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Drillers’ Hornsby Has Interesting Inner Workings

By GLENN HIBDON

Sometimes players in the Texas League take offense to a blue bull shaking his private parts in their faces during pregame warmups. Members of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals did not appreciate Hornsby, official mascot of the Tulsa Drillers, taking liberties with their serious preparations at ONEOK Field.

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HURRICANE CHAMPIONS:

Tulsa claimed the 2016 American Athletic Conference Championship with a 4-0 win over No. 24 USF May 14 at the Collins Family Softball Complex on the TU campus. The Golden Hurricane improved its record to 35-19 in winning its fifth conference tournament championship and its first in two years as a member of The American. As winners of the league’s automatic bid, Tulsa will enter the NCAA Tournament.

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Dutch Hall of Fame

FRED UTTER AND FRIENDS: Fred Utter, far right, was inducted into the Holland Hall Athletic Hall of Fame May 6 as an outstanding coach and administrative leader for the Dutch. Utter also coached basketball at Will Rogers High School and played basketball at Oklahoma State University for the legendary Henry Iba.

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Flying Tee is Ready to Open

By KEN MACLEOD

June 7 is opening day for Flying Tee, a golf and entertainment venue in Jenks.
FlyingTee, a three-story, 60-bay center, will offer three restaurants, a beer garden, outdoor patios, corporate meeting rooms and suites, and the ability to host everything from a detailed practice session to a 400-person charity golf tournament.

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Don King a Sports Broadcasting Mainstay

By TERRELL LESTER

Don King’s voice has been synonymous with high school athletics for so long that it is difficult to remember a time without it.
A decade ago? Two decades? Three?

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TU Athletics Initiates ‘Tulsa Plays!’ Summer Program

The University of Tulsa athletic department has initiated the “Tulsa Plays!” program for the upcoming summer. The Tulsa Plays! initiative is a community program designed to encourage kids to play and live a healthy and active lifestyle.

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Cristian Mata Comes Home to Roughnecks

By GLENN HIBDON

From literally digging ditches to having a bobblehead night in his honor on June 17, Tulsa Roughnecks striker Cristian Mata has seen his life’s journey come miles and miles in a very short time.

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Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame Announces Second Inductees

An induction ceremony will be nothing new for most members of the Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame’s second class.

Haworth native Tommy Bolt, winner of the 1958 U.S. Open at Southern Hills Country Club, and former University of Tulsa and LPGA superstar Nancy Lopez are both members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, while Bolt is also in the PGA of America Hall of Fame and Lopez in the LPGA Hall of Fame.

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Battle Creek Golf Club Offers ‘Surf the Earth’

Greenway Golf, operator of Battle Creek Golf Club, is very pleased to announce the arrival of the GolfBoard, an all-new way to enjoy the game of golf. Battle Creek Golf Club is the first and only golf facility in Tulsa and Northeast Oklahoma to offer GolfBoards.

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TU to Host NCAA Tennis Championships May 19-30

The nation’s top collegiate tennis teams will converge on the city of Tulsa to compete at the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s & Women’s Tennis Championships, May 19-30, at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the University of Tulsa campus.

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Don’t Bug Them!

KICKING THE FLU: Players from the Roughnecks served as celebrity judges of the 12th annual Don’t Bug Me poster contest, a partnership of Hillcrest HealthCare System and the Tulsa Health Department. Posters were created by students of local elementary schools. At left is David Abidor, defensive player for the Roughnecks, and with him is midfielder Brady Ballew. Both are posing with the signature Don’t Bug Me antennae.

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Lacrosse Growing in Popularity

By GLENN HIBDON

Editor’s note: This is the second article about the growth of lacrosse in Greater Tulsa. Last month’s article featured the Bishop Kelley program.

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Roughnecks, Drillers Look Forward to Season

By GLENN HIBDON

Dallas beckoned the Tulsa Shock. The 66ers departed for Oklahoma City. Mike Melega is banking on Tulsa’s Drillers and Roughnecks sticking around for a long, long time.

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Lacrosse Becoming Popular in Greater Tulsa

By MIKE MOGUIN

When one hears about lacrosse, he or she thinks of athletes nearly in hockey gear, except they have sticks with nets to catch balls while playing on a grass field, rather than sticks to swish around a puck across the ice.

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All-American Steve Harris Remembered as TU Great

Steve Harris, who came from Blue Springs, Missouri to The University of Tulsa in 1981 and became an All-American basketball player for the Golden Hurricane, passed away Feb. 22 from a long illness. He lived in Broken Arrow with his wife Harriet, daughter Brittany and son Justin.

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