Athletic News: http://www.oc.edu/news RSS Feed 15 home games on OC men’s basketball schedule for 2014-15 http://www.oc.edu/news/r/15-home-games-on-oc-men-s-basketball-schedule-for-2014-15/ OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 10, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian fans will have plenty of opportunities to familiarize themselves with the new-look Eagles during the 2014-15 men’s basketball season.

OC’s schedule, announced by coach Dan Hays on Sunday, will include 15 home games and three more elsewhere in Oklahoma. The first semester, especially, is full of home games, as seven of the Eagles’ first eight games will be at home, with the only road contest just a 10-minute trip from the OC campus.

The Eagles will have eight new players on this season’s squad and 12 of OC’s 15 players will be either freshmen or sophomores. Only one starter, center John Moon, will return from last season’s team, which finished 10-17.

OC will open its season Nov. 15 with its traditional homecoming game, with Dallas Christian (Texas) providing the opposition. Three days later, OC will make the short trip across Edmond to play at longtime rival Central Oklahoma.  OC and UCO have split a pair of games the past two seasons, with each winning on the other’s court.

The Eagles then will begin a six-game homestand by facing Southwestern (Kan.) on Nov. 21. On Thanksgiving weekend, OC will host a four-team classic and will play archrival Southern Nazarene on Nov. 28 and Southwestern Christian on Nov. 29. OC split a pair of games last season against SNU.

Cameron will visit OC on Dec. 6, marking the Aggies’ first visit to the Eagles’ Nest since the early 1980s and wrapping up nonconference play for OC.

OC will open Heartland Conference action at home on Dec. 16 against St. Edward’s (Texas) and will host Texas-Permian Basin two days later.

The Eagles will be off until New Year’s Day, when they will visit St. Mary’s (Texas), followed by a game two days later at Texas A&M International.

OC then will return home for games on Jan. 8 against Oklahoma Panhandle State, Jan. 10 against Lubbock Christian (Texas), Jan. 15 against Newman (Kan.) and Jan. 17 against Dallas Baptist (Texas), the team that eliminated OC in last season’s National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region tournament quarterfinals.

After another road swing to Rogers State on Jan. 22 and Arkansas-Fort Smith on Jan. 24, the Eagles will host Texas A&M International on Jan. 29 and St. Mary’s on Jan. 31.

Then come four straight games away from home – Feb. 5 at Lubbock Christian, Feb. 7 at Oklahoma Panhandle State, Feb. 12 at Newman and Feb. 15 at Dallas Baptist.

OC’s final two regular-season home games will be Feb. 19 against Arkansas-Fort Smith and Feb. 21 against Rogers State. The Eagles will close the regular season visiting St. Edward’s on Feb. 26 and Texas-Permian Basin on Feb. 28.

The site for this season’s NCCAA Central Region tournament has not yet been set, but the event likely will be March 12-14. The NCCAA Championship in Winona Lake, Ind., is set for March 18-21.

Starting times for all games, as well as more information on OC’s squad, can be found on the men’s basketball team page at www.oceagles.com.

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Renewal of UCO series highlights schedule for Lady Eagles for 2014-15 http://www.oc.edu/news/r/renewal-of-uco-series-highlights-schedule-for-lady-eagles-for-2014-15/ OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 9, 2014) – A renewal of the series with cross-Edmond rival Central Oklahoma and 15 home games highlight the Oklahoma Christian women’s basketball schedule for the 2014-15 season, which coach Stephanie Findley announced Saturday.

The schedule includes OC’s first meeting with UCO since the Lady Eagles swept a pair of games near the start of the 2006-07 season. OC leads the series 20-11 and has won the last three against the Bronchos, although the teams have met only four times since the 1988-89 season, when UCO was transitioning from the NAIA into NCAA Division II. OC now is making a similar transition, leading to a resumption of the series.

OC will open the season Nov. 15 against York (Neb.) in the traditional homecoming game. Three days later, the Lady Eagles will visit UCO.

Then will come a four-game homestand, as OC will host a pair of Sooner Athletic Conference squads, Texas Wesleyan (Nov. 20) and USAO (Nov. 22) before taking on a pair of quality NCAA Division II foes in Washburn (Kan.) on Nov. 25 and Arkansas Tech on Nov. 29.

It will be the first meeting between OC and Arkansas Tech – a longtime small-college power – since March 1980, when they played in the old AIAW (Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) regional playoffs and ATU won 64-46. OC coach Stephanie Findley played in that game.

OC will travel to West Texas A&M for a Dec. 6 game before wrapping up nonconference action at home on Dec. 12 against Mid-America Christian. The Lady Eagles beat MACU in last season’s National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region title game.

The Lady Eagles will begin Heartland Conference play on Dec. 18 at home against Texas-Permian Basin, then will host St. Edward’s (Texas) on Dec. 20. OC’s home game against St. Edward’s last season twice was postponed due to weather and never was played.

After the Christmas break, OC will resume league play on New Year’s Day in San Antonio at St. Mary’s (Texas), followed by a trip two days later to Texas A&M International. Three home games come after that – against Oklahoma Panhandle State on Jan. 8, Lubbock Christian (Texas) on Jan. 10 and Newman (Kan.) on Jan. 15.

OC will travel to Rogers State on Jan. 22 and Arkansas-Fort Smith on Jan. 24 before two more home games against Texas A&M International on Jan. 29 and St. Mary’s on Jan. 31.

Road games against Lubbock Christian (Feb. 5), Oklahoma Panhandle State (Feb. 7) and Newman (Feb. 12) follow that. Then will come OC’s final regular-season home games, on Feb. 19 against Arkansas-Fort Smith and Feb. 21 against Rogers State.

The Lady Eagles will end the regular season on the road at St. Edward’s on Feb. 26 and Texas-Permian Basin on Feb. 28.

The NCCAA Central Region tournament host hasn’t yet been determined, but the event likely will be held March 12-14. The NCCAA Championship in Winona Lake, Ind., will be March 18-21. OC finished fifth in the national tournament last season.

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Former OC star Talley signs contract with pro basketball team in Germany http://www.oc.edu/news/r/former-oc-star-talley-signs-contract-with-pro-basketball-team-in-germany/ OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 8, 2014) – For the second time this summer, a former Oklahoma Christian basketball star has signed with a pro team in Germany.

Kendre Talley, who earned National Christian College Athletic Association All-America second-team and All-Heartland Conference first-team honors during the 2013-14 season, on Friday signed a deal with BBG Herford, which competes in the German Regionalliga.

