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BIKE NEWS IN TULSA:

The USA BMX Grand Nationals, presented by the Tulsa Sports Commission, brought nearly 3,000 riders from 47 states and 21 countries to Tulsa over Thanksgiving weekend. Present at Lee’s Bike Shop signing autographs at the table is Olympic Gold Medalist Connor Fields. At left is Nickel Potter, manager of Phat Tire Bike Shop, headquartered in Fayetteville, Arkansas. At right is Adam Vanderburg of Lee’s Bicycles. In bicycle news, Phat Tire has purchased Lee’s Bicycles, which will go forward with the Phat Tire Bike Shop name. To watch video and see photos from the BMX races, visit the Tulsa Sports Commission Facebook page.

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Tulsa Student-Athlete is Rhodes Scholar

University of Tulsa senior cross country and track and field student-athlete Kirk Smith has been awarded a 2017 Rhodes Scholarship, making him one of only 32 recipients in the nation. Smith is TU’s first Rhodes Scholar since 1988, when another TU track and field student-athlete, Peter Bednekoff, was awarded the same prestigious honor.

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Tulsa Jr. Tennis Team Places 3rd in Nationals

A team from Tulsa, representing the USTA Missouri Valley section, finished third at the 2015 USTA Junior Team Tennis 18 Under Intermediate National Championships, held at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center in Cayce, S.C., October 20-23.

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Lincoln Christian Cross Country Takes State

By MIKE MOGUIN

A first was made in Lincoln Christian school history when its cross-country teams captured the Class 4A state championships Oct. 22 in Shawnee.

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Tulsa to Face Central Michigan in Miami Beach Bowl

The University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane will face the Central Michigan Chippewas in the 2016 Miami Beach Bowl in Miami, Florida, it was announced today. The game will be played at Marlins Park (34,000) on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. (ET)/1:30 p.m. (CT).

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Oilers Goalie Helps Team to Great Start

By GLENN HIBDON

Jamie Phillips appears to be mild mannered, almost shy. He seems modest, intelligent and focused on his future. But more importantly to fans of the Tulsa Oilers, the young goalie wins hockey games.

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Area Athletic Directors Honored for Service

By TERRELL LESTER

It’s been a good year, a very good year, for Emily Barkley and Gil Cloud.
Barkley, director of athletics for Union Public Schools, was the recipient of the Oklahoma Coaches Association’s Athletics Director of the Year award during the organization’s summer clinic in Tulsa in July.

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QB Dylan Bierman Leading Metro Christian

By MIKE MOGUIN

Competing in Class 4A in its third year, Metro Christian Academy is having a banner year while contending for the District 4 title.

Quarterback Dylan Bierman (6-3, 203, senior) has led the way in the Patriots’ passing attack. He gained some experience last year when his predecessor, Abe Anderson, was out due to injuries. New starters have also stepped up, continuing Metro’s winning ways.

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Metro Christian Volleyball Riding High

By MIKE MOGUIN

Football is the popular sport taking place at this time of the year. But there are a few other sports for high school athletic participation. One of those is volleyball.

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Football Brings Oklahoma’s Favorite Season

By TERRELL LESTER

Few words in any Oklahoman’s conversational vocabulary can move the emotional needle more swiftly than “kickoff.”

The mere utterance of the word conjures up vivid visions of bountiful tailgating, splendid autumn afternoons and high-definition televisions and jumbotrons.

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Jason Christie Prepares for Second Oilers Season

By GLENN HIBDON

Tulsa coach Jason Christie is sweating it out as he prepares for his second season with the Oilers.

“It’s hot, eh?’’ says Christie, a 47-year-old Canadian. “It’s been hot this whole month. I spent the last four years with a dry heat in California, but coming here it’s really humid. The humidity down here is worse than the six years I spent in Illinois.
“This is one of the hottest places I’ve been to.’’

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Seating, Sponsor Tables Available For Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame

A limited number of sponsor tables and individual seating are still available for the upcoming 2016 Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame induction reception and dinner at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at Southern Hills Country Club.

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Senior Games Registration Underway

Registration for the Oklahoma Senior Games competition, for athletes 50 and over, is underway through Sept. 2. The events will be held at locations around the greater Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas mid-September through mid-October and is a qualification for the2017 National Senior Games to be played June 2-15, 2017, in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Two OSU Wide Receivers On Biletnikoff Watch List

Oklahoma State wide receivers James Washington and Marcell Ateman were recognized as national award contenders as they were named to the 2016 Biletnikoff Award Pre-Season Watch List as announced by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc.

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TU’s Dane Evans Loaded with Accolades

The University of Tulsa senior Dane Evans has been honored by the 2016 Allstate Good Works Team as one of 165 nominees as announced by the Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the preseason watch list as one of 88 candidates for the Wuerffel Trophy, and he is among 30 of the nation’s top college quarterbacks named to the preseason watch list for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.

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