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Four Carl Albert State College softball players have been named to the NJCAA All-Region, Region II Teams.
Kyla Brown, of Wister. Okla., has been named to the First Team as an All-Region Catcher; Katie McCullar, of Red Oak, Okla., has been named to the Second Team as an All-Region Infielder; Nikki Harrison, of Waldron, Ark., has received Honorable Mention as an All-Region Infielder; Lindsey Eveld, of Ft. Smith, Ark., has received Honorable Mention as an All-Region Pitcher.
These athletes are selected by regional coaches for their athletic performance and statistics throughout the spring season. Nine softball teams throughout Arkansas and Oklahoma compete in the Region II division, ensuring a highly competitive selection process for the Region II Teams.
This is the first time in several years that CASC has had four players named to the Region II Teams.
“The competition in our division is remarkable,” said David Holt, CASC Head Softball Coach. “To have one athlete voted to an All-Region team is the highest accomplishment for a coach; to have four athletes selected, well that’s a true testament to the caliber of our student athletes and I could not be more proud of our ladies.”
ENID, Okla. - Southern Arkansas secured its fifth Great American Conference Baseball Championship title as the Muleriders defeated Oklahoma Baptist, 16-3, on Tuesday from David Allen Memorial Ballpark. Mulerider Austin Baker earned Tournament MVP honors.
The Muleriders (36-17) needed two wins on Tuesday to win the title and opened the day with a 5-2 win thanks in large part to the pitching of Dillon Lawrence. In the second game, they fell behind 3-1 early before scoring the final 15 runs, 13 of which came in the sixth inning.
After tying the game with a pair of two-out hits in the fifth inning, the Muleriders sent 18 hitters to the plate in the sixth. Jake Tisevich gave SAU the lead with a run-scoring single and Cortland McPherson plated two with a single to right. Cole Boyd hit his third home run of the tournament to double the SAU advantage to 9-3.
The final seven Mulerider runs in the inning all came with two out. Zach Muldoon scored on a wild pitch. Jacob Richardson produced a two-run single; Dakota Wright drove home Tisevich and Richardson with a single to left; Boyd notched his second hit of the frame, a single to score McPherson, and designated hitter James Trevanion capped the rally with a run-scoring single.
Baker collected 12 hits in the tournament, one shy of the single-year record. He hit .522 with a home run - the game-changing grand slam against Henderson State on Monday - and eight RBI. Boyd, McPherson and Lawrence also represented the Muleriders on the All-Tournament Team. Boyd accumulated a tournament-leading 20 total bases. McPherson drove in nine RBI and Lawrence’s win in Tuesday’s opener forced the if necessary game.
Josh Timms, who hit his third home run of the tournament in the fourth inning for the Bison (31-17), earned All-Tournament recognition along with his teammates Juan Gonzalez and Thomas Shroder. Arkansas Tech’s Cody Wescott and Hayes Cox, Henderson State’s Joseph Shepherd and Zack Gray plus Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Alex Pimental filled out the All-Tournament Team.
With the win, Southern Arkansas earned the automatic bid into the NCAA Regional. The Muleriders, along with the GAC’s at-large hopefuls, will learn their postseason fate during the NCAA.com Selection Show, set to stream at 9 p.m. on Sunday.
The sixteenth-annual Cherokee Nation - Carl Albert State College Scholarship Scramble is set for Saturday, May 19 at Shadow Creek Country Club in Sallisaw, Okla.
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 $50 per person entry fee or their $200 per team fee. The registration fee includes a golf cart, greens fees, lunch, beverages and a prize bag for each golfer.
“This event is the highlight of my year,” said Paul Marshall, event organizer. “There is no better event than a golf tournament and no better cause than funding local scholarships.”
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 putt, 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.
ENID, Oklahoma – Arkansas Tech third baseman Cody Wescott had a banner day at the plate, leading the fifth-seeded Wonder Boys to a 9-3 victory against Southern Arkansas in the second game of the 2018 Great American Conference Baseball Championships. Freshman and All-GAC Honorable Mention Hayes Cox provided eight strong innings on the hill to earn his ninth win of the year.
Arkansas Tech (28-21) took advantage of two early errors by the Muleriders (32-17) and scored four runs in the top of the first inning. Following a double off the bat of Harry Gard, the Wonder Boys capitalized on miscue by catcher Zach Muldoon and second baseman Austin Baker on consecutive plays. Wescott then hit a double to left that scored a pair of runs. A sacrifice fly from Korey Thompson scored Mark Vaughn to put Southern Arkansas in a 4-0 hole.
