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WILBURTON, Okla. – Twenty-nine Eastern Oklahoma State College student athletes have been named to National Junior College Athletic Association All-Academic teams. Each of Eastern’s six athletic teams was represented in this selection.
To qualify for the NJCAA All-Academic teams, each student athlete must complete two semesters as a full-time student, participate in at least one season of his or her sport and complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in the current academic year. First Team qualifiers must have a GPA of 4.0, Second Team qualifiers must have a GPA of 3.8-3.99 and Third Team qualifiers must have a GPA of 3.6-3.79.
Devin Crawford, Oklahoma City – First Team
Takota Frank, Tuska, Okla. – Second Team
Jeremy Goodwin, Bixby, Okla. – Third Team
Christopher Herb, Moore, Okla. – Third Team
Haven Hunter, Loneoke, Ark. – Third Team
Brady Smith, Oklahoma City – Second Team
Jonathan Ward, Chiefland, Fla. – Third Team
Austin Warfel, Oklahoma City – Third Team
Taylor Blanscett, Sadler, Texas – Third Team
Haylee Boatright, Savanna, Okla. – Third Team
Sydney Green, Fort Smith, Ark. – Third Team
Cailee Hendrick, Lufkin, Texas – Third Team
Kally Henson, Angleton, Texas – Third Team
Summer Perkins, Pocola, Okla. – Third Team
Ashley Pletcher, Lawton, Okla. – Second Team
Alpha Diallo, Bignona, Ziguinchor, Senegal – First Team
Tayze Ellington, Kingston, Jamaica – First Team
Christian Fresquez, West Covina, Calif. – Second Team
Daniel Huerta, Gijon, Spain – First Team
Marc-Antoine Huzen, Paris, France – Third Team
Edgar Torres, Dallas, Texas – Third Team
Kenan Williams, Cape Town, South Africa – Third Team
Rosemary Cortez, Arlington, Texas – Third Team
Kendrie Escoe, Bethany, Okla. – Second Team
Alexis Fessler, Moore, Okla. – Second Team
Roma Walters, Fort Worth, Texas – First Team
Jude Ebingha, Kinta, Okla. – Second Team
Shaian James, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Second Team
Eneily Rodriguez, Houston, Texas – Second Team
In their first trip to nationals, the Shady Point Archery team performed well last week in Louisville, Kentucky. Over 15,000 archers from across the nation, in grades 4-12, competed in the NASP Eastern National Tournament (the world’s largest archery tournament).
The Warriors came home ranked 103rd out of 255 middle school teams with a team score of 3,187, their highest ever. Two 5th graders earned individual invitations to the NASP World Championship to be held in Nashville, TN in July. Individuals earning a top 100 ranking in the nation, in their division, from the combined scores of both the eastern and western national tournaments, are invited.
Ariana Loggains ranked 100th (5th in Oklahoma) among all elementary (grades 4-5) females in the nation. Jake Cauthen ranked 54th (2nd in Oklahoma) among all elementary (grades 4-5) males in the nation.
The Warriors middle school team also qualified in Tier 6 for the World Championship.
The team members were Rider Baker, Brayli Beason, Gunner Blaylock, Will Bryan, Jake Cauthen, Abbi Covey, Hannah Enkoff, Brailey Francis, Johnathon Harrison, Ty Holt, Gracie Jones, Ariana Loggains, Addison Parker, Ryleigh Pierce, Eric Rangel, Jordyn Rivera, Jenson Rogers, Hayden Shadwick, Adam Woodral, and Jaxon Woodral.
“On behalf of the team, thank you to our families, school, and community for their support in making this trip possible,” said archery coach Hank Austin. “The generosity of so many and the hard work of our team all season made this experience possible.”
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Arkansas’ Gabe Moore and Taylor Werner have been named the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athletes of the Year by a vote of the league head coaches, as announced by the conference office Thursday afternoon. With the outdoor honors, Werner has swept the award for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Moore holds a 3.76-grade point average and is pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering. The senior from Freeport, Fla., is currently No. 7 in the NCAA in the men’s Decathlon with a season-best 7,661 points in a runner-up finish at the 92nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. He has set multiple personal-bests across an array of events this season. Moore is a past member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, and he was voted the SEC Men’s Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year in February.
