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Final Scores

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas gymnastics team was firing on all cylinders last night, posting the third-highest team score in program history in its 197.425 – 197.250 loss to the No.1 Florida Gators in Barnhill Arena on Friday night.

The first rotation sparked a great start for the Gymbacks, with back-to-back career-highs from junior Abby Johnston and freshman Jordan Olszewski. The pair scored a 9.825 and 9.850 respectively on their Yurchenko fulls. Junior Amanda Elswick anchored the Arkansas vault lineup and led the team with a 9.875 on her Yurchenko full. The Razorbacks finished the first rotation with a 49.150, matching their season high from the previous week.

The Gymbacks continued to rise in the second rotation, scoring a season-best 49.375 in the event. All five countable scores hit for 9.850 or higher, including a season-high leadoff performance from Bailey Lovett, who’s ray and bail handstand wowed the fans inside Barnhill Arena. Consecutive 9.900s from Kennedy Hambrick and Maggie O’Hara helped Arkansas to its season-best rotation. Hambrick’s full-twisting double-back dismount and O’Hara’s double-layout dismount were beautifully executed in their strong finishes.

Arkansas posted another season-best on the beam with a hefty 49.350 from the beam team. O’Hara scored a 9.925 for the second week in-a-row, executing her split-jump double-stag brilliantly. Hambrick and Lovett also added to the all-around solid third-rotation. Lovett’s caught the attention of the judges with her backflip catch mount and nailed her front ariel-back layout series, earning a 9.900 for her routine. Hambrick’s cartwheel gainer-full dismount earned her a 9.900 as well, competing for the Gymbacks in the anchor spot for the third-straight week.

Heading into the final rotation, the Gymbacks trailed by only .125 to the top-ranked Gators with a cumulative 147.875 through three rotations. Arkansas brought the heat on the floor, as usual with a huge 9.875 from Abby Johnston in the leadoff position and a career-high 9.800 from Madison Hickey in the second slot. Lovett highlighted the floor team scores with a season-best 9.925, showing off her famous sky-high double-layout first pass.

The Razorbacks will hit the road next week and visit Athens, Ga. on Jan. 29, home of the Georgia Bulldogs the Friday night meet will air on the SEC Network at 7:30 p.m. CT. Arkansas will have a bye week before returning to action at Kentucky on Feb. 12 at 6:00 p.m. CT.

Visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com for the latest information on all things Arkansas Gymnastics. You can also find the Hogs on social media by liking us on Facebook (Arkansas Razorback Gymnastics) and following us on Twitter and Instagram (@RazorbackGym).

Monday, 18 January 2021 12:06

SOONERS REMAIN NO. 2 IN THE NATION

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NORMAN – The Oklahoma women's gymnastics team remained steady as the No. 2 team in the country after defeating then-No. 3 Utah Sunday afternoon.

Florida remained at No. 1 with a 197.375 average. Michigan (197.225) and Minnesota (197.025) made their debut in the top five after competing for the first time in 2021 over the weekend. LSU (196.913) rounded out the top five teams.

OU holds the No. 2 spot on bars (49.363), the No. 3 spot on beam (49.313), the No. 4 spot on vault (49.238) and ranks sixth on floor (49.325).

Seven Sooners earned 10 individual rankings this weekend. Anastasia Webb leads the way with four rankings. The senior is ranked fourth nationally in the all-around (39.563), third on beam (9.925), 11th on vault (9.888) and 20th on floor (9.888).

Three freshmen are ranked with Audrey Lynn at No. 12 on vault (9.875), Katherine LeVasseur at No. 11 on bars (9.900) and Audrey Davis at No. 15 on bars (9.887).

Senior Carly Woodard holds a top-10 ranking, coming in at No. 6 on beam (9.900). Junior Emma LaPinta is also ranked in the top-10 on floor at No. 10 with a 9.900 average. Sophomore Jenna Dunn rounds out the ranked Sooners at No. 17 on beam (9.875)

The Sooners will face their first road test on Friday when they take on West Virginia at 6 p.m. CT in Morgantown, W.Va.

