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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas has made a change in leadership in its football program. Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek announced today that Chad Morris has been dismissed as the head football coach.
Morris was hired in December 2017 and was in his second season as the head coach of the Razorback football team. The Razorbacks had a 4-18 record in Morris’ tenure at Arkansas, including a 2-8 record this season.
“As part of my continued evaluation, I have come to the conclusion that a change in leadership is necessary to move our football program forward and position it for success,” Yurachek said. “It is clear that we have not made the progress necessary to compete and win, especially within the Southeastern Conference. Throughout our history in football, as well as with our other sport programs, we have demonstrated that the University of Arkansas is capable of being nationally competitive. I have no doubt that as we move forward, we will identify a head coach that will help lead our program to that benchmark.
“I want to express my personal and professional regard to Coach Morris and thank him for his investment in the lives of our student-athletes.”
Yurachek announced that a national search for the next head football coach will begin immediately. Assistant Coach and former Razorback quarterback Barry Lunney Jr. will serve as the interim head football coach for the remainder of the 2019 football season.
Christopher Oven, Student Assistant, University of Oklahoma Athletics Communications
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The University of Oklahoma wrestling team opened the 2019-20 season Saturday, collecting five top-five finishes at the Michigan State Open in East Lansing, Mich.
Three Sooners won their way through the championship brackets to earn spots in their respective title bouts: sophomore Anthony Madrigal, redshirt sophomore Dom Demas and redshirt sophomore Jake Woodley.
At 133 pounds, Madrigal won his first match of the year with a 16-1 tech fall over Ohio State's Dylan Koontz in the second round after receiving a first-round bye. Madrigal then collected a pair of upsets to earn a spot in the first-place match, first over No. 11 Derek Spann (Buffalo), 6-4, and then over No. 17 Mario Guillen (Ohio), 3-1, with a sudden victory takedown. He was defeated by No. 4 Micky Phillippi (Pitt), 4-2, in the finals match.
Demas, the preseason's top-ranked wrestler at 141, defeated Kyran Hagan (Ohio) in tie-breaker one, 5-3, in the first round, then earned a quarterfinal spot with a 21-5 tech fall over Rochester's Anthony Gonzales at 2:59. Demas pinned Indiana's Paul Konrath in the quarterfinal bout before earning another tech fall victory (23-7) over Parker Filius (Purdue). In a close finals match, Demas was defeated by Luke Pletcher (Ohio State) in tie-breaker one, 2-1, taking second place.
After a bye in the first round, Woodley won back-to-back bouts by decision and major decision over Indiana's Jake Kleimola (9-3) and Penn's Cole Urbas (11-3), respectively. After winning the semifinal via medical forfeit, Woodley was defeated in sudden-victory overtime by Kollin Moore (Ohio State), 6-4, to earn a runner-up finish.
At 174 pounds, redshirt sophomore Anthony Mantanona went 4-1 on the day, including three wins via fall. Mantanona pinned Nathan Jimenez (Michigan State) in round 2, Layne Malczewski (Michigan State) in the consolation semifinals and Jacob Covaciu (Indiana) in the third-place match. Mantanona's lone loss was to DJ Shannon (Illinois) by decision, 7-2, in the 174 semifinals.
Redshirt junior Justin Thomas claimed fifth place at 157. He started the day 3-0, with victories over Cal Poly's Brawley Lamer (8-3), Purdue's Elijah Davis (14-0) and Michigan State's Jake Tucker (6-2), before moving to consolation after a 3-2 defeat by Anthony Artalona (Penn) in the semifinals.
Oklahoma entered a pair of Sooners in each of the 125, 149 and 184 classes.
Redshirt senior Christian Moody and redshirt freshman Tommy Hoskins both went 1-2 at 125. Hoskins' 12-3 major decision over Dane Durlacher (Illinois) was his first collegiate victory.
At 149, redshirt freshman Jacob Butler also picked up his first victory as a Sooner, winning in sudden-victory overtime over Dallas Bulsak (Pitt), 2-0. Butler finished the open tournament 1-2, while fellow redshirt freshman Zackery Zeamer went 0-2. Senior Ruston Duke (184), redshirt sophomore Jake Boyd (184) and redshirt freshman Jose Lao Cooper (165) also finished 0-2.
In the heavyweight division, redshirt freshman Josiah Jones won his first two matches of the season. His first came as a 3-2 decision over Buffalo's Nolan Terrance, and he followed it up with a pin of Tiffin's Austin Wingarner. Jones finished the day 2-2, while redshirt sophomore Connor Webb also went 2-2 with decisions over Michigan State's Jackson Ross (3-2) and Matt Lloyd (Maj 8-0). Redshirt sophomore Collin McCoy went 0-2.
Up next, the Sooners head to Troy, NY, for the Journeymen Collegiate Classic on Saturday, Nov. 9.
