The school forfeits two football games and five track meets from last year in which an ineligible athlete participated
High school notebook: Broken Arrow's self-imposed penalties approved
BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 11, 2013
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors approved Broken Arrow's lengthy list of self-imposed penalties Wednesday afternoon after the school forfeited two football games and five track meets from last year in which an ineligible athlete participated.
The Tigers won the track state championship, and the penalties do not affect that. The two football games were the first two nondistrict games the Tigers beat Owasso and Bentonville, Ark.
The board approved the penalties with a 9-0-1 vote after a nearly 50-minute executive session.
“At the end of the day we'll be better for what we've done,” Broken Arrow superintendent Jarod Mendenhall said about imposing the penalties.
The rules violation stemmed from an unidentified student who repeated the eighth grade after moving to Broken Arrow. He was a senior last year, and OSSAA rules state that a student who repeats his seventh or eighth grade year must sit out that year.
Broken Arrow also promoted boys basketball coach Rusty Stecker to associate director for athletic compliance and spirit coordinator Melenda Knight was promoted to assistant director of athletics.
Athletic director Ken Ellett was also suspended from his duties that involve any oversight of athletic eligibility this school year, and football coach Steve Spavital was also removed as assistant athletic director and will now serve as coordinator of football operations.
Assistant track coach Brad Farrow was suspended from all coaching duties in the school district and will have to be reinstated by the OSSAA.
The football and track programs are also on “warning” status for this school year.
The average daily membership that was approved in August is changing.
Texhoma's ADM is increasing after an error, raising its ADM from 82 to more than 100. The school turned in the numbers for its Oklahoma students, but left off the Texas students enrolled.
Claremore, though, will remain in the Class 6A at No. 32 after trying to get its ADM reduced. Executive director Ed Sheakley denied the move.
CEMENT DROPPING FOOTBALL FOR TWO YEARS
Cement recently forfeited its season and has asked to not play football for the next two seasons.
The school looks to instead play fall baseball.
With the move, Merritt has asked to play eight-man football and will move to Class B and Prue will drop to Class C.
In an effort to equalize Class A, Ketchum will move to that class and Perry will move to Class 2A, leaving Class 3A at 56 schools.
SPRING BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS COULD BE AT BRICKTOWN, OU
The OSSAA is looking to move the spring baseball championships to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and the University of Oklahoma.
The RedHawks do not have a scheduled home series during the championships and OU's graduation falls on a different weekend, opening up the stadiums for availability.
Oklahoma has a standing policy that no events can take place on campus during graduation, which has prevented the OSSAA from holding the event there in the past.
OSSAA assistant director Mike Whaley said nothing has been finalized for either location.
The spring state quarterfinals and semifinals will be played at Edmond Santa Fe and Edmond North.
The fall baseball championships will be played in Bricktown on Saturday, Oct. 12.
6A, 5A BASEBALL DISTRICTS APPROVED
The OSSAA board of directors also unanimously approved the new baseball districts for Class 6A and Class 5A in 2014 and 2015.
The classes are split into four districts with two east districts and two west districts.
However, Norman and Putnam City will play in an east district with Jenks, Muskogee, Owasso, Sand Springs, Sapulpa and Stillwater.
In Class 5A, Capitol Hill, Shawnee and Western Heights will be in a district with Coweta, Durant, Tulsa Edison, McAlester and Pryor.
MOORE'S DRAKE WINS APPEAL
Moore football player Austin Drake won his eligibility appeal and can play for the Lions this season.
Drake moved back to Moore from Duncan this summer. He started middle school in Moore, starting his eligibility there. He presented new information about his family situation to the board Wednesday that won his appeal.
IMPORTANT WIN FOR CHANDLER
Last Friday's 35-7 win over Lincoln County rival Stroud was important on multiple levels for the Lions.
It broke a four-year winning streak for Stroud in the annual grudge match, and it was the first win for Zach Smith in his head coaching debut. Smith came to Chandler after serving as the defensive coordinator at Del City.
It was the Lions first game since the death of coach Scott Myers to cancer following the 2012 season.
To follow up their opening win, the Lions will have their hands full with a visit from Class 3A No. 2 Kingfisher, last year's state runner-up.