The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the preliminary 2013-14 ADM for classification purposes on Thursday, revealing what could be the new two divisions in Class 6A football.
The list is not official until it is approved at the next OSSAA board meeting on Aug. 14. The 2014-15 football districts won't be announced until September.
Putnam City is the final school in 6A Division I with an ADM of 1733.66, just barely edging Lawton. Lawton's ADM is 1733.00. Enid is just behind with an ADM of 1730.11.
In April, Class 6A voted in favor of a plan that splits the class into two separate divisions, each with its own postseason and own champion. The OSSAA board approved the changes, which take effect for the 2014 season.
Also, Douglass falls from Class 4A to Class 3A, while both Tuttle and Newcastle are moving to Class 4A from Class 3A. Claremore also moves into Class 6A, while Tulsa Edison falls to Class 5A.
The ADM also affects basketball and other sports this year.
If approved, Okarche, the defending Class A girls basketball champion, moves to Class B in basketball. Kingfisher also moves to Class 4A and Cashion moves to Class 2A.
Millwood also falls to Class 2A in basketball with an ADM of 226.43, down from the previous total of 269.65.
BOWLING COMMITS TO TULSA
With a dozen scholarship offers on the table from schools spanning the country, Yukon offensive lineman Tyler Bowling settled on staying in Oklahoma, verbally committing to Tulsa earlier this week.
The 6-foot-6, 295-pound tackle chose the Golden Hurricane over Oregon State, Ohio, Wyoming and several others, according to Rivals.com.
Bowling, rated No. 17 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruit rankings, is set to become the first Division I signee out of Yukon during coach Todd Wilson's eight years at the school.
Bowling visited Tulsa for a summer workout late last week before making his official decision. He's the eighth verbal commitment and the third offensive lineman in Tulsa's 2014 class. Five of those eight commits are from Oklahoma high schools, including Norman North tight end Payton Prince.
TRIER LEAVING OKLAHOMA
Basketball standout Allonzo Trier announced on Twitter this week that he plans to move out of Oklahoma for his upcoming junior season of high school basketball.
Trier, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard ranked by Rivals.com as the 35th best player in the 2015 class, has scholarship offers from all four state schools and several top programs across the country.
“I will be transferring schools and moving out of Oklahoma,” Trier tweeted. “Where I am transferring has not been confirmed yet but I won't be here in OK.”
Trier is originally from Seattle and briefly lived in Dallas before moving to Oklahoma City as an eighth grader. He played two seasons for the homeschool OKC Storm. He averaged 30 points per game for NOAH, the Tulsa-based homeschool program, last season.
WEATHERFORD HIRES SPEARS
The Weatherford school board approved the hiring of Gerrett Spears as its boys basketball coach for the upcoming school year.
Spears spent last season with the Wichita State women's program as the Director of Basketball Operations. He held the same position at Drake University during the 2011-2012 season.
He takes over at Weatherford after Garrett Smith, who spent five seasons as coach, left the position in the spring. Smith will stay at Weatherford and continue coaching fast pitch softball and girls' golf.
Spears also spent two seasons as a Wichita State graduate assistant from 2009-2011, and served as an assistant at Fort Scott Community College from 2007-2009. He is a Garber High School graduate where he played under current Weatherford girls basketball coach Dusty Torrey.
Weatherford finished 9-14 in Class 4A last season.
WHITE RETURNS TO CACHE
Kenny White has returned to Cache for his second tenure as a coach, athletic director Lonnie Nunley said.
White was named the girls basketball and volleyball coach last week after spending the past four years at Tipton.
He led the Bulldogs to four straight girls basketball state tournaments from 2005-2009, finishing as state runner-up once. He also founded the volleyball program, leading Cache to the state tournament in four of the five seasons he coached.
Nunley also said he is no longer the boys basketball coach and the school has hired Zack Ange, who was previously White's assistant at Cache. He spent last season as the boys basketball coach at Hollis.