PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Edmond North senior pitcher
From the plate and the circle, Dixon propelled the Huskies to the state championship this year. The four-year starter at pitcher threw 25 of North’s 40 games this season, compiling a 23-1 record with a 1.27 earned run average and 224 strikeouts to just 76 walks. She tied for the team lead with 41 RBIs, hit .452, scored 15 runs, stole three bases and knocked a pair of home runs.
In the state title game against Moore, she went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple, drove in two runs, and allowed only two runs on three hits in six innings.
A four-time All-Edmond softball selection and the local coaches’ unanimous pick as player of the year this season, Dixon signed a letter of intent to play for Marshall University next fall.
Edmond Memorial senior pitcher
Squier led from the plate (.419, 17 RBIs, 25 runs) and the circle (22-9, 1.58 ERA, 154 strikeouts to 55 walks). She also drew a team-high 25 walks and handled 93 balls defensively at pitcher. Coaches point to her leadership and athleticism as reasons for the Lady Bulldogs’ success, as Squier pitched all but two of Memorial’s games this season. She signed to play at Oklahoma Christian University.
Edmond Memorial senior catcher
Memorial coach Janet Chartney says Smith is by far the best fundamental defensive catcher to come through the school in a long time. She was hitting .460 when she was sidelined by a midseason concussion, and returned to hit .330 and turn in 27 runs, 14 walks and nine RBIs on the season, despite finishing the year with a dislocated kneecap. She’ll play for Division I University of North Texas in 2013.
Edmond Memorial senior first baseman
Littles hit 10 home runs this season, giving her 21 career round-trippers. She was tops on the Bulldogs in runs (39), RBIs (34) and batting average (.483). She hit in 26 of Memorial’s 33 games, and had multiple hits in 11 of those. Littles walked 22 times and turned in a slugging percentage of .944. She will be a University of Central Oklahoma Broncho next fall.
Deer Creek senior first baseman
Goodin hit .408 and went 32-32 in RBIs and runs scored with 11 stolen bases and a pair of home runs this season. Antlers coach Erin Regier said Goodin, an All-District selection, was her most valuable player on the defensive side. Her toughness was evident — she was hit by a pitch 14 times.
Edmond North junior second baseman
Bond led the Huskies with 47 runs scored and 25 stolen bases, and hit .391 with 22 RBIs and three home runs. In the field, she had 71 put-outs and 19 assists, and had only four errors in 40 games, for a .957 fielding percentage.
Deer Creek senior second baseman
Wells was the All-District most valuable player, and made the All-Region team. She turned in 22 RBIs, and led the Antlers with a .485 batting average and 40 runs scored. She also stole 13 bases and hit one home run.
Edmond North junior shortstop
Nordyke hit .427, drove in 32 runs and scored 32 herself, stole seven bases and hit a pair of home runs. She had a .946 fielding percentage at shortstop, with only five errors in 40 games. As North’s No. 2 pitcher, she went 15-1 with a 2.51 ERA and 92 strikeouts. She scored four times and drove in a run in the Huskies’ title win over Moore.
Edmond Santa Fe sophomore shortstop
Heath led the Wolves with 38 RBIs, and tacked on 25 runs, five stolen bases and a team-leading three home runs, and only struck out three times on the year. She had a fielding percentage of .931. Splitting time at pitcher, she had a 2.60 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 107 2/3 innings, and went 6-12 for a young Santa Fe team.
Edmond Santa Fe senior IF/OF/P
McComas was the epitome of versatility this season. She played in all of the Wolves’ 38 games, at pitcher, shortstop, second base and outfield.
She easily led Santa Fe in runs scored (39), hits (58) and batting average (.479), had 18 RBIs and four stolen bases, and only struck out four times. McComas played roughly half of her games out of her natural middle infield position, and still turned in a fielding percentage of .900. Splitting time at pitcher, she went 8-9 with a 2.47 ERA and 65 strikeouts.
Coach Rhonda Lawson called McComas the Wolves’ most valuable player. “She was my leader, my motivator, my success story,” Lawson said.
The four-year starter and three-time All-Edmond selection hit .374 for her career. She signed to play at Cameron University in the fall.
Edmond North senior outfielder
One of only two current four-time All-Edmond selections, Taliaferro led the Huskies with seven home runs, and was second in runs with 41 and RBIs with 38. She chipped in nine stolen bases and had only one error in 40 games in left field, after making the switch from third base before the season. She accounted for five runs — three scored, two driven in — in the championship game against Moore.
Edmond North sophomore outfielder
White, the All-District Newcomer of the Year, tied for the team lead in RBIs with 41, and was third in runs with 40. She hit .396 with five home runs and 11 stolen bases. She had four errors in 40 games in center field, where she made 45 put-outs and a whopping 14 assists.
Deer Creek senior outfielder
Bennett, who made All-District and was the MVP of the Antlers’ offense, was second on the team in average at .435 and runs scored with 34, and third with 29 RBIs. She stole 17 bases and was only caught twice.
Emily Watson, DC P
2.35, 13-1, 77 K
Tessa Gipson, DC P
2.74, 13-8, 127 K
Veronica Cassel, OCA C
.426, 18 RBIs, 25 runs, 31 SB
Kacey Taylor, SF C
.375, 28 RBIs, 20 runs
Paige Bond, NO 1B
.272, 26 RBIs, 23 runs, 6 SB
Courtney Payne, OCA 3B
.444, 19 RBIs, 17 runs, 14 SB
Carly Cowan, SF 3B
.333, 31 RBIs, 18 runs, 4 SB
Bailey Thompson, DC 3B
.381, 20 RBIs, 31 runs, 20 SB
Maddie Mitchell, OCA SS
.458, 12 RBIs, 28 runs, 24 SB
Meagan Thompson, DC OF
.380, 30 RBIs, 27 runs, 9 SB
The Edmond Sun’s All-Edmond teams are voted on by area coaches and decided by Sun staff.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Bronchos hit final match play spot in first round
Dillon Rust got off to a blazing start and ended up shooting a one-under-par 70 to lead Central Oklahoma in the second round of the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships in Hershey, Pa. Tuesday.
Rust birdied four of his first five holes en route to his under-par round and the Bronchos ended up with a 300 on the day, giving them a 36-hole total of 597. The 300 leaves UCO eighth in the 20-team field heading into final round of stroke play, with the top eight teams advancing to match play that will determine the national champion.
Area players earn All-State honors on the diamond
Three area baseball players were selected to the All-State Team this week.
Right-handed pitcher Holden Lyons from Edmond North, made the team after posting a perfect 7-0 mark with an ultra-low 1.29 earned run average.
Deer Creek’s Cole Lindley made it as an outfielder and Oklahoma Christian’s Austin Brooks landed on the list in the designated hitter’s spot.
The threesome will compete on the Large West squad on July 30 at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa.
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.
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