Coming off a Class A state championship, Wayne is poised for another run at a title.
With eight starters back on each side of the ball, the Bulldogs return mostly intact.
Senior quarterback Sam Martin said that experience has led to crisper early workouts.
“We're farther along than we have been,” Martin said. “It definitely helps having a bunch of guys back who know what they're doing.”
Although the Bulldogs did lose prolific running back Josh Way to graduation, they return Martin, who ran for about 1,600 yards, and Louden Johnson will take over as Wayne's primary running back.
“Me and Louden, we've got to get used to each other a bit like me and Josh did,” Martin said. “But we'll get there. I've added a little bit of speed and arm strength and Louden has gotten better.”
BRICKTOWN BALLPARK TO HOST FALL BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS AGAIN
The fall baseball state championship games will return to the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in October, after the OSSAA board of directors approved a motion to keep the games in the facility Wednesday.
The games were played at the Brick last fall, with popular reviews. The OSSAA is still working to get the spring title games moved there as well, but scheduling difficulty remains.
The facility is in regular use in May, between the Oklahoma City RedHawks' games and the Big 12 Baseball Tournament.
OTHER OSSAA NEWS
The OSSAA Board approved the finalized Average Daily Membership numbers that will be used to classify schools in basketball and other sports that do not use a two-year districting cycle.
Those sports, like football and baseball, will not utilize the current numbers, because the current districts in those sports were set for the next two seasons using last year's average attendance numbers.
In addition, the OSSAA increased its formula for reimbursing football playoff teams for hosting or travel expenses.
Sheakley said schools felt the previous reimbursement formula did not meet the needs for hosting costs, in particular. In all, the OSSAA increased its allotment for reimbursements by $74,000, or more than 50 percent over its previous cost.