OKLAHOMA TEAM RANKINGS
  Ranking Average
Overall 2 197.238
Vault 4 49.238
Bars 2 49.363
Beam 3 49.313
Floor 6 49.325
INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
Gymnast Event Rank Score
Audrey Davis UB 15 9.887
Jenna Dunn BB T-17 9.875
Emma LaPinta FX T-10 9.900
Katherine LeVasseur UB    T-11     9.900
Audrey Lynn VT 12 9.875
Anastasia Webb AA 4 39.563
  VT T-11 9.888
  BB 3 9.925
  FX T-20 9.888
Carly Woodard BB 6 9.900
Sunday, 17 January 2021 21:01

SOONERS ROLL TO PAIR OF ROAD VICTORIES

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Oklahoma wrestling team got into the win column on Sunday afternoon by defeating Bucknell 29-9 and West Virginia 21-9 at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown.

The Sooners' (2-1, 1-0) night was highlighted by pins from Mitch Moore and Josh Heindselman, in addition to Mason Naifeh's top-20 win and first of his Oklahoma career. After Sunday's tri-meet, Oklahoma boasts four undefeated (3-0) wrestlers in its starting lineup. 

With the win over West Virginia, the Sooners notch their first win to open conference play since 2016. 

"I thought a lot of our guys did a nice job today and it's always good to work on winning habits," head coach Lou Rosselli said. "Our guys that did well can start to take the next step by focusing for the full seven minutes and getting more bonus points for us. But at the end of the day, winning is habitual and the more that you do it, the more it'll happen."

Starting the day off for the Sooners was Tommy Hoskins (1-2) at 125 pounds vs. Bucknell's Brandon Seidman. Hoskins entered the third period locked in a 2-2 tie but surrendered an escape and takedown to drop the match 5-3. 

Mason Naifeh (1-1) got his first win as a Sooner in Oklahoma's second dual of the day when he defeated No. 17 Killian Cardinale with a last-second takedown to win 3-1. The OU redshirt senior battled the Mountaineer the entire match, fending off shots from Cardinale and was able to circle around the WVU 125-pounder's last attempt to secure the win. Naifeh's win marked the start of a five-match winning streak for the Sooners vs. West Virginia. 

At 133, No. 11 Tony Madrigal (1-2) lost his first bout via 4-1 decision to Bucknell's Darren Miller. But the junior was able to get back on track vs. the Mountaineers when he took care of business vs. Joey Thomas, earning a convincing 4-1 decision. 

No. 6 Dom Demas (3-0) continued to show why he is considered one of the country's top wrestlers. Demas, ranked sixth nationally, won a major decision (16-5) over Bucknell's Kurt Phipps and followed that performance with an 8-3 win over WVU's Jeffrey Boyd. His two wins on Sunday marked his 14th and 15th wins in his last 16 matches dating back to last season.

Making just his second appearance in the Crimson and Cream, No. 13 Mitch Moore (3-0) won via fall (0:25) in his bout with Logan Sanom from Bucknell. Moore's pin after 25 seconds marks the 17th and fastest win via fall of his career.The win gave the Sooners a lead vs. the Bison that they wouldn't surrender. In his second match of the day, Moore had to work to secure a 4-2 decision over WVU's Brayden Roberts.

Reigning Big 12 wrestler of the Week Justin Thomas improved to 3-0 on the season by defeating Nick Delp (7-5) and Walker Heard (8-2). The redshirt senior, who is ranked 13th nationally, has been on a tear for the Sooners, winning 15 of his last 19 matches.

Jake Stiles (0-3) dropped a pair of tough bouts vs. ranked opponents, losing 8-2 and 2-1 to No. 9 Zach Hartman and No. 24 Peyton Hall, respectively.

No. 9 Anthony Mantanona (3-0) righted the ship at 174 pounds for the Sooners by winning his first match via a 6-2 decision over Bucknell's Frankie Guida and a dominating 13-7 win over Scott Joll.

