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Press release from Danny Kobren - Univeristy of Oklahoma
NORMAN – The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) champion Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team has qualified as the No. 1 seed at the NCAA Championships, taking place at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on April 20 and 21.
The Sooners will compete in a preliminary session on Friday at 7 p.m., April 20 against No. 4 Illinois, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 8 Penn State, No. 9 Iowa and No. 12 California. As the No. 1 seed, OU earned the right to pick its starting event and will compete in Olympic order, starting on floor and ending on high bar.
A second preliminary session featuring No. 2 Minnesota, No. 3 Michigan, No. 6 Stanford, No. 10 Navy and No. 11 Air Force will take place prior to the evening session. The top three teams from each session will qualify for the finals on Saturday, April 20, along with the top three individuals on each event not already qualified with a team.
OU has faced four of five of the teams in their preliminary – Illinois, Ohio State, Iowa and California – defeating all of them en route to its fourth straight undefeated regular season.
Last weekend, the Sooners claimed their seventh consecutive conference championship with a 414.050, defeating Stanford (404.150), California (393.650) and Air Force (392.550). Yul Moldauer won a program-record five individual conference titles and posted the second-highest all-around total in the country this season with an 86.900. OU wrapped up the meet with 14 top-three finishes on its way to its 25th overall conference title.
The three-time defending national champions will look for their 12th national title in team history, which would tie Penn State for the most of any NCAA men’s gymnastics program. The Sooners also look for their fourth consecutive championship. Only two other men’s gymnastics programs, Illinois from 1939 to 1942 and Nebraska from 1979 to 1982, have won at least four NCAA titles in a row.
Fanshawe Public School participated in a Track meet held in Heavener.
Congratulations to Brooke Baldwin and Wyatt Peterson.
Brooke got First place in the 100 & 300 hurdle.
She also was third in the 100 dash and second in the 200 dash.
Wyatt Peterson placed 3rd Long Jump.
Jason Baldwin, Wyatt Peterson, Luke Herell, Lake Wooten
Congratulations to the OK Freedom Basketball team!
The OK Freedom travel basketball team won the TBT “Attack the Rim” Basketball Tournament in Midtown Tulsa on April 7th.
The team members are:
Front Row L-R: Alexis Smith, Ryleigh Pierce, Jazzlyn Harrison, Brayli Beason;
Back Row L-R: Ariana Loggins, Sky Bluford, Brailey Francis, Kara Albert, Sadie Deiter, Sophie Pulice.
Press Release from Danny Kobren, Communications Assistant University of Oklahoma
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team claimed its seventh consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) conference title Saturday night, posting a team total of 414.050.
OU’s MPSF championship streak extends the longest in team history and the most conferences titles since the team won four straight from 2005 to 2008. The Sooners victory also marks their 87th in a row.
In addition to the team title, Yul Moldauer won five individual championships on floor, pommel horse, still rings, parallel bars and all-around, the most since Jake Dalton claimed four titles in 2012. Tanner Justus joined Moldauer on the podium with his first career conference championship on vault.
The team was solid in its first rotation of the night, notching a 68.450 on floor. Moldauer led the pact in his first routine back from injury with a 14.600. Gage Dyer and Tanner Justus followed with a 14.000 each. Hunter Justus and Levi Anderson scored a 12.950 and a 12.900 respectively. Oklahoma trailed Air Force by less than two points with the Falcons competing on vault.
Even with a few mistakes on pommel horse, OU posted a 66.350. Moldauer paced the Sooners with a 14.150, Brian Schibler posted the next highest score with a 13.500 followed by Genki Suzuki (13.050), Grant Kell (12.950) and Anderson (12.700). The Sooners found themselves in third, still less than two points out of first.
OU leaped into first place with a massive rotation on still rings, scoring a 70.300. Moldauer sparked the Sooners’ lineup with a phenomenal 15.050, a season-high for the junior. Collyn Kellogg registered a career-high 14.150. Reese Rickett anchored with a 14.050 with Jake Maloley (13.850) and Anderson (13.200) rounding out the lineup for the Sooners. With its fantastic performance on rings, OU led by just under three points.