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NORMAN — Behind the best round in program history, the No. 5 Oklahoma men's golf team was victorious at the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic. The three-day, 54-hole tournament was held at the par-71, 6,700-yard Royal Ka'anapali Course at the Ka'anapali Golf Club in Lahaina, Maui, Hawai'i.
The Sooners fired a 263 (-21) in Sunday's final round, marking a school record (according to records dating back to the 1993-94 season). The squad pocketed one eagle and 29 birdies on the day. All five members of the team lineup finished under par for the round and the tournament.
The 263 marks the lowest team round since the Lone Star Invitational, besting the previous record by four strokes. It brought the Sooners' total score to 805 (-47), also a tournament record, 19 strokes ahead of the previous mark.
"This has been a great week for us and to finish the fall off this way is icing on the cake," said Head Coach Ryan Hybl. "All of our guys did a great job this week at some point, we did a great job of finishing today. The guys really executed coming down the stretch and that keeps showing me growth in them."
Starting the day one back, OU passed No. 18 Washington, who finished with an overall 810 (-42). UCLA took third at 817 (-35), and Georgia earned fourth at 819 (-33). South Carolina rounded out the top five at 820 (-32).
Senior Quade Cummins led the Sooners' success in a star performance. Cummins started the day birdieing his first seven holes. The senior went on to post a 29 on the front nine and an overall 62 (-9) on the day. This was his second bogey-free round this weekend to end up in a playoff against Georgia's Trent Phillip's. Phillips birdied the seventh playoff hole while Cummins parred to finish second overall.
The Weatherford, Okla. native's 62 (-9) marks his lowest collegiate round and matches the school's low record set by Blaine Hale Cummins' 54-hole, 193 (-20) sets the school record low. The score passes PGA Tour star, Abraham Ancer's 195 (-21) total set at the Desert Shootout in 2011.
"Quade had one of the best events in our programs history and he has worked hard to get to this point," said Hybl. "I am excited to see him continue to reap the benefits of his work."
Fellow senior Garett Reband tied for 10th with an overall 204 (-9). In the final round, Reband posting a 70 (-1) for the second time this week to earn his second top-10 finish this season, the ninth of his career.
Sophomore Logan McAllister earned a share of 12th place after firing a 67 (-4). He recorded five birdies in the final round to total a 205 (-8).
Classmate Patrick Welch matched his career low, a 67 (-4), in the final round to claim a piece of 25th place. Welch posted an eagle in the final round to mark the Sooners third eagle on the weekend.
Thomas Johnson shot a 66 (-5) in the final round to finish in a tie for 46th with an overall 211 (-2). The senior carded eight birdies to match his career record low.
Freshman Turner Hosch competed as an individual and was unattached from team scoring. He earned a share of 65th with an overall 215 (+2) after posting a 74 (+3) on Tuesday.
The Sooners will carry the momentum into the offseason. OU returns to action for the spring slate on Feb. 16-18 at the Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Mar, Puerto Rico.
Shawnee - The Shady Point Warriors Archery team won the North Rock Creek Halloween Pre-Season Tournament on Saturday.
The Warriors brought home the championship trophy in the Middle School Division.
In addition, four archers took top individual honors.
In the Elementary Division, Justice Woodral and Cadyn Hilton were top female and male.
In the Middle School Division, Brayli Beason and Gunner Blaylock were top female and male.
Elementary Division archers (all with top ten finishes) were Jonah Chamberlain, Cadyn Hilton, Nathan McKinney, Kadence Rivera, Justice Woodral and Andrew Woods.
Middle School team members participating in the tournament were Rider Baker, Brayli Beason, Gunner Blaylock, Jayda Burton, Jake Cauthen, Sadie Deiter, Destiny Fout, Ty Holt, Rona Melvin, Abi Miller, Abi Parker, Addison Parker, Rachel Prince, Jordyn Rivera, Hayden Shadwick, Aaron Smith, Adam Woodral, and Jaxon Woodral.
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Carl Albert State College Cross Country teams competed in the second annual NJCAA Region Cross Country Championship hosted by the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain at the Lions Club disc golf course in Mena, AR on October 12.
CASC freshman, Alayna Fielder, placed 3rd in the women’s division with a time of 22:23.
In the fall of 2017, CASC was the first community college in Oklahoma and Region II to establish a NJCAA cross country team. Since then, other regional colleges have followed CASC’s example and established a cross country program including Connors State College, Redlands Community College, and National Park College.
“I am extremely proud of each of our athletes,” said Aaron Emberton, CASC Cross Country Head Coach. “The time and effort given by our team members is evident in our measured improvement from meet to meet. Region II is a strong division, and I am proud to have both CASC teams, men and women, place third at the regional meet.”
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.