Darrien Roberts split his Sunday matches to move to 2-1 on the year. Both matches were close, as the Oklahoma sophomore beat Sam Barnes, 4-3, before dropping his match with Anthony Carman, 7-6.

At 197 pounds, No. 13 Jake Woodley (1-2) brought the pressure in his first test of the day, earning bonus points for the Sooners by winning 16-5 over Mason McCready. In the WVU dual, the redshirt junior battled with No. 1 Noah Adams but couldn't score a last-minute takedown to win, dropping the match 3-2. His decision over McCready marked the 40th win of his career. 

Josh Heindselman (2-1) picked up his first collegiate victory in dramatic fashion when he pinned Bucknell's Dorian Crosby after 4:40. He then turned around to defeat West Virginia's Michael Wolfgram and move to 2-1 on the young season.

Next up for the Sooners is No. 21 Northern Iowa and No. 10 Iowa State in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Sunday, Jan. 24. The format will be similar to the WVU-tri that the Sooners competed in this weekend. The UNI-tri will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Extra Matches
125: Tommy Hoskins (OU) def. Colton Drousias (WVU) (MD 11-1)
141: Zack Zeamer (OU) def. Caleb Rea (WVU) (Dec. 3-0)
149: Liam Lusher (WVU) def. Cam Picklo (OU) (Dec. 12-11)
149: Matt Kolonia (BU) def. Cam Picklo (OU) (FALL, 2:02)
184: Jackson Moomau (WVU) def. Carson Berryhill (OU) (Dec. 5-1)

OU 21, WVU 9
Wt. Result Score
125 Naifeh (OU) def. No. 17 Cardinale 3-1
133 No. 11 Madrigal (OU) def. Thomas 4-1
141 No. 6 Demas (OU) def. Boyd 8-3
149 No. 13 Moore (OU) def. Roberts 4-2
157 No. 13 Thomas (OU) def. Heard 8-2
165 No. 24 Hall def. Stiles (OU) 2-1
174 No. 9 Mantanona (OU) def. Joll 13-7
184 Carman def. Roberts (OU) 7-6
197 No. 1 Adams def. No. 13 Woodley (OU) 3-2
285 Heindselman (OU) def. Wolfgram 6-2

 

OU 29, BUCKNELL 9
Wt. Result Score
125 Seidman def. Hoskins (OU) 5-3
133 Miller def. No. 11 Madrigal (OU) 4-1
141 No. 6 Demas (OU) def. Phipps 16-5
149 No. 13 Moore (OU) def. Sanom FALL (0:25)
157 No. 13 Thomas (OU) def. Delp 7-5
165 No. 9 Hartman def. Stiles (OU) 8-2
174 No. 9 Mantanona (OU) def. Guida 6-2
184 Roberts (OU) def. Barnes 4-3
197 No. 13 Woodley (OU) def. McCready 16-5
285 Heindselman (OU) def. Crosby FALL (4:40
Sunday, 17 January 2021 20:29

Gymbacks See Improvements In Loss To LSU

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FINAL SCORES

FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas gymnastics team saw improvements across the board on Friday night in the Gymbacks’ home opener in Barnhill Arena, but fell to the LSU Tigers 197.275 – 196.625.

The first rotation brought a lot of promise for the Razorbacks, with four consecutive 9.800 vaults. Abby Johnston, Savannah Pennese, Jordan Olszewski and Sarah Shaffer all contributed to the solid rotation. Junior Kennedy Hambrick anchored the vault team, sticking her Yurchenko one and half and closing out vault with a 9.900, giving Arkansas a 49.150.

Anchoring the bars tonight for Arkansas was graduate transfer Maggie O’Hara. For the second week in-a-row, O’Hara shine for the crowd, showing off her blind-change jaeger and bail handstand for the judges. She would stick her double-layout dismount, securing a career-high 9.950 and the bars title for the second straight week.

O’Hara earned her second event title of the night on the beam, scoring a 9.925 after beautifully executing her side-ariel back handspring series and side-ariel 1.5 dismount. Sarah Shaffer and Sophia Carter continued with crucial hit routines of their own, each scoring a 9.900. Hambrick’s back handspring layout on the beam would earn her a 9.825 in the sixth spot, for a team total of 49.325, the eighth highest in program history.

