CHICKASHA – Three Drover men and four USAO women were named 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes on Friday.

Niall Crick, John Gardner and Tyrone Tarbitt were among 286 athletes nation-wide to receive the honor. They are also three of 13 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

Drover women Gabby Barros, Leslie Bross, Erin Coggan and Lexxa Kever were among 485 nation-wide and 17 conference-wide to earn the honor.

To be...

CHICKASHA – In the Saddle has evolved over the years to become a fun face of USAO sports and a way for the community members to get to know the Drover athletes and coaches.

While USAO sports information director Jessica Jackson hosts the show, she gives credit to USAO video producer and Captain Video, David Duncan.

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – The weekend extra special to two Drovers, who were recognized by their teams and the NAIA as being the definition of a Champion of Character.

Seniors defenders Annie Zoch and John Gardner were named 2011 NAIA Champions of Character this weekend during their national tournament opening round trips.

Each NAIA National Tournament team nominates a player who exemplifies the NAIA motto of strong character and its...

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – The history books have been written in Chickasha.

The 2011 Drover women won the Sooner Athletic Conference Championship and represented the university in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round against No. 4 Point Loma Nazarene in San Diego, Calif.

After a tough 90 minutes on Saturday afternoon, the Drovers fell to the physical, highly-ranked Sea Lions 3-0 to end the season.

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – Thursday morning, the Drover women hopped on an airplane – some for the first time – to travel to the West Coast to take on the biggest challenge of their playing careers.

After hours of traveling, the Drovers have spent their time in San Diego, Calif., preparing and practicing for No. 4 Point Loma Nazarene in the 2011 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round. Kick off is scheduled for 1 p.m. CST on...

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – For the first time in school history, both Drover soccer teams have made it into the 2011 NAIA Soccer National Championship Opening Round, and USAO is offering a chance to watch them both in action right in Chickasha.

In the women’s first trip to nationals, they drew No. 4 Point Loma Nazarene, based out of San Diego, Calif. The Drovers kick off at 1 p.m. central standard time on Saturday.

CHICKASHA – With both teams qualifying for the national tournament, the Drovers have six days to prepare for their 2011 NAIA National Championship Opening Round opponents after the brackets were released Sunday night.

“We are excited about the opportunity,” Hampton said. “Both teams drew quality opponents, but it’s what we expect in the final 32. We will work hard this week to do our very best.”

The women

CHICKASHA – Coaching the Drover women to their first-ever Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Championship and NAIA National Tournament invite, Coach Jimmy Hampton earns the Sooner Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award.

Additionally this season, Hampton took the USAO men’s soccer team to another SAC Championship and a third National Tournament bid.

“I am honored to receive Coach of the Year,” Hampton said. “It is...

OKLAHOMA CITY – After 90 tough minutes of ball, the Drover women earned their first ever Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Championship with a 1-0 win on the road against No. 14 Oklahoma City.

The Drovers and the Stars both move on to the opening round of the NAIA Women’s Soccer Tournament on Nov. 19 with automatic bids.

“I’m so proud of our girls,” Coach Jimmy Hampton said. “They fought hard tonight. It’s tough to go on the...

CHICKASHA – For the first time in school history, the Drover women have advanced beyond the Sooner Athletic Conference Quarterfinals. They defeated Mid-America Christian in a much-needed overtime win.

“It was definitely very exciting. I think our team worked so hard this year, and we definitely deserve it,” said junior Erin Coggan. “I have to admit, I was so exhausted after that, and I was so excited she scored.”