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BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Southern Nazarene made Great American Conference history as the Crimson Storm became the first program to win consecutive Men’s Basketball Championship titles as they won a back-and-forth affair against Southeastern Oklahoma State, 80-77, on Sunday from the Bruin Fieldhouse.
In just the second GAC Championship final to feature the tournament’s top two seeds, the contest featured 16 ties and 18 lead changes and neither squad led by more than six points the entire way. Tournament MVP Micah Speight secured the win when he scored the final five points for the Crimson Storm (28-5).
After Kevin Buckingham’s third 3-pointer of the game for the Savage Storm (22-7) tied the game at 75, Speight answered with a corner 3-pointer to put Southern Nazarene back in front. Following a defensive stand, Speight knifed through the Southeastern defense and lofted in a floater from the inside the paint.
The Savage Storm’s Jett Jobe responded with a layup of his own. Southeastern got a needed defensive stop on the ensuing possession. Shooting for the tie, Buckingham’s last-second 3-point try missed long and Southern Nazarene clinched its GAC-record 28th win.
Speight went 12-for-21 from the floor in scoring 26 points for the second-straight GAC Championship contest. He averaged 22.0 points, 7.7 rebounds. 5.7 assists and 2.3 steals while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor. Jhonathan Dunn and Noah Starkey joined Speight on the All-Tournament Team. Dunn finished the day with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Starkey, the GAC Defensive Player of the Year, added 12 points and four blocks.
Buckingham finished with 27 points, the single-game high at the 2019 GAC Championships. He also pulled down 11 rebounds as he made the All-Tournament squad. Adam Dworsky and Kellen Manek earned All-Tournament honors for the Savage Storm. Oklahoma Baptist’s Brantly Thompson and Henderson State’s Joshua Jones rounded out the eight-man team.
The Crimson Storm will learn their seed and destination for the upcoming NCAA Division II Championships during tonight’s selection show. It streams on NCAA.com at 9:30 p.m. Southeastern Oklahoma State looks to earn a spot in the field of with an at-large selection.
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Second-seeded Southeastern Oklahoma State never trailed en route to scoring a 76-59 win against Arkansas-Monticello in Thursday’s opening Great American Conference Men’s Basketball Championships quarterfinal from Bruin Fieldhouse.
The Savage Storm (21-6) scored the first eight points of the game and eventually built a double-digit lead before reaching halftime with a 33-28 lead. Kellen Manek went 5-for-6 in the opening 20 minutes as he carried the offense with 12 points.
In the second half, the Savage Storm shot 58.6 percent from the field to secure their ninth-straight win. Adam Dworksy and GAC Player of the Year Kevin Buckingham combined to make 10-of-13 shots as they accounted for 25 points. The Weevils (16-13) never dented the five-point halftime deficit as Southeastern finished the contest on a 21-9 run.
Dworsky scored a game-high 21 points. He added seven assists against only one turnover. As a team, Southeastern tallied 19 assists and committed only six turnovers. Manek netted 19 points and six rebounds. Buckingham collected his GAC-leading 12th double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds. He went 5-for-8 from the floor. Kayo Goncalves came off the bench and hit three 3-pointers and tally 11 points
Marcus Gilbert and Damontrez Hawes reached double figures in scoring for the Weevils. Gilbert amassed 13 points, to go along with four assists. Hawes went 4-for-6 from the field in scoring 10 points.
With the win, the Savage Storm advance to the GAC semifinals for the second-straight year.
They will face the winner of Friday’s contest between Oklahoma Baptist and East Central at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday. During the regular season, home courts proved the difference in the four combined meetings.
Southeastern scored double-digit victories at home, but dropped narrow decisions away from Durant.
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BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Arkansas Tech scored a 76-74 win against East Central in the opening Great American Conference Women’s Basketball Championship quarterfinal contest on Thursday from the Bruin Fieldhouse.
The Golden Suns (14-15) won the first-ever double overtime contest at the GAC Women’s Basketball Championship as they dodged chances by Tigers (21-8) at the end of regulation and both overtime sessions. The Tech defense forced a turnover with the game tied at 62 as time ran down the fourth quarter, survived a missed 3-pointer by Tia Williams in the first overtime and grabbed the critical rebound off a missed free throw with one second left in the game to ice the victory.
ECU trailed throughout the contest but took a 68-66 lead with 48 seconds in the first overtime on a 3-pointer by Williams. Jayana Sanders grabbed a rebound off of her own miss and converted two free throws to even the contest. She finished with a double-double, 14 points and 11 rebounds.
In the second overtime, Tech scored the first five points and never trailed in the period. The Golden Suns won despite losing three starters to fouls. GAC Newcomer of the Year Hannah Villines scored a team-high 18 points. Lyrik Williams added 12 points off the bench and Ryann Goodsell contributed 10 points and nine rebounds. Six Golden Suns pulled down at least five rebounds as they outrebounded the Tigers by nine, 58-49.
Williams scored 18 points and went 4-of-6 from the 3-point arc for ECU. Lakin Preisner tallied 17 points and a season-high 16 rebounds to post her 10th double-double of the season. Sam Schwab grabbed 10 rebounds as she registered her third double-digit rebounding effort of the season.
