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Wrangler News 2013-14


Odessa College Volleyball player has signed her National Letter of Intent.

Odessa College Volleyball player Natalija Djordjevic,a 6’1” sophomore outside hitter from Belgrade, Serbia has signed her National Letter of Intent to continue playing volleyball with Grand Canyon University.
GCU just transitioned to the NCAA D-I level this 2013-14school year. Prior to this they had been competing at the NCAA D-II level. GCU is a part of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and they finished the 2013 season 12-19 overall. Djordjevic finished her 2-year career at OC with a total of 498 kills, 32 service aces, 203 digs, 96 total blocks. Djordjevic earned All-Conference recognition her sophomore year, and is a Student of Excellence recipient.
Odessa College Women’s Basketball player Sera Ozelci, a 6’1” Sophomore guard from Ankara, Turkey has signed the dotted line to play for Eastern Michigan University this Fall. The EMU Eagles were 17-13 overall this year, and they compete in the Mid-America West Conference. Ozelci finished the year playing in 28 games, averaging 6.2 points per game – for a total of 174 points scored. She also had 29 offensive rebounds, 55 defensive rebounds – for a total of 84 rebounds on the year. 


The NJCAA released the 2013-14 All-American recipients for the Men’s and Women’s Division-I basketball season.

Odessa College has two student-athletes who earned recognition. For the Wranglers, Josh Gray earned Second Team All-American recognition and for the Lady Wranglers, Morgan Holly earned Honorable Mention recognition.
Gray, a 6’1” sophomore from Lake Charles, Louisiana finds himself joining a list of other notable players who have had very successful careers at Odessa College. This is the seventh time a Wrangler has earned All-American recognition for the Odessa College Men’s Basketball Program. The list includes the following:

Derrick Barden 2012
Janavor Weatherspoon 2004
Moochie Norris 1994
Larry Johnson 1989
Larry Johnson 1988
Craig Ehlo 1981

Gray finished the season with some impressive stats. He finished #1 in the NJCAA in overall points scored; with 981 (an average of 33.8 points per game.) He also finished #1 in the country in field goal percentage, at 44.7%. Gray finished 8th in the NJCAA in free throws; making 199 out of his 282 attempts. He also took the 12th spot in the country for steals, with 78. Gray had 37 offensive rebounds and 64 defensive rebounds, for a total of 101 rebounds on the year. Josh Gray has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his career at Louisiana State University.


This is the 19th time a Lady Wrangler has earned All-American recognition for Odessa College. Morgan Holly, a 6’1” sophomore from Garland, TX had a great year statistically. Holly had a number of games this year scoring in double digits. On November 1st (the first game of the year) Holly came out hot against Ranger College, scoring 29 points. Holly ended up scoring double digits in 20 of the Lady Wranglers’ 29 games. Holly finished the season with a total of 411 points scored and had a 58.9 field goal percentage. Holly made 112 of her 161 attempts at the free throw line; a 69.6 free throw percentage. She finished the season with 232 rebounds, 23 blocks, 19 assists, and 26 steals. Morgan Holly has intentions of continuing her basketball career at the 4-year level. She is currently going on campus visits and hopes to make her final decision very soon. Here is the list of other All-Americans for the women’s basketball program:

Chandrea Jones (So - 1st Team) 2007
Juanita Ward (So - 2nd Team) 2007
Helen Roden (1st Team) 2006
Chandrea Jones (Fr - 3rd Team) 2006
Kanani Marshal (So) 2004
Kanani Marshal (Fr) 2003
Laticia Morris 1993
Latasha Byears 1993
Twanda Wilson 1991
Janice Holliday 1989
Nelda Roy 1987
Renay Daughtery 1986
Donna Wilson 1986
Doreatha Conwell (So) 1986
Sharon Blair (So) 1985
Doreatha Conwell (Fr) 1985
Sharon Blair (Fr) 1984
Laura Smith 1980

The 30th Odessa College Wrangler Rodeo will be held this weekend (March 20th -22nd) in the Covered Arena behind the Ector County Coliseum.

