Collinsville, Oklahoma
December 17, 2010
Miscellaneous News

Wilder - Teacher Of The Year /
7th & 9th Grade Football Co-Champs
(8th Runner-Ups) /
OBU Adding Sports

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Mid Winter Report

This is a special time of year. Christmas is upon us and half the school year is behind us. We can reflect back about our accomplishments in 2010 and focus on the upcoming 2011 season. The 7th grades finished the 2010 season with a record of 7-1, and are Co-Champs of the 5A Metro-Lakes Conference. Our 8th grades finished with a fantastic record of 7-1 and are Runner-up in the 5A Metro-Lakes Conference. Our 9th grade was 7-1 and shares the Metro-Lakes Conference title with Claremore. Not bad for the Boys of Fall of 2010.
Since the end of October our winter sports athletes have been competing well in wrestling and basketball. The athletes not involved in a winter sport have been hard at it in off season. Some ask what is off season football. Well, it is a combination weight room, core exercises, agility drills, flexibility drills, speed development, character development, and just plain hard work at times. It is the foundation of CODE RED. It is amazing the improvement our players are demonstrating during this time. Their bodies show gains in strength and size as a result of the weight room. I am thankful to be a part of a coaching staff that receives this opportunity to coach these young athletes. The hard work will be rewarded in the coming months and the constant reminder of what CODE RED is all about we will display the rest of our lives. Our classroom efforts are doing great. Grades are better ever, thanks to our fabulous teachers.
Enjoy the Christmas season, and Happy Holidays.
Go Cardinals!!!

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OBU to Add Football, Swimming and Women’s Lacrosse
Contact: Ray Fink, (405) 878-2108

Oklahoma Baptist is ready for some football, and some swimming and some lacrosse.

“Today, after many months of study, I am pleased to announce that Oklahoma Baptist University is resuming a varsity football program,” said OBU President Dr. David Whitlock. “We are taking steps to build the program effective immediately, and our team will play a full seasonof competition in the fall of 2013. Football is one of four varsity sports teams being added to our overall athletics program. OBU also will field new teams in men’s and women’s swimming, and in women’s lacrosse.”

The Shawnee university will add men’s and women’s swimming, football and women’s lacrosse incrementally, beginning with swimming in 2011-12. Football is tentatively set to begin in the fall semester of 2013 and lacrosse is set to begin in 2012.

OBU will be making its first venture into swimming and lacrosse, while football will be played on campus for the first time since 1940.

The additions will give OBU 21 sports – 10 men’s and 11 women’s teams.

“OBU currently fields 17 varsity sports teams,” Dr. Whitlock said. “Athletics play a great role on our campus. They add to our sense of community, provide a rallying point for students and alumni, and offer a point of connection for the local community. Our history of athletic success has contributed to the overall success of our mission in Christian higher education. We are confident that these new teams will contribute to that story of success.”

OBU began studying the possibility of adding football in 2006-07, but opted to postpone the move. More study began in 2010 and included startup and annual cost, impact on academics, housing and other campus concerns.

“We looked at some sister institutions to see what we could learn from them,” said OBU Athletic Director Norris Russell. “Several small Christian colleges have added football in the last 10 years and it has been a sport that brings in a large number of male students and has a very positive impact on student life.”

It is estimated that the sports will add more than 170 student-athletes to the campus and generate more than $750,000 in net revenue.

OBU is a member of the Sooner Athletic Conference and the NAIA and while there are no plans to change those affiliations, the SAC does not participate in any of those sports.

OBU will apply for membership in the Central States Football League, which currently includes conference members Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Southern Nazarene University, along with Langston, Bacone, Texas College, Southwestern Assemblies of God and Oklahoma Panhandle State University. SAC member Wayland Baptist also will be a part of the league in 2012. OBU football was 8-2-1 in its final season in 1940, winning an All Oklahoma Collegiate Conference championship. The Bison beat Arkansas 6-0 in 1925. OBU was 109-71 with two conference championships in 21 seasons of football.

Ninety-two schools played football in the NAIA this fall, including four in Oklahoma, two in Texas, 14 in Kansas and seven in Missouri. There are more than one million high school football players in the United States.

