December 2011

Seven nationally recognized as Scholar-Athletes

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CHICKASHA – Three Drover men and four USAO women were named 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes on Friday.

Niall Crick, John Gardner and Tyrone Tarbitt were among 286 athletes nation-wide to receive the honor. They are also three of 13 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

Drover women Gabby Barros, Leslie Bross, Erin Coggan and Lexxa Kever were among 485 nation-wide and 17 conference-wide to earn the honor.

To be considered for the honor, student-athletes must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 cumulative and be of at least junior status.

HULSEY, Effie L. (Carr)


Funeral service for Effie Lou Hulsey, 89, of Chickasha, Okla., will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at Epworth United Methodist Church. Effie Lou was born in Chickasha, Okla., to Thomas Lester Carr and Cleo Fay Carr. She attended Chickasha Senior High School and the Oklahoma College for Women. In her Chickette uniform, she met Everett Elwood Hulsey at Clarences Dance Hall, where they began their love of dancing. She married Everett on June 28, 1941, at the First Christian Church in Chickasha. They were happily married for over 50 years.

SANMANN, Bessie I. (Sprague)


Funeral for Bessie Irene Sanmann, 99, Geronimo, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Herschel Lindsey officiating. Mrs. Sanmann died Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, in Lawton. Private burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens. She was born Sept. 10, 1912, in Cutler, Ill., to William and Verrena Kell Sprague. She graduated from Oklahoma College for Women in 1933 with a BA in math. She began her teaching career in Valley View in the fall of 1933. She married Everett Lowell Sanmann July 23, 1936, in Waurika.

Stars outshine the Drovers

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CHICKASHA – In a tough conference opener, the Drovers fall to the Oklahoma City Stars on Thursday night at the USAO Fieldhouse.

The Drover men continue to prove their athleticism this year but were unable to overcome the Stars, who won the game 75-64.

After falling behind in the first half, the Drovers brought the game back within six but were unable to keep the lead.

Drovers struggle against No. 3 OCU

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CHICKASHA – Facing tough competitors in their conference opener, the Drovers teams struggled against No. 3 Oklahoma City Stars on Thursday night at the USAO Fieldhouse.

It was an Oklahoma City show as the Stars defeated the Drovers 98-44. OCU has defeated four of their five opponents by 50 points each.

Sophomore Paige Pulliam was the star, however, for the Drovers. Pulliam came in with 23 points and four rebounds in the game. Natalie Colton had another nine points, and senior Liberty Payne was the team’s leading rebounder with eight.

In the Saddle – Behind the Scenes

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CHICKASHA – In the Saddle has evolved over the years to become a fun face of USAO sports and a way for the community members to get to know the Drover athletes and coaches.

While USAO sports information director Jessica Jackson hosts the show, she gives credit to USAO video producer and Captain Video, David Duncan.

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