Many of the schools that comprise the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association have to be smiling this weekend. As the football finals and semifinals got under way, only one private school (Oklahoma Christian, in Class 2A) remained standing.
The OSSAA member schools voted a few years ago to punish private schools by requiring their teams to move up one class if they reach the final eight in any sport three out of five years. This stemmed largely from schools such as Heritage Hall and Bishop McGuinness in Oklahoma City winning state titles in football.
Proponents of the rule change said something needed to be done to counter the advantages private schools have by being able to control their enrollment. Those advantages never seemed to be an issue when those schools weren’t as successful.
I’m waiting to see what they do about 6A schools, the state title for which has gone to either Jenks or Union every year since 1996. (This year, it was Jenks, who beat Norman North, 55-20.) I’m pretty sure, though, that OSSAA
Handicapper General Executive Director Ed Sheakley isn’t worried about that.