2015 SBHS Cheerleaders

2015 SBHS Cheerleaders

(L-R) Back: Haylie Drake, Kacee Hostetler, Bailey Roberts, Caitlin Jacobs. Front: Taylor Pollock, Anna Perez, Emily Rugg, Nicole Blick.

Freshman Savannah Hughbanks returns the ball during recent tennis action on the South Barber courts.

Ana Wilhelm Crowned South Barber Homecoming Queen

Ana Wilhelm Crowned South Barber Homecoming Queen

South Barber Homecoming Royalty

South Barber Homecoming Royalty


Activities Set for This Year’s Homecoming Week at NWOSU

Throughout the week of homecoming on the Northwestern Oklahoma State University campus, there will be a number of events for students and other events open to the public.

Students will get to partake in a Rialto movie night, powderpuff football game, “Tailgate on the Tiers” for food games with prizes, a Twitter picture challenge and a Rally ‘Round the Ranger pep rally.

The public is welcome to attend the traditional Miss Cinderella Talent Show and Pageant. The Talent Show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, with the pageant at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9; both in the Herod Hall Auditorium.

Events for alumni and friends begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9 with the Alumni Baseball Dinner at Alva Golf & Country Club.

The Ranger Run in the Alva downtown square will kick-off the homecoming activities at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10. The Alumni Association tent will have coffee and donuts at 9 a.m. The annual parade will start at 10 a.m. with the family of the Honorary Parade Marshal Dr. Charles White, who worked in various positions at the university for 23 years, leading the parade. Eleven bands and several floats will also take part in the parade.

Following the parade at noon at the Alumni Association tent on the downtown square, a $6 barbeque lunch will be provided by the Northwestern Alumni Association and prepared by the Rowdy Rangers. All members of the President’s Association will eat for free.

Members of the alumni band will have rehearsal at 1 p.m. on the third floor of the Fine Arts building. Also, other reunions will take place after the parade.

Ranger Royalty will be announced at halftime of the football game and Northwestern’s band members will perform along with a massed band.

Anyone still needing to purchase a homecoming button for $10, a $38 value, should contact Karen Koehn at (580) 327-0344. Wearing a button will provide admission to the Thursday and Friday Cinderella events, general admission will be $10 for each night and Saturday’s football game will be $18 at the gate.

Each homecoming button is numbered and the owner has a chance to win $500 in Alva Chamber bucks. The winning number will be drawn during the homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 10 and the drawn number must be present to win.

Making the button even more of a great deal, several local merchants will be offering discounts to patrons who wear a homecoming button into their businesses during the week of homecoming. A list of discounts and participating merchants is available at www.nwosu.edu/button-discounts.

Homecoming shirts, along with buttons, are also available from the Northwestern Alumni Association offices located in the Student Center. Contact John Allen, Alumni Association director, at (580) 327-8593 or jwallen@nwosu.edu for more information.

For a complete list of homecoming activities please visit www.nwosu.edu/homecoming.


Chieftains Win District Opener, Host Norwich Friday

Grant Cantrell

Quarterback Grant Cantrell gets this pass away


South Barber fought back from injuries and used a big fourth quarter to knock off the South Haven Cardinals 32-22 Friday night in the District 4 opener for both teams. The Chiefs, (4-1), will host Norwich (2-3) this Friday night in the second of five District 4 games. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.

Coach Matt Cantrell and his squad were playing without starting senior lineman Kolton Pavlu, who broke his ankle in practice earlier in the week, so sophomore Ruben Torres got the start in his position.

South Barber Strikes Early

South Haven took the opening kickoff, but that first drive was quickly stopped by an interception by sophomore Trae Rathgeber, who returned the ball to the Cardinal 12 yard line. The Chieftains moved down to the 2 yard marker before fumbling the ball right back.

A nice quarterback sack by senior lineman Tyler Martin forced a South Haven punt to the Chieftain 24, and on the next play junior quarterback Grant Cantrell rambled 41 yards to the Cardinal 15, then runs by Cantrell and junior Gavin Doherty gave them a first down on the South Haven 5. Next play, Cantrell carried it in for a 6-0 lead after the extra points try failed.

The Chieftain defense forced another South Haven punt on their next possession, and they capitalized on a screen pass and run by Trae Rathgeber all the way to the Cardinal 10 yard line. On 3rd and goal, Cantrell again pounded in for the TD and 12-0 lead after the extra points try was again no good.

The Chieftains forced another punt on South Haven’s next possession, but the Cardinals got the ball right back on a pass interception and quickly moved deep into Chieftain territory. The drive was stopped at the 2 yard line, though, on outstanding defense, including a 4th down stop by junior Spencer Kimmell. South Barber then used a long pass to Gavin Doherty to set up a long touchdown run that was called back by a penalty, and the Chiefs ended the first half missing out on a score at the one yard line, but had a 12-0 lead at the break.

Cardinals Fight Back

South Haven, which was celebrating homecoming, came out fired up to start the second half and scored on their first possession on a short pass to close the score to 12-6. The two squads traded punts before the Cardinals put another score on the board with a 28 yard pass to open the fourth quarter of play. The extra points try was good giving South Haven a 14-12 lead.

