CHICKASHA – Three Drover men and four USAO women were named 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes on Friday.

Niall Crick, John Gardner and Tyrone Tarbitt were among 286 athletes nation-wide to receive the honor. They are also three of 13 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

Drover women Gabby Barros, Leslie Bross, Erin Coggan and Lexxa Kever were among 485 nation-wide and 17 conference-wide to earn the honor.


CHICKASHA – In the Saddle has evolved over the years to become a fun face of USAO sports and a way for the community members to get to know the Drover athletes and coaches.

While USAO sports information director Jessica Jackson hosts the show, she gives credit to USAO video producer and Captain Video, David Duncan.

ORANGE BEACH, ALA. – Defending national champions Hastings College ended one of USAO men’s soccer’s best seasons on Wednesday afternoon in the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Quarterfinals.

The Drovers earned their spot in the quarterfinals for the second year in a row after beating ninth-seeded Missouri Valley on the road Nov. 19 and eighth-seeded Azusa Pacific on Tuesday.

ORANGE BEACH, ALA. – The Drovers haven’t had enough of Orange Beach and defeated eighth-seed Azusa Pacific to stick around another day and compete for the second year in a row in the NAIA Quarterfinals.

The 2-1 victory sends the Drovers play defending national champions Hastings College at noon Wednesday.

Against Azusa Pacific, the Drovers dominated the first half of play, opening the scoring in just the 13th minute when Dusan...

ORANGE BEACH, ALA. – After starting the season 2-2, the Drover coaches and players found the right fit for success and the Drovers are playing for the second year in a row in the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Second Round.                     

The Drovers defeated ninth-seeded Missouri Valley last week to earn their spot at the final site in Orange Beach, Ala. Their next test is Azusa Pacific, who entered the tournament...

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – The weekend extra special to two Drovers, who were recognized by their teams and the NAIA as being the definition of a Champion of Character.

Seniors defenders Annie Zoch and John Gardner were named 2011 NAIA Champions of Character this weekend during their national tournament opening round trips.

Each NAIA National Tournament team nominates a player who exemplifies the NAIA motto of strong character and...

MARSHALL, MO. – The last five minutes of Saturday evening’s game determined a repeat NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship final site appearance for the Drover men.

A win 2-0 over the ninth-seeded Missouri Valley Vikings earned the Drovers a spot in the second round – the round of 16 – for the second year in a row.

“It was a great game,” Coach Jimmy Hampton said. “The boys played well versus a good side at their home.”

MARSHALL, MO. – The season started off rocky. The Drover men lost their season opener. A few games later, they were 2-2. But then it all changed.

A week before the regular season ended, the Drover men had already clinched the regular season Sooner Athletic Conference title...

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – For the first time in school history, both Drover soccer teams have made it into the 2011 NAIA Soccer National Championship Opening Round, and USAO is offering a chance to watch them both in action right in Chickasha.

In the women’s first trip to nationals, they drew No. 4 Point Loma Nazarene, based out of San Diego, Calif. The Drovers kick off at 1 p.m. central standard time on Saturday.

CHICKASHA – With both teams qualifying for the national tournament, the Drovers have six days to prepare for their 2011 NAIA National Championship Opening Round opponents after the brackets were released Sunday night.

“We are excited about the opportunity,” Hampton said. “Both teams drew quality opponents, but it’s what we expect in the final 32. We will work hard this week to do our very best.”

The women...