TUTTLE WRESTLER KNOCKS OFF NO. 1
Tuttle's Zachary Beard, who won his fourth high school state wrestling championship last month, was named the Outstanding Wrestler for Team USA in Sunday's Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The classic featured top high school wrestlers in the United States vs. an all-star squad from Pennsylvania.
Beard, ranked as high as No. 3 in the country at his weight, scored a 7-4 upset over No. 1-ranked Cody Wiercioch, a four-time state finalist and three-time state champion in Pennsylvania.
Beard scored two first-period takedowns against Wiercioch to clinch Team USA's 22-18 victory over Team Pennsylvania in the classic. Beard will wrestle for the University of Wyoming next fall.
MARTIN EARNS ACC HONOR
Former Edmond Santa Fe standout Maddie Martin, The Oklahoman's Big All-City Player of the Year in 2011, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Pitcher of the Week earlier this week.
Martin, a freshman at Maryland, threw four complete games in the week, helping the Terrapins go 5-2.
She faced 109 batters, striking out 23 and giving up just four earned runs.
Against Oklahoma State, Martin threw six innings without allowing an earned run. She also picked up the win against Hampton and threw seven shutout innings against Valparaiso.
Martin limited hitters to a .223 average against her and finished the week with a 1.40 ERA. For the season, Martin is 4-7 with a 3.84 ERA and 38 strikeouts.
DEER CREEK DUO PLAYING WELL FOR HOGS
A pair of former Deer Creek standouts had big games last week for Arkansas in the Razorbacks' final games before SEC play began.
In the first of two games against Alabama A&M, freshman Isaac Hellbusch hit his first collegiate home run, a two-run shot that broke a 1-1 tie in an eventual 20-2 Arkansas win.
Hellbusch added a two-run single later in the same inning and finished with five RBIs on the night.
Brian Anderson, a sophomore outfielder who is a regular starter for the Razorbacks, had a career-high four RBIs in the win.
Anderson (.321/.426/.423) leads Arkansas in runs scored (17) and extra-base hits (6).
Anderson and Hellbusch were coached at Deer Creek by Arkansas alum Ron Moore.
Arkansas (14-7, 1-2) starts a three-game series at South Carolina on Friday.
OU TRACK MEET MOVED BACK
The annual University of Oklahoma John Jacobs Invitational, which was originally scheduled for Friday, has been postponed.
The event will now be held April 12 at OU.
Typically one of the bigger meets of the year, the John Jacobs Invitational will now be on the same day as the Yukon Invitational, which attracts several large schools because Yukon is also the host of the Class 5A-6A state meet in May.