The new landscape of Class 6A football is a little clearer.
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors unanimously approved the new average daily membership Wednesday, confirming the new divisions in Class 6A football for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Class 6A will be divided into two 16-team divisions beginning the 2014 season. Each division will have its own postseason and champion.
However, U.S. Grant will not be involved in Division II, as it had previously received approval to not participate in football for four years. That will leave Division II with 15 teams.
Capitol Hill will also not be involved in Class 5A football for the same span, leaving the class with 31 teams.
Under the new average attendance numbers, Putnam City is No. 16, marking the cutoff point for Class 6A Division I.
With the board's approval Wednesday, the districts can now be set for the 2014-15 seasons. That is expected to take place later this month.
BOARD CLARIFIES LANGUAGE OF POOL PLAY RULE
The Wright City case last spring still has a lingering effect with the OSSAA.
The OSSAA clarified language of the pool play rule for baseball and softball, ensuring the rule would be understood in the future.
The rule will now state that in pool play, “if two or more games are played after the completion of pool play then all pool play games shall count against the regular season limitations.”
Baseball and softball teams are allowed 22 regular season games. Last spring Wright City exceeded the limit, but raised concerns of Yukon possibly violating the pool play limitations. The OSSAA had already determined Yukon did not break the rule.
OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley told the board he just wanted to clarify the interpretation.
“Our interpretation of the pool play rule has always been you've got your games within the pool, you play those within the pool, if you come out of the pool you can play one game,” he told them. “If you play more than one game, then all of those games that you played during the pool count against your regular season. For those that are short on games during the regular season, they can come out and play multiple games.”
BRICKTOWN TO HOST FALL BASEBALL
The fall baseball state championship games will remain at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark after the OSSAA board of directors unanimously approved the location.
The games are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 12.
The board has continuously attempted to bring the spring state championship games to Bricktown, but availability of the ballpark in May is more difficult to manage.
BROYLES ELECTED TO OSSAA BOARD
Braggs superintendent Michael Broyles was elected to the OSSAA board of directors for the Northeast Quadrant, Division III.
Broyles replaces Dudley Hume, of Webbers Falls. Hume resigned over the summer from his position on the board.
Broyles was in attendance Wednesday, but did not participate in the voting process of any of the cases on the agenda.
COMANCHE'S HAMMOND COMMITS TO NEBRASKA
Former Oklahoma basketball commit Jacob Hammond appears to have found his college home, verbally committing to Nebraska this week, according to OKHoops.com.
Hammond, a 6-foot-10 forward who is expected to play his senior season of high school basketball at Comanche this winter, decommitted from OU at the end of last season, which he played at Sunrise Christian in Kansas.
He also had an offer from Texas Tech.
KEVIN DURANT'S STRENGTH COACH HOLDING CAMP AT DEL CITY
The nationally renowned basketball strength and conditioning coach who has worked with Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant will be holding a camp in Del City this weekend.
Alan Stein's Cutting Edge Camp, designed to improve basketball athleticism, will be held from noon-4 p.m. Saturday at Del City High School.
The camp is open to boys and girls age 10 and up. Cost is $99.
The camp offers exercises in quickness, agility, core strength and basketball-specific conditioning, among other things.
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LEXINGTON COACH JEFF HALL CONTINUES TO BUILD PROGRAM
At the conclusion of the 2011 season, Lexington was 1-9 and had just 14 players.
Coming into this season, the Class 2A Bulldogs now have 56 players.
The turnaround can largely be attributed to coach Jeff Hall, who is now entering his second season as the Bulldogs head coach.
“From 14 to 56 shows the kids have bought in,” Hall said. “They're comfortable around us, and they're now starting to put in extra work. Last year, our junior high bunch would show up on Sunday's (voluntarily) and go throw a football around. It's just the little things like that.”
Hall improved the Bulldogs win total by six games last season, going 7-3.
With nine returning starters, including standout receivers Jeron Hamm and Jake Blanchard, Lexington looks to continue the turnaround.
“We've built a mutual respect with our kids by showing them we really care about them,” Hall said. “That's been the biggest thing. X's and O's are the same everywhere, but we try to connect with our kids on a personal level as much as we possibly can. I think that's been really important for us.”