The Gymbacks went above and beyond on the floor tonight, finishing with a 49.500 as a team. Junior transfer Abby Johnston started the rotation with a double-pike first pass and double-back last pass, finishing her first floor party in Barnhill Arena with a 9.875 in the lead off spot. Shaffer and Hambrick consistently showed up for the Gymbacks tonight, delivering another pair of 9.900s. Shaffer’s stability for the Gymbacks paid off dividends, as the redshirt-senior wrapped up her final home opener as a Razorback with a career-high 39.525 in the all-around.

Redshirt-sophomore Bailey Lovett’s stellar double-layout first pass is always a show-stopper and helped the Razorbacks with the third-straight 9.900 on the floor.

In true Sophia Carter fashion, the senior pulled the curtains on an exciting night in Barnhill Arena with gorgeous performance, highlighted by her double-back first pass and switch half-split full. Carter earned a 9.925 for her routine for the second week in-a-row.

Visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com for the latest information on all things Arkansas Gymnastics. You can also find the Hogs on social media by liking us on Facebook (Arkansas Razorback Gymnastics) and following us on Twitter and Instagram (@RazorbackGym).

Sunday, 17 January 2021 20:11

SOONERS TOP RED ROCKS IN TOP-THREE BATTLE

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NORMAN - The No. 2 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team defeated the third-ranked Utah Red Rocks, 197.025-196.550 Sunday afternoon inside the Lloyd Noble Center.

"We certainly came in here motivated today with Utah coming to town," head coach K.J. Kindler said. "Definitely a challenging rival to compete against after a great opening week last week. We are just starting out for the season and there's a lot of learning to be done and today we are going to learn from that. To go against No. 3 in your second week is awesome. It's a great opportunity and at the end of the day we came out with a win and I'm pretty happy about that considering I know they can be a whole lot better than they were today."

OU won three of four event titles with senior Anastasia Webb taking home vault, freshman Audrey Davis taking home bars and Emma LaPinta earning a share of the floor title.

"Evy Schoepfer really stood out to me today," Kindler said. "She stepped into the beam lineup and as a senior she hit three pretty dynamic events. I was really proud of her. Our senior class took the helm and took the reigns and said 'we know how to do this, we've done this before.' I felt like they really gave the team a lot of confidence. Our freshman performed really well. Audrey Davis and Kat LeVasseur were both great again, so kudos to them."

The Sooners had an uncharacteristic vault rotation, going 49.150 to Utah's 49.275 on bars. Davis matched her season-best from week one with a 9.825 in the leadoff spot. LeVasseur notched a career-high on a nearly stuck Yurchenko 1.5 for a 9.875 in the No. 4 spot. Webb was the highlight of the rotation with a stunning 1.5 for a season-best 9.925. Senior Evy Schoepfer wrapped up the rotation with a 9.80.

OU used a strong rotation on bars to take the lead after two rotations, 98.450-98.275. The Sooners posted a 49.300, led by a career-high 9.9 in the anchor spot from Davis. Senior Karrie Thomas led things off with a 9.825, followed by a career-high 9.875 from LeVasseur who nailed her dismount. Senior Jordan Draper matched her career high with a 9.850 in the No. 3 spot. Webb was stunning as always, showcasing her beautiful pak salto and a stuck landing for a 9.850 in the No. 5 spot.

The Sooners posted a 49.225 on beam to Utah's 49.300 on floor to lead by .100 after three rotations. Sophomore Jenna Dunn showcased a crowd favorite in her triple series before nailing her gainer full dismount for a 9.9 in the No. 3 spot. Sophomore Ragan Smith was confident on her series and stuck her dismount for a season-high 9.9 in the No. 4 spot. Webb tallied the third 9.9 score of the night on beam with another elegant routine in the anchor spot.

"Jenna, Ragan and Anastasia had phenomenal routines on beam," Kindler said. "In fact, I thought everyone had solid routines. A couple of dismount misses and you would have had 9.9s across the board on that event. I was pleased, definitely, with beam."

