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High schools: OKC board to hear athletic director's guidelines to combat heat

U.S. Grant snaps 29-game losing streak in football, defeats Capitol Hill
by Ed Godfrey and Scott Wright Published: September 10, 2012

Oklahoma City Public Schools athletic director Keith Sinor dug deep to find the best ways for coaches and administrators to protect the district's student-athletes against the heat. On Monday night, he was to share that information with the Oklahoma City Board of Education.

The guidelines Sinor laid out in a four-page document addressing how high school and junior high coaches should monitor heat, water breaks and practice length were passed down to the schools in the summer. But Sinor took Monday's opportunity to inform the board.

“We're presenting it to the Board of Education just to let them know what we're doing to address heat concerns, and if they're asked what Oklahoma City is doing, they'll know these guidelines are in place,” Sinor said before the meeting Monday.

Sinor's research for the guidelines included calling multiple schools in Texas, the Korey Stringer Institute and medical personnel at the University of Oklahoma. All of them pointed Sinor toward monitoring heat index.

The guidelines involve various stages of practice limitations based on the heat index, including no padded football practices if the heat index is above 110 degrees, and no outdoor practice or game of any kind if the heat index is above 115.

It also addresses practice lengths, regularity of breaks and availability of water.

The document offers a separate set of guidelines for junior high athletics with lower heat index levels.


It took an extra night to get the game in, but it was worth the wait for U.S. Grant.

The Generals snapped a 29-game losing streak with a 12-6 win over Capitol Hill on Saturday night.

Wind snapped power lines near Speegle Stadium on Friday, so the game had to be moved back one night.

The Generals (1-1) used a strong rushing attack that included Lawrence Pullen racking up 131 yards on 18 carries and Wesley Sanchez adding 78 yards rushing along with a 37-yard reception.

Sanchez also intercepted two passes, and Kimako Thompson picked off one, returning it for a touchdown. Charles Clawson helped the cause with a pair of quarterback sacks.

U.S. Grant will go for its second straight win at Centennial on Friday. The Generals' last multiple-win season came in 2003, when they went 4-6, their last season in Class 5A.


It was an impressive performance for Westmoore's girls and Edmond Memorial's boys in the OK Runner Classic in Norman.

Westmoore coach Laura Clay admitted she was surprised that her girls' cross country squad won Friday's meet, led by Alex Scott's fourth-place finish.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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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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