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.
'Twice as Nice'
When it comes to the 3A State Tournament and Oklahoma City, the Verdigris High School basketball teams are a household name.
Head coaches Randy Upshaw and Mike Buntin lead their programs back to the 'Capitol City' this week for a chance to hoist the coveted 3A state championship on Saturday night at the Big House.
‘Soaring to State’
In the hometown of Carrie Underwood, Verdigris senior point guard Baileigh O’Dell proved to be Oklahoma’s ‘Basketball Idol’ in Class 3A Girls Basketball.
The 5-foot-8 floor general put the No. 4-ranked Lady Cardinals on her shoulders and carried Verdigris back to the the state tournament with the 53-40 win over No. 5 Tahlequah Sequoyah Friday night in the Area Championship at the Checotah Event Center.
3A AREA PLAYOFFS: Tahlequah Sequoyah wins nail-biter over No. 4 Verdigris
The Tahlequah Sequoyah Indians pulled the upset Friday night and punched their ticket to the Class 3A State Tournament.
Behind Caisen Green’s game-high 26 points and B.J. Leach’s 16 points, the Indians roared past No. 4 Verdigris, 64-55 in the Area Championship at the Checotah Event Center.
4A AREA PLAYOFFS: Stilwell eliminates Inola
The Inola Longhorns got behind early and never could recover as Stilwell rolled to a 73-47 win in the Class 4A Area Tournament Friday afternoon at Claremore High School Gymnasium.
4A AREA PLAYOFFS: Inola knocks out Locust Grove
The Inola Lady Longhorns moved one win closer to punching their ticket to the Class 4A State Tournament Friday afternoon.
With the 37-35 win over Locust Grove, the Lady Longhorns advanced to the Area Finals Saturday night against Vinita.
High School Basketball State Tournament Brackets
The Oklahoma High School Basketball State Tournaments will get under way this week in Oklahoma City and the Tulsa-Metro Area.
Below is a listing of the Class 3A-6A State Tournament Pairings.
Arkansas fires women's basketball coach Tom Collen
Arkansas fired women's basketball coach Tom Collen on Friday, bringing a close to a disappointing stretch for the program.
The Razorbacks (19-11) lost in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament to Mississippi on Wednesday, the eighth time in nine seasons they've failed to advance past the opening game.
SEC MBB: Alabama snaps Arkansas' 6-game win streak
Trevor Releford scored 24 points and Shannon Hale added 18 to lead Alabama to an 83-58 victory over Arkansas on Saturday, snapping the Razorbacks' six-game winning streak.
SEC MBB: Tennessee trounces Missouri, 72-45
Antonio Barton scored 16 points and Jarnell Stokes had a double-double Saturday as Tennessee trounced Missouri 72-45 to win its fourth straight game and boost its NCAA tournament hopes.
BIG 12 MBB: Crockett leads Texas Tech past Texas
Jaye Crockett scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Texas Tech to a 59-53 win over Texas in a regular-season finale on Saturday.
This was the Red Raiders' (14-17, 6-12 Big 12) first win over the Longhorns (22-9, 11-7) since 2008 in Lubbock.
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