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High Noon Highlights (2/11): Rockies star Nolan Arenado makes offseason trip to Stillwater

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Matt Holliday works with Rockies third baseman:

Oklahoma State volunteer assistant coach Matt Holliday took some time this offseason to work with his former Colorado teammate, Nolan Arenado. Arenado talked about home Holliday has meant to him in his career.

“Matt has had a huge influence on me and my career,” Arenado said Monday, a day before Rockies pitchers and catchers report to Salt River Fields here and officially open spring training. “Besides my mom and dad, who are my biggest influences, Matt’s like a father figure to me. It’s about how he handles his business, his family and his job.”

In mid-January, Arenado worked out for a week with Holliday, who is a volunteer assistant for the Oklahoma State baseball program where his brother, Josh, is the head coach. The two took batting practice together, and Holliday helped Arenado go through rigorous fielding drills at third base. {Denver Post}

How cool is that OSU has Matt on their staff? MLB guys are looking to him for advice.

Mike Boynton’s relationship with Thomas Dziagwa:

OSU men’s basketball senior Thomas Dziagwa and head coach Mike Boynton have developed a relationship off the court over common interest, Books. The Tulsa World writes about that.

“We had a relationship prior to that but it was more about him as a player,” Boynton said. “Not that it meant that I didn’t care about him as a person, but we spent so much time with basketball. Then when you become a head coach, you have a more overarching view of everything and how they do. I got a chance to spend some time with him over the summer between his freshman and sophomore year, and we just got connected on some books. He brought some and I brought some and it went from there.” {Tulsa World}

Viktor Hovland doesn’t know the 90’s:

Former Oklahoma State golfer Viktor Hovland was asked to identify some popular items from the 90’s. Let’s just say it didn’t go well.

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