Weather still is wreaking havoc with high school sports competition.
For the third time since last Wednesday, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association had to push back the Class 3A and 4A state slow-pitch softball tournament.
And a couple baseball regionals were finally completed.
The OSSAA issued two sets of Class 4A state tournament brackets - one with McLoud in the field and another with Tulsa Metro Christian.
They finally got the championship game completed, with McLoud rolling to a 7-1 victory.
Because of that, Miami's first-round opponent Thursday will be Berryhill.
OSSAA executive secretary Danny Rennels realizes rainy weather comes with spring sports.
“We've had some (spring weather postponements), but it's probably never been this bad,” Rennels said. “It doesn't appear to be whole lot better for the week. Every time we turn around, we're rescheduling the softball.”
Because rain remains in the forecast throughout the week in the Oklahoma City area, “we decided we're not even going to attempt it until Saturday,” Rennels said. “We contacted all the schools and they said they have nothing Saturday.”
The tournament originally was scheduled for last Wednesday, then pushed back to Thursday and then to Monday.
“We expected it,” Welch coach Josh Schertz. His Lady Wildcats are supposed to play Wayne in a first round game.
One game was completed and another made it to the ninth inning before rain washed out play last Wednesday at Norman.
“It's going to be a long week,” Schertz said. “We can't get outside and we can't play. We have to make do as much as we can. Everybody is probably in the same situation as we are.”
Plans now, as they were previously, to compact the tournament into a one-day event with all games at Reeves Park in Norman.
Times have been tweaked, with Welch now facing Wayne at 2:45 p.m. on the Central Complex's west field.
Semifinal games will be at 4:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. with the championship game at 7 p.m.
“Its been long time since we've had to do things this drastic,” Rennels said. “It seemingly is not going to give us any relief.”
The Class 5A state golf tournament, at Duncan's The Territory Golf & Country Club, got started 30 minutes late Monday morning.
Players were pulled off the course for 45 minutes due to lightning. The first 36 holes were finally completed at about 8:30 p.m.
Rennels isn't sure if the double-elimination 6A-5A state baseball tournaments in Tulsa will get started on time Wednesday.
“We'll just back it up a day at a time,” Rennels said.
He added that the OSSAA would like to avoid playing games on Sunday - even though Miami had to do that to get its regional final against Oologah completed.
“If we had a mutual agreement, we would, but we have not done that before,” he said. “Most times, particularly in the spring, you have schools that have baccalaureate on Sunday nights. Already has some of our softball teams say that. And some are just opposed to playing on Sunday, period.”