OU pulled out the win with a strong floor rotation. Draper led off the final rotation by getting the crowd going with her upbeat routine for a season-high 9.875. Schoepfer kept the energy going with a solid performance for a 9.85 in the No. 2 spot. Junior LaPinta matched her career high for the second-straight week with a 9.9 in the No. 3 spot thanks to her triple twist and double tuck. Webb tallied a 9.850 in the No. 4 spot to bring her all-around total to a 39.525. Smith put up a 9.875 in the No. 5 spot as the Sooners notched a season-best 49.350 on the event.

"Jordan is better than she's ever been," Kindler said. "You can't have a better starter than Jordan. No one has more energy than Jordan Draper and that's not just on the floor, but in real life. She's bubbly and outgoing and always ready to go. That event was so important because we had to bring the win home and whatever she did there was going to set the tone. We know we can count on Jordan. She's been remarkable."

Up next is a conference battle as the Sooners travel to West Virginia on Friday, Jan. 22. The meet is set for a 6 p.m. CT start in Morgantown, W.Va.

TEAM SCORES
  Vault Bars Beam Floor
OU 49.150 49.300 49.225 49.350
Utah 49.000 49.275 48.975 49.300
HIGH SCORES
Event Gymnast Score
Vault Anastasia Webb (OU) 9.925
Bars Audrey Davis (OU) 9.900
Beam Maile O'Keefe (UTAH) 9.950
Floor Emma LaPinta (OU), Sydney Soloski 9.900
AA Maile O'Keefe (UTAH) 39.550
OU TEAM HIGHS
Event Gymnast Score
Vault Anastasia Webb 9.925
Bars Audrey Davis 9.900
Beam Anastasia WebbRagan SmithJenna Dunn 9.900
Floor Emma LaPinta 9.900
AA Anastasia Webb 39.525

 

The final results show that in the high school division Locust Grove Public School took 1st place with 3324 points, Macarthur High School took 2nd place with 3228 points, and Chandler High School took 3rd place with 3157 points2.

The top high school boys were Trenton Gardner with 295 in 1st place, Kolby Chancellor with 292 points in 2nd place and Kyzer Guthrie with 289 Points in 3rd place.

The top high school girls were Felicia Thompson and Emma Apker tied for 1st place with 283 points and Taylor Knight in 3rd place with 280 points.

In the middle school division, Locust Grove Middle School took 1st place with 3305 points. Shady Point Schools got 2nd place with 3188 points. Charleston Middle School placed 3rd with 3129 points.

The top middle school boys were Wyatt Avery with 288 points placing 1st, Jaeger Ingram placing 2nd with 284 points, and Christian Moehle placing 3rd with 283 points.

The top middle school girls were Jeralyn Ingram 1st place with 291 points, Raeghan Rivers 2nd place with 287 points, and Kylie Bird with 279 points.

In the elementary school division, Locust Grove Upper Elementary was 1st with 2934 points, Charleston Elementary was 2nd with 2588 points, and Brushy School was 3rd with 2438 points.

The top elementary school boys were Conner Davenport in 1st place with 274 points, Joe Brooks in 2nd place with 266 points, and Jett Hardin in 3rd place with 257 points.

The top elementary school girls were Karli Bennett in 1st place with 266 points, Kylee Tugmon in 2nd place with 259 points, and Ali Pierce in 3rd place with 255 points.

Overall individual standings show Trenton Gardner, the highest scoring boy, is ranked 1st with 295 points. Jeralyn Ingram, the highest scoring girl, is ranked 3rd with 291 points.

Saturday, 16 January 2021 19:12

Shady Point Schools 3rd Annual Archery Tournament

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Shady Point Schools hosted their 3rd Annual Shady Point Archery Tournament this Friday and Saturday, January 15-16, 2021, at the Reynolds Center in Poteau. They had 545 archers attend this year of the almost 600 archers registered. Most of the top teams in the state were expected to be there.

