Ever since middle school, Ryan senior Teana Ogden knew where she wanted to play college basketball. And according to the point guard, the school yearned for her as well.
So, after years of courtship, Ogden signed with Oral Roberts on Wednesday — the first day of the early signing period for sports other than football, field hockey, soccer, track and field, cross country and men’s water polo.
In front of her family, coaches and friends, Ogden commemorated the occasion at Billy Ryan Gym with her new school’s colors, wearing a navy blue shirt and her name and number in Vegas gold.
“I’m pretty happy about it. I’m just glad everybody came together and we actually came and got to sign today,” Ogden said.
Ogden said ORU had wanted her since she was in eighth grade. Ogden said she’s attended camps there and made unofficial and official visits to the Tulsa school.
For the last two seasons, Ogden’s been the focal point of Ryan’s offense. Behind her scoring attack, the Raiders won consecutive District 4-4A championships.
Ogden won the district’s most valuable player award after averaging 19.3 points per game last season on 36 percent shooting.
In her freshman year, Ryan head coach Monesha Allen said, the star guard gradually stepped into the lineup before assuming a leadership role during her sophomore and junior years.
Ogden had a severe setback when she suffered a torn ACL in her left knee in Ryan’s Class 4A bi-district playoff game against Amarillo Palo Duro.
She was expected to return to the court at the end of October. But Ogden beat out the initial prognosis and returned a few weeks early, just in time for the start of Ryan’s season.
“That in itself tells you that she was on the hustle,” Allen said. “She was working her tail end off to get back to the gym because that’s where she wants to be.”
But for a girl who’s constantly asking for the keys to the gym, it’s no surprise she was able to return to the court earlier than anticipated.
“I can’t even describe how much time she puts in,” Allen said. “She’s here on the weekends. She’s in the gym, obviously, all summer long. She puts it in. Her and her dad are gym rats, to say the least.”
And now with Ryan moving up to Class 5A, Ogden is anticipated once again to carry the burden for the Lady Raiders, an attribute that helped her earn a scholarship to Oral Roberts.
Guyer trio sign letters
The Guyer softball team has three new college signees after Kennedy Been, Kaitlyn Thomas and Megan Washam signed letters of intent.
Been, an outfielder who hit .439 with four home runs, six triples and 32 RBIs last year as a junior, signed with Arkansas Tech.
Thomas, a senior who was stellar in center field with a 1.000 fielding percentage in district play while hitting .400 and scoring 30 runs on the season, signed with Incarnate Word.
Washam, an infielder-turned-catcher who has started since her freshman year, hit .360 with a .407 on-base percentage and was solid behind the plate, earning herself a scholarship to Evangel.
Krum duo sign
After being a key figure in helping Krum get its volleyball program off the ground, Kim Robinson is moving to the collegiate level. She signed her letter of intent to play at Oklahoma Baptist.
Robinson was part of a magical run by Krum’s first-year program in 2011 as she led the Lady Cats to the Class 2A regional quarterfinals, before another successful season in 2012.
Wallace committed to Southeastern Oklahoma on Tuesday, a testament to her accolades in her first three years at Krum.
Last season, Wallace was named to the Class 2A all-state team by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. Wallace has earned back-to-back offensive player of the year honors in District 9-2A.
This season, the Lady Cats are ranked No. 3 in the state by the TABC.
Buxton headed to Abilene
Aubrey’s Tanner Buxton, last season’s pitcher of the year in District 9-3A, signed his national letter of intent to pitch at Abilene Christian.
Buxton anchored Aubrey’s rotation last year. He threw 64 1/3 innings for the Chaparrals and compiled an 8-4 record and a 2.72 ERA. Buxton helped lead Aubrey to the Class 3A Region II area round, where the Chaparrals lost to Prosper.
Three Warriors sign
After helping lead the Liberty Christian baseball team last season, Carson Dowdle has his college future determined before entering his senior season in the spring.
The senior outfielder signed with Central Arkansas after hitting .464 last season with a .491 on-base percentage, three home runs and 32 RBIs.
Also signing letters of intent from Liberty were Dylan Sprock, who is going to play Division I lacrosse at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., and Bradley Christensen, who is going to Stanford on a diving scholarship.
Staff writer Adam Boedeker contributed to this report.
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