CHICKASHA – With both teams qualifying for the national tournament, the Drovers have six days to prepare for their 2011 NAIA National Championship Opening Round opponents after the brackets were released Sunday night.
“We are excited about the opportunity,” Hampton said. “Both teams drew quality opponents, but it’s what we expect in the final 32. We will work hard this week to do our very best.”
The women The Drover women, on their first nationals trip, will make the 22-hour trip to play sixth-seed Point Loma Nazarene in San Diego, Calif.
CHICKASHA – Coaching the Drover women to their first-ever Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Championship and NAIA National Tournament invite, Coach Jimmy Hampton earns the Sooner Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award.
Additionally this season, Hampton took the USAO men’s soccer team to another SAC Championship and a third National Tournament bid.
“I am honored to receive Coach of the Year,” Hampton said. “It is representative of the entire Drover staff and most importantly, the group of young ladies who put the time and work in.”
CHICKASHA – Helping the Drovers in 10 of their 11 shutouts this season and scoring six total goals on the season, sophomore Scott Parkinson was named Sooner Athletic Conference Defensive MVP for the 2011 season.
Along with helping hold the back line all season, Parkinson is tied as the team’s third leading scorer this season. He scored the game-winning goal early in the season in a 3-0 win over Texas Wesleyan.
“It’s really good. It’s flattering,” Parkinson said. “For me, it’s more of an award for the program itself, not a personal one.”
Willa Jean Diddy Pennington, 84, of Muskogee, passed away Saturday October 22, 2011 in her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 13, 1927, to Zeno and Grace (Campbell) Casto in Vinita, Oklahoma. She graduated from Vinita High School and attended the Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha, Oklahoma. She retired after working twenty years as the executive secretary for the Muskogee City/County Port Authority. She loved to garden, read, travel, OU football and their pool. She was active in the Service League of Muskogee, Kiwanis Kickers and Wednesday Winos.
Joy Louise Morton Hart passed away peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the age of 96. She was born in Duncan to Nell (Love) Morton and Lois A. (L.A.) Morton on Sept. 5, 1915. Louise attended Emerson Elementary School, Duncan High School and Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha. She worked in the county library system and as a secretary at Halliburton. She was active in the Duncan First Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school and played the piano. Louise raised her children in Duncan. She spent her later years in the Tulsa area so she could be closer to her children and grandchildren.
Elizabeth Ann Dyer, 81, passed away on Saturday, October 29, 2011, at her San Antonio, Texas, residence. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, November 2, 2011, at 2 p.m., at the Hillcrest Memorial Park with Dr. Rick Baggett officiating. Services are under the direction of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory. Elizabeth was born July 18, 1930, in Marietta, Oklahoma, to the late Ray O. and Mildred Elizabeth (Wimberly) Dyer. Elizabeth graduated from Ardmore High School and later from the Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha with a bachelors degree in home economics.
Anita Sue Turner was truly a classy lady. She was a Christian who loved the Lord and attended Church all her life. She was thoughtful, funny, witty, compassionate and generous. She was a loyal friend to many. Anita was born October 9, 1931 and died Thursday, Nov 3, 2011 in her home with her loving family by her side. Anita was born to D. C. and Christine Farr and lived in Davis most of her life and left to pursue her teaching degree at USAO, OSU and East Central University. She retired from teaching the 2nd grade at Homer School in 1981.