Werner has a 4.00-grade point average, and she is a junior majoring in kinesiology: exercise science. She has been a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and is currently ranked No. 5 in the NCAA in the 10,000-meters and is No. 2 on the Arkansas All-Time list in the event. The Ste. Genevieve, Mo., native was voted the SEC Women’s Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year in February and the SEC Women’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year in October 2018.
The SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships will take place Thursday – Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark. at John McDonnell Field.
Werner is the second Razorback in women’s program history to earn the merit alongside Sandi Morris who took home the honor in 2015, while Moore is the second Razorback in men’s program history to earn the honor joining Jarrion Lawson from the 2016 season.
2019 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Scholar-Athletes of the Year
Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Gabe Moore, Arkansas
Women’s Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Taylor Werner, Arkansas
This weekend Pro Rodeo made its return to Poteau, Oklahoma!
With an entire new face and supporting cast Big Rafter Rodeo brought the breath of life back to the Pro Rodeo scene and the Phil Gardenhire Pro Rodeo. This event was a mainstay for many years in the city of Poteau and Le Flore County as well as a highlight for many rodeo cowboys and rodeo fans.
The name sake for this rodeo, Phil Gardenhire was a well-known rodeo announcer who was the voice of many rodeos over many years. His list of accomplishments is long and distinguished to include being the official announcer of the Wrangler National Finals on more than one occasion.
Earlier this year the production team from Big rafter Rodeo approached members of the fair board about bringing a PRCA rodeo back. After months of hard work from many people on May 3rd the stands of the Phil Gardenhire arena saw lots of rodeo fans that were ready to enjoy the thrills of PRCA rodeo.
Friday night saw some challenges in the weather, strong storms that passed to the north managed to spill a little rain on things, but this did not stop the action. By the end of the first performance the leader board had a list of impressive names.
Joel Schlegal took the bucking horse Hombre to a 76-point ride. Riley Duvall set the pace in Steer wrestling with a 4 second run, this run would also afford him the event win. In Team roping Paul David Tierney and Tanner Branden ran a 5.6 taking the top spot for the night, while Wyatt Muggli topped the tie down roping. In Saddle Bronc Joe Harper took Big Rafter Rodeos Who knows to an 82-point ride and a tie for the event win. Night 1 Barrel Racing was topped by Savannah Pearson with a 17.08 second run.
Night 1 was highlighted with a powerful bull ride by Lane Nobles when he managed an 88-point ride on Unhinged.
Night 2 provided nearly perfect rodeo weather and a very impressive crowd for the evening. The fans were not only provided the treat of great conditions, but the stock and competitors seemed to feel the energy as well. Kicking off the event Bill Tutor was last out in the Bareback and knew he needed an 81.5-point ride to pass by Taylor Broussard who set the mark just a few rides previous. In standard Bill Tutor style, he managed to keep up with the bucking horse Vegas Confused for a whopping 85-point ride which gave them the win.
The winning Team Roping time also came from night 2, A.J. Horton and Kyle Horton teamed up for a 5.1 second run. In Tie Down Roping Dawson Appleton brought his A game and clocked a 9.0 second run which afforded him the big check from the event. The Saddle Bronc and Barrel Racing winners also came from the second performance with Emily Miller winning Barrel Racing with a 16.85 second run while Trent Burd took Push Play to 82 points and the tie for the win.
The night closed out with some powerful bull power, the bulls managed to win the night and no cowboys were able to complete the 8-seconds required to get a score.
In all 2 nights of rodeo were very successful! The event paid out over $26,641.00 with the top winning cowboy being Paul David Tierney who collected the all-around title!
After the event we had a chance to catch up with some of the fans that attended the event. The overall feel from every fan was excitement that the PRCA had made its return to Poteau, Oklahoma and the hope to see it be a part of the calendar for next year!
