The biggest benefit of high school athletic conferences is for basketball scheduling purposes. So the newly formed Big 10 Conference is off to a good start.
Teams claiming 16 boys basketball state championships since 1998 are now in the same conference, which became official when Big 10 officials released the information to the media Tuesday morning.
Putnam City and Midwest City, which have four Class 6A titles each in the last 16 years — along with multiple runner-up finishes — are joined in the conference by Bishop McGuinness, which won seven 4A championships and the 2012 Class 5A title in that same span.
PC North, PC West, Del City, Choctaw, Enid, Lawton and Lawton Eisenhower are all a part of the conference, which has been in the works since the formation of the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference in mid-August. That conference included the schools from Edmond, Norman, Moore, Yukon, Mustang, Deer Creek and Stillwater.
The Big 10 Conference will begin play for the 2014-15 seasons.
BATTLE OF UNBEATENS SET FOR THURSDAY
Last season, Crooked Oak and John Marshall were a combined 4-17, but this is a different season.
Crooked Oak went 4-7 a year ago, sneaking into the playoffs, while John Marshall was winless.
But on Thursday night, the teams will meet at Star Spencer's Twidwell Stadium, each with an unbeaten record on the line.
Crooked Oak is coming off wins over Mount St. Mary and Frederick.
WARIBOKO-ALALI ADDS OFFERS, STILL COMMITTED TO OU
Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko-Alali is verbally committed to Oklahoma for the 2015 class, but he still picked up two more scholarship offers Sunday and Monday.
Wariboko-Alali said in text messages that Southern California offered on Sunday and Texas A&M offered on Monday.
However, Wariboko-Alali said he still remains committed to the Sooners.
"Well, I've loved USC for the longest of time, when I was young," he said via text message. "But I'm a Sooner!"
CENTRAL MARLOW'S HARRIS SCORES 9 TOUCHDOWNS
Central Marlow senior Kevin Harris put on quite the performance during Friday's 74-34 victory against Oklahoma Christian Academy.
Harris scored nine touchdowns and a two-point conversion, totaling 56 points on the night.
“I've never seen anything quite like it,” Central Marlow coach Keith Burton said. “Kevin is really something. He's quite talented.”
Harris carried the ball 20 times for 360 yards and six TDs. He also caught a TD pass, while returning both a kick and interception for a touchdown.
“He has good vision for one thing,” Burton said. “He has good agility and he's hard to tackle out in space.