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.
SHAWNEE'S TAYLOR GETS TRYOUT INVITE
Shawnee sophomore Bailey Taylor was recently selected to participate in tryouts for the Under 16 United States National Basketball Team.
She joins Edmond Santa Fe's Aaliyah Jackson as players receiving invites.
Taylor will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., for the tryouts, which begin May 23.
Taylor played a huge role in helping lift Shawnee into the Class 5A state title game.
In a semifinal win over Carl Albert, Taylor scored 15 points, hitting a pair of crucial fourth-quarter 3-pointers and hit the game-winner with less than a minute left.
NO TENNIS, ONLY TRACK THIS YEAR
Last year, Jaci Smith of Edmond North won the No. 2 singles title at the Class 6A state at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
Immediately afterward, she raced to the Class 6A track regional at Edmond Santa Fe High School to run the 1,600 meters. She finished fourth in the event, barely missing qualifying for the state track meet.
This year, the sophomore is skipping the state tennis tournament this weekend to run track, said Edmond North tennis coach Dee Ann Wallar.
Wallar said the time scheduled for Saturday's 3,200-meter run at the regional track meet and the scheduled time for the state tennis semifinals were just 30 minutes apart.
“I would love to have her in my lineup, but it would be impossible to do both,” Wallar said.
Smith's state title at No. 2 singles last year helped Edmond North win the team championship.
ALL-STATERS SIGN WITH OKLAHOMA SCHOOLS
A pair of Oklahoman All-State selections recently signed letters of intent with in-state college basketball programs.
Plainview star Deric Shelton, a Class 3A All-State selection by The Oklahoman, recently signed with coach Dan Hays' Oklahoma Christian program.
The 6-foot-3 Shelton averaged 24.0 points and 10.1 rebounds, shooting 50.4 percent from the field.
Shelton is the third in-state player to sign with the Eagles, along with Coweta's Zach Norris and 6-foot-11 Crescent standout John Moon.
Achille's Austin Beene, a 6-foot-3 guard, signed with Panhandle State in Goodwell. An Oklahoman All-State selection in Class A, Beene led the class in scoring at 27.0 points per game.
PC NORTH PRODUCT MCCRACKEN EARNS HONOR
Former Putnam City North golfer Logan McCracken and Enid product Chris Worrell were named All-Conference USA second-team golfers for Tulsa University.
McCracken, a junior who transferred from Texas Tech, had four top-10 finishes, including a runner-up at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic. Worrell was in the top 25 in six of Tulsa's 11 tournaments and was runner-up at the GolfWeek Conference Challenge.
Both players led the team with a 73.2 stroke average over 31 rounds.