Cortrael Colbert Named Student-Athlete of the Week
Donnie Jackson, Northern Oklahoma College men’s basketball head coach announced the player of the week for the week ending Dec. 8. Cortrael Colbert, a sophomore from Midwest City, has been named Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa men’s basketball player of the week. He attended Midwest City High School. “Cortrael has been a great leader on and off the court. You always see him in the library working on homework or watching film. He also stays after practice every day to get up extra shots. Cortrael has averaged 21.2 points-per-game over the last four games [Nov 23 – Dec. 3], including 21 points against conference rival Enid, and has helped the Mavs to a 3-1 mark over that period,” Coach Jackson said. The Mavs (7-5 overall) next game is scheduled for Jan. 4, 2014 at home against Pratt at 4 p.m.
N’Ganga receives Hays Scholarship
Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa sophomore J.J. N’Ganga was awarded the Donald R. Hays Basketball Scholarship during last week’s game. N’Ganga is a social science major originally from France who graduated from Sunrise Christian High School in Wichita.
The scholarship award for $1,000 was established in 1991 by Eleanor Hays in memory of her husband Donald R. Hays, former University Preparatory School (UPS/NOC) and University of Oklahoma (OU) basketball player. When Hays played for NOC it was called UPS.
This annual scholarship is awarded to the men’s sophomore basketball player who has attained the highest grade-point average during his freshman year at NOC.
“JJ is a true ambassador of Northern Oklahoma College. He is the definition of what a student-athlete should be. He devotes extra time to his studies, he spends extra time in the gym, and he invests time into others’ lives. He is a very deserving recipient of the Hays scholarship,” said Mavericks Head Coach Donnie Jackson.
The scholarship certificate was presented to N’Ganga by NOC President Dr. Cheryl Evans and Foundation Executive Director Sheri Snyder. Standing with N’Ganga during the presentation were Coach Jackson, Maverick Parents Joel and Marcie Roth, Athletic Director Jeremy Hise, and Larissa Hautekeete who represented the Hays family.
Raetchel Gray Named Student-Athlete of the Week
Raetchel Gray, a freshman from Allen, Okla., has been named Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa women’s basketball player of the week for the week ending Nov. 24. She attended Byng High School. “Raetchel lead us in scoring versus NEO with 12 points. She also had 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal,” Head Coach Greg Krause said.
Ashley LaGasse Named Student-Athlete of the Week
Ashley LaGasse, freshman from Lomega High School in Loyal, Okla., has been selected as the Northern Oklahoma College Maverick women’s basketball player of the week ending Nov. 10. “Ashley led us in the weekend classic games at Pratt scoring 16 points in one game and 26 points in our second contest,” Greg Krause, NOC women’s basketball head coach, said.
Brady Holland Named Male Student-Athlete of the Week
Brady Holland, second year Northern Oklahoma College Maverick Baseball Team manager from Shidler, has been named NOC Tonkawa athlete of the week ending Nov. 10. “Brady never misses classes and is always on time for games and practices. He is a hard worker, helps tutor players on the team and is willing to help in any manner. In addition to his team manager duties he has a near perfect grade point average,” Terry Ballard, NOC men’s baseball head coach, said.
Cesar Zepeda Named Student-Athlete of the Week for Oct. 14-20th
Cesar Zepeda has been selected as the Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa student-athlete of the week for Oct. 7 - 13. This is his second athlete of the week honor this season.
Zepeda is a freshmen forward from Oklahoma City majoring in physical education – athletic training. “Cesar came off an injury that kept him out for eight matches and scored two goals in the first half of the NEO match Saturday; the first one just 28 seconds into the game,” Head Soccer Coach Michael DuRoy said. Two goals each by Zepeda and Fidel Estrada carried NOC Tonkawa to a 4-0 shutout Saturday over the Northeastern A&M Golden Norsemen in the regular season finale on the Mavericks home field. This win clinched the Region 2 Men's Division 1 soccer championship for the Mavericks who finished the regular season 2-0 and 8-8 overall. The Mavs advance to the Plains District Championship Nov. 9, when they will try to earn a bid to the national tournament. This is the fifteenth regional championship for DuRoy as the men’s soccer coach.
