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Submitted byd Patrick Dunn | Communications Assistant, University of Oklahoma Athletics Department
NORMAN - Three University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics alumni and head coach Mark Williams are set for competition at the 2019 FIG World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, beginning Monday.
2019 alumnus Yul Moldauer and 2017 graduate Allan Bower are part of the six-man traveling team with USA Gymnastics. Williams will be serving as Team USA's head coach at the world meet. Moldauer is set to compete on the five-man competition team while Bower will serve as the alternate.
"Our first goal is to qualify the team to the Olympic Games,” said Williams. “We're going to have to be in the top 12 for that to happen and hopefully we'll qualify into the team finals which would put us in the top eight. We're hoping to have another really good World Championships setting us up for the Olympic year."
Moldauer, a seven-time individual national champion at OU and 18-time All-American, took 12th in the all-around and fourth in the floor exercise final at the 2018 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. In 2017, the Arvada, Colo., native brought home his first Worlds' medal, taking bronze in the floor exercise event final.
Also competing at the World Championships for Team Jamaica will be 2015 OU alumnus Michael Reid. Reid, an NCAA champion on pommel horse for the Sooners in 2015, will be making his first World Championships appearance for the Jamaican National Team after securing his dual-citizenship last year and making the senior national team.
The men's meet will begin Monday morning at 3 a.m. CT with the team qualifying round. The championships will stretch throughout the next week, with the team final on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 6:45 a.m. The men's all-around final is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. and individual event finals will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13, at 9 a.m. and 6 a.m., respectively.
EDMOND, Okla. – A heroic fourth-set rally secured a historic win for Oklahoma Baptist Volleyball as the Bison dispatched (RV) Central Oklahoma, 3-1 (17-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-22), on Wednesday night in Hamilton Field House.
It’s the first win for OBU over the Bronchos since 1987 when UCO was known as Central State. Before Wednesday night, the Bison had won just one set in the previous four meetings since OBU Volleyball was revived in 2008.
Falling behind 17-9 in the fourth, OBU doggedly came back to tie the match at 20-all following a Hayley Daniel Kill from Rylen Moore. The Bison edged closer to victory, up 24-23, and Daniel, in front of a hometown crowd, laid down a line shot to secure match point.
After dropping the first set, the Bison used strong defense to tie up the score in the second half, holding the Bronchos to just a .060 hitting percentage while digging out 26 attack attempts. Moore led the strong defensive effort with eight digs while also dishing out seven assists.
The tireless back row work continued in the third set with Diana Carranza, the reigning GAC Defensive Player of the Week, posting a 10-dig effort. As the defense led to offense, Malia Leatherland overcame a slow start to lay down a team-best six kills in the frame, helping OBU to claim the set, 25-22, for a 2-1 lead.
Oklahoma Baptist, now 3-2, heads south of the Red River for the Patriot/Pioneer Tournament to close out the week. Up first for OBU is Pace at 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 13 in Dallas.
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Two weeks from the start of a new Great American Conference men’s soccer season, the league’s head coaches established Fort Hays State as the narrow preseason favorite, the conference office announced on Thursday.
The Tigers, along with Northeastern State, Newman and Rogers State joined the GAC this season as affiliate members. The new eight-team league will continue to feature a full double round-robin schedule and will conclude with the top four teams qualifying for the conference’s postseason tournament. The regular-season champion will host the GAC Championships.
The Tigers tallied 40 points and received five first-place votes. Northeastern State placed second with 39 points. The RiverHawks claimed the remaining three first-place votes. Rogers State placed third, followed by Newman, Ouachita, Harding, Southern Nazarene and Oklahoma Baptist.
Fort Hays enters the season ranked third in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25. Northeastern State checked in at No. 22.
Last season, the Tigers advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II National Semifinals for the first time in program history. Santiago Agudelo, the reigning D2CCA National Player of the Year, headlines the top returning Tigers. He scored 26 goals and added six assists. Defender Sergio Villalba and midfielder Moritz Walther also earned All-Region honors in 2018.
The RiverHawks bring back James Doyle, a two-time First Team All-Region selection. From his defender position, he netted nine goals and added two assists. Flynn Semmerling and Ben Watson also return after they both landed on the D2CCA All-Region team. Semmerling scored eight goals, including two game winners. Watson led RiverHawks with 11 assists.
Rogers State joins the GAC after posting an 8-8-2 record in the Heartland Conference. The Hillcats bring back a pair of All-Region honorees in Noah Robson and Chris Sowder. Sowder led the team with nine goals and 21 points. Robson tallied a team-leading nine assists and notched three goals.
Newman edged out Ouachita and Harding for fourth position. The Jets feature All-Region forward Ignacio Lerech and their leading scorer from last season, Ed Jabbari. Both scored seven goals with Jabbari tallying four assists to Lerech’s three.
