Raiders determined to have winning season

Jennifer Byrd

News Editor

Raider baseball players take a break from rigorous practice.    Photo by Marisa Caban

Raider baseball players take a break from rigorous practice. Photo by Marisa Caban

The men’s baseball team is in the middle of the 2013 spring season. The Raiders have played nineteen of their games with a record of ten wins and nine loses. The season has proved challenging, but the team is confident the stats will continue to improve.

At the last faceoff against Hutchinson County, the final score of 0-7 did not accurately reflect the team’s ability and hard work. Raider Pitcher Chris Joiner led the stats with seventeen first pitch strikes and five strikeouts. The sophomore from Woodbridge, VA played a total of five innings.

The double-header, March 12, against Seward County proved the team has what it takes to win. They dominated both games, which ended in final scores of 6-1 and 9-4. “We are really starting to play better now,” Head Coach Coty Cooper said.

Cooper also announced two commitments from new players for the 2013-2014 season. Landon Eason, an outfielder from Yukon High School, and Jeremy Katz, an infielder from Fairview High School in Boulder Colorado. The team has fifteen sophomores on the roster this year, so more player commitments are expected soon.

Rose State’s Garrett Crain, a sophomore infielder, has signed a commitment with NCAA Division I Texas Christian University.  Crain came from Edmond Santa Fe High School and has played with Rose State for two years.

The next home game is Tuesday, March 26 at 1:00 pm against Carl Albert State College. Admission is free to all students who show their valid student ID at the gate.


By 15th Street News Posted in Sports Tagged Athletics, , Edmond Santa Fe High School, Game, Garrett Crain, Healthy, , Home game, Hutchinson County, NCAA, NCAA Division I, raider baseball, , , , Texas Christian University

Lady Raiders knock it out of the park


Jennifer Byrd

News Editor


Sophomore Lady Raiders (Left to Right) Nikki Brandt, Tanner Moody,Sam D'Alessandro and Ashley Sanferd. Photo By Marisa Caban

Sophomore Lady Raiders (Left to Right) Nikki Brandt, Tanner Moody,Sam D’Alessandro and Ashley Sanferd. Photo By Marisa Caban

The RSC Softball Team played two double-headers March 2 and 3.

On Saturday, the Lady Raiders faced Eastern Oklahoma State College. They won the first game 9-1. The second game was slightly more challenging. The final score ended in a 5-6 loss.

The team didn’t let that loss get them down and played Sunday’s double-header brilliantly. They won the first game 6-5 and the second game was a shut out with a final score of 7-0.

“Cassidy Hart & Sherrena McPherson both had an exceptional weekend, both hitting 1 double and 2 homeruns apiece.  Sherrena also pitched 12 innings, only allowing 6 hits, 1 run and she had 15 strikeouts,” said Head Coach Nickie Williams.

The next home games are March 14 when the Lady Raiders take on Seminole State College and March 16 against Conners State College. The Lady Raiders will play double-headers both days with games starting at 2pm and 4pm.

Admission is free to all RSC students who show their valid student ID at the gate.

By 15th Street News Posted in News Tagged Athletics, , Double Header, Lady Raiders, , Softball hall of fame,

Sports festival educates OKC metro in health and wellness *

Jennifer Byrd

News Editor


The third Bart & Nadia Sports & Health Festival will be held Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Attendance is free.


A variety of events will take place including several health and fitness related booths offering information on exercise, sports, health care and nutrition. Various health screening booths will offer smoking cessation information, dental screenings and general physical fitness assessments.

Indoor rowing and kayaking are two activities featured at the Bart and Nadia Sports and Health Festival

Indoor rowing and kayaking are two activities featured at the Bart and Nadia Sports and Health Festival


Many of the weekend’s activities are geared towards children. The Perfect 10 Fitness Challenge will award kids a gold medal upon completion of ten fun fitness activities, such as kayaking, archery, basketball, and volleyball.


Kids can also participate in the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy activities, play hockey games with the OKC Barons, shoot baskets with the OKC Thunder Girls and run the bicycle safety obstacle course. All children that complete the obstacle course will receive a free helmet.


Attendees who stop by the OU Athletics Trailer can sign up to win an iPad or play Xbox Kinect games on the 60” TV. Kids will have the chance to get their picture taken with Boomer and Sooner from the University of Oklahoma while learning about fitness fun, academics and sportsmanship.


Adults will have plenty to keep them busy as well. OKC Riversport is sponsoring the RUNderground, a 5k run in OKC’s underground. Other activities include the USTA tennis challenge, UCO’s powerlifting competition, and four gymnastics meets.