Talley will report to his new team next week.

“I am excited,” Talley said. “There have been a lot of ups and downs in this process, trying to get over there. I’ve had a couple of coaches say ‘no.’ But I’m going to take advantage of this opportunity, because they don’t come easy.”

Talley, a 5-foot-9 point guard from Spencer, will join his former teammate, Will Reinke, in playing pro ball in Germany. Reinke, a three-time All-American at OC, earlier signed with Gotha of the German Pro A League.

BBG Herford, located in Herford, finished 6-18 last season, competing in the fourth-highest level of German pro basketball. BBG Herford is coached by Stefan Schettke.

As a senior, Talley became the first player in Heartland Conference history to lead the NCAA Division II league in three major stat categories – scoring (17.5 points per game), assists (5.9 per game) and steals (2.0 per game). He also averaged 4.7 rebounds per game while shooting 79.1 percent from the free-throw line, 45.6 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from 3-point range.

In 2012, Talley earned most valuable player honors after leading Oklahoma Christian to an improbable Sooner Athletic Conference tournament title and he was a key cog in OC's march to the 2013 NCCAA title game. During the 2013-14 season, he was the leader of a young team that finished 10-17.

Talley finished his OC career with 1,333 points, tying him for No. 24 on the Eagles' all-time scoring list.

“I’m thrilled for Kendre, because he has put his heart and soul into basketball, for four years for me, for four years for (coach) Patrick Cudjoe at Star Spencer High School,” OC coach Dan Hays said. “He is living proof of what hard work and dedication can do, if you take care of your business on and off the court.

“At 5-foot-9, it’s not easy to do what he’s done. Those guys don’t get the same red-carpet treatment big guys get. They have to earn it and Kendre has more than earned what he’s got. He is such a great ambassador for OC.”



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Fike to now serve as graduate assistant coach for OCXC http://www.oc.edu/news/r/fike-to-now-serve-as-graduate-assistant-coach-for-ocxc/ OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 7, 2014) – Evan Fike, a former cross country runner for Oklahoma Christian, will spend the 2014 season as a graduate assistant coach for the Eagles and Lady Eagles, OC head coach Wade Miller said Thursday.

Fike, from Canton, Texas, was on the OC squad from 2009 to 2012, helping the Eagles win the NAIA title in 2011 and the National Christian College Athletic Association championship in 2012.

As a senior in 2012, he ran in four meets for OC, with a top finish of 16th place at the Central Oklahoma Land Run. He ran in five meets as a junior and three as a freshman. He sat out the 2010 season due to injury.

In track, he won the 10,000 meters at the 2012 Heartland/McMurry Invitational with a time of 35:05.97, and finished third that year in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Southwestern Relays with a time of 10:29.59.

Last season, he served as a student assistant coach for OC before graduating in April with a bachelor’s degree in sport, wellness and recreation management. Fike has begun work on earning a master’s degree, Miller said.

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Todd records 1st career hole-in-one during round in Canadian hometown http://www.oc.edu/news/r/todd-records-1st-career-hole-in-one-during-round-in-canadian-hometown/ WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Aug. 6, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian golfer Dana Todd recorded her first career hole-in-one on Wednesday.

Playing a recreational round with her sister and a friend at St. Charles Country Club – her home course in Winnipeg – Todd aced the par-3, 150-yard No. 13 on the Donald Ross-designed course, hitting an 8-iron off the tee.

Todd, who was one of the top junior golfers in her Canadian province before arriving at OC, will begin her sophomore season at OC in a few weeks. As a freshman, she started in all of the Lady Eagles’ nine tournaments, posting a stroke average of 81.52 over 21 rounds and recorded a pair of top-20 finishes.

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Harper to serve as graduate assistant coach for OC women’s golf http://www.oc.edu/news/r/harper-to-serve-as-graduate-assistant-coach-for-oc-women-s-golf/ OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 6, 2014) – Sarah Harper, a former star player for Oklahoma Christian, will serve as a graduate assistant coach for the OC women’s golf team this season, head coach Greg Lynn said Wednesday.

Harper, from Duncan, has been involved with the Lady Eagles’ squad since the program debuted in the 2011-12 academic year.

As a player, she competed for two seasons for OC. She received honorable mention on the NAIA All-America list as a junior in 2012, then helped the Lady Eagles to a runner-up finish at the National Christian College Athletic Association Invitational as a senior while earning All-Heartland Conference second-team honors. She posted a stroke average of 77.8 during her two seasons at OC.

During the 2013-14 season, she served as a student assistant coach for the Lady Eagles. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in April and now will be working toward a master’s degree at OC.


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Kloesel named as graduate assistant coach for OC men’s basketball http://www.oc.edu/news/r/kloesel-named-as-graduate-assistant-coach-for-oc-men-s-basketball/ OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 6, 2014) – Ryan Kloesel, a program assistant for Oklahoma Christian’s men’s basketball team the past three seasons, will serve as a graduate assistant coach for the Eagles during the 2014-15 campaign, OC head coach Dan Hays said Wednesday.

Kloesel, from Norman, graduated from OC in April with a bachelor’s degree in social studies education. After working on his master’s degree, he eventually wants to become a teacher of U.S. history and a high school basketball coach.

In 2013, he was named to the Heartland Conference academic Honor Roll’s Commissioner’s List, an honor awarded to student-athletes and student support personnel who record a grade-point average between 3.0 and 3.49.

“We are pleased that Ryan will be on our staff as a graduate assistant this season,” Hays said. “He has done a great job as a program assistant the last three years. He has a bright future in coaching.”

Kloesel will work with a coaching staff that includes Hays and assistant coaches Terril Hankins and Rob McKinzie.

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Cross country power OC lands atop preseason Heartland Conference poll http://www.oc.edu/news/r/cross-country-power-oc-lands-atop-preseason-heartland-conference-poll/ WACO, Texas (Aug. 5, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian’s recent success in cross country – which includes two national titles in the past three years – has made believers throughout the Heartland Conference.

In the Eagles’ first season of eligibility for the NCAA Division II conference’s preseason poll, OC finished atop the poll in the nine-team league. That’s a sign the Heartland’s coaches and sports information directors – who vote on the poll – expect the Eagles to do what they did last year, which is finish first in the annual Heartland Conference Championship.

It’s a long time until that race – which is set for Nov. 8 in Wichita, Kan. – but OC coach Wade Miller has confidence in his squad, which has five of its top seven runners back from last season. The returnees include Roberto Diaz and Bryant Keirns, who finished 1-2 at last year’s conference meet in Mansfield, Texas, and Brennym Kaelin, who took seventh and also earned all-conference honors.

