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April 29, 2014

Tigers finish 3rd in Bartlesville

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BARTLESVILLE — Blake Berry finished third overall as Tahlequah’s golf team shot a 634 and finished third overall as a team at the Bartlesville tournament at Adams Municipal Golf Course on Monday.

Berry shot a 73 for his first 18 holes and followed it up with a 78 for a total of 151.

Jake Johnson (75-80, 155), Hunter Pennington (78-84, 162), Blake Cochran (83-83, 166) and Brent Spradlin (88-89, 177) rounded out the rest of Tahlequah’s scores.

Tahlequah also took two extra golfers and Kyler Arnall finished with a 170 (84-86) and Aaron Crawley recorded a 173 (89-84).

Tahlequah finished behind Union (624) and Broken Arrow (627) on the team leaderboard. Tahlequah’s 309 after the first 18 holes had the Tigers in the lead, but a 325 later in the day knocked them down the leaderboard.

Tahlequah’s next tournament will be a Class 5A regional tournament in McAlester on May 5.

NSU women land regional golf spot

The Northeastern State women's golf team was named as an at-large selection to the 2014 NCAA Central Super Regional, the National Collegiate Athletics Association announced Monday afternoon.

The RiverHawks will join eight other programs and four individuals in Lake Elmo, Minn., on May 4-6. The 49 competitors will tackle the Lake Elmo Golf Course, and the tournament is being hosted by Concordia University, St. Paul. This is the 13th time in the last 15 years that NSU has qualified for an NCAA Super Regional.

The super regional will consist of 54 holes of competition between both team and individual participants. The top three teams along with the top three individuals not with an advancing team will advance to the final site. The 2014 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships will be held May 14-17 at Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, N.C.

NSU earned a final Central Region ranking of No. 3 last season went on to finish third at the event. The team advanced to the NCAA Championship finals for the first time since 2007 and placed eighth at the national championship.

Northeastern State is also coming off a second-straight runner-up finish at the 2014 MIAA Championship.

NSU baseball makes MIAA tourney field

Northeastern State’s baseball team qualified for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association baseball postseason tournament and will take on Central Missouri in the opening round.

The RiverHawks (24-26, 20-20 MIAA) will clash in Warrensburg, Mo., with the series starting Thursday at 6 p.m.

Ryan Helsley, a former Sequoyah standout, is likely to start the series on the mound for the RiverHawks. Helsley has won his last four times out, allowing no more than two earned runs each time.

NSU is coming off a series regular season-ending series with Washburn, which the RiverHawks won three of the four games, including the series finale that ended with a 23-22 total in NSU’s favor.

In an early-season series, NSU split a four-game series with Central Missouri.

The Mules won the regular-season title with a 32-8 mark in league play.

Keys golfers qualify for regional

The Keys boys golf team posted a total of 351 and finished second at the Class 3A regional tournament qualifier at Cherokee Trails Golf Course on Monday.

The Cougars were led by Shae Heble who shot a 79, which was good enough for second place overall.

Kris Beres (85), Zach Rogers (91) and Larry Caviness (96) rounded out the rest of Keys’ scores.

Lincoln Christian won the qualifying tournament with a 333. The Bulldogs were led by Nate Lawders’ 77.

Inola (353), Westville (386), Berryhill (390) and Dewey (391) finished in the top six and qualified for the regional tournament, which will be held at Scissortail Golf Course in Verdigris.

Also qualifying for the regional tournament was Sequoyah’s Tanner Ridge. He shot a 94 and was one of six individuals to advance in the postseason.

Sequoyah softball heading to Heavener

Sequoyah’s slowpitch softball team will play at the Heavener Regional in an attempt to qualify for the Class 5A state tournament.

The Lady Indians will take on Valliant in the first round at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday. The other first-round matchup will feature Heavener and Jay at 1 p.m.

Two teams in the regional will qualify for the state tournament.

Heavener regional

Game 1: Jay vs. Heavener, 1 p.m.

Game 2: Sequoyah vs. Valliant, 2:15 p.m.

Game 3: Game 1 and 2 winners, 3:30 p.m. (winner qualifies for state)

Game 4: Game 1 and 2 losers, 4:45 (loser eliminated)

Game 5: Game 4 winner vs. Game 3 loser, 6 p.m. (winner qualifies for state)

Tahlequah softball going to Okemah

Tahlequah’s slowpitch softball team has added a game to its schedule and will play at Okemah on Tuesday. The Lady Tigers will then host a 6A regional tournament on Thursday.

Tahlequah regional

Games to be played Thursday

Game 1: Fort Gibson vs. Stilwell, 2 p.m.

Game 2: Tahlequah vs. Game 1 loser, 3 p.m.

Game 3: Game 2 winner vs. Game 1 winner, 4 p.m.

Game 4: Game 3 teams play again, 5 p.m.

(Winner advances to state tournament)

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