Wednesday, October 22, 2014

OU signs a bevy of young talent

By The Herald Staff | 4/4/2014

The Ottawa University coaches have been busy adding to their rosters.

The signings are:

The Ottawa University coaches have been busy adding to their rosters.

The signings are:

BRYANNA MUSIC

Music signed with the women’s track team. She is from Delta, Colo. She was a four-time state track qualifier.

Music broke the school record in the shot put in 2014 with a throw of 42-9. She has a personal-best throw of 114-01 in the discus.

“Not only is Bry a national-caliber thrower, she is excellent in the classroom,” Ottawa coach Tim Byers said.

Music plans to major in elementary education.

BRANDY LOWE  

Lowe signed with the new Ottawa women’s wrestling team. Lowe attends St. Mary’s High School.

Lowe earned four letters in track and three in football and wrestling. In wrestling, she finished second at the 2014 USAW Girls Folkstyle Nationals.

She placed third in 2008 in the kid’s state meet and fourth in the 2010. Lowe won the national championship  in 2009 and 2011.

In track, her split time in the 400-meter relay is 11.88 and a personal-best throw of 38-6.50 in the shot put and 114-0 in the discus.

Lowe will compete for the women’s track team.

She plans to major in science.

ERIC MALDONADO

Maldonado signed to play soccer for the men’s squad. He is a transfer from Rio Hondo Community College and attended Monrovia High School.

Maldonado, a defender, helped lead Rio Hondo to the conference title.

At Monrovia, Maldonado was a three-time all-conference performer, a three-time team MVP, earned all-area San-Gabriel Valley second team honors.

He plans to major in sociology.

ZAC KING

King will play football. He is from Vinita, Okla.

King was a four-year letterman in football and basketball. He also earned two letters in baseball.

In football, he earned all-district and all-conference honors. King was named to the Oklahoma all-class team. In 2013, he was named District 4A-3 defensive back of the year. He tied the school record for receptions in a season with 56. For his career, King finished with 147 rushing attempts for 745 yards and four touchdowns. He had 94 receptions for 1,237 yards. On defense, he had 224 career tackles and 12 interceptions.

In basketball, he helped lead VHS to the state basketball tournament and to a area championship.

King plans to major in exercise science.

JOHN PACHA

Pacha signed with the men’s wrestling team. He attends Bishop Carroll.

Pacha was a four-year letterman and a three-time state qualifier.

He won the Garden Plain Tournament title, finished third at the City League championship in 2013 and placed fourth at the 2014 City League championship.

Pacha plans to major in math.

GRANT HOLLINGSWORTH

Hollingsworth signed with the men’s wrestling team.

Hollingsworth attends Shawnee Mission East.

Hollingsworth was a four-year letterman in wrestling. He was a four-time state wrestling participant, finishing third and fifth.

Hollingsworth finished his prep career at 113-58. He was a two-time Johnson County champion, a two-time regional champion and was a league champion.

Hollingsworth plans to concentrate on general studies.

ZACH SMITH

Smith will be a two-sport athlete for the Braves. He signed to play football and participate in track. He iattends Bishop Carroll.

Smith earned two letters in football, two in track, and one in wrestling for Bishop Carroll.

In 2013, he earned all-city honors in the javelin. In football, Smith was part of Bishop Carroll’s 2012 5A state championship team.

“Zach is solid in the classroom and the javelin runway,” Byers said.

He plans to major in engineering.

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