While much is made about the East's dominance in Class 6A — or, more specifically, the dominance of Jenks and Tulsa Union — the West had its best overall year in nearly 20 years.
Outside of Jenks winning in 6A, the other seven state champions came from the West side of the state. Only Jenks and Tulsa East Central (5A) made the championship game from the East side.
That's the best overall performance by the West since 1995, the last time a West team won class 6A.
That season, the West swept the title games with Midwest City (6A), John Marshall (5A), Ada (4A), Frederick (3A), Davis (2A), Turpin (A), Snyder (B) and Central Marlow (C) winning titles.
KELLEY STANDOUT WINS VOLLEYBALL AWARD
Tulsa Bishop Kelley's Claire Kelley might be focused on a future in soccer, but she can play volleyball, too.
The Arkansas soccer signee was named Oklahoma's Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year on Wednesday.
Kelley, a 5-foot-8 senior setter, guided the Comets to a 32-4 record and the Class 6A championship, while earning tournament MVP. She also was named an American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America honorable mention.
The state title was the second straight for the Comets in Class 6A and the sixth consecutive for the school overall.
MOUNT ST. MARY COACH UP FOR NATIONAL AWARD
Mount St. Mary tennis coach Leroy Cantrell is a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year award.
Cantrell is one of eight finalists, and the winner is to be announced in June at a banquet in Des Moines, Iowa.
Cantrell began coaching the girls tennis team at St. Mary in 1995, and created the school's boys team in 1996.
MORRIS IS BULLDOGS' VERSION OF KENDRICK PERKINS
Edmond Memorial center Shaquille Morris only scored seven points in the Bulldogs' 62-50 win over Edmond North in the championship game Saturday of the Edmond Open basketball tournament.
But much like Kendrick Perkins of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the 6-foot-8, 260-pound Morris contributes in ways that don't show up on the stat sheet, said Edmond Memorial coach Shane Cowherd.
“The impact of what he does on the floor on both ends in occupying so many bodies opens up opportunities for others to make plays,” Cowherd said.
“He would like to have a bigger impact scoring as most kids would, but he played a very, very solid game in all aspects for us outside of the foul trouble.”
Morris has signed with Wichita State.
WESTMOORE BASEBALL TRAVELING TO FLORIDA
Westmoore's baseball team will travel to Pensacola, Fla., in March to play in the 20th Annual Aggie Classic.
The tournament, hosted by J.M. Tate High School, will run March 18-21 with the championship game played at the home of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.
The tournament features 22 teams.
BY RYAN ABER, SCOTT WRIGHT AND ED GODFREY