The Sooners kept the momentum rolling on vault, totaling a 72.200 in the fourth rotation and extending their lead. No gymnast scored below a 14.000 and OU swept the the top-three scores. Tanner Justus posted a new season-high with a 14.850. Hunter Justus followed with a 14.550. Moldauer continued his strong all-around showing with a 14.500. Dyer and Anderson scored 14.200 and 14.100 respectively.
In the fifth rotation, OU continued to dominate, posting a 68.400 on parallel bars and stretching its lead to nearly seven points. Moldauer picked up his fourth conference title of the day with 14.950. Dyer notched a career-high 14.200. Anderson finished behind him with a 13.700. Suzuki (13.050) and Hunter Justus (12.500) rounded out the lineup for the Sooners.
OU put the finishing touches on their seventh consecutive MPSF crown with a 68.350 on high bar. Anderson and Suzuki each scored a 14.100. Moldauer wrapped up a phenomenal all-around performance with a 13.650. Isamu Ito (13.400) and Kell (13.100) closed out the meet for the Sooners.
Congratulations to Brook Baldwin and Zoey Hudlow of Fanshawe.
The two girls competed in the Wilburton Track Meet.
Baldwin competed in the 100 & 200-meter dash event and the 100 & 300 hurdles event and received First Place in all four events.
Zoey Hudlow placed 2nd in the 800-meter run.
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced its sixth Golfer of the Week awards for the spring season. Henderson State’s Taylor Loeb garnered the Women’s Player of the Week honor and Arkansas Tech’s Luke Cornett earned the Men’s Player of the Week accolade.
GAC WOMEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK – Taylor Loeb, Henderson State, So., Little Rock, Arkansas
Loeb finished third at the HSU Invitational, her best individual finish of the season. She posted her third-straight top-five result as the Reddies placed third, their third-straight top-three finish. She opened with a 1-under par 71 on and carded a 5-over 77 on Tuesday.
GAC MEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK – Luke Cornett, Arkansas Tech, Sr., Drasco, Arkansas
Cornett led the Wonder Boys to a fourth-place finish at the Argonaut Cup in Pensacola, Fla., their ninth consecutive top-five finish. Cornett placed third at the three-round event and closed by shooting a career-low 5-under 67 in the final round to record the third-lowest 54-hole individual score in Tech history. He finished ahead of 14 nationally-ranked competitors.
NOTABLE WOMEN’S NOMINEES
- Brittani Casement, Jr., Northwestern Oklahoma State (Tied for 16th at HSU Spring Invite; shot school-record 73 in first round)
- Brooklyn Terry, Jr., Harding (Posted her best 54-hole score at the Argonaut Invitational tied for 23rd)
NOTABLE MEN’S NOMINEE
- Kevin Boutier, Jr., Henderson State (Won the HSU Invitational by two shots, his first collegiate win; Reddies won team title)
Kinner Brasher is a Carl Albert State College freshman outfielder and a 2017 Southside High School graduate. Brasher has been named the NJCAA Region 2 DII Player of the Week.
Brasher was recognized the week of March 5- 11 for his outstanding performance on the field.
In a four-game span versus North Arkansas College and Iowa Central Community College, Brasher batted .783 with 11 hits, including two home-runs and two triples.
“While this award is an honor for individual performance,” said Randy Graves CASC Athletic Director, “Brasher is a great team player. His appreciation for his Viking teammates and their ability to work together is what makes awards like this possible for our students.”
Press release from Mike Houck, Assistant AD/Strategic Communications University of Oklahoma Athletics Department
NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department has announced several details surrounding the April 14 spring football game, including a pregame concert inside Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium by country music star Trace Adkins.
Adkins, who has sold more than 11 million albums, won three Academy of Country Music Awards and has a long track record of supporting U.S. troops and veterans (he has served as a spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project and participated in 12 USO tours), will start his concert set at 12:30 p.m. in the stadium's north end zone stands. The spring game is scheduled to kick off at approximately 1:15 p.m.
Tickets for OU football season ticket holders cost $5 and will go on sale Wednesday, March 28 at noon CT. Season ticket holders should log on to their season ticket account on SoonerSports.com to order, or can call the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at (800) 456-4668 during normal business hours.
