UCO’s Rowell named regional wrestler of the year
Central Oklahoma national champion Casy Rowell has been named Central Region Wrestler of the Year.
The 133-pound senior from Duncan was selected in a vote of the region’s 17 head coaches and now goes on the ballot for NCAA Division II National Wrestler of the Year with the other three regional winners.
Rowell capped a sensational career by taking the national title March 15 in Cleveland with a 3-2 overtime victory over defending champion Daniel DeShazier of Nebraska-Kearney, earning tournament Outstanding Wrestler honors in the process.
A three-time All-American for the Bronchos, Rowell finished the season 36-5 with 18 bonus-point wins and four tournament championships. He finished with a 134-32 career record, the second-most wins in UCO’s illustrious history, and 70 bonus-point victories.
Balenseifen, Huslig spark Antlers
Deer Creek Antlers Golden Twins, Bryce Balenseifen and Landon Huslig, continued their dominance of the 2014 outdoor track and field season taking two gold medals each at the power-packed Broken Arrow Invitational March 29.
With host Broken Arrow, Jenks, Tulsa Union, Muskogee and all the other Eastern track powers in the field, the local duo encountered no problem in their specialties.
Balenseifen continued his sterling performances in the middle distance races, establishing a new personal and Class 5A-best time of 2014, 1:56.35 to win the 800 meters. Mark Middleton of Tulsa Union was second in a 6A-best time of 1:57.06.
Schrock powers UCO past Northeastern
Kalynn Schrock tossed a five-inning no-hitter in the first game and smacked a grand slam in the second to lead Central Oklahoma to a lopsided doubleheader sweep at Northeastern State Saturday afternoon.
The senior southpaw struck out 10 and walked two in a 13-0 first-game drubbing before hitting a bases-loaded homer as the Bronchos rolled to a 12-4 rout in the nightcap.
UCO banged out 29 hits in sweeping the RiverHawks for the second straight day and improving to 31-9 on the season. The Bronchos play their final regular season home games Tuesday, hosting Midwestern State at 2 p.m.
Lady Huskies blank Bentonville, Ark.
The Lady Huskies soccer team picked up a victory Saturday in the Heart of America Classic at Tulsa Union High School after dropping the initial two games of the tourney.
Saturday’s 2-0 win over Bentonville, Ark., was solidified by the defense of Chandler Wilson, Grace Brennan, Meagan Moore and Marissa Hutson according to Edmond North assistant coach Corbin Frank. The foursome simply didn’t allow Bentonville legitimate shots on the frame.
SLIDESHOW: Antlers win over visiting Wolves
The Deer Creek Antlers baseball squad hosted the Edmond Santa Fe Wolves Friday afternoon and came away with a 3-1 win.
Doherty tosses 1-hitter; Deer Creek tops Santa Fe 3-1
Deer Creek right-hander Aiden Doherty lost his no-hitter with two out in the seventh inning as the Antler hurled the blue and white to a 3-1 triumph Friday afternoon over Edmond Santa Fe at Deer Creek High School.
With two out and a runner on, Doherty faced his adversary in Wolf pitcher Xavier Sundman, who stepped to the plate for the first time in the game. Sundman was hit for in the designated hitter spot in his first two chances to step in the batter’s box.
Lady Wolves take third in Stillwater
Pamela Caballeros found the back of the net at the 15-minute mark Tuesday night to propel Edmond Santa Fe to a 1-0 win over Putnam North at Santa Fe High School.
Lady Wolves head coach Larry Truesdell noted that Ashley Snider and Hannah Hover anchored the defense in the triumph as goalkeepers Dre Cooper and Kaitlin Price combined for a shutout to open district competition.
Nellius boosts North to shutout
Sophomore Gia Nellius scored all four goals Tuesday night leading Edmond North to a 4-0 blanking of Norman on the road.
Abbey Bright assisted Nellius on her initial goal as Lady Huskies Grace Brennan and Shanna Rolfs followed in the feeding of Nellius. In her freshman season, Nellius played predominantly on the junior varsity. She scored the final goal unassisted using one final dribble around the Tiger defender before hitting the net.
Oklahoma Christian, Central Oklahoma split softball twinbill
As Oklahoma Christian built a double-digit winning streak, some wondered just how good are the Lady Eagles? They provided a telling answer on Tuesday — good enough to split with the defending NCAA Division II national champions on the road.
Behind freshman pitcher Shea Coats’ 3-hitter, OC beat Central Oklahoma 3-1 at Broncho Field in the first game of a doubleheader, extending the Lady Eagles’ winning streak to 11 games. UCO used a six-run inning in the second game to salvage a split with an 8-3 win over Oklahoma Christian.
The win in the first game marked the third time this season that OC (24-12) has beaten a team currently either ranked in the Division II top 25 or receiving votes in the national poll. Central Oklahoma (27-9) was 30th in the balloting for the most recent poll but entered the doubleheader having won 18 of its last 19 games.
92-year-old fan bleeds UK Wildcats blue
As the Kentucky Wildcats prepare for their 16th Final Four appearance this weekend, they’ve reawakened the passions of fans across the country, including one woman who watches every game on TV, even though she can’t clearly see the players’ faces.
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