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
Tennis camps offered in Edmond
Edmond Raquet Club is offering a pair of tennis camps beginning May 28.
For ages 5-8, a camp is offered from 8:45-9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and for ages 7-15 a tennis camp is available from 6-6:55 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Both camps run from May 28-June 13 and cost is $99 per camp.
A camp session for ages 8-16 will run on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30-9:25 a.m. May 29-June 12 for the identical cost.
For more information concerning these camps and others, call 341-4241.
UCO winds up 10th nationally
Taylor Neidy fired a final-round 75, but Central Oklahoma failed to move up in the team standings at the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla. Saturday.
The Bronchos closed with a 323 — making 11 double bogeys and three triples — and finished 10th in the four-day, 72-hole tournament with a 1,298 total on the 6,228-yard, par-72 Arthur Hills Legends Course at LPGA International.
Lynn ended Nova Southeastern’s four-year reign as national championships, finishing with a 1,187 total to edge the Sharks by three strokes.
Central Oklahoma softballers make World Series again
Hayley Hudson gave Central Oklahoma a 5-4 lead with a run-scoring single in the fifth inning and the No. 19-ranked Bronchos staved off a seventh-inning Winona State threat to capture the NCAA Division II Central Super Regional championship Saturday afternoon at Edmond North High School.
The Warriors put two runners on with two outs in the bottom of the seventh in a bid to pull out a late win and force a deciding game in the best-of-three series, but left fielder Devyn Frazier made a running catch in foul territory for the final out to set off a wild celebration on the field.
UCO improved to 47-11 — a school-record for wins — with its 23th consecutive home victory and advanced to the Division II World Series for the second straight year. The Bronchos will face Armstrong Atlantic in the eight-team World Series at 11 a.m. Thursday in Salem, Va.
“I’d say that was a nail-biter,” head coach Genny Stidham said. “It was a good game, both teams played well. Winona has a great team and they didn’t give up, but we came up with some big plays and came out on top.
Central Oklahoma golf coach picks up award
Central Oklahoma’s Michael Bond has been named the NCAA Division II Central Region Coach of the Year by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association, with Aly Seng and Erica Bensch both earning All-Central Region honors.
Bond led the Bronchos to perhaps the best season in school history in 2012-13 with top-five finishes in 10 of their 12 tournaments. UCO won three titles, including the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association crown and its first-ever regional championship, and finished 10th in the Division II national tournament.
Workman's blast cranks UCO's engine; Bronchos cruise to 5-2 win
Nicole Workman’s solo home run gave Central Oklahoma a lead it would never relinquish and the No. 19-ranked Bronchos went on to topple Winona State 5-2 in the first game of the NCAA Division II Central Super Regional Friday night at the Edmond North High School Softball Complex.
Workman blasted her 14th homer of the season to lead off the second inning, with UCO adding three runs in the third and one more in the fifth to take a commanding 5-0 lead before the Warriors created some anxious moments in their final at bat.
WSU scored two runs and had runners on second and third on with just one out in the top of the seventh, but Kalynn Shrock got the final two batters to close out her fourth straight complete-game outing of the postseason and put the Bronchos in control of the best-of-three series.
Richters rip competition at KickingBird
The KickingBird 2-man scramble was won by Jeff and Josh Richter, finishing with a 57.9 on May 11.
Jeff Jester and Kevin Wright wrapped up second-place honors with a 59.9 and Rick Morales and Ronnie Roberts placed third (60.1).
In the second flight, the top score was 60.4 by Jerry Bernhardt and Ted Carter. Picking up silver was the tandem of Jerry Fuller and Ramona Jacobi (61.2) and the third-place squad was Dyke Hoppe and Mark VanSickle at 62.0.
Morales was closest to the pin on No. 6 and Jeff Richter landed a dart on hole 14.
Eagles' season finished; Lopez earns national honor
Southeastern, Fla. eliminated Oklahoma Christian 4-0 om the National Christian College Athletic Association World Series in Mason, Ohio today to advance to the tournament semifinals, while OC closes at 26-26.
OC would have advanced to the semifinals with a win, but completed a terrific turnaround from an 8-34 season in 2012. The Eagles made only the second national-tournament appearance in the program's history, with the other coming in 1972, when OC finished third in the NAIA World Series.
Multiple baseball camps offered in Edmond
Edmond Schools baseball coaches Kyle Roberts (Edmond Memorial), Jeff Shafer (Edmond Santa Fe) and Karl King (Edmond North) will instruct the Edmond All-Star Baseball Camps starting May 28 at Edmond North High School.
A pair of all-skills camps will take place for kids ages 5 and older from May 28-31 and June 3-6. Times are the same, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
On June 7, a pitcher/catcher camp will be offered for ages 8 and older with the identical time frame. Cost is $35 for the pitcher/catcher camp and $125 for the all-skills camp.
For further inquiries, contact Karl King at 863-3570.
Arthur Hills eating up Bronchos
Central Oklahoma’s struggles continued at the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla. Friday.
The Bronchos made 10 double bogeys and two triple bogeys en route to a season-high 329 score on the rugged 6,228-yard, par-72 Arthur Hills Legends Course at LPGA International, leaving UCO in 10th place with a three-round total of 975.
Nova Southeastern has an 881 total heading into Saturday’s final round, giving the four-time defending champion Sharks a one-shot lead over second-place Lynn.
Bronchos will make 12th appearance in national golf championship Monday
No. 18-ranked Central Oklahoma will make its 12th appearance in the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships in Hershey, Pa. next week.
The 54-hole stroke play portion of the tournament runs Monday-Wednesday at the 7,061-yard, par-71 Hershey Country Club East Course, with the top-eight teams from the 20-team field advancing to match play.
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