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Wrangler News 2014-15
   

 

 

For Immediate Release:
Friday, December 12, 2014
Odessa, Texas

By:  Alana Rowland
(Odessa College Sports Information Director)
 

 

 

ast weekend, Odessa College Softball coaching staff was presented with their recognition plaques at the 2014 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Convention.  Head Coach, Joel Prickett, received his 500th win plaque at the “Easton Victory Luncheon” and Assistant Coach, Karina Cannon, received her recognition plaque at the “NFCA Coaching Staff of the Year Brunch.”


As you may recall, Coach Prickett earned his 500th win in May 2014, when the #1 seeded Odessa College Wranglers took on the #5 seeded Clarendon College Bulldogs in the Region V West Softball Tournament.  The Wranglers beat the Bulldogs 14-1 in five innings.  In his 10 seasons as the head softball coach for the Wranglers, Prickett has built and maintained one of the premier junior college programs in the country.  Over his tenure at OC, the program has had 12 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA)/National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Americans, over 20 NFCA All-Region V West selections, over 70 All-Conference selections, over 40 All- Region V West selections, and one Golden Spike Award winner.  Prickett’s teams have won five Conference Championships, he has earned five Conference Coach of the Year awards, and six Region V West Coach of the Year awards.  His overall career record is now 506-327; with an Odessa College career record of 430-222.


Little did anyone know that the football/softball coach at Cisco College in 1996 would become one of the most effective leaders within the NJCAA fastpitch community.  Prickett spent time at Cisco College from 1996-1999, and then spent a year at Hill College in 1999-2000.  He became an assistant softball coach at WJCAC member school, El Paso Community College, for 1 year before taking over the head coaching position there in 2001.  Coach Prickett stayed at EPCC until 2004.  During his time as the head coach at EPCC, his team records were 14-46 (2002), 26-33-1 (2003), and 35-26 (2004).  He then began his rewarding career with Odessa College in 2005.  Coach Prickett is a proud graduate of Cisco High School and of Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX where he received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Exercise and Sports Studies.


Coach Cannon learned of her award back in September of 2014, but the excitement of earning the award was still present during the NFCA brunch.  This was the inaugural year for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Assistant Coach of the Year Award.  Cannon is beginning her third year as the assistant coach at Odessa College. After two successful seasons assisting Coach Prickett in achieving two Region 5 West Championships, a 5th place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament in 2014 and honored the NJCAA West Region Coaching staff of the year in 2013, Coach Cannon is eager to get the 2015 season started to conquer more milestones.


The Australian born national is no stranger to Odessa College as 2003 marked the beginning of her student-athletic career as a Wrangler. Pitching Odessa College to a third-place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament in 2005, she was named NJCAA first team All-American and NFCA third team All-American. She also earned NJCAA all-tournament honors, WJCAA region MVP and WJCAA first team all-conference accolades whilst playing for Coach Prickett.


After accepting a scholarship to the University of Utah she finished with NCAA All Conference, All Tournament Team, Conference MVP and Pitcher of the Year.  After earning her Bachelor’s Degree, she returned to Australia to begin the 2008 season for the NSW Opens team.  In 2009, Cannon was selected for the Australian Invitational Team where she was awarded “Pitcher of the Series.”  She was a proud representative of the Australian National Team knows as "Aussie Spirit". Cannon competed in the 2010 ISF World Championships, the Canada Cup, and the USA Cup.  She also competed for 3 seasons in the Italian Professional Softball League in Italy; winning 1 Italian Championship and a 2nd place finish at the European Championships.

 

 

 

 

12-4-14

 

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Ty Wallace

Former Odessa College Rodeo standout, Ty Wallace (attended OC from 2012 through spring 2014) will be competing in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) in Las Vegas, Nevada for the next ten days.  Ty enters the WNFR ranked 12th in the world and has a chance to win the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Championship in the bull riding event.