Chieftains Take Over

That’s when South Barber really kicked it into gear. The team lost Rathgeber to a head injury, but freshman Neal Gugelmeyer filled in and ripped off a 15 yard run down to the Cardinal 9. Runs by Doherty and Cantrell took the ball to the 1, then Cantrell pounded over for the 18-14 lead.

The defense rose up again on South Haven’s next possession as Spencer Kimmell picked off a pass and ran it back to the Cardinal 3 yard line. On the next play, Cantrell followed his blocking into the endzone for a 26-14 lead after he also ran for the extra points.

The Cardinals didn’t give up, though, and closed the score to 26-22 with a 1 yard score. But in the final minute of play, Neal Gugelmeyer got a block around left end and went 38 yards for the touchdown and final 32-22 score.


Quarterback Grant Cantrell was 3 of 11 passing for 77 yards and rushed for 157 yards and 4 touchdowns. All three passes were caught by Trae Rathgeber.

Neal Gugelmeyer carried the ball 6 times for 83 yards with Trae Rathgeber getting 9 runs for 23 yards and Gavin Doherty 6 carries for 22 yards.

The Chieftains had 9 penalties for 95 yards while South Haven was whistled 5 times for 45 yards.

On defense, it was another great team effort led by Spencer Kimmell with 20 total tackles and assists. Right behind with 10 stops each were Grant Cantrell, Trae Rathgeber and Tyler Martin. Ruben Torres had a big night with 7 stops with Neal Gugelmeyer adding 6 tackles and Gavin Doherty and Kadin Banks 5 stops each. Also getting tackles on defense were sophomore Joseph Bowden, junior Brian Farney, sophomore Kolby Pavlu and freshman Cole Coggins.

South Haven rolled up 134 yards passing and 167 yards rushing.


The Red Dirt Rangers will kick off the Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series at Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Tuesday, Oct. 20, as the first of four scheduled acts for the season.

The homegrown red dirt band originated during the 1980s in Stillwater. The group has been spreading red dirt music across the plains for 25 years. Woodstock (NY) Times describes the band as “hip cowboys” who “play with soul,” like a bit of “Tex-Mex with extra jalapeño.” Laid-back and identified as taking the road-less-travelled, the Red Dirt Rangers share their passion of red dirt music everywhere they go.

All Concert Series performances will be in Herod Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Season tickets are now available in Alva at the Graceful Arts Center, Holder Drugstore, Rialto Movie Theater and the Northwestern Bookstore. Adult season tickets are $40, and student season tickets are $20. Tickets to individual performances will be sold on an “as available” basis at $15 for adults and $10 for students.

Continuing as second in the lineup are Jeff and Stacy Pederson on Tuesday, Dec. 1.The Pedersons will bring a refreshingly clean and an award-winning comedy act to Northwestern’s stage. Hailed as one of the best female comedians by Vocatus Productions, Stacy also is known as a motivational and inspirational speaker for women. Stacy and her husband Jeff, also known as “The Rock N’ Roll Pastor,” provide a dynamic duo that is entertaining and witty.

The Justin Pierce Jazz Quintet will perform on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. Justin Pierce is a saxophonist and professor of music at Oklahoma Baptist University. He currently is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of North Texas (UNT), where he also earned a Master of Jazz Studies degree. While at UNT, he served as lead alto saxophonist in the One O’Clock and Two O’Clock Lab Bands. As a freelance woodwind performer, Pierce has performed with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Temptations, The O’Jays, and Wayne Newton. The Justin Pierce Jazz Band performs jazz standards with a contemporary jazz flavor.

RUNA on March 8, 2016, is the last performance in the lineup. RUNA is a group of five musicians who come from a variety of musical backgrounds ranging from folk, classical, rock n’ roll, Middle Eastern and more. The Celtic band’s pure rhythm will send chills through the spine as the members dive into the songs from their albums for their performance. Recognized as “an incredible masterpiece” by The Celtic Crier, RUNA will finish the concert series with a bang.

This year, seven different sponsorship packages are being offered, each including season tickets, reserved seating and program advertisements. The sponsorship packages are as follows:

· Member, $150 to $249 contribution—three season tickets, seating in reserved section and name recognition in concert program.

· Partner, $250 to $349 contribution—five season tickets, seating in reserved section and name recognition in concert program.

· Friend, $350 to $499 Contribution—seven season tickets, seating in reserved section, name recognition in concert program and a quarter-page ad in concert program.

· Associate, $500 to $749 contribution—nine season tickets, seating in reserved section, name recognition in concert program and a quarter-page ad in concert program.

· Sustainer, $750 to $999 contribution—11 season tickets, seating in reserved section, name recognition in concert program and a half-page ad in concert program.

· Patron, $1,000 to $4,999 contribution—18 season tickets, seating in reserved section, name recognition in concert program and a full-page ad in concert program.

· Benefactor, $5,000 or more contribution—25 season tickets, seating in reserved section, name recognition in concert program and a full-page ad in concert program.

The reserved seating section at each concert will be held until five minutes prior to the performance.

Anyone interested in buying a sponsorship package or tickets, please contact Kimberly Weast, chair of the Department of Fine Arts, at (580) 327-8462 or by email at kkweast@nwosu.edu.

The Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series is supported by the Alva Tourism Convention Development Committee, the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Charles Morton Share Trust.