Ouachita won their third GAC title last year. In the final, the Tigers defeated regular-season champion Harding for the second-straight year. They bring back First-Team All-GAC defender Hector Duron and All-Region defender Jakob Cuellar.
The Bison return three 2018 First-Team All-GAC selections, headlined by GAC Player of the Year and All-Region midfielder Christian Ramos. He tied for the GAC lead in goals and ranked second in points. Jack Savage, a First-Team All-Region forward, led the conference in assists and points.
Southern Nazarene and Oklahoma Baptist rounded out the poll. The Crimson Storm brings back 2018 GAC Freshman of the Year Angel Lopez and GAC Defensive Player of the Year Bojan Tolmac. Lopez totaled 12 points – three goals and six assists. Following a redshirt season, David Estrada, a three-time All-GAC First Team pick and two-time All-Region performer, returns to the Bison back line.
The 2019 season beginning on Thursday, September 5 with three schools – Fort Hays State, Oklahoma Baptist and Southern Nazarene – opening play. One day later, Northeastern State, Ouachita and Rogers State take to the pitch. Harding and Newman debut on Sunday, September 8. The GAC Championships will take place on November 15 and 17.
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Local high school teams to compete in Bravado Wireless Invitational Tournament at Eastern Oklahoma State College Aug. 22-24Written by David Deaton
WILBURTON, Okla. – The Bravado Wireless High School Invitational Tournament at Eastern Oklahoma State College is set for Aug. 22-24 at the EOSC baseball field in Wilburton.
Eleven area high school baseball teams will compete in the annual tournament.
The tournament begins at 10 a.m. Thursday with Wister taking on LeFlore. The championship game is set for Saturday at 7 p.m.
This year’s tournament will feature teams from Wister, LeFlore, Oktaha, Rattan, Preston, Crowder, Red Oak, Howe, Wright City, Kiowa and Cameron.
Bravado Wireless is the lead sponsor of this year’s tournament.
The regional cellular carrier and home internet company will live stream the tournament games. Visit bravadoTV.com to live stream the games from your computer, phone or tablet.
The games will also be streamed to Bravado Wireless’s official Facebook and YouTube pages.
Visit eoscathletics.com for tournament brackets.
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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Following a 2018 campaign that featured an undefeated a regular season, a fourth Great American Conference title and the program’s first NCAA Division II playoff victory, Ouachita enters the upcoming football season as the league’s preseason favorite, the conference announced on Tuesday.
The Tigers picked up eight of the available first-place votes from the GAC’s other head coaches. Harding, who took second in the poll and received three first-place votes; Southern Arkansas claimed the remaining first-place tally and placed third.
Ouachita returns Brayden Brazeal, the 2018 GAC Freshman of the Year as its quarterback. He accounted for 16 touchdowns and he threw only two interceptions. Additionally the Tiger offense also brings back Brockton Brown, Shun’cee Thomas and Allie Freeman. Brown scored a GAC-leading 16 touchdowns as a freshman. Thomas averaged 7.8 yards per carry and ran for 820 yards. Freeman amassed almost 1,100 yards of all-purpose yards. Defensively, Ouachita returns Keandre Evans, an All-American defensive back. He tied for the GAC lead with four interceptions.
Harding, who in 2018 qualified for the DII playoffs for the third-straight season, features its top four rushing leaders for 2019. Cole Chancey ran for 961 yards, tops among returning GAC backs, and he scored 14 touchdowns. Tristan Tucker tallied 761 yards and six touchdowns on just 83 carries. Quarterback Preston Paden accounted for 17 touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, the Bisons must replace GAC Player of the Year T.J. Winslow as well as three additional First-Team All-GAC performers from the league’s top scoring defense.
SAU also faces multiple changes at key positions due to graduation. Quarterback Barrett Renner finished his career ranked second in league history in passing yards, touchdowns and total offense. Wide receiver Ka’Ronce Higgins became a Harlon Hill finalist after leading the conference in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. On defense, DaVondrick Lison finished as the league’s record holder in sacks. The Muleriders will return experience in the secondary in Brock Floyd and Lorenzo Watkins. Both tied for the GAC lead with four interceptions.
Henderson State finished fourth in the balloting. In going 5-6 last season, the Reddies endured their first losing season in the GAC. They return quarterback Richard Stammetti and running back Logan Moragne for their senior seasons. Stammetti passed for 2,459 yards and 18 touchdowns while Moragne, an Honorable Mention selection, ran for 684 yards and five scores.
Arkansas-Monticello edged out Southeastern Oklahoma State by one point for fifth place. Weevil tight end DeAndre Washington, returns for his junior season after his 700 receiving yards and seven scores earned him multiple All-Region honors. The Savage Storm features a new head coach in Tyler Fenwick. He posted a 37-29 record in six seasons at Missouri S&T including a 10-2 mark and a win in the Mineral Water Bowl last season. He inherits a defense led by Conner Swope. As a freshman, Swope ranked third in the conference with 116 tackles.
