MIAMI — Seeking their 36th consecutive victory on their home basketball court, the 17th-ranked Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Lady Norse open the regular season at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, against the Oklahoma Wesleyan University junior varsity.

Winners of four straight Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference titles, coach Jim Rowland’s Lady Norse start working towards their fourth consecutive trip to the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association National Tournament in Lubbock, Texas.

The last loss in the NEO Field House for the Lady Norse was a 64-61 defeat by the Seminole State College Belles to end the 2013-14 regular season.

Along with winning the regular season Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference title (15-1), the Lady Norse defeated Northern Oklahoma College-Enid, 86-59, in the Region II finals in Don Sumner Field House at Shawnee’s St. Gregory’s University.

Two straight losses in the national tournament gave NEO a 29-3 overall record.

“It’s game week and we’ve got to start getting better every game,” Rowland said. “Just because Oklahoma Wesleyan is a JV team, we’re not treating them any different than any other opponent.

“We’re going to come out and play hard and execute our game plan,” Rowland said. “Every game that we step on the floor we’re going to compete hard.

“I want to see them come out and get up and down the floor,” Rowland said. “I also want to really, really see them get threw screens, block out and go get the basketball on defense.

Rowland is stressing detail things, like getting up close and defending people tight.

“We want to make sure that every pass the opposition tries is tough and contested every possession,” he said.

During the first two months of the season the Lady Norse only play three games out of 12 on their home court.

NEO for the Arkansas Baptist College Classic.

The Lady Norse face Angelina College of Lufkin, Texas, at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, and Chattahoochee Valley Community College of Phenix City, Alabama, Saturday, Nov. 4.

GROVE — As the temperatures cool down the fishing competition on Grand Lake is heating up.

The second annual Big Bass Cash Tournament presented by Grand Lake Casino is set for Nov. 11–12. The two- day big bass event will feature 80 payouts over the weekend and is open to all anglers regardless of skill level.

The professionally organized tournament features tens of thousands of dollars in guaranteed cash prizes, and all tournament entrants age 18 and older are eligible for the weekend’s grand prize drawing - a fully rigged Ranger bass boat.

As a special bonus, the first 150 registered anglers will also receive complimentary SPRO baits.

“This tournament is a way for us to expand the bass tournament market while bringing more and more tourists to the Grand Lake area in support of our local businesses,” said Grand Lake Casino general manager Dusty Logan. “If we can expand the reach of a popular sport while expanding the economic growth of the Grand Lake community, it’s a win-win situation.”

In addition, Logan said the guaranteed bi-hourly payouts will total $27,800.

Interested anglers can register on line by going to or by clicking on the “Register Online Website” tab at

Entrants may also prepay utilizing Pay Pal through the website.

All contestants must check in at Grand Lake Casino between 3 and 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10 for information and entry into the drawing for prizes, including the Ranger bass boat.

Entry fees are $140 per day – or $200 for a two-day entry.

First cast will be Saturday, Nov. 11, at 6:30 a.m. Boats must be off the water by 6 p.m. – and the first day’s hourly payouts will be awarded beginning at 6 p.m. at Grand Lake Casino.

Sunday’s schedule also includes a 6:30 a.m. “first cast,” with the final awards ceremony and prize drawing set to begin at 5 p.m. at Grand Lake Casino.

Weigh-in points will be Wolf Creek and Sunset at Bernice Point.

For questions regarding the event, call or text tournament director Mark Howard at 214-773-5451.