MOORE — Softball season in Oklahoma is not done yet. The World Cup of Softball will kick off Thursday at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
Team USA will look to defend its crown against several of the top countries around the world. They include Japan, Australia, Puerto Rico and Canada.
Team USA has a local flavor with two players for the National Champions University of Oklahoma squad. Lauren Chamberlian and Destinee Martinez will dawn the Red, White and Blue. Player of the Year Keilani Ricketts was also named to the team, but is no longer on the roster. According to USA officials, it was a business decision.
Tournament play begins Thursday and will end with the title game Sunday.
Soccer for a cause: Oklahoma City FC will take on the San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League in an exhibition match at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Toyota Field.
A portion of the proceeds from the match will be donated by San Antonio to aid in the May tornado relief effort in Oklahoma.
“Soccer for a Cause was established to help people; that is why we are here,” San Antonio Scorpions President Howard Cornfield said in a press release. “We will donate a portion of our proceeds from this game to help those that continue to suffer from the devastating effects of the May 20 tornado.”
Soccer for a Cause is a campaign started to help build community relations between the Scorpions and the city of San Antonio.
San Antonio is not the first OKC FC opponent to donate proceeds from a match to the tornado relief effort. On June 22, the division-rival Austin Aztex donated all of the proceeds from a match between Austin and Oklahoma City on June 1.
OKC FC players also volunteered to help in the relief effort. On May 21-22, players from the men’s and women’s squads volunteered at a supply drive at Lighthouse Sports, Fitness and Heath. OKC FC helped collect baby formula, bottle water, diapers, Gatorade, hand towels, money, wipes and work clothes.
Sooners at WUG: You have to wonder if Oklahoma women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale was thinking about her time as Norman High girls coach. Because that was the last time she approached winning a game by so many points.
It took place at the World University Games, where Coale is coaching the Team USA women. Preliminary round play began Monday and the Americans finished off a route of Mali 120-32.
The Sooner flavor did not end with Coale. One of her players, she coaches in real life, too.
OU rising senior and shooting guard Aaryn Ellenberg was one of six Americans to finish in double figures, scoring 11 points in just 14 minutes of floor time.
Ellenberg canned 4 of 9 field-goal attempts, including a 3-pointer and two free throws, while also grabbing a rebound and being credited with a steal.
The international model includes 40 minutes of basketball, spaced out by four 10-minute quarters rather than two 20-minute halves.
Coale’s squad led 28-12 after a quarter and 57-20 at the half. The Americans were just getting started.
Kazan, where the games are taking place, is nine hours ahead of Central Standard Time.
Team USA is back in action to face the Czech Republic at 11:30 this morning, before taking on Brazil at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Those two games will complete preliminary round play.
The World University Games is a multi-sport event that takes place every two years, reserved for male and female athletes between 17 and 24 years old.
USA Basketball women’s teams have participated in 16 previous World University Games, winning gold eight times, silver six times and bronze once.
Coale’s team is looking to defend the gold medal Team USA claimed two years ago in Shenzhen, China.
Former Jaguar passes away: Former Westmoore football standout Joey Fowler, 24, died June 30 in Oklahoma City. The 2007 graduate attended Texas Tech University on a football scholarship. After one year as a Red Raider, Fowler transferred to Central Oklahoma, and then to ACM@UCO, where he studied music production.
At the time of his death, Fowler worked as a forklift operator for Airgas Co. He's survived by his daughter, Reggae Simone Coshow and parents, Connie and Joey Sr.
ESPY award: ESPN announced its ESPY nominations Tuesday and Oklahoma softball made the cut a couple of times.
The national championship winning Sooners have been nominated for “best team,” a category that takes into account all teams, amateur and pro, men and women, from all sports.
Other nominations in the category include the U.S Women’s Gymnastics Team, the San Francisco Giants, the Alabama football team, the Baltimore Ravens, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Miami Heat.
The last college team to win “best team” was OU’s 2000 football team.
Also, two-time USA Softball collegiate player of the year Keilani Ricketts has been nominated for “best female college athlete.” Ricketts will be up against North Carolina lacrosse player Kara Cannizzaro, North Carolina soccer player Crystal Dunn and Baylor basketball player Brittney Griner.
Fan voting is already underway at ESPYS.com