Tahlequah Daily Press

April 3, 2014

Nelson, No. 2 doubles lead Tahlequah boys at tourney

Local briefs

— Tahlequah’s Conner Nelson posted a second-place finish to lead the Tahlequah boys tennis team to a third-place finish at the Tahlequah Invitational last weekend.

Nelson, who advanced to the No. 1 singles finals with two straight-set victories, lost to Muskogee’s Connor Finerty, 6-2, 6-1, in the championship match.

The Tigers finished the tournament with 22 points, which was 11 off the pace set by the winning team, Edison. Muskogee with second with 28 points.

Tahlequah had another second-place finish by its No. 2 doubles team of Colton Wright and Ben Ballard. The duo lost 6-2, 6-2 to Edison in the finals.

On the girls side, Tahelquah’s highest finish was by Sarah Schiefelbien at No. 1 singles. Schiefelbein lost in three sets to Grove’s Kenidee Wakeland, 6-3, 2-6, 12-10, in the semifinals before falling to Regent Prep’s Erica Randall, 2-6, 6-2, 10-6, in the third-place match.

Both Tahlequah tennis teams will be in action later this week. The girls will be at the Bixby tournament on Friday, while the boys will play at the same event on Saturday.

Price collects first weekly accolade

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Northeastern State’s Baylee Price was named the MIAA Women’s Golf Athlete of the Week for the first time in her career, the league announced Wednesday.

In a tournament that featured two of the top 15 programs in the nation, the true freshman from Broken Arrow, Okla., was able to put together three solid rounds to finish in a tie for 13th at 244 (83-80-81).

She led the No. 22-ranked Northeastern State women’s golf team in scoring two of the three rounds, and she recorded her eighth (out of nine) top-15 finish of the season. She has been NSU’s low finisher in five events this year.

Northeastern State has brought home each of the last two weekly awards, as junior Arizona Chin picked up the accolade last week. Former RiverHawk Gabbi Shelton also won the award on Sept. 25, and NSU is the only school to have three different student-athletes win the weekly award in 2013-14.

NSU will next compete at the 2014 MIAA Championship, which is set for April 21-23 and will be held at Alvamar Country Club in Lawrence, Kan.