Northwestern Oklahoma State placed seventh, followed by Arkansas Tech and Oklahoma Baptist. Senior linebackers Dakota Driskill and Maurice Wright anchor the Ranger defense. They finished 2018 as one of three tandems in Division II to both tally at least 110 tackles. Arkansas Tech also made a coaching change. Former Wonder Boy Kyle Shipp takes over at the helm. In his most recent role, offensive coordinator for UAM, the Weevils posted the second-best offense in both 2017 and 2018. After three straight 2-9 seasons, Oklahoma Baptist went 5-6 last year. Preston Haire led the GAC in passing yards, total offense and passing touchdowns. Additionally, his 27.64 completions per game led Division II.
Southwestern Oklahoma State, East Central and Southern Nazarene rounded out the poll. In his first season in Weatherford, Chet Pobolish saw the Bulldog offense improve by almost 5.0 points per game. At ECU, Al Johnson bettered the Tiger defense by almost 40 yards per game and almost 6.0 points per game in his first campaign. As a freshman, the Crimson Storm’s Gage Porter led all GAC quarterbacks in rushing yards with 668. He ran for seven touchdowns and added five passing scores.
The 2019 season opens on Thursday, September 5 with five contests. A matchup between the top two schools – Harding and Ouachita – takes place in Arkadelphia. Additionally, Southern Arkansas heads to Southern Nazarene; East Central hosts Northwestern Oklahoma State; Arkansas Tech visits Arkansas-Monticello and Southwestern Oklahoma State visits Southeastern Oklahoma State. The opening week concludes with one Saturday contest - Henderson State at Oklahoma Baptist.
The OK Freedom were the Big Time National Basketball Tournament Of Champions Runner-up.
The tournament was held at the Solid Rock Basketball Center in Edmond, OK August 10-11.
Front L-R: Brailey Francis, Sky Bluford, Brayli Beason, Alexis Smith; Back L-R: Ryleigh Pierce, Ariana Loggians, Abbi Covey, Kara Albert
NORMAN – Oklahoma rising senior Quade Cummins took the title at the 2019 Pacific Coast Amateur Championship on Friday, winning by four shots.
The four-day stroke play event was held at the par-71, 7,535-yard University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course in Albuquerque, N.M.
Cummins posted a four-round total of 264 (-20), playing the final 54 holes at 16-under and logging just one bogey over the final three days of action.
The Weatherford, Okla., native opened the tournament with a 67 (-4) and grabbed the individual lead for good during Wednesday’s second round by firing a bogey-free 66 (-5).
Cummins followed up with his best round of the week by carding a 65 (-6) during the third round Thursday, before closing out the event with a 66 (-5) on Friday.
“I had a three-shot lead after nine,” said Cummins after the final round. “Then I went birdie, par, birdie, and it kind of separated me a little bit. I’ve never really been in a zone like that.
“I was just hitting to 20 feet and I was able to roll some in this week. This is definitely one of my better putting weeks. Golf is funny, last week I felt like I was playing the same and I finished around 40th, but just having some putts fall can change everything.”
Also representing the Sooners at the Pacific Coast Amateur were Riley Casey, Brad Dalke and Logan McAllister.
Casey posted a four-day 273 (-11) to tie for fourth place. Dalke shared 32nd place at 283 (-1), while McAllister tied for 39th at 285 (+1).
Submitted by Tyler Pigg | Director/Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma Athletics Department
Summer Church League is in full swing at the PARC in Poteau.
Fifteen church teams gather together every Tuesday and Thursday evening and have a good time playing some ball.
Here are a few photos of the Sugarloaf Christian Fellowship Team II from Tuesday July 16th game.
If you are looking for something to do in the evenings - come out to the PARC and enjoy the games!
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – A pair of Academic All-Americans, Arkansas Tech’s Dylan McDearmon and East Central’s Mariah Ewy received the 2018-19 Great American Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year awards, the conference office announced on Thursday.
The league’s faculty athletic representatives or designees voted on the Male and Female Scholar Athlete of the Year awards. They could not vote for their own student-athletes.
2018-19 GAC MALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – DYLAN McDEARMON, ARKANSAS TECH, BASEBALLMcDearmon became the second student-athlete from Arkansas Tech in as many years to receive the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year as he matched the feat of former quarterback Ty Reasnor. Additionally, he joined former Harding catcher Davis Richardson as the only baseball players to capture this honor.
McDearmon owns a 4.00 grade point average as he completes his master's in business administration. McDearmon became the first Arkansas Tech baseball player to earn Google Cloud Academic All-America honors since David Ciesla, garnered three consecutive selections from 1996 to 1998.