Also boosting OC’s chances are the return of sophomore Kyle Broaddrick from injury, the emergence during track season of junior Timothy Zuercher (the National Christian College Athletic Association runner-up in the 10,000 meters) and the addition of five promising freshmen to the roster.

“It’s an honor to be picked first by the coaches and SIDs in the Heartland,” Miller said. “We have quite a few untested young guys who will be expected to contribute so we have a long road before November. We are looking forward to the conference championship meet.”

OC received 13 first-place votes and 146 points in the poll. Newman (Kan.) received four first-place votes and was second in the poll with 134 points, just ahead of Dallas Baptist (Texas) with one first-place vote and 132 points. OC and DBU tied for first place at last season’s conference meet, although OC would have won a tiebreaker had it been necessary.

Lubbock Christian (Texas) was fourth in the poll with 91 points, followed by Texas-Permian Basin with 81, Rogers State with 77, Arkansas-Fort Smith with 70, Texas A&M International with 55 and Oklahoma Panhandle State with 24.

OC won the 2011 NAIA national championship and the 2012 National Christian College Athletic Association title before taking fourth last season at the NCCAA Championship in Cedarville, Ohio.

The Eagles will open their season on Sept. 6 at the Central Oklahoma Land Run in Edmond.

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Tue, 05 Aug 2014 07:15:00 CDT f47e5509-e10c-4441-a879-507c1f036557
Heartland Conference preseason men’s soccer poll has Eagles 8th http://www.oc.edu/news/r/heartland-conference-preseason-men-s-soccer-poll-has-eagles-8th/ WACO, Texas (Aug. 5, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian was picked eighth in the Heartland Conference’s preseason men’s soccer poll, which was released this week by the NCAA Division II league.

The Eagles finished an injury-plagued 2013 campaign with a 4-11-1 overall record and a 2-7 mark in conference play, but they have nine starters returning.

St. Edward’s (Texas) topped the poll of conference coaches and sports information directors, receiving 14 first-place votes and 157 total points.

Lubbock Christian (Texas), which finished atop last season’s regular-season standings, tied for second after receiving the other four first-place votes and 134 points. Texas A&M International also received 134 points.

St. Mary’s (Texas) was fourth with 76 points, followed by Rogers State with 75 points, Dallas Baptist (Texas) with 74 points, Texas-Permian Basin with 67, OC with 59 and Newman (Kan.) with 34.


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Lady Eagles picked 8th in Heartland women’s soccer preseason poll http://www.oc.edu/news/r/lady-eagles-picked-8th-in-heartland-women-s-soccer-preseason-poll/ WACO, Texas (Aug. 4, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian was picked eighth in the preseason Heartland Conference women’s soccer poll, which was released Monday.

OC finished 4-12-2 overall and 2-6-1 in conference play last season, but the Lady Eagles closed strong, winning two of their last three games – against Newman (Kan.) and Texas-Permian Basin – and taking the league’s third-place squad, Lubbock Christian (Texas), to overtime before falling in the season finale. OC will have eight starters and numerous key reserves back from that squad.

But that didn’t seem to make an impression on most of the league’s coaches and sports information directors, who voted in the poll.

Defending conference regular-season and postseason champion St. Edward’s (Texas) received 15 first-place votes and finished atop the poll with 159 points. The other three first-place votes went to Dallas Baptist (Texas), which was second with 146 points.

Lubbock Christian was third with 114 points, followed by St. Mary’s (Texas) with 104, Newman with 82, Texas A&M International with 71, Rogers State with 53, OC with 52 and Texas-Permian Basin with 29.

“Regardless of the position, we don’t really look too much into preseason rankings,” OC coach Randall Robison said. “Typically, they are just a continuation of the conclusion of last season. This poll is shaping up for that as well. We finished strong last year, surprising some teams. We have an opportunity to do the same here. Hopefully, we can continue the success from the end of 2013.

“Ultimately, every team in the poll has a season to confirm or contradict its accuracy. We will certainly work hard all season to finish in a better position than the preseason poll.”

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Mon, 04 Aug 2014 21:45:00 CDT 4d32838c-ba4d-481b-8925-efe00bf4bfdd
OC picked to finish 6th in Heartland Conference women’s cross country http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-picked-to-finish-6th-in-heartland-conference-women-s-cross-country/ WACO, Texas (Aug. 4, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian’s women’s cross country team finished sixth in the Heartland Conference’s preseason poll, which was released Monday.

Coaches and sports information directors from the nine league schools that compete in women’s cross country voted in the poll. OC received 85 total points in the poll, including four first-place votes.

OC’s team score wasn’t kept at last year’s conference meet, but if it had, the Lady Eagles would have finished seventh in the 10-team race. McMurry (Texas) has left the Heartland since that race.

OC will have everyone back from last year’s squad, including standout Tara Lewis, who missed the conference meet due to injury, and Layne Hammer, who led OC with a 18th-place individual finish. The Lady Eagles also have added a pair of new runners, Ainsley Ibison of Broken Arrow and Emily Harris of Fletcher.

“We have a lot of room to grow on the women’s side and a great deal will depend on the summer training they put in and staying healthy throughout the season,” OC coach Wade Miller said. “We are still a very young team and it will be fun to see how things turn out.”

Dallas Baptist (Texas), which will be seeking its eighth straight conference title, finished atop the poll, receiving the other 14 first-place votes and 156 points.

Texas-Permian Basin was second with 122 points, followed by Newman (Kan.) with 118, Rogers State with 91, Lubbock Christian (Texas) with 86, OC, Arkansas-Fort Smith with 75, Texas A&M International with 50 and Oklahoma Panhandle State with 27.

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Led by baseball, softball and women’s XC, OC ties for Heartland’s top athletic GPA http://www.oc.edu/news/r/led-by-baseball-softball-and-women-s-xc-oc-ties-for-heartland-s-top-athletic-gpa/ WACO, Texas (Aug. 4, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian finished the 2013-14 school year atop the Heartland Conference in an important category – overall grade-point average by its student-athletes.

The NCAA Division II conference has released the results of its annual survey of GPAs of league members and OC finished tied with Newman (Kan.) for the best overall athletic department GPA at 3.29.

OC’s women’s teams posted the league’s highest overall GPA, at 3.40, while the men tied for second with an overall GPA of 3.17. Three of OC’s individual teams took conference academic titles – softball (3.53), women’s cross country (3.52) and baseball (3.31).

