CHICKASHA – In his first year of eligibility for the award, USAO junior Scott Parkinson was named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
He is one of 15 players in the state to be named to the list, which is complete with 315 players nationwide. Players must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and be at least a junior to qualify.
Parkinson, a physical education junior, has a cumulative GPA of 3.56.
MONTGOMERY, ALA. – On a rainy morning in Montgomery, Ala., the USAO Drovers suffered their first loss of the season and ended their tournament hopes as they fell to Belhaven University 2-1.
“We wanted to go all the way, of course we did. But value the journey … we value the opportunity to play on the stage,” Coach Jimmy Hampton said to his players after the game. “The experience is what matters -- that you got the opportunity to do it...
MONTGOMERY, ALA. – Leaving Thanksgiving morning to make the long trip to Montgomery, Ala., the Drovers are eager to get on the field to play in the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship second round game.
“Attitude of boys is very good,” USAO head coach Jimmy Hampton said. “They are prepped and ready to play. We’ve been training very hard last four days. The boys ready to go.”
CHICKASHA – Home field advantage, a lot of heart and a pair of goals is all it took to send the Drovers on to the next round of the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship as they shut out Grand View 2-0 in the Opening Round.
“The team competed hard and played hard for each other,” USAO head coach Jimmy Hampton said after the game. “I’m real proud of our boys as they make their own identity.”
CHICKASHA – Respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship. These are the qualities of a true Champion of Character, and they are the qualities of USAO’s lone senior, Kris Andrews.
Andrews was named one of the 32 NAIA Champions of Character on Friday night at a banquet honoring the USAO Drovers and the Grand View Vikings.
CHICKASHA – The fact that the Drovers enter the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round undefeated for the first time in school history doesn’t have an effect on Coach Jimmy Hampton or his coaching staff.
“The way we view it is it’s a new season and both teams are 0-0,” he explained. “You have to win to get here, but at this point records do not matter as it’s win or go home.”
CHICKASHA – Going undefeated with 10 shutouts, the Drover men practically swept the 2012 All-Sooner Athletic Conference selections.
Perry Sansford was named the SAC’s Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year, while teammate Scott Parkinson earned Defensive Player of the Year and Bryan Byars was named Goalkeeper of the Year.
Coach Jimmy Hampton earned conference Coach of the Year. It is his fourth...