Tahlequah Daily Press

March 27, 2014

NSU golfing pair claim MIAA honors

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— Northeastern State brought home both MIAA weekly golf honors, the league announced Wednesday. Arizona Chin was honored as the MIAA Women’s Golf Athlete of the Week, while Brad Hager picked up MIAA Men’s Golf Athlete of the Week accolades.

Chin, a junior from Melbourne, Australia, carded a 79 in the lone round of the MWSU Invitational to finish in a tie for fourth at the event. The finish was the second-best of her career and marked the first time all year she ended a tournament as the low finisher for the No. 22-ranked Northeastern State women’s golf team. She registered her fourth-career top-10 finish and her second-career top-5 finish.

Hager, a junior from Bartlesville, tied his career-low with a 68 in the opening round of the CBU Invitational in Menifee, Calif., this past Monday. His single-best round vaulted him into a tie for fourth place after the first round, and he was NSU’s low finisher with a career-best 220 by the end of the three-round tournament. He finished in solo 21st, which was the third-best placement of his career.

Chin joins former NSU player Gabbi Shelton as the two recipients to win the women’s weekly award this season. Shelton picked up honors on Sept. 25. This is the first weekly laurel of Chin’s career.

Hager also earned his first-career weekly accolade, and he becomes the first member of the NSU men’s golf team to win a weekly MIAA award.

The NSU women will next be in action in the West Florida Invitational Monday at the Pensacola Country Club in Pensacola Beach, Fla.

The NSU men are scheduled to compete Monday at the UCO Broncho Invitational, which will be held at the Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City.

NSU tennis to host fan appreciation day

The Northeastern State tennis team is set to host Fan Appreciation Day at 10 a.m. on March 29 at the NSU Tennis Complex.

The RiverHawks will play MIAA opponent Lincoln for the fan appreciation event. Fans are encouraged to wear green and white to support NSU. There will be a shot contest between the doubles and singles competitions (roughly 11 a.m.) for fans to compete for a chance to win $100.

“Fans will have the opportunity to shoot a tennis ball onto a target for a chance to win $100,” NSU coach Amanda Stone said. “Our next two home matches are really important for us. We host Lincoln on Saturday for Fan Appreciation Day and also on Sunday we play Southwest Baptist at noon. I hope to have as many fans out at the matches to support us.”

After the conclusion of the match with Lincoln, fans will have the opportunity to attend a free clinic offered by the team. Fans will get to play and interact with the team in drills and match play.

NSU tennis will also host USTA Kids Day at 10 a.m. April 5 when the team takes on Fort Hays State. Kids will enjoy a free day of fun, which will include hot dogs being served at the softball facility (RiverHawks Park), a bounce house and a clinic following the tennis match.

If you have questions about the events please contact the NSU Athletic Department at 918-444-3900.

OSU's Smart named NABC 3rd team All-American

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State sophomore Marcus Smart has been named a third-team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

The NABC announced the selection Wednesday.

Smart was a second-team NABC All-American last season and is a two-time member of the All-Big 12 first team.

Oklahoma State tennis opens Big 12 play at TCU

STILLWATER — The No. 21-ranked Oklahoma State men's tennis team is slated to open conference play this weekend with a Friday road match at No. 55 Texas Christian University, then a Sunday matchup at No. 11 Texas.

The Cowboys (17-2) are looking to extend their six-match win streak after victories last week over San Francisco and Hawaii.

A win over TCU or Texas would mark OSU's first conference victory since defeating Texas Tech in the 2009 Big 12 Tournament.

Friday's match in Fort Worth starts at 5:30 p.m., while Sunday's battle with the Longhorns begins at 1 p.m.

The Cowboys stay in Austin following Sunday's match for a Monday morning match against Texas A&M-Corpus Cristi.