Photo credits: Avid Visual Imagery Rodeo Photography
Congratulations to this 3rd and 4th grade Kids Pitch team from Wister!
This mighty fine group became the First Place Champions at a Checotah Tournament.
Pictured from L to R: Kyler Morris, Hanry Ramirez, Matt Mills, Easton Turnipseed, Kaiden Morris (bat boy)
Top L to R: Coach Chris Bullard, Chasen Bullard, Dax Hendricks, Turner Wooten, Brycen Collier, Parker Easley, Brody Ashby, Coach Shain Turnipseed
GREAT AMERICAN CONFERENCE - NEWS RELEASE
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s final weekly awards for the 2019 softball regular season. East Central’s Sable Hankins earned Player of the Week; Southern Arkansas’ Victoria Taylor repeated as Pitcher of the Week and Arkansas Tech’s Tymber Riley won Freshman of the Week.
GAC SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Sable Hankins, East Central, INF, Sr., Moore, Oklahoma
Hankins collected her second Player of the Week as she led the Tiger offense in their sweep of Southwestern Oklahoma State. For the week, she led the GAC with three home runs, nine runs scored, 16 total bases and a 1.333 slugging percentage. Her .583 average tied for the top mark. In addition, she posted a .706 on-base percentage and she stole three bases.
GAC SOFTBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Victoria Taylor, Southern Arkansas, RHP, Jr., Greenwood, Arkansas
Taylor capped the regular season by picking up two wins against Henderson State. She threw a pair of complete games and allowed only one run and six hits in 14.0 innings inside the circle. She struck out eight in Friday’s 1-0 shutout. She followed up that performance by allowing just one hit in Saturday’s 5-1 win. She tallied 10 strikeouts and did not walk a batter.
GAC SOFTBALL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK – Tymber Riley, Arkansas Tech, DP, Bentonville, Arkansas
Riley helped the Golden Suns pick up four wins as she went 6-for-11 in their series against Ouachita. She hit safely in all four games. On Friday, she hit home runs to open the scoring in both games of the doubleheader. In game two, she broke the deadlock with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Sarah Evans, SS, Southern Arkansas (Went 5-for-9 with a home run as SAU swept Henderson State); Madison Leggett, SS, Harding (Homered and drove in seven runs against UAM); Mykaela Wallace, INF, Southeastern Oklahoma State (Posted a .667 on-base percentage with five runs scored)
Emily Cudd, RHP, Southeastern Oklahoma State (Went 2-0 and did not allow a run in 11.2 innings of work); Aidan Nichols, RHP, Harding (Gave up only three hits in 9.0 innings in the circle; held HSU to a .097 average); Bailey Shaffer, RHP, Arkansas Tech (Did not allow an earned run and struck out eight in three appearances vs Ouachita); Jessica Sisemore, RHP, East Central (Posted a 2-0 record with a 1.91 ERA vs SWOSU)
Hanna Jones, 2B, Harding (Went 7-for-14 with three doubles against UAM; scored five runs)
WILBURTON, Okla. – Eastern Oklahoma State College has named Al Davis as the head coach of the Mountaineer women’s basketball team.
“I would like to thank President Stephen E. Smith, Athletic Director Matt Parker, and everybody on the hiring committee for allowing me to have this opportunity,” Davis said. “I look forward to rebuilding this program by bringing a winning mindset, not just on the court but in the classroom and community as well. Also, I look forward to working with everybody in the Athletic Department and seeing the gym packed full of students and fans every home game.”
"We are excited to have Al Davis on board at Eastern,” Athletic Director Matt Parker said. “With his connections in the state of Oklahoma, we look forward to watching him work and build onto Eastern Women's Basketball."
Davis spent last season at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan., where he served as the assistant women’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator. Davis was in charge of all aspects of recruiting, team travel, study hall and also coached guards. In Davis’s only season with GCCC he recruited Alyssa Boyce from Putnam City West High School, the No. 1 ranked 6A high school in Oklahoma and 2018 state runner-up. Boyce made the all-conference team as a freshman. Davis also coached point guard Talia Roberts, who lead the Jayhawk Conference in scoring with 18 ppg.
