Tahlequah Daily Press

College Sports

December 31, 2013

Unlucky '13

Local and area teams fall short of titles in otherwise exciting athletic year

(Continued)

• Double state-tournament exits for Tahlequah teams (Oct. 18)

In Sand Springs, Tahlequah’s volleyball team squandered a 2-1 lead and lost to 5A No. 2 Lincoln Christian, 3-2 (25-21, 27-29, 26-28, 25-20, 15-6), in the opening round of the state tournament at Sand Springs’ Ed Dubie Fieldhouse.

Hours before Tahlequah’s volleyball season came to an end, the softball team suffered the same fate with an 11-4 loss to eventual state champion, Carl Albert. Abby Meador pitched Carl Albert to victory by striking out 14 Lady Tigers, who reached the 5A semifinals after Randee O’Donnell blasted a three-run home run in the seventh inning to lead Tahlequah a 5-2 victory over Chickasha in the first round.

• Tahlequah cross country teams get second (Nov. 2)

Zech VanFleet and Amy Hembree both posted third-place finishes to lead both Tahlequah cross country teams to overall second places at the Class 5A state cross meets at Edmond Santa Fe High  School. The Tahlequah boys had 94 points in second place, which was 58 points off the winning pace set by Deer Creek. The Tahlequah girls registered 67 points and narrowly missed knocking off Deer Creek (49).

• NSU opens new hoops venue (Nov. 16)

Northeastern State officially opened its new basketball facility with a win and a loss. The first game was a 69-67 loss by the NSU women in double overtime, while the NSU men held off Harding, 72-66, thanks to 27 points by Bryton Hobbs.

• NSU hires new head football coach (Dec. 19)

After reliving Kenny Evans of his coaching duties on Nov. 16, NSU appointed Rob Robinson as the RiverHawks’ new head football coach more than a month later. Robinson left Washburn, where he was the offensive coordinator, to become the 19th head coach in school history at NSU.

“The Redmen times are what we have to get back to — the traditional roots,” Robinson said during his introductory press conference.

Before NSU switched to the RiverHawks nickname, the Redmen weren’t strangers to picking up NAIA national championships. Robinson is hoping NSU can get back to that, and teams and schools at the high school level are hoping to bring in championships of their own in 2014.

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