The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors will vote on a five-year contract extension with Oklahoma State Fair Park to host the state tournaments for wrestling and basketball at Wednesday’s monthly meeting.
And it could come at a cost.
The OSSAA said Monday that the agreement will cost more money, though the total increase likely won’t be finalized until Tuesday.
This year marked the final year of the previous contract, which required the OSSAA to pay the fairgrounds 12 percent of the profits from the gate admission and $1,500 each weekend State Fair Arena was used.
The OSSAA uses the arena three weekends — one for wrestling and two for basketball — totaling $4,500.
“It’s time for discussion about the arena,” OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said. “Next year will be our 50th year there, I believe. It’s got a lot of history to it.”
The arena, though, was under fire in March during the basketball tournaments.
There was a leak in the roof that dripped onto the court, while there were also multiple power outages in the small-school basketball tournament. That was not an issue the final weekend of the season, though there were complaints about the arena floor by teams.
Sheakley announced at last month’s meeting that arena officials will make sure the floor is refinished before next season’s tournaments.
SHAWNEE’S COOPER TO SIGN WITH OBU
Shawnee senior guard/forward McKenzie Cooper isn’t sure how her older sister Taylor is able to live so far from home in College Station, Texas, while playing at Texas A&M.
Cooper, though, won’t have to worry about distance from her family during college. She will sign with Oklahoma Baptist University on Wednesday.
“I just weighed it out and I took other visits,” Cooper said. “It just felt right. It was a factor staying close to my parents. I have to live in the dorms, but my parents said they are changing the locks.”
Cooper was on The Oklahoman’s Big All-City first team this season after averaging 15.7 points per game last season and leading Shawnee to the Class 5A semifinals. She suffered a torn ACL in the state tournament her junior season, but returned at full strength in time for last season.
She said she had interest from Harding, Central Oklahoma, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and even considered trying to walk on at Texas A&M with her sister.
“That’s just too far away,” Cooper said. “I don’t know how she stays down there six hours away. There’s no way I could do that.”
DEL CITY’S HUNTER, HERITAGE HALL’S DELINE PICK FORT SCOTT
Del City’s Xavier Hunter and Heritage Hall’s Lindsay Deline have verbally committed to continue their basketball careers at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College.
The 6-foot-2 Hunter averaged 16.0 points and 5.1 rebounds as a senior for Del City. Deline averaged 9.4 points and was a key defender for the Chargers, who made their first state tournament appearance in more than 30 years.
Hunter and Deline are currently expected to be the only Oklahoma players on the roster, though former Putnam City West point guard Kevin House just finished making history for the Fort Scott men’s team.
House led Fort Scott in scoring with 17.0 points and 6.6 assists per game as a sophomore this past season. He set the school’s career record for assists with 317 over his two-year career. He also moved into fifth place on the Greyhounds’ all-time scoring list.
MUSTANG MOVES VETS’ APPRECIATION DAY
Monday’s cold weather led to the Mustang baseball team postponing its Veterans Appreciation Day event.
It has been rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. next Monday, when the Broncos host Southmoore.
OSSAA TO DISCUSS REINSTATEMENT OF BARROW, ELLETT
The OSSAA will also discuss and possibly vote on the reinstatement of Broken Arrow athletic director Ken Ellett and assistant track coach Brad Farrow.
Ellett and Farrow were both suspended by the school district following several violations that resulted in the Tigers forfeiting two football games and five track meets from the 2012-13 school year.
The penalties were self-imposed by Broken Arrow and approved by the OSSAA in September.
Ellett was suspended from his duties that involve any oversight of athletic eligibility this school year. Farrow was suspended from all coaching duties in the district.