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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s Players of the Week for the eighth week of the men’s soccer season. Oklahoma Baptist swept the awards as Dominic Gibson earned the Offensive honor; Dave Brown claimed the Defender accolade and Bronson Wise received the nod as the top Goalkeeper.


GAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Dominic Gibson, Oklahoma Baptist, MF, So., Fort Collins, Colorado

Gibson recorded his first two goals of the season as he helped the Bison pick up a pair of road wins. In their GAC finale against Southern Nazarene, he netted his first goal of the season on a 45th-minute tally. The Bison won the game, 4-2, to complete a season sweep of the Crimson Storm. He scored the opening goal in their 6-3 win against Southwest Baptist.


GAC DEFENDER OF THE WEEK – Dave Brown, Oklahoma Baptist, D, Jr., Cardiff, Wales

Brown anchored a back line that allowed teams an average of 14 shots over three road games last week. The Bison picked up a pair of road victories after they entered the week with an 0-4 record away from home. He helped the Bison extend their win streak against Southern Nazarene to eight.


GAC GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK – Bronson Wise, Oklahoma Baptist, Jr., Shawnee, Oklahoma

Wise made his first two appearances in net for the Bison in a month as he played the full 90 minutes at Southern Nazarene and the full second half at Upper Iowa. Against the Crimson Storm, he made six saves in the 4-2 win that denied the Crimson Storm the top seed for the GAC Championships. He made a pair of saves in a scoreless second half against the Peacocks.

Friday, 19 October 2018 11:58

Lady Grizzlies place at ORES State Track Meet

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The Lady Grizzlies traveled to Tenkiller on October 16th to participate in the ORES State Cross Country track meet.


This was the team's only cross country meet of the year.


The team has representatives from 5th-8th grade.


They showed great sportsmanship & represented Fanshawe well in the 36 degree weather.


They finished a strong 3rd place overall out of 20 teams. We had several girls that also placed individually out of the 120 participants there. They are listed below.


It sure was a good day to be a GRIZZLY!


9th-Zoey Hudlow,
17th-Catherine Baldwin,
18th-Slatey Free,
19th-Josey Peterson,
24th-Jaylee Bransum,
26th-Mia McGowen,
28th-Mattie Vanhook,
34th-Alessia Osterhout,
35th-Jozlyn Johnson,
36th-Kinley Branscum

Wednesday, 03 October 2018 17:46


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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s weekly awards for the fifth week of the cross country season. Arkansas Tech’s Aubre Gilreath won the Women’s honor and Harding’s Bartek Kwiecinski earned the Men’s award.


GAC WOMEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK – Aubre Gilreath, Arkansas Tech, So., Rogers, Arkansas

Gilreath scored the second individual title of her career as she posted a winning time of 19:27.2 at the Arkansas Tech Invitational. She led the Golden Suns to a team championship with a perfect score of 15 points. She has finished as the Golden Suns’ top runner at five straight meets.


GAC MEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK – Bartek Kwiecinski, Harding, Jr., Wschowa, Poland

Kwiecinski turned in a career-best time as he led the Bisons at the Greater Louisville Classic. He turned in a time of 25:22.4 to finish 19th in a field of 412. His time represented a personal best, more than 40 seconds faster than his previous top mark. He has finished as the top Bison performer at both races this season.


Sharon Chepseba, Harding (Broke 19-minute mark for the first time of her career); Kayla Gourley, Northwestern Oklahoma State (Paced Rangers at Red River XC Shootout);

Garrison Blanton, Northwestern Oklahoma State (Placed fourth at Red River XC Shootout)

Wednesday, 03 October 2018 17:44


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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s Golfers of the Week for the fifth week of the fall season. Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Chloe Thackeray garnered the Women’s accolade while Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Zach James scored the Men’s honor.


GAC WOMEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK – Chloe Thackeray, Southwestern Oklahoma State, Sr., Billericay, England

Thackeray earned the first GAC Golfer of the Week award in her career after she took home medalist honors at the UCO Classic. She carded rounds of 68 and 74 to post a 36-hole hole of even par 142 en route to a three-stroke victory. The Lady Bulldogs placed third at the event.


GAC MEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK – Zach James, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Sr., Whitesboro, Texas

James picked up his third-straight tournament victory as he dominated the field at the Newman Fall Invitational. He finished seven strokes clear of his closest competitor, teammate Hayden Foster. For the second time this season, he posted three rounds in the 60s as he shot 10-under par for the week. He fired the low individual score for each of the three rounds.


Pia Nunbhakdi, Arkansas Tech (Led Golden Suns to the title at the UCO Classic); Mackenzy Turner, Southern Arkansas (Tied for eighth at the at the UCO Classic)

Tyler Berryhill, Northwestern Oklahoma State (Tied for low Ranger at the Battle for the Belt); Kevin Elder, Southern Arkansas (Tied for second at the Battle for the Belt); Andre Jacobs, Arkansas Tech (Recorded tournament-leading 15 birdies at the Battle for the Belt); Nick Shapiro, Henderson State (Led Reddies to the Battle for the Belt team title); Gustavo Tineo, Southwestern Oklahoma State (Placed seventh at the Battle for the Belt)

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 08:22


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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s Players of the Week for the fourth week of the women’s soccer season. Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Alimata Rabo scored the Offensive award while Oklahoma Baptist’s Jennifer Goethe and Emly Griffith earned the Defender and Goalkeeper honors.


GAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Alimata Rabo, Southwestern Oklahoma State, F, Jr., Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Rabo overtook the national lead in goals and points as she netted six goals and tallied 13 points in dominating wins against Northwestern Oklahoma State and East Central. She scored twice and added an assist against the Rangers. She amassed four first-half goals against the Tigers, the eighth hat trick of her career.

GAC DEFENDER OF THE WEEK – Jennifer Goethe, Oklahoma Baptist, D, Sr., Shawnee, Oklahoma

Goethe helped the Lady Bison open 2-0 in GAC play as they registered a pair of home victories. In Thursday’s 2-1 win against Harding, she anchored a defense that allowed 11 shots. On Saturday, she led an effort that gave up 11 shots to Ouachita, and only three in the second half that helped allowed the Lady Bison to score twice for the come-from-behind win.


GAC GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK – Emily Griffith, Oklahoma Baptist, So., Parker, Colorado

Griffith, the 2017 GAC Goalkeeper of the Year, picked up her first GAC weekly award of 2018 after she made a total of nine saves in GAC wins against Harding and Ouachita. She made four saves in Thursday’s 2-1 GAC opener against the Lady Bisons. On Saturday, she totaled five saves in a 2-1 win against the Tigers.


Emmily Infante, MF, Oklahoma Baptist (Scored or assisted on three of Lady Bison’s four goals); Bethany Sutherland, MF, Harding (Scored against both Oklahoma Baptist and Southern Nazarene)

Steffi Silvera, GK, Southwestern Oklahoma State (Allowed only one goal in 167:57 minutes of action; made six saves)

Sunday, 16 September 2018 18:56

OK Freedom win Tournament

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The OK Freedom basketball team won the Greg Swaim Big Time Challenge in Ripley, OK (Stillwater area) Saturday September 15th.


They went 3-0 on the day and beat the Wichita Express (KS) in the championship game.



OK Freedom team memvers are: Alexis Smith, Ryleigh Pierce, Brayli Beason, Sky Bluford; Abbi Covey, Ariana Loggins, Kara Albert and Sophie Pulice.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:04

CASC Cross Country Teams Receive Donation from Community

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On Friday, Sep. 7, 2018, representatives from The Community State Bank and Central National Bank, both of Poteau, Okla., presented Head Cross Country Coach, Aaron Emberton with donated shoes for the CASC Cross Country teams.

“Shoes are just like tires, over time, the tread wears,” said Emberton. “Our runners are putting a lot of miles on their shoes each week. One pair of shoes will not last throughout the season. I began asking friends in the running community for donations of old shoes, just to get us through until I could order a new pair for each runner. I ended up getting much more than I asked for.”


Josh Wiersig and Jackie Perez, both of Community State Bank, pulled funds together to supply each runner with a new pair of shoes, according to Emberton. Central National Bank also recognized the need and made contributions to help the student athletes.


“Ron Hall brought us a monetary donation to help with other costs associated with keeping our runners equipped with proper running attire,” Emberton said.


In addition to the donations from TCSB and CNB, local running groups have donated gently used running shoes to the CASC student athletes.


“We have a communtiy that is active in running,” Emberton said. “They understand the importance of having good shoes in which to train. Mary Law, CASC staff member, donated several pairs of shoes. Hali Repass was also able to secure even more pairs of shoes and running attire for our female runners.


“This is how a community works.” Emberton continued. “We were in need and our community stepped in to provide for that need. Community State Bank and Central National Bank are always willing to help Carl Albert State College. They have been great community partners for decades. I asked for a small donation and they said they would do one better. In addition to our business partners, members of local running groups also came up big for us. On behalf of the Cross Country program, I would like to say Thank you to our wonderful partners.”





Story courtesy of David Seeley The Poteau Daily News


The Carl Albert State College cross country team began their 2018 season Saturday, participating in the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Open in Weatherford.

The Vikings have five runners — two of them local, Poteau's Jacob McBride and Wister's Kaiden Jackson. Hartshorne's Andreas Lujano, Meeker's Justis Nelson and Muniru Bah from Gambia round out the roster.
The Lady Vikings have four runners — three of them former Heavener Lady Wolves, Vanessa Martinez, Iris Martinez and Yisel Martinez.

"There is excitement growing for this season," CASC coach Aaron Emberton said. "I believe the runners are ready to compete."

CASC women's best 4K time, 18:21.8 was posted by Iris Martinez of Heavener HS and CASC men's best 6K time, 23:14.6 was posted by Andres Lujano of Hartshorne HS.

Comparing where things begin with the inaugural season of the program last year to now, there's quite a difference.