While attending OC, Ty participated in the College National Finals Rodeo in June 2014.  He had the high score ride of the Finals Rodeo, with an 89 point ride.

The WNFR will be broadcast on the CBS Sports network starting today (December 4th) through December 14th. 
Head OC Coach CJ Aragon will be posting Ty's Results nightly on the Odessa College Rodeo Teams Facebook page.

The link to their Facebook page is:

https://www.facebook.com/OdessaRodeo

(CBS Sports network is channel 613 on Direct TV and 158 on Dish Network.)

 

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12-2-14

 

Luke Neeley, a freshman OC golfer,  from Mansfield, Tx signed his national letter of intent to continue his golf career at the NCAA Division-I level Monday afternoon in the Wrangler Room. 

Neeley, after redshirtting at Baylor University last year, transferred to Odessa College and has been a main contributor to OC's success this year.  Neeley has now decided that Louisiana Tech is his next home. 

Neeley has been the #2 or #3 golfer at most tournaments this year for the Wranglers, and is currently the #19 ranked golfer in the NJCAA.

Congratulations to Luke Neeley, a future Louisiana Tech Bulldog. 

 

 







 

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Congratulations once again to Vetle Maroy on his Albatross and hole-in-one in the same round! Here's an interview with The Golf Channel Maroy did a couple weeks ago:

http://www.golfchannel.com/media/college-central-college-golfer-accomplishes-rare-feat

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For Immediate Release:
November 19, 2014

By:  Alana Rowland
Odessa College Sports Information Director
Odessa, TX – The Odessa College women’s basketball team has two young ladies who have signed the dotted line to continue their education and basketball careers at 4-year universities.  Returning sophomore, Anushka Maldonado – a 6’1” wing from Roy, Washington has signed with the University of Texas-Pan American.  The future Bronc is currently averaging 11 points per game, with an 85% free throw percentage, 53% field goal percentage, and is just shy of averaging 5 rebounds per game.  Maldonado will have some familiarity in UT-Pan American, as one of the assistant coaches there is former OC assistant coach, Gabe Henry.  The Broncs are a member institution in the NCAA D-I Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and are currently 1-2 overall. 

http://www.wranglersports.com/teams/womenbball/roster/2014-15/images/amaldonado.jpg  Maldonado signed with UT-Pan American.      mal_sign_2014.jpg


Ashley Taia, a sophomore transfer from Brisbane, Australia, has played in 4 games for the Wranglers this season.  The 6’0” wing is averaging 7 points per game, has a 67% free throw percentage, averaging 2.8 rebounds per game, and 2 assists per game. The future Indiana State University Sycamore will be competing at the NCAA D-I level, within the Missouri Valley Conference.  The Sycamores are off to a 2-0 record this season. 
http://www.wranglersports.com/teams/womenbball/roster/2014-15/images/ataia.jpg Taia signed with Indiana State University.    ata_sign_2014.jpg

   

 

 

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For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Odessa, Texas

By:  Alana Rowland
(Odessa College Sports Information Director)

On Thursday, November 6th 2014 at the Odessa Country Club (Links Course) the Odessa College Golf team was competing in their annual Odessa College Classic. No one knew the exciting events that would take place that day on holes 7 and 13; especially not Wrangler golfer Vetle Maroy.

Maroy, a freshman from Norway has finished in the top 10 in all tournaments he’s competed in this fall.  He has 2 first places finishes, 2 runner-up finishes, and is currently ranked #1 in the NJCAA D-I poll.  Maroy teed up on the 7th hole (a par 5, 566 yard hole) and drove the ball on the right side of the fairway, into the trees.  He made his way over to his ball, took out his 4 iron and took a swing; about a 240 yard swing.  That second swing was good enough for one bounce onto the green; it struck the pin, and fell straight into the hole!  An Albatross (or to some people a “double-eagle”) – but whatever you want to call it, it was awesome!  Maroy’s partner that day was Josh Radcliff, from the University of Texas-Arlington, and he was quoted as saying, “I made an eagle, and got beat by one shot!” 

