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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...

CHICKASHA – After two stellar runs in the Sooner Athletic Conference and national tournament appearances on both the women’s and men’s side, three USAO soccer players were named NAIA All-Americans this week.

Earning All-America Third Team honors were mid-fielder Niall Crick and defender Scott Parkinson. Calli Cooper earned All-America Honorable Mention.

Crick and Parkinson are two of only three Sooner Athletic...

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.

To...

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...