For the second time in four years, a hazing incident has hit the Holdenville football program.
This time, it contributed to costing the coach his job.
Craig Roark, a former All-State lineman at Ada, was fired last week during a special school board meeting after at least one allegation Roark paddled a player in a hazing incident, according to sources close to the school and Roark.
The hazing incident, though, was not the only reason Roark was let go.
He also allegedly spent district money without obtaining a purchase order and following the district's regulations, according to sources.
Roark did not return repeated calls for comment.
Roark, a 2005 graduate of Ada, was hired before the season. The Wolverines went 1-9 this season.
After starting off collegiately at Nebraska, Roark was eventually released from his scholarship and finished off his career at East Central.
Roark was an assistant in Irving, Texas, for two years before taking the Holdenville job.
In September 2009, Holdenville coach Gary Autry was briefly reassigned after two players were suspended from school — one for the remainder of the year — after a sexually charged hazing incident in the school's weight room.
Autry was reinstated by the district's school board after missing one game and finished the season before leaving following the year.
SCOTT, ARROYO HELPS U.S. GRANT TAKE ALL-CITY TOURNAMENT
Sophomore Kotcha Scott had four hits and Mario Arroyo struck out nine in a complete game to help U.S. Grant capture the All-City Tournament with a 9-1 win over Capitol Hill on Wednesday at Dolese Park.
“It means a lot because it's other Oklahoma City teams we beat,” Generals coach Jason McQuerry said. “At the same time, though, we want to be able to compete against teams like Jenks, Union and Sapulpa because those are the teams in our district. That's what we've got to keep working for.”
Scott, playing with a pulled quad muscle, had a pair of doubles and a run scored.
U.S. Grant opens the Dibble tournament against Centennial at 6 p.m. Thursday.
VARELA, HERRERA HELP CAPITOL HILL TO FINALS
Before Wednesday's loss, Capitol Hill got a pair of strong performances on the mound back-to-back to advance to the finals.
Monday, Juan Varela struck out 15 and held Douglass without a hit in the Redskins' 6-4 win over the Trojans on Monday in the opening round.
The Redskins came back to beat Classen, 2-1, on Tuesday behind another sterling performance on the mound. Pedro Herrera struck out 15, allowing one run on four hits.
Capitol Hill is coached by former Moore standout Mike Hinckley, who played for the Washington Nationals in 2008-09.
TUTTLE WRESTLER KNOCKS OFF NO. 1
Tuttle's Zachary Beard, who won his fourth high school state wrestling championship last month, was named the Outstanding Wrestler for Team USA in Sunday's Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The classic featured top high school wrestlers in the United States vs. an all-star squad from Pennsylvania.
Beard, ranked as high as No. 3 in the country at his weight, scored a 7-4 upset over No. 1-ranked Cody Wiercioch, a four-time state finalist and three-time state champion in Pennsylvania.
Beard scored two first-period takedowns against Wiercioch to clinch Team USA's 22-18 victory over Team Pennsylvania in the classic. Beard will wrestle for the University of Wyoming next fall.
MARTIN EARNS ACC HONOR
Former Edmond Santa Fe standout Maddie Martin, The Oklahoman's Big All-City Player of the Year in 2011, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Pitcher of the Week earlier this week.
Martin, a freshman at Maryland, threw four complete games in the week, helping the Terrapins go 5-2.
She faced 109 batters, striking out 23 and giving up just four earned runs.
Against Oklahoma State, Martin threw six innings without allowing an earned run. She also picked up the win against Hampton and threw seven shutout innings against Valparaiso.
Martin limited hitters to a .223 average against her and finished the week with a 1.40 ERA. For the season, Martin is 4-7 with a 3.84 ERA and 38 strikeouts.
DEER CREEK DUO PLAYING WELL FOR HOGS
A pair of former Deer Creek standouts had big games last week for Arkansas in the Razorbacks' final games before SEC play began.
In the first of two games against Alabama A&M, freshman Isaac Hellbusch hit his first collegiate home run, a two-run shot that broke a 1-1 tie in an eventual 20-2 Arkansas win.
Hellbusch added a two-run single later in the same inning and finished with five RBIs on the night.
Brian Anderson, a sophomore outfielder who is a regular starter for the Razorbacks, had a career-high four RBIs in the win.
Anderson (.321/.426/.423) leads Arkansas in runs scored (17) and extra-base hits (6).
Anderson and Hellbusch were coached at Deer Creek by Arkansas alum Ron Moore.
Arkansas (14-7, 1-2) starts a three-game series at South Carolina on Friday.
OU TRACK MEET MOVED BACK
The annual University of Oklahoma John Jacobs Invitational, which was originally scheduled for Friday, has been postponed.
The event will now be held April 12 at OU.
Typically one of the bigger meets of the year, the John Jacobs Invitational will now be on the same day as the Yukon Invitational, which attracts several large schools because Yukon is also the host of the Class 5A-6A state meet in May.