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Exceeding Perceived Limitations

The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University have arguably two of the finest Big 12 College wrestling programs of all time. Coach John Smith has led the OSU Cowboys to 21 out of OSU’s 53 Conference Championships, which is more than double any other coach in the history of the program. Most recently, Smith led his squad to...

Life on Ice

Being a hockey player in Oklahoma is no easy task. Like any sport, it takes time, dedication and skill to make the cut with competitive groups around the state. Oklahoma has an array of hockey teams in different leagues and tiers, although several have come and gone throughout the years. Two prominent teams are the Tulsa Oilers – part...

Wintertime Activities

To escape the hustle and bustle of holiday stress, pop in to one of many sporting events around the state this month. In Tulsa, the Oilers are keeping up with regular season hockey games at the BOK Center. Visit Dec. 2-3, 5, 9-10, 12 and 19 to cheer on the city’s team.  In OKC, the Thunder are swiftly working through the...

Nothin’ Bad About It

One of the greatest challenges of maintaining a club sports program at a university is continuity, considering every year a new batch of potential members comes on to campus while another departs.  For the University of Oklahoma club badminton program, the challenge is no different, save for one exception: Shawn Lam. Lam, who has been involved in the sport for more...

A Bit of Everything

It’s nearly time to say goodbye to regular season baseball, but you can catch the Tulsa Drillers Sept. 1-5 at ONEOK Field. The OKC Dodgers take Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark Sept. 2-7, 16-21 and 29-30. Soccer’s still kickin’ – Tulsa FC plays at ONEOK Field Sept. 8, 11 and 18, and the Energy FC storm Taft Stadium Sept. 12, 26 and...

They’ve Got it All

It may be sweltering, but that’s not stopping a bevy of sporting events from running in Oklahoma this month. As always, baseball reigns supreme. The Tulsa Drillers play July 1-4, 21-25, 27-31 at ONEOK Field, with firework finales after several games. In OKC, the Dodgers return to the field July 1-6, 15-20, 22-27 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Fear not, soccer fans...

Checkmate!

Chess has been a popular game of strategy for over 500 years. But with the release of Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit, this activity has had it’s second coming for younger generations. Chess enthusiasts are seeing a surge in online games, and while clubs are currently taking a time-out from in-person meet-ups, they’re seeing the potential for more growth when...

A Community of Acceptance and Support

With parks dedicated to skateboarding popping up across Oklahoma, this sport is slowly moving into the mainstream.  The community that skaters have created is one of acceptance and support. There is typically an anticipation of perceived intimidation before a skater tries a park for the first time, says Jake Shelton, owner of Core Board Shop in Oklahoma City. But that...

A Great Escape

Martial arts training is defined as codified systems and traditions of combat, practiced for a number of reasons, such as self-defense. Training requires frequent and close contact.  But in this era of COVID-19 protocols, with some people isolating and independently training, martial arts training has given an opportunity for academy operators to focus on presenting a regime that is mentally...

Adjusting to Big Changes

Thanks to COVID-19, every sector of society has been upended. But for Locust Grove native Jason Pirtle, a tight end at North Texas, 2020 has been even weirder. That’s because for the first time he can remember, he’s not catching passes from longtime friend and now-former teammate Mason Fine, who left UNT holding many of the school’s career passing marks...