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
Broken Arrow finishes season unbeaten; crashes Santa Fe’s run
Undefeated Broken Arrow came into the Mabee Center with its guns loaded shooting for 26-1 Edmond Santa Fe Saturday afternoon in the Class 6A state championship at Oral Roberts University.
But Santa Fe had already rolled through the initial stages of the state tourney with lopsided victories over Putnam North (57-31) and Muskogee (61-33) respectively.
In the opening quarter against the Lady Tigers, the Wolfpack looked to be on par with the first two contests when guard Tamara Lee poked the ball away from a Broken Arrow guard and traveled to the other end of the court for a layup and a Santa Fe lead of 8-7.
The little things get Deer Creek gold ball
In a razor-tight contest in a state championship game, it’s the little things that matter.
Deer Creek and Tulsa East Central needed an extra period to decide this year’s Class 5A girls state champion and 5-10 Lady Antler post Abbey Renner had a lot to do with that.
With only 45 seconds remaining in overtime and the Lady Cardinals desperately fighting to get even with Deer Creek, Renner, very undersized against 6-3 Sharayla Brown, boxed out perfectly and got Brown to plunge through her with the Antlers in the double bonus. Renner made both free shots for a 30-25 advantage as Deer Creek went on to win its second consecutive state title by a 31-28 count Saturday afternoon inside the Mabee Center on the campus of Oral Roberts University.
Going back to defend
The Deer Creek Lady Antlers advanced to the Class 5A state championship game for the second year in a row after defeating the Shawnee Wolfpack, 33-29 at the Mabee Center at Oral Roberts University Friday night.
“It is so difficult to get here two times in a row with different players,” Deer Creek coach, Totsy Manning said after the game. “Very rarely does your team have the same starting players from the year before. This team had to regroup and find their niche. We had some struggles, but who wants to be peaking in December? It’s better to be peaking right now.”
Bronchos sweep Lincoln
Central Oklahoma tied a season long five-game winning streak as it swept Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association foe Lincoln in a doubleheader winning 9-1 and 12-2 on Friday afternoon at Wendell Simmons Field.
With the sweep, UCO improved to 14-4 and 10-4 in conference play, while Lincoln fell to 1-13 and 0-10 in the conference.
Ace Schrock picks up award
University of Central Oklahoma’s Kalynn Schrock has been named the MIAA/AstroTurf Pitcher of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday.
Schrock dominated in the circle last week as UCO opened defense of its MIAA championship, going 3-0 with an 0.50 earned run average in doubleheader sweeps of Lindenwood and Lincoln.
The senior left-hander gave up just eight hits, two walks and one run in 14.0 innings while striking out 22. Opponents hit just .163 against Schrock, who pitched one complete-game shutout and combined for two more.
Broncho senior named third-teamer
Central Oklahoma’s Jill Bryan was named a third-team selection on the All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Team announced by the league office.
A senior from Copan, Bryan leads the Bronchos with a 13.2 scoring average while adding 4.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals a game. She ranks 11th in career scoring at UCO with 982 points.
Fairview freshman Olivia Mason made the honorable mention All-MIAA list. She’s averaging 8.7 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds a game.
Memorial wins state academic trophy
The Edmond Memorial Bulldog grapplers were named Class 6A state academic champions at the state wrestling champinships March 1. From left, front row, LaDaryn Lockett, Connor Shanks, Grayson Boker, Ashton Stovall, Seth Graves and Colton Terrell. (middle) Seth Richards, Sam Osborne, Tristan McBee, Jeremy Morgan and Nicholas Hale. (back) Coach Jeremy Reynolds, Ryley West, Alton Pettit, Denton Huff and Coach Darren Huff.
SLIDESHOW: Lady Antlers beat rival Piedmont at state
The Deer Creek Lady Antlers beat rival Piedmont in their first-round state tournament game Thursday night in Sapulpa.
Little Huskies Football Camp kicks off May 27
The Edmond North Little Huskies Football Camp will take place May 27-30 from 9-11 a.m. at the Edmond North High School field.
The camp is run by the North football staff and is for kids entering grades 3-5 for the 2014-15 school year.
The purpose is to provide future Huskies the opportunity to learn the game of football in an organized and fun environment. The instructional camp will end with an awards ceremony.
Cost is $75. For further details, contact Scott Burger at 725-7178.
El Reno pulls out state win over Antlers
In a rugged Class 5A state tournament opening game with hits and bodies crashing to the hardwood without a whistle, the Deer Creek Antlers muscled their way to a 30-24 cushion after three quarters Thursday afternoon inside the Mabee Center at Oral Roberts University.
Deer Creek power player Conner Avants cleared out some space and scored from close range with just under two minutes left in regulation to put the Antlers up 41-38.
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