Currently the OC men are ranked #1 in the region.
There are also 2 bull riders on the Wrangler Roster ranked #1 and #2 in the country -
#1 Cody Heffernan
#2 Ty Wallace - Ty is currently ranked #7 in the WORLD!

If you'd like to see the current standings for College Rodeo, check out and click on Result Standings on the top left side of the page. Be sure to come out to the Arena this weekend and support your Odessa College Wranglers!



Odessa and South Mountain Claims Top Spots In First Spring 2014 Polls

NEW YORK (February 26, 2014) — The first Golf World/Nike Golf NJCAA College Coaches' Polls of the Spring 2014 season have been released, combining the resources of Golf World magazine, Nike Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). The complete results, including results from Divisions I, III, III and NAIAwill appear in the March 3, 2014 issue of Golf World and are live online now:

Odessa and South Mountain remained atop their respective divisions in the first spring edition of the Golf World/Nike Golf men's NJCAA Division I and Division II college coaches' polls. Odessa earned seven of nine first-place votes to top the D-I ranking while South Mountain claimed three of six first-place votes to hold its ground in Division II.

No. 5 Faulkner State and No. 8 Central Alabama each claimed a first-place vote in the D-I ranking while No. 2 Walters State JC earned the three remaining first-place votes in D-II.

Visit Golf World Senior Writer Ryan Herrington's "Campus Insider" blog to find out the latest on collegiate golf: You can also follow Herrington on Twitter under the handle @gwcampusinsider.  

Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches' Poll
March 3, 2014 Issue
NJCAA Division I

Rank Team Points Last
1. Odessa (7) 88 1
2. McLennan 72 2
3. Indian Hills 54 3
4. Midland 52 T-4
5. Faulkner State (1) 44 8
6. Eastern Florida State 39 9
7. Wallace State 36 T-6
8. Central Alabama (1) 34 T-4
9. Dodge City 17 10
10. Scottsdale CC 13 NR

Also receiving votes: Iowa Western, 11; North Idaho, 8; Darton, 7; New Mexico JC, 6; Hutchinson, 5; Western Texas, 5.

First-place votes in parenthesis.
Polls conducted by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Voting closed Feb. 21, 2014

Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches' Poll
March 3, 2014 Issue
NJCAA Division II

Rank Team Points Last
1. South Mountain (3) 57 1
2. Walters State JC (3) 56 2
3. Owens 37 7
4. John A. Logan 32 3
5. Mesa 29 6
6. Grand Rapids CC 25 9
  Tyler JC 25 4
8. Kirkwood CC 13 10
  Mississippi Gulf Coast 13 5
10. Rend Lake CC 9 8
  Southeast CC 9 NR

Also receiving votes: Copiah Lincoln, 8; Des Moines Area, 5; Lackawanna, 5; Abraham Baldwin, 3; Iowa Lakes, 2; Black Hawk CC, 1; Clarendon, 1.

First-place votes in parenthesis.
Polls conducted by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Voting closed Feb. 21, 2014

Contact: Will Ober, 203/761-5243


Congratulations Sammie Murrieta, NJCAA's D-I Player of the Week!


Read more here:


OC Golf Finishes 1st & 2nd at Wrangler Golf Invitational

OC Golf dominated the field at the 2014 Wrangler Golf Invitational (Split Rail Links & GC, Aledo, TX), by finishing 1st and 2nd in the team standings. The Wranglers are currently ranked #1 in the NJCAA and the victory is the 5th in 7 tournaments thus far. Kyle Gertner (2nd), Jamie Warman (3rd), Micah Rodgers (T 5th), Beau Hanson (T 5th), and Andy Olsen (T 5th) all finished in the Top 5 individually.


Odessa College President Dr. Greg Williams presenting Odessa College Golf Coach Paul Chavez with the WJCAC Hall of Fame award.

Photo Courtesy of the Odessa American Newspaper and photo editor Mark Sterkel

Odessa College Golf Coach Paul Chavez was officially inducted into the Western Junior College Athletic Conference Hall of Fame Monday evening at the home basketball game vs. South Plains College.  Coach Chavez is currently in his 16th season as Odessa College Golf Coach, with two NJCAA national golf championships and multiple top five finishes in his OC history.   Coach Chavez joins James Segrest, Larry Johnson, Kathy Whitworth and Julian Pressley as past Odessa College honorees into the WJCAC Hall of Fame.



