Central has 15 players earn MIAA academic recognition
Central Oklahoma had 15 football players receive Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association academic recognition, the conference office announced Friday.
Tyler Newton and Adrian Shoecraft were Scholar-Athlete Award honorees, while Landon Chappell, Micah Goodman, T.J. Eckert, Antonio Jenkins, Thomas Hill, Christian Hood, Tanner Koons, Ryan Kowalewski, Caden Locke, Mason McLaughlin, Connor Pulley, Jas’sen Stoner and Chase Talbert were named to the Academic Honor Roll.
Student-athletes must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or better and have at least two terms of attendance at the member institution to achieve Scholar-Athlete status, with a 3.00 GPA and two terms of attendance required for the Academic Honor Roll.
Newton, a junior defensive lineman from Moore, and Shoecraft, a senior linebacker from Edmond, were both honorable mention All-MIAA selections earlier this week.
Central Oklahoma wrestling has four champs at Central Missouri
Jordan Basks earned Outstanding Wrestler honors to lead four Central Oklahoma champions at the Central Missouri Open in Warrensburg Sunday.
Basks dominated en route to winning the title at 149 pounds, with the No. 3-ranked Bronchos also getting gold-medal efforts from 133 Casy Rowell, 157 Cory Dauphin and 165 Chris Watson. UCO had two other placers in 197 Garrett Henshaw (fifth) and 184 Kyle Buckley (sixth) in the all-day tournament where no team scoring was kept.
“It wasn’t a bad day, but could have obviously been better,” head coach David James said. “Our four champs were our four returning All-Americans and they did a good job. I was a little disappointed in a few weights where we didn’t perform like we need to, but it’s early and we’ll get better.”
UCO’s Birmingham, Clark named first-team All-MIAA football
Offensive stars Joshua Birmingham and Marquez Clark led the way as 10 Central Oklahoma players earned recognition on the All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Football Teams that were released Tuesday by the conference office.
Birmingham is a repeat first-team selection at running back, while Clark made the first-team unit at wide receiver as well as being a second-team choice at kick returner.
The Bronchos had two other second-team picks in offensive lineman Cameron Pound and defensive tackle Kenny Allen, with quarterback Adrian Nelson, wide receiver Christian Hood, offensive lineman Brandon Waggoner, defensive lineman Tyler Newton, linebacker Adrian Shoecraft and place-kicker Seth Hiddink all receiving honorable mention honors.
Broncho volleyball players earn All-MIAA honors
Central Oklahoma had a pair of second-team selections and two honorable mention picks on the All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Volleyball Team that was released Wednesday by the league office.
Sophomore outside hitter Barbara Jackson and senior libero Tate Hardaker made the second-team unit, while freshman middle blocker Allison Barr and junior middle blocker Juliette Smith were honorable mention choices for the Bronchos.
Weather conditions move playoffs back a day
Due to inclement weather conditions throughout Friday, Edmond North’s second-round football playoff contest at Tulsa Union was postponed to noon Saturday and 2A’s Oklahoma Christian was moved to Saturday at 1 p.m. in Lindsay against the host Leopards.
Balenseifen tops Meet of Champions
Deer Creek’s state champion distance ace Bryce Balenseifen didn’t just win the Oklahoma Track Coaches Association Meet of Champions at Edmond Santa Fe on Nov. 9, he blew away any challengers.
The top 10 winners in each of the five classes at the State Cross Country Championships qualified for the Meet of Champions with 47 girls participating and 52 boys. All competitors received plaques and also t-shirts in addition to being provided competition jerseys.
In addition, the top 25 finishers in each race received medals and will represented Oklahoma in the annual Oklahoma/Arkansas Dual Nov. 16 in Rogers, Ark.
North’s Tran, Robertson, garner individual gold
The Edmond North girls and boys swimming teams competed in the Red River Shootout Nov. 9 in Frisco, Texas. The meet featured eight teams from Texas and four from Oklahoma.
The Lady Huskies finished third, with host Frisco High School snatching the title.
Individually, North’s Ally Robertson won the 200 Individual Medley and finished second in the 100 Breastrooke.
The girls 200 Medley Relay team of Alexa Acuna, Sarah Helton, Ryanne Vance, and Robertson, also nabbed a silver medal.
On the boys side, the Huskies finished fourth in the meet, with Norman North taking first.
Alan Tran won the 500 Freestyle for North. The next highest finish for the Huskies was the 200 Free Relay team of Garrett Duncan, Michael Britton, Zack Padgett, and Tran, which finished third.
“The meet was a great opportunity for the swimmers to see where they are at this time of the year,” said swim coach Steve Riggs. “The competition in north Texas is among the best in the country, and it should motivate us to work harder to compete in Oklahoma.”
Edmond's Harkins headliner in mixed martial arts cage fight
Brad Harkins of Edmond will be a headliner in a MMA fight Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Oklahoma City Farmer's Public Market, 311 S. Klein.
Tickets are $25, $35 and $50 and are available at ticketstorm.com.
Harkins will face off with Harrah's Lucas Queen. Torres will compete later on the card.
VIDEO: 400-pound high school running back runs over opponents
Tipping the scales at 400 pounds, Tony Picard of White Swan High School in Yakima, Washington, racked up 576 yards and seven touchdowns this season.
UCO’s Clark nominated for Division II Player of the Year
Central Oklahoma wide receiver Marquez Clark has been named one of 28 candidates for the 2013 Harlon Hill Trophy that goes to the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year.
Clark, who redshirted at UCO last year following an All-America career at Navarro College, had a record-setting season with the Bronchos as a receiver/returner.
The junior from Texarkana, Texas has set a single-season school record for all-purpose yards with 2,031 and ranks among the national leaders in punt returns, all-purpose yards, receiving yards and receptions.
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