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Oklahoma State Athletic Communications Student Assistant

About Myself

I am a Lee’s Summit, Missouri native that is now pursuing a degree in Sports Media at Oklahoma State University.

Currently, I am working as a Student Assistant in the OSU Athletic Communications department. As part of my responsibilities, I write game recaps and feature stories for okstate.com, create graphics through programs such as InDesign, track statistics during events and operate the social media accounts for various teams.

I have a very wide variety of skills ranging from proficiency in shooting and editing video packages, to writing in AP style and using softwares such as Final Cut Pro and InDesign.

If you would like to see examples of my work or my resume, you can click on the tabs at the top of this page, or scroll through my recent posts that follow this to see my most recent work.

Thank you for your time.

*As a note: Stories I have written that have been published on okstate.com will include a link to the page. The posts on this portfolio are replications of the original publications*

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Clark Thriving in First Season At Washburn

TOPEKA, Kansas – No matter where the game of basketball is played across the world, the court is still 94 feet long and the rims are still 10 feet high.

For Washburn junior Isaac Clark, that’s a lesson he learned first-hand this season with the Ichabods.

Clark, a native of Bakersfield, California, spent his first two years of eligibility at Monterey Peninsula in his home state. During his time in junior college, Clark tore apart opposing defenses as he scored 16.6 points per game en route to earning first team all-conference honors as a sophomore.

But after finding success in his home state, the 6-2 guard decided to transfer halfway across the country to spend his final two seasons of collegiate basketball with Washburn.

“They recruited me late in the process,” Clark said. “It was a couple of weeks into the summer and then the coaches called me to say that they wanted me to come here to play for them.”

Clark immediately made an impact for his new team during his first season in Topeka, as the junior played in 29 of the squad’s 30 games, 10 of which he started.

He averaged 9.1 points per game and brought down 2.6 rebounds per game while averaging 20 minutes of action a night. But despite his immediate impact, Clark has had to adjust to an entirely different role than the one he played throughout high school and junior college.

“It was different having to come off of the bench at first because I’ve been a starter since my junior year of high school,” Clark said. “It was definitely an adjustment for me. The people here can shoot just as well as I can, and they can jump as high as I can, if not higher. When I got here, I realized that, at this level of basketball, it’s much more about the team than any one individual.

“I’ve also had to adjust to the amount of shots I take. In junior college I was getting up 15 to 20 shots a night, but here I don’t take as many because I’m around a lot of players that can shoot just as well as I do or better.”

Clark scored in double figures 11 times for the Ichabods this past season despite a more limited role than what he was used to. His double-digit scoring output included a five-game stretch where he helped Washburn knock off Pittsburg State and Southwest Baptist. And while Clark has quickly adjusted to a new level of college basketball, there were some parts of life in Kansas that took him by surprise.

“It’s cold here,” Clark said of life in Kansas. “My roommate is from California as well, so we were both struck the first time we saw snow. It’s something new for me and it’s another new experience in a new environment, but I like it.”

Cold, snowy Kansas days were never going to be enough to stop Clark from pursuing his dreams in the sport he has played for as long as he can remember.

“I tell people that I was born with a basketball in my hands,” Clark said. “Basketball season has always been my favorite time of the year. Even when I was a kid, during the summer I’d work out with a ball or I’d be playing in AAU tournaments.”

­­Clark has one season of eligibility remaining after this year, but he doesn’t see his senior campaign as his final chapter in the game that he loves.

”After my two years here at Washburn, I want to go play overseas somewhere. I want to travel the world and play basketball for as long as I can.”

A Century of Cowboy Wrestling: 2010s

The 2010s marked the beginning for yet another dominant Oklahoma State wrestler.

Jordan Oliver made his debut for the Cowboys as a redshirt freshman in 2010. He wrestled his way to a fourth place finish in the 133-pound division to earn All-America honors, but that was just the start.

The following season, Oliver defeated Boise State’s Andrew Hochstrasser, 8-4, to clinch his first national championship and cap off an undefeated, 29-0, season.

In his junior year, Oliver finished as the runner-up in the 133-pound division, as he fell to Ohio State’s Logan Stieber in the finals. Trailing, 4-3, late in the third period, Oliver controlled one of Stieber’s legs and took him to the ground in the final seconds, but was not awarded the takedown necessary to win the match.

Despite the disappointing end to 2012, Oliver set a new single-season program record for pinning percentage as he won 60 percent of his matches by fall that year.

