LaValley signs with Reds
Carl Albert’s Gavin LaValley made a quick decision, and it didn't go the way the Oklahoma Sooners had hoped.
The first baseman officially signed with the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, just days after being selected in the fourth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft. He earlier had signed to play baseball at OU.
The state's Gatorade Player of the Year confirmed via text message Tuesday that he had already reported to the Reds days after telling MLB.com he intended to sign with the team.
MLB.com reports that LaValley signed for $525,000, well over the slot assignment of $411,900.
He hit .539 with 19 home runs and 75 RBIs last season. The Reds picked him at No. 125 overall.
MOORE HIRES PAUL HIX AS FOOTBALL COACH
Former Stillwater offensive coordinator Paul Hix was approved by the Moore School Board on Monday as the new football coach at Moore High.
Todd Watters was let go after two seasons with the Lions. Hix becomes the fourth coach in eight seasons for Moore.
Stillwater ran a fast-paced spread offense under Hix, which he plans to install with the Lions. He served as Stillwater’s offensive coordinator for the past four seasons.
Moore also hired Steven Peeler as its new baseball coach.
Moore schools are still searching for a district-wide athletic director to replace Carl Franks, who is expected to be reassigned within the district. And Southmoore’s head coaching job also remains vacant after Jeff Brickman left to become the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma Baptist last week.
OSSAA SETS APPEALS COMMITTEE MEMBERS
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors approved the members of the new appeals panel that begins in August and will hear all appeals each Wednesday one week ahead of the board meetings.
There will be five members of the board, which includes Oklahoma City Schools district administrator Charles Carpenter, Alva superintendent Steve Parkhurst, Verdigris athletic director Gary Kennemer, Burns Flat-Dill City superintendent Ron Hughes and Talihina superintendent Jason Lockhart.
The committee will hear appeals 12 times next year. It will meet the week before and after each board meeting in August and September to accommodate the high amount of appeals in those months.
The OSSAA based the committee off the model Missouri High School Activities Association, which has a 10-member committee that meets at a time before the board meeting to hear students’ appeals and make a ruling.
Even with the new layer in the process, students who are not satisfied with the committee’s ruling can appear before the board of directors the following week.
OSSAA CHANGES PASSES POLICY
The OSSAA changed Board Policy V to allow spouses and guests of coaches and administrators a complimentary playoff pass beginning next school year.
Along with change, legislators, state officials and state employees will no longer receive free playoff passes, a move that was agreed upon last month when the OSSAA was fined $1,200 by the Oklahoma Ethics Commission for not disclosing the gifts.
The board also changed seven other policies, including requiring additional activities to report regular season and playoff results within 24 hours on OSSAARankings.com.
CASADY’S JOHNSON COMMITS TO TULSA
Casady wide receiver Denver Johnson picked up an offer from Iowa State on Tuesday, but that may not matter after he verbally committed to Tulsa late Sunday.
Johnson, who is 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, is ranked No. 26 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30. The Golden Hurricane was his first offer before Tuesday.