January 24 - 4th Annual LeFlore County Archery Tournament @ Cameron Arena
February 9 - 1st Annual Howe Archery Tournament @ Howe School
Come watch some great archers and support all of these programs!
(l-r) Trenton Wagner, Brian Jackson, Laken Wagner, and some old archery coach. See less
NORMAN, Okla.— Throughout the month of September, the University of Oklahoma Food Pantry will be competing with the University of Texas’s food pantry, the UT Outpost, to see which pantry can receive the most shelf-sustainable food. The competition has been named the “Red River Food Fight” and the winner will be named the “Red River Food Fight Champion.
Matt Marks, campus care coordinator and director of the OU Food Pantry, said they are hoping this competition will help both universities as they try to combat the above-average rates of food insecurity within each of the respective states.
“It's a fun way to celebrate a historic rivalry,” Marks said. “There's a lot of competitiveness on the football field, but we are coming together to combat food insecurity and hunger, which plagues both our states. Texas and Oklahoma are two of the hungrier states in our nation and this is a great way to come together to take steps to solve this problem. We've got a great relationship with the pantry down in Texas, and just had great conversations with them to bring this together and unite around a very heated game to try to take care of people within our communities.”
Royce Coleman, sophomore biochemistry major in the Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences and OU Food Pantry associate director of campus engagement, said he began having conversations with UT last fall.
While there was immediate interest, the timeline was too near to effectively execute the drive. But this year, the timing was right.
“The initial goal of the competition was to utilize our historic rivalry and our extremely passionate fanbases toward benefiting both of our food pantries, which in turn would allow us to better provide for our students and staff,” Coleman said. “We are hopeful that the many fans of this rivalry (the greatest college rivalry in the nation, if I may say so myself) will join us in promoting this competition and help us combat the food insecurity that exists on our campuses.”
Valeria Martin, assistant director for basic needs at the University of Texas at Austin, said there was no hesitation when the OU Food Pantry representatives approached them.
“We were so excited when the OU Food Pantry team approached us with the idea to collaborate in a friendly competition for the benefit of our campus pantries,” Martin said. “Our goal for the Red River Food Fight is to raise awareness about UT Outpost in our community. Drawing on the rivalry and competition helps energize our campus around supporting UT Outpost and keeping the pantry stocked while making more students aware of UT Outpost as a resource.”
The winner of the Red River Food Fight will be announced on Oct. 7, the day of the Red River Rivalry football game. Boxes to donate canned goods and shelf-sustainable food to the OU Food Pantry have been scattered across campus; donations also may be made directly to the food pantry. Other items and monetary donations are always welcomed but will not go toward the competition.
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Game #7: Team Romero 2, Team Zerkle 1 | August 4, 2023 | Parkway Bank Sports Complex
Team Zerkle Starters:Morgan Zerkle (CF), Amanda Lorenz (LF), Danielle Gibson (1B), Delanie Wisz (3B), Gwen Svekis (C), Caroline Jacobsen (RF), Aly Harrell (DP), Josie Muffley (2B), Sydney McKinney (SS), Alyssa Denham (P)
Team Romero Starters:Kelsey Stewart-Hunter (1B), Bubba Nickles (LF), Anissa Urtez (SS), Sierra Romero (2B), Mia Davidson (DP), Sydney Romero (3B), Megan Wiggins (CF), Shannon Rhodes (RF), Sashel Palacios (C), Odicci Alexander (P)
Winning Pitcher:Taylor McQuillin (2-0)
Losing Pitcher:Georgina Corrick (0-2)
Time of Game:2:10
Game MVPs:#1 - Bubba Nickles (Team Romero), +60 points
#2 - Taylor McQuillin (Team Romero), +40 points
#3 - Kelsey Stewart-Hunter (Team Romero), +20 points
ROSEMONT, Illinois- Team Romero put runners on base in each of the first six innings during Friday night’s Athletes Unlimited Softball Championship Season matchup with Team Zerkle, but had trouble getting them to score.
But, then came the seventh inning and the runs arrived at the perfect time as Team Romero scored twice in its final trip to the plate to secure a 2-1 victory over Team Zerkle in the Week Two opener for both teams at Parkway Bank Sports Complex.