Prior to GCCC, Davis spent two seasons at Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla., where he served as an assistant coach. While at Bacone College, Davis was in charge of recruiting, scouting opponents, day-to-day operations, team travel and film exchange. Davis also served as the head junior varsity coach for the women’s basketball team.
In Davis’s two years with the program he recruited and coached four all-conference players. In the 2017-2018 season, Davis helped lead the program to a record of 16-14, the school’s first winning season since 2010. Davis’s defensive mindset helped the Lady Warriors finish second in the nation in steals with two players, Cierra Miles and Samantha Jackson, ranked No. 1 and No. 8 in the nation in steals.
Davis spent six years coaching AAU basketball in northwestern Indiana and helped produce 26 Division I athletes.
Davis is originally from Gary, Ind., and played two years at Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas, where he earned an associate’s degree in computer science. Davis then transferred to Bacone College in 2011 to finish his college playing career and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. In Davis’s two years playing at Bacone, he was selected as team captain and also received two NAIA Champions of Character awards. Davis is set to graduate in May with a master’s degree in sport studies and athletic administration from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
The Mountaineer women’s basketball team finished the 2018-2019 season with a record of 8-22.
FAYETTEVILLE – Corey Williams, former head coach at Stetson and member of the 1993 World Champion Chicago Bulls, has been named assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Arkansas, Razorback head men’s basketball coach Eric Musselman announced today.
"We are excited and fortunate to have a coach of Corey’s caliber," said Musselman. "His experience as a head coach will be invaluable on our staff and he was widely respected as an assistant coach for building winning programs. Also, his knowledge gained playing at the highest level will benefit our players’ development. Corey will help Arkansas compete at a championship level."
In his time as a player and coach, Williams has learned from some of the finest minds in the game, including Phil Jackson, Eddie Sutton, Bill Self and Leonard Hamilton during his career as a player and assistant coach.
“I am looking forward to working with Coach Musselman,” Williams said. “He is an unbelievable coach. He has a passion for Arkansas and is passionate about student-athlete success. This is a great time to be a part of Razorback basketball and I can’t wait to get started.”
Williams spent the past six seasons as head coach at Stetson. During his tenure, several players broke long-standing records as Divine Myles became the program’s all-time leading scorer, Angel Rivera set the record for career assists and Luke Doyle established the mark for career three-pointers made.
Under William’s guidance, Derick Newton earned All-Atlantic Sun honors in 2017 and Brian Pegg was voted as the 2017 ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s basketball. The previous year, Stetson reached the ASUN Tournament Championship, marking the program’s first tournament finals appearance since 1994.
In 2014-15, Pegg led the ASUN in rebounding and Newton rewrote Stetson’s freshman record book on his way to earning Freshman All-America and ASUN Freshman of the Year honors. In Williams’ second year at Stetson, Myles and Grant Lozoya earned spots on the ASUN’s All-Freshmen team, while Rivera set the program’s record for assists by a freshman with 120. He and Myles also became the first teammates, regardless of class, to each record 100 assists in the same season.
Prior to taking the reins at Stetson, Williams spent six seasons (2007-13) as an assistant at Florida State. His career with the Seminoles coincided with the team’s resurgence on the national scene. Through Williams’ recruiting efforts, the Seminoles developed into one of the best programs in the ACC. During his time in Tallahassee, Florida State won its first ACC Championship (2012), enjoyed a run of four straight NCAA Tournament appearances – including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2011, four consecutive years of double-digit wins in ACC play, produced five NBA Draft picks, recorded 16 wins over nationally ranked teams and appeared in the national rankings in four straight seasons.
Before joining the Florida State staff, Williams was an assistant coach for seven seasons (2000-07) at Oral Roberts where he aided the Golden Eagles in achieving an average of 18 wins per season, including 20 or more wins in each of his last three seasons in Tulsa. ORU captured the Mid-Continent Conference regular season and tournament titles in 2006 and 2007, advancing to play in the NCAA Tournament each season.
