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High schools: Discussions continue on whether to split all classifications

The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board votes to form a 13-person committee to study reclassification.
by Jacob Unruh Published: February 12, 2014

“In all sports, I think you would see that bottom of the bracket still win some,” Savely told the board.

Smaller schools in the upper half won fast-pitch softball (Southmoore), volleyball (Edmond Santa Fe) and cross country (Norman North).

Balenseifen's data also said Class 6A's smallest school, Claremore, is nearly three times closer in size to the state's smallest school, Lone Wolf, than it is to Broken Arrow, the state's largest school.

That, he says, is an unfair situation. The board, though, wants to examine the inequities in all classes with the committee, which will include Balenseifen.

Also included in the committee will be a representative from each quadrant, three board members, one representative from a multi-high school district, two OSSAA staff members and two non-athletic activity representatives.

“I understand with 6A and the ADM and the discrepancy what a big gap that is,” OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said. “I think that's the challenge, trying to make it fair for everybody, not just the 16 schools and 17-32 because I think there's some other inequities when it comes to a number of schools in other classifications that can claim the same thing.”

The committee will examine each activity, even if it's not classified as a sport. Looking at football, though, has yet to be determined.

“Don't know,” Sheakley said. “I think that probably right now that will have to be determined by the committee whether football will be included or excluded in this. Football is already split; that wasn't the complaint.”

Balenseifen was pleased to keep the conversation going, even if it has expanded.

“This is not about putting money into programs, this is not about anything else, it's strictly about the number of students,” he said. “We're concerned about all students in this state.”

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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