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High schools: Classification committee formed by OSSAA

Class 6A football playoffs will have a bye week to avoid championship games on Thanksgiving weekend.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Published: March 26, 2014

The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors continued their look at classification issues Wednesday, officially naming the members of the committee to examine the issue.

The committee — comprised of 13 members — will look at classifications across all sports after Putnam City Schools athletic director Dick Balenseifen made a presentation in July asking to split Class 6A into two divisions in all sports, not just football.

The board elected to form a committee to examine the classification in all activities, including the non-athletic activities.

Balenseifen will be on the board along with Tulsa Public Schools District athletic director Gil Cloud, Bethany superintendent Kent Schellenberger, Tishomingo superintendent Kevin Duncan, Cache athletic director Lonnie Nunley, Midwest City principal Chris Reynolds, along with board members Duane Merideth, Mike Broyles and Mike Zurline. OSSAA staff members David Jackson and Mike Plunkett are also on the committee.

Non-athletic representatives include Norman Fine Arts director Brad Benson and Edmond Santa Fe assistant principal Catherine Johnston.


The OSSAA voted to make the third week of the football playoffs a bye week for both divisions of Class 6A next season, avoiding having championship games on Thanksgiving weekend.

With each class featuring just 16 teams, it will take three games to determine a champion instead of the four for other classes.

The addition of a bye week allows both Class 6A divisions to finish the same weekend the former Class 6A finished.


With the option to extend OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley’s existing contract one year, the board voted 6-4 in favor of not adding one year to the deal.

Sheakley is under contract for two more years following this school year and said he is not concerned with the board’s decision.

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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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