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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.
Carl Albert State College thanks JJ's Wing Shack for their sponsorship of our upcoming Cherokee Nation - Carl Albert State College Scholarship Golf Scramble.
Pictured left to right: Kristin Peerson, CASC staff, owners, Jerome and Lydia Lee, Jimmy Allen, Penny Allen, Kendra Rowe, LaRissta Hixon, Sam Matthews, and CASC workstudy Bethany Caughman. .
Blaylock Chosen for ORES All Archery Team
Gunner Blaylock, a 7th grader at Shady Point, earned a spot on the ORES All Archery Team.
38 K-8 schools competed in the ORES (Organization of Rural Elementary Schools) State Tournament in Shawnee on March 1st.
Blaylock was among 20 archers (the top 10 boys and 10 girls) chosen out of approximately 600 that competed at the tournament.
“Gunner has been a valuable member of our archery team since we began the program last year,” said Hank Austin, the Shady Point archery coach. “He is a leader on the range, but not just on the scorecard. He supports his teammates with advice and encouragement at every practice and tournament. We are all very proud of him.”
The Shady Point archery team placed 6th among the 38 schools at the tournament. The team heads to Louisville, Kentucky in May to compete in the NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) East National Tournament.
GREAT AMERICAN CONFERENCE NEWS RELEASE
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s ninth weekly honors for the 2019 baseball season. Arkansas-Monticello’s David Reyna garnered the Player of the Week accolade while Arkansas Tech’s Drake Norton earned the Pitcher of the Week award.
GAC BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK – David Reyna, Arkansas-Monticello, RF, Jr., Santa Fe, Texas
Reyna spearheaded the UAM offense as he hit .778 against Southern Nazarene to help the Weevils extend their win streak to 14. He torched Crimson Storm pitching for three multi-hit games to raise his average to .393. On Sunday, he went 5-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored. In Monday’s finale, he hit his first home run of the season and added his ninth stolen base.
GAC BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Drake Norton, Arkansas Tech, LHP, Jr., Yukon, Oklahoma
Norton won his third-straight start as he shut down Henderson State in a mid-week contest. He limited the Reddies to only three hits and he allowed only six base runners in his 8.0 innings of work. He matched the season high for strikeouts by a Wonder Boy starter this year as he fanned 10. In four starts this season, he owns a 1.50 ERA.
Justin Bundy, OF, Northwestern Oklahoma State (Homered twice and drove in five runs); Caleb Carr, LF/DH, Henderson State (Went 7-for-16 with a stolen base); Cooper King, 3B, Southern Arkansas (Doubled four times and posted a .533 on-base percentage); Josh Lincoln, IF, East Central (Hit .529 with a home run and three stolen bases); Kannon McCune, INF, Southwestern Oklahoma State (Hit .700 as SWOSU swept Arkansas Tech); Bo Sutton, OF, Ouachita (Collected nine hits and drove in four runs)
Hunter Brantley, LHP, Southern Arkansas (Limited Oklahoma Baptist to one run and four hits in 6.2 IP; struck out eight); Noah Fowler, RHP, Ouachita (In two appearances, threw 6.2 IP of scoreless ball; allowed only three hits); Matt Goertzen, RHP, Northwestern Oklahoma State (Struck out seven in 7.0 scoreless IP vs Harding); Tyler Tuck, LHP, Southwestern Oklahoma State (Tossed a five-hit shutout vs Arkansas Tech)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The 19th-ranked Oklahoma baseball team dropped a 12-4 decision at West Virginia Saturday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark. The series rubber game is scheduled for noon CT Sunday.
Center fielder Brady Harlan went 3-for-3 with a walk and third baseman Brylie Ware went 2-for-4 with a home run for the Sooners (22-6, 4-1 Big 12). Junior Nathan Wiles (5-1) pitched at least six innings for the sixth time in seven starts this season. He struck out six, walked none and allowed four runs in 6.2 frames, taking his first loss of the season. It was also OU’s first Saturday defeat this year.
Oklahoma tied the game at 3-3 in the sixth, but the Mountaineers (15-11, 1-4 Big 12) took a 4-3 lead in the seventh and scored eight runs in the eighth inning to extend their lead to 12-3. Tristen Hudson (1-0) allowed no runs in 1.2 relief innings to earn the win for WVU.
“I thought Nate battled all day long,” Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson said. “We can’t leave that many guys on base. We just have to execute when we get men in scoring position. If we had taken the lead early, it could have made a big difference in the game.”
Trailing 3-0, Oklahoma scored a run in the top of the fifth on Brylie Ware’s third home run of the season. His leadoff shot went all the way out of the ballpark to left field and onto the passing road to cut it to 3-1. The Sooners tied the game in the sixth on an RBI groundout by left fielder Diego Muniz and an infield single by shortstop Brandon Zaragoza. OU left eight runners on base in the first four innings and left 12 runners in the game.
Ware drew a walk to lead off the ninth inning and scored on an RBI groundout by catcher Brady Lindsly to make the score 12-4.
West Virginia took a 3-0 lead with single runs in the first, third and fourth innings. First baseman Marques Inman singled in a run in the first, center fielder Brandon White doubled in a run in the third and catcher Paul McIntosh hit a solo home run in the fourth.
The Mountaineers retook the lead with a run in the seventh inning on a two-out single by second baseman Tyler Doanes that made the score 4-3. WVU added eight runs in the eighth inning on four hits and five walks to make the score 12-3.
The seventeenth-annual Cherokee Nation - Carl Albert State College Scholarship Scramble is set for Saturday, May 10th at Shadow Creek Country Club in Sallisaw, Oklahoma.
The four-person team, 18-hole scramble will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and tee-off at 9 a.m.
Golfers will have the opportunity to help provide scholarships to area students attending CASC through their $60 per person entry fee or their $240 per team fee. The registration fee includes a golf cart, greens fees, two mulligans, lunch, beverages and a prize bag for each golfer.
The first-place team will receive a $600 prize, the second-place team will take home $460 prize and there will be a wild card drawing for the third-place prize of $300.
Additional prizes will be awarded for longest drive and closest to the pin.
Pre-registration is required, contact Paul Marshall to reserve your place in the scramble at 918-776-9242.