Thirty schools registered for the tournament as well as several individual competitors. Archers from Arkansas and Oklahoma followed National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) rules including those for safety.

This tournament was a state qualifier for the third OKNASP qualifying week.

The preliminary results showed that:

In the Elementary Division:

  • Locust Grove Upper Elementary finished in 1st place with 2934 total points and 66 tens.
  • Charleston Elementary finished in 2nd place with 2562 total points and 42 tens.
  • Brushy School finished in 3rd place with 2438 total points and 36 tens.
  • Park Road Elementary finished in 4th place with 2416 points and 28 tens.
  • Rattan Public Schools finished in 5th place with 2238 points and 30 tens.
  • Central Elementary finished in 6th place with 1241 points and 7 tens.

In the middle division:

  • Locust Grove Middle ranked 1st with 3305 points and 160 tens.
  • Shady Point Schools ranked 2nd with 3188 points and 106 tens.
  • Charleston Middle School ranked 3rd with 3129 points and 83 tens.
  • Salina Public Schools ranked 4th with 3119 points and 105 tens.
  • Chandler Junior High School ranked 5th with 3107 points and 101 tens.
  • Brushy School ranked 6th with 3022 points and 86 tens.
  • Rattan Public Schools ranked 7th with 2994 points and 68 tens.
  • Panama Public Schools ranked 8th with 2745 points and 48 tens.
  • Howe Middle School ranked 9th with 2708 points and 47 tens.
  • Roland Public School ranked 10th with 2678 points and 34 tens.
  • Battiest Public School ranked 11th with 2364 points and 39 tens.
  • Hodgen Public School ranked 12th with 2179 points and 18 tens.

In the High School Division:

  • Locust Grove Public School scored 3324 points and had 161 tens for 1st
  • Chandler High School scored 3157 points and had 123 tens for 2nd
  • Red Oak Public School scored 3111 points and had 104 tens for 3rd
  • Rattan Public Schools scored 3073 points and had 98 tens for 4th
  • Roland Public Schools scored 3048 Points and had 72 tens for 5th
  • Howe High School scored 3022 points and had 72 tens for 6th
  • Charleston High School scored 2996 points and had 67 tens for 7th
  • Panama Public Schools scored 2957 points and had 57 tens for 8th
  • Battiest Public School scored 2807 points and had 51 tens for 9th
  • Arkoma High School scored 2745 points and had 46 tens for 10th
  • Lexington High School scored 2414 points and had 34 tens for 11th

Top Scoring Individuals were:

  • Elementary Division Girls
    • 1st—Karli Bennett, Locust Grove Upper Elementary
    • 2nd—Kylee Tugmon, Locust Grove Upper Elementary
    • 3rd—Ali Pierce, Locust Grove Upper Elementary
  • Elementary Division Boys
    • 1st—Conner Davenport, Charleston Elementary
    • 2nd—Joe Brooks, Brushy School
    • 3rd—Jett Hardin, Locust Grove Upper Elementary
  • Middle Division Girls
    • 1st—Jeralyn Ingram, Locust Grove Middle School
    • 2nd—Raeghan Rivers, Locust Grove Middle School
    • 3rd—Kylie Bird, Locust Grove Middle School
  • Middle Division Boys
    • 1st—Wyatt Avery, Locust Grove Middle School
    • 2nd—Jaeger Ingram, Locust Grove Middle School
    • 3rd—Christian Moehle, Chandler Junior High School
  • High School Division Girls
    • 1st—Felicia Thompson, Locust Grove Public School
    • 2nd—Emma Apker, Red Oak Public School
    • 3rd Taylor Knight, Chandler High School
  • High School Division Boys
    • 1st—Trenton Gardner, Salina Public Schools
    • 2nd—Kolby Chancellor, Salina Public Schools
    • 3rd—Kyzer Guthrie, Chandler High School

The overall high scoring archers were: Trenton Gardner, 295 points, Salina; Jeralyn Ingram, 291 points, Locust Grove; Kolby Chancellor, 292 points, Salina; Kyzer Guthrie, 289 points, Chandler; Weston Coffey, 288 points, Red Oak; and Wyatt Avery, 288, Locust Grove.