The Wonder Boys got an impressive performance on the mound from Cox who threw eight-plus innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs while striking out seven. He carried a shutout into the ninth inning before SAU touched him up for a pair of runs.
Michael Post drove in a fifth ATU run in the top of the fourth inning when he found a gap in left-center for an RBI triple. Tech found consistent success against GAC Pitcher of the Year Hunter Vasquez, as the Wonder Boys tagged the right-hander for nine hits and four earned runs over his 5.2 innings of work.
Wescott went 3-for-5 at the plate as he took Vasquez deep in the fifth inning for a two-run home run to extend the Wonder Boys lead to 7-0.
The third baseman added to his productive day when he ripped his second double of the day off the brick wall in left in a seventh inning that produced Tech’s final two runs of the contest.
After SAU’s Cortland McPherson hit a two-run home in the top of the ninth, Tech head coach Dave Dawson made the move to the bullpen for Isaac Hale. He worked through a two-out rally and secured a trip to the winner’s bracket.
With the win, Arkansas Tech will face the winner of Oklahoma Baptist-Henderson State on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. while Southern Arkansas will play Arkansas-Monticello in the tournament’s first elimination game Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Shady Point School's Karli and Kara Albert competed in the ORES State Track Championship Saturday April 28th at McAlester High School.
Karli took the state championship in the shot put with a winning throw of 34 feet.
She also took state runner-up in the discus with a throw of 81 feet.
Kara won the state championship in the 1600m run with a time of 5:47.
She also took 3rd place in the high jump with a height of 4'4".
Karli is in 7th grade and Kara is in 6th grade.
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced its softball All-Conference teams and superlative awards. Southern Arkansas’ Brooke Goad and Victoria Taylor won the Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year awards while their coach, Jason Anderson, claimed the Coach of the Year accolade.
Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Kelsey Meeks and Elexis Watson received the Newcomer of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors.
The record-setting Goad established NCAA Division II all-time standards for home runs and walks and enters the postseason needing one home run to tie the DII single-season mark, 28. In addition to home runs and walks, she leads the GAC and ranks in the top five in the country in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, runs scored and total bases.
Taylor finished the regular season with an unblemished record inside the circle, 25-0. No pitcher across all three NCAA Divisions owns more wins without a defeat than Taylor. She leads the GAC with a 1.16 earned run average, a .199 batting average against and six shutouts. She ranks second with 188 strikeouts and ranks sixth in the country in strikeout-walk ratio.
With Taylor, Goad and Anderson claiming the GAC Pitcher, Player and Coach of the Year awards, the Lady Muleriders join the 2014 Southeastern Oklahoma State Savage Storm and the 2015 Henderson State Reddies as the only GAC programs to win the regular-season title and claim those three individual honors in one year.
Meeks and Watson became the first set of teammates to score the Newcomer and Freshman of the Year awards in the same season. Meeks leads the conference in ranks second in the country with 27 wins, one off the national lead. She also paces the GAC with 23 complete games and with 231.2 innings pitched. Watson ranks second to Goad in slugging percentage, home runs, total bases and walks. She leads the GAC with 19 doubles. She ranks first among all DII freshman in total bases and places amongst the top 10 in seven major offensive categories.
Led by Goad and Taylor, SAU led the conference with five First-Team All-GAC selections. Designated Player Jill Roye garnered First-Team honors for the second-straight year while the left side of the Lady Mulerider infield, shortstop Monica Islava and third baseman Faith Otts also made the team. Islava finished the season tied with Watson for second in GAC with 14 home runs and Otts trailed only Goad with 54 RBI.
Paced by Meeks and Watson, Savage Storm saw three standouts earn First-Team recognition. Second baseman Symphoni Shomo made the team for the second-straight year as she leads the GAC, and ranks eighth in the nation with 40 stolen bases.
Arkansas Tech joined SAU and Southeastern as the only schools with multiple First-Team selections. Megan Goodnight made GAC history as she captured First-Team honors at multiple positions – as a pitcher and as a utility player.
In the circle she tallied 14 wins against only four defeats and sported a 1.62 ERA. Used as both a starter and reliever, her nine saves lead Division II. At the plate, she has hit .342 while ranking third in hits and second in doubles. Golden Sun outfielder Ashton Sangster ranks third in the league in runs score and has stolen 27 bases without being caught once.
Southern Nazarene’s Katelyn Brown rounded out the First-Team pitching staff. She joins just eight other Division II pitchers with at least 200 strikeouts and she ranks third in the league with 19 complete games. Harding’s Peyton Mills earned First-Team honors for the second-straight year. She owns the distinction as the only player in the league with at least 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases.
