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  • OBU Women's Soccer Seniors Exit with Perfect GAC Mark

    Ray Fink|Oct 28, 2018

    SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist became the first women's soccer team to complete a 12-0 Great American Conference season with a 4-0 win over Northwestern Oklahoma State Saturday on Senior Day. Ruth King put the Lady Bison on top in the seventh minute with an assist by Hannah White. Abigail Hicks made it a 2-0 game, taking a pass from Emmily Infante and chipping it over the head of the NWOSU keeper in the 13th minute. White made it 3-0 in the 27th minute with an assist by King, sliding past the defense on the right and shooting the ball back left. R...

  • OBU Sweeps Men's Soccer Honors

    Ray Fink|Oct 24, 2018

    SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptists' 2-1 week reaped a sweep of the Great American Conference weekly awards with Dominic Gibson being named Offensive Player of the Week, Dave Brown as Defensive Player of the Week and Bronson Wise as Goalkeeper of the Week. Brown, a junior from Cardiff, Wales, anchored a back line that allowed teams an average of 14 shots over three road games last week. Wise, a junior from Shawnee, started against Southern Nazarene and Upper Iowa, allowing three goals for a 1.50 goals-against average with eight saves. Gibson, a s...

  • Football: Records Fall in Bison Loss at UAM

    Ray Fink|Oct 21, 2018

    MONTICELLO, Ark. – Oklahoma Baptist got a school-record 493 passing yards from Preston Haire and a school-record 13 receptions by Cagney Roberson in a 45-37 loss at Arkansas-Monticello Saturday. Haire broke his own record of 473 yards against Southern Arkansas and Roberson broke the record of 12 he had shared with Nyko Symonds. Haire passed for the 493 yards on a school-record 43 completed passes on a school-record 64 attempts with a record-tying five touchdown passes. For the first time, five different Bison caught a touchdown pass. Josh A...

  • Men's Soccer: Bison Get Second Straight Road Win

    Ray Fink|Oct 19, 2018

    BOLIVAR, Mo. – Oklahoma Baptist posted its second consecutive win Thursday, besting Southwest Baptist 6-3. OBU's six goals represent a new season high, topping the four-goal outing earlier this week at Southern Nazarene. The Bison got on the board quickly with Dominic Gibson scoring in the fifth minute with an assist by Alejandro Castillo. Castillo got another assist in the ninth minute with Jonathan Martinez getting the goal. OBU went ahead 3-0 in the 27th minute when Jesus Andrade scored. Alec Young picked up the assist. SBU got its first g...

  • Women's Soccer: Oklahoma Baptist's Bumgarner, Griffith Honored by GAC

    Ray Fink|Oct 17, 2018

    SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist took a pair of women's soccer honors with Emily Griffith earning co-Goalkeeper of the Week and Kelsey Bumgarner taking Defender of the Week, the Great American Conference announced Tuesday. Griffith, a redshirt sophomore from Parker, Colorado, earned honors for the fourth consecutive week. She allowed no goals in OBU's shutout sweeps at Ouachita Baptist and Harding. She had five saves in the win at Ouachita. It is the sixth career Goalkeeper of the Week award for Griffith. Bumgarner, a junior from Mustang, was a k...

  • Lady Bison Shut Down Harding

    Ray Fink|Oct 14, 2018

    SEARCY, Ark. – Oklahoma Baptist returns from their Arkansas trip still atop the Great American Conference standings after a 2-0 win at Harding Saturday. The Lady Bison logged their fourth consecutive shutout and the fifth in the last six contests to improve to 8-0 in the conference and 10-4 overall. Hannah White put OBU ahead in the 11th minute taking a double assist from Ruth King and Jennifer Goethe, heading the ball into the right corner. King put the finishing touches on the scoring, beating the keeper on a through ball up the middle f...

  • Lady Bison Shut Out Ouachita

    Ray Fink|Oct 12, 2018

    ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – Oklahoma Baptist remained perfect in the Great American Conference Thursday with a 1-0 win at Ouachita Baptist. After a scoreless first half, OBU broke through on an unassisted Kerregan Edwards goal in the 53rd minute. King took the shot at the top of the box off the corner kick from Hannah White. It was King's 10th goal of the season. The Lady Bison out-shot their hosts 29-10 for the game and put 10 shots on goal, compared to five by Ouachita Baptist, with Emily Griffith collecting the five saves. Ruth King had seven s...

  • Men's Soccer: Bison Knock Off SNU in 2OT, 2-1

    Ray Fink|Oct 4, 2018

    SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist snapped its 10-game losing streak and hopped right back into the Great American Conference men's soccer race with a 2-1 double-overtime win over front-running Southern Nazarene Tuesday on OBU's Senior Night. Alejandro Castillo leveled a free kick through the hands of the SNU keeper and into the net with 3:56 showing on the second overtime clock for the game-winner. After a scoreless first half, OBU got on the board with a goal from Sean Grilley, who took a quick pass from Alec Young for a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute....