OutfielderBubba Nicklesdrove in the game-winning runs with her double to center field to finish off a three-hit performance. The former UCLA standout capped off the win by earning MVP 1 honors and led all players with 218 leaderboard points.
PitcherTaylor McQuillinfollowed with an outstanding performance in relief to secure MVP 2 distinction. McQuillin did not allow a hit over 5.0 innings and struck out six batters to end the evening with 210 leaderboard points.
Corner infielderKelsey Stewart-Huntercompleted the MVP trio for Team Romero after going 2-for-4 in the leadoff spot with a pair of singles, garnering 150 leaderboard points.
OutfielderAmanda Lorenzaccounted for the lone hit for Team Zerkle in the loss, while corner infielderDelanie Wiszdrove in the team’s only run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning.
PitcherGeorgina Corrickdropped to 0-2 in the circle after giving up two runs on two hits in 2.1 innings with three strikeouts.
How It Happened:Team Romero overcame a 1-0 deficit by plating two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. After outfielderShannon Rhodeswalked to open the frame, she moved to second base on a single by corner infielderKelsey Stewart-Hunter. Nickles followed with a double to center field that scored both runners to secure the comeback victory.
Leaderboard Impact:The win allowed Sierra Romero to move into the top spot on the leaderboard with 526 points, while pitcherOdicci Alexandermoved into second place with 458 points.
Team Zerkle and Team Romero combined to score three runs in Friday’s opener, moving the league’s season total to 41 runs through seven games … Aspiration is committed to planting 10 trees for every run scored as part of its ‘Round the Bases’ initiative.
Team Zerkle and Team Romero were a combined 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position, but were 12-for-35 in advancement opportunities.
The leadoff hitter reached base in 9-of-14 chances.
Nicklesauthored the eighth multi-hit game of her Athletes Unlimited Championship Season career, including her second three-hit outing, with her 3-for-3 performance …She had six multi-hit games during the 2022 campaign.
Stewart-Hunterposted her second multi-hit game of the season after going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles … It also marked the seventh multi-hit outing of her Athletes Unlimited Championship Season career.
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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – On Thursday, the Great American Conference named Harding’s Cody Smith as its 2022-23 Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Smith’s recognition gives Harding four-straight GAC Male Scholar Athlete recipients. Matthew Hipshire won in both 2021 and 2021-22. Mills Bryant earned the honor in 2019-20. Smith becomes the third GAC baseball student-athlete lauded with the award. Former Bison Davis Richardson won in 2014-15 and Arkansas Tech’s Dylan McDearmon won in 2018-19.
Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering with a 3.97 GPA and a Master of Business Administration in management and business ethics with a perfect 4.00 GPA. He earned Second Team Academic All-America honors to become the first Harding baseball player ever named to multiple Academic All-America teams.
On the diamond, he hit .301 with six home runs and 38 RBI and placed on the GAC All-Defensive Team. He went 19-for-20 on stolen base attempts and set the school's career record for triples.
Other nominees for the 2022-23 GAC Male Athlete of the Year award included Arkansas Tech’s Jack Grissom (Football), Arkansas-Monticello’s Josh Denton (Basketball), East Central’s Justin Chitty (Baseball), Henderson State’s Greyson Stevens (Baseball), Northwestern Oklahoma State’s Zachary Cox (Cross Country), Oklahoma Baptist’s Jake Hamilton (Baseball), Ouachita Baptist’s G. Allen (Baseball), Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Trent Zorgdrager (Golf), Southern Arkansas’ Briston Rains (Cross Country/Track & Field), Southern Nazarene’s Gage Porter (Football) and Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Mason Hart (Basketball). WWW.GREATAMERICANCONFERENCE.COM ---
The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners of the Golf Tournament which was held on June 15th at Wolf Mountain .
1st Place - Beau Moore, Jeremy Downs,
Josh Tackett, Daryl Layman
2nd Place - Dwain Caughern, Johnathan Burgess, James Pinkston, Kale Holton
Not Pictured are: 3rd Place - Brandon Dale, Justin Downs, Ronnie Burgess, Jason May
Closest To Pin: Jaili Oglesby, Calloway Warren
Longest Drive: Jaycee Blake, Joe Claiborn
1st Place Marshmallow Drive - Jason Wixom
2nd Place Marshmallow Drive - Kale Holton