Simek family receives support from Guthrie community during Senior Night

OSSAA board will hear appeal Wednesday. Guthrie shut out Southeast on Friday night.
By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com Published: November 4, 2011

GUTHRIE — Senior Nights are always emotional.

But Senior Night at Jelsma Stadium on Friday was especially difficult for Guthrie's seniors, who might have played their final game in a 48-0 rout of Southeast.

All the seniors from Class 5A's No. 1-ranked team lined up before the game to be introduced with their parents.

One stood out, though. He wasn't wearing an all-black uniform like the rest of the Bluejay seniors in line.

Clint Simek wore his jersey and jeans as he walked across the field with his parents, Tony and Sherrie. And he stood out in another way, too: His cheer from the Jelsma Stadium crowd was just a little louder.

Simek, who moved to Guthrie from Prague in February, was ruled ineligible by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association on Thursday, forcing Guthrie to forfeit eight of its nine wins this season.

Pending an appeal Wednesday before the OSSAA's board of directors, the Bluejays will miss the Class 5A playoffs.

“It has been heart-wrenching for them, for a 10-0 season to be taken away from them,” Sherrie Simek, a teacher at Guthrie High School, said of the Bluejays players.

Clint Simek, a receiver and safety, sat out his second straight game because of the eligibility question. He stood on the sideline among his teammates in a gray Guthrie football hoodie.

The OSSAA received an anonymous letter on Oct. 19 that sparked the investigation into Simek's family, which owns a home in Guthrie but has another family member living in the previous home, which is for sale and has been for several months.

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