Maroy’s team mate, Conner Bjugstad, witnessed the Albatross from another hole.  “I was just really excited for him, I guess,” Bjugstad said with a smirk on his face.  (Apparently the two have a little friendly competition going on every day in practice.)  “It was neat to see.” Maroy didn’t actually see his ball go in; he saw it take a bounce and “knew it was close, but wasn’t sure.”  It wasn’t until Bjugstad let Maroy know that it went straight in, that Maroy had a good feeling, but still needed to “see it to believe it.”  Bjugstad said he too has hit an Albatross, at Willow Springs Golf Course during his sophomore year of high school.  It was just during a practice round, on a 220 yard hole, but nonetheless he knows how rare they really are. 
What’s even more rare, is hitting an Albatross AND a hole-in-one during the same round.  And, that is exactly what Vetle Maroy did later on in the day.  Six holes after the great Albatross, Maroy teed up with his 8 iron on hole 13, and knocked it 160 yards into the hole.  “I saw this one go in. It was a lower, shorter view and it landed about 8 feet behind, and rolled back in.”  This is Maroy’s second time to hit a hole-in-one; the first back home on a course in Norway about 6 years ago.



When conducting the interview with Maroy, he was presented a list of nine names from the Double Eagle Club (The Worldwide Registry for Double Eagles Score) - names of the nine individuals who have ever been on record to have completed an Albatross and hole-in-one in the same round.  At the top of that list, the first name recorded in 1939, was the name of Coach John R. Wooden.  Maroy was asked “Do you know how rare something like this is?  Did you know you’d be added to a list with names like John Wooden?!” Maroy appeared very humble, and somewhat naïve about the rarity of such an event.  “I know that it is probably rare, but I didn’t know that there are only nine people who have done this.”  The founder of the Double Eagle Club, Michael Christensen, has requested that Vetle Maroy go online and add his information to the website.  The 20 year old from Norway should be the 10th name listed on this list. 

To show Maroy’s modesty, after he shot a 68 that first day, hit an Albatross and a hole-in-one all in the same round - when asked what the most exciting part of the tournament was, he replied, “that we won the tournament by one stroke.”  The Odessa College Wranglers finished first, with a team combined score of 872 (8 over par.)  This was the final golf tournament for the Wranglers until the Spring 2015 season.  The boys in blue wrapped up the season with a five tournament win streak and are currently ranked #1 in both the NCJAA D-I top 20 Polls and the Golf Coaches Association Polls.

 

 

 

 

   

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Four Odessa College Wranglers earned 1st Team WJCAC West All-Conference recognition for the 2014 season.
Sophomore outside hitter, Milena Janjusevic, was named WJCAC West Most Valuable Player!  Head Coach Alana Rowland earned WJCAC West Conference Coach of the Year Honors for the 2nd year in a row.  Congratulations to all recipients listed below, and a great big THANK YOU to these four ladies and the entire Odessa College team for a phenomenal volleyball season.
http://www.wranglersports.com/teams/volleyball/roster/2014-15/images/mjanjusevic.jpgMilena Janjusevic, Sophomore – Outside hitter (Belgrade, Serbia) “WJCAC WEST - Most Valuable Player”

http://www.wranglersports.com/teams/volleyball/roster/2014-15/images/kstandford.jpgKya Standford, Sophomore – Middle hitter (Grand Prairie, Tx)

http://www.wranglersports.com/teams/volleyball/roster/2014-15/images/lmamic.jpgLidija Mamic, Freshman – Middle hitter (Split, Croatia)

http://www.wranglersports.com/teams/volleyball/roster/2014-15/images/aaguirre.jpgAlexis Aguirre, Freshman – Setter (Artesia, NM)

 

http://www.wranglersports.com/teams/volleyball/coaches/images/coacharowland2014.jpgAlana Rowland, 4th season as Head Coach

 

WJCAC WEST -
VOLLEYBALL  ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM 2014:

