UCO soccer ousted in nat’l tourney
MANKATO, Minn. — Central Oklahoma saw another banner soccer season come to an end here Sunday with a tough 1-0 loss to No. 17-ranked Minnesota State in the second round of the NCAA Division II Central Regional.
The Mavericks broke a tense scoreless tie with just over eight minutes left to play and held on the rest of the way to advance to next week’s regional finals against Central Missouri at a site to be determined.
The Bronchos, making their ninth national tournament appearance since 2000, finished the campaign 16-3-3.
“It’s a tough way to end the season, but you’re always going to be disappointed if you don’t win your final game,” said veteran head coach Mike Cook. “We had a great year and I’m really proud of what this team was able to accomplish.”
MSU outshot the Bronchos 18-6 — just the fourth time that happened all season — with goalkeeper Meagan Burke making a career-high eight saves to keep the Mavericks at bay.
UCO had four shots on goal in the second half, but couldn’t get a ball in the net and MSU finally took the lead at the 81:28 mark when Brianne West knocked in a goal to the right side just past a diving Burke.
It was the final game for eight seniors — Burke, Alyssa Anderson, Stephanie Fleig, Summer Grantham, Shayna Kindsvater, Malynda Lesneski, Angie Rundle and Brittni Walker.
UCO women’s basketball routs Cameron
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Alyssa Fuxa scored a career high-tying 28 points and Central Oklahoma bounced back from a season-opening loss with an 88-66 romp over Cameron on the second day of the St. Mary’s Classic here Sunday afternoon.
The Bronchos shot just 29.1 percent in Saturday’s 66-44 loss to Minnesota-Duluth, but hit at a 51.5-percent clip against the Aggies in evening their record at 1-1.
Fuxa led the way, hitting 12-of-19 shots with one 3-pointer and 3-of-4 free throws in her 28-point outing. The senior forward, who missed all last season with injury, added seven rebounds and also tied a career high with five assists.
Eleven players scored for UCO, with three others in double figures.
Freshman Haley Bryan hit 5-of-7 shots in scoring 12 points, older sister Jill made three treys in adding 11 points along with a career-high seven assists and three steals and freshman McKenzie Solberg had 10 points and seven rebounds.
“We were a lot more aggressive on the offensive end and it paid off for us,” UCO coach Guy Hardaker said. “I was really disappointed with how we played Saturday, but we came back and did a good job today.”
The Bronchos trailed only once, at 3-2, with Fuxa’s layup at the 18:56 mark putting UCO on top to stay.
Whitney Dunn’s layup at 13:55 pushed the lead to 17-6, but the Aggies whittled their deficit back to three at 17-14 with 11:32 left in the half.
Fuxa answered with a layup and then assisted on a Britney Morgan 3-pointer that made it 22-14 and UCO pushed its lead to 21 (51-32) by intermission.
Cameron tried to rally in the second half and got as close as 12 (67-55) with 7:01 left to play, but two straight buckets by Fuxa kept the Bronchos in control and they went on to their 11th straight win over the Aggies.
UCO goes back on the road next weekend, traveling to Denton, Texas for the Marriott Champions Circle Pioneer Premiere.
Central Oklahoma didn’t do much right in its 2012-13 season opener here Saturday afternoon in falling to Minnesota-Duluth 64-44 on the first day of the classic.
The Bronchos shot just 29.1 percent from the field, while also turning the ball over 25 times and getting outrebounded 51-29. UCO hit just 16-of-55 shots, including only 2-of-16 (12.5 percent) from 3-point range.
Alyssa Fuxa was the only player to score more than six points for the Bronchos, hitting 7-of-13 shots with a 3-pointer in a game-high 17 point outing in addition to blocking four shots.
UCO volleyball wins
Morgan Roy and Faith Harmon made sure the final home match of their Central Oklahoma careers ended on a good note in leading the Bronchos to a sweep of East Central Saturday night at Hamilton Field House.
Roy had a match-high 14 kills along with 11 digs and two service aces while Harmon had 33 assists, three aces and two assisted blocks as UCO rolled over the Tigers 25-20, 25-9, 25-17 in the regular season finale.
The Bronchos ended a four-match losing streak with the non-conference victory and finished the regular season 13-17. UCO earned the eighth and final berth in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Postseason Tournament and will go to either Nebraska-Kearney or Washburn for Tuesday’s first round.
“It was good to see our two seniors go out with a good win and both played well for us tonight,” first-year head coach Edgar Miraku said. “I thought we came out really ready to play and we were pretty consistent the entire match.”
The Bronchos also got a dominating outing at the net from Juliette Smith, who blocked nine shots (two solo, seven assisted) in addition to hitting .556 with five kills and no errors in nine attacks.
Talia Stanley chipped in nine kills and Tyler Gromann had four kills with four assisted blocks.
The first set went back-and-forth throughout, with 12 ties and eight lead changes.
UCO trailed 19-17 before reeling off seven unanswered points behind two Stanley kills and aces by Roy and Carissa Ophus to take a 23-19 lead. ECU scored to make it 24-20, but Stanley got another spike at the net to end it.
The Bronchos jumped out to an 11-4 lead in winning the second set and got three blocks from Smith in taking a quick 7-0 lead in the third en route to closing out the match.
UCO soccer ousted in nat’l tourney
Wolfpack swarms Millers in third quarter
After a 36-36 deadlock at intermission with Yukon Tuesday night, the Edmond Santa Fe boys jelled as a defense in the third period to pull away from the Millers 78-66 at Edmond Santa Fe High School.