“This is a great honor for the OC athletic department,” OC Athletic Director Curtis Janz said. “First, I would like to congratulate all the student-athletes, as 125 of the 216 members of our teams made the Heartland Conference Honor Roll for academics. Secondly, our coaches have done a great job of recruiting and stressing the importance of balance between academics and athletics.”

Janz also noted the work of Dean Findley, OC’s director of academic excellence in athletics, in “leading our academic program for our student-athletes. This is what we envisioned when we started the Anderson Endowment for Academic Excellence in Athletics. The generous gift provided by Mo and Richard Anderson has been instrumental in improving academic performance in the OC athletic department.”

Each of OC’s 12 teams had an overall grade-point average of at least 3.06. The GPAs of OC’s track and field teams weren’t included in the overall numbers released by the conference, as the league does not sponsor that sport, but the Eagles had a team GPA of 3.19 while the Lady Eagles’ GPA was 3.32.

In addition to the academic titles won by the softball, women’s cross country and baseball teams, OC’s men’s basketball team finished fifth in the team race for that sport, while the men’s cross country team was fourth, the men’s golf team was third, the men’s soccer team was second, the women’s basketball team was second, the women’s golf team was third and the women’s soccer team was sixth.

Thirteen OC student-athletes posted a perfect 4.0 GPA during the 2013-14 academic year: Brayden Barrientez (men’s track and field), Rebecca Bloodworth (women’s track and field), Seth Brown (men’s soccer), Aubree Hughes (women’s cross country), Bryant Keirns (men’s cross country), Jordan Lopez (baseball), Matt McLain (men’s soccer), Audrey Meisch (women’s golf), Ryan Nash (baseball), Cody Rosecrans (baseball), Krista Stevens (women’s basketball), Dana Todd (women’s golf) and Andee Wayne (women’s basketball).



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Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:00:00 CDT 6c4145c7-7c8d-412e-a898-040b42dd22de
Ryan joins OC women’s soccer staff as student assistant coach http://www.oc.edu/news/r/ryan-joins-oc-women-s-soccer-staff-as-student-assistant-coach/ OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 4, 2014) – Former Oklahoma Christian women’s soccer standout Addie Ryan is back with the Lady Eagles’ program.

Ryan, who completed her playing eligibility with the 2013 season, will serve as a student assistant coach during the upcoming campaign, OC head coach Randall Robison said Monday.

“I am very excited to have Addie join us on the coaching staff this fall,” Robison said. “She has been a huge part of this program as a player. I am eager to see how her enthusiasm and work ethic comes through as a coach. Addie will be a great example for our players.”

Ryan, from Edmond, played for the Lady Eagles in 2009, 2012 and 2013. As a senior, she earned All-Heartland Conference third-team honors and was a second-team selection to the All-National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region team.

Ryan mostly played in a defensive position for OC, but she excelled at pushing up from defense into the attack. She led the Lady Eagles in shots (52) and shots on goal (23) as a senior, serving as OC’s primary free-kick specialist.

She finished second on the team in scoring last season with eight points (two goals and a team-high four assists). Ryan tied for 10th in the conference in assists as OC finished 4-12-2.

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OC’s Meisch shines for Kansas squad at Fore State Championship http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-s-meisch-shines-for-kansas-squad-at-fore-state-championship/ AFTON, Okla. (Aug. 1, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian’s Audrey Meisch capped a successful summer with a strong showing for the Kansas squad this week at the annual Fore State Championship.

The rising junior from Wichita, Kan., won two matches and halved another, earning 2½ of the 10 points recorded by the Kansas team in the invitation-only event, during which amateur women’s golfers from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma compete for team honors.

The Fore State Championship was held Monday and Tuesday at Shangri-La Golf Resort.

In the four-ball portion of the event, Meisch teamed with Amanda Booth to beat the Arkansas duo of Endsley Evans and Sarah Childers 1-up. In the foursome portion, Meisch and Booth halved a match with Nadia Majidizadeh and Charter Lawson of Oklahoma.

Meisch won her lone singles match, beating Marlena Weatherly of Arkansas 5 and 3.

Oklahoma won the event with 15 points, while Arkansas had 12 and Missouri 11.

Meisch was chosen to play in the Fore State Championship after finishing fifth in the Kansas Women’s Golf Association Amateur Championship in mid-July. In June, she played in another invitation-only event, the Judson Collegiate & Legends Pro-Am Challenge in Roswell, Ga.


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Oklahoma Christian track and field team to add Deer Creek’s Huslig http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-track-and-field-team-to-add-deer-creek-s-huslig/ EDMOND, Okla. (Aug. 1, 2014) – One of Oklahoma’s finest track and field athletes soon will wear an Oklahoma Christian uniform.

Landon Huslig, a three-time Class 5A state champion as a senior at Deer Creek High School in Edmond, has signed a letter of intent to compete collegiately at Oklahoma Christian, OC coach Randy Heath said Friday.

Huslig, who was named as The Oklahoman’s Big All-City track and field athlete of the year, will compete in hurdle events and on 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay teams for OC.

“We’re excited that Landon will be joining the Eagles,” Heath said. “Landon will be able to contribute immediately for us.”

At the Class 5A meet, Huslig won the 300-meter hurdles in 37.76 seconds and ran the second leg on Deer Creek’s 4x100 relay team and the anchor leg on the Antlers’ 4x400 relay team, both of which also won event titles. He was a key reason Deer Creek took its third straight 5A team title.

Huslig also appeared to have won the state title in the 110-meter hurdles in 14.35 seconds, but he hit the last hurdle and it fell into the lane of another runner, impeding that runner. Huslig was disqualified after the race.

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2-time NCCAA relay champion Miller transfers to Oklahoma Christian http://www.oc.edu/news/r/2-time-nccaa-relay-champion-miller-transfers-to-oklahoma-christian/ OKLAHOMA CITY (July 31, 2014) – Kentrell Miller, who was part of two national-championship relay teams while at Southern Nazarene, has transferred to Oklahoma Christian for his senior season of eligibility, OC track and field coach Randy Heath said Thursday.

Miller, who’s from Oklahoma City, graduated with a bachelor’s degree from SNU earlier this year. Under NCAA rules, a student-athlete who has earned his bachelor’s degree and still has a season of eligibility remaining may transfer without penalty. Miller plans to work on his master’s degree in business administration while at OC.

“We are very excited to have Kentrell become a member of the OC track and field team,” Heath said. “He is a very good sprinter who is exceptional on the relays and will help us immediately.”

