The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the Class 5A and Class 4A soccer state tournament brackets, as well as the Class 4A bi-district baseball playoff pairings on Tuesday.
Class 4A postseason soccer gets underway first on Friday, and there are several Rogers County teams represented.
The Verdigris girls are back in the playoffs and ready to defend last year’s state championship. After claiming the District 4A-5 title, the Lady Cardinals (9-5) host Miami (7-7).
Verdigris is on a seven-game winning streak, with its final loss coming in a 3-1 decision against Enid in the Stillwater Cup on March 28. Miami won two of its last three contests.
Further down the bracket, Oologah (8-4) is set to host Wagoner (9-5). The Lady Mustangs finished second in District 4A-8, while the Lady Bulldogs came in third in 4A- 5 despite winning three-straight games to end the regular season.
Oologah has won five of its last six.
On the boys’ side, the only two area teams in the 32-team bracket are facing each other in the first round.
Oologah, second in 4A-8, welcomes Catoosa for an exciting matchup.
The teams had similar seasons, with the Mustangs finishing 7-5 overall and 5-2 in district and the Indians claiming an 8-6 record, 5-2 in 4A-5.
Oologah won its last two regular-season games by a total of 8-2, and Catoosa struggled a bit down the stretch, going 3-3 in the month of April.
Schools hosting two games will play at 6 p.m. (girls) and 8 p.m. (boys) on Friday. Schools with one game will start games at 7 p.m. unless a different a time is mutually agreed upon between coaches.
The Claremore girls are returning to the playoffs once again, and they are looking to claim their first state title since 2016.
It won’t be easy, though.
The Lady Zebras (8-5) must travel to Cascia Hall in Tulsa for the first round. The Lady Commandos (8-1) knocked Claremore out of the playoffs last season, and they once again upended coach Ryan Jahn’s squad on March 7, 2-0. Their only loss this season came in a 7-1 demolition at the hands of Bishop Kelley.
Claremore, third in Class 5A-4, outscored opponents 16-1 during its current four-game winning streak. Since losing to the Lady Comets, Cascia Hall has won three- straight, tallying 20 goals while allowing none.
The Claremore boys (5-6) are also in the field after squeaking through the loaded 5A-4.
The Zebras, who have been outscored 10-0 in its last two games, travel to Bishop Kelley (12-3) for the first round.
The Comets, champion of District 5A-3, haven’t lost to a Class 5A team this season and are one of the favorites heading into the tournament.
All first-round games are scheduled for Tuesday, April 30.
After clinching the District 4A-7 title over Ft.
Gibson earlier this week, Inola gets a bye in the bi-district playoffs, which begin today.
The Longhorns finished the regular season with a record of 21-5 overall and 10- 2 in district.
Despite splitting its final six games, Verdigris (25-4) is hosting Cushing today in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.
The Cardinals finished second in 4A-5 behind Grove. The Tigers (9-19) of District 4A-6 enter the contest with four wins in four of their last five scheduled games, two of which were recorded as forfeits. Sequoyah is also hosting despite its 13-19 record. The Eagles, fourth in 4A-7, welcome Roland of Class 4A-8.
The Rangers enter with an 8-9 record. Sequoyah lost its final three games of the regular season by a collective margin of 35-12.
Oologah, in the meantime, must travel to Bristow for its bi-district matchup.
The Mustangs, 13-15 overall, 5-9 in 4A-5, enter on a three-game losing streak. The Pirates (16-12, 10-4 in 4A-6) picked up wins in four of their last five.
The doubleheader begins at 4 p.m.