Odessa, South Mountain Claim Top Spots

NEW YORK, NY (December 4, 2013) — The final Golf World/Nike Golf  NJCAA DI & DII College Coaches' Polls of the 2013 Fall Season have been released, combining the resources of Golf World magazine, Nike Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). The complete results, including results from Divisions I, II, III and NAIA will appear in the December 9, 2013 issue of Golf World and are live now:

Odessa jumped to the top spot of the final Golf World/Nike Golf men's NJCAA D-I coaches' poll while South Mountain maintained its No. 1 ranking in the D-II ranking. 

The Wranglers moved No. 2 to No. 1 thanks to their victory in October at the NJCAA D-I National Championship Preview, earning seven of the nine available first-place votes.

The Cougars earned two of the six available first-place votes in the D-II poll but edged out Walters State JC, which claimed the other four, in overall points. 

Visit Golf World Senior Writer Ryan Herrington's "Campus Insider" blog to find out the latest on collegiate golf:

Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches' Poll
Dec. 9, 2013 Issue
NJCAA Division I

Rank Team Points Last
1.   Odessa (7)  88 2
2.  McLennan (1)  75 4
3.  Indian Hills 61 T-5
4.  Central Alabama (1) 42 1
  Midland 42 3
6.  Iowa Western 33 10
  Wallace State 33 T-5
8. Faulkner State 26 NR
9. Eastern Florida State 24 8
10. Dodge City 20 7

Also receiving votes: North Idaho, 14; Western Texas, 12; Scottsdale CC, 8; Darton, 5; Hutchinson, 5; New Mexico JC, 1.

First-place votes in parenthesis.
Polls conducted by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Voting closed Nov. 21, 2013.

Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches' Poll
Dec. 9, 2013 Issue
NJCAA Division II

Rank Team Points Last
1.   South Mountain (2) 63 1
2.  Walters State JC (4) 61 2
3.  John A. Logan 51 3
4.  Tyler JC 40 4
5. Mississippi Gulf Coast 30 5
6.  Mesa 28 NR
7. Owens (1) 24 7
8. Rend Lake CC 17 NR
9. Grand Rapids CC 15 10
10. Kirkwood CC 12 6

Also receiving votes: Southeast CC, 11; Abraham Baldwin, 5; Copiah Lincoln, 5; Andrew College, 4; Black Hawk, 4; Lackawanna, 4; Murray State, 4; Iowa Lakes, 3; Des Moines Area, 2; North Iowa, 1; Seminole, 1.

First-place votes in parenthesis.
Polls conducted by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Voting closed Nov. 21, 2013.

Media Contact:
Will Ober


Chavez chosen to coach Team USA in 2014

Odessa College Golf Coach, Paul Chavez, has been selected by the NJCAA Golf Coaches Association to coach Team USA at the 2014 World University Golf Championships in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. 

"I am truly honored to be selected as the Team USA coach for the 2014 World University Golf Championships," Chavez said.  

This will be the third time that he has been selected to coach a Team USA. Chavez had much success in the 2004 event (Team USA won Bronze medal) and in the 2006 event (Team USA won Silver medal).

"The 2004 and 2006 events were a great experience, and I expect the 2014 to be even better.  I am excited, thrilled, and delighted to be involved in such a prestigious event," Chavez said. "I look forward to guiding these young men to a Gold medal … Gold medal all the way!"

The tournament will take place at the world famous Haut-Plateau resort, home of the European Tour Omega European Masters, June 21-28, 2014.

Team USA will be comprised of three NJCAA and three NAIA student-athletes. Coach Chavez said he will begin the process of selecting Team USA immediately and will make the announcements as they become available.

The Odessa College Wrangler Golf program recently completed a very successful fall season winning four of six events, under the direction of Coach Chavez.  The Wranglers are currently ranked #1 in the NJCAA Golf Coaches Association Poll.


OC Golf ranked #1 in Final Fall Poll!!!!

18.  PARIS JC 15


Go Wranglers!