A native of Macon, Ga., Williams played point guard at Oklahoma State (1988-92) and had a lengthy career as a professional player before starting his coaching career.
Williams finished his time at Oklahoma State ranked eighth on the school’s career scoring charts with 1,320 points. He led the Cowboys to consecutive NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearances under Coach Eddie Sutton in 1991 and 1992. The Cowboys were ranked 14th in the final Associated Press poll of the 1991 season and 10th in the final coaches’ poll following the 1992 season.
Williams was a second-round draft pick of the Chicago Bulls and, despite having not played football since junior high, the Kansas City Chiefs selected Williams in the 12th round of the 1992 NFL Draft. He was the only OSU Cowboy drafted by the NFL that year.
As a rookie in the NBA, Williams was a member of the Michael Jordan-led Bulls as the franchise captured its third straight NBA title. Following his one season in Chicago, Williams played parts of the next season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, while also playing for the Oklahoma City Cavalry of the CBA. He returned to Oklahoma State as a student assistant in 1994, serving as a member of the Cowboys’ staff during their 1994 Final Four campaign. Williams then played professionally in Taiwan, from 1995-98.
Williams earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Oklahoma State in 2002. He and his wife, Nicole, have two children: Jourdan and Corey Jr. (C.J.).
THE WILLIAMS FILE
Oklahoma State ‘02
Date of Birth: April 24, 1970
Hometown: Macon, Ga.
Wife: Nicole Williams
Children: Jourdan, C.J.
1993-94: Student Assistant, Oklahoma State
2000-07: Assistant Coach, Oral Roberts
2007-13: Assistant Coach, Florida State
2013-19: Head Coach, Stetson (58-133, 6 seasons)
2019-pres.: Assistant Coach, Arkansas
1989-92: Oklahoma State
1992-93: Chicago Bulls
1993-94: Oklahoma City Cavalry
1994: Minnesota Timberwolves
1994-95: Grand Rapids Mackers
1995-98: DaCin Tigers
Tyler Pigg Director/Athletics Communications, University of Oklahoma Athletics Department
NORMAN – University of Oklahoma head women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale announced Thursday the hiring of Coquese Washington as assistant coach.
Washington previously served as the head coach at Penn State from 2008-19, amassing a 209-169 record and guiding the Nittany Lions to four NCAA Tournament appearances and two Sweet 16 showings along with three Big Ten regular season championships.
"We are incredibly excited to welcome Coquese, her husband Raynell, and their family to Oklahoma,” Coale said. “Coquese is a winner. Her track record of coaching and her experience in recruiting elite talent is well-documented. She has a versatile skill set that will both benefit our student-athletes and our coaching staff. Having the opportunity to coach alongside Coquese at the 2013 World University Games for USA Basketball allowed me to see up-close the ability she has to build relationships with student-athletes and help them develop on and off the court. We are honored to welcome her into our family and anxious for her to get started in Norman."
From 2012-14, the Lady Lions claimed three straight Big Ten regular-season titles, making them one of four programs in conference history to win three or more regular season crowns in a row.
Washington’s squads won the Big Ten regular season championship outright in 2012 and 2013, while sharing the title in 2014. She also guided Penn State to appearances in the Sweet 16 in 2012 and 2014.
“I am so thrilled with the opportunity to be here at Oklahoma, working with and learning from a Hall of Fame coach,” Washington said. “Sherri Coale is an unquestioned star in our profession, and exemplifies achieving high levels of success with grace, class, integrity and dignity. The way she impacts the lives of her student-athletes is nothing short of amazing. Joining the OU family is going to be a lot of fun for me and my family, and we are eager to get to Norman and become a part of this remarkable community.”
Washington earned Big Ten Coach of the Year honors three times (2012, 2013, 2014), while also being named a two-time WBCA Region Six Coach of the Year (2012, 2013) and two-time finalist for WBCA National Coach of the Year (2012, 2013). She was also selected as the 2011 and 2014 Black Coaches Association (BCA) Female Coach of the Year.