Tickets for non-season ticket holders cost $10 and will go on sale Thursday, March 29 at noon CT (also on SoonerSports.com and at the numbers above). Online orders are subject to a nominal convenience fee at the time of purchase, and additional fees may apply.
The OU Athletics Department is also offering a limited number of $25 tickets that will allow fans on the field for the concert and provide seating for the game in Section 5 (west side of stadium near midfield). All other seating is general admission, and normal game entry policies remain in place relative to permitted items. Campus parking lots will be open and free of charge for fans, and stadium gates will open to the public at 11 a.m.
OU's spring game will once again salute the Sooner Jr. program with elementary school partners across the State. Students in selected school districts will receive a flyer at school that can be redeemed for one complimentary admission for a student and up to three guests. Students can present this flyer at Gate 5 for admittance.
OU students will receive free admission to the game by showing a current OU ID at the gate. Sooner Jr. Kids Club members will also receive complimentary admission, and parents of Sooner Jr. Kids Club members may purchase tickets for $5 (look for information via email).
A list of ancillary activities taking place on April 14, as well as additional game day information, is below. More fun details surrounding the spring game will be shared when finalized.
The day's festivities begin at 7:30 a.m. with the annual OU Spring Sale in McCasland Field House with vendors including the OU Bookstore, the OU Equipment Room and retail outlets selling a wide variety of apparel and Sooners merchandise.
SOONER FAN FEST
Starting at 9:30, fans will be able to purchase tailgating cuisine from some of the area's top food trucks, as well as enjoy music, sponsor interactives and the GoVision Jumbotron at Fan Fest in the McCasland Field House parking lot (northwest corner of Jenkins Ave./Brooks St. intersection).
BOB STOOPS STATUE DEDICATION
At 10 a.m., a Bob Stoops recognition and statue dedication will take place on the lawn directly south of the Switzer Center. Stoops, who guided OU to bowl games in each of his 18 seasons as head coach, is the program's all-time wins leader with a 190-48 (.798) record. The ceremony will be free and open to the public. Stoops will also be recognized during the spring game.
HEISMAN TROPHY PRESENTATION
Heisman Memorial Trophy representatives will be on hand to officially present the OU Athletics Department with its copy of Baker Mayfield's 2017 trophy.
The Sooner Sports Network radio broadcast will begin at 12:30 p.m. The game can be heard on 107.7 FM The Franchise in Oklahoma City and 97.5 FM KMOD in Tulsa, and will be streamed on TuneIn Radio. Check local listings for an affiliate in your area.
Sooner Sports TV's live broadcast of the spring game will start at 1 p.m. on FOX Sports Southwest, SoonerSports.tv and the SoonerSports apps including Apple TV and Roku. Chad McKee, Dusty Dvoracek and Jessica Coody will announce. OU's "Sooner Sports Game Day" show will air at 12:30 p.m.
Game programs will be available for purchase for $3 at select locations in and around the stadium.
SEASON TICKET INFO.
2018 Oklahoma Football season tickets are available for as little as a $100 per seat donation plus the ticket cost. Visit SoonerSports.com for more information, or call (405) 325-2424 or (800) 456-4668.
APRIL 14 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
7:30 a.m. Spring Sale (McCasland Field House)
9:30 a.m. Food Trucks & Fan Fest (NW corner of Jenkins & Brooks)
10 a.m. Bob Stoops Statue Dedication
11 a.m. Public Stadium Gates Open
12:30 p.m. Trace Adkins Concert
1:15 p.m. Kickoff
By Danny Kobren Communications Assistant, Oklahoma University
Sooners Finish Perfect Regular Season With A Comeback
COLUMBUS, Ohio —The top-ranked Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team capped a perfect regular season with an extraordinary comeback Friday night, winning a close contest against No. 7 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, 413.650-412.700. The win completed OU’s fourth consecutive perfect regular season and picked up its 84th straight win.
Levi Anderson posted an 83.700 all-around score in the victory while three different Oklahoma gymnasts won event titles.
“It was about doing what I can to secure the best possible score for the team,” Anderson said. “When we came to the end, I just knew I did everything I could have done to contribute to our team score.”
With Yul Moldauer resting, Isamu Ito in Canada on international assignment and Grant Kell competing through illness, OU head coach Mark Williams knew his team had to come up big while they were shorthanded.