2013 Western Junior College Athletic Conference Volleyball All-WJCAC Team

Alexx Thornton Natalija Djordjevic Jackie Bautista

Honorable Mention

On Thursday, October 31st 2013, the Region 5 Western Junior College Athletic Conference coaches voted on the All-Conference Team recipients.  Odessa College had 3 girls earn All-Conference recognition.  First Team All-Conference recipients were Alexx Thornton (MVP), a 6'1" freshman outside hitter from St. George, Utah.  Another First Team All-Conference recipient was Natalija Djordjevic, a 6'1" sophomore outside hitter from Belgrade, Serbia.  Jaclyn Bautista earned All-Conference Honorable Mention, as a 5'10" sophomore middle blocker.

Natalija finished the season with a .205 hitting percentage, having 271 kills out of 707 attempts.  Natalija finished the season with 41 total blocks, 16 service aces and 106 digs.  Natalija played in all 30 matches this season.

Jaclyn Bautista finished the season with the team's highest hitting percentage.  She swung on the ball 274 times, had 124 kills and 36 errors.  This gave her a .321 hitting percentage. Jaclyn had 94 total blocks, 21 service aces, and 56 digs.  Jaclyn played in 20 of the 30 matches this season.

Congratulations to these young ladies for their outstanding performance on the volleyball court.  

Congratulations WJCAC Co-Coach of the Year!!!

Alana Rowland


On October 2nd the Lady Wranglers hosted Frank Phillips College for their 3rd annual "Dig Pink" match.  The event is arranged to raise awareness on the causes and treatment of breast cancer and to help raise money for breast cancer research.

The Lady Wranglers had a donation bucket at the admission gate and did not charge regular admission. 
Kristi Gray (Assistant Volleyball Coach and Head Cheer and Dance Coach) arranged for a silent auction to be held during the match as well.  Between the donation bucket at the admission gate, and the silent auction items, the Lady Wranglers were able to raise $673.50.  All the proceeds will be sent directly to The Side-Out Foundation.

The OC Volleyball Team would like to thank everyone who participated in the event.  It was by far the best turn out in the 3 years of hosting the "Dig Pink" match. 

We wrapped up our regular season on Saturday.  Although it was a tough 5 set loss to New Mexico Military Institute, our OC Wranglers were still able to earn a co-conference title (with NMMI) and we won the tie breaker for the 1st place seeding into the Region Tournament.

We will head to Roswell, NM on October 31st for a banquet/dinner. With the 1st place seed, we get a bye during the 1st round – therefore we do not play on Friday.

Our first match will take place at 10am (Mountain Time) on Saturday November 2nd; against the winner of the Midland College and Western Texas College match. If you'd like to log onto the following link you can watch us online.  ***family and friends will be able to watch the matches via the internet by going to

We cannot thank all of you enough for your continued support!!  It's been a great season thus far, and we hope to continue playing another couple weeks! 



Upcoming events and news for OC Athletics for the week of October 21-25th.

  • The Odessa College golf team is currently ranked number one in this week's NJCAA national golf poll.  The ranking comes after the Wranglers won the NJCAA national preview golf championships last week in Burlington, Iowa, the site of the 2014 national tournament.  Beau Hanson, Micah Rodgers and Kyle Gertner are all ranked in the top 26 nationally in the two year college rankings. 

  • Odessa College head golf coach Paul Chavez has been selected to go enter the Western Junior College Athletic Conference Hall of Fame.  Coach Chavez joins Julian Pressly, James Segrest, Larry Johnson and Kathy Whitworth as previous Odessa College legends to enter the WJCAC Hall of Fame.

  • The OC volleyball team is currently in first place in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference with two matches left in the season.  The final home match for the 2013 volleyball season will be Saturday, October 26th at 2pm against New Mexico Military Institute.  This Saturday will be sophomore recognition for the four second year players on the OC roster.   Currently, NMMI is the second place team in the WJCAC.

  • Saturday at 1:00pm the Odessa College Wrangler Club will sponsor a meal for all wrangler club members, prior to the 2:00pm volleyball match.  Come out early and have lunch with the wrangler club and support the volleyball team in their final home match of the season. This meal for wrangler club members will begin at 1:00 and end prior to the beginning of the volleyball match at 2:00pm.