J.J. N'ganga Named Student-Athlete of the Week
J. J. N’ganga has been selected as the NOC Tonkawa men’s student athlete of the week. N’ganga is a 6-foot-10-inch sophomore basketball player from Paris, France. “J. J. spends numerous hours studying on his own and in study hall. On top of being a good student, he is more than willing to help others academically through tutoring and just investing time into other’s lives. He carries a contagious smile and is a true student-athlete,” said Donnie Jackson, NOC Tonkawa men’s basketball head coach.
Jordan Poole Named Student-Athlete of the Week
Jordan Poole has been selected as the NOC Tonkawa student-athlete of the week for Sept. 30 - Oct. 6. Poole is a sophomore pitcher from Oilton, Okla. He pitched three and a third innings in a scrimmage against Eastern State College, giving up only two hits and one walk while striking out four. "Jordan is coming on strong and figuring out how to get batters out. He is like a sponge right now, learning quickly to catch hitter’s weaknesses. His velocity is up from last year. He's getting better every outing." Coach Terry Ballard said.
Rikke Randrup Named Female Student-Athlete of the Week
Rikke Randrup has been selected as the NOC Tonkawa female student-athlete of the week for Sept. 23-29. The freshman is a forward on the soccer team and is from Denmark. Rikke scored two goals in the Mavs historic comeback from four goals down to beat Dodge City Community College 5-4. Randrup is a communications majo
Rickardo Oldham Named Male Student-Athlete of the Week
Rickardo Oldham has been selected as the NOC Tonkawa male student-athlete of the week for Sept. 23-29. The freshman is a midfielder on the NOC Tonkawa soccer team and is from Kingston, Jamaica. Rickardo scored two goals in the Mavs 5-0 win over Dodge City Community College and played well in the 3-2 win over NEO. Oldham is a criminal justice major.
Kaitlin Bell Name Female Student-Athlete of the Week
Kaitlin Bell has been selected as the NOC Tonkawa student-athlete of the week for Sept 16-22. The freshman from Enid, Oklahoma played the entire 110 minutes of the Mavericks 1-1 tie against Hill College despite having back spasms before the game. Bell has started every game, and played the full 90 minutes in nearly every game for the 6-1-1 Mavericks. Bell is majoring in Biology.
Maddie Pieper Named Female Student-Athlete of the Week
Maddie Pieper has been selected the NOC Tonkawa women’s student-athlete of the week for Sept. 9 - 15. Maddie is a freshman goalkeeper for the Maverick women’s soccer team and is from Brisbane, Australia. She posted shutouts in goal against Cowley County Community College and Pratt Community College, and was also in goal for a victory of Ranger College. Pieper is majoring in pre-professional medicine.
Chris Brown Name Male Student-Athlete of the Week
Chris Brown has been selected the NOC Tonkawa men’s student-athlete of the week for Sept. 9 - 15. He is a sophomore goalkeeper for the Maverick men’s soccer team and is from Lawton. Chris led his team in two wins this week. Chris was in goal for a 2-1 victory over Pratt Community College and a 4-1 victory over Ranger College. Brown is a health, physical education, and recreation major.
Brenna Lane Named Female Student-Athlete of the Week
Brenna Lane has been selected as the Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa women’s student-athlete of the week for Sept. 2-8. Lane is a freshman from Justin, Texas. Coach Karie Linsenmeyer was very impressed with Lane’s tremendous hustle and effort last week. Brenna is a Pre-Engineering major.
Garrett Oliver Named Student-Athlete of the Week
Garrett Oliver has been selected as the Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa men’s student-athlete of the week for Sept. 2-8. Oliver is a sophomore from Blanchard, Oklahoma. Garrett impressed this week by making two great diving catches in a scrimmage that saved a couple of runs. Coach Terry Ballard said, “Garrett is one of the hardest workers on the team, and he works out every morning at 5:30am.”
Aleia Murphy Named Female Student-Athlete of the Week
Aleia Murphy has been selected as the Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa women’s student-athlete of the week for Aug. 26-31. Murphy is a freshman softball player from Henryetta, Okla. Aleia has wasted no time in becoming very involved in campus activities. She has also demonstrated that she is a hard worker with a great attitude for NOC Softball Head Coach Karie Linsenmeyer. Aleia is majoring in Physical Education.