  • Women's Soccer: GAC Honors Three Lady Bison

    Ray Fink|Oct 3, 2018

    SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist received three honors for women's soccer from the Great American Conference, the league announced Tuesday. Ruth King earned co-Offensive Player of the Week, Jennifer Goethe was named Defensive Player of the Week and Emily Griffith obtained Goalkeeper of the Week. King, a junior forward from Shawnee, scored four goals in the win against Southern Nazarene. It was the third-most in the history of OBU women's soccer. This is King's first GAC honor of the season. She also won the honor Oct. 10 of last season. Goethe, a s...

  • Women's Soccer: Goethe, Griffith Honored by GAC

    Ray Fink|Sep 26, 2018

    SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist claimed Defensive Player and Goalkeeper of the Week honors in women's soccer, the Great American Conference announced Tuesday. Jennifer Goethe, a senior defender from Shawnee, earned Defensive Player of the Week after anchoring a back line that limited Ouachita Baptist and Harding to 18 shots combined in a pair of 2-1 Lady Bison wins. Emily Griffith, a redshirt sophomore from Parker, Colorado, kept opponents to 1.00 goals per game for the week in grabbing both wins over Ouachita and Harding. She recorded nine saves f...

  • Lady Bison Top Midwestern State, 2-0

    Ray Fink, Director of Athletics Communications|Sep 14, 2018

    SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist got home and got well with a 2-0 win over Midwestern State Thursday. OBU played its first home game of the season after going 1-3 on the road and the home field was good for what ailed the Lady Bison. "It was good just to get off turf and back on natural grass," said OBU Coach Mike White. The Lady Bison got both their goals in the first half and then contained the Midwestern attacks in the second half. Kelsey Bumgarner settled a carom off the keeper and punched the ball in the net for OBU's first goal, coming in t...

  • Bison Knock Off Southeastern, 34-28

    Ray Fink, Director of Athletics Communications|Sep 9, 2018

    SHAWNEE – For the first time in its NCAA era, Oklahoma Baptist knocked off Southeastern Oklahoma State and holds a 2-0 record after its 34-28 win Saturday. The Bison last won two games to open the season in its last NAIA year in 2014 and had gone 0-3 against the Savage Storm until getting redemption at home. Preston Haire passed for 298 yards with four touchdown passes with Cagney Roberson grabbing a dozen receptions for 127 yards and a score. The 12 catches tied an OBU record shared by Nyko Symonds, who reeled in 12 against Southwestern K...

  • Lawrence Earns First GAC Honor of 2018

    Ray Fink, Director of Athletics Communications|Sep 6, 2018

    SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist's Sydney Lawrence earned the initial Great American Conference Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week award for 2018, the league announced Wednesday. Lawrence won the UCO Land Run on the course that will serve as the venue for the 2018 GAC Championships. She finished in a time of 18:33.7. The Lady Bison won the event with a score of 21 points as they placed six runners inside the top nine. The eight-team field featured GAC schools East Central, Harding, Southern Arkansas and Arkansas Tech....

  • Lady Bison Knock Off Southwest Baptist, 3-1

    Ray Fink, Director of Athletics Communications|Aug 26, 2018

    STEPHENVILLE, Texas – Oklahoma Baptist improved to 2-0 Friday with a 3-1 win over Southwest Baptist in the Tarleton Invitational. The Lady Bison won 20-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-20. Mikayla Watson registered 19 kills with a .383 hitting percentage while Malia Leatherland collected 11 kills and Rachel Richie eight. Watson also had three aces with Richie and Jenna Gremmel posting two aces each. Gremmel had 37 assists. Defensively, Delaynia Mills had 21 digs and Watson added 10. OBU blocked seven attacks with Brecken Roquemore getting four block a...

  • Lady Bison Open with Victory

    Ray Fink, Director of Athletics Communications|Aug 24, 2018

    STEPHENVILLE, Texas – Oklahoma Baptist opened the season with a three-set win over Midwestern State with three sets of 25-17. Malia Leatherland registered 11 kills with Mikayla Watson adding nine and the Lady Bison kept the Mustangs attack percentage down to .074. Jenna Gremmel had 26 assists and Rachel Richie had three of OBU's six service aces. Defensively, OBU had four blocks with Nicole Fleitman and Gremmel getting two block assists each. Watson led OBU with eight digs. OBU finishes day one of the Tarleton Invitational with a 3 p.m. m...

  • OBU Tops GAC with 63 on All-Academic Team

    Ray Fink, Director of Athletics Communications|Aug 3, 2018

    SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist boasts a conference-leading 63 athletes on the Great American Conference All-Academic Team for Winter and Spring Sports, the league announced Friday. OBU led the way in the GAC for the sports of women's tennis (7), women's golf (7) and men's golf (6). The Lady Bison track team was second with 15 and the men's basketball team also was second with five honorees. OBU also placed seven baseball players, six softball players, five men's track athletes and four women's basketball players on the squad. "We are delighted t...

  • OBU's Hearn Named Eastern League All-Star

    Ray Fink, Director of Athletics Communications|Jul 5, 2018

    SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist baseball alum Taylor Hearn is headed to the Eastern League All-Star game, representing the Altoona Curve, the Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hearn leads the Pirates organization in strikeouts (83) and is rated as Pittsburgh's No. 10 prospect by MLB.com. Hearn, acquired by the Pirates in a trade with the Nationals in 2016, holds a 3-5 record with a 3.28 ERA, eighth-best in the Eastern League. The Royse City, Texas, native is also ranked fourth in the circuit with 83 strikeouts, tied for first with two c...

