The Edmond Sun


February 20, 2013

UCO softball wins two; tennis wins again; Schrock honored

EDMOND — Unbeaten Central Oklahoma continued its early-season success with an 8-1 romp past Arkansas Tech Sunday afternoon at the wind-blown UCO Courts.

The Bronchos improved to 3-0 with the easy win and have outscored their three opponents by a combined 23-4.

"I’m happy with the way we played today, especially considering how tough the conditions were due to wind,” head coach Natalya Nikitina-Helvey said.  “It was a really close battle in doubles and could have gone either way,  but we prevailed and it helped us to play more confident in singles.

“It was the first time playing in the wind for my new players and I was glad to see how they handled it. We need to keep working on our doubles play and just take one match at a time."

UCO took control by taking all three doubles matches by identical 8-5 scores.

ATU’s lone victory came at No. 1 singles, with the Bronchos sweeping the other five bouts.  Rose Cabato pulled out a come-from-behind three-set triumph at No. 4, while Petra Pesic, Alina Gorina, Laura Klingert and Ilga Racika-Racko all had straight-set wins.



No. 1 – Bohdana Sardak, ATU, def. Antonella Rossini, 6-2, 6-3.

No. 2 – Petra Pesic, UCO, def. Aida Castany, 6-1, 6-3.

No. 3 – Alina Gorina, UCO, def. Camila Roca, 6-1, 6-2.

No. 4 - Rose Cabato, UCO, def. Maria Aleman, 5-7, 6-2, 10-8.

No. 5 – Laura Klingert, UCO, def. Allison Grahl, 7-5, 6-0.

No. 6 – Ilga Racika-Racko, UCO, def. Nina Greenway, 6-4, 6-2.


No. 1 – Rossini/Cabato, UCO, def. Sardak/Sanches, 8-5.

No. 2 – Pesic/Gorina, UCO, def. Aleman/Roca, 8-5.

No. 3 – Klingert/Racika-Racko, UCO, def. Greenway/Grahl, 8-5.



TUCSON, Ariz. -- Central Oklahoma pulled out a pair of one-run wins over ranked opponents to capture the Silver Bracket championship at the prestigious NFCA Leadoff Classic here Sunday.

The No. 16-ranked Bronchos trimmed 24th-rated Dixie State 2-1 in the morning and then came back to edge No. 8 Augustana 5-4 in the title game to avenge an extra-inning pool-play loss to the Vikings.

UCO finished 4-2 in the three-day tournament and is now 7-3 on the season.  The Bronchos make their home debut this weekend when they host the UCO Softball Classic.

“We had a good tournament and beat some outstanding teams,” head coach Genny Stidham said.  “We lost a couple of tough games, but pulled out a few really good wins and showed that we can play with anybody in the country.”

Kalynn Schrock earned the pitching win against Dixie State, scattering six hits while striking out eight and walking just one in a complete-game outing.

The Bronchos had eight hits in the contest, but trailed 1-0 entering the sixth before taking the lead with two unearned runs. Brooke Zukerman and Sam Cool had one-out hits before both eventually scored on errors to give UCO the lead.

Schrock gave up a two-out hit in the top of the seventh before getting the final out to clinch the win.

The Bronchos trailed Augustana 4-1 after two innings, but pulled within 4-3 on Nicole Workman’s two-run home run in the third before taking the lead with two more runs in the fifth.

Kacie Edwards was hit by pitch to lead off the fifth, Workman followed with a hit and Sam Cool’s bunt single loaded the bases before a fielder’s choice got Edwards at the plate for the first out.

A wild pitch scored Workman with the tying run, a walk to Hayley Hudson loaded the bases again and Ashley Noles was hit by pitch to bring in Cool with the go-ahead run.

Schrock took over in the pitching circle for the final three innings to earn the win.  She came on in the fourth inning with two runners on and got out of that jam before shutting down Augie in the final two innings.

Text Only
  • Wilson, Grissom take on more suitable roles for 2015 season

    Experience comes from encountering the same things in the same ways over and over again. Oklahoma’s Geneo Grissom and Julian Wilson have that at defensive end and nickleback in bunches.
    However, both will be seeing new things when practice begins. Grissom is moving to outside linebacker. Wilson will be getting a look at cornerback as his senior season begins.
    The moves were made to aid OU’s defense. They could benefit both in the future.

