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OKWU's Kazden Ammons, right, brings an offensive rebound over Bethel's Jaylon Scott during all-season action.

Here’s a look at two sports warriors from Oklahoma Wesleyan University who share this week’s Patriot Auto Group OKWU Athlete of the Week honor.

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Cody Muncy

With Isaac Wersland’s booming bat no longer in the lineup – due to his eligibility ending last season – Muncy and Wersland’s destructive punch from Oklahoma Wesleyan University is now past.

The pair — battling back-to-back in the top half of the command — have combined for 78 homers, 223 RBIs and a batting average over .400 in 86 games over the past two seasons.

In other words, for opposing pitchers, facing Muncy and Wersland back to back was the OKWU version of Ruth and Gehrig, Delgado and Green, Foxx and Williams, Aaron and Torre, Alomar and Ramirez, Canseco and McGwire, Brett and Wilson. and… well, you get the idea.

Muncy — a preseason All-American — is solid in most plate stats despite leaving Wersland.

In 34 games, the big first baseman is hitting .374, hitting three home runs, driving in 26 runs and scoring 24 runs.

But, he found his touch at home plate in the final games to win this week’s OKWU Athlete of the Week.

Cody Muncy

In the Eagles’ last three games — including two wins — Muncy has hit 7 of 10 at home plate, scored three runs, ripped a double and driven in a run.

Muncy also played a key role in OKWU’s rebound from a five-game losing streak in early March.

Beginning with a March 14 victory over Avila, Muncy delivered at least one hit in eight of 12 games, scored four doubles, one homer, drove in nine runs and recorded 13 of 40 at the plate.

During that 12-game streak, he was non-strikeout in five of them.

With Muncy’s bat giving a big boost to OKWU’s resurgence, the Eagles (22-12, 7-8) could be set for an April blitz to success.

Kirk Kelley coaches the Eagles.

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Kaz Ammons

Even though the men’s basketball season ended a few weeks ago, Ammons caught the eye as one of several Eagles named to the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Men’s Basketball Scholar List.

Ammons was one of only two full-time Eagle starters (the other being Austin Poling) to reap the recognition of not only being a winner on the field, but also in the classroom.

Ammons rose from a verifiable and valuable bulldog role on the bench to a primary contributor to OKWU’s historic season, which included a 34-3 record and his first-ever finish in the tournament’s NAIA Elite Eight. men’s basketball.

Ammons started 35 games and averaged 21.1 minutes per game – fifth on the team.

He had 4.9 points per game, made 93% of his free throws, had 2.8 rebounds per game, and dished out 1.7 assists per game.

During a three-game streak just past mid-February, Ammons averaged 8.0 points per game to help the Eagles win all three games en route to claiming the postseason tournament title of the KCAC.

He also stepped up with five points in the 59-56 loss to Thomas More (Ky.) in the Elite Eight.

Ammons showed more focus in the most difficult situations. He’s gone 10 of 10 from the free throw line in OKWU’s last eight games and 21 of 22 since early December.

Donnie Bostwick coaches the Eagles.

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