March 2008 News Articles

Bass Headed to Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame

March 31, 2008—Legendary Oklahoma Baptist University men's basketball coach Bob Bass will be one of four men inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame this summer. Langston football and basketball coach Caesar "Zip" Gayles, Oklahoma State wrestling great Jack VanBebber, and major league pitcher Eddie…

Bison, RSU Divide Doubleheader

March 29, 2008—Late rallies were the order of the day as Oklahoma Baptist and Rogers State split a pair of Sooner Athletic Conference games at Bison Field Saturday. OBU won the opener 10-8, but dropped the second game 6-4.In the opener, Rogers State jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, using thee…

OBU Strong in Outdoor Opener

March 29, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist officially opened outdoor track season Saturday with every winner setting a new track record. The Bison won 20 events and qualified for the national outdoor meet in 11 events. Two other athletes made the 'B' standard time for qualifying. The women's 4x100 relay team of…

Lady Bison Lose Two to SGU

March 28, 2008—St. Gregory's took both ends of a double header at Oklahoma Baptist Friday, 6-0 and 5-2. In the first game, Sharon Bell and Kaylen Woosley combined on a one-hit shout-out and an impressive string of 19 consecutive batters retired.Jami Pate led off the bottom of the first on an infield single…

SNU Holds Off Lady Bison

March 28, 2008—One day after upsetting No. 22 Oklahoma Christian, the 25th-ranked Oklahoma Baptist University Lady Bison tennis team came up short, 6-3, to No. 10 Southern Nazarene. Southern Nazarene swept the doubles 3-0, but the teams split the six singles matches evenly.Samantha Attard knocked off…

Bison Lose at RSU, 8-7

March 27, 2008—After trailing hosts Rogers State 7-1, Oklahoma Baptist University tied the score but could not pull off a win in Sooner Athletic Conference baseball action Thursday, losing 8-7. Frank Avilla scored on a sacrifice fly by Josh Kirkpatrick in the second but the Bison trailed 7-1 after two…

Hoffman Accepts Mercer Post

March 27, 2008—Courtesy MercerBears.com MACON, Ga. - Mercer Athletics Director Bobby Pope on Thursday introduced Oklahoma Baptist alum and former head men's basketball coach Bob Hoffman as the new head men's basketball coach, effective immediately. Hoffman was recommended by a 10-member search committee that…

Lady Bison Split at SNU

March 27, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist dropped into second place in the Sooner Athletic Conference standings after a split at Southern Nazarene. OBU won the opener in nine innings, 5-4, but dropped the second game 5-3.The Lady Bison jumped out on top in the second inning on consecutive singles by Brittney Day,…

OBU Splits Matches with OC

March 27, 2008—A pair of mild upsets took place on the Oklahoma Baptist University tennis courts Thursday in two Top 25 showdowns. The No. 25 Lady Bison knocked off 22nd-ranked Oklahoma Christian, while the No. 25 Eagles returned the favor against the 23rd-ranked OBU men.The Lady Bison won 5-4, while OC…

OBU to Host Meet Saturday

March 27, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist will host its first official meet on the new track Saturday with nine schools and several unattached runners competing. Along with national powerhouse OBU will be St. Gregory's, Oklahoma Christian, Southern Nazarene, Bacone, Langston, West Texas A&M, Friends and Sterling.The…

Rackley Signs with OBU

March 27, 2008—Stillwater High School standout Erica Rackley has signed to run track and cross country next year at Oklahoma Baptist University. Rackley, the daughter of Jerry and Lisa Rackley, was an All-Conference selection in the 2007 cross country season. She also has received the honor of being a…

Samuels Signs to Play Volleyball at OBU

March 27, 2008—Gabrielle 'Gabby' Samuels will play her college volleyball at Oklahoma Baptist University after signing last week with the Lady Bison. Able to play outside hitter, defensive specialist and libero, the 5-4 Samuels was a four-year All-Conference and All-State at Community Christian School. The…

Bison Shut Out by OU

March 26, 2008—Oklahoma topped the Bison 7-0 Tuesday afternoon in men's tennis, dropping the Bison to 6-8 on the season. Bruno Scacalossi won seven games as the highlight for OBU in No. 1 singles, losing to Andrei Daescu, 6-3, 6-4.OBU returns to action Thursday at home against Oklahoma Christian at 3 p.m.OU…

