The Moore American

February 19, 2014

Southmoore coach to be honored Friday

American Staff
The Moore American

MOORE — Southmoore football coach Jeff Brickman has been selected to receive the “Semper Fidelis Coaching Award” from the U.S. Marine Corps in conjunction with the Glazier Football Clinics for 2014. 

The award is given annually to high school football coaches who exemplify the Marines’ standard of excellence, which is integrity, responsibility, honesty, honor, courage, and commitment. Brickman is being honored for his dedication to his football players and his school community in providing aid to them after the May 20, 2013 tornado. 

Brickman took it upon himself to help those in need by working for several weeks to raise over $90,000.00 in cash and gift cards to give not only to the 22 Southmoore football players who lost their homes, but also to some 88 other families identified as suffering loss due to the devastation of the tornado. 

Brickman will receive this award and be recognized by his peers at the Glazier Football Clinic at 6:50 p.m. Friday in Tulsa.

MACU swept by the Coyotes 

 The Kansas Wesleyan University Coyotes rallied in the second game of a double-header to win 5-3 to sweep the Mid-America Christian University Lady Evangels today (Feb. 15) at Jack Allen Field.  The Coyotes took the opener 6-0.

Kelcie Wolf pitched a shut out in her first three innings of work for MACU. The Lady Coyotes then came through in the fourth when Skanderson started the inning with a double, which she later scored on by Moon’s hit to left center.

The Lady Coyotes took the 1-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth when the Lady Evangels broke through on a two-out single by Jackie Hilterbran and then a two run homer by Ashley Sanford put MACU on top 2-1. 

With The Lady Evangels ahead 2-1 heading into the sixth, it didn’t take long for the Coyotes to jump back on the board. A triple by Stephanie Patterson led off the inning off and she later scored on a sacrifice fly by Noelle Skanderson to right field, which tied the score 2-2. The Coyotes scored three more runs to take a 5-2 lead.   

Kenna Mccoy got the Lady Evangels started in the bottom of the inning by leading off with a double to right center, but MACU managed to leave her stranded. Hilterbran kept the Coyotes off the bases in the seventh by getting a groundout and striking out two to finish the inning.

Katie Gracey led off the bottom of the seventh inning off by reaching first on an error. An RBI double by Taylor Green allowed Gracey to score, which brought the Lady Evangels within two runs with two outs.

Wolf was solid on the mound, allowing only four earned runs while gaining five strikeouts in her five innings of work.

Daria Leid dominated the opener on the mound for the Coyotes, blanking the Lady Evangels (4-2) with eight strikeouts and only one walk allowed over seven innings.

Already leading 2-0, the Coyotes done the bulk of their damage in the first game during a four-run fourth inning. 

The inning featured RBI singles by Stephanie and Kimberly Patterson along  a costly error that led to two unearned runs.

Evangels fall to No. 5 SAGU

The No. 5-ranked Southwestern Assemblies of God University Lions exploded for 10 threes in the second half and needed every one of them to slip past the No. 14-ranked Mid-America Christian University Evangels 95-94 in an intense NAIA Top 25 showdown Saturday afternoon (Feb. 15) inside the Gaulke Activity Center. 

A three by Caleb Gentry snapped a 79-79 tie and gave the Lions the lead for good with 6:07 left, but the Evangels refused to go quietly and made things interesting down the stretch. 

Down seven with 4:17 left, the Evangels scored six straight to come within one at the 2:18 mark. 

But each time the Evangels got close, the Lions had an answer, this time on a three by Emmanuel Adoyi that stretched the lead to two possessions at 90-86. 

After Jarius Wilson made two free throws to cut the lead to two, Gentry came right back and answered with two freebies of his own to make it 92-88 with 25 seconds left. 

Semar Farris then brought the Evangels within one point at 92-91 by nailing a tough three from the corner with 11 seconds left. 

Following two free throws by Jonathan Walter that put the Lions up three, the Evangels misfired on a three and one free throw by Walter put it away.  

Stephen Armstrong hit a long three at the buzzer to create the final one-point margin. 

The Evangels (14-8,10-6 SAC) appeared to have things in control when Farris scored to cap a 7-0 spurt that put them up 62-50 at the 15:08 mark of the second half. 

But that’s when Tyler Guidry and Dominique Rambo went to work, combining for all 15-0 points of a 15-3 run, including consecutive threes by Guidry that tied the score at 65-65 with 12:21 left. 

The Evangels led by nine at the 7:39 point of the first half and then 36-29 when Rambo scored six to lead a 13-2 push that SAGU in front 42-38. 

MACU then outscored the Lions 11-2 over the final two minutes of the period to take a 49-44 lead at the break on a three by Farris and a buzzer-beating three by Armstrong. 

Farris produced another solid, all-around game of 32 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals.  The Evangels also got a career-high 22 points from Josh Minner and 14 each from Armstrong and Wilson.  Josh Smith recorded seven boards for the Evangels. 

Rambo led five Lions (22-3, 14-2 SAC) in double-figures with 24 points.  Gentry had 19 and Guidry scored 18, hitting all four of his three-point attempts.  Walter added 16 points an Adoyi scored 12 along with a team-high nine rebounds. 

The Evangels controlled the boards to a tune of 41-29 overall and 18-10 on the offensive glass. 

Both offenses clicked on all cylinders, with the Evangels shooting 52.2 percent (36-of-69) and the Lions a tick better at 53 percent (35-of-66).  

The Lions overall hit 15-of-30 from three-point distance and the Evangels were 8-of-19, but only 2-of-9 from the perimeter in the second half. 

The Evangels will look to snap their three-game losing skid next Thursday night (Feb. 20) at home against John Brown University at 8 p.m. inside the Gaulke Activity Center.