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High Noon Highlights (2/20): Baseball, Basketball and Hall of Fame, oh my.

Welcome to High Noon Highlights, your daily rundown of all the things you might have missed yesterday in Oklahoma State Athletics.

Oklahoma State v West Virginia Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Baseball Opening Day Delayed

With the nasty system moving through Oklahoma, including temperatures below 45 and plenty of rain and ice, it’s no surprise that the Cowboys’ opening game against Oral Roberts was cancelled for tonight.

With the game being cancelled, the Cowboys’ first opportunity to play in front of a home crowd. However, the weather doesn’t look promising for the weekend either. Meteorologists are predicting scattered thunderstorms on Friday and morning thunderstorms on Saturday. Sunday is projected to be 61 and sunny, so there’s a possibility of getting a game in to end the weekend.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Golden Eagles get added to the Oklahoma State schedule later in the season. Oral Roberts’ proximity to Stillwater makes them an ideal weekday matchup if Coach Josh Holliday is looking to add more games to his schedule. The Cowboys and Golden Eagles are scheduled to tangle April 17 and May 1.

Mike Boynton on the defense

Before a matchup in Stillwater with the No. 6 Texas Tech Red Raiders, Mike Boynton talked about getting back to what made the Cowboys successful this season.

Boynton mentioned how the Cowboys have gotten away from what got them wins in Lawrence and Morgantown. He specifically cites the lack of charges that the Cowboys have failed to take - only drawing one in the last five games.

“Defense doesn’t require a whole lot of talent,” Boynton said. “Although we don’t have the best talent in the league, we can still be a good defensive team — if we are committed to it.”

If you are on the fence about going to GIA to support Coach Boynton and the team, Cowboy Basketball has a deal for you.

Spencer Sanders named one of freshman QBs to have the biggest impact on College Football in 2018.

Athlon Sports named 15 college freshman quarterbacks who could make a big impact in 2018.

Incoming Oklahoma State freshman Spencer Sanders was named in the list.

With Mason Rudolph finishing his eligibility in Stillwater, coach Mike Gundy’s offense will have a new signal-caller in 2018. The addition of Hawaii graduate transfer Dru Brown has added even more names to the mix this offseason, but Sanders is expected to get a shot at the starting job. The Texas native finished his high school career by throwing for 3,845 yards and 54 touchdowns and adding 1,380 yards and 16 scores on the ground. Sanders ranked as the No. 15 overall quarterback and a four-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite.

The QB battle in Stillwater is likely the biggest story of the offseason, now that Gundy has his defensive coordinator.

Robin Ventura named to Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame

After three incredible All-American seasons at Oklahoma State, Robin Ventura is being inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

Ventura is one of seven members of the 2018 class. Joining him are:

  • Joe Castiglioine - Former OU athletic director
  • Larry Coker - Former offensive coordinator at Tulsa, OSU and OU. Also led the 2001 Miami Hurricanes to a national championship.
  • Mat Hoffman - BMX Freestyle superstar, considered the greatest vert-ramp rider in the history of the sport.
  • Ken Mendenhall - Started 118 consecutive games for the Baltimore Colts, former OU stater.
  • Bill Pickett - Invented bulldogging as a rodeo competition.
  • Allan Trimble - Legendary Jenks football coach. Overall record of 242-41. More state titles (13) than home losses (eight) since 1996.

Congratulations to Robin and the rest of the 2018 class!

That’s it for today folks. Stay warm and travel carefully on the quickly-deteriorating roads.