Two additional freshmen joined Watson on the First Team. Oklahoma Baptist catcher Dani Manning matched Watson with 14 home runs and she finished the regular season with the GAC’s third-best slugging percentage, .728. Henderson State outfielder
Madie Green ranked in the top 11 in eight major offensive categories.
The All-GAC Second Team consisted of two Arkansas Tech teammates – middle infielders Bailey Bunch and Sarah Coronado; the Henderson State senior tandem of pitcher Sydney Bonner and shortstop Bethany Allen; two Lady Muleriders - pitcher Brooke Ford-Nelson and catcher Rachel Miller; a pair from Ouachita - pitcher Marissa Butler and outfielder Kelly Powell and two Savage Storm juniors – designated player Sydnee Hinkle and Destiny Riddle, at the utility spot. The 15-member squad also included East Central third baseman Catherine Barrera, Harding second baseman Madi Trump, Northwestern Oklahoma State outfielder Madison McGraw, Oklahoma Baptist outfielder Cheyenne Demaree and Southern Nazarene first baseman Mahina Sauer.
Four from East Central - pitcher Jacey Henry, first baseman Alissa Taylor, shortstop Mariah Ewy and outfielder Claresha Clemons – headlined the All-GAC Honorable Mention squad. Arkansas Tech placed three – pitcher Kristen Dempsey, third baseman Paige Mendoza and utility player Janie Knowles – on the team. Henderson State and Ouachita each put two on the team in the Reddies’ Mallory Brewer and Lindsey Williams and the Tigers’ Sarah Johnson and Paige Purifoy. Harding’s Briley Feringa, Northwestern Oklahoma State’s Madison Garza, Oklahoma Baptist’s Katie Reyes, Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Keeshia Thompson, Southern Arkansas’ Marina Duran and Southern Nazarene’s Sydni Toilolo rounded out the team
The league also recognized its Elite and Scholar Athletes. A quartet of student-athletes – East Central’s Breecia Crawford, Ouachita’s Halley Ryburn, Arkansas Tech’s Bunch and Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Riddle- earned the Elite Scholar Awards, as all four own 4.00 GPAs. A total of 15 student-athletes – Harding’s Amanda Berry, Katie Carney, Mills and Trump; Henderson State’s Nadia Ballarin, Cayleigh Guthrie, Alexis Morton and Allen; Arkansas Tech’s Sydney Henson and Knowles, Southeastern’s Ouachita’s Butler, Southeastern’s Mykaela Wallace and Meeks, Ouachita’s Butler, SAU’s Taylor Stricklin and Southern Nazarene’s Kriston Shumaker– received the Distinguished Scholar honor.
SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist was selected to the 2018 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Regional Championships and will compete in the Central Region super regional, the NCAA announced Monday.
The Lady Bison qualified for the postseason event in their first year of eligibility since completing the transition to NCAA Division II.
“We’re really excited about this opportunity to compete at the super regional. The ladies have put a lot of hard work into it and they’re very deserving with the amount of work they have each put forward this season,” said Head Coach Mike Manlapig. “I’m excited to see what we are able to do at the super regional. I know they will play hard and give their best effort, like they have all season.”
The Central Regional is hosted by Lindenwood at Missouri Bluffs Golf Club in Saint Charles, Missouri. Play will last from May 7-9, with one round played each day at the 54-hole event.
Each of the four super regionals around the country will consist of both team and individual competition conducted with 12 teams and six individuals from non-qualifying teams at each site.
The top three teams along with the top three individuals not with a team from each super regional will advance to the championships.
SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist announced the resignation of head softball coach Pam Fink Monday.
Fink is the winningest coach for all women’s athletics programs at OBU with 645 career wins in 25 years at the helm of Lady Bison softball. She guided the 2017 team to the NCCAA National Championship, the first in program history.
“It was an honor to serve the university the past 25 years. I want to thank all the young ladies who touched my life by being part of the softball program,” said Fink.
“I would like to thank Coach Fink for her commitment to OBU and the softball program. Over the past 25 years she has been the face of the program and has led admirably,” said Robert Davenport, OBU director of athletics. “Her commitment to her players was unparalleled as she really cared about them as athletes and people. She will be missed and we wish her the best in her endeavors.”
OBU finished with a 16-31 record in 2018 in the first season as full members of NCAA Division II. Fink will exit OBU with a career record of 645-644.
Fink was inducted into the OBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000 and holds the OBU record for season batting average as a player. She is the all-time leader in assists and her career .342 batting average is third all-time, behind two players whom she coached.
