State college football: UCO returns 14 starters, hopes to improve on 2-8 record

Coaches and media selected Central Oklahoma to finish in the lower half of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. It is what it is if you ask second-year Bronchos football coach Nick Bobeck.
by Scott Munn Published: August 8, 2013
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“It's the best move for me and my family,” she said.

The Bronchos finished 51-11 this past season, capped off with a national title game win over Kutztown, Pa.

*Brandon Pierce, a starter for Nebraska, and Matt Brown, a reliever for Arkansas-Little Rock, will play baseball next season for Oklahoma Christian. Pierce was a weekend starter for the Cornhuskers, including eight games this past season. Brown is a former Stillwater High standout who can throw four pitches.

*Ridge Hoopii-Haslam had a few connections that led to a baseball scholarship at Oklahoma Baptist. The infielder from Hilo, Hawaii, is transferring from Luna Community College, where he batted .411 over 33 games. “The reason I chose OBU because it was such a great comfort having former teammates from the Islands who attended OBU,” he said. “They helped me get a phone call.”

GRID BITS

*East Central had two players on the USA College Football Preseason Division II All-America teams. Senior defensive back Fred Gaines was a first-team selection, and junior defensive back Qumain Black was an honorable mention pick. Gaines led the Great American Conference last season with seven interceptions. Black had 51 tackles, five pass breakups and two forced fumbles. He added three interceptions.

*Oklahoma Baptist, which has its first Media Day on Saturday, continues to beef up its first football roster. The Bison signed defensive back Alexander Rizzo. The Owasso product won the school's “Hitman Award” during 2012.

BITS AND PIECES

*Cameron's volleyball team has been selected to finish eighth in the Lone Star Conference this season. ... Ashley Snow of Collinsville has signed with the OBU lacrosse team. ... Tuttle product Katie Gracey has signed to play softball at Mid-America Christian in Oklahoma City. The catcher helped the Tigers to a pair of state runner-up finishes.


by Scott Munn
Sports Assistant Editor
Scott Munn joined The Oklahoman/Oklahoma City Times sports staffs in October 1982. He spent a year as a formcharter, three years on the desk and 16 as a reporter. Scott has spent the last nine years as an evening assistant sports editor. Scott's...
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