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Coach Ross and Seth Sturgeon

USAO Baseball Coach Mike Ross and the Drovers are off to a strong 6-1 start going into the team's home opening series against the University of Saint Mary. First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m. Feb. 8. The Drovers will take on Saint Mary the following afternoon as well.

Here's what Coach Ross had to say about the home opener...

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CHICKASHA – The 2013 Drover baseball season presents new challenges, but a lot of the same great ball with a group of players already familiar with the program and the conference.

Head Coach Mike Ross said that while he expects a pretty good season out of the Drovers, he doesn't like to put lofty expectations on the team’s performance so early in the year.

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CHICKASHA – Having the tennis program cut at East Central may have been the best thing that ever happened to Phil Barnes.

As a junior in 1978 all of a sudden seeking a new place to play tennis, Barnes found USAO. And from there, his life just fell into place.

“I wouldn’t be where I’m at if I hadn’t gone to USAO. There’s no question about it,” Barnes said. “You don’t think so at the time at you are being molded, but...

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CHICKASHA – It’s been 40 years of blood, sweat and tears. Forty years of struggles and forty years of success. Forty years of Shining Moments.

USAO will celebrate its 40th Anniversary of Drover Athletics in first weekend of November. Registration, which is just $65 for a weekend full of events, is open currently, but prices will increase in less than two weeks. The deadline for early bird registration is Sept. 30.

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The In the Saddle crew bring on a very special guest in a short In the Saddle promo to show you what to expect out of Drover athletics this season! Meet Dusty the Drover and hear inside his head on this special show!

In the Saddle will begin its fall shows on Aug. 23 with Coach Jimmy Hampton with USAO Soccer.

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CHICKASHA – Two USAO student-athletes will find it a little easier to pay for college after receiving an exclusive scholarship: The Bill and Pat Smith Scholar-Athlete Scholarship.

Paige Pulliam, women’s basketball guard, and Seth Sturgeon, baseball pitcher, are this year’s scholarship recipients.

The scholarship is awarded each year to one male and one female USAO athlete who exemplify the concept of student-athlete...

Coach L.J. Powell

CHICKASHA – Sometimes the impact one man can make on the lives he touches is immeasurable.

That is certainly true for long-time USAO baseball coach L.J. Powell, who retired from coaching in 2009. Powell was named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame this month. He previously was named to the Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008.

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CHICKASHA – Richard Nixon was President of the United States. The Vietnam War was winding to a close. The Price is Right began challenging viewers name the price of regular household items. And Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” topped the charts.

It was 1972, and the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts began entertaining Chickasha as college athletics found its way to the community.

Sam Hayden

CHICKASHA – Just five years after he graduated from USAO, Sam Hayden is back as the assistant baseball coach and is eager to help the program continue to make a strong presence in one of the toughest conferences in the league.

“My goal at USAO is to help continue the winning tradition that we have and to help make the University of Science and Arts a premiere program in the Sooner Athletic Conference,” Hayden said.

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CHICKASHA – Three Drover starters were named 2012 Sooner Athletic Baseball All-Conference after strong performances in the field and at the plate this season.

Third baseman Heath Wilda and outfielder Jared Coon were named All-Conference First Team while first baseman Zach Gonzalez took home All-Conference Second Team honors.

Jared Coon
Coon, a junior from McNeese State, led the Drovers in almost...