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August 18, 2013

Report: Schools in new 6A tier to split geographically

ENID, Okla. — Members of the Oklahoma Football Coaches Assocation from the schools that comprise the new Class 6A-Division II for high school football in Oklahoma voted Friday to split the new districts along geographic lines, according to a report by the Tulsa World.

The changes go into effect starting in the 2014 season. Enid, based on the most recent ADM (Average Daily Membership) numbers, will be one of the schools in the newly created 6A-Division II.

Class 6A will be split into two divisions with the 16 largest schools comprising Division I and the smallest 16 in Division II, however Division II will only have 15 teams with U.S. Grant going independent for the next four years.

The plan now goes to a vote of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association at its board meeting in October.

Under the coaches realignment plan, seven teams will be assigned to the west and eight to the east.

According to the report, Enid would play in the west along with Choctaw, Lawton, Lawton Ike, Midwest City, Putnam West and Stillwater.

The eastern district would be comprised of Bartlesville, Bixby, Tulsa Washington, Claremore, Muskogee, Ponca City, Sand Springs and Sapulpa.

The report also said the coaches voted unanimously to propose dividing 6A into two divisions for championships in all sports.

According to a recent study, schools that will comprise the new 6A-Division I have won more than 85 percent of state championships in all sports over the past 16 years.

In football, either Jenks or Tulsa Union have won the state title each of the past 17 years.

The current OSSAA- approved 6A split only applies to football.

Coaches from 6A-Division I schools meet Thursday.

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