Bison Sixth at UST Texas Intercollegiate

March 25, 2008—The Bison men's golf team of Oklahoma Baptist University finished sixth in the UST Texas Intercollegiate at Hawks Creek Golf Club in Fort Worth, Texas last week. OBU tied Southwestern College (Kan.) at 613 with the Bison shooting a 298 in the first round, followed by a 315.Alex Hamilton was…

Four Lady Bison Earn National Honors

March 25, 2008—Four Oklahoma Baptist University women's basketball players earned national honors, it was announced Tuesday. Betsy Simmons earned Second-Team All-America status, while Heather Graham was an honorable mention All-America pick.Keely Tolin and Kristin Anderson were All-America Scholar…

Jones Named Honorable Mention All-America

March 25, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist University's Brent Jones has been named to the NAIA All-America honorable mention list. Jones, a junior guard from Toledo, Ohio, led the Bison in scoring, steals and assists, averaging 16.3 points, 2.3 steals and 3.8 assists per game.

Tennis Teams Win Six During Break

March 25, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist University's Spring Break tennis tour to Florida was met with moderate success last week. The Bison were 3-4 on the trip, while the Lady Bison collected a 2-4 record.Lindsey Wilson knocked off the OBU women 5-0 in Bowling Green, Ky. Brittany Byrd forced a third set in No. 2…

Chambers Walk-Off Tops No. 18 Bacone

March 24, 2008—Chris Chambers launched a solo home run to lead off the ninth inning, giving Oklahoma Baptist a 7-6 win over 18th-ranked Bacone Monday. Chambers' blast to right field was the lone home run struck in a game in which the wind was blowing out to left. It was his fourth home run of the season and…

Bison End Season in Quarterfinals

March 22, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist lost a heartbreaking 74-69 quarterfinal contest to Campbellsville University Saturday, ending the Bison season at 24-10.  The Bison had a few opportunities to tie the game or take a lead late in a contest that had 10 lead changes and seven ties."On the one hand, you're…

Bison Rally Past MACU

March 21, 2008—Billy Thomas and Mason Reilly combined for eight hits and 11 RBI to rally Oklahoma Baptist past Mid-America Christian 21-10 Friday in Oklahoma City. Thomas had four hits, including a double, to go with seven RBI. Reilly had a home run and three singles to drive home four more.The Bison had a…

Bison Stun Lambuth, 89-79

March 21, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist had enough defense and discovered some offensive firepower to upset third-ranked and third-seeded Lambuth, 89-79, Friday in the first match-up between the two teams. TranSouth champion Lambuth entered the game averaging better than 93 points per game, the top scoring offense…

Bison Claim Overtime Thriller

March 20, 2008—Justin Williams went from afterthought to hero when he popped a three-pointer with two seconds left to life Oklahoma Baptist to a mild upset over 14th-seed Auburn-Montgomery, 71-70 in overtime. The Bison trailed by four with under a minute left in the extra period, but Brian Hill was fouled…

Lady Bison Split at Belhaven

March 19, 2008—OBU Splits Doubleheader in Mississippi Oklahoma Baptist ended its Spring Break trip to the South with a split with Belhaven College Wednesday, losing the first game 13-1 before taking the second contest 3-2.OBU's lone run in the opener was a solo home run by Brittney Day.The Lady Bison…

Long Range Attack Knocks Out Lady Bison

March 19, 2008—JACKSON, Tenn. - An unexpected attack led to an abrupt ending for eighth-ranked Oklahoma Baptist University at the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Championship Tournament Wednesday at Oman Arena. Lindsey Wilson College built a 21-point lead with torrid outside shooting, then held off a…

Former Staff Member Beverly Pearson Dies

March 18, 2008—Former Oklahoma Baptist University staff member Beverly Pearson died Tuesday, March 18, after an extended battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 71. A native of Nashville, Tenn., Pearson served at OBU from 1981-88. She served as director of cooperative education and an instructor in business…

Spring Hill Sweeps Lady Bison

March 17, 2008—OBU dropped a pair of games to Spring Hill Monday night in Mobile, 3-2 and 5-1. OBU took a 1-0 lead in the opener on Sonya Beach's third home run of the season, but the Badgers took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second.Vanessa Fortune singled in a run in the seventh to tie things up, but…

Lady Bison Take Bronze Bracket

March 16, 2008—After struggling through pool play, Oklahoma Baptist found its sticks Sunday and captured the Bronze Bracket championship at the Gulf Coast Invitational with wins over Ohio Dominican and USAO. OBU scored an extra-inning win over Ohio Dominican, 12-8, and held off USAO 4-3 in the finals. Kaley…

