The Class 5A and 6A basketball playoff pairings are set to be released by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association on Thursday.
Voting for the seedings took into account all games played through the weekend.
As usual, a few west-side teams had to be bracketed with east teams to balance the number of schools on each side.
This year, two Class 6A teams and three 5A teams were moved to the east side.
In Class 6A, Edmond North and Westmoore were sent to the east.
In Class 5A, Carl Albert, Guthrie and Capitol Hill were moved to the east. The move is particularly impactful on the boys side, where those three schools are all ranked in the top 12 of the class. Carl Albert moved ahead of Del City to No. 1 in last week's poll.
The Carl Albert girls are ranked No. 4, so their move to the east opens a spot for another west team to get to the state tournament.
HIGHT HAS BIG RETURN
Bishop McGuinness senior Elyse Hight, who suffered torn muscles in her hip in practice on Jan. 9, returned to action Saturday in the Irish's 51-45 win over Tulsa Bishop Kelley and led all scorers with 23 points.
Hight, who missed 10 games with the injury, helped lead the Irish to the Class 5A championship last season as a junior.
This season, she was averaging over 20 points a game before the injury.
She was on crutches for about a week after injuring her hip, and then began an intense rehabilitation regimen.
The McGuinness girls, who are 16-5 and ranked No. 6 in 5A, went 8-2 in Hight's absence and said they dedicated their performance to her.
“That pushed me to work so much harder to get back into it,” Hight said. “To hear them say they played for me when I was having a hard time was really uplifting.”
PETRINO HELPS LAND MIDWEST CITY DUO IN SOUTH DAKOTA
After defensive coordinator Jason Petrino left the University of Central Oklahoma, he didn't take his eye away from the state when he get a job as the defensive coordinator at South Dakota.
The Coyotes signed three Oklahomans last week, including a pair from Midwest City.
Defensive back Ricky Reeves and linebacker Zeke Lewis took their trips to Vermillion, S.D., on different weekends in January, but both came away eager to commit to South Dakota.
“It was just a great place,” Lewis said after signing. “It felt like a home away from home for me.”
One selling point for the duo was not having to worry about South Dakota's sometimes brutal fall and winter weather, at least during football practices and games. The Coyotes play and practice indoors.
“That was definitely a big plus not to have to put up with the cold,” Lewis said.
The Coyotes listed Lewis as a defensive back when they announced their signees.
Broken Arrow's Will Armstead also signed with South Dakota.
METRO CHRISTIAN WILL GO BEFORE BOARD
Tulsa Metro Christian will appear before the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors Wednesday after a self-evaluation revealed multiple rules violations, the school announced Monday.
No one involved would comment on the nature of the violations, but according to the OSSAA agenda, the board will hear a report from Metro headmaster Tim Cameron “regarding OSSAA rule 9 violations and school policy violations.” Rule 9 deals with recruiting or influencing for athletic purposes.
Cameron, who previously served on the OSSAA board, also will present suggested corrections and reprimand actions during the regularly scheduled monthly meeting in Oklahoma City. He said Metro completed the self-evaluation after an inquiry from the OSSAA.
It is unknown which sports are affected. Possible reprimands could include forfeitures of wins.
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JASON KERSEY, RYAN ABER AND THE TULSA WORLD