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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.

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CHICKASHA – Two USAO student-athletes will find it a little easier to pay for college after receiving an exclusive scholarship: The Bill and Pat Smith Scholar-Athlete Scholarship.

Paige Pulliam, women’s basketball guard, and Seth Sturgeon, baseball pitcher, are this year’s scholarship recipients.

The scholarship is awarded each year to one male and one female USAO athlete who exemplify the concept of student-athlete...

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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 – The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma has named Jennifer Hayden to lead the Drovers’ women’s basketball program as the new head coach.

“She understands the mission of the university,” USAO Athletic Director Brisco McPherson said. “Hopefully, she can bring the program back to where it’s been in the past. We are looking for someone who understands that academics as well as success on the court need to be equal and...

CHICKASHA – Coach Brisco McPherson has announced the dates for his 26th annual summer basketball camp.

Campers have two options – a day camp for students ages 12-16 and a mini camp for students ages 6-11. The day camp will be June 4-8. There are two dates for the mini camp, and campers can attend June 4-8 or June 25-29.

The day camp, which includes lunch, is $110. The mini camp is $60.

Campers will be...

CHICKASHA – Assistant women’s basketball coach Leandra Johnson said the Drover women adjusted to and responded well to the bad luck and difficulties the team experienced this season.

“They overcame it very well. They responded like adults would,” Johnson said. “We came to practice every day and did what we were supposed to do, and we went and played.”

Now with the season over, Johnson is looking into the off season to help...

CHICKASHA — As one of the hardest working players on the USAO women’s basketball team, junior Tashina Ototivo was named All-Conference Honorable Mention for the Sooner Athletic Conference.

Ototivo led the team in rebounding with 203 rebounds on the season, an average of seven per game. She’s also third on the team in scoring with 271 total points — or 9.35 points per game.

She had three double-doubles this season in...

CHICKASHA — Three Drover women scored in double digits in a tough 78-50 loss to Rogers State to end the season.

Sophomore Paige Pulliam and senior Liberty Payne each had 11 points for the Drovers. Junior Tashina Ototivo scored 10 points and had seven rebounds before getting into foul trouble.

The Drovers end the season 5-24 and 2-20 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

It was Senior Day and the Drovers honored...

CHICKASHA – The focus for this last week of the 2011-12 USAO women’s basketball team, sophomore Natalie Colton says, is defense.

“If we can just be working these last couple practices on defense that’s going to be good,” she said. “It seems like we’re moving forward, even though it’s the end of the season.”

Colton has been a versatile player all season, playing both the point guard and post positions. At 5-foot-11, she...