Tahlequah Daily Press

High School Sports

December 11, 2013

Keys sets makeup date with Wagoner

Local briefs

Keys’ basketball games against Wagoner on Tuesday night were postponed due to school being out for a fourth straight day.

But Keys did announce a makeup date for the games. Keys will host Wagoner on Saturday at Cougar Fieldhouse. The girls will play at 6:30 p.m. with the boys to play at 8.

As for Keys’ games against Miami that were postponed last Friday, a makeup date still has yet to be determined.

Sequoyah alum signs with NSU

Northeastern State baseball coach Travis Janssen announced the signing of Eric Kirkpatrick to a National Letter of Intent.

Kirkpatrick, a Tahlequah native, will return to his hometown in 2015 after spending two seasons at Connors State College. He is a 6-foot, 220-pound catcher who competed at Sequoyah High School prior to signing with CSC.

“We’ve known about Richard for a couple of years, and we are really excited he has chosen to come home to finish his college career,” Janssen said. “We think we’re going to get a very solid player that will be a good defender and can make an impact swinging the bat. More than that, he’s a mature kid off the field and comes from a great family.”

In 2013, his first with Connors State, Kirkpatrick posted a .333 batting average in 52 games with two home runs, 14 doubles and 38 runs batted in. He helped lead the Cowboys to the 2013 Alpine Bank NJCAA Baseball World Series, where they finished fifth in the nation.

“We are being very deliberate with our recruiting right now because we don’t lose many guys after this season,” Janssen said. “We feel like Richard can come in and be a contributor immediately.”

Parker joins NSU tennis

Northeastern State women’s tennis coach Amanda Stone announced the signing of Easton Parker to a National Letter of Intent.

Parker, a Bixby native, is Stone’s first signee since taking over the program last January. She will join the women’s tennis team in 2014-2015.

“I’m very excited that Easton has chosen to become a member of the RiverHawks,” Stone said. “She is a team player with good work ethic, and she’ll be a valuable part of our program. She’s a strong player and will push our team in the direction we want to go.”

Parker was selected to the All-Metro first team by the Tulsa World this past year. She has a record of 81-31 playing primarily at No. 1 and No. 2 singles over her three-year career. She is also a two-time regional champion and has three top-6 finishes at the Oklahoma Class 6A state tournament in both singles and doubles.

The two-year captain has played in numerous USTA events over the last three years and currently trains out of the Grand Health and Racket Club in Tulsa primarily under the tutelage of Matias Miran. Her high school coach is Jon Parker.

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