Thursday, February 23, 2017

Walk Off Walk For The Win

After a nail biting back and forth battle, the UCO baseball team bucked SWOSU off of a questionable call.

Down 4-0 early, the Bronchos needed to call up Teddy Roosevelt for some advice. They got just what the doctor ordered. In the bottom of the second the big sticks came out closing the gap to a single run.

Just half way through the game it was already a slugfest. In the bottom of the sixth the bulldogs were up 9-8. They would continue to hover just ahead of the Bronchos until the absolute last possible second.

It's the bottom of the 9th with a tie ball game, the bases are loaded and the batter has a full count.

Jon Kamies (pictured right) is just the guy the Bronchos want in this scenario. The 6 foot 2 inch, 220 pound Senior All-American from Sapulpa, Oklahoma is living out a child's fantasy.

Although he does not deliver in the most typical way one would hope for a happy ending, he gets the job done by drawing a walk and winning the Bronchos the game

UCO finished off SWOSU 12-11 in an exciting shootout which even included an ejection. The Bronchos are headed to Bolivar, MO. to take on Southwest Babtist in a 3 day, 3 game road trip this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bronchos Tied With Notre Dame For Fourth In The Nation

The UCO wrestling team has had an amazing performance this year. The Bronchos beat down 18 straight schools for an unprecedented perfect season.

The Bronchos are now ranked 4th in the nation and will continue their journey after placing second just behind the number 3 ranked Nebraska-Kearney in the MIAA championship.

This Friday the Bronchos will be in Golden, Colorado to compete in the NCAA West Super Regional. If the Bronchos win they will then travel to Birmingham, Alabama to compete for an NCAA National Title. 

The Bronchos have a great chance to do something special this season. They have a new hungry coach, a talented hungry team, and a big hungry fan base behind them. With 5 wrestlers ranked nationally in the top 10 in their weight class they have the tools to pull it off. 


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Bronchos Softball is Undefeated

The Lady Bronchos started off their season with a bang as they began with a 5 game winning streak.

Morgan Heard UCO shortstop
Over a course of 3 days, the Chos took on all 5 teams with little resistance. Their game opener against the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds was a 9-1 beatdown.

The brutality didn't stop there. The second game, and the closest, was a modest 3-0 shutout against the Dustdevils.

They continued their next three games by laying the wood on their opponents. By the end of the opening tournament, the Lady Bronchos had outscored their opponents 36-7

This coming weekend the ladies will travel down to San Antonio, Texas to compete in the rattler invitational, their second tournament of the season.

I along with many others expect a similar outing and am looking forward to seeing the results.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Bronchos Buck The Sooners On The Ice

This past Friday and Saturday the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos hockey team took on the big and bad OU squad in a bedlam showdown.

Most Oklahomans would probably assume that the Sooners would have won this battle and the war, but that is not the case.

UCO won both of the games this weekend. Friday they gave the Sooners a little taste of Broncho power defeating them 3-1.

The game started off a little slow ending the first period scoreless but picked up in the second with a stout 2 goals for the Chos.

The third period started off disappointing when the Sooners scored first, however a late goal in the final minutes of play closed the door on the Crimson and Cream and sealed the deal for Buddy Broncho and the gang.

Saturday the Bronchos made the 20 mile road trip down to the Blazers Ice Centre which is the home rink of the Sooners.

Home field advantage didn't help the Sooners defense. The Bronchos scored a healthy 6 goals in Saturday's game doubling their score of the match-up the night before.

Blazers Ice Centre had a similar effect on the Bronchos. They allowed 3 goals in this second match-up. This was 2 more than the night before. However the forwards put in work on the offensive end and created a nice result.

The Bronchos have a rich history of laying the wood on the historic D1 school in hockey and continue to not disappoint. They took the weekend by storm and dominated the Sooners on both sides of the ice.

Broncho fans are very happy with their championship quality team this year and are very hopeful for another ring this season.

The Bronchos have 2 more regular season games at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania this weekend,
then will travel to compete in the post season.

Monday, February 6, 2017

UCO Sports To Be Broadcast Over Radio

Sports have been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. My earliest and best childhood memories involve a ball. I am happy to say I will be continuing my love of sports in a way most enthusiasts like myself would envy.

Growing up I played every mainstream sport in America. Basketball, football, soccer, and my personal favorite, baseball, were all pursued throughout my athletic career. Along with a few not-so-popular sports, all were enjoyed. I never played a sport I didn't appreciate and this includes cross country. 

Throughout high school I always wanted to announce the games. Something about commentating games seemed intriguing to me. The only problem was they already had adults that volunteered to announce and a kid wasn't going to get the job over them. 

I made my way to the scorers table fortunately. For volleyball games and basketball games I ran the clock and scoreboard. Being a part of baseball and soccer teams would eventually effect my availability and the spring would consist of only sports I played. 

After graduating I needed to fill a sports void. I no longer was submerged in year round athletic events and was feeling deprived. That is when I gravitated towards sports radio. I fell in love as I listened to the MMM Ranch on my way home from work everyday. 

For over two years the only exposure to sports I had was radio and television. My first college, Rose State, didn't offer a whole lot of options as far as Sports are concerned. Still I had an emptiness inside. I wanted to be more involved and more in the scoop.

 Luckily after transferring to UCO in the fall of 2016 I met a great friend through eating an entire tub of cheese balls and got the connection I needed. A guy named Chisolm Holland interned for the radio show I very much enjoyed. He was able to plug me in and help me acquire an internship with them as well. To this day I still participate in my internship with the MMM Ranch for nothing more than the love of sports.

The MMM Ranch however is a sports talk radio broadcast. I have had a lot of fun participating and talking on air with my new friends at 107.7 The Franchise OKC. But I still wasn't getting to experience games like I wanted to. I wasn't participating in the action. Nor was I feeling involved enough. 

About this time I enrolled in a class called Broadcast Audio Production. I needed it for my major which is Mass Communications - Professional Media. I had this teacher before online and really enjoyed the class. My internship had already taught me a lot of the things I needed to know which was a bonus. 

After discussing my internship with my teacher I asked him what he thought about me doing the play-by-play for UCO sports. With him being a sportscaster himself he was thrilled with the idea and immediately hopped on board. Both of us were excited.

A few meetings and about a week later we were searching Hamilton Field House, where all the Basketball and Volleyball games are played, for plug-ins to figure out how we were going to broadcast the games. That day we ordered equipment and are now ready to roll for the rest of the home games. 

Although the basketball season is almost over Baseball and Softball are just getting started. We have plenty of broadcasting to do this semester and I am looking forward to sharing the athletic experience with all of Edmond and the surrounding area. 
99.3 f.m. ucentral radio is the schools station that we will be broadcasting from. you can also follow them on twitter @ucentralradio to get updates from their account. 

Broadcasting has been a dream of mine since a very young age. I have been blessed with many wonderful opportunities and great people to help me get to this point. Most start out reporting class B high school games and here I am at a division 2 university. If it weren't for a few key people like Chisolm Holland and Professor Nelson the opportunities wouldn't have unfolded.