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.
CLASS 6A FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS BYE WEEK DECIDED
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.
SHEAKLEY CONTRACT NOT EXTENDED EXTRA YEAR
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.
“I’ve got a great board and very supportive board,” Sheakley said. “For a lot of them, that’s just what they do in their districts. I’m good with that.”
The board did vote to renew contracts for Jackson, Plunkett, Amy Cassell, Mike Clark, Mike Whaley and David Glover through next year.
CARL ALBERT HOSTING CHARITY GAME THURSDAY
The Carl Albert baseball team is hosting a charity baseball game Thursday afternoon against Guthrie with proceeds going to Titans alumnus Matt Montgomery, who has been diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer.
The game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., and admission is $5. The proceeds from the gate will go to Montgomery as part of a school-wide fundraiser.
Montgomery played football and briefly played baseball at Carl Albert.
DOZIER PICKS UP WIN NO. 500
Carl Albert baseball coach Wayne Dozier picked up win No. 500 last week, adding to a strong legacy that includes two straight Class 5A titles.
“It means I’m getting old, really,” Dozier said. “It also means we’ve had a lot of good guys. Since I came back in ’05 it’s been year after year that we’ve had guys that are really good athletes and really good players.”
Dozier first started coaching the Titans in 1995 and spent six years before stepping away from baseball. He never left the school, but returned in 2005 to the field.
It’s worked out well for everybody with him in the dugout.
“Our big deal is building team chemistry, working together, playing hard and finding ways to be better teammates and find ways to work harder and become better players,” said Dozier, who will be honored Friday for his achievement. “Very simple goals, but these guys buy into those things. The last thing is being dependable.”
ROLAND’S CANTRELL PICKS ARKANSAS
One offer was all it took for Roland’s Austin Cantrell to make his college choice.
Just a few days after receiving an offer from Arkansas, the 6-foot-3, 250-pound tight end verbally committed to the SEC school, according to multiple online reports.
Cantrell becomes the state’s fourth prospect in the 2015 class to commit, along with Norman North quarterback John Kolar (Oklahoma State) and OU pledges Josh Wariboko-Alali of Casady and Marquise Overton of Jenks.