The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors approved the new football districts for the 2014-2015 seasons on Wednesday, finalizing the new divisions in Class 6A.
In 6A Division I, Jenks and Broken Arrow are in the same district as Edmond Memorial, Edmond Santa Fe, Norman, Putnam City, Westmoore and Yukon. Tulsa Union and Owasso are aligned with Edmond North, Moore, Mustang, Norman North, Owasso, PC North and Southmoore.
Division II is an East-West split, with Stillwater going west and Ponca City going east.
New additions to Class 4A, Newcastle and Tuttle, discovered their destinations. Newcastle will be in District 4A-1, a west district. Tuttle is heading east in District 4A-2.
Douglass also falls to Class 3A, aligning in District 3A-2 with Bethany, Blanchard, Bridge Creek, John Marshall, Mount St. Mary and Meeker.
Pioneer and Merritt are also falling to Class B.
A full list of the districts can be found on Page 5B.
FALLOUT FROM INTERIM STUDY
The OSSAA board of directors spent portions of Wednesday's meeting discussing the recent legislative study and Supreme Court ruling regarding the organization, even going into executive session for more than an hour to open the meeting.
The board did vote to approve an immediate change as a result of the interim study. It will now be clearer presenting reasons in letters as to why it has approved or denied a hardship, eligibility or appeal.
The board also decided not to ask for reconsideration from the Supreme Court on its 7-2 ruling last week involving Sequouyah-Tahlequah football players who were ruled ineligible for participating in individual camps funded by the school. The OSSAA was also recommended to pay back $25,000 in legal fees to the school, and the board approved to do so.
Also, the OSSAA plans to appeal former Sequoyah-Tahlequah quarterback Brayden Scott and his attorney Chad Smith's request for legal fees.
BRAY-DOYLE, BOARD REACH AGREEMENT
The Bray-Doyle football team reached an agreement with the OSSAA board of directors that will allow it to forfeit its upcoming games should it not have enough players to field an 11-man team and its scheduled opponent does not wish to play with just eight players.
The Donkeys started the season with 25 players, but they have lost some players to injuries and others have quit. They have now just 13 active players if everybody is cleared to play, but at one point last week they were playing with just nine players.
First-year coach Lee Bluejacket told the board that he is concerned for his players' safety with the declining numbers. Bray-Doyle has already forfeited its game this week with Velma-Alma.
The Donkeys, who are slated to play in Class B next season already, will look to play against independent eight-man teams if they forfeit their regularly scheduled game.
SANTA FE SOUTH AMONG PRE-STATE MEET WINNERS
The Santa Fe South boys cross country team joined the Norman North and Shawnee girls as team champions in the pre-state cross country meets held last weekend at Edmond Santa Fe.
Most impressively, Santa Fe South won the boys 4A meet despite having its top runner finish 13th overall, with Deangelo Robles clocking in at 18:11.86. Santa Fe South totaled 70 points with Plainvew second at 83.
Del City's Kadijah Almarales won the 5A girls overall title at 13:19.76, but it was Shawnee, led by fourth-place finisher Maddie Rutherford at 13:49.08 that took the team honors with 43 points. Pryor was second at 47.
Norman North's Abbey Mace was third overall in the 6A girls meet and her team had five of the top 15 finishers to compile 50 points, with Norman High second at 58.
THREE LOCAL GOLFERS IN JUNIOR ALL-STAR INVITATIONAL
Three young metro-area golfers will take part in the Junior All-Star Invitational being held Friday-Monday at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman.
The event, which has players from all across the country, as well as China, Japan, South Korea, Mexico and South America, is only open to 48 boys and 25 girls.
Newcastle freshman Dalton Daniel is the only boy from Oklahoma in the field, while a pair of Norman residents will take part in the girls event.
Freshman Kaitlin Milligan and seventh-grader Yujeong Son will both compete in the four-day event.