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Wrangler News 2013-14



6-19-14

Odessa College hired a new baseball coach

For those of you who do not know, Odessa College hired a new baseball coach last week, and we would like to welcome him (back) to our campus. Some of you may remember him, from when he wore a Wrangler jersey and played for Odessa College about 10 years ago - so please welcome Kurtis Lay as our new OC Head Baseball Coach! Lay, is excited about his new adventure as the Wrangler's new leader and can't wait to get settled in. Prior to his arrival back to Odessa, Lay spent three years as the head baseball coach at Frank Phillips College, in Borger, TX. FPC is another WJCAC opponent, so Lay is familiar with the recruiting and talent needed to rise to new heights here at OC. While at FPC, Coach Lay earned back-to-back appearances into the Region V West post-season tournament. In 2013, Coach Lay and the Plainsmen made history by grabbing the first post-season berth in the program's history, going 35-20 overall and 23-13 in conference. Coach Lay made his second appearance into post season play in 2014, with a 35-22 overall record and a 26-10 conference record. Coach Lay understands the importance of being a model student-athlete as well, and stresses hard work and dedication in the classroom. In 2013, the Plainsmen graduated six of the seven sophomores and finished the year with a 3.4 GPA. Lay began his coaching career at Lubbock Christian University, where he served as a Graduate Assistant while working on his masterís degree. Following his completion of grad school, Lay spent two seasons at Western Texas College where he served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. While he was at WTC, the program set "team bests" in overall and conference wins, as well as earned the lowest ERA in the program's history. Lay spent one year at Cochise College in Douglas, AZ before accepting the head coaching role at Frank Phillips College. Having spent two summers in Alberta, Canada and Perth, Western Australia, Coach Lay has some international coaching and recruiting experience that has helped improve his knowledge and appreciation of the game. Kurtis Lay is originally from Abilene, TX and graduated from Abilene Cooper HS in 2002. He played junior college baseball for one season at North Central Texas College before transferring to Odessa College for his sophomore year. After OC, he returned home to Abilene, to play for the Hardin Simmons University Cowboys. While with HSU, Lay earned All-Region NABC honors his junior and senior years. Coach Lay earned his Bachelor of Science in Sports Fitness from HSU, and completed his Master of Education in Special Education, from Lubbock Christian University in 2008.


6-5-14

NFCA All-America Teams Announced for NJCAA D-I Softball

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced the 2014 NJCAA Division-I All-America Teams this week. Odessa College softball had three young ladies earn All-America recognition - Catcher Zoe Murillo, outfielder Sarah Galaviz, and Pitcher Janessa Flynn.

To view the full list of athletes recognized for the NFCA award, click on this link:
https://nfca.org/index.php/awards/nfca-All-Americans/5884-2014-njcaa-di-all-americans
Congrats again to the OC softball team for finishing tied for 5th in the NJCAA D-I National Softball Tournament this year.
Well done Wranglers!

Zoe Murillo, Freshman from El Paso, Texas
Sarah Galaviz, Freshman from Moreno Valley, California
Janessa Flynn, Sophomore from Tacoma, Washington

5-13-14

Baseball Players Moving on to 4 Year Institutions

Odessa College baseball had a signing day yesterday for four Wranglers who have committed to play at 4-year institutions. Simon Clarke (1st baseman from Canada), Alfred Iturralde (3rd baseman from El Paso, TX) Edwin Corniel (pitcher from Harlem, NY) and Jacob DeLacruz (pitcher from Plano, TX) all signed their National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at 4-year institutions.

Clarke has signed with Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) which is an NCAA D-II affiliated institution located in Alva, OK. During his sophomore year at OC, Clarke batted .351 with a team-high seven home runs and 39 RBI.

Iturralde is staying in town, and has signed with University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) which is an NCAA D-II institution. During this season, Iturralde played in 46 games and had a .287 batting average, with 12 doubles and 30 RBI.