A seasoned recruiter, Washington signed six McDonald’s All-Americans during her 12 years at Penn State.
Before her arrival in State College, Washington served as an assistant coach and associate head coach at Notre Dame from 1999-2007, helping the Fighting Irish to the 2001 NCAA Championship and four Sweet 16 appearances in eight seasons.
Washington played collegiately at Notre Dame from 1989-92, serving as a captain for the Fighting Irish’s first NCAA Tournament team in 1992. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1992 and later earned her Juris Doctorate from Notre Dame in 1997.
She played six seasons in the WNBA for three different organizations from 1999-2003, helping the Houston Comets to the 2000 league championship.
Washington was also a key figure in helping create the WNBA Players Association (WNBPA), serving as the founding president of the WNBPA from 1999 until 2001. She served as the executive vice president of the WNBPA from 2001 until her retirement in 2003. Washington led negotiations for the association’s first collective bargaining agreement as the association’s president. As the executive vice president, she was a mainstay in the negotiations for the league’s second collective bargaining agreement, which brought about the first free agency system in women’s professional sports.
Both Coale and Washington have experience coaching with one another. Washington served as an assistant under Coale for the 2013 World University Games, helping the United States to a gold medal in Kazan, Russia.
A native of Flint, Mich., Washington was inducted into the Greater Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame in December 2009.
Oklahoma returns all five starters in 2019-20, including All-Big 12 Second Team selection Ana Llanusa, Big 12 All-Freshman honoree Taylor Robertson and the nation’ No. 11-ranked recruiting class according to Prospects Nation.
For more information on Oklahoma women’s basketball, follow the Sooners on Twitter (@OU_WBBall) or like Oklahoma Sooners Women’s Basketball on Facebook.
On February 1, 2019, the Carl Albert State College Board of Regents voted to implement an eSports program for both campuses in Poteau and Sallisaw.
This vote made CASC the first community college in Oklahoma to become a member of the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE). NACE is a non-profit membership association that began in 2016 at the first-ever Collegiate eSports Summit in Kansas City, MO. NACE is endorsed by the NJCAA and NAIA.
Upon establishment in 2016, NACE’s membership consisted of 7 colleges and universities that offered varsity eSports programs to its students. In the years since inception, NACE’s membership has steadily risen to 119 colleges and universities in 2019.
Oklahoma is home to three educational institutions that offer eSports to its students: The University of Oklahoma, Rogers State University, and CASC.
“When most people imagine education in Southeast Oklahoma,” said Randy Armstrong, CASC eSports Coordinator and Recruiter, “competitive video gaming is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. However, we hope to be at the forefront of this movement and use this stereotype to our advantage. In true CASC fashion, we are providing opportunities for local students and discovering a wealth of talented competitors who have, quite frankly, been overlooked until now.”
Students who are selected to compete on the CASC Varsity eSports team will receive a scholarship waiver for free textbooks along with a 25% Housing Waiver, valued at $200, for team members who live on the Poteau campus. Scholarships for the eSports program will include six individual scholarships for the game Overwatch, and six individual scholarships for the game Rocket League.
Improved hand and eye-coordination is not the only incentive for students to join the eSports program. Students who compete in the program will have opportunities to incorporate their skills with their educational coursework. The eSports program will correspond with two degrees CASC offers: Computer Information Systems, and Computer Technology.
“Starting the program is exciting in itself,” Armstrong continued, “but our Coaches and I agree that being ‘groundbreaking’ or ‘trendsetting’ is only going to be exciting for about a year. Moving forward, we want our school and community to continue to be excited about CASC eSports, and in order to do that it’s not going to be enough to just haveeSports program, we want to establish ourselves as dominant figure in our state and our region. We’re playing to win.”
CASC is now accepting applications for individuals who are interested in joining its eSports program. If you or someone you know is passionate about online gaming, CASC would like to encourage you to apply for the program.
Those interested in applying should contact Randy Armstrong at 918-413-1051 and then apply online at: https://forms.gle/zyTNxwV42eV5WBzb6.