Tahlequah Daily Press


December 31, 2013

Unlucky '13

Local and area teams fall short of titles in otherwise exciting athletic year


• Double state-tournament exits for Tahlequah teams (Oct. 18)

In Sand Springs, Tahlequah’s volleyball team squandered a 2-1 lead and lost to 5A No. 2 Lincoln Christian, 3-2 (25-21, 27-29, 26-28, 25-20, 15-6), in the opening round of the state tournament at Sand Springs’ Ed Dubie Fieldhouse.

Hours before Tahlequah’s volleyball season came to an end, the softball team suffered the same fate with an 11-4 loss to eventual state champion, Carl Albert. Abby Meador pitched Carl Albert to victory by striking out 14 Lady Tigers, who reached the 5A semifinals after Randee O’Donnell blasted a three-run home run in the seventh inning to lead Tahlequah a 5-2 victory over Chickasha in the first round.

• Tahlequah cross country teams get second (Nov. 2)

Zech VanFleet and Amy Hembree both posted third-place finishes to lead both Tahlequah cross country teams to overall second places at the Class 5A state cross meets at Edmond Santa Fe High  School. The Tahlequah boys had 94 points in second place, which was 58 points off the winning pace set by Deer Creek. The Tahlequah girls registered 67 points and narrowly missed knocking off Deer Creek (49).

• NSU opens new hoops venue (Nov. 16)

Northeastern State officially opened its new basketball facility with a win and a loss. The first game was a 69-67 loss by the NSU women in double overtime, while the NSU men held off Harding, 72-66, thanks to 27 points by Bryton Hobbs.

• NSU hires new head football coach (Dec. 19)

After reliving Kenny Evans of his coaching duties on Nov. 16, NSU appointed Rob Robinson as the RiverHawks’ new head football coach more than a month later. Robinson left Washburn, where he was the offensive coordinator, to become the 19th head coach in school history at NSU.

“The Redmen times are what we have to get back to — the traditional roots,” Robinson said during his introductory press conference.

Before NSU switched to the RiverHawks nickname, the Redmen weren’t strangers to picking up NAIA national championships. Robinson is hoping NSU can get back to that, and teams and schools at the high school level are hoping to bring in championships of their own in 2014.

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  • Keys-Dakota.jpg Playing both sides of the line

    Recently, Keys High School football standout Dakota Matlock was nearly severely injured in a terrifying car wreck.

    Matlock is coming off a stellar gridiron season for Keys High School. On offense, Matlock ran for over 1,000 yards for the Cougars. In his sophomore season, Matlock led Keys in tackles from the safety position.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bassmaster.jpg Crossing, and fishing, the Delaware

    Bassmaster Elite Series anglers to compete Aug. 7

    BASS has fished out of some legendary venues over the years (including Chicago, Detroit and New Orleans), but never Philadelphia, which is host of the Bassmaster Elite at Delaware River, Aug. 7-10, 2014.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mison.jpg Mixon’s attorney says incident with woman self-defense

    The attorney for Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon says the incident that left a 20-year-old female OU student with multiple facial fractures was a case of self-defense.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hooper.jpg Sparking the flame

    Sequoyah High School’s Justin Hooper looking to lead this year

    Last season was Justin’s last chance to play alongside Cody at Sequoyah High School.
    Justin had to battle to win the Indians starting tailback. The coaching staff did not know who was going to be the Indians starting running back coming into fall practice.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • NSU-fishing-team.jpg NSU teams compete in fishing tournament

    Three teams from Northeastern State University’s Bass Fishing Team competed in the Fishing League Worldwide College Fishing Tournament on Grand Lake in Grove on Saturday, June 21.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Johnson, East win easily at All-State

    Jake Johnson was able to hold off Lawton MacArthur’s Trent Meisel at the Class 5A state tournament in May. On Monday at the All-State tournament at Cherokee Hills Golf Club, Johnson had it much easier against Meisel.

    July 29, 2014

  • McMillan-blackboard.jpg Hometown brothers team up for RiverHawks football

    Northeastern State’s football program will include a pair of hometown brothers for the 2014 season.
    Mason McMillan returns for his sophomore season, and this year he will be reunited with his younger brother, Kourtland. The brothers graduated from Tahlequah High School – Mason in 2013, followed by Kourtland in 2014. At Tahlequah, Mason and Kourtland shared the gridiron for one season.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Yurcich ready for second season

    With the 2014 season on the brink, Mike Yurcich, Oklahoma State University football offensive coordinator, is ready for his second year at the helm after coaching a powerful offensive squad a year ago.

    July 28, 2014

  • James_Ethan-(12)-vs.#2CC63C.jpg Back on the line

    RiverHawks’ Ethan James returns to the line healthy and ready for 2014

    RiverHawks offensive lineman Ethan James will enter the 2014 season healthy – something the team, and James, were not in 2013.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sooners shifting several positions

    Experience comes from encountering the same things in the same ways over and over again. Oklahoma’s Geneo Grissom and Julian Wilson have that at defensive end and nickleback in bunches.
    However, both will be seeing new things when practice begins. Grissom is moving to outside linebacker. Wilson will be getting a look at cornerback as his senior season begins

    July 25, 2014


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