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For the sixth year in a row, the Carl Albert State College softball team has been named to the NJCAA Women’s Softball Academic Team of the Year, Honorable Mention with a 3.35 GPA.
In addition to the softball team, the 2017 – 2018 CASC Baseball and Women’s Cross Country Teams have also been recognized for their academic achievements as a team.
The baseball team maintained a GPA of 3.08 and the women’s cross country team held a 3.17 GPA for the 2017 – 2018. Both teams have received recognition as an Academic Team of the Year, and Honorable Mention in their respective sports.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our athletes for their performances on and off the field,” said Dr. Jay Falkner, CASC President. “Our athletes truly work together as a team and I am thrilled to see their academic performance recognized in conjunction with their athletic abilities.”
CASC Baseball Team
CASC Women's Cross Country Team
Poteau, OKLAHOMA - Enes Kanter, a former Oklahoma City Thunder player made a visit to the Boys & Girls Club of LeFlore County on Monday, July 9, 2018.
Kanter is a Turkish professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
He is 6 ft 11 in tall and plays at the center position.
Kanter spent most of the day with kids at the club and visited with people around the area.
“Huge, big, fat, ginormous, enormous thank you to Enes for coming all the way to Poteau to show the kids that they matter too,” said Arielle Perry, Executive Director of the BGCLC. “Thank you for telling our community that we need their support. Thank you for making these kids feel so special and giving them a day, they’ll never forget.”
Caleb Cain of Poteau will be bringing home first place gold medals in bench, squat and deadlift from the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle.
Below are his gold medal lifting weights.
Deadlift 180 kg = 396.832 pounds
Squat 153 kg = 337.307 pounds
Bench Press 110 kg = 242.508 pounds
Combination Deadlift, Squat, Bench Press 180 kg = 396.832 pounds
Congratulations Caleb "The Beast" Cain!
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Photos courtesy Tanna Weaver. Check out the video (also courtesy Tanna Weaver) on Oklahoma Welcome's Facebook page by clicking HERE.
Baum Stadium will host a free watch party Thursday night for Game 3 of the College World Series finals as the Razorbacks take on Oregon State at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Fans will enter through Gate B (on the third base side) at Baum Stadium beginning at 4:30 p.m. Seating throughout the stadium will be first-come, first-serve and parking will be free.
The Hog Pen will be closed for the event.
Light concessions will be available via cash only, but fans will be allowed to bring in food and beverages but no coolers or alcohol will be allowed inside the stadium.
Five Carl Albert State College student athletes have been honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic Student Athletes Awards Program for 2017-2018. The program highlights individual athletes across the country for their academic success based on grade point averages (GPA).
On the Carl Albert softball team, Ayme Warren from Wister, OK, earned a GPA of 4.0 and was selected to the NJCAA All Academic First Team.
Also on the softball team, Micah Dees from Rattan, OK, and Whitney Jackson from Colbert, OK, were named to the NJCAA All Academic Third Team with a GPA between 3.6 and 3.79.
CASC cross country runner Vanessa Martinez from Heavener, OK, made the NJCAA All Academic Third Team with a GPA between 3.6 and 3.79.
Ben Klutts from Poteau, OK, represents CASC baseball on the NJCAA All Academic Second Team.
CASC Athletic Director Randy Graves stated, “We are proud of these student athletes and appreciate their persistence. The example they are setting for other Viking athletes and for that matter all Carl Albert State College students is outstanding.” He continued, “The commitment it takes to be successful in the classroom and as athletes is very tough, so we congratulate these individuals.”
2018 Oklahoma Baptist Men’s Cross Country Schedule
SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist head coach Mark Heard announced the 2018 schedule for the Bison Cross Country team Wednesday morning.
After finishing in the top 20 of the NCAA Central Regional last season, the Bison are looking to take the next step as they enter their second season of Division II competition.
The Bison open up the season on Sept. 1 when they head to Edmond to compete at the Central Oklahoma Land Run. Two weeks later, on Sept. 15, OBU journeys to Joplin, Missouri, for the Missouri Southern Stampede.
Following the Stampede, Oklahoma Baptist faces a short turnaround before making the trip to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to take part in the Chili Pepper Festival hosted by the University of Arkansas on Sept. 22. It will mark the first time OBU has competed at the meet since 2015.
After another two week respite, OBU then hosts their lone home meet of the season when they welcome teams to Shawnee for the OBU Invitational on Oct. 6. The Invitational was won by the Bison last year.
Oklahoma Baptist takes the rest of October off in preparation for the Great American Conference Championship on Nov. 3. The race will be held in Edmond at the same location as the UCO Land Run.
Two weeks later, the Bison will return to Joplin for the NCAA Central Regional on Nov. 14. With a successful race, OBU can advance to the NCAA National Championship on Dec. 1 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
NORMAN — On Tuesday, one of the nation's premier softball programs took another step toward playing and training in one of the premier stadiums. The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents approved revised design phase plans and updated programming information for a new $22 million softball facility.
It is proposed that the new softball home be located at the northwest corner of Jenkins Avenue and Imhoff Road, approximately one-half mile south of the current facility. This plan alters the previous masterplan for renovation of the present location to allow space for implementation of the required programmatic facility elements, make further use of adjacent athletics facilities and take advantage of existing parking in the immediate vicinity.
"We have spent a considerable amount of effort reviewing this project and working to achieve the best possible result," said OU Vice President and Athletics Director Joe Castiglione. "We determined that this was the best route to take in developing a facility that not only rates among the best in the nation, but fits with our other athletics sites located in the same vicinity.
"While we're pleased with the planning phase, we must now turn to our support base and seek the funding assistance we need to bring this project to fruition. I am confident we can build a sustainable financial model."
