All but one of the Class 6A first-round playoff games will begin at 7 p.m. after Westmoore at Sand Springs joined the group of early starts.
As of Tuesday, only the Owasso at Jenks game was still scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff among 6A playoff games. The 7:30 p.m. kickoff is customary for OSSAA playoff games, but the start time can be changed if both teams agree to it.
Many Class 6A schools around the state, including all of those in the Oklahoma City metro area, have been starting regular-season games at 7 p.m. for the last two seasons.
PC WEST DUO TO SIGN THURSDAY
A pair of Putnam City West basketball players will sign with NCAA Division I programs Thursday.
Omega Harris, the 6-foot-2 guard who led the Patriots to the state tournament last season, will sign with UTEP, while his new teammate, Stephen Edwards, will sign with Santa Clara.
Edwards began his high school career at Putnam City and played last season at Del City before moving to PC West earlier this year.
Harris and Edwards make up two of the six boys basketball players in the state currently committed to Division I programs.
HERITAGE HALL GAINING STEAM
After a rough 2-4 start to the season full of injuries, Heritage Hall has been gaining steam heading into Friday's playoff game at Lone Grove with three straight wins.
And the tough schedule that featured top-ten teams like Clinton, Kingfisher and Davis has the Chargers gaining confidence.
“Obviously it lets you know what it takes to be successful in the playoffs,” Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert said. “We were kind of outmanned there early. In the past it's been a great indicator, and it still is, on what you need to improve. We're not going to be intimidated by anybody and that helps, too.”
The Chargers (5-4) have had a stretch of bad luck. Heritage Hall has lost 12 players to season-ending injuries, including eight starters.
“We've got ACLs, concussions, three broken bones and a foot,” Bogert said. “It goes on and on.”
Junior quarterback Connor McGinnis is healthy, though. He's thrown 16 touchdowns and rushed for five.
HAMMOND APPEAL SET FOR WEDNESDAY
Comanche basketball player Jacob Hammond's appeal in front of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors is set for Wednesday morning at 11.
Hammond, one of the state's top recruits in the 2014 class, is appealing for a fifth year of eligibility. He spent last season at Sunrise Christian in Bel Aire, Kan., after spending his freshman year at Duncan and sophomore year with the OKC Storm homeschool team.
Hammon is verbally committed to Nebraska after originally committing to Oklahoma.
The reinstatement of football coach Brent Scott is also listed on the agenda for the monthly board meeting Wednesday. Scott was suspended one year for his involvement with Sequoyah-Tahlequah's violations that forced them to forfeit football games last season and was the subject of a recent unfavorable ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court against the OSSAA.
HOBART RETURNS TO PLAYOFFS UNDER DALKE
When Bill Dalke returned to his hometown of Hobart, he set his sights on rebuilding the program to the level it reached under his father, Phil Dalke.
Bill Dalke, a former Oklahoma linebacker, led the Bearcats back to the playoffs in his first season at the helm, earning the third seed in District 2A-3.
Hobart visits Kingston in the first round of the Class 2A playoff Friday night, looking for its first playoff victory since 2006.