Milena Janjusevic       MVP    Odessa College
Lupita Quintanilla                   Western Texas College
Mere Serea                             New Mexico Military Institute
Kya Standford                          Odessa College
Ashley Landreth                      New Mexico Military Institute
Weronika Wiezik                     Clarendon College
Lidija Mamic                           Odessa College
Megan Chambers                   Clarendon College
Vanessa Salazar                      Western Texas College
Alexis Aguirre                         Odessa College
Anne Mari Kaur                      Midland College
Karley Pounds                         Western Texas College

Coach of the Year:                 Alana Rowland            Odessa College

 

HONORABLE MENTION TEAM 2014:

Samantha Orta                       Midland College
Shelby Bartley                         Midland College
Ashlei Swaim                           New Mexico Military Institute
Kelani Robison                        Western Texas College
Zoe Baker                                Frank Phillips College
Kaila Overton                          Frank Phillips College
Halee O’Conn                          Frank Phillips College
Callie Molloy                           Frank Phillips College
Sheanna Torio                         New Mexico Military Institute

 

 

   

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On Sunday, October 26th, the Odessa College Volleyball team volunteered their services for the First United Methodist Church's annual Fall Festival. Below are some pictures from the day's events.


Kya Standford & Wendy Zhang helped with the sling shot/brick station.



Milena Janjusevic, Leilani Smith, & Ashlyn Broussard helped with bounce house laser tag.



The kiddos put on their laser tag vests and charge their weapons and prepare to enter the bounce house.  



Tara Henderson, Emily Ellington & Priscilla Edwards take a second to pose with Captain America after helping with the bowling station.   



Ni'yesha Brown sets up bowling pins while Miranda Escobar high fives Captain America.  

   
The Odessa College Volleyball team held their annual Side Out Foundation “Dig Pink” night on October 8th against the Clarendon College Bulldogs (see the following two images below). The Lady Wranglers were able to raise $500.00 that night, to donate to the Side Out Foundation (to help fund research for Breast Cancer Treatment.) The first image below is a photo of the team with their check to the Side Out Foundation. The second image below is a picture of the team during their pre-game warm up from that night. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported this great cause – and again, GO WRANGLERS!
   

 

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10-21-14

It was released over the weekend that Kya Standford, our soph- omore Middle Hitter, earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team for the 2014 Tyler Junior College Tournament.  Standford, a co-captain for the 2014 squad, is currently ranked 4th in the WJCAC West conference standings in total blocks. 

Congratulations Kya – Keep up the good work!

 

 

 

 

Sophomore

Kya Standford

From Grand Prairie, TX

 

   

 

9-11-14

Congratulations to our very own Karina Cannon on being a recipient of the inaugural National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Assistant Coach of the Year Award! 
Coach Cannon is receiving this award for this last 2013-14 season/year.

Karina Cannon is beginning her third year as the assistant coach at Odessa College. After two successful seasons assisting Coach Prickett in achieving two Region 5 West Championships, a 5th place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament in 2014 and honored the NJCAA West Region Coaching staff of the year in 2013.

The Australian born national is no stranger to Odessa College as 2003 marked the beginning of her student-athletic career as a Wrangler. Pitching Odessa College to a third-place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament in 2005, she was named NJCAA first team All-American and NFCA third team All-American. She also earned NJCAA all-tournament honors, WJCAA region MVP and WJCAA first team all-conference accolades whilst playing for Coach Prickett.

After accepting a scholarship to the University of Utah she finished with NCAA All Conference, All Tournament Team, Conference MVP and Pitcher of the Year. Once graduating with a Bachelors Degree in exercise and sports science she returned to Australia to begin her 2008 season for the NSW Opens team. The team earned 2 Edebone-Weber Shields, 2 Audrey McLaughlin Cups and 1 National Championship called the 'Gilleys Shield' over three seasons. The team made Australian softball history for collecting all three titles in one year.

