Bethany's Caitlyn Biggers heads to OSU
BETHANY — Caitlyn Biggers committed to the Oklahoma State soccer team as a sophomore, giving the lifelong OU fan plenty of time to get accustomed to orange.
“I'm slowly adjusting,” Biggers admitted, adding that she did attend this year's Bedlam football game and was happy when the Cowboys won.
She took a few months to commit to OSU after the offer came, but said she knew Oklahoma State was the place for her when she took a visit to Stillwater.
“The coaching staff was great,” Biggers said. “The campus was perfect for me, and it's a strong program.”
Biggers, who said she had interest from other schools like Virginia Tech and St. Mary's (Calif)., is now focused on her club team and on her senior season at Bethany.
“I think we'll go far,” Biggers said of Bethany. “We have a really good team.”
Edmond Memorial's Duke signs with Baylor
EDMOND — As a freshman, Edmond Memorial track standout Isaiah Duke became intrigued with the idea of one day running at Baylor University.
A 400-meter specialist, Duke liked the idea of following in the footsteps of successful 400 runners like Michael Johnson and Jeremy Wariner.
On Wednesday, that idea became reality when Duke signed a letter of intent with the Baylor track team.
“Baylor just felt like the perfect fit for me,” he said. “It feels great to say I'll be going to Baylor next year. It's gonna be a good experience for me. Jeremy is still around there working out a lot, and Michael Johnson is down there sometimes, too.”
Edmond Memorial coach Chris Lowrey, who also had another sprinter, John Teeters, sign with Tulsa on Wednesday, hopes that outsiders realize the magnitude of Duke's opportunity.
“Signing with Baylor for track is the equivalent of signing with Alabama for football,” the coach said. “He's going to a great program, and the sky is the limit for him. He'll be able to take himself to the next level.”
Mount St. Mary's McCalmon heading to Dartmouth
Morgan McCalmon has always dreamed of going to an Ivy League school.
On Friday, she'll fulfill that dream when she signs to play softball at Dartmouth.
“My mom always taught me since I was little to just go out and get it,” McCalmon said. “Don't let anything stop you.”
McCalmon won 56 games during her high school career, including 13 no-hitters.
She helped lead Mount St. Mary to the 2010 fast-pitch Class 3A state championship during her junior year.
McCalmon picked Dartmouth over scholarship offers from Memphis, McNeese State (La.) and Siena College (N.Y.).
Dartmouth softball coach Rachel Hanson called McCalmon in the middle of September to offer, and the senior accepted right away.
Since Mount St. Mary doesn't have a slowpitch team, McCalmon has started working out with the Oklahoma Athletics amateur team, which she will play for during the summer. Then, she'll head to Dartmouth in August.
Ray's comeback story continues
EDMOND — Early in her high school career, Shannon Ray didn't know if she'd be able to run again, much less do it in college.
A growth spurt her freshman year at Edmond Santa Fe weakened her leg, and one false step — hitting a hole in Mitch Park — caused a broken leg.
She didn't slow down much with the stress fracture, but in a qualifying race during the next cross country season, Ray's other leg broke.
Wednesday, Ray signed to run for Oklahoma Baptist.
“It was hard sitting out and watching everyone else get to succeed but it was also good to be able to sit back and watch some of the things that you don't get to see when you're running,” Ray said.
Santa Fe coach Sherryl McGreevy remembers seeing Ray shortly after she took the job four years ago.
“She was about 4-foot-6 and weighed about 80 pounds but she had talent that was busting at the seams.”
Ray was the first signee introduced at the ceremony headlined by Oklahoma football signee Michael Onuoha in a packed Santa Fe cafeteria.
“It's nerve wracking but I'm excited,” Ray said of the ceremony. “I was not expecting this many people but it was exciting to see everybody come out and at least some of them were here for me.”
Deer Creek's Smith signs with OU
EDMOND — Madison Smith's parents bought their first OU shirts last week.
“They looked good,” Smith said with a laugh.
Smith signed to play college soccer at Oklahoma on Wednesday at Deer Creek High School.
“It was pretty much the school I fell in love with from the beginning,” Smith said. “There was no other school I'd rather go to.”
Both of Smith's parents are Oklahoma State graduates.
“They reacted how any hardcore OSU fan would,” Smith said, adding that she's sure her parents are OU soccer fans now.
“I'm not sure about football, though.”
Smith has been committed to OU since last February. She said she had opportunities to go to other Division I programs around the country, but that she wanted to stay close to home.
Also signing Wednesday was Smith's teammate, Roman Edwards, who inked with Tulsa.
“That was really neat,” Smith said. “I've played with Roman for a long time. She's a hard worker and we've both pushed each other.”