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High Noon Highlights (4/10): Oklahoma State Scholar-Athletes of the Year are awarded.

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(L to R) Stephanie Ferrante and Britton Abbott pose with their Oklahoma State Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.
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Oklahoma State names its Scholar-Athletes of the Year

At the annual Academic Awards banquet, the most prestigious award presented is the Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

At the 2018 banquet on Monday night, Britton Abbot (football) and Stephanie Ferrante (track and field) took home the highest honor.

Since Mike Gundy took over as head coach in 2005, Abbott is the fourth football player to receive the honor.

In addition to this honor, Abbott was a second-team selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team and a first-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree this past season. He was a recipient of the Big 12 Conference’s Gerald Lage Award, which is presented to student-athletes who have earned 100 credit hours with a minimum 3.80 cumulative grade point average. The owner of a perfect 4.0 grade point average since stepping on campus, Abbott graduated Summa Cum Laude in December (3.9-4.0 GPA) and was the recipient of the football program’s Dr. L.L. Boger Award for academic achievement. On the field, he started 10 games at Cowboy Back and was an important factor in OSU ranking among the national leaders in numerous offensive categories in 2017.

“We talk a lot about the Cowboy Culture that we have in place here and Britton is an outstanding representative of it,” Gundy said. “He works hard and has a great attitude, and as a result, he’s successful both on and off the field. We’re proud of him and what he’s accomplished during his time here.”

Ferrante is a senior sprinter, who is no stranger to working hard herself.

Ferrante is set to earn her diploma next moth with a perfect 4.0 GPA as she double majors in biochemistry and microbiology/cell and molecular biology.

On the track, she has been honored on the First Team Academic All-Big 12 Team for track and field in 2016 and 2017, as well as the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team in 2015 and 2017. She has been a part of two Big 12 Championship teams and has placed in seven individual events thus far in 2018.

“More than anything, she’s a nose-to-the-grindstone type of student and athlete,” head coach Dave Smith said of Ferrante. “Most of her success on and off the track comes from her hard work. Her work ethic and grittiness are characteristics we want our whole team to emulate.”


Cowboy Baseball duo claims No. 1 spot on Sportscenter Top 10

In yesterday’s sweep-clinching win over Kansas State in Manhattan, the Cowboys made a Sportscenter Top-10 worthy play.

Matt Kroon made a slick diving stop to keep the ball from rolling into center field, while Andrew Rosa came over to catch the flip from Kroon barehanded and fire a strike over to Christian Funk to complete the 6-4-3 double play.

That wasn’t the only impressive double play that Kroon made yesterday. Let’s call this one the “honorable mention” for SC Top 10.


Mason Rudolph to give kids shopping spree.

Ahead of his first football camp this weekend, Cowboy legend Mason Rudolph is pairing up with Academy to give 10 local kids a shopping spree at Academy Sports in Stillwater.

Friday night before the camp starts, 10 lucky campers will be given a $100 gift card to pick up some equipment for Rudolph’s camp, which starts Saturday morning.


Cowgirl Golf goes for tournament victory.

Heading into the final day of the Dale McNamara Invitational in Tulsa, the Cowgirls held a commanding lead.

As of publishing time, the Cowgirls’ lead had shrunk to two strokes, and they are at 25-over par for the tournament.