High school notebook: Football championship sites up in the air

by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: April 19, 2014
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photo - Guthrie players celebrate after winning the Class 5A state championship over McAlester earlier this month. Guthrie finished 14-0 and was one of eight state champions to go undefeated this season. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Guthrie players celebrate after winning the Class 5A state championship over McAlester earlier this month. Guthrie finished 14-0 and was one of eight state champions to go undefeated this season. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

The 11-man state football championships are no longer guaranteed to be played in Stillwater at Oklahoma State’s Boone Pickens Stadium.

The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced at Wednesday’s board of directors meeting that the five-year agreement with OSU has expired and the university does not want to commit to hosting each game.

“They’ve been a great partner, they have bent over backwards for us during this time and it’s been a good relationship,” OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said. “If we can play a game or two there, we’ll certainly consider it.”

OSSAA associate director David Jackson told the board the plan is to determine what sites can host championship games early in the season and then determine what class plays there based on geographical location of the competing schools.

“One of the things that’s been mentioned is some of our smaller classes are only putting 4,000 or 5,000 people in a 60,000-seat arena,” Sheakley said. “Is the atmosphere better going to a place like Yukon, or going to UCO or Southeastern or Southwestern?”

Last season, inclement weather forced the Class 2A and Class A title games to be played elsewhere, and Sheakley cited how well the Class A game between Ringling and Hollis did in Cache.

WASHINGTON’S VALLERAND RESIGNS

Washington baseball coach David Vallerand has resigned to accept an administrative position at Okarche the next school year.

Vallerand has spent 12 years at Washington and will coach the remainder of this season. He is becoming Okarche’s elementary school principal.


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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by Jacob Unruh
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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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