The Oklahoma City area's only large-school holiday tournament isn't likely to continue, according to sources in the Mid-Del school district.
The Mid-Del Holiday Invitational, co-hosted by Midwest City and Del City high schools, just completed a third successful year Saturday night, but isn't expected to come back for a fourth edition next December.
The tournament had been the only event for large-school teams in the metro area over the holiday break. It concluded with a large crowd Saturday night at Del City to watch a pair of top-10 matchups in the boys and girls championship games.
Broken Arrow defeated Midwest City in the girls title game and Midwest City edged Mustang for the boys crown.
PC WEST TITLE GAME TO BE WEBCAST
Putnam City West's game against Gonzaga High of Washington, D.C. in the finals of the Junior Orange Bowl Classic in Miami, Fla., will be broadcast live online Monday night.
The Patriots, coming off a win over South Miami in Saturday's semifinals, will face Gonzaga for the title at 7 p.m. Monday. The game can be seen at www.rtvnews.org.
SWIMMING REGIONALS A ‘WAIT AND SEE' IDEA
For the first time, the state swim meet qualifiers will be determined by regional events, similar to what is used in track and field, and cross country.
Swimming has previously used qualifying times to earn entrance to the state meet. A swimmer would have to finish an event under a specified time to qualify for state.
But starting this year, there will be two regionals for each class, 5A and 6A. The top eight swimmers in each individual event at the regional will advance to state. Eight additional qualifiers, based on the best times at either regional, will also advance.
“It has been accepted as a ‘wait and see' thing,” Edmond coach Steve Riggs said. “We don't really know what to expect. It's exciting, because it could open up the possibility for some of those kids who are right around the qualifying time to make it to state, and it should give more kids the chance to go.”