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NSU Sports

April 23, 2014

Tahlequah soccer sweeps Shawnee

Local briefs

Summer Brixey and Rachel Walker scored goals as Tahlequah posted a 2-0 victory over Shawnee on Tuesday night at Doc Wadley Stadium.

The win improved Tahlequah to 5-5 overall and 4-2 in District 5A-4. The victory all but clinched a playoff spot for Tahlequah, which will now own the tiebreaker over Shawnee.

The Tahlequah boys followed with a shootout victory over Shawnee. The Tigers and Wolves were scoreless after regulation and overtime, and Tahlequah outscored Shawnee 5-2 in the shootout.

Scoring for Tahlequah in the shootout was Alberto Ramirez, Claudio Cruz, Eric Lopez, Saul Medina and George Bullard. Tahlequah goalkeeper Chase Morris also had a save during sudden death.

Tahlequah is now 5-5 overall and 3-3 in District 5A-4. The Tigers will need a win at Cascia Hall on Friday to have any chance of making the playoffs.

Keys baseball wins late

FORT GIBSON — Micah Allison hit a bases-clearing double in the ninth inning to give Keys’ baseball team a 5-2 win over Fort Gibson on Tuesday. Allison also had a go-ahead RBI in the eighth inning, but Fort Gibson rallied to extend the game.

Picking up the win for Keys was Dillon Stratton.

Keys will host Hulbert in a doubleheader on Thursday.

Sequoyah baseball wins road game

WESTVILLE — Elijah Tucker went two-for-four and drove in five runs to lead Sequoyah’s baseball team to a 9-2 triumph over Westville on Tuesday. Tucker hit his third home run of the season, and he also pitched the Indians to victory.

Billy Sunday and Kyle Sanders both recorded two hits and a RBI for the Indians, who will host Kansas on Thursday.

Sequoyah softball wins district championship

Class 5A No. 10 Sequoyah posted three easy victories on Tuesday to collect a district crown in slowpitch softball.

Sequoyah started with a 15-0 run-rule victory over Keys before posting back-to-back victories over Checotah, 12-0 and 11-1.

Sequoyah is now 15-8 and will play at Tahlequah on Thursday.

Keys, Sequoyah girls qualify for regional

Both Keys and Sequoyah had their girls golf teams qualify for the Class 3A regional golf tournament on Tuesday. Both Keys and Sequoyah were in the top six at Cherokee Trails Golf Course.

Keys and Sequoyah advance to the regional tournament, which will be played at Scissortail Golf Club in Verdigris.

Keys finished with a 407 and came in third place at the qualifying tournament. Kayla Hunt (99), Jessica Johnson (101), Kaylee Snyder (100) and Ali Nolan (107) contributed to Keys’ final tally. Ginna Johnson also shot a 112.

For Sequoyah, Britanie Wachche fired a 99. Amy Tiger (116), Rachel Hayes (136) and Aurora Autry (118) added to Sequoyah’s final score of 469.

Eufaula won the regional qualifier with a 344. Henryetta was second with a 370.

Melissa Eldridge of Eufaula was the lone golfer to shoot in the 70s with a 78.

Hulbert softball beats Oaks

HULBERT — Hulbert’s slowpitch softball picked up an 8-4 win over Oaks on Tuesday.

Hulbert recorded 14 hits as a team, including three apiece from Krista Bowlin and Ashlyn Riley. Bowlin also drove in three runs.

Hulbert is now 9-12 and will play in a 4A district tournament at Oktaha on Thursday.

NSU softball loses 2

Northeastern State’s softball team lost a pair of games to Arkansas Tech on Tuesday. The RiverHawks lost 13-2 and 9-6.

NSU is now 25-25 and will play at Missouri Western on Friday at 2 p.m.

NSU tennis signs 2

Northeastern State women’s tennis coach Amanda Stone has added a pair of newcomers for the upcoming 2014-15 season, she announced Tuesday.

The two newest signees are junior college transfer Patricia Husakova and incoming freshman Molly Worden. The duo joins Easton Parker (Bixby) to comprise a list of three signees for the class of 2014. This is Stone’s first recruiting class as head coach of the NSU women’s tennis program.