“We are not only excited to be hosting a weekend full of gymnastics, but we are thrilled to be providing Oklahomans with a day of free health information and fun fitness activities to promote and encourage healthier lifestyles,” Olympic Gold Medalist and legend Nadia Comaneci said.


Since 2011, The Bart & Nadia Sports & Health Festival, in association with The Oklahoman, has encouraged families to take ownership of their health through activities that embrace Olympic and Paralympic ideals with an emphasis on sports, nutrition and wellness.



By 15th Street News Posted in Health, Raider Life Tagged Activities, bart conner gymnastics, bart conner gymnastics academy, Bart Conner Nadia Comaneci, Basketball, Bike Safely, Exercis, festival, Fitness, Gymnastics, , , Helmets, Kayaking, Kids, OU Athletics, Rowing,

Jennifer’s Fab Ab February Blog

Day 14 (February 14)

I ate the chocolates without completing my exercises. I think this is my wrap for Fab Ab February.

Day 13 (February 13)

Why isn’t school cancelled today?! I realize the streets are fine, but I was really looking forward to staying in bed all day. Plus, I had a flat tire this morning! Ugh, this day is not working out the way I had hoped.

Well, despite all that I still managed to get my workout done. I didn’t go to Pilates this morning (reference flat tire comment), so I did a few extra sit-ups, which brought my total to fifty-five sit-ups, ten push-ups and ten 35-second planks.

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and I have promised myself I will complete my challenge requirements for the day. That way I can eat my box of chocolates without any guilt!

Day 12 (February 12)

If tomorrow is a snow day, then I’m taking the day off from Fab Ab as well! Please let the streets freeze overnight!

Despite the horrible weather today, I managed to complete my forty sit-ups, ten push-ups that nearly destroyed my will to live and seven 35-second planks. The planks are so easy compared to the push-ups. I wish I could add planks in lieu of push-ups.

Day 11 (February 11)

Ugh, how is it Monday again? Seriously nobody likes you, Monday. Just leave and never come back. Ever.

I did manage to complete my exercises for today though. I did thirty-five sit-ups, nine push-ups and five 35-second planks. I had to scale back on the planks today. My back muscles are very tight and sore, so I wasn’t able to do the last two planks.

Day 10 (February 10)

Rest days are the best days! I’m so happy I don’t have to do anything today.

I feel awesome doing this challenge, but I realize the importance of rest more than ever. Rest days are essential for staying on track.

If we reach burnout and don’t allow for proper downtime, then we are setting ourselves up for failure. Now please excuse me while I go take a nap for an hour or three.

Day 9 (February 9)

So glad tomorrow is a rest day! Today I completed thirty-five sit-ups, nine push-ups and seven 30-second planks. This challenge is definitely getting harder.

The planks are my favorite. They challenge me, but I don’t dread doing them like the other exercise whose name we will not mention due to the fact they are as evil as J.K. Rowling’s infamous antagonist.

Day 8 (February 8)

I wish I could tell you that the push-ups are getting easier, but they’re not. Today only added one push-up for a total of eight, but I barely got them done. I never realized that push-ups require you to use just about every muscle in your body, unless you do the girly push-ups, which I’m not.

Totals for today are thirty sit-ups, eight push-ups and seven 25-second planks.

Day 7 (February 7)

One week down, three weeks to go! I am so glad that I accepted this challenge. Unlike most Wellness Center activities, this one does not have a prize. However, I think I will be rewarded at the end of the month when my abs and arms are toned.

Today I increased my planks from five to seven, so my workout totals for the day are thirty sit-ups, seven evil push-ups and ten 25-second planks.

Day 6 (February 6)

Twenty-five sit-ups, seven (agonizing!) push-ups and five 20-second planks completed. My muscles are still pretty sore today, but overall I feel great.

I noticed that my posture has improved over the last six days. I have a horrible habit of slouching, but I feel confident these exercises are helping me be more conscious when it comes to sitting up straight.

Day 5 (February 5)

Sore does not begin to describe my abs, back and arms. I’m blaming the push-ups!

I also think all males doing this challenge need to double their push-up requirement. Seriously, your Y chromosome has an unfair advantage when it comes to upper body strength.

Day 4 (Morning of February 4)

I am not motivated to do this challenge today. Yesterday (Sunday) was a great day because it was a “rest day.” However, Monday mornings are not my friend and I’m procrastinating on the challenge.

Day 4 (Evening of February 4)

Okay, feeling better! I completed my twenty sit-ups, six push-ups and five 20-second planks. I’m glad I did it and didn’t blow off the challenge, but I still loathe push-ups!

Day 3 (February 3)

Rest Day!!!