Miller graduated from Putnam City North High School in 2005 and spent time in the U.S. Air Force before enrolling at SNU, where he became a member of one of the nation’s top small-college relay teams.

In 2013, the Crimson Storm’s 4x400-meter squad won the National Christian College Athletic Association indoor and outdoor titles with times of 3:22.32 and 3:13.37, respectively, setting NCCAA records in both races. The indoor race came a month after Miller underwent an appendectomy.

In addition to earning NCCAA All-America honors in those two races, Miller also did so as part of SNU’s 4x100-meter outdoor relay team in 2013, which finished third at the national meet. The relay team also qualified in the 4x400 for the NAIA Indoor Championships in 2012 and in the 4x100 and 4x400 at the NAIA Outdoor Championships the same year.

Miller has career-best times of 7.05 seconds in the 60 meters, 10.93 seconds in the 100 meters, 22.41 seconds in the 200 meters and 50.17 seconds in the 400 meters (run this spring in a winning effort in the LSU Twilight Meet).

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Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:00:00 CDT 4dd2e473-e30b-4d8f-9fe4-949f045e5531
OC lands 125 on Heartland Conference academic honor rolls http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-lands-125-on-heartland-conference-academic-honor-rolls/ WACO, Texas (July 30, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian placed 125 student-athletes or athletic department student workers on the 2013-14 Heartland Conference academic Honor Roll, which was released this week.

OC’s total ranked third among the 12 schools that were members of the NCAA Division II conference during the just-completed academic year. The 125 honorees for OC represented an increase of 47 over the 2012-13 academic year.

OC had 66 student-athletes or student workers who qualified for the Honor Roll and recorded a grade-point average of between 3.5 and 4.0 during the 2013-14 academic year, which placed them for the Heartland’s President’s List. Those who posted GPAs of between 3.0 and 3.49 landed on the Commissioner’s List, and 59 more OC student-athletes qualified for that honor.

The overall total of honorees for OC would have been higher, but members of the university’s track and field teams do not qualify for the Heartland academic awards, because the conference does not sponsor that sport. On OC’s men’s track squad, there were five who would have made the Honor Roll, while the women’s team had seven who would have qualified.

Members of OC’s other 10 sports were considered for the honor, along with student workers in OC’s sports information office.

Thirteen OC student-athletes posted a perfect 4.0 GPA during the 2013-14 academic year: Brayden Barrientez (men’s track and field), Rebecca Bloodworth (women’s track and field), Seth Brown (men’s soccer), Aubree Hughes (women’s cross country), Bryant Keirns (men’s cross country), Jordan Lopez (baseball), Matt McLain (men’s soccer), Audrey Meisch (women’s golf), Ryan Nash (baseball), Cody Rosecrans (baseball), Krista Stevens (women’s basketball), Dana Todd (women’s golf) and Andee Wayne (women’s basketball).




Brady Baugh

Baseball

Fr.

Hennessey, Okla.

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

Commissioner's

Kolton Brown

Baseball

Fr.

Yukon, Okla.

Finance

Commissioner's

Chase Kuwitzky

Baseball

Fr.

Norman, Okla.

Accounting/Finance

Commissioner's


Garrett Guys

Baseball

Jr.

La Vernia, Texas

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

Commissioner's

Jackson Matthews

Baseball

Jr.

Edmond, Okla.

Political Science

Commissioner's


Luke Sandoval

Baseball

Jr.

Weatherford, Okla.

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

Commissioner's

Garrett Sumpter

Baseball

Jr.

Irving, Texas

Political Science

Commissioner's


Blake Stringer

Baseball

Sr.

Blanchard, Okla.

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

Commissioner's


Riley Compton

M Cross Country

Jr.

Tualatin, Ore.

Mathematics

Commissioner's

Tara Lewis

W Cross Country

So.

Edmond, Okla.

Accounting

Commissioner's


Maria Sargent

W Cross Country

So.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Biology

Commissioner's

Zach Norris

M Basketball

Fr.

Broken Arrow, Okla.

Undeclared

Commissioner's

Deric Shelton

M Basketball

Fr.

Ardmore, Okla.

Biology

Commissioner's

Collin Tubbs

M Basketball

So.

Austin, Texas

Biology

Commissioner's

Kendre Talley

M Basketball

Sr.

Spencer, Okla.

Family Studies

Commissioner's

Jared Consoli

M Golf

Jr.

Brisbane, Australia

Accounting/Finance

Commissioner's

Trey Payne

M Golf

Jr.

Ardmore, Okla.

Accounting

Commissioner's

Sam Johnston

M Golf

So.

San Diego, Calif.

English/Writing

Commissioner's


Alasdair Dalgliesh

M Golf

Sr.

West Sussex, England

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

Commissioner's

Evan Helker

M Soccer

Fr.

Edmond, Okla.

Mechanical Engineering

Commissioner's


Taylor Vanderford

M Soccer

Fr.

Moore, Okla.

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

Commissioner's

Domenico DeGrazia

M Soccer

Jr.

Caracas, Venezuela

Mechanical Engineering

Commissioner's

Octave Mugiraneza

M Soccer

Jr.

Nayamagabe, Rwanda

Electrical Engineering

Commissioner's

Angel Nisi

M Soccer

Jr.

Hollywood, Fla.

Biology

Commissioner's

Joshua Patterson

M Soccer

Jr.

Abilene, Texas

Psychology

Commissioner's


Ricardo Chinchilla

M Soccer

So.

Heredia, Costa Rica

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

Commissioner's


Fraol Legesse

M Soccer

So.

Oklahoma City

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

Commissioner's


Latham Liggett

M Soccer

So.

Burleson, Texas

Mass Communications/Public Relations-Advertising

Commissioner's

Cole Rinke

M Soccer

So.

Bethany, Okla.

Biology

Commissioner's


Rigel Mathis

M Soccer

Sr.

Arlington, Texas

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

Commissioner's

Jordan Chism

Softball

Fr.

Piedmont, Okla.

Biology

Commissioner's

Shea Coats

Softball

Fr.

Tuttle, Okla.

Public Communication & Leadership

Commissioner's

Haley Goodin

Softball

Fr.

Edmond, Okla.

Biology

Commissioner's

Haley Squier

Softball

Fr.

Edmond, Okla.

Early Childhood Education

Commissioner's


Krystal Rodriguez

Softball

Jr.

Carrollton, Texas

Mass Communications/Public Relations-Advertising

Commissioner's


Courtney Starr

Softball

Jr.