Due to COVID-19 regulations about large gatherings, social distancing and masking recommendations were followed and archers who had finished their flights and their families were asked to leave the venue as soon as possible. Trophies and medals will be delivered or mailed, since there was no awards ceremony this year as there had been in the past.

Shady Point Schools Archery Coach, Hank Austin, thanked everyone who had helped with the tournament, the archers, coaches, and those who came out to support the archers. “We couldn’t have this tournament without everyone who volunteered to help us, the archers and coaches, and everyone who came to support the archers.”

Friday, 15 January 2021 16:10

SOONERS RANKED SECOND TO OPEN SPRING

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NORMAN – The Oklahoma men's golf team will enter the spring season ranked No. 2 in the nation by the Golf Coaches Association of America and the Golf Channel, both organizations announced on Friday. 

The Sooners received 440 points and five first-place votes and sit behind only Pepperdine in the opening GCAA poll, which is voted on by a committee of collegiate coaches. The Sooners were then named the No. 2 team in the country by Golf Channel, and the top-ranked team by Golfweek's Sagarin rankings. 

OU took home the team title at the Colonial Big 12 Preview to open last fall and followed that performance with back-to-back third-place finishes and a runner-up finish at the East Lake Cup. The Sooners have finished inside the top-five at 17 of their last 18 events, marking the most dominant stretch in program history.

Head coach Ryan Hybl's team is anchored by the All-American trio of Jonathan BrightwellQuade Cummins and Garett Reband. The three redshirt seniors all represented the United States at the 2020 Palmer Cup and will try to deliver OU its third national championship and second under Hybl. 

Cummins is on track to leave Oklahoma as one of the most decorated golfers in Sooner history. The two-time All-American is ranked No. 6 in the latest PGA Tour U rankings after finishing inside the top 20 at every event since his junior season. The redshirt senior owns the school record for lowest career scoring average (71.28) and his 71 par-or-better rounds are second all-time only to Grant Hirschman. 

Reband has been a staple in the Oklahoma lineup since he arrived in Norman in 2016. His 95 collegiate rounds are the third-most on the team behind only his fellow Palmer Cup teammates. His 2019-20 campaign produced the lowest single-season scoring average in Oklahoma history of 69.39, and his career average vs. par of -0.13 is a school record. The All-American is ranked seventh in the PGA Tour U rankings, sitting just two spots outside of the Korn Ferry Tour's automatic status. 

After four years at UNC-Greensboro, Brightwell transferred to Norman, where the Charlotte, N.C., product set nearly every school record en route to second-team All-America honors last season. The Haskins Watch List honoree notched three top-15 finishes for Hybl's team this fall and is ranked inside the top 30 of the PGA Tour U rankings, giving the Sooners the title of the only school with three top-30 PGA Tour U players. 

Juniors Logan McAllister and Patrick Welch have proven valuable to the Sooners' lineup in addition to the redshirt seniors, as both took home medalist honors at different events in the fall. Four of the five are ranked inside the top 10 of the Sagarin rankings, with Reband sitting unranked after missing time in the fall season.

The Golf Channel picked the Sooners to win the Big 12 Championship, which is set for April 26-28 at Prairie Dunes CC in Hutchinson, Kan. Oklahoma will open its spring slate at The All-American on Feb. 14-16 at Houston.

For more information on Oklahoma men's golf, follow the Sooners on Twitter and Instagram (@OU_MGolf) and Oklahoma Men's Golf on Facebook.

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Written by Mario Bravante

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – No. 10 Arkansas (10-2, 1-1) bounced back today inside Bud Walton Arena, beating Missouri (4-3, 0-2), 91-88, to get back into the win column. The win is the third straight victory for Head Coach Mike Neighbors’ Hogs over the Tigers, the longest streak of wins against Missouri since they beat them three straight times over the 2014-15 seasons.