In 2009, Karina was selected into the Australian Invitational Team where she was awarded Pitcher of the Series. Karina was a proud representative of the Australian National Team knows as "Aussie Spirit". Fortunate enough to compete in the 2010 ISF World Championships in held in Venezuela, the Canada Cup, and the USA Cup, she also competed in 3 seasons of the Italian Professional Softball League in Italy, winning 1 Italian Championship and a 2nd place finish at the European Championships.

Her coaching career began with the NSW 19/U State team in 2010 under  the leadership of Darrin Crisp, Michelle Nancarrow and Sue Pobjie where her enthusiasm to pursue coaching as a career was ignited, the team achieved 3 Australian National Championships in all 3 years she were coaching.

The youngest daughter of Ross and Sue Cannon, sister to Kirsty and loving aunty to Hayley who all still reside in Sydney, Australia. Her family must be recognized as her ultimate support group.

 

   

9-8-14

Two lady Wranglers earned recognition in the 3rd Annual Wrangler Classic over the weekend.  There were 7 teams participating in the volleyball Tournament, and each team had 2 players make the All-Tournament Team.  Blinn College technically had 3 recipients – having their Libero earn “Libero of the Tournament” recognition.



Alexis Aguirre –is a co-captain for the OC Lady Wranglers this year.  The 5’7” freshman setter from Artesia, New Mexico posted 73 set assists, 8 kills, 25 digs,  and 3 service aces over the weekend.



Ni’Yesha Brown – is a 6’0” outside hitter from Newark, California.  Brown posted 42 kills, 3 service aces, 3 total blocks, and 27 digs over the weekend. 

The entire list of recipients is below:

Trinity Alualu #7 OH – Blinn College
Jaeda Allen #4 OH – Blinn College
Raelynn Soliz #8 Setter – Coastal Bend
Geneva Perez #14 MB – Coastal Bend
Shelby Bartley #9 MB – Midland College
DeeAnn Greenhey #5 OH – Midland College
Alexis Aguirre #7 Setter – Odessa College
Ni’Yesha Brown #9 OH – Odessa College
Judy Lopez #4 S/OH – SW Collegiate Institute for the Deaf
Brittney Breedlove #11 Setter – SW Collegiate Institute for the Deaf
Morgan Lewis #4 MB – Tyler JC
Abby Mackey #7 OH – Tyler JC
Brook Conley #21 Setter – Vernon College
Brittney Owens #15 OH – Vernon College

Libero of the Tournament – Alyssa LaMont #14 Blinn College


9-2-14

Congratulations to two OC Wrangler volleyball players-
Lidija Mamic and Kya Standford, both middle hitters for Odessa College, earned All-Tournament recognition at the “Day of Labor Classic” at Temple College August 29th and 30th.



Lidija Mamic, a 6’2” freshman from Split, Croatia – is hitting a .346 out of the 8 matches OC has played.  At the Temple Tournament, she had 24 attack attempts and only 1 error.  She also had 25 total blocks on the weekend.

 


Kya Standford, a 5’10” sophomore from Grand Prairie, TX – is hitting a .380 out of the 8 matches OC has played.  At the Temple Tournament, she had 24 total kills and 23 total blocks on the weekend.

Well done Wranglers!

 

 

 

   

8-20-14

2014-15 Lady Wranglers Volleyball

The NJCAA D-I preseason volleyball polls were released yesterday (August 19, 2014) and for the first time the Odessa College Wranglers are officially ranked #14.  (The program has been recognized a number of occasions the last 2 seasons as “receiving votes”, but this is the first time for the squad to tap into the top 20.)

The Wranglers take off to Roswell, NM tomorrow to play 4 matches (2 Friday & 2 Saturday) – the first match of the tournament for OC is against preseason ranked #19 Hutchinson Community College (Kansas.)  The link to the list of the top 20 poll is below:

http://www.njcaa.org/sports_polls.cfm?category=Polls&sid=32&divid=1&slid=17

   
     
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