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CHICKASHA – Starting the season 6-2, the Drover softball team — composed exclusively of returning players — is off to a strong start, said first year head coach Jadyn Smith-Wallis.

“They know exactly what each other is going to do. There are no surprises. I think that is going to be a huge factor for us this year,” she said. “I feel like the girls are really competing and working as a unit. We are fired up, definitely fired up...

Morgan Bratcher

CHICKASHA – Senior pitcher Morgan Bratcher came out with the best game of her career on Tuesday afternoon, throwing a no-hitter on the road against Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College.

Bratcher, a Chickasha native, was just one walk away from a perfect game. In her five innings in the circle, she threw 11 strikeouts on the way to a 14-0 shutout.

Bratcher earned her second win of the season. She has an ERA of 1.62 and...

Chelsea Zuchnik

CHICKASHA – With nearly all returners and a fresh coach bringing new enthusiasm, the Drover softball team has a chance to make a strong impression in 2013.

In her first season at the helm of a program, Head Coach Jadyn Smith is confident the 2013 Drovers will be a force to be reckoned with this season.

 “My expectations for this year are to compete to the best of our ability and finish in the top of the conference,”...

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CHICKASHA – Bright-eyed and fresh out of high school, David Jennings found a home — and a place to play his beloved sport of golf — at USAO.

Entering college in 1979, Jennings played golf for the Drovers until the program was cut due to budget constraints. He was able to stay at the school continuing on his golf scholarship until he graduated.

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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.