Justin Jackson Named Male Student-Athlete of the Week
Justin Jackson has been selected as the Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa men’s student-athlete of the week for Aug. 26-31. Jackson is a freshman baseball player from Berryhill, Okla. He performed very well retiring all six batters he faced in a recent scrimmage, and went 2 for 3 at the plate. Justin is majoring in Arts & Sciences.
Northern Wins in Battle of Unbeaten Teams
Northern and Neosho County Community College both came in to Thursday's game with records of 3-0. At the end of the day the Mavericks remained unbeaten with a 3-0 win over the Panthers. The pairing of Rickardo Oldham and Cesar Zepeda combined for another early goal to put the Mavs ahead. Rickardo Oldham chased a ball down deep in the Mavericks defensive third and played a long ball to Cesar Zepeda, who scored his fifth goal of the season. Four minutes later Otavio Milagres scored off of an assist from Andy Ochoa. The Mavs wouldn't score again until late in the game when Otavio Milagres broke through the Panther defense to the end line, and crossed a ball into the box that Cesar Zepeda let roll between his legs to Rickardo Oldham, who beat the goalkeeper for the final goal. Chris Brown picked up his second shut out of the season in goal.
Mavericks Blast Neosho County 5-0
Neosho County came in to Thursdays game with a winning record, but the Mavs had no problem with the Panthers cruising to an easy 5-0 win. Rikke Randrup opened the scoring fifteen minutes into the game with Eve Hunter picking up the assist. Kelsey Henneha scored the second goal late in the first half off an assist from Pauline Adeyemo. Hunter Aubrey opened the scoring in the second half. Ten minutes later Eve Hunter scored to put the Mavs up 4-0. Becca Jones was credited with the assist. Pauline Adeyemo scored the final goal off an assist from Hunter Aubrey. Maddie Pieper recorded her first shut out in goal for the Mavs as the defense only allowed four shots on goal. Northern is now 3-1 on the year.
Regina Fox Female Student-Athlete of the Week
Regina Fox has been selected as the Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa women’s soccer player of the week for Aug. 19-25. The Mavs won their Aug. 23 season opener on the road against MCC-Blue River 4-3. The game was played in a scorching 95 degree heat and Regina played the entire game. Regina, a sophomore defender from Stillwater, is a two year captain on the soccer team. She is also a pre-med major, member of the President’s Leadership Council, and an honor student.
Cesar Zepeda Named Male Student-Athlete of the Week
Cesar Zepeda has been selected as the Northern Oklahoma College Tonkawa men’s soccer player of the week for Aug. 19-25. The Mavs won their Aug 23 season opener on the road against MCC-Blue River 4-2. Cesar, a freshmen forward from Oklahoma City scored two goals and had one assist in his debut with the Mavs. Cesar is majoring in physical education – athletic training.
Women's Soccer: Mavs Open the Season With a Win
Northern started the season with a hard fought 4-3 win at Blue River College on a scorching hot day in Kansas City, MO. The Mavericks grabbed the lead early in the first half when Brittani Moreland outhustled a Blue River defender and goal keeper to a loose ball before finding the back of the net. Blue River equalized minutes later on a long shot that went just over Maddie Piepers hands. The game didn't stay tied long as Kelsey Henneha stole a pass at midfield and played Rikke Randrup in behind the defense for a goal. Minutes later Kelsey scored a goal herself to put the Mavs up 3-1. Blue River closed to within one with a goal with less than thirty seconds to play in the first half. Neither team could score until late in the second half when Blue River found the equalizer. It seemed that the game was destined for overtime until Becca Jones found space from almost forty yards out and launched a long shot that beat the keeper with ten minutes left in the game to make the score 4-3.
Men's Soccer: Mavs Offensive in Opener
Northern opened the season with an offensive barrage in a 4-2 victory over Blue River College. Otavio Milagres created the first goal by getting in behind the Blue River defense and drawing a foul in the box, which Rickardo Oldham converted on the penalty kick eight minutes into the game. Five minutes later Blue River was able to tie the game. Minutes later Otavio Milagres found Cesar Zepeda open in front of goal to put the Mavs back in the lead. The first half ended with the score 2-1. It didn't take the Mavs long to start the scoring in the second half when Anthony Walker tapped in a pass from Cesar Zepeda. Zepeda would put the game out of reach ten minutes later with Rickardo Oldham getting the assist. Blue River was able to draw within two, but never really threatened to equalize before the final whistle.