Oklahoma pitcher Keilani Ricketts received another national award Wednesday. The junior was named Honda Softball Player of the Year by the Collegiate Women Sports Award program. Ricketts, who was selected USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year before the Women's College World Series, helped the Sooners to a second-place finish in the national tournament.
The Honda Sports Award is given to the top female athlete in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. Ricketts is a finalist for Honda's overall Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. The winner will be named June 23.
Shults named to Team USA
Oklahoma catcher Jessica Shults is one of five final selections to the U.S. national softball team.
Shults joins Ricketts, who was already named to the team in January, on the squad.
Two other Oklahoma players, Lauren Chamberlain and Destinee Martinez, were part of the team selection camp
The U.S. team will compete in six different events in the U.S. and Canada this summer, including the World Cup of Softball from June 27-July 2 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
Williams' trial delayed
A judge has delayed the trial of a suspended Oklahoma State basketball player accused of sexually assaulting two women.
The Stillwater NewsPress reported that Darrell Williams' trial was postponed by a week until July 9. Payne County District Judge Phillip Corley said the delay is necessary because a prosecution witness will be out of the country.
Two women allege that Williams assaulted them at an off-campus party in 2010. He's charged with four counts of rape by instrumentation and one count of sexual battery.
SNU names women's coach
Southern Nazarene University named Derek Dorris to take over its powerhouse women's basketball program. Dorris, who spent the last two seasons as girls head coach at Southmoore High School, replaces Lori Carter. She resigned after nine seasons at SNU. Carter is the program's all-time wins leader at 219. Dorris' teams at the high school level, which included stops at Fairview and Bethany, had a 152-73 record.
Oklahoma State junior pitcher Andrew Heaney was named a first-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association. ... The Oklahoma men's cross country and track and field teams finished 15th in the John McDonnell Program of the Year standings announced by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. ... Oklahoma Christian University had five tennis players named NAIA All-American. Martin Poboril, Bruno Tiberti and Jamie Sanchez-Canamares were on the team after leading the Eagles to the men's national championship. Hermon Brhane and Lucie Sipkova were on the women's squad; they helped OC reach the national semifinals.