What does a season like this mean for Central Oklahoma senior Sam Belt?
His ear-to-ear smile will tell you all you need to know.
ï¿?This is surreal, this could not be any sweeter,ï¿? Belt said. ï¿?Being here for four years and getting to the Elite Eight is the best thing that I could accomplish, I have won a bunch of individual awards, but getting our team to contend for a national championship is a great accomplishment.ï¿?
Belt has seen his share of talented squads during his four-year tenure at UCO. The Bronchos posted an impressive 59-29 mark during his first three years on campus, but Belt believes this bunch has something different.
ï¿?This team just has a complete mental toughness about them, itï¿?s all about the team and not about the credit,ï¿? Belt said. ï¿?This team doesnï¿?t know how to quit.ï¿?
UCO demonstrated that resolve last week at the NCAA Division II South Central Regional in Stephenville, Texas. The Bronchos, who had half the team and the entire coaching staff fall ill after eating at a local restaurant on March 20, held off Fort Hays State 65-64 in the first round the tournament just two days later.
The next day, the Bronchos overcame a 14-point deficit to beat Northwest Missouri 73-59 in the semifinals. But the UCO men saved the best for last. They outscored No. 15 Tarleton State 17-5 over the final four minutes to pull off the improbable 77-76 victory to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1992, and only the second time in school history.
ï¿?Weï¿?ve had some different teams in the past that in different ways have more talent and were more athletic, but the chemistry is incredible and they refuse to lose,ï¿? Coach Terry Evans said.
Belt has stepped up his game this year, scoring career bests in points (19.0 per game) and rebounds (7.7), but the team is not a one trick pony. The Bronchos have had plenty of help from the two other seniors Brian Walker and John Neal, and reliable scoring from Eric Cazanave, Lance Harper and Michael Sosanya, who each average 10 points a game.
Elite Eight bound-Bronchos not ready for season to end
What does a season like this mean for Central Oklahoma senior Sam Belt?
SLIDESHOW: OCS Saints travel to Casady
The Oklahoma Christian School Saints built a 5-run lead in the first two innings at Casady Monday afternoon, and held a 5-3 advantage until the wheels fell off in the sixth inning and the Saints gave up six runs en route to a 9-5 loss.
Edmond’s Kropp holds off Cabrera to win in Cordoba
William Kropp, a 24-year-old rookie from Edmond, managed to hold off local favorite Ángel Cabrera to win the 83rd Abierto OSDE del Centro presented by FiberCorp Sunday.
His victory at the Cordoba Golf Club, in Cabrera’s hometown of Villa Allende, was his first in just five career starts on the NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
“My plan for the first half of the Tour season was to get adjusted to traveling across the region and playing new courses,” said Kropp, who had finished in a tie for third only three weeks ago in Guatemala. “It’s really a great bonus to win a tournament as important as this one early in the year.”
Kropp finished at 8-under par 276, one shot ahead of the 2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters champion. Cabrera was trying to win the tournament for the ninth time in his career and he was also seeking to become the first three-time champion on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
Edmond residents partake in Boston Marathon
More than 35,000 runners participated in today’s Boston Marathon. Several were from Edmond. Their finishing times and overall place according to results posted by the Boston Athletic Association at baa.org were:
Boyett, Ken: 3:24:21; 7,591
Cherry, Steven: 3:10:27; 4,240
Domina, Christie: 3:50:43; 15,473
Gregg, Gary: 3:20:58; 6,694
Hendrickson, Gina: 3:10:03; 4,152
Judd, Kevin: 3:19:40; 6,374
Pillow, Jonathan: 2:47:53; 775
Rupel, Patrick: 2:59:08; 2,180
Tucker, Noel: 4:13:58; 20,277
Williams, Michael: 3:41:38; 12,905
Edmond North perfect in district soccer standings
The Edmond North Lady Huskies are an untarnished 4-0 in district after smothering Putnam North Thursday 5-nothing with their defense once again.
It was Gia Nellius who broke out with four goals. Nellius was the beneficiary of a pair of assists from Abbey Bright and another from Shanna Rolfs. Nellius booted home one shot unassisted.
Rounding out the Edmond North scoring was a Haley Felix goal.
The Lady Huskies venture to Choctaw Tuesday for a 6 p.m. matchup with the Lady Yellowjackets.
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Kaiser joins Thunder ownership group
Tulsa businessman George B. Kaiser has been approved by the NBA Board of Governors as a new partner in The Professional Basketball Club LLC, which owns the Oklahoma City Thunder. Thunder Chairman and CEO Clayton I. Bennett made the announcement Friday. Kaiser is purchasing the ownership interest of Tom L. Ward.
“We are honored to welcome George Kaiser as a member of the ownership group of the Oklahoma City Thunder,” Bennett said. “George is a well-respected and important Oklahoma business leader, as well as one of the state and nation’s top philanthropists. His commitment to successful business and community leadership is in true alignment with that of the Thunder.
“I also appreciate the commitment and leadership provided by Tom Ward as a member of our ownership group from the beginning,” Bennett added.
UCO’s Schrock earns NFCA Pitcher of Week honor
Central Oklahoma’s Kalynn Schrock has been selected the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Pitcher of the Week, it was announced Wednesday.
The senior left-hander from Choctaw had a dominating performance in the circle last week, going 3-0 with a save and an 0.48 earned run average. She gave up just 10 hits in 29 innings while striking out 32 as opponents hit just .106.
OCU takes confidence into SAC men’s golf championships
Oklahoma City University enters the Sooner Athletic Conference men’s golf championships Monday and Tuesday at Tascosa Golf Club’s LaPaloma Course coming off an historic performance.
In the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational, the Stars shot a program-record 265 in the first round en route to setting OCU records for strokes under par in a 36-hole tournament at 29 on April 7-8 at John Conrad Golf Course in Midwest City.
OCU takes aim at its fifth SAC championship in a row. The Stars won the program’s 17th SAC title in 18 years at Dornick Hills Golf & Country Club. OCU owns 21 league championships, 19 in the SAC.
Wolves claim runner-up crowns
The Edmond Santa Fe boys track team flexed its muscles in the hurdles and distance races while the Lady Wolves used improved performances in the relays as both teams came away from the April 11 Putnam City Invitational with runner-up trophies.
Langston University names new head coach for men's basketball
Langston University has named Stan Holt as head coach for the men’s basketball team.
“We are excited and pleased to welcome Stan Holt — he is young and eager,” said Mike Garrett, Langston athletic director.
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