QUAPAW — When fast-pitch softball seasons open Monday, Aug. 7, two Ottawa County teams be under the guidance of new coaches.
Kae Lani Bryan now heads up the fast-pitch softball program while
Kaily Harvey is the new coach at Commerce.
This will be the first head coaching job for both.
Bryan, who played at Picher-Cardin High School, has been an assistant coach at Labette (Kansas) Community College the past six seasons.
Harvey had a stellar two-year career at Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri, then concentrated on her degree at Missouri Southern State University the past two years.
Weather permitting, teams squeeze at least 22 games into the span of about seven weeks, leading up to district play the third week of September.
Under Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association guidelines, high school teams are allowed 22 scheduled games and three tournaments or 25 scheduled games and two tournaments.
Locally, there will be three tournaments over the course of the season: the Quapaw Invitational, Aug. 10-12; the Lady Tiger Classic in Commerce, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, and the Wyandotte Tournament, Sept. 7-9.
Monday’s openers find Fairland and Welch competing in a festival at Catoosa, Bluejacket at Indianola, Adair at Afton and Wyandotte at Oklahoma Union.
Then on Tuesday, Miami gets things rolling by facing Mannford in the Claremore Festival.
Commerce also plays its first games, hosting Afton and Foyil in a festival.
Quapaw gets going with a pair of pool games in its own tournament, facing Foyil at 5:30 p.m. and Commerce at 8:30 p.m.
Ten teams — Fairland, Wyandotte, Welch, Colcord. Ketchum, Miami, Quapaw, Commerce, Afton and Foyil — make up the field at Quapaw.
Miami is the two-time defending champion.
Also on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Bluejacket will compete in a tournament at Indianola.
Jim Ellis is sports editor of the Miami News-Record. He can be reached by phone at 918-542-5508 or by email at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @mnrsportsguy.