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Volleyball "Set" for a Strong Season

By Justine Gaskamp on 05/23/2013 Sophomore Samantha McKay ready to make a play.—OPSU Photo Sophomore Samantha McKay ready to make a play.—OPSU Photo Goodwell, Okla.—The Oklahoma Panhandle State University Aggie volleyball team brings back a strong core of nine returning players for the 2013 season.

Head coach Mike Stephens looks for leadership in juniors Sarah Koster, Terra Madden, Jessica DeBaun, and Shaina Eddings as well as experience from sophomores Kayla Schwartz, Samantha McKay, and Natalya Weber. Makayla Barrett enters the court after redshirting last year and senior Melissa (Missy) Marshall is expected to contribute significantly after taking two seasons off.

Seven new athletes will strengthen the roster, filling gaps left by the loss of several key players. The new additions include three freshmen Nicole Fournier from Houston, Texas; Skylar Mayeux from Cedar Park, Texas; Rebecca Simmons from Las Animas, Colo.; and four transfers DeJiana Rubio from Cedar Valley College; Brittany Dubberstain from Brookhaven College; Lacy Cooley from Austin Community College-Cypress; and Celci Bakos from Riverside Community College, who will redshirt this fall.

The fifth year head coach hopes that by blending athleticism and experience as well as incorporating teambuilding and "brain training," the team will gain the physical and mental tools to overcome any setbacks. Stephens adds, "Every year I'm sure we will meet our goals, whether athletic or academic. We continue to hit the academic goals. This year, like every year, I pick us to finish high in the Heartland Conference rankings. This fall will be no exception."

Assistant coach Tiana McCowan returns for her second year and Michaela Redding joins the coaching staff after finishing her senior year on the court as an Aggie. The season kicks off at home with the OPSU Aggies Challenge Tournament Sept. 6-7 in the Oscar Williams Field House.


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Programming Team Wins Two National Championships

Back row (left to right): Jabrel Alexander, Sean Skipton, Jockson Bilbrey, Braxton Dain Hayden Ukens, Steve Martin.
Middle row (left to right): Cameron Branch, Jorge Rosas, Jeremy Norris, Stetson Elam, Gustavo Sanchez and Firas Ghazouani.
Front row (left to right): Tanner Daniel, Lelin Liu, Melody Ethley, Madilyn Rider, Amanda Blanton, Kim Tuttle.

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Alumni Spotlight: Chris Johnston

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Tucker Named Dean of College of Ag, Science, and Nursing

Shawna Tucker —Photo by Chris Urias

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PBL Dominates at 2019 State Leadership Conference

PBL members pose for a photo Friday evening before the awards ceremony at SLC. Back row (left to right): Cameron Hammett, Aaron Hammett, Jorge Rosas, Cameron Branch, John Polston, Hayden Ukens, Firas Ghazhouani, Shalom Ngalaba. Front row (left to right): Jasmine Puebla, Jamie O’Gorman, Esmerelda Castro, Jerriena Davis, Lupita Jimenez, Amanda Blanton, Kaley Conner, Melody Ethley. — Courtesy photo

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Faculty Spotlight: Matthew Carter

Matthew Carter —Photo by Chris Urias

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Staff Spotlight: Dana Collins

Dana Collins —Photo by Chris Urias

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Student Spotlight: Baris Ulker

Baris Ulker —Photo by Chris Urias

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Kain Earns Honors at Crops Judging

The Panhandle State Crops Judging team placed fourth at a recent contest in Curtis, Neb. —Photo by Reagan Schlochtermeier

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SOEA Recognized as Outstanding Chapter

Panhandle State SOEA in outreach — Courtesy photo

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19th Annual Art Auction Sees Achievement

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When Deeds Speak Louder than Words

Coaches gather together during the event - Photo by Shambri Kelso

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Beau Peterson Making Breakaway History

Panhandle State's very own Beau Peterson is a part of the first ever Breakaway Roping event at The American in Arlington, Texas. —Photo by Whitney Thurmond Photography