The Oklahoma City University baseball team has been selected to host an NAIA Opening Round playoff tournament for the fifth consecutive year. The five-team, double-elimination tournament will be May 9-13 at Jim Wade Stadium. Each Opening Round champion will advance to the NAIA World Series. Brackets for the Opening Round tournaments will be announced May 5.
DAVIDSON WINS AWARD,
Oklahoma City Barons defenseman Brandon Davidson, who returned after undergoing cancer treatment during the season, has been named the 2012-13 winner of the Fred Hunt Memorial Award as the American Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey.
Davidson was diagnosed with testicular cancer early in the season and returned to play three months after the initial diagnosis. In November, Davidson had the cancerous tissue removed and underwent one round of chemotherapy.
Following successful treatment, the 21-year-old Davidson returned to the Barons lineup in February.
*The Edmonton Oilers, NHL affiliate of the Triple-A Barons, fired general manager Steve Tambellini on Monday, announcing former coach Craig MacTavish will replace Tambellini.
The change won't affect the Barons. In fact, Kevin Lowe, the Oilers president of hockey operations, pointed out during the press conference the Barons are on the brink of making the playoffs for the third consecutive season. He said the organization is encouraged about the future based on players that have made progress in Oklahoma City the past three seasons.
Still, Lowe said the Oilers organization is “not where we want to be or should be. We felt it was important to make changes right now.”
MacTavish played in the NHL for 17 seasons and coached the Oilers from 2000-2009.
ROGERS STATE COACH RESIGNS
Rogers State softball coach Mark Dicus announced his resignation Monday, effective at the end of the season. Dicus, who has guided the Hillcats to a 38-9 record and No. 18 ranking in the NAIA this season, Rogers State started the season with a 30-game win streak.