This year's Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State games and summer coaches clinic were nixed Wednesday.
The OCA voted to cancel the events for the first time in the organization's history during a Board of Directors meeting. The ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic prompted the OCA's decision.
“It’s a tough decision," OCA executive director Milt Bassett said. "… We cannot take a chance of having one kid or one coach getting sick just because we wanted to have the All-State game.”
Bassett said the OCA will still purchase rings for this year's All-State honorees, and the organization is considering producing a commemorative program.
The All-State games, originally scheduled for July 25-31, and the coaches clinic congregates thousands of coaches and players from across the state in Tulsa. The OCA deemed the events' high attendance was too much of a risk.
"It's not worth the gamble, fearing for someone's life or illness," Bassett said, "so we had to do it."
The summer high school sports staples will return to Oral Roberts University next year.
ROGERS COUNTY ALL-STATE HONOREES
Girls Basketball: Hailey Grant, Claremore
Cheerleading: Sydney Callender, Claremore; Jayla Hurt, Claremore
Boys Cross-Country: Jack Vincent, Claremore
Girls Cross-Country: Laynie Nichols, Claremore
Football: Austin Woods, Verdigris
Boys Golf: Soulai Vang, Oologah
Boys Soccer: Andrew Dake, Claremore; Kale Bart, Claremore; Blake Classen, Claremore; Jaylon Otero, Catoosa; Zac Wright, Oologah; Zachary Fogleman, Oologah; Jose Perez, Catoosa; Connor Harris, Verdigris; Gio Vergara, Verdigris; Carlos Zavala, Sequoyah
Girls Soccer: Hailey Braswell, Claremore; Ayshia Reed, Claremore; Hailey Garcia, Claremore; Jacilyn Brooks, Oologah; DeLaney LaBass, Catoosa; Madison Murphy, Oologah; Chloee Joseph, Catoosa; Grace Gabel, Sequoyah; Megan Turner, Verdigris; Jolene Miller, Inola; Abigail Teal, Verdigris
Softball: Emma Gill, Oologah; Megan Turner, Verdigris
Boys Tennis: Konner Davis, Oologah
Volleyball: Brooke Jones, Claremore
Wrestling: Bryce Jackson, Oologah; Ryan Cochran, Claremore
Athletic Training Student Aides: Emily Diacon, Inola; Bailey Vance, Oologah; Madeline Casebolt, Catoosa
*Note: All-State honorees for baseball and track haven’t been released as of May 21 at 12:30 p.m.