The UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND ARTS OF OKLAHOMA DROVERS are picked to win the Sooner Athletic Conference title this year … and that applies to both the Men’s AND the Women’s teams.
The men and women are led by Coach Jimmy Hampton (previously profiled here at Balladeer’s Blog) and open their season with a road game on August 27th. They will face the Saints of Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. The Drovers are hoping for a 7th straight trip to the NAIA National Tournament.
The full SAC Preseason Standings run like this:
MEN: 1. USAO Drovers
2. Oklahoma City University Stars
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USAO TRIUMPHANT – The NAIA’s UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND ARTS OF OKLAHOMA DROVERS (logo at left) handily defeated the MIDAMERICA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY EVANGELS in both games of yesterday’s doubleheader. The Drovers (love that name) crushed the Evangels in their own house by scores of 10-4 and 14-3.
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS – The LSU-SHREVEPORT PILOTS (as in riverboat pilots) are the number 1 team in the NAIA rankings and took 2 games from the HOUSTON-VICTORIA JAGUARS in a tight 3-1 contest followed by an 8-0 blowout.
INSTANT CLASSICS – The 2nd-ranked OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY STARS won an epic duel with the ROGERS STATE UNIVERSITY HILLCATS. The Stars were on the road but prevailed 6-5 in the opening game of this SAC battle royal. The Hillcats defeated OCU 3-1 in an equally exciting game 2.
NOT-SO-CLASSIC – The number 3 LEE FLAMES incinerated the (15) SOUTHERN POLYTECHNIC RUNNING HORNETS in a 7-0 yawner and the 4th-ranked EMBRY RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY EAGLES were routed at home by the ever-tough UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA BEAUFORT SAND SHARKS (love that name) by a score of 9-2.
MARATHON MEN – It took an astonishing SEVENTEEN INNINGS for a final result between the SIENA HEIGHTS SAINTS and the LOURDES UNIVERSITY GRAY WOLVES. The Saints at long last emerged with an 8-7 win in this rotation-killing ordeal. Meanwhile, the TRINITY CHRISTIAN TROLLS defeated the CARDINAL STRITCH WOLVES in 13 innings. The final score was Trolls 4 Wolves 3.
THE SOUND AND THE FURY – The FAULKNER EAGLES, ranked at Continue reading
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is not only a fine institution, but their sports teams have the incredibly cool nickname the Drovers. Balladeer’s Blog’s readers voted them the Coolest Named NAIA Sports Teams in 2010, and the Drovers often kick butt in soccer, basketball and baseball.
For the 2011 season the men’s soccer team finished ranked 8th in the nation and the women’s team finished Continue reading
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Drovers – MEN – The men’s team is sitting at 8-11 overall, 4-9 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. Just yesterday the Drovers defeated St Gregory’s 81-61 to end a three-game losing streak. They see action again tomorrow night against the Southern Nazarene Crimson Storm. WOMEN – The women’s team is an unfortunate 6-14 overall, 2-11 in conference play. Continue reading
If you follow basketball at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma the names Aita Gueye and Sahlih Butts are as familiar to you as the names Kobe Bryant and Lisa Leslie are in pro basketball. Gueye is from Dakar, Senegal and Butts is from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma so they played against each other a lot when they played their high school ball. I’m kidding, of course. The Broken Arrow men haven’t played the Dakar women since 1982. These two student- athletes live up to the virtues you would expect from USAO and they do it both on and off the court. The time seemed right to get to know these two young people better.
Official Balladeer’s Blog Nickname: The Mogul (because she’s a business major)
Major: Business, emphasis on management
Why would you say you’re having the kind of season you’re having so Continue reading
CHICKASHA – Drover Head Coach Jimmy Hampton was named the National Soccer Coaches Association and NAIA Southwest Region Coach of the Year for the second year in a row.
Hampton and the other regional coaches of the year will be honored at a College Continue reading
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – One Drover left Brownsville, Texas, with two special honors.
The first, of course, was making history with an NAIA National Tournament Opening Round win. But Niall Crick left with an equally as special honor – he was named an NAIA Champion of Character. Continue reading