February 2012

Drovers fight in pink against OBU

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CHICKASHA – On Feb. 11, there will be an explosion of pink at the USAO Fieldhouse.

From on the court to throughout the stands, Drovers and fans will be raising awareness for early and regular cancer screenings with a sea of pink.

“We started the Pink Out Against Cancer tradition last February, and we’ve been able to carry it through to the softball and soccer programs,” said Dr. Jeannette Loutsch, advisor of USAO’s chapter of Colleges Against Cancer. “We plan for the tradition to continue to grow.”

(VIDEO) National Championship: 10 Years Later

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CHICKASHA – A decade ago, USAO men’s basketball team made history earning the first NAIA National Championship for the university.

Having lost in the finals the previous season by just four points, the Drovers were not willing to go home empty handed again.

Led by coach Brisco McPherson, USAO beat out Barat College in the National Semifinals in an overtime victory. Their only hurdle to the National Championship was conference-rival Oklahoma Baptist.

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Drovers sweep Friends

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CHICKASHA – The Drovers grabbed a third win on Monday afternoon in a sweep over Friends University.

After having beaten Friends 16-3 and 7-4 on Sunday, the Drovers took the game into the bottom of the ninth before securing the win.
The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth when Friends scored their only two runs of the game. The Drovers didn’t counter until the bottom of the fifth with Jared Coon doubled to left field, allowing Robert Summers to score.

WALLACE, William


Funeral service for William Bill Wallace, 64, of Chickasha, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 at the First Christian Church. William Bill Wallace was born Aug. 1, 1947 in Chickasha, the son of L. Keith Wallace and Mabel (Burke) Wallace. He passed away Jan. 30, 2012 at his home west of Chickasha. Bill was raised in Chickasha and graduated from Chickasha High School in 1965. He received his B.S. in Elementary Education from USAO in 1971 and his M.S. in Elementary Administration from SWSU in 1974. He and Carol Priddle were married Aug. 27, 1966 in Wichita Falls, Texas.



Mary Elizabeth Steigleder, 89, of Duncan, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at her home in Duncan. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Sue Trei-Conrad officiating. Interment will follow in Duncan Cemetery, under direction of Don Grantham Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Elizabeth was born Aug. 11, 1922, in Beggs, the daughter of R.L.A. and Nellie B. Humphreys Steigleder.

GARABATO, Josephine M.


Josephine M. Garabato, 90, of Lakewood, WA, passed away peacefully in Manila on January 18, 2012. Born on October 7, 1921 in Botolon, Zambales Province, Philippines, she was a member and lecturer at St. John Bosco Catholic Church, Lakewood, and a retired elementary school teacher, having taught at Fort Lewis for over 35 years. She received a BS degree from Oklahoma College for Women, and a master's in Education from Pacific Lutheran University.

OTT, Hazel (Bartlett)


Funeral service for Hazel Ott will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home. Burial will be in Del Norte Cemetery, Drummond, Okla. Arrangements by Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home. Hazel, age 89, passed away Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, leaving behind a legacy of love, strength and service to her community. Hazel was born Nov. 3, 1922, in the community of Barr, Okla., to Guy and Edith Long Bartlett. After attending grade school in Barr, she graduated from Drummond High School.

Drovers stomp the Falcons

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CHICKASHA – The Drover baseball team opened at home with a bang. And then another.

In a home opening series, the Drovers ran over the Friends University Falcons, winning the first game 16-3 and the second 7-4 on Sunday afternoon.

Junior Eddie Cervantes made his first appearance on the mound at Bill Smith Ballpark, pitching the first four innings of the doubleheader. He didn’t give up a single hit during the 14 batters he faced and threw three strikeouts.

No. 23 too much for the Drovers

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CHICKASHA -- It was a back and forth game for the Drover men against No. 23 John Brown and the Drovers ending up falling by just five points, ending the game with a final of 81-76.

The lead changed nine times throughout the game, with JBU getting its largest lead just 30 seconds before the final buzzer.

Kyle Hunt added another double-double to his season’s total with 24 points and 17 rebounds. He went 8-for-14 from both the field and the line.

Norris Rumph had another 12 points, and Phillip Harris had another 11 points for the Drovers in the contest.