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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s fourth Golfer awards for the spring season. Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Zach James earned the Men’s honor following his performance at the Broncho Invitational.
GAC MEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK – Zach James, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Sr., Whitesboro, Texas
James picked up the 10th GAC Golfer of the Week after he led the Savage Storm to a tie for second at the 16-team Broncho Invitational. He posted a 54-hole score of even-par 210, four shots behind the individual champion. James, the nation’s No. 2 golfer, according to GolfStat.com, has finished in first or second in all but one of his eight tournaments thus season.
Roman Timmerman, So., Southern Arkansas (Tied for eighth at Broncho Invitational); Preston Ewing, Jr., Northwestern Oklahoma State (Tied for third at Washburn Invitational; third-round 69 tied for fourth-lowest round in school history)
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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – One year after claiming the Great American Conference Women’s Track & Field Championship crown, Oklahoma Baptist enters the 2019 outdoor season as the league favorite, the conference announced on Wednesday.
Oklahoma Baptist received eight first-place votes and the Lady Bison return four reigning GAC champions.
Leah Molter took first in both the 100- and 400-meter hurdles.
She has won the 100 at each of the three previous GAC Championships.
McKae Mitchell won the 400-meter dash, Tesa Potter claimed victory in the 1500-meter run, Julianna Horner took first in the hammer throw.
Harding picked up two first-place votes and took second in the poll. The Lady Bisons feature Chelesea Howard, the 2018 GAC Most Valuable Athlete. She won in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, finished second in the long jump, took fourth in the triple jump and ran on both relays.
Emily Field returns after she placed first in the triple jump and the javelin.
The also bring back GAC Champions Kinga Szarzynska, 800, Alicja Minczuk, steeplechase and Kaylin Turley, heptathlon.
Southern Arkansas finished third in the voting, followed by Oklahoma Christian.
The Eagles’ Destiny Grace won the shot put at the GAC Championships. Rogers State finished fifth in the balloting. Audrianna Morgan, who ran on the champion 400-meter relay team and took second in the 100, returns for her senior season.
East Central edged Southern Nazarene for sixth place. Northwestern Oklahoma State, Southwestern Oklahoma State and Southeastern Oklahoma State rounded out the poll.
The Rangers and Savage Storm restarted outdoor programs this season.
Oklahoma Baptist will host the 2019 GAC Championships from April 18-20.
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Southwestern Oklahoma State captured the 2019 Great American Conference Women’s Basketball Championship crown with an 87-66 victory against Arkansas Tech on Sunday from the Bruin Fieldhouse.
The Lady Bulldogs (30-1) never trailed in the contest in winning their 30th-straight game. They join the 2016-17 Harding Lady Bison squad that advanced to NCAA Division II Elite 8 as the only two GAC programs to win 30 games in a season.
Despite never leading, Arkansas Tech (15-16) drew even with SWOSU late in the first half. The Lady Bulldogs responded with five points in the final 15 seconds when Tyra Aska converted a layup off of a turnover and Taber Beer nailed 3-pointer from the top of the key.
In the second half, the Southwestern Oklahoma State defense clamped down on the Golden Suns. After shooting an even 50.0 percent in the first half, Tech went just 8-for-29 in the second half, a 27.6 percent clip.
Aska carried the Lady Bulldog offense as she scored game-high 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting. She went 4-for-5 from the 3-point arc. She also grabbed 13 rebounds and handed out five assists. Bethany Franks scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half. GAC Player of the Year Hayden Priddy added 12 while Taylor Hedrick and Maddie Sperle each scored 11. Hailey Tucker matched Aska with 13 rebounds. Southwestern Oklahoma State outrebounded Arkansas Tech by a 43-31 margin.
Jacie Higgins and Hannah Villines, the GAC Newcomer of the Year, led the Golden Suns with 14 points. Jayana Sanders added 13 and six assists.
Franks earned Tournament MVP honors after she averaged 12.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.7 steals during the weekend. She shot a team-leading 51.5 percent from the field. Priddy, Aska and Tucker also represented SWOSU on the All-Tournament Team. Sanders and Williams made the team from Arkansas Tech along with Southern Nazarene’s Adrienne Berry and Harding’s Carissa Caples.
The title, the third in eight years for the Lady Bulldogs (30-1), forged a tie with the Golden Suns for the most in GAC history. The win represented the first win in four tries for Southwestern Oklahoma State against Arkansas Tech at the GAC Championships.
The combined 20 points for Tucker and Priddy gave the duo exactly 4,000 combined points in their career. No other active pair of Division II teammates has as many points as the two senior guards.
The Lady Bulldogs will learn their seed and destination for the upcoming NCAA Division II Championships during tonight’s selection show. It streams on NCAA.com at 9:00 p.m.
HOUSTON – Sophomore Levi Prater dealt eight shutout innings, and sophomore Cade Cavalli and junior Brady Lindsly combined for five RBIs to lead the Oklahoma baseball team to a 6-0 series-clinching win over Rice Sunday at Reckling Park.
Prater (3-1) matched his career high with nine strikeouts over a career-long eight shutout innings, scattering three singles and a walk. He has pitched 14 straight scoreless innings over his last two starts for the Sooners (13-3).
Cavalli went 2-for-4 and doubled home two runs in the first inning. OU held onto the 2-0 lead until the eighth inning when Lindsly launched a moonshot three-run home run to open a 5-0 lead. Junior Brandon Zaragoza drove in the sixth run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Prater put a bow on his outing by striking out the side in the seventh to strand a one-out single and then retired the side in order in the eighth inning. He allowed only two runners to reach second base, one of which went to second on an error.
OU earned its fourth shutout of the season. Senior Brylie Ware went 3-for-5 and scored two runs, and junior Brady Harlan was 2-for-4 at the plate. Rice starter Jackson Parthasarthy (2-2) took the loss for the Owls (7-10).
The Sooners return home to play UT Arlington on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
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.
CARL ALBERT STATE COLLEGE
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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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