Des Moines, Iowa

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

Commissioner's

Krista Martony

Softball

Sr.

Goleta, Calif.

Family Studies

Commissioner's


Kylee Hicks

W Basketball

Fr.

Choctaw, Okla.

Mass Communications/Public Relations-Advertising

Commissioner's


Makenzie Brown

W Basketball

Jr.

Savanna, Okla.

Finance

Commissioner's


Skyler Newberry

W Basketball

Jr.

Marlow, Okla.

Business

Commissioner's


Sydney Hill

W Basketball

So.

Edmond, Okla.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Commissioner's


Carli Covalt

W Basketball

Sr.

Woodward, Okla.

Nursing

Commissioner's


Roz Hamilton

W Basketball

Sr.

Idabel, Okla.

Biology

Commissioner's


Mica Havens

W Basketball

Sr.

Ponca City, Okla.

Psychology

Commissioner's

India Matthews

W Golf

Fr.

Merrimac, Australia

Marketing

Commissioner's

Mindy Stafford

W Golf

Fr.

Piedmont, Okla.

Undeclared

Commissioner's

Anna Arrese Cortadellas

W Golf

Jr.

Barcelona, Spain

Management

Commissioner's

Alyssa Schneider

W Golf

So.

Broken Arrow, Okla.

Mechanical Engineering

Commissioner's


Bailey Barron

W Soccer

Fr.

North Richland Hills, Texas

English Education

Commissioner's

Sophia Brazil

W Soccer

Fr.

Oklahoma City

Business

Commissioner's


Devon Palluth

W Soccer

Fr.

Keller, Texas

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

Commissioner's

Kelsey Taylor

W Soccer

Fr.

Chickasha, Okla.

Nursing

Commissioner's


Carley Cave

W Soccer

Jr.

Edmond, Okla.

English/Teaching English as Foreign Language

Commissioner's

Mackenzii Bieke

W Soccer

So.

Little Elm, Texas

Marketing

Commissioner's

Maicee Brinkman

W Soccer

So.

Mansfield, Texas

Early Childhood Education

Commissioner's

Hannah Lorentz

W Soccer

So.

Edmond, Okla.

Accounting

Commissioner's

Lindsey Williams

W Soccer

So.

Plano, Texas

Journalism

Commissioner's


Chelsie Flagg

W Soccer

Sr.

Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Mass Communications/Broadcast Journalism

Commissioner's


Addie Ryan

W Soccer

Sr.

Edmond, Okla.

English/Teaching English as Foreign Language

Commissioner's

Matt Brown

Baseball

Jr.

Stillwater, Okla.

Math Education

President's

Caden Cleveland

Baseball

Jr.

Oklahoma City

Management

President's

Dillon Endecott

Baseball

Jr.

McLoud, Okla.

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

President's

Jordan Lopez

Baseball

Jr.

Edmond, Okla.

Accounting/Finance

President's

Kelby Reneau

Baseball

Jr.

Edmond, Okla.

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

President's


Cody Rosecrans

Baseball

Jr.

Edmond, Okla.

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

President's

Robert Rosser

Baseball

Jr.

Denison, Texas

Biology

President's


Markus Carr

Baseball

Sr.

Sugar Land, Texas

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

President's

Kacy Cook

Baseball

Sr.

Fort Gibson, Okla.

Management

President's


Cory Eastwood

Baseball

Sr.

Fort Worth, Texas

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

President's


Cameron Keener

Baseball

Sr.

Murphysboro, Ill.

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

President's


Sean Murphy

Baseball

Sr.

Woodinville, Wash.

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

President's

Ryan Nash

Baseball

Sr.

Oklahoma City

Mechanical Engineering

President's

Caleb Price

Baseball

Sr.

Midwest City, Okla.

Interdisciplinary Studies

President's


Daniel Sawyer

Baseball

Sr.

Pasadena, Texas

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

President's

Garrett Stephenson

Baseball

Sr.

Celina, Texas

Journalism

President's


Nathan Giles

M Cross Country

Fr.

Fort Worth, Texas

Biology

President's


Roberto Diaz

M Cross Country

Jr.

Austin, Texas

Finance

President's

Brennym Kaelin

M Cross Country

Jr.

Houston, Texas

Elementary Education

President's


Bryant Keirns

M Cross Country

So.

Wichita, Kan.

Biology

President's


Timothy Zuercher

M Cross Country

So.

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Computer Science

President's


Sarah Cobb

W Cross Country

Fr.

Amarillo, Texas

Mathematics

President's


Layne Hammer

W Cross Country

Fr.

Greeley, Colo.

Mechanical Engineering

President's


Aubree Hughes

W Cross Country

Fr.

Tuttle, Okla.

Organizational Communication

President's


Katie Jones

W Cross Country

Fr.

Juneau, Alaska

Journalism

President's


Christina Pulpan

W Cross Country

Fr.

Comfort, Texas

Nursing

President's


Maci Rich

W Cross Country

Fr.

Marlow, Okla.

Psychology

President's


Tavia Hoheisel

W Cross Country

Jr.

Newton, Kan.

Elementary Education

President's


Luis Lopez

M Basketball

Fr.

Edmond, Okla.

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

President's

John Moon

M Basketball

Fr.

Crescent, Okla.

Accounting

President's

Casey Covalt

M Basketball

Jr.

Woodward, Okla.

Biology

President's


Johnny Ellis

M Golf

Sr.

Bellville, Texas

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

President's

Seth Brown

M Soccer

Fr.

Yukon, Okla.

Electrical Engineering

President's

Cody Cook

M Soccer

Fr.

Edmond, Okla.

Accounting

President's

Matt McLain

M Soccer

Jr.

Yukon, Okla.

Preaching

President's

Brandon Little Axe

M Soccer

So.

Norman, Okla.

Accounting/Finance

President's

Connor Davenport

M Soccer

Sr.

McKinney, Texas

Electrical Engineering

President's

Niki Davidson

Softball

Fr.

Oklahoma City

Business

President's


Abby Taliaferro

Softball

Fr.

Edmond, Okla.

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

President's


Monique Elliott

Softball

Jr.

El Cajon, Calif.

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

President's

Taylor Mosher

Softball

Jr.

Flower Mound, Texas

Interdisciplinary Studies

President's


Kendra Pierce

Softball

Jr.

Oklahoma City

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

President's

Danielle Collins

Softball

So.

Parker, Colo.

Biology

President's

Lauren Chatigny

Softball

Sr.

Cherry Valley, Calif.

