“The OSSAA has a proud heritage of leading equitable athletic competition for high schools throughout Oklahoma,” OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said in a statement. “With it being the 40th anniversary of Title IX, it's only fitting that we see continued growth in girls' sports participation.”
Across the nation an additional 33,984 girls participated in high school sports last year, pushing the total to 3,207,533. That total has also increased for the 23rd straight year.
The top three female sports are outdoor track and field, basketball and volleyball, with soccer passing softball for the fourth spot. Volleyball had an additional 9,571 participants last year, while soccer saw 9,419 more take the field.
CASADY ADDS GAME
Casady narrowly missed the Southwest Preparatory Conference playoffs, finishing in fifth place in the SPC Zone North.
While eight SPC teams start a revamped two-division playoff Saturday, the Cyclones have added a game against Fort Worth Country Day.
Casady will play at Country Day at 7 p.m. Friday.
Casady finished one game out of postseason play, behind Tulsa's Holland Hall. The Dutch will open the playoffs at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bellaire Episcopal in the Houston area.
The SPC went to a Texas-style playoff system this season with the league split into two divisions. The four playoff qualifiers in each division were split, with the two largest-enrollment teams going to the large-school bracket and the two schools with the smallest enrollment going to the small-school bracket.