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.
OCS TURNING TO QUALLS AT QB
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.”
DOUGLASS’ JACKSON TAKES CHARGE OF BACKFIELD
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.
But junior Anthony Jackson, 5-foot-8, 160 pounds, returns after emerging as a solid change-of-pace back opposite Clark late last season after Brandon Gaddis was injured.
Douglass coach Willis Alexander rarely features only one running back, so Jackson is likely to have some help. But he averaged 6.6 yards per carry on nearly 100 attempts last season.
HOBART’S DALKE SELECTED FOR JR. RYDER CUP
Hobart junior Brad Dalke was one of 12 junior golfers from around the country selected for the Junior Ryder Cup, which will be held Sept. 22-23 at Blairgorie Golf Club in Perthshire, Scotland.
Dalke was one of four captain’s picks for the six-player boys team on the strength of his national performances this year, including a third-place finish at the Junior PGA Championship.
THE OKLAHOMAN’S FALL MEDIA DAY AUG. 20
The Oklahoman’s annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, Aug. 20, and this year it will be featured at a new location.
The event will be held at McGuinness High School, 801 N.W. 50th Street, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 7:30.
Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season.