Management

President's


Sarah Endres

Softball

Sr.

Piedmont, Okla.

Mass Communications/Public Relations-Advertising

President's

Lauren Pittman

Softball

Sr.

Rush Springs, Okla.

Elementary Education

President's


Martha Thomas

Softball

Sr.

North Richland Hills, Texas

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

President's

Brooks Stephenson

Sports Information

Fr.

Celina, Texas

Mass Communications/Public Relations-Advertising

President's


Brady Ross

Sports Information

Jr.

Edmond, Okla.

Preaching Ministry

President's


McKenzie Stanford

W Basketball

Fr.

Perkins, Okla.

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

President's


Logan McKee

W Basketball

Jr.

Cordell, Okla.

Elementary Education

President's


Kaitlyn Morris

W Basketball

Jr.

Kiowa, Kan.

Science Education/Biology

President's


Emma Gade

W Basketball

So.

Stillwater, Okla.

Math Education

President's


Aisha Martin

W Basketball

So.

Lorenzo, Texas

Science Education/Physical Science

President's


Krista Stevens

W Basketball

Sr.

Oklahoma City

Business Administration

President's


Talor Ward

W Basketball

Sr.

Okmulgee, Okla.

Biology

President's


Andee Wayne

W Basketball

Sr.

Norman, Okla.

Biology

President's

Emery Rakestraw

W Golf

Fr.

Siloam Springs, Ark.

Family Studies/Child Development

President's

Allison Sell

W Golf

Fr.

Edmond, Okla.

Business

President's

Dana Todd

W Golf

Fr.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Management

President's

Audrey Meisch

W Golf

So.

Andover, Kan.

Elementary Education

President's

Amanda Cooper

W Soccer

Fr.

Keller, Texas

Marketing

President's

Estefania Bermudez Delgado

W Soccer

Jr.

Madero, Mexico

Finance

President's


Katie Wertz

W Soccer

Jr.

Wichita, Kan.

Sport, Wellness & Recreation Management

President's

Areli Bermudez Delgado

W Soccer

So.

Madero, Mexico

Finance

President's

Alexis Farrell

W Soccer

So.

Rowlett, Texas

Political Science

President's

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:30:00 CDT 8d4b96e1-44c8-4129-9834-f4941d89c2fe
German product Stoeckel joins OC soccer team for 2014 http://www.oc.edu/news/r/german-product-stoeckel-joins-oc-soccer-team-for-2014/ OFFENBURG, Germany (July 29, 2014) – Janine Stoeckel, the daughter of a German Football Federation coach, has signed a letter of intent to play college soccer at Oklahoma Christian, OC women’s coach Randall Robison said Wednesday.

Stoeckel, who attended Grimmelshausen-Gymnasium Offenburg during her high school years and played for SC Sand, should “immediately make a strong contribution” to the OC squad, Robison said.

She will likely play as an attacking central midfielder or as a forward.

“We are very excited for Janine to join us,” Robison said. “Janine has a great first touch and is a proven playmaker. She is a very versatile player. She comes from a soccer family and she will be a great part of our future success at OC.”

Stoeckel will be the first German national to play for OC since Marieke Bauer, who was on the Lady Eagles’ roster in 2011.


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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:00:00 CDT a002cd2f-c09c-4f2e-a88a-005b953b2eb7
OC’s Payne lands another academic honor, this time from the GCAA http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-s-payne-lands-another-academic-honor-this-time-from-the-gcaa/ NORMAN, Okla. (July 23, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian’s Trey Payne is one of 75 NCAA Division II golfers to be named as a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar, the Golf Coaches Association of America said Wednesday.

To be eligible for the GCAA honor, a Division II player must be a junior or senior academically, have competed at least three years of college golf, played in at least 50 percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke average under 78, have a grade-point average of at least 3.2, be of high moral character and be of good standing at his university.

Payne, from Ardmore, just completed his junior season with the Eagles. The accounting major has a 3.36 GPA and posted a stroke average of 74.73 during the 2013-14 season.

He twice has been named as a National Christian College Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete.

Payne was one of three players from Heartland Conference schools to make the GCAA honor list, joining Brian Smith and Jose Hernandez, both of St. Edward’s (Texas).

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:45:00 CDT b2cb40cc-c830-4ee2-b169-d2ba84701709
Men’s basketball squad receives Team Academic Excellence Award from NABC http://www.oc.edu/news/r/men-s-basketball-squad-receives-team-academic-excellence-award-from-nabc/ KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 23, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian’s men’s basketball team was named Wednesday as the recipient of a Team Academic Excellence Award by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

The 2013-14 Eagles were one of 126 programs (from all NCAA and NAIA divisions) so honored by the NABC, which created the team academic award program before the 2012-13 season.

To receive the award, members of a team must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better. That number must include the GPAs of all student-athletes who competed for the team during the season. OC’s squad had a cumulative GPA of 3.064.

Team members for the 2013-14 season included Kendre Talley, Collin Tubbs, Josh Faurot, Casey Covalt, Jordan Rutherford, Zach Norris, Willie Harper, Nick Tate, Deric Shelton, John Moon, Luis Lopez, Jordan VanDeKop and Eric Randall. The squad was coached by head coach Dan Hays, assistant coaches Terril Hankins and Rob McKinzie and graduate assistant coach Brandon Troutman.

OC was one of only two Heartland Conference squads to receive the NABC honor, along with Dallas Baptist (Texas).

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:30:00 CDT 3beb30ba-9a11-4f34-a9c7-e2e86f23cd09
Despite strong round, Johnston falls in Oklahoma State Amateur quarterfinals http://www.oc.edu/news/r/despite-strong-round-johnston-falls-in-oklahoma-state-amateur-quarterfinals/ OWASSO, Okla. (July 22, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian’s Sam Johnston had a fantastic round that included six birdies on Tuesday afternoon in the Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship quarterfinals, but he simply couldn’t keep up with Central Oklahoma’s Eric Kline.

Kline’s round that included an eagle and seven birdies allowed him to post a 3-and-1 match-play win over Johnston at the Patriot Golf Club.

During the morning round, Johnston advanced to the quarterfinals with a rousing 1-up win in 19 holes over Austin Eckroat, who won the Class 6A high school individual title as a freshman this spring at Edmond North High School.

Johnston, a rising junior from San Diego, hoped to carry that momentum into the quarterfinal match with Kline, who’s from Ponca City and will be a junior at UCO in the fall. Johnston birdied the par-5 No. 1 but Kline posted an eagle, putting him ahead in a match he’d never trail.

