High school notebook: Eight Sequoyah-Tahlequah players ruled ineligible

by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: October 23, 2012
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Eight Sequoyah-Tahlequah football players and head coach Brent Scott were ruled ineligible Monday night by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.

The ruling stems from the OSSAA rules governing summer camp and clinics.

The players were not named in a Cherokee Nation release announcing the sanctions, but the Tahlequah Daily Press reported that the players included several big contributors for the Class 3A No. 7 Indians, including quarterback Brayden Scott. Scott, a Memphis commit and the son of the head coach, is among the top recruits in the state for the 2013 class.

The players and coach remain in eligible at least until an appeal to the OSSAA’s Board of Directors on Nov. 7, two days before the playoffs begin.

The board has discretion to enforce additional penalties, possibly including forfeiture of games.

Earlier this summer, Sequoyah was ruled to have used an ineligible player on its slowpitch softball team, and the team’s state championship was vacated as a result.

“Chief (Bill John) Baker has instructed my office and the Cherokee Nation to use every resource we have throughout the appeal process,” Cherokee Nation Attorney General Todd Hembree said in a release. “The Chief and I find it unconscionable that students and families are being punished for the actions of adults who should have followed the rules.”

WELKER FIELDS TO OPEN NEXT MONTH

Wes Welker will be in Oklahoma City early next month for the opening of Welker Fields at Jefferson Middle School.

The Wes Welker Foundation, along with the Fields and Futures organization, worked to rebuild the football, soccer and softball fields at Jefferson and contributed $24,000 to provide all the necessary equipment for the fields.

Welker, the Heritage Hall product now playing in the NFL for the New England Patriots, will make the trip to Oklahoma City on the Patriots' bye week to attend a community event to celebrate the opening of Welker Fields on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 11 a.m. The event will include games, a raffle and food, and Welker will speak to the crowd at 12:30 p.m.


by Ed Godfrey
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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
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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
Reporter
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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