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April 8, 2014

Tahlequah softball moves up in 6A

Local briefs

Tahlequah defended its home turf over the weekend, going 4-0 before losing to Class 6A No. 9 Westmoore, 8-2, in the championship game of the Muskogee/Tahlequah SlugOut on Saturday. Along the way in tournament play, Tahlequah beat Tecumseh (14-0), 6A No. 4 Moore (4-1), Class A No. 1 Red Oak (25-3) and 6A No. 3 Broken Arrow (8-3).

With the high-profile victories, Tahlequah moved up to No. 4 in the 6A rankings. And the Lady Tigers backed up the new ranking by blowing out Henryetta on Monday. Tahlequah posted an 8-0 victory to improve to 13-4 on the season.

Against Henryetta, Tahlequah recorded 14 hits, including a home run by Kirsten Chase and four doubles. Whitney Wright, Bub Peters and Marisa Girdner each drove in two runs apiece.

No. 2 doubles leads Tahlequah girls

BARTLESVILLE — For the second straight tournament, Tahlequah’s No. 2 doubles team of Sarah Schiefelbein and Katie Schneider nearly stunned the field and won a title. But, instead, they had to settle for third again.

That was the case at Bartlesville on Monday, when the Tahlequah duo went 2-1 and picked up the bronze. Schiefelbein and Schneider won 6-3, 6-3 to make the championship semifinals before losing 3-6, 6-3, 11-9 with a championship match spot up for grabs.

Going for third place, the Tahlequah duo beat Owasso 7-6, 6-3 for third.

Schneider and Schiefelbein repeated the same scenario that they played out at the Bixby tournament over the weekend. There, Tahlequah beat Edison in the quarterfinals and lost to Bixby 6-1, 3-6, 10-4 in the semifinals. They then beat Yukon 6-0, 6-3 for third.

Area events washed out Monday

Tahlequah, Sequoyah and Keys each had baseball games rained out on Monday. Sequoyah (vs. Westville) and Keys (vs. Muldrow) were ranied out at home, while Tahlequah’s game at Sallisaw was washed out by rainfall that came on Sunday afternoon.

Sequoyah’s road softball game at Checotah was also called off.

Bellamine garners MIAA accolade

Northeastern State’s Houda Bellamine was named the MIAA Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association announced Monday morning.

The senior from Casablanca, Morocco, went 4-0 this past week to lead Northeastern State to the brink of clinching the regular-season MIAA championship and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming MIAA Tournament.

She posted a silver set in her final match of the week, losing just one point to Michelle Miller of Fort Hays State on her way to a 6-0, 6-0 victory at the No. 2 position. She also teamed with freshman Maria Lodge for a pair of doubles victories at the third position. NSU blanked FHSU 9-0 following a 7-2 win over Nebraska-Kearney to improve its win streak to 11 matches.

Bellamine is currently 4-0 at the No. 2 singles position this season and 3-2 against MIAA opponents. Her and Lodge have combined for an 8-1 doubles record, with a 5-1 mark against league competition.

The RiverHawks (16-4, 8-1 MIAA) are scheduled for a trip to Missouri this weekend that will include a match with Division I Southeast Missouri State on Friday and a bout with Lindenwood on Saturday.

If the RiverHawks defeat the Lions, then they will assure themselves of no worse than a tie for the regular-season MIAA crown and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming MIAA Championship tournament.

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