The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


February 25, 2013

OCAC lead on the line for Jets

ENID, Okla. — When NOC Enid coach Scott Morris said “anything can happen’’ in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference race last week, he wasn’t kidding.

Conference officials have told Morris that league leader Eastern will have to forfeit its 13 conference wins up to last week.

That puts an extra emphasis on tonight’s Murray State at NOC Enid game.

Instead of the game being for second place, the winner will be assured of at least a tie for the conference championship. Both teams take 13-3 league records into the 6 p.m. contest at the Mabee Center.

The fate of the games, which were originally scheduled for Monday, will be decided this morning in a meeting of the schools’ athletic directors.

“The winner of this game has a huge, huge advantage,’’ said Morris, whose team still has a game left at Carl Albert on Thursday.

The Lady Jets won at Murray State 54-42 on Jan. 21 behind Christa Beasler’s 23 points.

The Lady Jets, who were down to six players in an 86-80 overtime win over Connors Saturday, could have center Shannon Hough back.

Hough missed the Connors game with a viral infection.

“It’s a possibility,’’ Morris said. “We just have to see how it goes.’’

Marisha Wallace has been diagnosed with mono. The diagnosis was made at the tail end of the illness, Morris said. It is not known how long she will be out.

Paige Eaton, who is suffering from compartment syndrome, will suit up but would only play in an emergency, Morris said.

“We’re just trying to get healthy,’’ Morris said. “I’m proud of how the girls have responded. Any time you have a chance of playing for a conference championship, it’s exciting. That’s why girls come here, for the opportunity to play for a championship. I’m glad they are getting it.’’

Morris said the key for the Lady Jets will be “playing our game.’’

“We can’t get caught up in everything and let Murray State get us out of our game plan,’’ he said. “We just have to stay poised and stay focused.’’

The NOC Enid men (9-7) will be trying to avenge a 74-66 loss to the Aggies on Jan. 21. Jeremy Espinoza had 20 points for NOC Enid that night, followed by Dalen Qualls with 16 and Connor Brooks with 13.

The Jets are tied with NEO for fourth in the league at 9-7. Western is a game back at 8-8. NOC Enid has the tiebreaker over WOC with two wins over the Pioneers.

NOC Enid goes to last place Carl Albert Thursday.

Murray State is tied for second in the league with Connors at 11-5.

“If we can win, we should finish in the top five,’’ said NOC Enid coach Greg Shamburg. “You want to stay in the top five so you don’t have to play the play-in game.’’

Rebounding will be the key to the rematch.

“We didn’t rebound well the first time,’’ Shamburg said. “We played well enough to win, but we gave up too many offensive rebounds.’’

The sophomores for both teams will be recognized tonight with their parents.

They include Qualls, Brooks, Espinoza, Philip Brown, Tanner Reddick and Rex Farmer for the Jets and Regan Crowl, Bates, Tory Dwyer, Sherri Lang, Beasler, Mckinsey Schumpert and Wallace for the Lady Jets.

Text Only
  • Baseballpicture.jpg Majors open regional with Cherry Creek

    The Enid Majors (36-12) enter the Connie Mack South Plains Regional Tournament today at David Allen Memorial Ballpark coming off one of their best seasons in the past few years. Now, the pressure is on as they face Cherry Creek, Colo.,at 8:15 tonight.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ballpark to observe Military Appreciation Night

    David Allen Memorial Ballpark hosts Military Appreciation Night tonight during the 6 and 8:15 games of the Connie Mack South Plains Regional Tournament.

    July 21, 2014

  • Jeff Mullin mug 2012.jpg Rory McIlroy: There's a new tiger in town

    His father introduced him to the game when he was small, putting a golf club in his hand when he was barely past the toddler stage.
    He fell in love with it and worked hard, improving steadily. He became a terrific junior player and quickly improved.
    He was touted as the next big thing and didn’t disappoint.
    Now, at the tender age of 25, he is a multiple major champion.
    Tiger Woods? Yes, once upon a tee time. But now those words are being spoken about Rory McIlroy.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Big 12 Media Days.jpg Gundy has big plans for Hill

    The picture became a little clearer Monday of how Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year Tyreek Hill will be utilized in the Oklahoma State offense.
    And the picture is rather wide.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Briles: Baylor swinging for the fences

    Coach Art Briles and Baylor arrived at Big 12 football media days as defending champions for the first time.
    Briles has a slightly different take on the Bears’ newfound standing.

    July 21, 2014

  • Radio-TV for 7-22-14

    July 21, 2014

  • Big12.jpg Big 12 commissioner says 'change is coming' in college sports

    That was the theme of Monday's state of the conference speech by Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby on the first day of Big 12 Football Media Days.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Worrell takes 8th at Firekeeper Classic

    July 20, 2014

  • Fowler happy with runner-up finish

    For ex-Oklahoma State star Rickie Fowler, this is getting downright familiar.
    He’s not complaining.
    For the second time this summer, Fowler played in the final group of a major championship, failed to overcome a big deficit, and settled for the runner-up spot.

    July 20, 2014

  • Big 12 Media Days start today

    The new-look Big 12 is ready for some football.  
    OK, the conference’s logo is what’s new this year. There are no changes in the makeup or format of the 10-team league, the only power conference with a round-robin schedule that determines a champion without an extra game.

    July 20, 2014

Click here for NASCAR headlines
Sports Photos

Enid News & Eagle sports photos from the month of February 2014. Enjoy all the ENE photos with full access at