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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.”
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