Del City basketball coaches must've been rejoicing on Thursday, when the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the Average Daily Membership numbers that will be used to set the classes for most high school sports in the 2012-13 school year.
Del City is the largest school in Class 5A, ranking 33rd-largest in the state, with an average attendance of 1,254.20. Tulsa Hale moved into the top 32 schools and will jump from 5A to 6A, swapping spots with Tulsa Edison.
Piedmont moved up from 4A to 5A for basketball and other sports that reclassify yearly, switching with Tulsa Central.
Broken Arrow remains the largest school in the state with an average attendance of 4,588.21, while Tulsa Union is second with 4,237.14.
Mustang is fifth overall, and the largest school on the west side of the state at 2,473.48.
Sports that use a two-year district rotation, like football, are not impacted by the current numbers, having used last year's ADM to set districts for the coming season, as well as the 2013-14.
Official classes for the sports that reclassify yearly will be determined next week during the Oklahoma Coaches Association clinic in Tulsa.
Tecumseh's Thornton hired as Norman basketball coach
Matt Thornton's basketball coaching career is taking a trip along State Highway 9.
The Tecumseh boys coach was hired by Norman this week, filling the void created when Jeff McCullough left after two years to return to Texas.
Thornton has been a head coach for five seasons at Tecumseh, reaching the state semifinals in 2011.
Thornton is originally from Moore. He worked as an assistant coach at Westmoore before becoming a head coach.
Norman North picks Paul as new AD
In addition to the hire of Thornton, Norman Public Schools officials approved the hire of former Bethel football coach Eddie Paul as Norman North's new site athletic director.
He will replace Jack Harvey, who has retired.
Paul is a longtime coach in Oklahoma and Texas, spending the last two seasons at Bethel.
By Scott Wright