CHICKASHA – The Drover women’s basketball players are heading into the New Year and conference play with only a handful of games under their belts with a short non-conference schedule, but senior Paige Pulliam said the team’s chemistry will make up for a lack of playing time.
“I think we actually have a really good shot. We have a lot of chemistry off the floor and on the floor,” she said. “I really think with our chemistry and how much we get along with each other and how much we communicate every day … will show on the floor, and we really have a good chance.”
CHICKASHA – Some players experience what is called the “sophomore slump,” a sluggish second year for a player competing college athletics. Liam Madden, however, did the exact opposite.
Madden, a sophomore on the men’s soccer team at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, had a breakout year — complete with an NAIA All-America Honorable Mention accolade.
“I am proud of the year Liam had,” USAO head coach Jimmy Hampton said. “It is a reflection of his hard work and training habits. It reflects the success our team has had and hopefully, he can build on that.”
CHICKASHA – Alex Rubio, a men’s soccer player for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, has been twice recognized for his scholastic talent as well as performances on the field as a men’s soccer starter.
Rubio earned both the national honor for Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete and CoSIDA Academic All-District.