With the win, the Golden Suns advance to the GAC semifinals for the seventh-straight year. The will face the winner of Friday’s contest between Southern Nazarene and Southeastern Oklahoma State at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday.
The 4th grade Poteau Pirates competed in the Arkansas River Valley Basketball League over the weekend and became league championship.
The 4th grade Poteau Pirates had a record of 11 wins and 1 loss. The Pirates battled the Cedarville Pirates for the championship. The final score was 31 to 27.
The Pirates are coached by Lyle Whitworth and Connor Whitworth.
"The boys have gotten a lot better from last year getting beat in the first round of the tournament,” said coach, Lyle Whitworth. “We made a few position changes and added Caden Mitchell to the team which helped a lot in the rebounding area. The boys play a fast pace game which a lot of their opponents have a difficult time defending. I'm super proud of their accomplishments and I know they have a bright future ahead.”
Team members are from bottom left: Caston Fox, Isaac Cunningham, Jaxson Downs, Colton McCoy. Top left; Coach Lyle Whitworth, Tate Downs, Blake Standridge, Garrison Whitworth, Caden Mitchell, Coach Connor Whitworth and the coach’s daughter Paige Whitworth.
The Wister 5th & 6th Grade boys team coached by John Meeh and Chris Smith won the State Championship for a 2nd straight year.
The team plays in a week-end league in McAlester. Over the past 2 years they have gone 32-0 and finished with 2 state titles.
Team members include: Kord Fenton Poteau, Jagger Dodson Poteau, Reed Kauk Red Oak, Dartyn Meeks Wister, Tige Rogers Wister, Wesley Toney Monroe, Andrew Covey Howe, Garrett Smith Howe, & Joel Meeh Wister.
The team wears wrist bands with "13" on them in memory of team mate Behr Place who passed away two years ago in a 4-Wheeler accident.
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CASC’s Jacob Savage Named NJCAA Region II Division II Pitcher of the Week
Carl Albert State College’s Jacob Savage was named NJCAA Baseball Region II Division II Pitcher of the Week for February 11-17, 2019.
“While this award is an honor for individual performance, said Randy Graves CASC Athletic Director, “Savage is a great team player. His appreciation for his Viking teammates and their ability to work together is what makes awards like this possible for our student athletes.”
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Fanshawe Grizzly Wyatt Peterson won 1st place at the NASP State Archery Shoot, in Tier 2, boys middle school division at Tulsa on Feb. 20th.
He had a score of 270, and ranked #1 out of 231 participants.
Peterson is now headed to the ORES State Archery Meet on March 1st at Shawnee.
Good luck !
Photo & Article submitted by Anthony Borden
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s fourth weekly awards for the 2019 softball season. Oklahoma Baptist’s Franki Hull claimed the Player honor; Arkansas Tech’s Bailey Shaffer earned the Pitcher accolade and Northwestern Oklahoma State’s Kalie Johnson won the Freshman award.
GAC SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Franki Hull, Oklahoma Baptist, C, So., Tecumseh, Oklahoma
Hull dominated at the plate in Oklahoma Baptist’s four-game series with Northwestern Oklahoma State. She went 11-for-14 with four multi-hit games. Seven of the 11 hits went for extra bases as she amassed five doubles and a pair of home runs. She hit one of the Lady Bison’s two first-inning grand slams in the series finale. She finished with seven RBI and six runs scored.
GAC SOFTBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Bailey Shaffer, Arkansas Tech, RHP, Sr., Guthrie, Oklahoma
Shaffer kept the Henderson State offense at bay as she threw 7.0 scoreless innings inside the circle during the series. In a duel with the Reddies’ Michelle Sorensen, she posted six scoreless innings of relief to earn her first victory of the season in a 1-0, 10-inning affair. She struck out eight in the victory. She added a scoreless frame in Monday’s opening contest.
GAC SOFTBALL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK – Kalie Johnson, Northwestern Oklahoma State, INF, Tecumseh, Oklahoma
Johnson helped the Rangers earn a split with Oklahoma Baptist as she reached base nine times in the series. After going 2-for-7 with two runs scored and a stolen base on Sunday, she tallied six hits in Monday’s doubleheader, highlighted by a four-hit effort in game one. She hit the first home run of her collegiate career in the finale.
