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Verdigris senior Megan Turner dribbles up the pitch during the Lady Cardinals’ season opener and finale on Tuesday, March 10. Turner is the only two-sport All-Stater in Rogers County, earning honors in softball and soccer.

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.

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