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CHICKASHA – Former NCAA Division I athlete Jadyn Smith will head the Drover softball team at the University of Science and Arts, university officials announced Wednesday.

After playing four years for Patty Gasso at the University of Oklahoma, Smith went back to her high school alma mater, Newcastle, where she served as an assistant for two years. She joins USAO directly from Sooner Athletic Conference rival Oklahoma Baptist,...

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CHICKASHA – Richard Nixon was President of the United States. The Vietnam War was winding to a close. The Price is Right began challenging viewers name the price of regular household items. And Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” topped the charts.

It was 1972, and the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts began entertaining Chickasha as college athletics found its way to the community.

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CHICKASHA – After two winning seasons in a row, Softball Head Coach Jenn White has announced that she’s leaving USAO to spend more time with her children and pursue teaching.

White has coached the softball program for three seasons.

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CHICKASHA – With the 2012 season wrapped up, assistant softball coach Ken Richardson said he looks back on a job well done, despite some moments of turmoil.

“I was pleased with this season,” he said. “We had our ups and downs as normally we do during softball. But overall, he had a good season. We made it to where we wanted to go — to the conference playoffs.”

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CHICKASHA – Three Drover softball players were named All-Conference for the Sooner Athletic Conference after astounding play all season.

Pitcher Neesha Sorrell and shortstop Taylor Smith were named All-Conference Second Team while Chelsea Zuchnik earned the team’s only Gold Glove honor.

Neesha Sorrell
Sorrell, a sophomore from Newcastle, was the team’s ace pitcher all season. She ends the season...

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Playing the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament for the second year in a row, the Drover softball team battled three tough SAC opponents before falling in double elimination.

“I am proud of the girls. We have been though a lot on and off the field this year, and we managed to reach our goal,” Coach Jenn White said. “I think next year we should reach even a little higher.”

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CHICKASHA — Regular season might be over, the Drovers still have to face some of the nation’s best in the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament, set to begin Friday.

USAO, who enter sixth seed for the second year in a row, will play third-seeded Southern Nazarene in the first round. The Crimson Storm, who swept the Drovers in the regular season at home, are ranked 15th nationally.

The tournament is a double-elimination....

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CHICKASHA – Sophomore pitcher Neesha Sorrell broke a school record in strikeouts thrown on Tuesday afternoon in a split against Oklahoma Baptist.

Sorrell propelled the Drovers to the win in the ninth inning of game one against the Bison with 16 strikeouts. She allowed just four hits and walked just one batter.

Michelle Bauer previously held the record of 15 strikeouts thrown in a game against Northwestern Iowa in 2007....

CHICKASHA – With just two conference doubleheaders left before the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament, the Drovers are fighting for seeding in the tough conference.

“The season has gone really great. At the beginning we have had a couple of rough spots coming together as a team,” senior Liz Agpalo said. “But by the end we finally pulled together … for the most part, it’s gotten a lot better. We’ve surprised a couple of teams...

CHICKASHA – Facing a tough top 15 team on Senior Day, the Drovers took the split against the No. 13 Saint Gregory’s Cavaliers on Tuesday afternoon at Bill Smith Ballpark.

Sophomore pitcher Neesha Sorrell threw eight strikeouts in the first game, but the Drovers were not able to grab a victory and fell 5-0. The Drovers turned around, however, to shutout the Cavs in game two.

On just the fourth Drover batter of the...