Day 2 (February 2)

It’s Saturday, which is normally a rest day for me. I managed to do my fifteen sit-ups, five push-ups and five 10-second planks, but I’m not feeling as good as I did yesterday.

My abs are a little sore, but my arms hurt the most. I have a feeling the push-ups will be the hardest part of this challenge.

Day 1 (February 1)

It’s the first day of the Fab Ab February Challenge and I completed ten sit-ups, four push-ups and five 10-second planks. Today was fairly easy. I barely broke a sweat and my abs didn’t even start to burn.  This is probably thanks to my Pilates class on Mondays and Wednesdays.

I am looking forward to the rest of the month’s challenge. I know it’s going to get harder, so I’m very thankful for this easy day.

Lady Raiders sign fresh faces: New members join old teammate

Skylar Wright

Features Editor

Courtney Moore and Rachel Cooper signed their letters of national intent on Thursday Jan. 17 to play for RSC softball.

“We are very excited to add Courtney Moore and Rachel Cooper to the Rose State Softball Program. They each bring something different to the table; Courtney brings a lot of power while Rachel brings a lot of speed,” Nickie Williams, RSC head softball coach, said.

The Duncan duo will be sticking together, soon to be trio when they join back up with former teammate Ashlee Perkins, who is a current pitcher at RSC.

Moore and Cooper might be teammates and close friends, but they are completely different players on the field. Cooper is a slap-bunting center fielder, stealing 27 bases and battling .415 last season. Moore on the other hand, is a shortstop, power hitter, who hit eight home runs, has a 43 RBI(Runs Batted In) and a .548 batting average.

The Lady Raiders softball team will see some fresh facers come the 2013-2014 season. Photo by Chelsea Ratterman

The Lady Raiders softball team will see some fresh facers come the 2013-2014 season. Photo by Chelsea Ratterman


“The fact that they will be joining their previous teammate, Ashlee Perkins, will be extremely beneficial, as they will have someone to help them develop into our program. Any time you can get athletes together who have been teammates before, it helps make the transition from high school to college much easier,” said Williams.

The Duncan Lady Demons will have six players on college rosters next season and have had eight players sign softball scholarship in the past five years.

Plainview High School senior Tiphani Napier is another new name to the RSC softball team; she also signed her national letter of intent in spring 2013. She owns her school’s single-season record for home runs and capped her season with a .453 batting average, seven home runs, 42 RBI and a .493 on-base percentage.


Ping-Pong Tournament

Amber Stafford

Assignment Editor

The Wellness Center hosted their annual Ping-Pong tournament, Sept. 27 in the gym.

“Its gives the students something fun to do, because it doesn’t involve teams, more for individuals it matters being at community college,” Chris Leland, the Health and Wellness Center Director said.

The tournament was single elimination; best out of three, with total of ten participants signed up, including only one female named Ashley Jones. The prizes were awarded for first and second place winners. The competition was relatively close with all the players that participated.

First place winner was Michael Grable, who received a champion shirt and a $25

Sam’s/Wal-Mart gift card. The second place winner was Cade Cobble, who receive a $10 Sam’s/Wal-Mart gift card.

Some upcoming events at Wellness Center is Treadmill-athon going on all of Oct. and Wii boxing event on Nov. 13-16. For more information, please contact Chris Leland at 733-7350.

Families get a chance to cheer on their players

Chelsea Ratterman


Girls are showing off their pride and skills going head to head with each other at family night. Photo by Amber Stafford

The RSC baseball and softball teams hosted a family night on Sept. 21 at the fields.

According to softball coach Nickie Williams, both teams had an event filled night.

The softball team had an intrasquad scrimmage from 3-5 p.m. while the baseball team had its regular practice.

Both teams and their guests were then invited to participate in a homerun derby. There were a total of 15 participants, of all ages. Each participant was given ten swings to see how many they could hit out. Assistant softball coach Travis Murie won by a score of six out of ten.

The evening ended with snacks for everyone who attended.

“It was a great turnout and everyone had a great time,” said Coach Williams.

The softball team has three upcoming games in October. Oct. 6 at 10 p.m. sees them face East Central University in Ada. On Oct. 12 they play Cameron University in Lawton at 2 p.m. and on Oct. 13 they play St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee at 2 p.m.

Sports serve as a study stress reliever

Hunter Hancock

Volunteer Writer

Sports serve as a study stress reliever

Students played volleyball at their first meeting on Aug 30.
Photo by: Chelsea Ratterman

With the new school year now in full swing, everyone needs a break from studying, and playing sports is a great outlet from the books. The Recreational Sports Association, RSA, is a great opportunity to get involved on campus and get active and is a lively club that offers a stress-free environment.

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