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CHICKASHA – As the leaves turn from a beautiful green to a crisp gold, Drover spirit takes over campus and, frankly, Madness sets in as fans prepare for the start of Drover basketball.

Drover Madness, USAO’s annual basketball pep rally, will open basketball season at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in the USAO Fieldhouse.

“It’s a fun event that kicks off the basketball season,” said Coach Brisco McPherson, who first implemented...

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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 – 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.

CHICKASHA – Mike Williamson led the Drovers to win the 2002 NAIA Men’s Basketball Championship, and almost a decade later, he returned to USAO to finish his degree and again help lead the team.

“Those were some of the best days of my life. I had a blast. I met a lot of good people,” he said. “Those are the days that I can remember like yesterday, and I’ll never forget. Never forget.”

Williamson, who is the Drovers’...

CHICKASHA – Coach Brisco McPherson has announced the dates for his 26th annual summer basketball camp.

Campers have two options – a day camp for students ages 12-16 and a mini camp for students ages 6-11. The day camp will be June 4-8. There are two dates for the mini camp, and campers can attend June 4-8 or June 25-29.

The day camp, which includes lunch, is $110. The mini camp is $60.

Campers will be...

CHICKASHA – Coaches knew they had a winner when they recruited Kyle Hunt for the 2011-12 season, and Hunt proved them right, grabbing another honor this week: NAIA All-America First Team.

Hunt is one of only two players in the Sooner Athletic Conference to be named All-America First Team.

The 6-foot-10 senior averaged nearly 18 points a game, racking up a total of 499 on the season.

Additionally, he is fifth...

CHICKASHA – While the season may not have gone exactly as the coaches had predicted, the men’s basketball team at USAO played hard and athletically and made the coaches proud.

“From an overall coaches perspective, I think we were quite pleased with our guys’ effort,” assistant coach Vinson Metcalf said. “I think we put together some games where our athleticism came out and the guys really played hard.”

SILOAM SPRINGS, ARK. – No. 23 Southern Nazarene was just too much for the Drovers in the third match up of the season, this time in the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament.

Coach Brisco McPherson said his players fought tough, but the short bench and long minutes wore on the team a bit earlier than it did for USAO’s opponent.

“I thought we played hard,” McPherson said. “I’m still proud of the guys’ effort. We had a chance all...

CHICKASHA – After clinching the fifth seed in the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament, the Drover men are preparing to face No. 23 Southern Nazarene for the third time this season.

The Drovers (15-13, 11-11) play the fourth-seeded Crimson Storm at 9:45 p.m. Thursday in Siloam Springs, Ark. The whole tournament will be hosted at John Brown University.