Bison Sweep Hastings

March 15, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist continued its domination of non-conference foes with a 10-2, 9-5 sweep of Hastings Saturday afternoon. OBU is now 15-1 this season against teams outside the Sooner Athletic Conference and 22-6 overall.Josh Palmer (2-2) evened his pitching record in the opener, holding Hastings…

OBU Drops Two in Alabama

March 15, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist dropped two games at the Gulf Coast Invitational Saturday, losing to Spring  Hill 1-0 and Columbia 11-1.Sonya Beach took the hard-luck loss in the 1-0 setback. OBU was shut out on four hits.OBU got its only run of the game on an Alyssa Henkes single in the loss to…

Bison Eighth at Red River

March 14, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist University finished eighth in the Red River Intercollegiate men's golf tournament at WinStar Golf Club in Thackerville Tuesday. The Bison finished with a three-round 901 team score, 37 strokes off the pace of champion Northeastern State University.Arnaud Cotten took 13th place…

Bison Rally Past IWC, 8-6

March 14, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist trimmed Iowa Wesleyan 8-6 to complete a three-game sweep of the series Friday at Bison Field. Both teams had 10 hits and the Bison rallied from a run down with a three-run eighth inning to move to 20-6 on the season.IWC went up 3-0 in the first inning on a triple by Candy…

Softball Drops Two in Alabama

March 14, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist came up short against a pair of Top 25 teams in the Gulf Coast Invitational Friday, losing to No. 21 Thomas 7-2 and No. 7 Shorter 10-1. OBU freshman Sonya Beach got her first college home run and Kaley Dickerson singled home a run for the Lady Bison in the loss to Thomas,…

Providing Spiritual Food

March 13, 2008—On-campus ministries at Oklahoma Baptist University strive to cater to students' different focuses, passions and callings. One ministry, in particular, caters to something more: the stomach.  Noonday provides a way students can be fed both physically and spiritually every Friday at noon…

AHS Teammates are First OBU Volleyball Recruits

March 11, 2008—A pair of Allen (Texas) High School seniors is Oklahoma Baptist University's first volleyball recruits. Cassandra Winker, a 5-6 libero, and Chassie Hamilton, a 5-10 outside hitter, committed to the Lady Bison program, which resumes this fall. Winker and Hamilton have been All-District…

Becoming a Bison

March 11, 2008—The Herd, a student organization, assists the admissions process and recruitment of new students at Oklahoma Baptist University. Over the past few years, The Herd has experienced growth within its organization, which in turn positively affects recruitment of new students. "We're the primary…

Dugan Signs with Lady Bison

March 11, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist University has signed Madill High School standout Heather Dugan for the 2008-09 track and cross country seasons. Dugan, the daughter of Curtis and Lesli Dugan, will compete in cross country and in the 800, 1600 and 4x800 at OBU.She is a two-time All-State in cross country,…

Lady Bison Come Up Short in Final

March 11, 2008—The rubber game belong to Oklahoma City - almost all night long. The teams split three-point home wins in the regular season but OCU led Oklahoma Baptist by as many as 20 points in claiming the women's SAC Championship, 83-73 Tuesday night.The first half belonged to Oklahoma City and the…

Next Generation of Church Leaders

March 11, 2008—Each semester, scores of Oklahoma Baptist University students travel to churches across Oklahoma to preach, lead worship and give their testimonies. Partnering in the annual OBU Day in the Churches, the students represent the university in every region of the state. A longstanding tradition…

OBU Students Travel The World During J-Term

March 11, 2008—In Mexico, South Asia and Thailand, three teams of OBU students worked to develop relationships and sow seeds during January. GO Trips, organized by OBU's Avery T. Willis Center for Global Outreach, are designed to provide hands-on field experience. Martha Hernandez, assistant professor of…

OBU Sweeps MACU

March 11, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist improved to 4-0 in the Sooner Athletic Conference with a pair of pitching gems in sweeping Mid-American Christian 4-0 and 2-0 Tuesday. Sonya Beach (6-5) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and nearly completed the feat. OBU's freshman retired the first two batters of the…

The Roadies of UCS

March 11, 2008—University Concert Series, a student-led organization, provides a channel for students to share their artistic talents and to enjoy musical showcases. For UCS members, the organization also provides them with the opportunity to work behind-the-scenes with lighting and sound - essentially,…

A Life Changing Investment

March 10, 2008—Two values essential to OBU are community and outreach. Over the next two decades OBU will combine these two ideals in their outreach efforts with the Kai people. The Kai people are one of the largest unreached and unengaged people groups in the world. In 2006, OBU adopted this fishing…