She also began the softball program and was the head coach at Sumter County High School in Georgia.
WILBURTON, OK (April 30, 2018) – Eastern Oklahoma State College will host the 46th annual Kiamichi All-Star Classic sports competition May 25 and May 26 in Wilburton. High school athletes, who were selected by area coaches, will compete for either the North or South teams in softball, baseball and basketball.
The Kiamichi All-Star Classic will begin Friday, May 25 with girls’ basketball at 5 p.m. followed by boys’ basketball at 7 p.m. in the C.C. Dunlap Field House. The softball game is set for Saturday, May 26 at noon, followed by baseball at 2 p.m.
The girls’ basketball teams will be coached by Robert Brunk of Sallisaw for the North, and Mark Woolard of Hartshorne for the South. The North boys’ basketball team will be coached by Dean Armstrong of Gans, and the South boys’ basketball team will be coached by Joel Dickerson of Wright City.
The North softball team will be coached by Keely Hallman of Porum, while the South softball team will be coached by Sarah Morgan of Smithville. The North baseball team will be led by Chris Gollihare of Panama, while the South will be led by Kyle Butler of Wright City.
Athletes selected to play in the 2018 Kiamichi All-Star Classic include:
North Girls Basketball
Kim Swindle – Bokoshe
Dacey Cloud – Cameron
Kim Motley – Crowder
Kennedi Cooper – Howe
Justyn Lynn – Howe
Abby Myers – Kinta
Kamryn Johnson – Muldrow
Summer Perkins – Pocola
Alexis Culbreth – Porum
Kaylee Bemo – Sallisaw
Shawntey Hays – Stigler
Lauren Wardlow – Warner
South Girls Basketball
Aspen Williston – Broken Bow
Faith Russell – Haileyville
Alexis Lyons – Hartshorne
Alex Miller – Hartshorne
Tatum Jones – Hugo
Shyia Smith – Idabel
DeAnn Taylor – Rattan
Darcie McCullar – Red Oak
Blaire Wilson – Savanna
Melinda Ludlow – Talihina
Ryan Cochran – Tushka
Kenzie Ezekiel – Wilburton
North Boys Basketball
Kobe Ragsdale – Arkoma
David Holmes – Gans
Michael Dean – Howe
George Luna – Kinta
Jett Wood – McAlester
Tyren Collins – Muldrow
Dean Austin – Oktaha
Cameron Daniel – Roland
Cedric Cobb – Spiro
Kaleb Glass – Vian
Javier Ramos – Vian
Austin Maxwell – Webbers Falls
South Boys Basketball
Kyler Gee – Antlers
Andres Lujano – Hartshorne
G’Quavious Lennox – Hugo
Nick McKnight – Moyers
Keegan Bohanon – Rattan
Toche Taylor - Rattan
Jacob Armstrong – Red Oak
Grayson Nix – Red Oak
Austin Thomas – Silo
Kariim Byrd – Talihina
Levi Knight – Wilburton
Robert Briley – Wright City
Talia Cox – Bokoshe
Abby Davidson – Howe
Justyn Lynn – Howe
Audrey DeShazo – Keota
Kynleigh Hill – Keota
Summer Perkins – Pocola
Emily Eakle – Porum
Hannah Owens – Porum
Ashlyn Morris – Poteau
Kaylee Bemo – Sallisaw
Sierra Perdue – Spiro
Shauntey Hays – Stigler
Riley Calhoun – Stigler
Lauryn Chavarria – Stuart
Skylar Stopp – Stuart
Trinitee Haney – Broken Bow
Logan Mullens – Calera
Vanessa Yother – Coalgate
Lynzee Smith – Fort Towson
Sydney Crase – Heavener
Abbi Moody – Heavener
Emily Yandale – Heavener
Shelby Linscott – Kiowa
Alex Eddinger – Rattan
Darcie McCullar – Red Oak
Mollie McGee – Red Oak
Kenzie Eppler – Silo
Staci Lee – Smithville
Jadyn Miller – Smithville
Bayleigh Parker – Soper
Hunter Hiler – Eufaula
Brant Denton – Howe
Trey Nation – Howe
Diego Sanchez – Howe
Cameron Green – McAlester
Matt Erwin – Oktaha
Jake Robbins – Oktaha
Kale Barcheers – Panama
Jacob Mantooth – Panama
Dawson Restine – Panama
Hunter Taylor – Pocola
Bradley Chronister – Spiro
Hunter Whitaker – Stuart
Kaleb Glass – Vian
Javier Ramos – Vian
Brayden Langley – Calera
James Vazquez – Calera
Brady Nichols – Durant
Connor Roberts – Durant
Blake Lindley – Hartshorne
Cash Balentine – Red Oak
Brett Deatherage – Red Oak
Christian McGowan – Rock Creek
Trevor Dailey – Silo
Parker Holland – Silo
Dainjer Robinson – Silo
Koty Frank – Tushka
Bryar Ward – Wister
Robert Briley – Wright City
Dalyn Burrell – Wright City
AUSTIN, Texas — From walk-on to Heisman Trophy winner to No. 1 overall pick. Baker Mayfield's fairy-tale football story continued Thursday night when the Cleveland Browns made him the top selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Mayfield, who joins defensive lineman Lee Roy Selmon (1976), running back Billy Sims (1980) and quarterback Sam Bradford (2010) as Oklahoma players to go No. 1 overall, watched the draft with family, friends and his former OU head coaches at his parents' house in his hometown of Austin.
