The Binger community voted Tuesday to approve a proposition that included renovations to historic Johnny Bench Field with a 68.4 percent vote in favor of raising the sales tax in the town by one cent.
Only 98 votes were tallied, but 67 voted in favor of the proposition.
The renovations are expected to total between $400,000 and $600,000, and superintendent Kirk Wilson said before the vote that he hoped they would be completed by the beginning of the fall season. It is still unclear when renovations will begin, though, as the city still has to legally go through a bidding process.
Binger-Oney coach Reggie Willits, however, was just pleased with the results Tuesday night.
“I think it's big. I think it really is,” Willits said. “It shows the commitment of the school system and the city council and the community. I think it's pretty major of a deal, especially in our neck of the woods.”
Incorporating the Johnny Bench Museum that is currently located in city hall into the stadium is also a key part of the renovations.
Binger-Oney — ranked No. 4 in Class A — just beat Class 4A No. 3 Weatherford 5-2 on Monday to improve to 14-7, just one season after winning just six games.
“In the past week we've seen our kids kind of grow up,” Willits said. “They've won some big games and that's something they haven't done in awhile. You're starting to see the kids, one, come together as a team and individually they are starting to get better. Something like this, it shows the kids (the community is behind them).”
BASELINE CONCUSSION TESTING OFFERED
Select Physical Therapy in Ada will host ImPACT concussion baseline testing April 10 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
The ImPACT tests, for individuals 12 and older, is used for evaluating the damage done after a head injury.
The baseline score, obtained before an injury, is compared to the score within 24-72 hours after an injury.
The tests, performed by licensed physical therapists and certified athletic trainers, are $20 each.
To reserve times or for more information, call (580) 332-5124.
TIMBERWOLVES HEADING TO ALABAMA
Norman North boys' soccer team is flying to Huntsville, Ala., Thursday to compete in the Southern Soccer Challenge this weekend.
The tournament will feature top high school teams from Alabama and Tennessee in addition to Norman North, the defending state and national champions.
“We like to go somewhere every year and test ourselves against other quality teams,” said Norman North coach Geo Claros.
The Timberwolves have traveled to South Carolina in recent years, but that tournament required Norman North to play more soccer games than what is allowed by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association for tournament play.
JENKS' WASHINGTON WINS SKILLS COMPETITION
Jenks point guard Jessica Washington won the skills competition at the Powerade Jam Fest on Tuesday night at the University of Chicago's Gerald Ratner Athletics Center.
Washington's finals time of 30.7 seconds through the obstacle course was faster than the time of the boys winner. Demetrius Jackson, a Notre Dame signee, completed the course in 31.1 seconds.
Washington helped the West to a 92-64 win in Wednesday night’s McDonald’s All-American Game at the United Center in Chicago. She scored six points in the win.
TENNIS RANKINGS RELEASED
Edmond North's boys and Jenks girls are No. 1 in the first rankings released this season by the Oklahoma Tennis Coaches Association.
Edmond North is led by defending state champion Nate Roper, who won his fourth consecutive tournament of the season Saturday by capturing the No. 1 singles title of the Heritage Hall Tournament of Champions.
The rest of the top 10 in 6A boys are Jenks, Tulsa Union, Muskogee, Edmond Memorial, Edmond Santa Fe, Broken Arrow, Westmoore, Ponca City and Bishop McGuinness.
Rounding out the top 10 in 6A girls are Enid, Tulsa Kelley, Edmond North, Edmond Memorial, Owasso, Bishop McGuinness, Tulsa Union, Broken Arrow and Mustang.
Cascia Hall is ranked No. 1 in both 5A girls and boys.
The rest of the top ten in 5A girls are Duncan, Bixby, Heritage Hall, Ada, Tulsa Washington, Ardmore, Deer Creek, Shawnee and Claremore.
In 5A boys, Tulsa Washington is No. 2 followed by Heritage Hall, Metro Christian, Oklahoma Christian, McAlester, Durant, Carl Albert, Duncan and Tahlequah.
In 4A girls, Metro Christian is No. 1 followed by Perry, Oklahoma Christian, Elk City, Midway, Okmulgee, Oklahoma Bible, Anadarko, Clinton and Classen.
In 4A boys, top-ranked Ada is followed by Byng, Anadarko, Riverfield, Henryetta, Piedmont, Okmulgee, Classen, Beaver and Elk City