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April 3, 2012

Sports briefs

— Area anglers crack top 10

EUFAULA – Five area fishermen recorded top-10 finishes at the Walmart Bass Fishing League Okie Division event on Lake Eufaula on Saturday.

Brian Fletcher of Muskogee weighed in five bass for a total of 12 pounds, 15 ounces to finish in a tie for 10th in the pro division.

In the co-angler division, Matthew Alberty of Tahlequah brought home four bass, weighing 10-5, to finish fourth, John David Jamison of Muskogee was fifth with four bass at 9-12, Brad Dearman of Wagoner registered three bass for an 8-1 total for seventh and Matt Ellis of Muskogee landed four bass totalling 7-10 to finish ninth.

OSU women win initial award

DENVER — Oklahoma State University’s women’s basketball program has been honored by Russell Athletic and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) as the recipient of the inaugural “Together We R” Team Award.

In its first year, the “Together We R” Team Award honors programs that have strived to succeed in the face of adversity, overcoming extraordinary circumstances such as an unforeseen team crisis, barrier or unfortunate situation that caused extra stress.

Oklahoma State faced the unthinkable in mid-November when then head coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna, along with two others, were killed in a plane crash. A mentor in the Stillwater community, Budke was talking about making an impact during the 2011-12 season just days before the tragedy.

Assistant coach Jim Littell took over as head coach and led the Cowgirls to upset wins over Oklahoma and 2011 national champion Texas A&M. The Cowgirls won the Women’s National Invitation Tournament this past Saturday to finish the season at 22-12.

Sooner captures two awards

NORMAN – Freshman Hunter Lockwood claimed a share of the Phillips 66 Big 12 baseball Player of the Week honor and earned the Newcomer of the Week award outright to highlight this week’s edition of Big 12 baseball weekly awards.

He shared the Player of the Week accolade with Baylor’s Jake Miller while Duke von Schamann of Texas Tech was named the Pitcher of the Week.

Lockwood extended his hitting streak to eight games, batting .429 (6-for-14) with two homers, eight RBI, a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage.  Lockwood also posted a 1.000 fielding percentage with 34 putouts and four assists at first base.

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