Guthrie football coach Rafe Watkins appears to be returning to the Bluejays after Broken Arrow named assistant coach David Alexander as its new head coach on Tuesday.
Watkins and Alexander were named finalists for the position, which came open when Steve Spavital resigned in December due to health concerns.
Watkins said he plans to remain at Guthrie, where he has guided the team to four state championships during his tenure.
“As far as I know, yeah, that's the plan,” Watkins said about returning to Guthrie.
Alexander, 49, joined Broken Arrow's staff as a running backs coach last season after spending the previous seven years at Jenks. He was the head coach of the af2 Tulsa Talons in 2005-06.
He also played at the University of Tulsa and in the NFL for 10 years.
“I am so honored to be selected for this position, and I firmly believe that everything I have experienced up to this point has me prepared to be the head football coach at Broken Arrow,” Alexander said in a release. “We already have a great football program, but I am eager to begin building upon that tradition, taking it to an even higher level of excellence.”
Broken Arrow went 10-3 last season, losing in the Class 6A semifinals to Tulsa Union.
EMPORIA STATE ADDS BALL, BROWN
El Reno's Justin Brown and Carl Albert's Trenton Ball both recently committed to Emporia (Kan.) State.
Brown did a little bit of everything for the Indians, playing receiver, running back and defensive back. El Reno coach Taylor Schwerdtfeger said Emporia State has Brown recruited as a receiver, but he could move to safety.
Ball, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound tight end, caught 14 passes for 202 yards and four touchdowns last season in Carl Albert's run-heavy offense. He announced his commitment via Twitter.
Brown and Ball join Guthrie's Kai Callins and Kingfisher's Landon Nault as recent commitments to Emporia. The Hornets had 14 players from Oklahoma on their roster last season.
SOUTHMOORE'S TYLER COMMITS TO THE CITADEL
Southmoore's Houston Tyler, an Oklahoman Big All-City first-team selection, verbally committed to The Citadel.
Tyler, 6-foot-1, 250 pounds, was a two-way starter for the SaberCats on the offensive and defensive lines. He was also selected to the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State game.
PIEDMONT SWIMMERS SET RECORDS AT CONFERENCE MEET
Piedmont swimmers broke a total of five Suburban Conference records at the league's swim meet in Harrah on Monday.
Conner St. John set records in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke, and was voted the conference's male swimmer of the year. He was also a part of a record-breaking performance by the 400 freestyle relay team with Tyler St. John, Justin Rein, and Jarrod Rein.
In girls' competition, Kasey Rein set new conference marks in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.
McGUINNESS GRAD PICKED FOR GOLF CHANNEL'S ‘BIG BREAK'
Oklahoma City native and former Bishop McGuinness golfer Fiamma Felitch will appear on the upcoming season of The Golf Channel's “Big Break Florida.”
The Golf Channel announced the all-female cast of 12 golfers for the reality competition Tuesday morning.
The “Big Break Florida” preview show will air at 8 p.m. Feb. 5, and the series airs Mondays at 8 p.m. starting Feb. 24. Winners on the show can receive cash, endorsement contracts and exemptions to professional tour events, including an LPGA tournament.
Felitch was the Class 4A state champion and The Oklahoman's All-City Golfer of the Year in 2007.
She currently participates on the Cactus Tour, a professional women's tour that plays 20-25 events every year in Arizona, Texas and Nevada.
LAWTON'S SEALEY CHOOSES ABILENE CHRISTIAN
Lawton quarterback Dallas Sealey announced via Twitter that he has verbally committed to Abilene (Texas) Christian University.
Sealey chose Abilene Christian over Campbell. The Wildcats, formerly a Division II member of the Lone Star Conference, become a member of the FCS Southland Conference this season after spending last season as an independent in the FCS.
Sealey threw for 1,504 yards and 16 touchdowns last season while leading Lawton to the Class 6A quarterfinals. He was incredibly efficient, completing 58 percent of his passes and not throwing an interception.