After the runner-up finish, Oliver jumped up two weight classes to 149 pounds. As a senior, he defeated another BSU Bronco, Jason Chamberlain, to win his second career national championship and become one of 13 Cowboys to earn All-America honors four times.

Oliver went 38-0 during his senior season to finish his OSU career with a record of 127-6. His dominance on the mat during his four years also left his name scattered throughout the OSU record books.

Oliver recorded the highest career bonus win percentage at 77.2 percent, the most career falls with 54, is tied for fourth in career wins with 127, ranks 10th in career winning percentage at 95.5 percent and is tied for second in career bonus wins with 98.

During his senior season, eight Cowboys, including Oliver, won individual conference championships, breaking the program’s previous record of seven.

Joining Oliver as conference champions were Eddie Klimara (125), Jon Morrison (133), Alex Dieringer (157), Tyler Caldwell (165), Chris Perry (174), Chris Chionuma (184) and Alan Gelogaev (285).

The conference title was the first for Caldwell as a Cowboy and he followed it up with an All-America honor at the 2013 NCAA Championships. As a senior the following year, Caldwell once again earned All-America honors – his second as a Cowboy.

Despite wrestling at OSU for just his junior and senior seasons, Caldwell posted a record of 63 wins and only nine losses during his time in Stillwater.

Prior to transferring to OSU, Caldwell was a two-time All-American for the Oklahoma Sooners. Collectively, Caldwell became one of the few wrestlers in NCAA history to ever earn All-America honors four times in their career.

Two of the other 2013 conference champions – Perry and Dieringer – went on to win multiple national championships during their careers.

Perry, who is the nephew of OSU head coach John Smith, won his third conference title during the 2013 season. At the NCAA Championships, Perry defeated Penn State’s Matt Brown in overtime, 2-1, to win his first national title.

He followed it up the next season, his senior year, with a 4-0 victory over OU’s Andrew Howe. A two-time national champion and three-time All-American, Perry finished his OSU career with a record of 122-11 – tying him for the ninth most wins in program history.

Today, Perry is the one of the wrestling club coaches here at OSU.

In 2013, Dieringer placed third at the NCAA championships to become one of 33 Cowboys to ever earn All-America honors as a freshman. As a sophomore he defeated Dylan Ness of Minnesota, 13-4, to win his first national title.

Dieringer jumped up a weight class in 2015, but that did nothing to slow him down.

Dieringer went into the 2015 season ranked as the No. 1 wrestler at 165-pounds and he remained there all season. He went 33-0, with 27 of those wins resulting in bonus points, and defeated Indiana’s Taylor Walsh, 14-7, to earn his second national championship.

Three other Cowboys earned All-America honors at the 2015 NCAA Championships – Klimara,Dean Heil and Kyle Crutchmer.

Dieringer, Klimara, Heil, Crutchmer and 2014 All-American Austin Marsden all return to lead the No.1-ranked Cowboys into the 2015-16 season.

This season, Dieringer can become the 14th OSU wrestler to earn All-America honors four times and the 16th to win three national championships.

Not all of the Cowboys’ success on the mat this decade has happened in the United States though.

Former OSU national champion Coleman Scott competed in the 132.3-pound division at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. John Smith also was in London as he coached the Olympic team for the second time in his career.

Scott, being coached by the same man that coached him at OSU, defeated Japan’s Kenichi Yumoto to win the bronze medal.

On Aug. 13, 2015, Scott was named the head coach at the University of North Carolina.

There have also been three Cowboys inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame so far this decade.

1967 177-pound national champion Fred Fozzard was honored as a Distinguished Member in 2012. Three-time national champion and former Olympian Eric Guerrero was honored in 2014. And in next year’s class, Bill Harlow will be inducted.

The NCAA runner-up at 177 pounds in both 1964 and 1965, Harlow moved up to 191 pounds the following season, where he was crowned a national champion. He finished his OSU wrestling career with a record of 54-5-2 and won Big Eight titles in 1965 and 1966. During his national title season of 1966, Harlow compiled a 21-0-1 record.

Through this decade’s first six years, OSU has won five conference titles, six individual national championships, received 26 All-America honors and posted a record of 90-14-2, but is still looking for its first team title since 2006.

The 2015-16 season marks the 100th year in program history and during the past century, OSU wrestling has earned the title of the greatest dynasty in American sports.

In that time, OSU has:

  • Won 34 NCAA Championships – 11 more than any other wrestling program and 7 more than any other individual NCAA sport.
  • Crowned 139 individual national champions and earned 444 All-America honors.
  • Won 47 conference championships, which includes 262 individual conference champs.
  • Had 26 coaches and wrestlers honored as Distinguished Members of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, with a 27th inductee coming next year (Harlow).
  • Earned the Outstanding Wrestler at the NCAA Championships 15 times.
  • Won 16 Olympic medals – 11 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze.
  • Posted a dual-record of 1,066-122-29 – an 87.6 winning percentage.