  • OBU Swims Mare Nostrum Series in Monaco

    Ray Fink, Director of Athletics Communications|Jun 22, 2018

    SHAWNEE – Five Oklahoma Baptist swimmers put themselves to the test against an elite field June 16 and 17 at the Mare Nostrum Series in Monaco. Celina Marques, Jamie Edwards, Victoria Fonville, Josip Miskovic and David Lambert competed against Olympic gold medalists. "We went there and swam against gold medalists and our kids were not intimidated," said OBU Coach Sam Freas. "These races aren't about times, but who you are racing. This will help us for next year." The format also was different with swimmers racing in preliminary rounds to r...

  • OBU's Stewart Named Academic All-American

    Ray Fink|Jun 14, 2018

    SHAWNEE – The College Sports Information Directors of America on Wednesday named two-time Academic All-District selection Jonathan Stewart as a Google Cloud At-Large Second Team Academic All-American. A member of the Oklahoma Baptist swim team, Stewart is a junior management major from Enid and carries a 4.00 grade point average. He also was on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll and earned the Academic All-District honor as a sophomore as well. Stewart's selection came in the at-large category, meaning swimmers were grouped with lacrosse, t...

  • Lady Bison Duo Earns ITA Doubles All-America

    Ray Fink, Director of Athletics Communications|Jun 7, 2018

    SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist doubles tandem Kateryna Shkot and Kim Moosbacher earned 2018 All-America status, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced Wednesday. The honor for Shkot and Moosbacher mark the first NCAA-level All-America honors for Lady Bison tennis. The pair played together for the first time this season and forged a 15-3 record at No. 1 doubles. Last fall, the tandem placed fourth at the ITA Oracle Cup after winning the Central Regional championship. Shkot, a senior from Kiev, Ukraine, also was NCCAA All-America in 2...

  • OSN Tabs Bly Pitcher of the Year

    Ray Fink, Director of Athletics Communications|Jun 6, 2018

    SHAWNEE - Pitcher of the Year Caleb Bly topped a list of six Bison honored as All-OSN selections, OklahomaSports.Net announced Sunday. Bly, a red-shirt freshman from Midlothian, Texas, garnered Pitcher of the Year and was joined on the First Team by catcher Juan Gonzalez, third baseman Zane Gelphman and center fielder Brett Berghammer. Pitcher Zach Fowler and right fielder Jake Gozzo were named Second Team All-OSN. Bly was 7-2 on the season with a 3.92 earned run average, picking up 97 strikeouts in 64.1 innings of work. Gonzalez, a senior...

  • Demaree, Manning Make All-OSN Team

    Ray Fink, Director of Athletics Communications|Jun 6, 2018

    SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist placed two players on the All-OSN Softball Team, OklahomaSports.Net announced last week. Catcher Dani Manning and right fielder Cheyenne Demaree were selected for the First Team. Manning, a freshman from Prague, batted .336 with 14 home runs and 27 runs batted in. Demaree, a sophomore from Pryor, hit .352 with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs....

  • OBU Places Third in GAC All-Sports

    Ray Fink, Director of Athletics Communications|Jun 1, 2018

    SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist took third in the Great American Conference All-Sports competition, the league announced Friday. Competing for the first time as full members, OBU captured conference crowns in women's soccer, women's cross country, women's tennis and women's track and field and were runners up in baseball. Arkansas Tech won the competition with 92 points, followed by Harding at 85, OBU at 78.5, Southern Arkansas at 68.5, Southeastern Oklahoma State at 67.5, Henderson State at 66, Southwestern Oklahoma State at 57, Southern N...

  • Bison End Successful Season in Regional

    Ray Fink, Director of Athletics Communications|May 20, 2018

    MAGNOLIA, Ark. – Oklahoma Baptist's first venture into the NCAA postseason ended Friday in the Central Region Tournament with a 4-1 loss to No. 25 Central Oklahoma. OBU struck first in the bottom of the second when Jake Gozzo doubled and eventually scored on a wild pitch. The inning ended with Matt Poulin, who had been hit by a pitch, was gunned down at the plate after a base hit by Garrett McKee. The Bronchos scored two runs on an error in the fifth inning and added another two runs – one earned – in the sixth. Mychal Yarbor (5-5) allow...

  • Four Bison Make D2CCA All-Region

    Ray Fink, Director of Athletics Communications|May 20, 2018

    SHAWNEE – Four Oklahoma Baptist University baseball players were selected for inclusion on the 2018 Division II Collegiate Commissioners Association All-Region team, it was announced Friday. Jake Gozzo earned the distinction of First Team outfielder, while catcher Juan Gonzalez, third baseman Zane Gelphman and outfielder Brett Berghammer were Second Team picks. Gozzo, a junior from Redland, California, was a First Team All-Great American Conference selection and is hitting .337 with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs. Gelphman, a senior from Half Moon B...

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