Johnston’s par at No. 3 evened the match, as Kline posted his only bogey. But birdies on the next two holes put Kline 2-up. Johnston answered with a birdie on the par-3 No. 6 but couldn’t close the gap any further, as the two players halved the next six holes, a run that included birdies for each player on a pair of par-5 holes, No. 8 and No. 10.

Kline went 2-up with a birdie on the par-3 No. 13. Johnston briefly rallied with a birdie on No. 14 to win that hole, but Kline birdied the par-5 No. 16 and par-3 No. 17 to end the match. Kline advanced to face Brendon Jelley of Tulsa in Wednesday’s semifinals.

It was the second straight year during which Johnston, a two-time NCAA Division II All-America pick, made an impressive run in a state amateur tournament. He reached the round of 16 in the California State Amateur last year.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:45:00 CDT 19e17a43-5934-4f04-903d-6b1efb709c7a
Randall granted extra year of eligibility by NCAA, to rejoin OC basketball team http://www.oc.edu/news/r/randall-granted-extra-year-of-eligibility-by-ncaa-to-rejoin-oc-basketball-team/ OKLAHOMA CITY (July 22, 2014) – The NCAA has granted Oklahoma Christian men’s basketball player Eric Randall a sixth season of eligibility, which will allow the senior center to rejoin OC’s squad for the 2014-15 season, OC coach Dan Hays said Tuesday.

Randall, a 6-foot-8 center from Edmond, missed all of the 2013-14 season – which would have been his senior campaign – after suffering a preseason knee injury. Randall also did not play during his first season at OC, in 2009-10.

He initially decided not to pursue an appeal with the NCAA to reinstate his final season of eligibility, but then changed his mind this past spring.

NCAA student-athletes typically have 10 full-time semesters during which to complete four seasons of eligibility, but under NCAA rules, an extension of eligibility waiving the 10-semester rule may be granted “based upon objective evidence, for reasons that are beyond the control of the student-athlete or the institution, which deprive the student-athlete of the opportunity to participate for more than one season in his/her sport” within that 10-semester window.

“This is the crown jewel to an already outstanding recruiting class,” Hays said. “You can’t really call a sixth-year senior a new recruit, but that is how I feel.  I am so happy for Eric Randall. He now gets to finish his collegiate career on the floor and not in the training room and on the bench in street clothes.

Randall’s return should provide a major boost to what will be a young OC squad that will include seven freshmen and six sophomores to go with two other seniors. During the 2012-13 season, Randall averaged 5.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per game as the Eagles advanced to the National Christian College Athletic Association championship game.

As a sophomore in 2011-12, he averaged 9.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, helping the Eagles win the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament title, and he averaged 7.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game as a freshman.

“Eric is a tremendous young man who has graduated and will start in our MBA program this fall,” Hays said. “He is a proven player that will give us a huge boost in the Heartland Conference this season.”


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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:15:00 CDT e046b442-b70d-4438-ac6f-6145d2536c41
Johnston reaches round of 16 at OGA State Amateur Championship http://www.oc.edu/news/r/johnston-reaches-round-of-16-at-oga-state-amateur-championship/ OWASSO, Okla. (July 21, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian standout Sam Johnston won two matches on Monday to advance to the round of 16 in the annual Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship at the Patriot Golf Club.

Johnston, a rising junior from San Diego and a two-time NCAA Division II All-America second-team pick, earned the 15th seed in the tournament and opened by beating 50th-seeded Braden Ricks of Shawnee 2 and 1 in a morning match.

On Monday afternoon, Johnston downed 47th-seeded Michael Hughett of Owasso – who has won 16 OGA championships and is one of the state’s top senior players – 3 and 2.

Johnston will face one of the state’s best junior players on Tuesday morning, squaring off against Austin Eckroat, who won the Class 6A high school title in May to cap his freshman season at Edmond North High School. With a win, Johnston would play in a quarterfinal match on Tuesday afternoon.

The semifinals and title match are scheduled for Wednesday.

One other OC player appeared in the tournament – incoming freshman Ty Tamura of Edmond, who lost 5 and 4 to Mason Keller of Tulsa in the first round.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:15:00 CDT c1e3580d-57c1-4926-92cb-dce4e3dc242a
OC signee Strickland stars in Texas prep basketball all-star game http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-signee-strickland-stars-in-texas-prep-basketball-all-star-game/ SAN ANTONIO, Texas (July 21, 2014) – Oklahoma Christian men’s basketball signee Elijah Strickland wrapped up an all-star summer with another impressive performance on Monday night.

Strickland score 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting and added five rebounds and an assist as his North team beat the South 118-101 in the annual Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game at the Alamo Convention Center.

Strickland, a 6-foot-3 guard who starred at Burkburnett High School just north of Wichita Falls, won the event’s 3-point contest at halftime, knocking down 15 shots from behind the arc – edging out two other future Heartland Conference players, Aubrie King (St. Edward’s) and Scout Teal (Lubbock Christian), who had 14 and 12, respectively.

Strickland developed a reputation as a long-range marksman at Burkburnett, hitting 216 3-pointers during the past two seasons. He averaged 19.3 points, 3.8 assists and 2.9 steals per game while shooting 42 percent from 3-point range and 81 percent from the free-throw line as a senior.

On Monday, he also participated in the THSCA game’s dunk contest, won by future New Mexico player Xavier Adams.

Earlier this summer, Strickland and fellow OC signee Jordan Box represented Texas in the annual Faith 7 Basketball Bowl in Shawnee, with Box winning team most valuable player honors.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:45:00 CDT 5cab705b-3561-4a1d-8c08-ffe07c3f4f7d
Covalt represents Oklahoma Christian on NABC Honors Court http://www.oc.edu/news/r/covalt-represents-oklahoma-christian-on-nabc-honors-court/ KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 21, 2014) – Casey Covalt represented Oklahoma Christian on the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ annual Honors Court, which was announced Monday.

The Honors Court recognized men’s college basketball players who excelled in academics during the 2013-14 academic year. To qualify for the honor, a player must be a junior or senior, have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.2, have spent at least one year at his current institution and have a coach who is a NABC member.

Covalt, a rising senior guard from Woodward, has a 3.54 GPA in biology. He earlier had been named as a Scholar-Athlete by the National Christian College Athletic Association.

The NABC said 895 players from 338 colleges and universities earned the Honors Court distinction.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:00:00 CDT 7a396454-1798-482f-b6ec-eca50ffd9348