Oklahoma City University: Lady Stars advance in volleyball, soccer
Although they lost on Saturday to Lubbock Christian (Texas) 14-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-21 in the final regular-season volleyball match, the Lady Stars will go up against Southern Nazarene Friday in this weekend’s SAC Tournament in Shawnee.
Xiaoting Ma, the senior from China, had 21 kills, 21 digs, two blocks and two aces for her third “20-20” (kills and digs) performance of the season. Alex Benbrook, a junior from Enid, also played well in the losing effort.
On Friday, the volleyball squad swept all three sets in a highly competitive match against Wayland Baptist (Texas) 26-24, 25-21, 25-14. Ma again led the way, pounding the Texans with 19 kills, 14 digs and two aces.
In other news from OCU women’s athletics, on Saturday the women’s soccer team earned their 17th victory of the season on Saturday at Stars Field. The ladies defeated Lubbock Christian (Texas) 3-2 win and have advanced to the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament.
The team is now 17-2 (11-0 in conference competition) and was slated to open post-season play against Southern Nazarene on Tuesday.
McGuinness wins in Guymon, 52-19, Knights lose
The Fighting Irish of Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School made their longest road trip of the year, traveling to the Panhandle. Coach Kenny Young’s squad improved to 7-3 with a thoroughly dominating 52-12 victory over Guymon.
Quarterback Camden Tharp had one of his best nights of the season through the air, completing 7 of 12 passes for 166 yards, including two touchdown passes: 20 yards to David Love and 21 yards to Kurtis Kunz. LaRone Richardson added another chapter to his stellar senior season, scoring in the first quarter on an 89-yard scamper, then getting a one-yard plune in the second stanza. Rounding out the touchdowns for McGuinness were Drew Neuberger (two runs of 10 and 13, respectively), Tharp and Cain Kumler.
The Irish raced to a 45-0 halftime advantage, then keep up with pressure with Young’s strong bench. Only in the fourth quarter did the home team manage two touchdowns.
McGuinness had trouble converting points-after-touchdowns, missing one 2-point pass conversion and three one-point kicks, for a total of five points in shortfall. However, Ethan Berney put the ball through the goal posts three times, and Anthony Stancampiano made one.
The Irish close the regular season at 7-3 and wound up in a second place tie (third ranking) in District 4A-1. Despite their difficulties earlier in the year, they are among only 16 teams still playing in their class. The Irish travel to Glenpool (8-2) for a first-round playoff game, hoping to fight their way into the Class 4A state championship game.
The Northwest Classen Knights were competitive in early going against a powerful Lawton MacArthur team. After falling behind 7-0 due to a 20-yard interception return, the Knights struck back almost immediately. Terry Arnold pulled in a 73 yard scoring pass from quarterback Christian Gorham. Hopes soared for the Knights even though the point-after conversion failed, making it 7-6.
Then the dam broke and the flood began. Mac ripped loose with 28 points in the rest of the opening stanza. By halftime the Knights rained 55-6. Gorham and Arnold connected on more time in the fourth quarter, and Mac scored 13 points to reach the 68-12 finale.
Northwest ends the 2010 Gridiron campaign with a mark of two wins and eight losses. They finish at seventh place in the eight-team Class 5A-2.