Discussion about Class 7A proposals and the public school-private school issue have been hotly debated over the last few years to address opinions that certain teams are winning too many championships. Oklahoma City Public Schools athletic director Keith Sinor finds himself on the other end of the spectrum.
He's seeking some relief for two long-struggling football programs.
Sinor appeared before the OSSAA Board of Directors on Wednesday to request that the U.S. Grant and Capitol Hill football teams be allowed to play independent schedules for the 2014-15 seasons, rather than remain in OSSAA districts.
The request was denied by a vote of 8-5. The board also rejected a proposal to create Class 7A football by splitting 6A into two 16-team classes.
Sinor called it a “sad day,” and said he and the rest of the OKCPS administration would look at other options that are available for a pair of programs that have combined for two winning seasons since 1989.
Grant has had 16 one- or no-win seasons in the last 24 years. Capitol Hill hasn’t won more than two games in a year since 1992, and both programs’ consistent struggles date back to at least the 1970s.
Among the options they've discussed include co-op possibilities to combine the teams, which creates transportation and time issues for players who have jobs after practice. Sinor feels it would discourage more boys from playing, the exact opposite of his motives.
Sinor also said the district has looked at disbanding the football programs at the two schools.
“We've looked at all the options, and independence seemed to be the best choice,” Sinor said. “We'll go back and try to figure out what will be best for our kids.”
OSSAA rules require a school seeking independence to withdraw from the association in all sports, a rule that Sinor and Putnam City Schools athletic director Dick Balenseifen unsuccessfully challenged last month.
DOUGLASS RB CHRIS HIGH COMMITS TO NAVY
Navy found the future of its backfield in Oklahoma this week. Douglass running back Chris High joined Altus' Diquon Woodhouse in verbally committing to the Naval Academy, according to Douglass coach Willis Alexander.
High, 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, rushed for 1,722 yards and 15 touchdowns while splitting carries to preserve himself for defense. He carried the ball 132 times, averaging 13.0 yards. He also had 75 tackles and eight sacks as an outside linebacker for the Trojans.
High also had an offer from Morgan State, an FCS school in Baltimore, where teammate Terry Harris is committed.
KINGFISHER RECALLS SCRIMMAGE VS. BLANCHARD
Kingfisher and Blanchard didn't play each other in the regular season, but the two teams meeting for the Class 3A state championship Friday night did face each other in a preseason scrimmage.
“Our kids remember what happened to us down there,” Kingfisher coach Jeff Myers said. “They got the best of us and they've gotten a lot better.
“They took care of a really good Jones team (in the 3A semifinal). It's an old foe and coach (Jeff) Craig does a great job. I respect him and his program. He's done a great job as far as turning it around. It's going to be a dogfight.”
DALE'S CLARK RECOVERS, TOP 1,000-POINT MARK
Dale senior forward Breck Clark had a hot start to the basketball season. After battling back from a staph infection that kept her production down, Clark has bounced back nicely.
She recently topped the 1,000-career points mark and scored 25 Tuesday night in a 46-32 win at Holdenville. The Lady Pirates held a 23-point lead in the game before the starters left.
“She struggled there for a bit but has really been playing well lately,” Dale coach Josh Forsythe said.
Clark scored 39 in a 58-43 win last Tuesday at Okarche to bounce back from a pair of nine-point performances. Clark is still averaging nearly 21 points per game.
Dale (7-0) hosts Bethel on Tuesday.
EDMOND OPEN GAMES LIVE ON NEWSOK
Six boys basketball games from the Edmond Open basketball tournament will be webcast at NewsOK.com/Varsity this week in conjunction with Zpreps.com.
On Thursday, you can see the 5 p.m. game between Tulsa Washington and Edmond Santa Fe, the 6:30 game between Edmond North and Lawton Eisenhower, and the 8 p.m. game between Tulsa Memorial and Jenks.
The semifinals will be carried at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Friday, as well as the championship game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.