The Class A state baseball tournament set to start Thursday was shaken up Tuesday when Wright City was forced to forfeit its first-round game against Sterling.
The forfeit leaves the tournament with just seven teams.
The Lumberjax had to forfeit that game plus will be allowed to play one fewer game next year due to the team playing too many games.
“Wright City violated the season contest limit and the sanctions for teams that have done that in the past is that they have to forfeit the same number of games as they exceeded the limit,” Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association executive director Ed Sheakley said. “Everything's not equal now because someone got to play one or two games more than anyone else.”
The situation was brought to the OSSAA's attention Monday.
Wright City beat Soper to advance to the state tournament, but Sheakley said adding Soper in place of the Lumberjax wasn't given consideration.
“You look back and the thing is one of the games that they played extra was between the district and regional tournament,” Sheakley said. “They should've gone to the regional tournament and forfeited in the first round and gone to the loser's bracket.
“You look at a team like Smithville, who they beat in the first round. The whole bracket would've had to be replayed and obviously it's too late for that.”
CoachesAid.com reported Tuesday night that Wright City was considering filing an injunction that could delay the start of the Class A state tournament, which is scheduled to start at Dolese Park on Thursday.
MUSTANG'S MCCANN PROMOTED
Pending school board approval, Mustang girls basketball coach Nikki McCann will be promoted into an administrative role as an athletic facilitator, leaving the school to search for a new girls basketball coach.
McCann coached the team the last two seasons, winning 28 total games during that span after coming over from Putnam City North.
This is the third time in as many years that Mustang finds itself in a similar situation. McCann was hired to replace Robert Foreman two years ago when he moved into an administration job with the school district. And Terry Long was brought in as the boys basketball coach last year after Alan Green was promoted into a role as the school's athletic compliance director.