  • The 2013 NJCAA Region 5 West volleyball tournament will be held at New Mexico Military Institute on November 1-2, 2013.

  • The Odessa College Softball program will also be in action this Saturday, October 26, 2013.  Softball will host a hit-a-thon beginning at 10:00am, with the annual alumni game beginning at 11:00am.  Those events will be followed by a 1:00pm double header scrimmage against UTPB.  All softball events will be held at the Odessa College Softball complex. 

  • Odessa College rodeo will be in action for the final time this fall at the Sul Ross University rodeo on October 24-26, 2013.  After four fall rodeos, the OC men are currently in second place in the 18 college southwest region.  Ty Wallace and Cody Heffernan currently rank number one and two respectively in the Southwest Region in bull riding.

  • Region 5 cross country championships will be held at South Plains College on October 26th.  This is the final event for the Odessa College cross country team, prior to the NJCAA nationals.  OC runner Jessica Benevides currently ranks in the top 10 in the region and the top 50 nationally in the latest NJCAA cross country rankings.


Odessa College Golf wins 2013 NJCAA National Championship Preview
at Spirit Hollow GC (Burlington, Iowa).


The 2nd annual Wrangler Volleyball Classic was held on the campus of Odessa College September 6th and 7th 2013.  Seven te

ams participated in the tournament, two of which were listed in the 2013 NJCAA Pre Season Top 20 Polls – Tyler Junior College (Tyler, Tx) and Midland College (Midland, Tx.)  Your Odessa College Wranglers won 3 matches and lost one over the weekend.  On Friday,  the Wranglers beat Coastal Bend College (Beeville, Tx) in 3 sets.  Later that evening, OC beat Seminole State College (Seminole, OK) in 3 sets as well.  On Saturday, the Wranglers fell to pre season ranked #9 Tyler Junior College in 4 sets, but bounced back to beat Ranger College (Ranger, TX) in 3.  All coaches voted on the top athletes competing in the tournament, and below is a list of the players recognized.  Congratulations to these 14 players for their outstanding performance on the volleyball court.

All Tournament Team 2013:

Carisia Gutierrez Natalija Djordjevic Alexx Thornton

Samantha Thomas #18 Coastal Bend (OPP/MB)
Haleigh Valenzuela #1 Frank Phillips (Libero)
Hunter Lenz #6 Frank Phillips (OH)
Gaby Nieto #4 Midland College (MB)
Marina Salazar #2 Midland College (Libero)
Alexx Thornton #13 Odessa College (OH)
Natalija Djordjevic #2 Odessa College (OH)
Carisia Gutierrez #1 Odessa College (Libero)

Samantha Warren #21 Ranger College (OH)
Maygan Bloyed #15 Ranger College (MB)
Sofija Berezovska #7 Seminole State (RS/MB)
Natalija Macesic # 5 Seminole State (Setter)
Morgan Lewis #4 Tyler JC  (MB)
Jackie Perez #9 Tyler JC  (Libero) 

** Libero of the Tournament – Jackie Perez from Tyler JC **

After 13 matches of play, Alexx Thornton is averaging 2.58 kills per set, with a .347 hitting percentage.  She has 12 service aces and 60 digs.  Thornton has 13 block assists and 2 solo blocks.

Natalija Djordjevic is averaging 2.71 kills per set, with a .271 hitting percentage.  She has 13 service aces, and 68 digs.  Djordjevic has 12 block assists and 5 solo blocks.

Carisia Gutierrez is averaging 5.36 digs per set, with a total of 241 digs.  Gutierrez currently has 13 service aces. 

Alexx Thornton and Carisia Gutierrez also earned All-Tournament recognition during the opening weekend of play in Roswell, NM at the 6th Annual NMMI Classic August 23rd and 24th 2013.  Congratulations to the Lady Wranglers Volleyball Team for an outstanding start to the 2013 season. 

(The Wranglers take on Western Texas College Wednesday night, September 11th, at 7pm for their first conference match.  Come out and show some support for your ladies in blue!)

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