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March 26, 2014

NOC rivalry renewed in 'Strike Out Cancer' twinbill

ENID, Okla. — The rivarlies of the Northern Oklahoma Colleges — Enid and Tonkawa — will be put in perspective today when the Enid Lady Jets host the visiting Lady Mavericks in a 4 p.m. softball doubleheader at Pacer Field (Meadowlake Park).

It will be “Strike Out Cancer” night with all donations going to Addi Shamburg, the daughter of Jets men’s basketball coach Greg Shamburg, who is battling cancer.

Addi, a senior at Oklahoma Bible Academy, is the same age as many of the players in the first-ever softball games between the two schools.

“It definitely hits home,’’ said Lady Jets head coach Jamie Roberts. “Addi is such an inspirational young lady. I talk about her all the time to our team ... I tell them not to take any days or moments for granted. There are great opportunities in front of them as college athletes because they’re all healthy.’’

The Lady Jets (21-8, 4-4 conference) played Murray State Tuesday in the Lady Aggies’ Strike Out For Cancer Night. Murray State donated the $355 raised to the Shamburg family.

“We’re very grateful for that,’’ Roberts said.

Roberts hopes the two schools can raise at least $1,000 for the Shamburgs. Greg Shamburg was an assistant at NOC Tonkawa when he became the Jets’ head coach in 2001.

“Between the two campuses, I think we can make it happen,’’ Roberts said. “Something like this brings people together.’’

NOC Tonkawa is 8-17 overall and 1-5 in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference. They are led by Natalie Eaton (.351, 12 RBI), Tiffany Winchester (one homer, nine RBI, .348) and Cheyenne Cochran (.383, 15 RBI).

“I don’t know what to say (about the rivalry), it’s Bedlam,’’ Roberts said. “Anything can happen. All of this is new to me. We’ll see how it goes. Our focus is on us. We’ll bring our best game forward.’’

NOC Enid will go with aces Kendra Coleman (10-5, 100 strikeouts, 92 innings) and Summer Leitka (7-1, 79 strikeouts, 60 innings).

Catcher Kori Barrios, who just reported from basketball, made an immediate impact Tuesday against Murray State when she doubled twice, drove in three runs, threw out a runner at second and picked another one off first.

“Oh my gosh, you have no idea what kind of impact she makes for us,’’ Roberts said.

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