Despite holding the lead for 35 of the game’s 40 minutes, Arkansas was constantly fighting off a resilient Missouri team Sunday night. The visiting Tigers kept the deficit to single digits for the majority of the second half, forcing the Razorbacks to come up with clutch shots throughout the fourth quarter. Redshirt senior Chelsea Dungee was crucial in that department, scoring 10 points in the final frame and keeping the Hogs ahead. Dungee, who went off for 38 in last year’s meeting between the teams in Bud Walton Arena, led the Hogs once again, scoring 25 points. Amber Ramirez added 17 while Makayla Daniels chipped in 16.

TURNING POINT

Missouri started the game hot, jumping out to a quick 8-0 lead. Minutes later, the Hogs gained the lead and held it for the rest of the first half. Arkansas shot over 50% from the field in the second quarter and held Missouri without a basket for the last 2:28 heading into the locker room. Daniels led the way in the first half, scoring 11 points and recording four rebounds.

Mizzou came out of the half with some life, chipping a 14-point deficit down to a six-point deficit, and Arkansas struggled to score the basketball early in the second half. Missouri redshirt junior Haley Troup scored 11 points in the third quarter, and Arkansas’s lead was diminished to seven heading into the final frame. Arkansas answered by shooting lights-out down the stretch, shooting 50% from 3-point range in the fourth quarter and going 10-12 from the free throw line to close out the Tigers.

 HOG HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dungee ended one-point shy of her season-high point total, scoring 25 Sunday night.
  • It was her 36th career game going for 20+.
  • Arkansas dominated the turnover battle, forcing 19 Tiger turnovers while only committing seven.
  • Ramirez helped in the turnover department, collecting four steals, a season high.
  • Daniels scored in double-figures for the tenth time this season against the Tigers, matching her total double-figure games output from all of last season.
  • Missouri allowed only 60 points per game coming into Sunday and had not allowed more than 78 points in a game this season. Arkansas scored 91.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Razorbacks will look to build on the win when they visit the Tennessee Volunteers on Thursday in Knoxville. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. and that game can be viewed on the SEC Network.

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Tuesday, 17 November 2020 18:28

SOONERS ACHIEVE RECORD GRADUATION SUCCESS RATE

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NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma earned its highest student-athlete Graduation Success Rate ever, according to information released Tuesday by the NCAA.

Oklahoma has achieved significant improvement in its Graduation Success Rate in the last 10 years, climbing from 71% to the record 86% figure announced Tuesday. The NCAA's report reflects a four-year average of freshmen who enrolled in 2010-11 through 2013-14.

Seven Oklahoma programs registered a 100% Graduation Success Rate for the reporting period: men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's tennis and softball.

OU athletics programs with multi-year streaks of a 100% Graduation Success Rate are women's tennis (13 years), men's tennis (12), women's gymnastics (seven years) and men's gymnastics (five years).

The Graduation Success Rate for 15 of 17 of Oklahoma's intercollegiate athletics programs either increased or held steady from last year's report.

"We're extremely proud of the progress our individual sports programs continue to make academically, and especially of the dedication exhibited by our student-athletes to finish their degrees and set themselves up for success after athletics," said OU Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione. "The numbers in the latest Graduation Success Rate report also reflect the strong commitment of our coaches and academic support staff in making sure that graduation is the primary goal for our student-athletes. I'd like to express my gratitude and congratulations to everyone involved. We will continue our work to raise the bar even higher."

Notably, OU men's basketball's Graduation Success Rate of 90% shattered its previous record of 77 percent in 2014. Its GSR also exceeds the NCAA Division I average of 84% in the sport.

OU Athletics' single-year GSR of 94%, which accounts for student-athletes in the 2013 cohort, also marks a department record. It eclipses the previous annual GSR standard of 91% from the 2008 cohort. Men's basketball earned a 100% annual GSR for the third consecutive year.

Including their school-record 3.17 spring 2020 semester cumulative GPA, OU student-athletes have registered a cumulative GPA above 3.00 for a record 17 consecutive semesters. That cumulative GPA reflects the overall academic performance of those student-athletes from their first semester of collegiate enrollment through the completion of the spring 2020 term.

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