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High school notebook: Broken Arrow's self-imposed penalties approved

The school forfeits two football games and five track meets from last year in which an ineligible athlete participated
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: September 11, 2013

The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors approved Broken Arrow's lengthy list of self-imposed penalties Wednesday afternoon after the school forfeited two football games and five track meets from last year in which an ineligible athlete participated.

The Tigers won the track state championship, and the penalties do not affect that. The two football games were the first two nondistrict games the Tigers beat Owasso and Bentonville, Ark.

The board approved the penalties with a 9-0-1 vote after a nearly 50-minute executive session.

“At the end of the day we'll be better for what we've done,” Broken Arrow superintendent Jarod Mendenhall said about imposing the penalties.

The rules violation stemmed from an unidentified student who repeated the eighth grade after moving to Broken Arrow. He was a senior last year, and OSSAA rules state that a student who repeats his seventh or eighth grade year must sit out that year.

Broken Arrow also promoted boys basketball coach Rusty Stecker to associate director for athletic compliance and spirit coordinator Melenda Knight was promoted to assistant director of athletics.

Athletic director Ken Ellett was also suspended from his duties that involve any oversight of athletic eligibility this school year, and football coach Steve Spavital was also removed as assistant athletic director and will now serve as coordinator of football operations.

Assistant track coach Brad Farrow was suspended from all coaching duties in the school district and will have to be reinstated by the OSSAA.

The football and track programs are also on “warning” status for this school year.


The average daily membership that was approved in August is changing.

Texhoma's ADM is increasing after an error, raising its ADM from 82 to more than 100. The school turned in the numbers for its Oklahoma students, but left off the Texas students enrolled.

Claremore, though, will remain in the Class 6A at No. 32 after trying to get its ADM reduced. Executive director Ed Sheakley denied the move.


Cement recently forfeited its season and has asked to not play football for the next two seasons.

The school looks to instead play fall baseball.

With the move, Merritt has asked to play eight-man football and will move to Class B and Prue will drop to Class C.

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by Scott Wright
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
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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