Home is where the heart is.
Claremore graduate Isaac Hollihan loves playing baseball and takes his academics pretty serious.
For the next four years, Hollihan will continue his baseball career a short distance from his Claremore residence at Rogers State University.
Hollihan, who graduated with a 3.8 grade point average from Claremore High School this year, was one of 14 recipients to receive the President’s Leadership Class scholarship.
“Over 100 apply and only 14 get chosen,” Hollihan said.
To know that his college tuition is completely paid for over the next four years is a blessing to not only his parents, John and Deana Hollihan, but his future baseball coach Ron Bradley as well.
Hollihan’s quest toward playing college baseball started in offseason of his senior year. Until that point, the three-year Zebra starting outfielder battled back and forth with a tough decision.
According to Hollihan, the opportunity to play close to home and be a part of a winning baseball program — the two-time NAIA Division I World Series Hillcats — was too good to pass up.
“It’s definitely an honor to play a great program and Coach (Ron) Bradley,” Hollihan said. “Bradley knows what he’s doing and is very similar to the coaching I received at Claremore from Coach (Brent) Payne.”
RSU, who plans to make the transition into NCAA Division II this coming year, gives Hollihan a chance to compete against some of the toughest teams in the country.
“The level of play will be extremely competitive and a transition I’m looking forward too,” Hollihan said.
An infielder growing up, Hollihan found a comfort zone roaming right field over the past three years as a Zebra.
Hollihan’s fielding percentage in right field was flawless at 1.000. This past season, he played 36 games without an error.
“One of the best defensive outfielders that I’ve ever coached,” Payne said.
At the plate, Hollihan was just as consistent — once he became more relaxed — with a .370 batting average, five home runs, five doubles and three triples.
“I’m definitely going to miss Isaac,” Payne said. “He was our leader and a part of a very special senior group.”
Hollihan receives PLC scholarship, signs to play baseball for RSU
Home is where the heart is.
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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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