High school notebook: OSSAA to hear proposal for splitting 6A in all sports

Putnam City Schools athletic director Dick Balenseifen is scheduled to make a presentation to the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association suggesting the need to split Class 6A in all athletics.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: January 13, 2014
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Putnam City Schools athletic director Dick Balenseifen is scheduled to make a presentation to the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association suggesting the need to split Class 6A in all sports.

Balenseifen will appear before the OSSAA board of directors at their regular meeting Wednesday, according to the meeting agenda.

The proposal comes in the aftermath of the Class 6A schools voting to split the class into two 16-team divisions, each with their own state champion, for football only. That decision will take effect next fall.

The new proposal is based on the imbalance of championships won by the schools ranking in the top 16 of average daily attendance — approximately 87 percent of all championships over the last 16 years, according to Balenseifen — as compared to those in the bottom 16 of the class.

FERGUSON JENKINS AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Warren Spahn Award Gala organizers announced Monday 12 winners of the Ferguson Jenkins Awards, which are presented annually to the state's top high school baseball and softball players and coaches.

The baseball winners include Cascia Hall's Bryce Carter, Deer Creek's Caleb Eldridge, Carl Albert's Gavin Lavalley, Edmond Santa Fe's Quin Walbergh and Owasso's Braden Webb.

Softball winners include Southmoore's Katelyn Brown, Sand Springs' Mallory Collins, Piedmont's Brè Davis, Westmoore's Destinie Lookout and Carl Albert's Abby Meador.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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