OSU has established itself as the gold standard of college wrestling over the last 100 years. This year’s Cowboys will look to continue that dominance on the mat as they open the season against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium on Nov. 14.

The dual, tabbed as the “Grapple on the Gridiron” marks the first time in NCAA history that two NCAA wrestling teams will compete in a Division I football stadium. With more than 20,000 tickets already sold, the dual is expected to shatter the current NCAA wrestling attendance record of 15,996 set in 2013 when Penn State faced off with Pittsburgh.

OSU’s first home dual will take place on Nov. 29, inside Gallagher-Iba Arena, as the Cowboys wrestle the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Stillwater vs. Choctaw Recap

Content was shot and edited by myself. Video was also published on stillwaterfootball.com

Tresfield Adjusting To Life In Stillwater

Since first kicking a soccer ball at the age of six, Laurene Tresfield has come a long way.

“I started playing soccer because my brother played and my father did too,” Tresfield said. “I liked the competition, the team spirit and just playing the game.”

Before the 2014 season, Oklahoma State head coach Colin Carmichael was looking to recruit a player that could help the team become more physical. While attending a showcase event in Paris, France, Carmichael found what he was looking for.

“After watching Laurene (Tresfield) for a full day, I knew that she had those tools,” Carmichael said. “We were able to speak to her, and we followed up through email and just got the communication open.”

“Colin (Carmichael) talked to me about the team,” Tresfield said. “He talked to me about their goals, like wanting to win the Big 12, so I was interested in OSU. They were looking for a defensive-midfield player so I thought it was good fit for me.”

Tresfield, a Paris, France native, came to OSU because she was looking to continue playing soccer while getting an education.

“I liked the concept of going to school and playing soccer,” Tresfield said. “When I was in high school it was the same concept, but in France we don’t have this for college so I wanted to come to the United States.”

Since arriving at OSU, Tresfield has been a key contributor for the Cowgirls. As a freshman last season, she played in 20 games, including 13 starts, and was ranked among theTopDrawerSoccer.com Women’s Freshmen Top 100.

While growing up in France, Tresfield played for FC Juvisy Essonne, leading the club to a French championship in 2012. She also earned two caps with the French U-17 national team.

“In Europe it’s a slower, more tactical type of game, whereas in the U.S., especially in college, it’s very run-and-gun, play fast and do everything quickly. I think Laurene has had to adapt to that,” Carmichael said.

But Tresfield’s international experience is part of why Carmichael sees her as a valuable player for the Cowgirls.

“To just go and play with and against other international kids, it just makes you better, and I think she brings that experience with her,” Carmichael said. “The things that she’s seen and done, she can bring that into the U.S. style of play and make us better.”

Traveling to a different country to study and play soccer presents many challenges though, one of which is learning a different language.

“I think the first year she struggled,” Carmichael said. “If somebody says, ‘Hey, step up,’ and you don’t understand the language, that might take a little longer to process.”

“It was very difficult at first,” Tresfield said. “I couldn’t understand my classes and I was lost, but it’s getting better. I can understand more people now, but it was so hard at first.”

Tresfield also had to adjust to being more than 4,000 miles away from home.

“Language was the biggest thing,” Tresfield said. “But being far away from my family was hard at the beginning. I can talk to them on Skype though – I call my mom almost every day. And when I get bored, here there’s nothing to do — I just watch Netflix or something. But when I get bored in France I can take the bus and see my friends and do some fun things, but here there is not a lot to do.”

Despite the obstacles she’s faced, Tresfield and her coaches have high hopes for her growth as a player.

“I think there’s some games where she plays great, and we think we’ve turned corner,” Carmichael said. “And then the next game maybe she’s a little bit down, but when she gets a little more consistent game-to-game, she can make a very big impact for us.”

“I just want to be in the starting group and score some goals,” Tresfield said. “I already have two goals so if I can help the team win, then why not? I would love to score. After that, maybe join the French national team.”

Now in her sophomore season at OSU, Tresfield has begun to settle into her new environment. She’s played in all 15 games as both a midfielder and defender and has recorded two goals and an assist.

“This year, there’s a noticeable difference,” Carmichael said. “She’s much more integrated with the team, she’s much more comfortable with the team and I think she understands the language better.”