"My goal was to have at least five athletes on both squads," Emberton said. "I ended with four women and five men. That was starting with two runners from last years squad. I believe the word is spreading to the high schools about our program. We are also attending more meets this year which should help our exposure. If everything goes well, we will have seven returners next year, to go along with new recruits."

Emberton said this year's runners have had an excellent preseason to get them ready for the expanded schedule of meets this season.

"All runners but one have had a healthy preseason," he said. "Most athletes came to school in shape. A few needed a week or two to get back to running form. We have escaped the injury bug so far. However, we do have one runner who needs additional medical clearance before competing. We expect that to be taken care of by next week."

Although the program is just two years old, Emberton said there are high expectations for this season.

"I have high expectations for all of the runners, individually," he said. "I expect each runner to improve every meet. When it comes to the teams success, I expect us to compete better than we did last year. Once we get our first meet under our belts and the freshmen see how tough the competition is, I suspect their drive to be better runners will increase."

Fans can come see the CASC runners, and other local high school runners, Sept. 15 at the college when the CASC Open and the Poteau High School Invitational are held jointly.

"I encourage the community to come out [Sept. 15] to Lafevers Trail." Emberton said. "We will host a meet in conjunction with Poteau High School for local high schools. Prior to the high school meet, an Open run is planned for the community to try out our cross country course and to see our team in action."


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CASC men's best 6K time was posted by Andres Lujano.


Tuesday, 04 September 2018 18:31


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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s Players of the Week for the opening week of the women’s soccer season. Ouachita’s Bryson Thomas and Erin Webster collected the Offensive and Goalkeeper honors while Southern Nazarene’s Kiara Rodriguez earned the Defender award.


GAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Bryson Thomas, Ouachita, F, Sr., Hurst, Texas

Thomas recorded a goal and an assist in the Tigers’ 4-0 season-opening victory against Missouri Western State. She assisted on the first goal of the game when she provided a through ball to Carmen Scott for a seventh-minute goal. She scored in the 12th minute on an attempt from 12 yards out.

GAC DEFENDER OF THE WEEK – Kiara Rodriguez, Southern Nazarene, D, Sr., Phoenix, Arizona

Rodriguez helped the Crimson Storm split their opening two contests. She played 156 of the 180 minutes. Southern Nazarene limited Oklahoma Christian to one goal in its 2-1 win.


GAC GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK – Erin Webster, Ouachita, Jr., Alvin, Texas

Webster opened her junior campaign by registering the 10th shutout of her career as she made six saves in Ouachita’s 4-0 victory against Missouri Western State. She also tallied six saves and allowed a pair of goals against Emporia State. She made 12 saves and posted a 100 goals-against average for the week.


Kelsi Bussert, Southern Nazarene (Scored vs Oklahoma Christian).

Ashlynn Pritchett, Southern Nazarene (15 saves, 2.00 GAA).

Sunday, 19 August 2018 19:20

OU Drops Bedlam Match in Stillwater

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Lindsey Morrison, Assistant Director, University of Oklahoma Athletics Communications


STILLWATER, Okla. – The Oklahoma soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to Oklahoma State Sunday night at Neal Patterson Stadium in Stillwater, Okla. This was the first of two Bedlam games to be played this season, with OSU coming to Norman on Sept. 30 for the second game of the series.

Redshirt junior Kaylee Dao scored the lone goal of the night for the Sooners in the 88th minute. Freshman Megan Reilly had a shot attempt blocked before Dao corralled the loose ball, firing from 12 yards out and putting the Sooners on the board.

“The endeavor and the fight to go to the final whistle is a characteristic that all OU programs are built on,” head coach Matt Potter said. “To win the second half 1-0, it shows that we can be competitive.”
OU gave up a pair of goals in the first half to trail OSU, 2-0, after the first 45 minutes of play. A foul inside the penalty box set up a penalty kick for Oklahoma State, giving them a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute.
In the 29th minute, OSU added to its lead on a shot from Elena Brynjarsdottir. Sophomore keeper McKinley Crone came off her line to try and corral the ball, but Brynjarsdottir was able to slot the pall just past Crone to extend the Cowgirls lead.

Lauren Haivala earned the first shot of the night for either side in the 15th minute, sending the attempt just wide of the goalpost.

In the 39th minute, the Sooners took the first corner of the game with Reilly sending a beautiful kick into the 18-yard box. Dao was able to get her head on the ball but couldn’t convert to put the Sooners on the board. The Sooners continued to pour on the shots, tallying six in the final six minutes of the half, but couldn’t find the back of the net.

“Our shot selection needed a little bit of work,” Potter said. “Oklahoma State obviously soaked up our pressure and invited us to come play and we’ve got to take that opportunity to score. Even though we created some chances, the shot selection maybe could be different on another day, but the signs are very encouraging.”

OU held the 3-0 corner kick advantage but couldn’t convert on any of the set piece opportunities. The Sooners also finished with an 11-10 shot advantage over OSU.

The Sooners will return to John Crain Field for a pair of games this weekend. OU will host Illinois State on Friday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m., before welcoming Gonzaga to Norman on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 3 p.m.