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April 30, 2014

Tahlequah softball doubles up Okemah

Local briefs

OKEMAH — Kirsten Chase went three-for-four, scored three runs and drove in four runs as Tahlequah’s slowpitch softball team beat Okemah 10-5 on Tuesday.

Tahlequah scored in every inning but the fifth.

Randee O’Donnell and Morgan Tarrance also had three hits apiece for Tahlequah, which wrapped up the regular season at 31-5.

The Lady Tigers will host a 6A regional on Thursday.

Keys girls qualify for state

VERDIGRIS — Keys’ girls golf team shot a 409 and qualified for the Class 3A state tournament on Tuesday. At the regional tournament held at Scissortail Golf Club, the Lady Cougars finished fifth.

Eufaula won with a 353. Henryetta (379), Marlow (379), Cascia Hall (393) and Kingfisher (420) rounded out the rest of the top six and qualified for the state tournament.

Eufaula’s Melissa Eldredge won the individual title with an 84.

Kaylee Snyder led the way with a 94 for Keys. Ali Nolan (101), Kayla Hunt (104) and Jessica Johnson (110) rounded out the rest of Keys’ scores.

In a Class 5A regional tournament, Tahlequah failed to reach the state tournament with a team total of 484. Deer Creek won the regional with a 331.

NSU tennis returns to NCAA tournament

The No. 31-ranked Northeastern State women’s tennis team has earned an at-large berth into the 2014 NCAA Division II Women’s Tennis Championship, the National Collegiate Athletics Association announced Tuesday night.

The RiverHawks (21-5) were selected as the No. 3 seed out of the NCAA Central Region, and they will meet No. 6 seed Nebraska-Kearney (20-7) in the semifinals of the Central Region 2 Championship at 1 p.m. May 3 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The winner of the match will advance to the regional championship and will meet either No. 2 seed and host Augustana (24-1) or No. 7 seed Emporia State (16-8) for the right to move on to the NCAA Round of 16, which will be held May 14-17 in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

This is the second-straight year Northeastern State has qualified for the NCAA Championship. The RiverHawks advanced to the Round of 16 in 2013.

Helsley, Robinson sweep MIAA baseball honors

Ryan Helsley and Cody Robinson were named the MIAA/AstroTurf Pitcher and Hitter of the Week, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association announced Tuesday.

Helsley, a true freshman out of Sequoyah High School, shut down Washburn’s offense in the first game of the weekend series to earn a 5-1 victory. He conceded just one run on five hits (all singles) and struck out a career-high nine batters across 6.0 innings. He walked just three and posted a 1.50 ERA. Helsley is a perfect 4-0 with two complete games in his last four starts, and he is also 6-1 in his last seven outings.

Robinson, a senior outfielder from Sugar Land, Texas, helped NSU win three of four games against Washburn and snatch up the eighth and final spot in the 2014 MIAA Championship. He posted a .455 (10-for-22) average, hit four home runs and took over the conference lead for home runs this season (16). He also registered eight RBI, while scoring six runs and hitting two doubles. He did not commit an error in the field and posted a 1.091 slugging percentage. He also had multiple hits in all three wins against the Ichabods.

This is the first time Northeastern State has won both awards on the same day. Both Robinson (Feb. 18) and Helsley (March 25) were honored for the second time this season, and Robinson picked up his third-career laurel (Feb. 26, 2013).

Northeastern State (24-26, 20-20 MIAA) has earned the No. 8 seed in the MIAA Championship and will travel to Warrensburg, Mo., May 1-3 for a best-of-3 series with top seed Central Missouri. First pitch for the series opener is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Price named MIAA Freshman of the Year

Baylee Price headlined a list of three members of the Northeastern State women’s golf team who earned postseason recognition, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association announced Tuesday afternoon.

The Broken Arrow native was honored as the 2014 MIAA Freshman of the Year, and she was joined by fellow freshman Sofia Castiello on the All-MIAA First Team. Junior Arizona Chin landed on the All-MIAA Second Team, and the postseason honors were the first for all three players.

Price, who recently won the 2014 MIAA tournament championship and helped NSU finish second as a team at the conference event, became the second-straight RiverHawk to be named freshman of the year. Former NSU women’s golfer McCandren Lewis picked up the accolade last season. Price has registered two tournaments victories this season and owns seven top-10 finishes in 10 events.

Castiello, a Guadalajara, Mexico native, finished runner-up at the MIAA Championship behind Price and has six top-10 finishes of her own.

Chin, a native of Melbourne, Australia, was forced to sit out last season due to injury and is still rounding into form. She owns three top-15 finishes this season and has also placed inside the top 10 in two of her last three events.

Northeastern State has set its sights on NCAA competition, as the RiverHawks will tackle the Tartan Park Golf Course in Lake Elmo, Minn., May 4-6 in the 2014 NCAA Central Super Regional.

2014 MIAA WOMEN’S GOLF ALL-CONFERENCE AWARDS

MIAA Golfer of the Year: Taylor Neidy, Central Oklahoma

MIAA Freshman of the Year: Baylee Price, Northeastern State

MIAA Coach of the Year: Michael Bond, Central Oklahoma

2014 ALL-MIAA FIRST TEAM

Taylor Neidy, Central Oklahoma

Baylee Price, Northeastern State

Bethany Darrough, Central Oklahoma

Madelyn Piccinni, Lindenwood

Sofia Castiello, Northeastern State

2014 ALL-MIAA SECOND TEAM

Aly Seng, Central Oklahoma

June Tigert, Central Oklahoma

Kelly Welker, Central Missouri

Cassie Lowell, Northwest Missouri State

Arizona Chin, Northeastern State

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