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 considered for the honor, student-athletes must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 cumulative and be of at least junior status.
Senior Gabby Barros has been a strong member of the USAO defending force during the 2011 season, which earned the Drovers a record high 15 wins and 10 shutouts. Her lone goal came in an 8-0 win over Saint Gregory’s.
The team captain has had 65 starts in 67 games she’s played in for the Drovers of the last four years. Playing mid-field until the 2011 season, Barros racked up 17 goals and had 12 assists in her career.
Additionally, Barros maintains a perfect 4.0 GPA in elementary education.
She adds Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete to a list of accolades this season that include All-Conference Second Team, Capitol One Academic All-District athlete and SAC Defensive Player of the Week in November.
This is the second year in a row Barros has been named both a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete and All-Conference Second Team.
She is an elementary education senior from Oklahoma City. She is the daughter of Philip and Myra Martinez.
As a senior with the Drovers, Leslie Bross has played in 62 games for USAO, mostly at defense. Switching to offense this season, Bross had two goals and an assist.
She scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over Wayland Baptist and another in a 6-0 shutout over Texas College. Her single assist of the season came in a big win over Saint Gregory’s in late September.
Bross is a biology major and has maintained a GPA of 3.75 despite her busy athletic schedule. She hopes to enter physician’s assistant school after taking a year off to get married post graduation.
Earlier this season, Bross was named a Capitol One Academic All-District athlete.
She is from Yukon and is the daughter of Rex and Nancy Bross.
Junior Erin Coggan just finished her third season with the Drovers, grabbing two goals on the season including the only goal in a 1-0 win over Oklahoma City in the Sooner Athletic Conference Finals.
Coggan has scored four goals and had six assists for the Drovers in her career.
The early childhood education junior has maintained a 3.52 GPA while at USAO.
She is from Cedar Hill, Texas, and is the daughter of Barry and Karen Coggan.
Senior Lexxa Kever has played for the Drovers for four years, helping USAO to some of its best seasons in school history.
Maintaining the rigorous soccer schedule, Kever has kept a cumulative 3.82 GPA in business with a minor in biology.
This is the second year Kever has been a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete recipient.
She is from Springdale, Ark., and is the daughter of Glen and Londa Kever.
As a senior with the men’s soccer team, Crick has been a huge factor in the Drovers’ repeat NAIA Quarterfinal appearance. This season alone, Crick has scored six goals and had 12 assists.
With 23 goals and 43 assists on his career, Crick comes in second in school history in assists and fifth in total points.
Earlier this season, Crick was named a Capitol One Academic All-District athlete and All-Conference First Team.
In 2010, he was named an NAIA All-American and an NAIA Champion of Character. He also received All-Conference accolades in 2009 and 2010.
He is from Edinburgh, Scotland, and is the son of Stephen Coulson and Sylvia Crick.
As a captain, Gardner has been a team leader for the Drovers during his tenure at USAO.
Gardner has played in all 23 games this season for the Drovers, helping hold the back line to give the Drovers 12 shutouts this season.
He scored his lone goal to tie the game against conference-foe Wayland Baptist and send it into overtime. The Drovers ended up defeating the Pioneers in double overtime.
Spending most of his time in the defense, Gardner has scored a total of seven goals and had seven assists in fours season at USAO.
In his years at USAO, Gardner has maintained a 3.71 GPA double majoring in business and physical education.
This season alone, Gardner was named an NAIA Champion of Character, All-Conference First Team and a SAC Defensive Player of the Week.
He was named an NAIA All-American in 2008 and a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete in 2010. Additionally, he earned All-Conference First Team honors in 2008 and Second Team honors in 2010.
Gardner is from Liverpool, England. He is the son of John and Joan Gardner.
After four seasons at USAO, Tarbitt has played in 33 games, including 14 this season, and has helped the Drovers to three national tournament appearances.
He maintains a GPA of 3.56 in a physical education major in addition to practices, games and other soccer-related obligations.
He is from Pretoria, South Africa. He is the son of Malcolm Tarbitt and Linda Schutze.