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High school notebook: Craig Roark out as Holdenville football coach

Craig Roark, a former All-State lineman at Ada, was fired last week during a special school board meeting after at least one allegation Roark paddled a player in a hazing incident, according to a source close to the school.
by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: March 20, 2013

For the second time in four years, a hazing incident has hit the Holdenville football program.

This time, it contributed to costing the coach his job.

Craig Roark, a former All-State lineman at Ada, was fired last week during a special school board meeting after at least one allegation Roark paddled a player in a hazing incident, according to sources close to the school and Roark.

The hazing incident, though, was not the only reason Roark was let go.

He also allegedly spent district money without obtaining a purchase order and following the district's regulations, according to sources.

Roark did not return repeated calls for comment.

Roark, a 2005 graduate of Ada, was hired before the season. The Wolverines went 1-9 this season.

After starting off collegiately at Nebraska, Roark was eventually released from his scholarship and finished off his career at East Central.

Roark was an assistant in Irving, Texas, for two years before taking the Holdenville job.

In September 2009, Holdenville coach Gary Autry was briefly reassigned after two players were suspended from school — one for the remainder of the year — after a sexually charged hazing incident in the school's weight room.

Autry was reinstated by the district's school board after missing one game and finished the season before leaving following the year.


Sophomore Kotcha Scott had four hits and Mario Arroyo struck out nine in a complete game to help U.S. Grant capture the All-City Tournament with a 9-1 win over Capitol Hill on Wednesday at Dolese Park.

“It means a lot because it's other Oklahoma City teams we beat,” Generals coach Jason McQuerry said. “At the same time, though, we want to be able to compete against teams like Jenks, Union and Sapulpa because those are the teams in our district. That's what we've got to keep working for.”

Scott, playing with a pulled quad muscle, had a pair of doubles and a run scored.

U.S. Grant opens the Dibble tournament against Centennial at 6 p.m. Thursday.



Before Wednesday's loss, Capitol Hill got a pair of strong performances on the mound back-to-back to advance to the finals.

Monday, Juan Varela struck out 15 and held Douglass without a hit in the Redskins' 6-4 win over the Trojans on Monday in the opening round.

The Redskins came back to beat Classen, 2-1, on Tuesday behind another sterling performance on the mound. Pedro Herrera struck out 15, allowing one run on four hits.

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by Ed Godfrey
Sports Producer/ Designer/ Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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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
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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