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CHICKASHA – With already three series under their belts, the 2013 Drover baseball players are off to a strong 9-2 start.

“We’ve played pretty well so far. I’m happy with what we’ve done,” Head Coach Mike Ross said. “We finished the season really strong last year, and I think coming into this year they needed to get off to a good start, and I think we’ve done that.”

With almost all the starters returning and a...

Zach Gonzalez

CHICKASHA – The Drovers split with the Saint Mary Spires in the doubleheader to finish the four-games series, which the Drovers took 3-1.

The Drovers (9-2) started off the first game of the day with senior left fielder Jared Coon’s solo homer in the second at bat of the game.

Up 1-0 early, the Drovers struggled to get on base in the next several innings. Saint Mary was able to tie the score with a single in the fifth...

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CHICKASHA – The Drovers scored 11 runs to take both games in a Friday afternoon doubleheader against the University of Saint Mary.

The Drovers (8-1) got off to a strong start with Blake McMullen on the mound in game one. McMullen, who earned his third win of the season, threw 10 strikeouts and allowed just three hits. USM’s only run was not earned.

In the bottom of the second with two outs, Blake Pruett tripled to...

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.