Makenzie Goins, INF, Arkansas Tech (Went 5-for-14 with a home run and four RBI); Madie Green, OF, Henderson State (Posted a .417 average and a .750 slugging percentage vs Arkansas Tech); Tarah Hilton, C/OF, East Central (Tallied eight RBI and hit two home runs against Southern Nazarene); Riley Kalman, SS, Southern Nazarene (Drove in eight runs as SNU won three out of four against ECU); Katie McCullar, DP/P, Southeastern Oklahoma State (Hit two home runs and drove in 10 runs against SWOSU); Peyton Mills, OF, Harding (Stole eight bases and hit .526 in six games); Faith Otts, 3B, Southern Arkansas (Homered twice and hit .400 as SAU swept Harding)
Elisa Favela, RHP, Southern Arkansas (Went 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA against Harding); Jacey Henry, RHP, East Central (Posted a 2.56 ERA with two complete games against SNU); Katie McCullar, RHP, Southeastern Oklahoma State (Picked up two wins against Southwestern Oklahoma State); Michelle Sorensen, RHP, Henderson State (Posted a 0.53 ERA and struck out 18 in 13.1 IP against Arkansas Tech); Brooklyn Sparkman, RHP, Southern Nazarene (Struck out 11 in three appearances against East Central)
Sarah Evans, SS, Southern Arkansas (Doubled twice and homered in sweep against Harding); Caitlin Lewis, RHP, Southern Nazarene (Earned a complete-game win against ECU)
NORMAN – Oklahoma sophomore Tyler Hardman and junior Nathan Wiles were named the Big 12 Baseball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, after leading the Sooners to a 3-1 record last week, the league office announced Monday.
Hardman, a native of Corona, Calif., hit two home runs and a triple, totaling nine RBIs at the Tony Gwynn Legacy tournament in San Diego, Calif.
In four games last week, the OU first baseman batted .429 with four of his six hits going for extra bases. His grand slam on Friday at San Diego put the Sooners ahead in the seventh inning, and he added a two-run triple in the ninth inning of the 6-1 victory. On Sunday he went the other way for a three-run home run to right field in the fifth inning against No. 24 Cal State Fullerton.
Wiles pitched 7.0 shutout innings in Oklahoma’s 1-0 victory at San Diego State on Saturday night. The Overland Park, Kan., native matched his career high with 10 strikeouts and allowed just four hits in the game. It was his second straight outing of seven innings to start the season. He is 2-0 with a team-low 1.29 ERA.
This is the second career Big 12 weekly honor for Wiles and the first for Hardman.
The Sooners (6-1) are home for six games this week at L. Dale Mitchell Park, beginning with a two-game midweek set against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday and Wednesday. First pitch is 3 p.m. for both games.
Eric Hollier | Associate Director of Communications University of Oklahoma Athletics Department
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s third weekly awards for the 2019 softball season. East Central’s Tarah Hilton and Southern Nazarene’s Mahina Sauer shared the Player accolade; Southern Arkansas’ Sydney Wader earned the Pitcher honor and Henderson State’s Abbie Moore claimed the Freshman award.
GAC SOFTBALL CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Tarah Hilton, East Central, C/OF, So., Haslet Texas
Hilton led the Tigers four wins as she tallied five multi-hit games. After collecting two hits at Central Oklahoma, she went 10-for-15 against Newman and Pittsburg State. She doubled four times, drove in nine runs and scored five times. The Tigers averaged 10.0 runs against the Jets and Gorillas. She leads the GAC with a .577 average.
GAC SOFTBALL CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Mahina Sauer, Southern Nazarene, 1B/DP, Jr., Mililani, Hawaii
Sauer came up with a pair of clutch hits for the Crimson Storm at the UCO/OC Festival. Against Newman, she capped a 3-for-3 day with the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning. One day later, she roped a game-winning double that scored two runs in a 4-3 win against Colorado-Colorado Springs. For the week, she hit .583, slugged .917 and drove in five runs.
GAC SOFTBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Sydney Wader, Southern Arkansas, RHP, Jr., Vilonia, Arkansas
Wade picked up two wins at the Alvy Early Memorial Classic. She defeated Maryville by allowing one run and five hits over 6.2 innings of work. She struck out eight. She notched her second complete game of the year when she threw a four-hit shutout against Northeastern State. She struck out seven and did not walk a batter. She held the two opponents to a .188 average.
GAC SOFTBALL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK – Abbie Moore, Henderson State, C/3B,
Moore helped the Reddies record three wins at the Alvy Early Memorial Classic as she went 5-for-14 with four extra-base hits. She doubled against both Maryville and Missouri-St. Louis on Friday. Against Missouri Western, she hit her first career home run. In the tournament finale, she hit a game-winning home run in the bottom of the seventh inning against Emporia State.
McKenna Anderson, IF, Oklahoma Baptist (Tallied six hits, including two doubles over the span of five games); Jillian Jones, C, Ouachita (Went 4-for-10 at the Alvy Early Memorial Classic); Marcela Lopez, CF, Henderson State (Hit .429 with two doubles and two stolen bases); Mason McCord, IF, Harding (Drove in four runs in hitting .625 across three games); Sarah Pitre, 2B, Southern Arkansas (Homered, drove in four runs and hit .500 in four games)
Jacey Henry, RHP, East Central (Picked up three wins; defeated MIAA favorite Washburn); Destiny Riddle, RHP, Southeastern (Threw six-hit shutout against Northeastern State); Mabry Smith, RHP, Ouachita (Totaled 15 strikeouts in 11.1 innings of work); Brooklyn Sparkman, RHP, Southern Nazarene (Went 3-0 with 12 strikeouts in 12.2 IP)
Lauren Bazan, 3B, Harding (Went 4-for-10 with four stolen bases); Peyton Robinson, OF, Southern Nazarene (Stole six bases and scored five runs); Sarah Evans, SS, Southern Arkansas (Hit home runs against both Emporia State and Northeastern State)