Bison take Two from IWC

March 10, 2008—Eighth-ranked Oklahoma Baptist snapped out of a five-game slide Sunday with a 4-2 win a Wayland Baptist and continued things on the right track Monday, taking two from Iowa Wesleyan. The Bison won the opener on an 11-1 run rule and took the second game 6-3.OBU broke out on top in the bottom of…

Just Sit and Listen

March 10, 2008—As friends gather together to watch their favorite TV show or attend a basketball game on Thursday night, Whitney Morton and Erin Traynor are able to get together to sing hymns, play games and share stories with some of their older friends. Through Oklahoma Baptist University's Age to Age…

Bison Drop Two at Wayland Baptist

March 8, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist lost its fourth and fifth straight Sooner Athletic Conference games, losing both ends of a doubleheader in Texas to Wayland Baptist University, 5-2 and 6-4. OBU allowed a five-run fourth in the opener and got only a two-run single from Josh Kirkpatrick in response. Josh…

Bison Miss Title by Less Than A Point

March 8, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist University came within half a second of winning a national indoor track championship Saturday, but finished second to Azusa Pacific. APU entered the final event with a 63.75 to 58 lead and finished sixth to pick up a point in the 4x400 relay. OBU needed a second- or…

Lady Bison Win 2OT Thriller

March 8, 2008—At last, overtime is OBU's friend. After suffering an 0-2 mark in its first two overtime games, the Lady Bison made up for it with an 87-86 double overtime victory over Southern Nazarene in the Sooner Athletic Conference semifinals.Taujhnae Travis scored an conference season-high 38 points and…

Board Approves Budget, Ratifies Renovation Plan

March 7, 2008—During their spring meeting on campus Friday, OBU trustees approved the operating budget for the upcoming academic year and ratified a significant step in improvement of on-campus housing. Trustees approved a $38.6 million operating budget for the 2008-09 academic year, including a 4.74…

Hilton Wins NAIA Heptathlon

March 7, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist got its first national champion of the 2008 NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Jonathan Hilton, who set a national record in the heptathlon. Hilton finished with 5,454 points to break the record of 4,921 set last season by Forrest Gregory of Doane.Hilton ran the 60…

Lady Bison Top Wayland Baptist

March 7, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist moved into the Sooner Athletic Conference semifinals, coasting past Wayland Baptist 67-51 Friday. "It's a great win," said OBU coach John McCullough. "Any tournament win is a great win. This was a good chance to work on our offense. We did our assignments right."The Lady Bison…

A Different Form of Ministry

March 6, 2008—On Bison Hill, resident assistants consider their jobs to be a form of ministry. It has become a passion for two WMU resident assistants, junior Jill McDonald and sophomore Melissa Krauss. "I am patient and passionate about my job as an RA, and I'm willing to stop whatever it is that I'm…

Bison Lose in Quarterfinals

March 6, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist nearly overcame foul trouble but couldn't escape Rogers State in the Sooner Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament Thursday, 71-67. Brent Jones scored 31 points but the heroics were lost thanks to the foul situation, which contributed to Rogers State's 46-24…

Bison Assured of Reaching NAIA Tournament

March 5, 2008—What was in question a week ago is now a certainty - Oklahoma Baptist will be headed to the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. Crucial wins over Rogers State and John Brown prodded the Bison from a three-way tie for fourth into a final tie for third and bumped the Bison from 32nd in…

Appreciating the Process

March 4, 2008—"Success is not in the money you make. Success is in the enjoyment of letting other people enjoy something you love," said senior Chris Cochran.  For Oklahoma Baptist University's art club, this attitude holds true. The process of creating art and the appreciation for other people's work…

Davis Returns to OBU for Organ Recital

March 4, 2008—Dr. Ron Davis will return to Oklahoma Baptist University to perform an organ recital, on Tuesday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. in OBU's Potter Auditorium. Davis, associate professor of music at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., served on the OBU faculty from 1987-2004. The recital will…

Home Away from Home

March 4, 2008—The women of Oklahoma Baptist University have many different options when it comes to on-campus housing. For freshmen, the only option may seem to be WMU Memorial Dormitory, but for DeMetri Moon and Chelsea Rose, Kerr Dorm seemed to be the more perfect fit. "It is a complete family feeling.…