Husakova, a Slovakia native, is set to transfer to Northeastern State after spending her first two collegiate campaigns as a member of the Gila Monsters in Graham County, Ariz. She is currently the No. 10-ranked singles player and one half of the No. 7-ranked doubles pair in the ITA Junior/Community Colleges National Women’s Rankings. She competes at No. 1 singles and doubles for an Eastern Arizona team that is currently ranked No. 15 in the nation. She is 10-1 this season in singles competition with wins over two top-10 players. She owns a 9-2 doubles record with a victory over a top-5 team.

Stone on Husakova: “Patty is a proven winner at the collegiate level,” Stone said. “This is a great recruit for us to help replace the seniors we will be losing.”

Worden, who is from England, comes to Tahlequah after having been ranked as high as No. 3 in the junior Nike British Tennis rankings in her career. One of her biggest tournament victories came at the Torbay Open in 2012, when she captureds the under-16 singles championship. The event is one of the biggest annual junior tournaments in Great Britain and is an event current ATP top-10 player Andy Murray competed in during his junior career.

“We are so excited that Molly is joining us next year. She is an outstanding competitor, and she has the winning attitude we are looking for in our players,” Stone said. “Molly can immediately come in and replace the depth we graduated.”

NSU still comfortably 2nd at MIAA Tourney

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The Northeastern State women’s golf team kept hold of the second place position following Tuesday’s second round of the 2014 MIAA Women’s Golf Championship, which is being contested on the par-72, 6,237-yard Alvamar Golf Club members course.

The RiverHawks shot 39-over-par 327 in the second round for a 77-over score of 653. No. 13-ranked Central Oklahoma leads the tournament with a 65-over 641 (320-321), and Northwest Missouri State claims third at 121-over 697 (352-345). Lindenwood (704) and Nebraska-Kearney (711) rounded out the top five.

NSU freshman Baylee Price shot the low round of the day (77) to find herself two strokes out of first place. She is solo second with a 12-over 156, while UCO’s Taylor Neidy (76-78) leads the field at 10-over 154.

UCO’s June Tigert (79-78) is third at 13-over 157, while freshman Sofia Castiello (80-78=158) and junior Arizona Chin (80-85=165) are fourth and fifth, respectively. Sophomore Kayla Schroeder (87-93) slipped five spots to 20th at 36-over 180, but junior Brooke Allison (95-87) jumped six spots and stands T-22 at 38-over 182.

Northeastern State will be paired with Central Oklahoma and Nebraska-Kearney in the final round.

The Northeastern State men’s golf team remained in second place after Tuesday’s second round of the 2014 MIAA Men’s Golf Championship, which is being contested on the par-72, 7,092-yard Alvamar Golf Club championship course.

The RiverHawks added 12 strokes to their opening-round score, carding a 15-over-par 303, but remained in second after five teams in the top six also shot higher second-round scores. NSU sits at 18-over 594 and is tied for second with Washburn (294-300). No. 9-ranked Central Missouri holds a comfortable 23-stroke lead sitting at 5-under 571. Lincoln (300-295=595) leapfrogged Lindenwood (297-300=597) for fourth-place honors.

Central Missouri’s Cy Moritz maintained his lead in the individual standings and is now at 5-under 139 (68-71). He is two strokes clear of teammate Robby Hughey (72-69), who is at 3-under 141.

Junior Josh Strimple led NSU with a 74, and he is tied for eighth at 3-over 147. Freshman Tate Williamson posted a 76 to find himself tied for 12th at 5-over 149, and sophomore Brent Williamson is tied for 20th at 7-over 151 after shooting 78 in the second round.

Junior Brad Hager shot 75 and moved up nine spots in the standings at 8-over 152. Freshman Marc Johnson (72-85) carded the second-highest score of the day to free-fall from sixth to 42nd. He was the low RiverHawk after the first round but now sits at 13-over 157.

The final round for both the men’s and women’s tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday with a shotgun start. Northeastern State will again compete in a trio with Washburn and Central Missouri.

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