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GREAT AMERICAN CONFERENCE NEWS RELEASE
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
The Oklahoma Cowboys 8 and Under coach pitch baseball team won the league championship at the Poteau Area Recreational Center (PARC) in Poteau, OK Tuesday June 25th.
The Cowboys completed the season with a perfect record 15-0.
Teams members are:
Braxton Francis, Paytin Beason, Cayden Guest, Aiden McBride, Jayden Humphrey; Back Row L-R: Levi Smith, Hammond Yandell, Ace Coker, Zyer Barcheers, David Strickland, Carter Pierce, Justus Smith; Not Pictured: Reid Knight
Poteau, OKLAHOMA - Congratulations to the 12 and Under Wildcats softball team
They are the 12U champions in the Green Country Softball Summer League held at the Poteau Area Recreation Complex (PARC).
They had a record of eleven wins and one loss.
The Wildcats coached by Lauren Deaton and Stacey Gibson.
Players: Irelyn Cooper, haven brown, Malia Gregson, Maggie Wilson, Addley McAlester, Darcee Meeks, Reagon Roath all from Wister. Mia McGowen, Slatey free, Jaylee Branscum, Cally Horne from Fanshawe, Kamryn Armstrong from Poteau and Hayven Hoffman from Panama
Eastern to host Softball All-Skills Camp July 8-9
Eastern Oklahoma State College will host a Softball All-Skills Camp July 8-9 in Wilburton.
The 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.
The cost for the camp with the pitching/catching session is $75, or $60 for the camp only.
Each participant will receive a T-shirt.
Check-in will begin 30 minutes prior to the beginning of each session at Eastern's softball field in Wilburton.
Participants can visit eoscathletics.com to register online or download a registration form
Carl Albert State College welcomes Paul Pulley as its new Head Baseball Coach for the Vikings.
Originally from Amarillo, TX, Pulley has served as an Assistant Baseball Coach for his Alma Mater, Seward County Community College in Liberal, KS, since 2018. He previously worked as an Assistant Baseball Coach for Redlands Community College in El Reno, OK.
While not originally from the Poteau area, Pulley’s wife Briley [Benson] Pulley is a 2012 graduate of Poteau High School. The couple recently celebrated the birth of their son, Ammon, and are excited to move to the Poteau area and be closer to family.
“It’s an honor to be chosen for this position,” said Pulley. “I’m excited to bring my teaching style and abilities to the Vikings and I look forward to building on the history that’s been established with CASC baseball.”
As a student athlete, Pulley spent two years at Seward County from 2009 to 2011 where he helped lead the Saints to an NJCAA World Series appearance. Pulley is regarded as a workhorse athlete, where he pitched in 38 games for the Saints.
After Seward, Pulley played at West Texas A&M where he pitched in 34 games with a 4.64 ERA and 5 wins in two seasons at West Texas.
Following his playing career, he was the head coach of the Burkburnett Blacksox Baseball Academy in the summers of 2012, 2013 and 2014, leading the squad to the 2013 Oral Roberts University 16U Tournament Championship and a 2nd place finish in the 2012 Regional Tournament.
Pulley received his Bachelor of Science in Sports and Exercise Sciences from West Texas A&M University in 2013 and his Masters in Sports Management from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2018.
The Vikings are excited about the playing and coaching experience Pulley possesses and are optimistic about his future at CASC.
“We had an impressive list of candidates apply for this position,” said Randy Graves, CASC Athletic Director, “but truly felt that Paul was the right fit to lead our program. I’m excited to welcome him into the Viking family and see all he’s able to accomplish with our student athletes.”
The Vikings will be hosting Open Tryouts on Monday July 8 at the Mark Pollard Field in Poteau.
All position players will tryout at 1 p.m. with Pitchers following at 2 p.m. Players must pay a registration fee of $30. For additional information, interested players are encouraged to call or text message Coach Pulley at 806-418-0811 or call his office at 918-647-1280.
“I want to encourage all local players to come tryout,” Pulley said, “and learn more about the program we are building, and the opportunities available at CASC.”