BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Southeastern’s Symphoni Shomo and Destiny Riddle have been named All-Great American Conference selections on Wednesday night.
Shomo was a first team selection at second base, while Riddle earned second team honors at third base and was also an honorable mention selection as a utility player.
Shomo, a native of Tahlequah, Okla., was a .318 hitter in the leadoff spot for the Savage Storm while posting a .372 on-base percentage. She tallied 55 hits with 10 doubles and had 11 RBI while leading the team with 39 runs scored. Her 33 stolen bases led the GAC and SE while adding a .973 fielding percentage on defense.
Riddle, a native of Muskogee, Okla., earned her two All-GAC nods after playing third base, first base, and pitching. At the plate she led the team with a .349 average and 59 hits, turning in 12 doubles, four home runs and a team-best 24 RBI. She slugged .491 on the year and carried a .396 on-base percentage. In the field she posted a .991 fielding percentage across the three positions with just two errors all season, while in the circle she added three wins and 30 strikeouts.
Rodeo ends year
GUYMON, Okla. — Southeastern closed out the regular season with a solid outing at the Panhandle State Rodeo, with the women finishing second while the men turned in a fifth place finish.
The women returned contestants in all three events to the short go, led by Shania Johnston’s performance in the goat tying and Cierra Chapman’s run in barrel racing.
Johnston posted a 9.0 and split 2nd and 3rd place in the first round. She came back with a 9.1 in the finals which was good enough to take the goat tying championship at OPSU with an 18.1 in the average, a 1.1 second lead over second place.
Shelby Whiting turned in a 9.3 on her first goat run which placed her in 5th. She followed up with an 11.4 which also placed her in 5th place in the finals, putting her in 6th place in the average with a time of 20.7.
In the barrel racing event Cierra Chapman stopped the clock with a 17.37 in the first round to finish 1st place in the round. That 17.37 finish would also clinch her a regional championship. Chapman came back and placed third in the short go with an 18.71 while running in the sleet and snow. Overall she had a 36.08 combined time in the average which gave her the OPSU championship.
In the breakaway roping, Kylee Bennett qualified in 10th place in the long go with a time of 3.9. This brought her back in 10th place, but she was unable to connect on her second calf and went out of the average.
The men’s team returned three to the short go, led by Denver Berry’s outing in the steer wrestling event.
Berry had to put together two runs in the steer wrestling in order to qualify to the College National Finals Rodeo and advance from 4th place to 3rd place. He came out on his first steer and stopped the clock at 7.8 seconds which was good enough to finish third place in the long go. Berry then came back in the short round and needed to get a qualified time and place in the short go to qualify for the CNFR. There he handled the pressure with help hazing from his teammate Brody Braden. Berry posted a 6.3 which placed 2nd in the short go and split first in the average with a 14.1 with Joby Allen from Northwestern Oklahoma State.
In the saddle bronc competition Dustin Brewster scored 61 points in the long go ride which placed 6th. He came back and was one of three to ride in the finals, scoring a 69. Brewster placed 2nd in the short go rd. and ended up with a combined score of 130 placing him 3rd in the average.
SE’s final qualifier was in the bareback event where Tyler Miles made the short go after carding a ride of 55 which brought him back in 8th place. However, he came back in the short go and was unable to make the whistle, taking him out of the average.