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CHICKASHA – With every starter returning, the Drovers of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma begin the season in the NAIA Top 10, according to the association’s Preseason Coaches Poll released Tuesday.

The Drovers, who went undefeated in 2012 until their final game, claim the spot at No. 10.

For the fourth year in a row, the Drovers were picked to win the Sooner Athletic Conference title and have appeared in...

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CHICKASHA – After going undefeated in the Sooner Athletic Conference in 2012 and returning every starter, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Drovers were the undisputed top pick in the SAC preseason coaches poll released this week.

It is the fourth year in a row the Drovers were picked to win the conference title.

“It is an honor any time the SAC coaches feel like our program has a chance to be good,” head...

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CHICKASHA – USAO Soccer announces the High School and Team Residential Soccer Camp, which will take place July 14-16 on the university’s campus.

Hosted by the USAO soccer coaches and led by camp director Jimmy Hampton, the camp spans three days of intensive soccer training while giving campers an opportunity to live on campus.

The camp is for both individuals and for high school teams, which assistant camp director...

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CHICKASHA- Whether for fitness, weight loss or the challenge, running is a part of every athlete’s life. Inspired by the medical challenges facing the infant daughter of a dear friend, USAO’s Scott Parkinson hopes to turn running into something personal that can transform her life.

Parkinson, a soccer senior at USAO and Chickasha High School’s boys soccer coach, is running Sunday’s Oklahoma City Memorial Half-Marathon to help raise...

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CHICKASHA – Already a double All-America First Team player, junior Scott Parkinson can add a second national scholar-athlete award to his trophy case.

Parkinson, a junior defender for the Drovers, recently was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America 2012 Scholar All-America First Team recipient for his performances in the classroom and on the field.

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CHICKASHA – Adding to their lists of awards this season, Scott Parkinson and Perry Sansford were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America team on Tuesday.

Parkinson, who was named as USAO men’s soccer first NAIA All-America First Team earlier this month, was named to the NSCAA First Team, while teammate Perry Sansford was named NSCAA Third Team.

The players join Coach Jimmy Hampton, who was...

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CHICKASHA – For the third time in four years, USAO Head Soccer Coach Jimmy Hampton was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s All-Region Coach of the Year for men’s soccer.

Hampton, who also earned the honor in 2009 and 2010, said the honor reflects his coaching staff — Alexis Vizarelis, Tony Orsi and Tommy Hubbard — and the quality of players on the team.

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CHICKASHA – After a fourth NAIA Men’s Soccer National Tournament run, three Drovers were named to the elite NAIA All-America list — including a first ever First Team recipient for Drover soccer.

Scott Parkinson, a junior defender, was named USAO’s first men’s soccer All-America First Team, which goes to just 11 players in the country.

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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.

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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...