Swimming is similar to track and field and no conference affiliation is necessary. Swimmers qualify for the NAIA meet by meeting time standards. OBU would be the only varsity college swim team in Oklahoma. There are 24 NAIA schools offering swimming with two in Missouri and none in Texas, Kansas, Arkansas or Colorado.

There are more than 29,000 high school swimmers in the six-state region.

“We would be the only varsity collegiate program in Oklahoma and we could be a trend-setter in that regard,” Dr. Russell said. “People we’ve talked to about swimming have encouraged us. There are a lot of good swimmers in Oklahoma who have to leave the state to continue their careers.”

Lacrosse is a little more challenging. The NAIA does not compete in lacrosse. Currently, women’s lacrosse is played at 10 NAIA schools. OBU would play a hybrid schedule of varsity and club teams.

“It’s novel, but from what we’ve learned in talking to people, it’s doable,” Russell said. “It would be a hybrid sport. We look at colleges like Lindenwood as an example of how to make that work.”

Lindenwood, located in St. Charles, Mo., competes in the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse League, which includes more than 100 club teams. Lindenwood is in a division with Illinois, Wisconsin, Marquette and Northwestern.

Lacrosse has been identified as a growing sport in Oklahoma and in the region. Nationally, more than 60,000 girls play high school lacrosse, with many more involved in club teams.

“We found that lacrosse is one of the fastest growing female sports,” Russell said. “A lot of young ladies, especially in metropolitan areas, such as Kansas City, St. Louis and Dallas, are playing lacrosse. It’s also very popular at private high schools.”

OBU last added a sport in 2008, with the addition of volleyball. The Lady Bison volleyball team won the Sooner Athletic Conference regular season title this year.

Oklahoma Baptist is coming off of one of its best seasons ever in the NAIA, winning the men’s national championship in basketball, as well as the women’s indoor track and field national title.

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Ray Fink
Sports Information Director
Oklahoma Baptist University
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Alice Wilder Is Oklahoma Council for Indian Education Award Winner
The Oklahoma Council for Indian Education recently held their annual conference and award banquet in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Double Tree Hotel Warren Place. Alice Wilder a Collinsville resident and Certified Cherokee Language Teacher was selected as “Teacher of the Year”.

Alice Jumper Wilder was born to Minnie Handle and Willie Jumper, November 11, 1956. She has a twin brother and they are the tenth and eleventh born out of fourteen children. Alice was raised by her parents in the small community of Barber between Tahlequah and Stillwell, Oklahoma. Alice attended Tenkiller School, first through eighth grades. After graduating from the eighth grade in 1972, she went to Sequoyah High School for her high school education. Alice participated in basketball, softball, and band and was chosen to “Leader Corps” for girls making 4.0 average in their classes. After graduating from high school in 1976, she attended Northeastern State University for a year and a half. Alice married her husband Brian Wilder and has two children; Amos Wilder and Rachel Wilder Angelo. They have given her three beautiful grandchildren; two grandsons, Charlie and Brian Wilder and one granddaughter, Susan Angelo.

Alice is true to her native language and culture. A full blood Cherokee, she speaks fluently, and also reads and writes Cherokee. She also teaches her native language to all ages. In 2009 Alice was certified as a Cherokee Instructor, an accomplishment achieved by very few. Alice has volunteered at Collinsville Schools teaching the Cherokee Language in an afternoon program since 1994 to the present. She has participated as one of the extras in the Trail of Tears documentary of 2007 that was filmed near Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Even though her children have been out of school for several years she has chosen to keep teaching the after school class so that her native language doesn’t become extinct. Alice also teaches on a volunteer basis for the Collinsville Cherokee Community every Monday night. On Tuesday nights she teaches in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on behalf of the Cherokee Nation. Alice also does contract work for Cherokee Nation in the Johnson O’Malley Co-Partner Program, in word translation and curriculum development. Alice’s hopes for the future are that her children, grandchildren and former students will pass the language into their own communities or perhaps even be inspired to keep the Cherokee Language and Heritage alive by teaching it themselves.
-- Submitted by Janice Fields (12/17/2010)