Jacob DeLacruz has signed with Cameron University which is an NCAA D-II institution located in Lawton, OK. DeLacruz pitched in 10 games (16 innings total) and had 14 strikeouts.

Corniel is headed back to his home state of New York to attend Stony Brook University, an NCAA D-I institution. He pitched in 16 games (58 innings total) and had 59 strikeouts.

Congratulations guys, and good luck!
Alfred
ClarkeMedia
Edwin
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5-13-14

Lady Wranglers Proudly Presents:
THE WEST TEXAS “MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND” SHOOTOUT

Open to Boys/Girls 3rd Grade-High School Divisions May 24th-25th Where: Odessa College Sports Center 201 W University, Odessa, TX 79764 3 Game Guarantees for $150.00 Certified Officials, Special Hotel Discount Rate, First Class Facilities, Concessions Contact: Gabe Henry ghenry@odessa.edu or 816-244-6619


5-6-14

OC volleyball players move on to 4-year schools

The Odessa College Volleyball team had two more players make commitments to 4-year institutions yesterday. Holly Benoit will continue her volleyball career with Dallas Baptist University this fall, and Jackie Bautista will be playing for Our Lady of the Lakes University in San Antonio.

Benoit, a redshirt freshman from Dayton, Texas was a setter for OC this year, after transferring to Odessa from Lamar University. Benoit finished the season with 442 assists, 201 digs, 46 service aces (currently a single-season high record for the Lady Wranglers.)

Bautista, a sophomore from El Paso, Texas was a 2-year starter at the middle position and team captain her sophomore year. She finished the season with 124 kills out of 274 attempts (.321 hitting percentage), 72 block assists and 22 solo blocks. Bautista is currently ranked 2nd in total career-blocks with 211, and ranked 8th in total career-kills with 227. She was also named to the All- Conference Honorable Mention team her sophomore year.

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5-2-14

Joel Pricket

Odessa College head softball coach, Joel Prickett, celebrated a coaching milestone Friday evening after his 2014 team earned him his 500th career win.

The #1 seeded Odessa College Wranglers took on the #5 seeded Clarendon College Bulldogs in the Region V West Softball Tournament being played at Texas Tech University. The Wranglers won the game in five innings, with a score of 14-1.

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 four Conference Championships, he has earned four Conference Coach of the Year awards, and five Region V West Coach of the Year awards. His overall career record is now 500-325; with an Odessa College career record of 424-220.

In 2013, Coach Prickett and his staff were honored with the NJCAA Region V West Coaching Staff of the Year Award, and they made their fifth trip to the NJCAA National Tournament in nine seasons. During his time at Odessa College, Prickett has been at the helm of the Wrangler teams as they have set every statistical record in program history.

In demanding excellence in the classroom as well as on the field, Coach Prickett’s Wranglers have maintained an overall team GPA of a 3.1 or higher, with a 90% graduation/transfer rate. The high academic achievements are something he is very proud of and he will always strive for excellence in that area. 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’s season records at OC are as follows:

52-23 2005
42-23-2 2006
43-26 2007
40-23 2008
36-28 2009
34-29 2010
41-17 2011
44-20 2012
46-21 2013
46-10 2014

Several people have had the pleasure of working with Coach Prickett during his coaching career. Current Athletic Director for Odessa College said, “Coach Prickett is more dedicated to the task of student success than any coach I have ever worked with. First in, and last out kind of coach who truly outworks opponents. Joel Prickett is a fantastic mentor to our athletes and a great representative and supporter of Odessa College.” Head softball coach Tommy Ramos, from WJCAC member school Midland College said, “This milestone is a testament to the hard work Coach Prickett has put in to his program; not just at OC but at El Paso too. He has really gotten his girls to believe in hard work.” Coach Ramos also added that it is “important for this coaching milestone to be recognized; it’s truly an amazing accomplishment. Joel has a lot of enthusiasm for the sport, and I anticipate a couple more coaching milestones from him.” It was Midland College and Odessa College in the Region V West championship game in 2013; Odessa College won, to continue on to the NJCAA National Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah. Current head softball coach at Central Arizona College, Sandra Wente, said, “Joel is a true pioneer of softball. He was a mentor to me as an assistant coach at Odessa College in 2005 and continues to be a lifelong friend. What an honor to receive his 500th win! I am glad I was there with him to witness a few of them.”