“It was a great experience to have that pressure,” he said. “They could not afford to have mistakes the last couple events if they wanted to win.”
The Sooners got off to a slow start on pommel horse, notching a 65.050 and digging themselves into a 4.000 hole. Genki Suzuki paced the team with a 13.700 and Brian Schibler followed with a 13.600. Grant Kell (13.300), Anderson (12.750) and Tanner Justus (11.700) finished the first rotation for OU.
Said Williams: “We put ourselves in a little bit of a hole. Guys had to accept that responsibility and get the job done. They’ve done the training. They had to be in the right frame of mind to do the gymnastics they do at home.”
In the second rotation, the Sooners got back on track as they totaled 69.400 on floor. Tanner Justus picked up the event title with a 14.300 and Gage Dyer scored a 14.100. Anderson (13.850), Alexei Vernyi (13.600) and Hunter Justus (13.550) rounded out the lineup, cutting the deficit to 3.100.
On vault, all five of OU’s gymnasts scored above a 14.200 or above as the team earned a 71.800. Hunter Justus and Dyer each earned a 14.450 to lead the Sooners. Anderson (14.350), Tanner Justus (14.350) and Suzuki (14.200) wrapped up the first half of the meet.
Through three rotations, the Sooners were locked in a tight contest and trailed 206.500-206.250.
A trio of OU gymnasts tallied scores over 14.000 on still rings, with Reese Rickett leading the way with a 14.300. Jake Maloley tied his career high with a 14.200 and Anderson tallied a 14.000. Collyn Kellogg (13.800) and Tanner Justus (12.450) helped the Sooners to a 68.750 total and kept the meet close, only trailing by 0.750.
Suzuki earned an event title on high bar with a 14.700. Anderson finished just behind him with a 14.650, followed by Dyer (14.000), Kell (13.700) and Hunter Justus (13.150) as OU finished with a 70.200.
Down less than one point heading into the sixth rotation, Oklahoma needed a clutch performance from its gymnasts and they delivered.
With a phenomenal parallel bars rotation, the Sooners climbed into the lead. Suzuki finished with a team-best 14.150. Anderson capped off his impressive all-around performance with a 14.100 and Hunter Justus (14.000), Kell (13.150) and Dyer (13.050) lifted OU to a 68.450 to complete the comeback.
“We competed for the brothers beside us,” Anderson said. “Our motto was to chip away at their lead. It’s a six-rotation meet. If we kept our heads down and went to work, we would come out on top. This was the most passion I have seen any Sooner team compete with.”
With the regular season behind them, the Sooners turn their attention to the postseason. Williams knows the team has plenty to work on to be their best when it counts.
“We are still not hitting as much as I hope,” said Williams. “It is a different animal heading into the postseason. We have some gaps where our guys have to make some improvements. However, I am proud of how this team fought. We came into a difficult environment and came away with a victory.”
After an off week, OU looks to claim their seventh consecutive conference title at the MPSF Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Saturday, April 7 at 6 p.m. CT.
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced its fourth Golfer of the Week awards for the spring season. Oklahoma Baptist’s Michelle Carr claimed the Women’s Golfer award and Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Zach James earned the Men’s Golfer honor.
GAC WOMEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK – Michelle Carr, Oklahoma Baptist, So., Alvin, Texas
Carr finished in a tie for fifth place at the Holiday Inn Express MWSU Women's Spring Invitational to match the best performance by a Lady Bison this season. Carr shot rounds of 79 and 81 for a 160 two-round total. She registered her third top-five finish of the season and led Oklahoma Baptist to a tie for second place in the 14-team event.
GAC MEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK – Zach James, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Jr., Whitesboro, Texas
James picked up his second tournament title of the season and sixth top-five finish of the season after he posted rounds of 2-under par 70 and 4-under 68 at the Lion Invite at Tanglewood Resort for a one-shot victory. The Savage Storm won the event by 12 shots, their second team title of the season.
NOTABLE MEN’S NOMINEES
- Luke Cornett, Sr., Arkansas Tech (Tied for fourth at the UCO Broncho Invitational; his second-straight top-five finish)
- Cooper Dunn, So., Harding (Led the Bisons to a second-place result at the UCO Broncho Invitational by finishing ninth)