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High schools: Wright City case in the hands of state Supreme Court

OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said that while he hoped for a quick resolution to the case, scheduling the rest of the Class A state baseball tournament could be an issue over the next two weeks as schools have graduations and other end-of-year activities set.
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: May 17, 2013
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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.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
Reporter
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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