**For Immediate Release**
OPSU Names Student Athletes of the Year in Each Sport
by Aggie Sports on 5/3/05
Goodwell, OK – Each year, student athletes from each of thirteen athletic activities at Oklahoma Panhandle State University are honored for a combination of academic achievement, athletic accomplishment and leadership. Each is a finalist for the overall 2005 OPSU Male or Female Student Athlete of the Year. Those honored this year are: Women’s Basketball - Laura Wilson (Junior; Psychology Major) Laura is an extremely hard worker on the basketball court as well as in the classroom with superior leadership skills. She played a key role in the success of this year’s Lady Aggie team and is a tenacious defender and excellent shooter. Cheer Team - McKenzie Talcott (Senior; Biology Major) "Kenzie" is a solid performer as both a cheerleader and a student. She is the captain of this year’s Cheer Team and works hard developing new routines for the team as well as working with area children in gymnastics and tumbling. Women’s Cross Country - Danae Fieser (Junior; Agribusiness Major) Danae was the top runner on this year’s Cross Country team and placed the highest of any Lady Aggie in the Heartland Conference meet. She works hard and strives for excellence in both the classroom as well as in her athletic endeavors. Women’s Golf - Julie Zybach (Senior; HPER Major) Julie is one of the most well- liked students on campus. She works hard at the game of golf, is a good leader, plus does an excellent job of helping with statistics for both the men’s and women’s teams. Softball - Kendra Gladson (Freshman; HPER Major) Kendra is perhaps the finest freshman softball player ever at OPSU. She is at or near the top of the Heartland Conference in four different offensive categories, shows unusually strong leadership for a freshman, and is a dedicated student. Volleyball - Kirbi Twilligear (Junior; HPER Major) Kirbi is an extremely hard worker, and that work ethic is an exemplary one for the volleyball team. Her level of competitiveness serves her well as she strives for success on both the volleyball court as well as in the classroom.
Women’s Rodeo - Chancy Etbauer (Junior; General Studies Major) Another in the Etbauer Rodeo Family, Chancy is a top performer on the outstanding OPSU Women’s Rodeo team, is a dedicated performer in both the classroom as well as in rodeo competition. Her leadership and competitiveness is exemplary.
Baseball - Doug Clendenning (Junior; HPER Major) Doug is the best pitcher on this year’s team despite battling through injuries a good part of the season. He is a fierce competitor and that attitude was exemplary to other team members. When healthy, he was very hard to stop. Men’s Basketball - Jecorey Leggins (Senior; Business Major) Jecorey excelled in both basketball and football, and in basketball he was a four year starter, and this season was named All-Heartland Conference. Jecorey will complete his degree requirements (in four years) in May. Men’s Cross Country - Andy Brown (Senior; HPER Major) It is the second consecutive year for Andy to receive the honor for Cross Country and (as last year) was named All-Heartland Conference based upon his splendid times in this seasons’ meets. He is also a very good student. Football - Ty Sellers (Junior; Art Major) Ty may be OPSU’s most recognizable student athlete, is an accomplished artist, and should own the Aggie career total offense and passing records when he is through. He was named to the All-Independent Football (IFA) teams for both football performance and academics. Men’s Golf - Travis Wilson (Freshman; Medical Technology Major) Travis was named Heartland Conference Freshman Golfer of the Year, and has the promise of being one of the best golfers ever to play for OPSU. He is also a hard worker in the classroom as well as on the course.
Men’s Rodeo - Matt Hebbert (Senior; Agribusiness Major) Matt is a consistent point scorer and an exemplary leader for this year’s team. Hebbert has been instrumental in this year’s successful run of rodeo victories and this young man is expected to play a very key role in the team’s run for another national title.