Former Bridge Creek star Ryan Spangler has been released from his scholarship at Gonzaga and will visit Oklahoma this weekend, he said.
The Spokane (Wash.) Spokesman-Review reported that Spangler had been granted his release on Wednesday with hopes of transferring closer to home. Spangler said he had informed a few schools of his release, including OU, Tulsa, Oral Roberts and Arkansas.
“I just feel like I needed to be closer to my family,” said Spangler, The Oklahoman's Super 5 Player of the Year in 2011. “OU is my first stop. I'm going to fly in Friday to visit OU, then fly out Sunday. I've heard a lot of good things about coach (Lon) Kruger and his staff. They have two scholarships open, and they seem pretty excited to talk with me.”
Spangler, a 6-foot-8, 232-pound forward, appeared in 22 games as a true freshman last season, averaging 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in a reserve role.
He had one of his better games with four points and eight boards in the NCAA Tournament win over West Virginia. He would be required to sit out next season at a Division I program, and would have three years of eligibility remaining.
“I just look at that as a positive,” he said. “It's just a year for me to get better and mature.
“I felt like I had a great freshman year, and I got way better. I wish I could have played more, but that's just part of it when you're a freshman.”
COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN ACCEPTED INTO OSSAA
Feeling it has outgrown the Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletic Association, Norman-based Community Christian School is ready to take the next step.
The school was accepted into the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association by a vote of the OSSAA Board of Directors at their regular meeting Wednesday.
“We're excited about it. It's something we've been planning for and talking about for several years,” said CCS athletic director Culley Seymour. “We just felt that this year, we were ready and prepared to take this step.
“We feel like we can step right in and contribute to the OSSAA. We believe we have the facilities and the ability to do so.”
CCS, which won the last three OCSAA football championships, will have to wait for football and soccer districts to be reset before they can play as part of a district. However, all other sports will compete in full with OSSAA member schools beginning in the fall.
The school has an approximate enrollment of 160 students, but must get its average attendance verified to determine where it will be classified. Seymour said his hope is for the school to compete in 11-man football.
LOSS OF SCHOOL TIME FOR BASEBALL, SOFTBALL STILL BEING DEBATED
The OSSAA's push to lessen the amount of class time baseball and softball players miss for games is still finding some stiff resistance, and the Board of Directors tabled the discussion until the June 5 meeting.
A committee formed by the OSSAA in February to examine ways to limit the loss of school time for the two sports offered a proposal that vastly differed from what the coaches wanted.
But the OSSAA met with a group of coaches from both sports to gather recommendations, which were then taken back to the committee in hopes of finding a middle ground.
In Wednesday's meeting, the board voted to table the matter in order to get more clarification on some of the specific points of the proposal.
The heart of the debate has centered around what qualifies as a missed school day, whether it should mean an entire day, or any class time missed to participate in a game.
The issue is especially touchy for the schools that are required to travel long distances for games, or play on fields without lights. Those issues significantly reduce the amount of time available for games after school, without missing class time.
The committee's proposal called for a team to miss no more than four days of class per season.
SANTA FE BOYS TOP PC NORTH
Senior Brett Moore scored a goal and had an assist, and Class 6A No. 4 Edmond Santa Fe picked up a 2-1 win over No. 7 Putnam City North in boys soccer on Tuesday. The win was the Wolves' third straight.
“Any win in 6A soccer right now is a big win,” said Santa Fe coach Joe Peeler. “Anyone can beat anyone.”
Peeler said early in the season, he wasn't sure if his team was confident enough in itself.
“There were some that didn't believe we'd make the playoffs,” Peeler said. “But I didn't not want to be the first team in 10 or 11 years at Santa Fe to not make it. We are a lot better than people thought we'd be.”
Santa Fe (8-1) returns to action Friday at Southmoore.
DEER CREEK GIRLS WIN IN DUNCAN
The Deer Creek girls golf team logged an impressive victory on Tuesday, edging Mustang by four strokes at The Territory in Duncan.
The field also included multiple teams that will likely be competing against the Antlers in the Class 5A state tournament next month, like McGuinness, Duncan and Altus.
Deer Creek's Caroline Goodin carded a 77 to finish tied for fourth, while teammate Abby Thompson, an Oklahoma City University signee, came in at 79.
Three-time state champion Megan Blonien of Altus, who is bound for Oklahoma State, won the tournament at 72, with Mustang's June Tigert second at 74.
CARL ALBERT GIRLS SHOCK HERITAGE HALL
Carl Albert's girls soccer team won its third straight game Tuesday, and it was a big one.
The Titans upset Class 5A No. 6 Heritage Hall, 2-1 in overtime, ending a long Charger win streak over Carl Albert. Makenzie Shelton scored the game-winning goal.
“In my four years, we haven't beaten them,” said senior Ciara Mitchell. “We went into the game thinking they have everything to lose and we have everything to win.”
Carl Albert (5-4) lost three straight games before the current win streak began.
“We had a rough start, but we've been doing better and better,” said Mitchell.
The Titans return to the field Thursday in a home match against Guthrie.
MOYER WILL MOVE TO VERDIGRIS
Correy Moyer, a 6-foot forward who averaged 13.4 points and 6.2 rebounds as a junior at Skiatook, will move to Verdigris for her senior season, her father told the Tulsa World.
Moyer is ranked as a three-star recruit and the 40th-best player nationally at her position by ESPN's Hoopgurlz. Her father told the World that dozens of NCAA Division I schools have expressed interest.
Verdigris appeared in the Class 3A state tournament this season, Mike Buntin's first as the school's coach. Moyer will join standout point guard Baileigh O'Dell, who averaged 16 points as a sophomore for Verdigris.
An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Ciara Mitchell had scored the game-winning goal for Carl Albert. It was scored by Makenzie Shelton. We regret the error.