“We didn’t come out and do a very good job defensively the whole night,” said Wolves coach Lenny Hatchett after the opening-night victory. “It was mainly because Yukon did a great job of playing smart and patient. We did come out in the second half and play more as a team, but we have to do a better job of putting four quarters together — we just played better team defense in the third quarter.”
In the third, the Wolfpack took the stanza handily by a 20-7 margin.
Wolf Curran Scott exploded for 29 points, hitting a perfect 15-of-15 from the charity stripe. He was ensued by teammate Daron Mims’ 16 points.
Santa Fe will host 15th Street foe Edmond Memorial Friday night weather permitting.
YMCA spring sports registration nears
Registration for YMCA spring sports will run from Dec. 17 through Jan. 24 for volleyball (ages 8-15), track (5-14) and soccer (3-14) at the Rankin and the new Mitch Park YMCA located at 1501 W. Covell Road.
For the Rankin YMCA, call 348-9622 or visit www.ymcaokc.org.
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UCO men rout OCU
Seth Heckart scored eight points during a 22-6 run early in the second half that put Central Oklahoma back in control and the Bronchos went on to roll over Oklahoma City 85-63 Saturday afternoon at Hamilton Field House on the second day of the UCO Classic.
The Stars had trimmed a 14-point first-half deficit to four early in the second half before Heckart scored five straight points to ignite the big scoring spurt that ended with UCO holding a 20-point cushion and the Bronchos coasted in from there.
It was the fourth straight win for Central, which improved to 6-1 in finishing off a two-game sweep in the weekend event.
UCO's Dauphin named MIAA Wrestler of Week
Central Oklahoma’s Cory Dauphin has been named the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Wrestler of the Week, the league office announced.
The senior from El Reno captured the 157-pound title and was named Outstanding Wrestler at the Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open Nov. 23 as he remained undefeated on the season.
Dauphin breezed to three wins in the one-day tournament, following an opening-round bye with 7-2 and 6-1 victories before scoring a first-period fall in the finals. The defending national champion improved to 8-0 in running his winning streak to 26 in a row.
Saints fall in OT
There will be a new champion in Class 2A football in Oklahoma this year.
The Oklahoma Christian School Saints, the defending champs in Class 2A, suffered a heartbreaking 32-25 overtime loss to Hartshorne Friday night at Oklahoma Christian School in the 2A quarterfinals.
Hartshorne will meet No. 1-ranked Millwood in one semifinal and No. 2-ranked Davis will face Vian in the other to determine OCS’ successor in possessing the gold ball.
Heartbreak came for the Saints after Hartshorne had scored in the first overtime session on a 10-yard pass from Dylan Pingleton to freshman Trey Medicine Bear and then the 230-pound Medicine Bear kicked the point-after-touchdown to put the Miners on top, 32-25.
SLIDESHOW: Saints fall to Hartshorne in OT
The Oklahoma Christian School Saints fell 32-25 in overtime to the Hartshorne Miners at home Friday night in the third round of the Class 2A playoffs.
Bronchos sign 8 in baseball
Central Oklahoma baseball coach Dax Leone and his staff made a major recruiting haul during the fall signing period that ended recently, with the Bronchos inking eight players for 2015.
UCO concentrated on adding to its pitching staff with the early class, signing five junior college pitchers and one high school hurler in addition to a junior college catcher and juco infielder.
UCO wrestling rolls
Colton Gallo scored a first-period fall in his return to the mat after a lengthy layoff to cap a four-match pinning spree and Central Oklahoma opened the dual season with a 46-4 shellacking of Missouri Baptist Tuesday night at Hamilton Field House.
It was the 11th straight win overall and the 16th in a row at home for the No. 3-ranked Bronchos, who earned bonus points in eight of their nine wins. The NAIA No. 17-rated Spartans picked up a major decision in the final match of the night at heavyweight for their lone victory.
UCO got consecutive falls from Jordan Basks at 149 pounds, Cory Dauphin at 157, Chris Watson at 165 and Gallo at 174, while 141-pounder Kaleb Cradduck had a technical fall. The Bronchos added major decisions by 133-pounder Casy Rowell and 197-pounder Garrett Henshaw, with (184) Kyle Buckley winning a 4-2 march and (125) Ryan Brooks picking up a forfeit.
“We got bonus points in eight of the nine matches we won and when you dominate like that it’s a positive thing,” head coach David James said. “Those four falls were pretty exciting and I like to see that. It was a good night for us.”
Stars claim first NAIA cross country title
Oklahoma City University placed four runners in the top 30 in its first appearance in the NAIA Championships and claimed the program’s first NAIA cross country title Nov. 23 at Rim Rock Farm.
The Stars, ranked No. 5 in NAIA men’s cross country, completed the eight-kilometer race with 77 team points and finished 47 points ahead of top-ranked Southern Oregon and 80 points ahead of 2012 champion St. Francis (Ill.). Sophomores Arya Bahreini and Peter Koskey along with freshmen Chris Lowery and Mackenzie Wahpepah-Harris finished in the top 30 individually and earned all-American status.
“The men won in very dominating fashion I thought,” OCU coach Conor Holt said. “We had four guys finish in the top 30 and make All-American and we just had a really good performance. They really listened to the race plan and it just goes to show that everyone has really bought into what we are trying to do here.”
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