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High school notebook: Sequoyah-Tahlequah won't fight forfeits

by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: November 6, 2012

Sequoyah-Tahlequah has the right to appeal the forfeiture rulings made over the weekend, but the Indians will accept the punishment, according to reports.

The Tulsa World first reported that the school would not appeal the forfeitures at Wednesday's meeting of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association's Board of Directors.

The Indians were forced to forfeit nine games after they were found to have violated the OSSAA's rules on payment of summer camps and clinics. OSSAA rules do not allow individual player camps to be paid for by the “school, by school personnel or by any booster group or organization with the school, or by any non-family member.”

Twelve Sequoyah players were found to be in violation of the rule.

Instead, the school will appeal for the players to have their eligibility restored at the 1:30 p.m. Wednesday appeal.

At the same meeting, Elgin will appeal for the eligibility to be restored for a player found to have violated the OSSAA's rules on amateurism.

Elgin had to forfeit its win over Piedmont when the player was ruled ineligible.

Sinor, Balenseifen to present plan to OSSAA

Oklahoma City Public Schools athletic director Keith Sinor and Putnam City Schools athletic director Dick Balenseifen will appear before the OSSAA Board of Directors on Wednesday to present a proposal that would allow high schools to become independent of the OSSAA in an individual sport.

Currently, OSSAA rules require a school to withdraw from the association in all sports, but Sinor and Balenseifen will propose to amend that rule.

Sinor and Balenseifen had worked with Tulsa athletic director Gil Cloud on a larger proposal to reclassify teams in a manner to better level the playing field, taking into account winning percentage over a number of years and percentage of students on free and reduced lunch at public schools.

The focus of the presentation has narrowed to the independence issue, for example, allowing a football team to become independent without forcing the rest of the school's athletic teams to leave the OSSAA.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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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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