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CHICKASHA – Softball always has been a major part of Kindra Gregory Palacol’s life. It took her throughout high school, to college, and now well into her successful career in coaching and teaching.

Palacol now finds herself getting to use two of her passions at Norman North High School, in roles as the assistant fast pitch coach and Algebra I teacher.

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CHICKASHA – It’s been 40 years of blood, sweat and tears. Forty years of struggles and forty years of success. Forty years of Shining Moments.

USAO will celebrate its 40th Anniversary of Drover Athletics in first weekend of November. Registration, which is just $65 for a weekend full of events, is open currently, but prices will increase in less than two weeks. The deadline for early bird registration is Sept. 30.

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The In the Saddle crew bring on a very special guest in a short In the Saddle promo to show you what to expect out of Drover athletics this season! Meet Dusty the Drover and hear inside his head on this special show!

In the Saddle will begin its fall shows on Aug. 23 with Coach Jimmy Hampton with USAO Soccer.

Jadyn Smith

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....