In the community, McDearmon has offered his time to multiple service projects. In all four of his years in Russellville, he helped with Paint the Town Green & Gold, the Russellville Fall Festival, Arkansas Tech’s Move-in Day Event, the Russellville Floating Parade, multiple park clean ups and the 2019 Journey Church Fear Factor Event
On the diamond, he earned All-Region honors and a spot on the All-GAC First Team for the second time in his career. He hit .349 with a team-leading 11 home runs. He drove in 39 runs and went 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts. For his career, he finished ranked second in GAC history in doubles, third in total bases and fourth in runs scored. Additionally, he became the fifth player in league history to collect 200 base hits.
Other nominees for the 2018-19 GAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Year award included Arkansas-Monticello junior Kinley Lee (Golf), East Central junior Larry Filer (Cross Country/Track & Field), Harding senior Justin Kucera (Soccer), Henderson State senior Joshua Jones (Basketball), Northwestern Oklahoma State junior Daschal Johnson (Baseball), Oklahoma Baptist junior Michael Stewart (Soccer), Ouachita senior Matthew Ward (Basketball), Southeastern Oklahoma State junior Danrich Kruger (Tennis), Southern Arkansas junioe Jordan White (Football), Southern Nazarene senior Noah Starkey (Basketball), Southwestern Oklahoma State senior Brandon Roe (Football).
|Great American Conference Male Scholar Athletes of the Year|
|Year||Scholar Athlete of the Year||School||Sport|
|2018-19||Dylan McDearmon||Arkansas Tech||Baseball|
|2017-18||Ty Reasnor||Arkansas Tech||Football|
|2016-17||Colin Pasque||Southern Nazarene||Track & Field|
|2015-16||Colin Pasque||Southern Nazarene||Track & Field|
|2013-14||Kevin Rodgers||Henderson State||Football|
|2012-13||Mickey Hammer||Southern Arkansas||Cross Country|
|2011-12||Travis Kincheloe||Southeastern Oklahoma State||Football|
2018-19 GAC FEMALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – MARIAH EWY, EAST CENTRAL, SOFTBALL
Ewy became the third East Central softball player named GAC Scholar Athlete of the Year as she matched the feat previously achieved by Emily Kennemer in 2011-12 and Autumn Suydam in 2015-16.
The senior, who completed her time at East Central with a perfect 4.00 GPA in biology, claimed the GAC Elite Scholar Athlete award in each of her final two seasons. She added Google Cloud Academic All-America honors in both 2018 and 2019 as she joined Suydam as the only two-time Academic All-America in school history.
Ewy, a finalist for the school’s George Nigh Award as the institution’s top graduating senior, earned the distinction of presenting her research work at the Oklahoma state Capitol at the 2019 Oklahoma EPSCoR Research Day. She joined an elite group of just 20 students from across all Oklahoma colleges and universities asked to attend. This event represented the conclusion of her two-year McNair Scholars Program Internship. The event fell on the same day as a doubleheader with rival Southeastern Oklahoma State. After demonstrating her findings, she returned in time to start game two.
On the field, she hit .305 with nine doubled and 27 runs scored. She finished her career as a two-time All-GAC performer and she set the school record for games played while ranking inside the top 10 in runs scored and walks.
Other nominees for the 2018-19 GAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Year award included Arkansas-Monticello senior Kali Bolter (Softball) Arkansas Tech senior Sydnie Henson (Softball), Harding senior Peyton Mills (Softball), Henderson State senior Sydnee Parker (Tennis), Northwestern Oklahoma State senior Cassidy Hackett (Volleyball), Oklahoma Baptist senior Sydney Lawrence (Cross Country/Track & Field), Ouachita senior Katie Camp (Volleyball), Southeastern Oklahoma State senior Destiny Riddle (Softball), Southern Arkansas sophomore Carley Hale (Cross Country/Track & Field), Southern Nazarene senior Madeleine Schroepfer (Women’s Basketball) and Southwestern Oklahoma State senior Erica Brunet (Soccer).
|Great American Conference Female Scholar Athletes of the Year|
|Year||Scholar Athlete of the Year||School||Sport|
|2018-19||Mariah Ewy||East Central||Softball|
|2015-16||Autumn Suydam||East Central||Softball|
|2012-13||Amy Madden||Southern Nazarene||Softball|
|2011-12||Emily Kennemer||East Central||Softball|
Submitted by Kali Beason
The Oklahoma Rippers are the 8U Green Country League Champions.
Pictured are: Chesney Watts, Jaylei Downs, Abbi Bales, Kynlei Dill, Taytum McCarter, Lexi Kates. Front row: Madi Bridenbeck, Brookie Francis, Paityn Beason, Moriah Painter & Kaiglynn Short