Claremore Daily Progress

Sports

June 24, 2013

NSU's new home

Basketball arena making progress on Grand Avenue

TAHLEQUAH — Northeastern State’s athletic landscape, as we know it, is about to change. Sure, football will still be housed at Doc Wadley Stadium, baseball will stay put at Rousey Field, and softball and soccer will be played at the corner of Crafton and Oklahoma.

But change is coming. And there is a good chance you’ve noticed what it is if you’ve been meandering up and down Grand Avenue.

It’s NSU’s new basketball arena — and that’s about all you can call it right now. Naming rights are still up for grabs if you have the proper amount of cash.

Regardless of what the name is, the new digs will flip athletics on its head at NSU.

Nestled beyond the south end zone of Doc Wadley Stadium, the new arena, coupled with the football stadium, is the new greeting point for visitors coming in from the north. It’s what Seminary Hall is on the southern edge of campus.

Perhaps one day it’ll be the main attraction on campus.

“I think Seminary Hall is that building that most people remember when they think of Northeastern State,” said Tony Duckworth, NSU’s athletic director. “But selfishly, as the director of athletics, I hope (the new arena) becomes an iconic building on campus.”

There’s still several months of work left, but the new arena is looking like the crown jewel that the university had hoped for.

Slated to hold 3,100 for basketball contests, the new arena will almost certainly become the envy of the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association. There are more spacious buildings in the league, but few — if any — will match the quality of the RiverHawks’ new home.

The new facility will also house a lot of the athletic staff. Basketball coaches Larry Gipson and Randy Gipson will upgrade to new spacious offices, while Duckworth and others in athletics administration will also occupy space on the south side of the building.

Text Only
Sports
  • Patel named RSU men's basketball assistant coach

    Rogers State University head men’s basketball coach Justin Barkley named Vinay Patel the new assistant men’s basketball coach on Monday.

    “I am very excited about bringing Vinay on board,” Barkley said. “He brings invaluable experience to the program as he is a well-respected recruiter and his NCAA Division II resume is a perfect fit as we continue our transition to become a full-NCAA Division II member.”

    April 22, 2014

  • DSC_0089web.jpg All-State Hoopsters

    Verdigris senior point guard Baileigh O’Dell capped off a stellar four-year prep basketball career with Tulsa World 2nd-Team All-State recognition.
    O’Dell, a 5-foot-5 floor general that will compete for the Lamar University Lady Cardinals in the Southland Conference next season, was one of five girls basketball players from Rogers County to earn All-State accolades.
    Claremore senior point guard Kaleigh Cox, Inola senior point guard Lexi Williams, Verdigris senior guard Caitlyn Hanslovan and Verdigris freshman forward Keara Battenfield were named to the honorable mention squad.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • DSC_0127web.jpg SOCCER: Lady Zebras ranked 4th in Class 5A poll

    Strong senior leadership and a talented core of underclassmen have kept the Claremore Lady Zebras on a nine-game winning streak since falling in the season opener.
    Senior midfielder Katelin Teter and senior defenders Jentry Cruce and Anna McGuire have the Lady Zebras playing their best soccer in the closing week of the regular season.
    Behind Teter, Cruce and McGuire, as well as other seniors Bailey Bacon and Emily Parkinson, the Lady Zebras (9-1) are currently ranked No. 4 overall in the Class 5A girls soccer state poll.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_0181web.jpg BASEBALL: Claremore splits series with Collinsville

    The moment Claremore senior catcher Matt Whatley got thrown out at home plate in the top of first inning, it was downhill for the Zebras.
    Collinsville took advantage of six Claremore errors and erupted for 17 hits to thump the Zebras, 15-2 Friday afternoon in Metro Lakes Conference play.

    April 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • BROWNweb.jpg BASEBALL: Catoosa’s Brown holds off Ft. Gibson

    Nick Brown twirled a four-hitter and Catoosa held firm defensively with the game on the line, powering the Indians to a 4-3 victory over Fort Gibson Saturday on Senior Day.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_0216web.jpg RSU's Law silences UT-Permian Basin

    The Rogers State University baseball team dropped game one of a Heartland Conference series at Texas-Permian Basin, 2-0, but battled back to split the twin bill Friday with a 7-1 victory in the night cap.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tech boom presents new wrinkles for Wrigley Field

    During a recent game at Wrigley Field, John Weber was using a pencil and scorecard to expertly track the game between his hometown Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 86-year-old retired transit worker figures he is an increasingly rare kind of baseball fan.

    April 23, 2014

  • MLB: Pujols smashes HRs No. 499, 500 against Nationals

    Albert Pujols smiled as he explained why he felt the need to apologize to his wife for hitting homer No. 500 so quickly after No. 499.
    She had planned to be there in person once he got within one of the milestone.
    He didn't give her the chance.
    Pujols became the first major leaguer to get his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, connecting twice Tuesday night and driving in five runs in the Los Angeles Angels' 7-2 victory over the Washington Nationals. He's the 26th player in big league history to reach 500.

    April 23, 2014

  • SEC FOOTBALL: Tennessee RB Hill plans to transfer

    Tennessee running back Alden Hill has decided to transfer to another school.
    Hill tweeted a link to a post on his Instagram account Tuesday in which he said he had ''decided to move on for my best interest and find a new home.'' Although Hill's Twitter account is unverified, Tennessee coach Butch Jones confirmed via text message that Hill was planning to transfer.

    April 23, 2014

  • Snyder: Redskins' name 'not an issue'

    Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said Tuesday it's time for people to ''focus on reality'' concerning Native American matters instead of criticizing the team's nickname.
    ''We understand the issues out there, and we're not an issue,'' Snyder said. ''The real issues are real-life issues, real-life needs, and I think it's time that people focus on reality.''

    April 23, 2014