By Robert Przybylo
Without the drama of the football districts being set up, there was no buzz at all around the Marriott in Tulsa all day Wednesday.
I don’t know what it was, maybe a combination of the heat, being talked out and people still coming to grips with what happened with Bethel’s Kyle Lewis. Whatever it was, the OCA clinic went out with a whimper.
Sat in on the football rules’ meeting. Nothing earth shattering at all. Maybe the most interesting thing was about if a referee collides with a non-player on the sidelines. If that occurs, it will now be a 15-yard penalty. No warning necessary, boom, 15 yards.
It won’t take away from a touchdown, and it will penalize the yards after the play is done (no spot foul type thing).
- The NFHS now says once the point differential has been reached, any eight-man game can be called off. In Oklahoma, that difference is 45 points. The rule has been you must play at least a first half.
It hasn’t been approved in Oklahoma, but if it were, a game could end 45-0 in the second quarter.
- Heritage Hall tennis coach Dick Villaflor said he is not going anywhere in the near future, but the seeds are being planted for when he does.
Villaflor is now the director of tennis for the Chargers. Brian Bogert is taking over as the boys head coach. It was listed that Jenny Ferguson would be the girls coach, but Villaflor said she will in charge of the junior high program.
The school is still looking for a girls coach. Until then, Villaflor will keep those duties.
- Speaking of tennis, you cannot convince it is not the greatest sport. Just seeing Cascia Hall’s Chase Tomlins and Edmond North’s Casey Distaso go at it hard for the all-state match was fantastic. Distaso won a close 8-6 battle. Also one final chance to witness the greatness of McGuinness’ Whitney Ritchie and Mia Lancaster and Heritage Hall’s Julie Labarthe.
- It’s not a new phenomenon by any means, but I always find it interesting to see an all-state who hasn’t participated in their event since the season was over. It happens most, I think, in swimming. I’ve never covered wrestling at all-state, but I bet it happens there quite a bit, too.
- The ADM is definitely still fluctuating. That might mean news for Washington. Talking with Warriors softball coach Bryan Howard, he thinks (not positive) that Washington is going to be bumped up to Class 3A. Washington, right now, is the top enrollment in 2A. Again, the Board will approve everything Aug. 10.
- Camped out at the Mabee Center the next couple of nights. Look for videos on NewsOK about what happened in the girls’ games Thursday and the boys’ games Friday.
- Fellow chum Scott Wright is attending the vigil for Bethel’s Kyle Lewis on Wednesday night. A very trying time for all involved, and I know everyone’s thoughts this week are with Lewis and his family and friends. Lewis died in a car accident Monday, following the all-state golf event.