Edmond North and two other schools had to forfeit fast-pitch softball games Wednesday as Class 6A regional play began.
The Huskies were scheduled to play U.S. Grant at noon, but after a scheduling problem was brought to the Edmond administration's attention Wednesday morning, the start of the game was delayed.
Eventually, Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association officials and Edmond administrators agreed on punishment that would keep the team in the playoffs.
Edmond North forfeited the game to U.S. Grant, and softball coach Rick Nordyke will not coach the team for the remainder of the season and for the first five games of next season.
Claremore and Stillwater were also affected by similar rulings, with Stillwater being bumped out of regional play as a result.
Edmond North's problem stemmed from a tournament in Aurora, Colo., where the Huskies played a day of pool play instead of two games.
“That put us as playing 23 regular-season games instead of 22,” Edmond athletic director Mike Nunley said. “We were obviously concerned and worked with the OSSAA on the sanctions. We have total respect for the rules, and Edmond prides itself on being the example and not the excuse.”
Edmond North came back to beat Norman later Wednesday and will play U.S. Grant in an elimination game at noon Thursday.
The winner would have to beat Edmond Santa Fe twice to earn a state tournament berth.
Nunley was dealing with the issue from both sides Wednesday after Claremore had to forfeit its second game after beating Edmond Memorial in the regional opener due to a similar issue.
“I appreciate the staff of the OSSAA and the patrons of Edmond,” Nunley said. “And my respect and admiration goes out to the Edmond North girls. It speaks a lot of those kids' character that they were able to perform the way they were.
“We'll do better in the future.”