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CHICKASHA – One of the big milestones of a college athlete’s career is to win a championship in their sports, but the more important milestone is graduating with a degree.

All-in-all the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma has 22 athletes who will be finishing up their collegiate career with a degree in their respective fields.

USAO conferred 72 degrees in Friday evening’s fall 2013 ceremony, one-third of which were...

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CHICKASHA – Home athletic events at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma will become more accessible to parents and out-of-town fans this year as the Drovers will host live stream video of home games, USAO sports information office and the athletic department announced Wednesday.

Games will have live video streaming in real time along with live stats, a convenience USAO added in 2010. To see both, click on the “Live Stats...

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CHICKASHA – USAO softball will host its inaugural summer camp, a two-day intensive softball training camp open to youth ages 8 to 18.

USAO Softball Camp, directed by head softball coach Jadyn Wallis, is scheduled for July 23 and 24.

“We are really excited about the first year of the USAO Softball Camp.” Wallis said. “We will teach young athletes the fundamentals and mechanics that it takes to become the athlete they...

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CHICKASHA – The Sooner Athletic Conference named five Drovers All-Conference this month after solid performances on the field.

Brooke McLeod, Taylor Smith, Ashley Rasovic, Katie Jirak and Chelsea Zuchnik were named All-Conference Second Team. Zuchnik also earned Gold Glove honors.

All-Conference athletes are voted on by conference coaches based on their performances on the field throughout the season.


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CHICKASHA – The Drover softball players expected a smooth transition as the season began, but a few injuries later, the team was just trying to stay healthy enough to continue to season.

Ending at 26-26, assistant coach Ken Richardson said he was proud of the way the players continued to fight, work hard and endure a less-than-ideal season.

“Right off the bat, we lose a player. Then we started in a spring and lose...

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Plagued with injuries, the Drovers season came to an end on Friday evening at the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament despite strong performances by several of the players.

The tournament, which took place at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, was  double-elimination style.

The Drovers fell 5-4 in the first game of the tournament in a game against No. 14 Saint Gregory’s, even after hitting back-to-back...

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CHICKASHA – The Drovers enter the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament seeded sixth in their third conference tournament appearance in a row.

The tournament, which spans two days, begins at 11 a.m. Friday at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

“If we come out with a solid defense and exploding bats like I know we can, we will make a tough run through the tournament,” Head Coach Jadyn Smith-Wallis said. “And...

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CHICKASHA – USAO grabbed two more conference wins in a doubleheader against Mid-America Christian on Thursday afternoon at Bill Smith Ballpark.

The Drovers (24-23, 5-17) started off having to fight from behind after giving up a run in the first inning of the first game.

Taking the lead in the third, the Drovers scored three runs. First, pitcher Morgan Bratcher singled to left field. The following batter, Jessica Horton,...

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CHICKASHA – Rattled with injuries and a short staff, the Drover softball team took a little longer than expected to get their stride, but junior Markie LaFerney says that part of the season is behind them.

“We played a lot of our conference games toward the beginning and a lot of people didn’t have to do that. That was when everybody was coming out really strong … and that’s when we were struggling,” she said. “We were trying to...

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CHICKASHA – Playing their final Top 25 team of the regular season, the Drovers struggled to overcome the powerful Saint Gregory’s Cavaliers in USAO’s third annual Pink Out Cancer game Sunday afternoon.

First baseman Sara Reeves came out with a strong first game, scoring both USAO’s runs after going 2-for-3 from the plate. She scored first in the bottom of the fourth inning off an RBI single by left fielder Katie Jirak.