“Stillwater is a lot different from Paris,” Tresfield said. “But I’m getting used to it and I like it here.”

Cowgirls’ Ongaro Returns to Goal

The final horn sounds and the Oklahoma State soccer team heads to the sideline to celebrate a 4-0 victory over Georgia.

Defeating UGA is reason enough to be excited, but Cowgirl goalkeeper Michela Ongaro is elated just to be playing the game that she loves.

“There’s no other feeling like being out there on a Friday night or Sunday afternoon and seeing people cheering for your school, getting to put on the jersey for your school and getting to show off all the hard work we put in,” Ongaro said.

Ongaro, a Hartland, Wisconsin native, had plenty of reasons to showcase that pride by pursuing a collegiate soccer career at OSU.

“I actually have some family here,” Ongaro said. “My mom went here, my aunt teaches here and my grandma still lives in Stillwater.”

And that family connection is what ultimately gave Ongaro the opportunity to join OSU head coach Colin Carmichael‘s program.

When Ongaro made a routine summer visit to see her grandmother, the trip coincided with an OSU soccer camp. Ongaro’s mom, Renee, signed her up for the camp, and she got the opportunity to display her skills for the Cowgirls’ coaching staff.

“Towards the end of the first session Colin (Carmichael) kind of pulled me aside and said ‘Contact us,'” Ongaro said. “So it was just a lucky, right-place, right-time kind of thing.”

Ongaro joined the OSU program as a walk-on in 2013, and her coaches knew right away that she had the potential to be a special player.

“Just watching her play the first few practices, (OSU associate head coach) Justin (Elkington) and I were both like, ‘Wow. This kid is really good,'” Carmichael said.

While her coaches saw the potential right away, Ongaro herself wasn’t as sure what to hope for from her freshman year.

“Just don’t get cut,” Ongaro jokingly said. “When I came in I didn’t expect to play until my junior year because Rosa (Medina) was here, and she was so established as a goalie.”

And while college walk-ons don’t generally see much meaningful game action, Ongaro became an exception on a rainy night in Houston.

Ongaro subbed in at goalkeeper for the second half of a game against Rice, a game that would eventually be rained out before it could become an official game.

That wouldn’t be Ongaro’s only opportunity, however.

In the team’s next game against North Texas, Ongaro made her first career start.

“I had never been so nervous in my life,” Ongaro said.

But that start was a successful one as OSU defeated UNT, 2-1 – and for the rest of the 2013 season, Ongaro would be the team’s starting goalkeeper.

“As soon as I got a hold of it, I didn’t let go,” Ongaro said.

Ongaro finished her freshman season with four shutouts in 14 games to go along a 0.82 goals against average that ranked as the seventh-best in program history, offering a glimpse of what she could accomplish.

“She could be phenomenal,” Carmichael said. “She could be an All-Big 12 goalkeeper for sure.”

Following the impressive freshman campaign, Ongaro’s hard work would be rewarded as she was put on scholarship.

“I took a chance to come here,” Ongaro said. “So when they put me on scholarship it was just a huge affirmation of all the hard work and all the time I put in. I really appreciated it.”

But the successful start to her career would soon face its first real obstacle. On the third day of summer workouts prior to her sophomore season, Ongaro jumped over a hurdle awkwardly and tore the ACL, MCL and meniscus in her left knee.

“I knew it was bad,” Ongaro said. “I knew something was wrong because I heard the pop, and it was unstable.”

Ongaro missed the entire 2014 season because of the injury and underwent months of painful rehab and physical therapy. The injury cost her a year of playing, but she said some good has come from it.

“I don’t want to say it re-ignited my passion for the game,” Ongaro said. “But you definitely see how much it means to you and that everything, all the workouts and everything they make us do, is all worth it.”

Ongaro, now healthy and having reclaimed her spot as the Cowgirls’ starting goalkeeper, was named as one of OSU’s team captains for the 2015 season.

“She’s just a great kid,” Carmichael said of Ongaro. “She goes to class. She makes good grades. She doesn’t tend to get in trouble. She just has all of the aspects you look for in leaders.”

Carmichael and the coaching staff have been impressed with the way Ongaro has bounced back after missing last season.

“She’s starting to look like her old self in practice,” Carmichael said. “In the early part of this season, she’s got that spring back in her step, and I think the confidence is coming back, too.”

For Ongaro, her injury was a setback, but it has given her a new perspective on the game that she loves.

“Every game I try to look at the fans and look at the girls I’m out there with because I didn’t get to do that all of last year,” Ongaro said. “After all of that, it makes me love it that much more.”

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