The resumption of the Class A baseball state tournament came a step closer Friday when Wright City filed its response in the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association filed its brief last Friday, and the McCurtain County District Court filed its paperwork earlier in the week.
Wright City was forced to forfeit its first-round game of the tournament after it was discovered the team exceeded the maximum games limit by two.
School officials were granted an injunction in McCurtain County allowing the Lumberjax to play.
The injunction was granted just before the tournament was set to start. On May 3, as the first three games of the first round were played at Dolese Park, the injunction was upheld and the OSSAA announced it would suspend the tournament ending an appeal with the Supreme Court.
The court can make its decision from the briefs filed, schedule a hearing or send the case back to the lower court.
OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said that while he hoped for a quick resolution to the case, scheduling the rest of the tournament could be an issue over the next two weeks as schools have graduations and other end-of-year activities scheduled that would keep the tournament delayed.
WATFORD LEAVES PURCELL
Shannon Watford, who coached Purcell's football team last season, has left the Dragons to take an assistant coaching job at Del City.
Watford will coach quarterbacks and defensive backs for the Eagles, who went 9-2 last season.
Watford joined Purcell last season after winning back-to-back state championships as Hennessey's head coach.
Before that, he's served as head coach at Chickasha and Star Spencer and as an assistant at Edmond Memorial.
The Dragons went 4-6 last season, missing the playoffs for the first time in 12 seasons.
MCBRIDE TAKING OVER HENNESSEY GIRLS
Chattanooga girls basketball coach Marty McBride was recently named the girls basketball and softball coach at Hennessey, and he feels the team already has an advantage on his coaching staff — his daughter Brittany Johnson.
Marty McBride spent the past seven years at Chattanooga, where the Warriors made the state basketball tournament five times and the softball tournament once.
“I think there's some big things that are going to happen at Hennessey,” he said. “There's a lot of talent coming and some upgrades to the facilities coming pretty quick.
“Having Brittany there will be a huge advantage for us, too.”
Johnson was an assistant at Elgin the past two seasons after a successful college basketball career at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa and Northwestern Oklahoma State, where she was an NAIA All-American.
Hennessey made the Class 2A regional consolation finals last season, but returns four starters this season, including Skylar Holder and Kinsey Reeves from injuries.
“They've won some games and they've been close to being really good, and I think they're right on the verge of taking that next step,” McBride said. “The main thing we like is there seems to be a desire to take that last step.”
FANNING BROTHERS INVITED TO HANEY GOLF ACADEMY
Brothers Bryce and Brennan Fanning of Moore were recently selected to participate in The First Tee Training Program at the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, S.C., next month.
Brennan Fanning, 17, and his 15-year-old brother Bryce are both members of Oklahoma City's First Tee program, a junior golf development organization, which nominated them for the academy. They will be joined by 50 other participants from First Tee chapters across the country at the camp June 3-9.
At the academy, golfers receive world-class instruction in the swing, short game, course management, mental preparation, fitness training and college placement services.