Mayfield became the 84th Sooner to be drafted since 2000, and is head coach Lincoln Riley's first NFL selection. Oklahoma is the lone program to produce two quarterbacks this millennium who were picked No. 1 overall, and the only program since the 1940s to produce two No. 1 QB picks in a 10-year period. It is also one of just six schools to have at least four former players go No. 1 overall.
Mayfield's list of accomplishments and accolades is novelesque. The 2017 unanimous first-team All-American and the program's sixth Heisman Trophy winner was also a two-time Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and a two-time first-team All-American, and is the Big 12 career record-holder for yards per pass attempt (9.7), touchdowns responsible for (153) and consecutive games with at least one TD pass (40). He set the OU career record for completion percentage (.698), passing efficiency rating (189.4), TDs responsible for (138) and pass attempt streak with no interceptions (200), and ranks second in FBS history in passing efficiency rating (175.4), third in yards per attempt, fourth in TD passes (131) and fifth in total offense (15,690 yards).
The 6-1, 215-pounder also led OU to 34-6 overall and 25-2 Big 12 records the last three years, while guiding the Sooners to three Big 12 titles as well as the Orange Bowl (CFP), Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl (CFP). All that after joining the program as a walk-on following his unannounced transfer from Texas Tech, where he was also a walk-on.
"It's an emotional night," said Riley, who was also Mayfield's position coach. "Baker's been through a lot and this is a great night for him and for his family. You look at where he started and how he was overlooked a lot his life but continued to believe in himself, continued to fight. Having a front-row seat to his journey the last three years, it's really unbelievable. He's believed in himself the whole way, and that shows you how important that is."
Asked about Mayfield's prospects with the Browns, Riley issued heavy optimism."I think he'll do well," he said. "They showed they really wanted him. They believed in him and they invested in him. They could have had anyone in America. I think if the Browns are as invested in him as we were at Oklahoma, he's going to return the favor by working his tail off. I think it's going to be a great fit. He's got the confidence and self-belief to go in there and do very well."
Bob Stoops, Mayfield's first OU head coach, couldn't hide his happiness for Mayfield, and couldn't help still marvel at the quarterback's achievements.
"Incredibly exciting," said Stoops. "This is what should have happened for him. He's the best player out there. What he did for us — just go back. The last three years have been magical. What he did in my last two years with the two Big 12 championships, the leadership, the toughness and everythinig else, I don't know that I've ever had anyone like him. He earned everything he got, and to finish his career the last two years by setting the NCAA pass efficiency record both seasons is just incredible. What an exceptional player and story. So happy for him."
In 2017, Mayfield earned unanimous first-team All-America honors and in addition to the Heisman Trophy won the Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Award, Manning Award, Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, and was named AP Player of the Year and Sporting News Player of the Year.
He set the single-season OU record with four Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week awards, and led the FBS in completion percentage (.705), points responsible for (296) and yards per pass attempt (11.5). Mayfield broke his own FBS single-season record for passing efficiency rating (198.9), and set another school single-season record with his 4,938 yards of total offense. He finished second in OU single-season annals in completion percentage and touchdown passes (43) while ranking third in passing yards (4,627).
His most prolific performance of the year came in a 62-52 win at Oklahoma State when he set program records with 598 passing yards (387 in first half also set an OU standard) and 589 yards of total offense while throwing for five touchdowns on 24-of-36 passing and rushing for another score.
Added Stoops, "Selfishly, me being a guy from Youngstown, Ohio, and an hour from Cleveland, I can't wait for him to bring the Browns back and be the guy they've needed."