In recent years, the current OU Softball Complex has been stretched beyond its seating capacity of 1,378. On May 26, with the addition of temporary bleachers, a record crowd of 1,927, one of 18 sellouts during the 2018 season, watched the Sooners defeat Arkansas 9-0 in the NCAA Super Regional championship game. That kind of interest has stressed not only the seating capacity, but also the services available to those visiting the facility. It is projected that the new facility will have capacity for 3,000 fans.
In terms of other fan amenities, the current concept, which is subject to updates and alterations, includes three concessions stands with a total of 11 points of sale (an increase of nine) and six restrooms (an increase of 60 fixtures). Other changes include a 10,000 square-foot indoor practice facility, which is nearly double the size of the current facility, and several team spaces including a training room, locker room and classroom.
"This will be one of the finest facilities in the country, and give us a real boost in training and recruiting," said OU Softball Head Coach Patty Gasso. "It also allows us to serve our great fans with the kind of amenities they deserve."
The construction timeline for the project, which will be funded in its entirety by the athletics department and donors, is yet to be determined.
"It's important to remember that we are still in a concept phase relative to the actual design of the stadium, "Castiglione said. "What we're seeing today is at the foundation of our planning and we have the flexibility to make changes provided they fit within the budget."
Oklahoma's softball program is one of the most successful in NCAA history. It has made 12 appearances in the Women's College World Series and won NCAA championships in 2000, 2013, 2016 and 2017. OU is the only program to hold a top-25 ranking in all 353 weeks of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll, which began in 1995.
By Mike Houck, Assistant AD/Strategic Communications University of Oklahoma Athletics Department
WILBURTON, OK - Eastern Oklahoma State College’s Athletic Department will host a baseball Prospect Camp on Monday, July 2 and softball All-Skills Camp the following Monday and Tuesday, July 9-10. Registration is open now for both events.
Baseball’s Prospect Camp is designed for all current high-school players in the region. Starting at 9 a.m., Eastern’s coaching staff will conduct the camp similar to a professional try-out camp. This format will include position player skill evaluations, a 60-yard dash and batting practice. Pitchers will throw a bullpen to evaluate arm strength and ability. Participants will receive recruiting exposure while honing their athletic abilities. The cost to attend this camp is $75.
Eastern Softball’s All-Skills camp will focus on throwing, fielding, base running and hitting. Participants in 1st through 6th grade will train from 9 a.m. to noon and grades 7th through 12th will train from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. An optional pitching/catching session will take place from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The schedule will remain the same for both days of camp. Camp fees include a camp T-shirt and will cost $75 including the optional pitching/catching session, or $60 without.
Check-in will begin 30 minutes prior to the beginning of each camp or session at Eastern’s ballfields in Wilburton.
Please make checks payable to EOSC Foundation. Call 918-465-1732 for more information or visit the event calendar at eosc.edu for further registration instructions.
SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist inducts four of its legends into the Athletics hall of Fame, Friday, Sept. 16, followed by a presentation of the Hall of Fame Class at the annual Hall of Fame Football Game.
Track and field champions Verone Chambers and Jonathan Hilton, along with baseball All-American Daniel Baptista and women’s tennis All-American Paola Costa join the Hall of Fame’s previous 122 inductees to bring the OBU Hall of Fame membership to 126.
Baptista was a 2012 First team All-America and First Team All-Sooner Athletic Conference. He hit 18 home runs (third best single season) and drove in 82 runs (fourth highest single season) to go with his 84 hits in 2012. He played in the NAIA World Series in both his seasons on Bison Hill (2011, 2012) and finished his career with 32 home runs (third all-time), 129 RBIs (12th all-time) and a .379 batting average (19th all-time).
Chambers finished her career in 2012 with 18 NAIA national championships, including 11 outdoor titles – both of which are the most championships in the storied history of OBU women’s track and field.
Her 25 All-America honors (13 indoor and 12 outdoor) stand as an all-time high for the Lady Bison. She highlighted three OBU National Championship teams. In her four seasons at OBU, she was on all eight 4x400 relay national championship teams.
As a freshman, Chambers won the 400 hurdles and was on the indoor and outdoor 4x400 national champion relays. Her sophomore season, Chambers successfully defended those championships and added the indoor 400 and outdoor 4x100 relay.
For her junior season, Chambers took both 4x400s, both 400s and the indoor 200 meters. She capped off her career with senior year titles in both 4x400s and the outdoor 400 and 4x800. Chambers still owns school records in the indoor 400, outdoor 400 and 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays.
She earned NAIA Most Valuable Performance honors (total points scored) at the 2011 Indoor Championships.
Costa became Oklahoma Baptist’s first singles All-American as a freshman in 2009. She went on to add singles All-America recognition all four seasons of her career at OBU. Costa also earned All-America honors in doubles with Lilian Ferreira in 2012 – her senior season – becoming the program’s first five-time All-American.
Hilton put OBU on the map as a multi-event power, winning back-to-back NAIA heptathlon crowns and back-to-back decathlon titles in 2008 and in 2009.
He set school records in both events in 2009 with a 5519 in the heptathlon and 7233 in the decathlon. He is a six-time NAIA All-American.
On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, Carl Albert State College signed Wister, Okla. native, Kaiden Jackson, to its Men’s Cross Country team.
Not only is Jackson the newest addition to his team, he will begin the fall semester as an academic scholar.
In addition to the estimated $10,460 Jackson has been awarded for his academic scholar success, he will also receive an additional scholarship to cover the expenses for his textbooks throughout his time at CASC.
“I am thrilled to welcome Kaiden to our squad,” said Aaron Emberton, CASC Cross Country Coach. “He is a highly anticipated athlete with a variety of talents to bring to our team. More than his athletic abilities, I am most excited to help Kaiden with his academic pursuits.”