A longtime Silo baseball coach has been accused of intentionally throwing baseballs at his junior high players as a way to discipline them.
Roy West, the head baseball coach at Silo Junior High, has been placed on administrative leave, accused of intentionally hitting and bruising players with baseballs.
“The allegation is if they were not doing everything the way they were supposed to, he would make them stand up with their backs toward him and he would throw balls at them,” said Bryan County Sheriff Ken Golden.
Golden said the allegation was made by a parent and an investigation is underway. Detectives are currently attempting to interview players on the team, he said.
Meanwhile, West has been removed from his coaching duties at both the junior high and high school for the remainder of the season.
“We take reports of this type seriously,” said Silo superintendent Bill Caruthers.
“Based on an initial investigation by the junior high principal, the junior high baseball coach was removed from all coaching duties for the remainder of the school year and placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a full investigation. We are cooperating with the county sheriff's department in their investigation.”
Caruthers declined additional comment.
In addition to coaching the junior high team, West is an assistant baseball coach at Silo High School, a traditional small-school baseball power in Oklahoma.
He has been at Silo for 15 years.
ALTUS APPROVED TO START SEASON A WEEK EARLY
Altus has long played Vernon, Texas, to start its football season.
But a miscommunication between the schools in their last contract put that in jeopardy, as the originally agreed-upon date for 2013 was a week before the season was scheduled to begin.
Last week at the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association's board meeting, Altus made an appeal to be allowed to start its season a week earlier, asking for a one-time exception to the rule.
After some discussion, the board voted to allow the Bulldogs to start a week earlier.
“They looked at Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Kansas and Florida in addition to Oklahoma schools to try to get a game scheduled but couldn't get anything else worked out for this year,” OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said. “We know we need to be real careful there since they're losing a week of practice to start and the heat is an issue that time of year.”
The board also voted to send out a ballot to schools on whether or not to change the rules to allow underclassmen to participate in national all-star games.
Also, the board voted to consider charter and enterprise schools as having the same boundaries as the public schools whose borders the school lies within. Several such Oklahoma City-area schools — Santa Fe South, Dove Science, Harding Fine Arts, etc. — would share boundaries with Oklahoma City Public Schools for purposes of eligibility of incoming student-athletes.
GOODIN, DEER CREEK CRUISE TO WINS
Paced by Caroline Goodin's five-stroke individual victory, the Deer Creek girls golf team won the Suburban Conference Tournament by 78 shots on Monday at Cedar Valley's International Course in Guthrie.
Deer Creek swept the top four spots and had five of the top seven to run away with the title.
Goodin shot 72, coming in ahead of teammate Emily Folsom at 77, Haley Hill in third at 78 and Allison Mee fourth at 82.
Deer Creek posted a season-low 309 total, with El Reno second at 387.