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High school notebook: OSSAA's first agenda packed

by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: August 12, 2014

The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors meetings for the school year begin Wednesday with a loaded agenda.

Among the topics will be approving the new Average Daily Membership to determine classifications for several sports in the upcoming school year.

If approved, among the impactful moves will be McGuinness moving to Class 6A in basketball.

The OSSAA will also vote to approve or not approve a new board policy regarding the multiple audits the organization must adhere to under new legislation, along with possibly changing the board’s policy on open meeting and open records.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.


Oklahoma Christian School coach Derek Turner is hoping some experience for quarterback Thomas Qualls will make a difference this season.

Qualls, then a sophomore, was thrust into the starting role late last season when the Saints suffered some injuries at receiver that forced quarterback Will McKinnis to move back to his natural position. And Qualls played admirably, leading the Saints in a playoff run that ended in the quarterfinals.

Turner thinks Qualls is the perfect fit for his spread offense.

“Tom is a very smart, good player,” Turner said. “He’s a good runner and I think he’ll be what we need.

“Our offense, we need a distributor, we need a kid that understands the flow and keeps the game in flow, and distributes the ball and that’s what Tom can do.”


With the graduation of two senior running backs, including 240-pound bulldozer Deondre Clark, from last year’s squad, the tailback position will look a little different at Douglass this year.

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by Scott Wright
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
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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