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CHICKASHA – After three NAIA National Tournament appearances in a row, the Drover men have a lot to aim for in 2012, but it could take a lot of work to get there, head coach Jimmy Hampton said.

“This group will have to make its own way with so many newcomers,” Hampton said. “We probably will go through some tough, tough growing pains.”

The preseason focus for the men has been on fitness and teaching the new players how...

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CHICKASHA – After back-to-back quarterfinal appearances, it’s no surprise the Drovers rank seventh nationally in the NAIA 2012 Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Poll, which was released Tuesday.

USAO is the only Sooner Athletic Conference team to appear in the Top 25. Lubbock Christian and Oklahoma Baptist, however, did receive votes. The Drovers topped the SAC Preseason Poll.

The Drovers open the season at home in what is...

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CHICKASHA – The target remains on the USAO men’s soccer team’s back as they sit atop the Sooner Athletic Conference preseason poll.

In the poll, which conference coaches vote on, the Drovers were the unanimous pick for first, despite graduating some key players.

“We are very honored that our team is picked to finish so high in a conference as tough and loaded with quality programs and coaches as the SAC,” Head Coach...

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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 – Junior Scott Parkinson’s schedule will be a little busier than the traditional USAO students. In fact, it will be busier than the typical USAO student-athlete.

He was named this month as the head boy’s soccer coach at Chickasha High School.

“I’m really thankful for the opportunity,” Parkinson said. “It’s come earlier in my coaching career than I thought it would have but I appreciate the faith that Chickasha...

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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.

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CHICKASHA – For the 10th year in row, USAO soccer coaches are opening the university’s campus to a residential soccer camp designed to enhance individual and team soccer skills in a concentrated setting.

This year, the camp will focus more on high school athletes and teams. Past campers have gone on to compete in the NCAA and NAIA levels and earn national honors.

The camp will run from July 16-18 and includes training...

CHICKASHA – A pair of USAO soccer players earned USAO’s highest student athlete honor as they were named the 2012 recipients of the Bill and Pat Smith Scholar Athlete Award.

Niall Crick and Annie Zoch earned the honor because of strong performances in the classroom and on the field and their involvement in the university. The Bill and Pat Smith Scholar Athlete Award goes out to one male and one female USAO athlete each year.

CHICKASHA – Reflecting back on a record-breaking season from both the men’s and women’s teams, Assistant Coach Alexis Vizarelis gives credit to the players and the rest of the coaching staff.

“Unbelievable. If you’d asked me at the start of the year if we would have had a season we did, it would have been hard pushed to say we would have on,” he said. “I think that they showed what we’re capable, what we demand from them every year....

CHICKASHA – For the first time in school history, both USAO soccer teams rank in the final Top 25 poll.

The men top out at eighth, seven spots higher than they started the season.

The final ranking comes to the program after a repeat NAIA Quarterfinal appearance in the National Tournament. The Drovers were downed by top-seeded Hastings College.

The men end the season 18-5, topping the record books with most wins in a...