Ladies Take Charge

March 4, 2008—The ladies of Oklahoma Baptist University had their chance to take control at the annual Date Auction on March 4 at 7:30 p.m in Yarbrough Auditorium. OBU bachelors were auctioned off by the senior class to OBU bachelorettes. "The Date Auction gave the girls permission to take charge and make…

OBU Headed to Indoor Nationals

March 4, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist University has a tall order to fill in defending its women's national indoor title while the men try to match or better their No. 2 finish last season. The NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships begin Thursday in Johnson City, Tenn., and the Lady Bison hope to get the most…

Recognition of Achievement

March 4, 2008—Campus organizations provide a way for Oklahoma Baptist University students to be involved and connected on campus. Organizations like Mortar Board also provide a way for students to be honored for academic excellence.  "Mortar Board is an honor society for senior students who excel in…

Thrill of Victory

March 4, 2008—The crowd stands, students cheer and the teams hold their breath as the game comes down to the last few seconds. Everyone waits with excitement when the last shot is taken. In January, one of those closing moments featured a half-court buzzer-beater by Oklahoma Baptist University's Evan Grace…

Tolin Family Adds to OBU Legacy

March 4, 2008—For the past eight years, Oklahoma Baptist has had at least two Tolins on the hardwood. In 2000, Doug Tolin took the helm of the men's basketball team and his son Kyle came to play under him for four years and in 2006 became his assistant coach. After Kyle graduated in 2004, his sister Keely…

Graham, Simmons Lead OBU All-SAC Contingent

March 3, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist had six players honored in some fashion on the 2007-08 All-Sooner Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Team released Monday, led by Betsy Simmons and Heather Graham. Graham, a junior forward from Wayne, was named SAC Co-Newcomer of the Year and was a Second Team All-SAC…

OBU Nursing Students Surpass National Average in 2007 Exam

March 3, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist University's nursing students had a 90.91 percent pass rate on the 2007 National Council Licensing Exam, according to a recent report from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. The OBU students surpassed the national average of 85.47 percent and the Oklahoma average of 82.07 percent.…

OBU Teacher's Education Is Nationally Recognized

March 3, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist University's teacher education program recently gained national recognition from the Association for Childhood Education International. To be listed as "nationally recognized," OBU's teacher education program met the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education's…

Three Bison Named All-SAC

March 3, 2008—Three Oklahoma Baptist University Bison were named to the 2007-08 Men's All-Sooner Athletic Conference Basketball Team, it was announced Monday. Brent Jones, a junior guard from Toledo, Ohio, topped the list as a First-Team selection. Jones averaged a team-best 15.6 points per game and also…

Travis Named SAC Player of the Week

March 3, 2008—Taujhnae Travis, a sophomore guard from Humble, Texas, captured Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors for Feb. 25-March 2. Travis averaged 23 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4 assists and two steals for the week in wins over Rogers State and John Brown. She shot 68 percent from the field…

Bison Turn Back John Brown

March 1, 2008—The only thing holding Oklahoma Baptist back from the national tournament is the pleasure of the national ranking committee after OBU defeated a scrappy John Brown squad 67-62 in Siloam Springs, Ark., Saturday. The win sealed the third seed for the Bison in the SAC Tournament, who should see…

Lady Bison Set Home Run Record in Win

March 1, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist completed its stay in the Mid-America Nazarene University Tournament with a bang - make that eight bangs - in two wins with 40 runs and 45 hits. The Lady Bison slaughtered Dordt 25-2 and Park 15-9, launching eight home runs on the day, including a school-record seven in one…

Lady Bison Thwart John Brown

March 1, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist's vaunted defense allowed 42 points in the first half to John Brown University, but buckled down and allowed just 14 in the second half in getting the Lady Bison a 73-56 road win Saturday. The lead changed hands seven times in the first half, but John Brown led by as many as…

LCU Completes Sweep of Bison, 11-6

March 1, 2008—Fourth-ranked Lubbock Christian completed its three-game sweep of No. 8 Oklahoma Baptist Saturday with an 11-6 win in the series finale. OBU had 13 hits in the game, but couldn't contain the Chaparral offense.Down 3-0, OBU made it a 3-1 game in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Frank…

Boyer Named SAC Player of the Week

February 3, 2008—Oklahoma Baptist catcher Jayme Boyer is Sooner Athletic Conference Softball Player of the Week for Feb. 25-March 2. Boyer, a junior from Shawnee, Okla., batted .625 with a 1.542 slugging percentage for the week, smacking six home runs and driving in 17 runs for the game. She scored 14 runs and…