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. He is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), a member of Mid-Cities Church and is helping assist with the on campus Christian Ministries. He is the son of the late Bob and Beth Prickett, brother to Sheila, Michelle, and Kevin, and proud uncle to five nieces, four nephews, three great nephews and a great niece. He still calls Cisco, TX home and goes to visit Bruce "Pops" Speegle on the farm, a father figure to him for over 20 years.


5-1-14

The Odessa College Volleyball and Track teams volunteered their time Thursday at the YMCA.

The YMCA received a grant through KaBoom to build a new playground in the park across from the YMCA. The Volleyball team helped out starting at 1:30, and they were pleasantly surprised to see familiar faces in the Track team joining in 30 minutes later. The Volleyball team quickly decided a career in construction is not for them, but Don Garnsey from the Track team might consider it - he sure looked like he enjoyed running that jack hammer! Coaches Alana Rowland, Kristi Gray, and Cate Walsh think they will keep their day jobs as well. :-)

Below are some pictures of our experience helping out.

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Region V softball tournament can be viewed ONLINE
www.psblive.com


4-16-14

Odessa College Volleyball player and Women’s Basketball 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. 








4-14-14

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.

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MORGAN HOLLY


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 www.collegerodeo.com 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!


2-26-14

GOLF WORLD ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF MARCH 3 MEN'S NJCAA COACHES' POLLS

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: http://golfdig.st/fnmTj6

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: http://www.golfdigest.com/magazine/blogs/campusinsider. 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 will.ober@golfdigest.com


2-20-14

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

SAMMIE MURRIETTA

Read more here: http://www.njcaa.org/newsArticle.cfm?articleId=21172


2-19-14

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.


1-28-14

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.


12-4-13

GOLF WORLD ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF DECEMBER 9 MEN'S
NJCAA DI & DII COLLEGE COACHES' POLL

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:http://golfdig.st/PYpysJ

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: http://www.golfdigest.com/magazine/blogs/campusinsider.

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
Will.ober@golfdigest.com
203/761-5243


11-19-13

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.

11-15-13

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

SCHOOL POINTS
1.  ODESSA COLLEGE  100
2.  INDIAN HILLS CC 92
3.  MC LENNAN CC 90
4.  WALLACE STATE CC 77
5.  FAULKNER STATE CC 74
6.  CENTRAL ALABAMA CC 71
7.  IOWA WESTERN CC 66
8.  MIDLAND COLLEGE 54
9.  DODGE CITY CC 52
10.  EASTERN FLORIDA CC 48
11.  HUTCHINSON CC 45
12.  WESTERN TEXAS COLLEGE 43
13.  NORTH IDAHO CC 42
14.  DARTON COLLEGE 34
15.  JOHNSON COUNTY CC 26
16.  RANGER COLLEGE 24
17.  SCOTTSDALE CC 16
18.  PARIS JC 15
19.  EASTERN ARIZONA CC 13
20.  NEW MEXICO JC 6

DISTRICT 2 - TOP PLAYERS
KYLE GERTNER - ODESSA
ZAC OLIVER - PARIS JC
DAVID WICKS - MIDLAND
ANDREW HANS - MC LENNAN
FREDRIK ANDERSEN - WESTERN TEXAS
BEAU HANSON - ODESSA

Go Wranglers!


11-4-13

2013 Western Junior College Athletic Conference Volleyball All-WJCAC Team

Alexx Thornton Natalija Djordjevic Jackie Bautista
(MVP)  

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

10-28-13

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     http://www.ihigh.com/nmmi/

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! 

GO WRANGLERS!!


10-22-13

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.

10-14-13

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


9-10-13

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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