    July 28, 2014

  • spts-OSU Yurcich.jpg Yurcich ready for second season

    With the 2014 season on the brink, Mike Yurcich, Oklahoma State University football offensive coordinator, is ready for his second year at the helm after coaching a powerful offensive squad a year ago.
    Yurcich and most of the Cowboys’ coaching staff attended the annual media golf outing  Wednesday at Karsten Creek. He, along with the other assistant coaches, talked about the upcoming season.
    “Every offense is going to be a little bit different from year to year, depending on the personnel,” Yurcich said. “I think you learn a little bit more about the players, because you know them for a longer time. You know a little bit more about the coaches you work with because you’re around them a little bit longer. All of those things factor into one more year of experience.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • spts-EN Jaci Smith long backhand.jpg Wallar voted National Tennis Coach of the Year finalist

    The National High School Athletic Coaches Association honored  Dee Ann Waller, coach and teacher from Edmond North High School, as a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in tennis.   
    Eight finalists from across the nation were chosen to be honored during The National Coach of the Year awards banquet that took place during the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national convention June 14-18, at the Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wy.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • spts-Hershey Mary McKey.jpg McKey to compete in North American final

    Edmond’s Mary McKey, who attends John Carroll Catholic School in Oklahoma City, qualified for the Hershey’s Track & Field Games North American Final after winning the Hershey’s Oklahoma State Meet  June 28.
    McKey, 12, had the fastest time in the region that consists of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, New Mexico and Puerto Rico. Hershey only accepts eight runners from North America.
    McKey is a Catholic grade school champion and the first Catholic student to qualify for the North American final. She is also a Jim Thorpe Games 400-meter      champion.
    The North American final will run Aug. 2           in Hershey, Pa.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Former quarterback Bell has pedigree to dominate at tight end for Sooners

    The question came quickly to Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. Are there any plans to use Blake Bell at quarterback — in some capacity?
    “That’s funny, it keeps coming up,” Stoops said Tuesday at Big 12 Media Days. “Blake was recruited definitely as a quarterback. But when you look at him now after three years, he is the pro-type at tight end. He’s got great hands, great size. He can run. Natural spacing as far as where to be in his routes.”
    So, the answer is no.

    July 25, 2014

  • Smith ready to begin the next chapter with Ravens

    During his long drive to Maryland from his North Carolina home Sunday, veteran wide receiver Steve Smith had plenty of time to think about an offseason defined by a dramatic change in his life.
    After 13 years with the Carolina Panthers, Smith was cut in March following one of the least productive seasons of his career. The Ravens promptly signed him to a three-year, $11 million contract.
    Smith remained in a reflective mood as veterans officially reported to camp Wednesday. Smith, however, showed up Monday eager for his new start.

    July 25, 2014

  • Blackmon.jpg Local cops arrest NFL player on marijuana complaint

    The Edmond Police Department has released the incident report related to the arrest of ex-Oklahoma State star and current NFL player Justin Blackmon.
    Blackmon, 24, a product of Plainview High School in Ardmore, is a 6-1, 210-pound wide receiver in his second year with the Jacksonville Jaguars. At Oklahoma State University, he was a two-time Biletnikoff Award winner as the country’s best collegiate wide receiver.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Former OSU line coach having impact on Texas staff

    It was quite possibly the biggest coaching coup of the offseason and Oklahoma State was at the wrong end of it — former Cowboy offensive line coach Joe Wickline joining the staff for Charlie Strong’s Texas Longhorns.
    “It’s always good when you go hire staff and you look at just getting the right people within your program. And, a lot of times, guys know a lot of Xs and Os, but it’s all just about developing a player,” said Strong, Tuesday during the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days. “Joe and I, we’ve coached together at two different places. But just with him being within his conference and knowing the conference, he’s been a great asset.”

    July 22, 2014

  • spts-ESF Max McGreevy state champ.jpg Santa Fe alum McGreevy makes U.S. Amateur

    OU’s Max McGreevy, an Edmond Santa Fe graduate, and University of Tulsa’s Logan McCracken qualified for the 2014 U.S. Amateur, the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) prestigious annual event featuring the world’s finest amateur golfers. This year’s championship will be held at the venerable Atlanta Athletic Club (AAC) in Johns Creek, Aug. 9-17.

    Qualifying Players
    Max McGreevy, Edmond 67-65—132
    Logan McCracken, Oklahoma City 69-66—135

    1st Alt. Garrison Mendoza, Clinton 69-71—140
    2nd Alt. Thomas Johnson, Norman 71-69—140

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • spts-OC Rhein Gibson 17 tee.jpg Gibson closes British Open with a 78, 3 birdies in final 6 holes

    Even if he didn’t post the score he wanted, Rhein Gibson left Royal Liverpool Golf Club on Sunday knowing he at least finished strong.
    Gibson’s final-round 6-over-par 78 at the British Open looks a lot better when one considers he birdied three of his final six holes. The Oklahoma Christian alum finished his first major championship at 10-over-par 298 — in 72nd place overall — earning himself a paycheck of $20,840.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo