Claremore Daily Progress

Sports

February 8, 2013

Cowgirls kick off softball season in Utah

STILLWATER — Two years ago, the Oklahoma State University softball team was in the College World Series. Last year, its season ended in the Big 12 Tournament. With a younger team, the Cowgirls hope to make a deeper run in the postseason.

The Cowgirls are fielding four freshmen and three sophomores. Several received playing time during Oklahoma State’s exhibition games last fall. Coach Rich Wieligman said those fall games were huge and hopes it pays off in the spring.

“We get a whole fall to practice and get some games and get accustomed to the college life,” Wieligman said. “It’s nice that we have freshmen that have played eight games. They have gone through a semester of school. So they know what is expected of them on the academic side and the weight and training side.”

Wieligman added that several of those younger players will see significant action.

“We got Tiffany Mikkelson at third base, she is going to probably hit in the four- or five-hole for us. She’s got good power and will probably do some pretty good things. We got Erika Campbell and Dre McKee in right field — they will probably platoon off and on. One’s a right-handed hitter and one is a left-handed hitter.”

Oklahoma State also has some transfers. Junior Shannon Kaufman joins the team from Sacramento State and will play in the outfield. Senior Stephanie Brewer is a transfer from Arkansas and will spend time at first. Senior Samantha Chrisman played at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.

“(Brewer) is going to be at first base with Amy Graham,” Wieligman said. “We’ve got kids competing for spots. Who is going to hit and play well is probably going to get to play.”

The Cowgirls’ experience is at the pitcher position with senior Kat Espinosa and junior Simone Freeman returning. Espinosa went 15-13 with a 2.38 ERA and five shutouts. Freeman started in 24 games and posted a 7-11 record with a 2.74 ERA. Wieligman said his team’s success will in part ride on their performance.

Text Only
Sports
  • DSC_0344web.jpg ‘Lucky 7’ comes through in the 3rd

    Over the course of his four-year baseball career at Verdigris High School, third baseman Ryan Skalnik has had his share of memorable at-bats.
    None more important than Tuesday’s appearance in the Large School East-West All-State Game at J.L. Johnson Stadium in Tulsa.
    Skalnik, who was the lone senior this season for Verdigris and a four-time Class 3A state champion, thrived under pressure in the top of the third inning for the East.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • BASEBALL: Larue, Skalnik power East to 3-0 victory

    The East blanked the West 3-0 in the Large School All-State Baseball Game Tuesday night at J. L. Johnson Stadium on the campus of Oral Roberts University.
    Claremore catcher Matt Whatley and third baseman Ryan Skalnik of Verdigris represented Rogers County in the contest.
    Skalnik finished 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI's.  Whatley was 0-for-1 with a walk.

    July 30, 2014

  • FISHFRYweb.jpg Claremore QB Club holds Fish Fry Aug. 2

    The Claremore Zebra Quarterback Club will hold its annual Fish Fry fundraiser on Aug. 2 at the Claremore High School cafeteria.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • RSU places 77 student-athletes on Heartland Conference Academic All-Conference Honor Roll

    The Heartland Conference announced that more than 1000 student-athletes from its 12 member institutions landed a spot on the Academic All-Conference honor roll, including 77 from Rogers State.
     
    The Hillcats had 33 student-athletes named to the President's Honor Roll while 44 earned Commissioner's Honor Roll recognition.

    July 31, 2014

  • Indoor football coming back to Enid?

     Is Enid ready to give professional arena football another try? Oklahoma City businessman Antwone Taulton and Enid Enforcers owner Mark Timberlake think so, and are in the early stages of a plan they hope will see the return of arena football in 2015 to Enid after an absence of more than 10 years. And if things progress as one league executive expects, an official announcement could be forthcoming in the near future.

    July 31, 2014

  • OU holds Mixon out of practice, investigation continues

    Preseason practice begins for Oklahoma today, but freshman running back Joe Mixon will not be there, the school announced Wednesday night.

    The university, in its statement, said “Joe Mixon is not reporting for team activities at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation.”

    July 31, 2014

  • Ticket options available for Arkansas women's basketball

    The excitement surrounding head coach Jimmy Dykes and the 2014-15 University of Arkansas women’s basketball season is building every day in Northwest Arkansas.

    As the excitement builds, the Razorback Ticket Center has announced the availability of women’s basketball season ticket plans including several new options for this season.  Tickets go on sale beginning today and can be purchased online at ArkansasRazorbacks.com or by calling the Razorback Ticket Center at 800-982-4647.  Current season ticket holders will receive renewal forms in the mail the first week of August.

    July 31, 2014

  • Ex-OSU baseball players Oliver, Hague on new paths in All-Star season

    Matt Hague has transitioned to being a power hitter and Andy Oliver has evolved into a shutdown closer.

    The former Oklahoma State players were both named International League All-Stars after reinventing themselves this season with the Indianapolis Indians, the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    July 31, 2014

  • Ex-Sooner Courtney Paris finding niche with Shock

    It looked like it came easily to Courtney Paris. The minute she stepped foot on the campus at the University of Oklahoma in 2005, it seemed she was already an All-American and destroying the competition in the Big 12 and across the nation.

    July 31, 2014

  • MLB: Keuchel tosses 4-hitter, Astros roll past A's

    In at least one category, Dallas Keuchel is Clayton Kershaw's equal. For at least one three-game series, Houston was better than Oakland.

    Keuchel pitched a four-hitter and Robbie Grossman homered to cap a six-run first inning that sent the Astros past the Athletics 8-1 Wednesday.

    July 31, 2014