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.
Hrdlicka, Teter pour ‘heart’ into Zebra soccer program
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9 straight for Lady Zebras
Claremore sophomore forward Bailey Steckline got the ‘hat-trick’ plus one Tuesday night in the Lady Zebras’ 10-0 win over Tulsa Memorial at LaFortune Stadium.
Steckline tallied two goals in the first half, and added two more in the second to complete her impressive night.
Tulsa Memorial holds off Zebras, 2-1
Tulsa Memorial scored a pair of first-half goals to steal the momentum away from the Claremore Zebras, as well as the 2-1 win Tuesday night in Metro Lakes Conference action at LaFortune Stadium.
BASEBALL: Whatley, Howe power Zebras past Tahlequah
Claremore’s Matt Whatley has proven over the past four years that he’s one of the toughest outs in the Metro Lakes Conference.
On Tuesday, Whatley went 3-for-4 with two singles and a triple while sparking the Zebras to a 12-2 win over Tahlequah in five innings at American Legion Park.
BASEBALL: Dewey takes pair from Sequoyah
It’s very difficult to win when you can’t score.
Class 4A third-ranked Dewey blanked homestanding Sequoyah 7-0 and 2-0 in a district doubleheader on Tuesday, improving to 21-3 with a dominating two-hit pitching performance in the opener and a four-hitter in the nightcap.
SOCCER: Sequoyah topples No. 15 Catoosa, 1-0
Sequoyah boys soccer coach Bob Campbell had one phrase to sum up his feelings following the Eagles’ game with 15th ranked Catoosa at home Tuesday night.
“We’re in the driver’s seat.’’
Alex Bourgeois scored late in the first half and Sequoyah made it stand up for a 1-0 victory over the Indians in a showdown for the district lead.
Jackson sprints Zebras to 1st place at OBU Relays
Claremore senior sprinter Tyler Jackson felt the need for speed Wednesday afternoon at the Oklahoma Baptist University High School Invitational.
Jackson notched a pair of first-place victories in the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash to help Claremore earn 130 points for top honors.
BASEBALL: Arkansas Tech roughs up ‘Cats
The Rogers State University baseball team had a disappointing finish in its home finale as No. 12-ranked Arkansas Tech blanked the Hillcats 11-0 Tuesday evening in non-conference action from the Diamond Sports Complex.
BASEBALL: Southwest Baptist slips past NSU, 5-3
The Northeastern State baseball team lost 5-3 to Southwest Baptist Thursday afternoon at Dobson Field.
The RiverHawks (19-22, 15-18 MIAA) held a 3-0 lead early in the contest, but a late rally from the Bearcats (23-18, 19-13 MIAA) and costly errors from the visitors allowed the home team to secure the series-opening triumph.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: Conference champion NSU lands top seed in MIAA tourney
The No. 31-ranked Northeastern State women's tennis team has drawn the top seed in the 2014 MIAA Women's Tennis Championship, the league announced Thursday morning.
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