Skyler Haynes and Zach Marcheselli have both moved up a weight class, but are confident they can repeat as champions at the OSSAA Class 6A State Wrestling Tournament this Friday and Saturday at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City.
Video produced by BAHS sports media class.
It was a record-breaking two days for Broken Arrow High School swimmers at the OSSAA Class 6A State Swim Meet in Jenks.
Sophomore Annie Kramer broke her own school records in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke and was part of two record-setting relay teams. Kramer swam a 59.24 in the 100 butterfly in Friday’s preliminary to establish the new mark. In the Saturday’s 100 backstroke finals, Kramer swam a 59.14 to set another Tiger record. She placed third in the backstroke and fourth in the butterfly at the state meet.
Abigail Meador, Courtlyn Dawson, Bailey Hill and Kramer placed third in the 200 freestyle relay with a school-record time of 1:43.95. That broke a record set last year at the state by nearly two seconds.
Friday, the team of Kramer, Dawson, Rachel Nelson and Kate Garner broke a 23-year-old record in the 200 medley relay. They eclipsed their new mark a day later by .15 of a second, establishing a new school-record time of 1:58.00.
Nine of the 11 BA girls swimming school records were set in 2012 or later.
“Being able to break a record you set just a year ago shows how much these kids are improving,” Coach Samantha Evans said. “They have worked so hard and it showed during this meet. I’m so proud of this group.”
200 Medley Relay – 5. BAHS 1:58.00 (Annie Kramer, Rachel Nelson, Courtlyn Dawson, Kate Garner)
200 freestyle – 14. Dawson 2:10.86
50 Freestyle – 10. Abigail Meador 26.42, 11. Bailey Hill 26.43
100 Butterfly – 4. Kramer 59.59, 14. Garner 1:06.57
100 Freestyle – 13. Meador 57.92
500 Freestyle – 14. Sareena Barker 5:57.63
200 Freestyle Relay – 3. BAHS 1:43.95 (Meador, Dawson, Hill, Kramer)
100 Backstroke – 3. Kramer 59.14
200 Medley Relay – 16. BAHS 1:57.41 (Nikolas Natale, Aleksandr Hughes, Micah Reyes, Kristian Friebus)
200 Freestyle Relay – 11. BAHS 1:40.38 (Dennis Angelov, Joseph Natale, Hayden Cunningham, N.Natale)
400 Freestyle Relay – 11. BAHS 3:48.26 (Angelov, Cunningham, Reyes, Hughes)
Nearly 40 Broken Arrow High School (BAHS) athletes signed their national letters of intent, officially announcing where they will continue to showcase their athletic talents beyond high school. These signings were part of National College Signing Day on Feb. 1 in the indoor practice field at Broken Arrow’s Multipurpose Facility.
“National Signing Day is one of the biggest, most exciting days for our student athletes,” said Ken Ellett, Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) athletic director. “We love the fact that we can showcase all athletes who will be continuing their education and playing careers at the next level. For the hard work they have put in, not only on the field or court but in the classroom, we feel they are worthy of a celebration of this magnitude.”
Held on the first Wednesday of every February, National Signing Day celebrates the talented recruits in a number of collegiate sports, including baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, softball, cross country, track and volleyball. A second signing event will be held in April for students who sign during the spring signing period.
“Our mantra at Broken Arrow is ‘Literacy, Engagement, Graduation,’” BAPS Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said as she addressed the students and parents. “We know our students need to be engaged in the classroom, but athletics is an amazing way to engage students and make them proud to be a Tiger. And, they make us proud that they are Tigers.”
Guest speaker Sam Belt, a 2003 BAHS graduate who played college basketball at the University of Central Oklahoma and professionally in Australia, was this year’s featured speaker.
“Less than five percent of all high school athletes go on to play college, so you guys are an elite group of players,” said Belt, looking to his right and left at the line of athletes on each side. “As you go into college, if you start working hard now, you’re going to build a platform for the rest of your life. Once you find out you can work hard and are determined then you are going to have success.”
Congratulations to the following student athletes:
Colton Croft, Murray State College
Austin Hulet, Fort Scott CC
Landon Hulet, Fort Scott CC
Hunter Little, Fort Scott CC
Declan Spurlock, Northeastern State University
Claire Nichols, Southwestern College
Boys Cross Country/Track
Collin Carpenter, Dodge City CC
Blake Batson, Northeastern State University
Robert Calhoun, Missouri Baptist University
Skyler Haynes, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
Jeremiah Holliday, Henderson State University
Carder Key, University of Montana
C.J. Myers, Pittsburg State University
Austyn Romine, Southwestern College
LeDarren Walker, Northeastern A&M
Cade Yeager, Northeastern State University
Harrison Gearhart, Northeastern State University
Andrew Skinner, Ottawa University
Baylee Brewer, Southern Arkansas University
Noah Harris, Fort Hays State University
Hunter Meeks-Riner, McPherson College
Paulina Chavez, Northeastern State University
Sommer Franks, Northeastern State University
Hailey Gonzalez, Allen CC
Kaylee Cheyenne Gragg, East Central University
Lauren Keck, East Central University
Jessica Misquez, Oral Roberts University
Mollie Nance, East Central University
Sarah Ward, Manhattan Christian College
Rachel Wilkins, Northeastern State University
Madison Henson, Independence CC
Elizabeth McKellip, Northern Oklahoma JC
Abigal Parks, Cowley County CC
Mikalyn Strother, Murray State College
Mia Bledsoe, Pittsburg State University
Kamryn Smith, Coffeyville CC
Tyler Lawley, Newman University
When all the splashing was over, it was obvious that including students in this year’s “Freezin’ for a Reason” fundraiser was going to make a difference.
The 110 participants more than tripled the number of those who jumped into the Forest Ridge pool at last year’s event, which is sponsored by the Broken Arrow Public Schools Athletic Department. The donations eclipsed year one’s mark by more than $2,000.
“Wow!” was the first word offered by event organizer Melenda Knight when informed of the $7,399.66 total. That goal was $6,000.
“It was a team effort,” the assistant athletic director said before beginning to verbally list names and “thank yous.”
One of the first she mentioned was Katie Fly, head coach of BA Special Olympics and special education teacher at the BA Freshman Academy, who also shared gratitude.
“We are so lucky and grateful to be in a district where all students are welcomed and recognized regardless of cognitive ability,” Fly said. “’Thank you’ cannot even begin to express the gratitude and appreciation our families and coaches feel. The families of our athletes do not get as many opportunities as others to see their children compete in athletic events and be part of a team.”
Money raised through “Freezin’ for a Reason” will provide uniforms and equipment to the athletes. It also will cover a majority of the team’s travel expenses to the Summer Games at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, May 17-19.
From now until fall 2017, construction crews will be working to complete 11 new Broken Arrow High School classrooms and a commons area near the eastern section of Tiger Field House.
Due to construction, the eastern entrances to the field house will be blocked along with its adjacent south parking lot. Patrons and students are encouraged to use the field house’s northwest and southwest entrances, and are asked to park in the parking lot behind Building D.
In addition, the east side of the Visual and Performing Arts Building will be blocked.
This project is made possible by the passage of the 2015 bond issue. These bond funds allow the district to add classrooms to accommodate growing enrollment, expand and update our facilities and add technology to the classroom.
For a detailed map of where construction will take place, please click here.
Parents of Broken Arrow High School, Freshman Academy and middle school student-athletes may go online to complete necessary forms to assure their child is eligible to begin participation in school athletics.
The completion of such forms as the Emergency Consent Form, Concussion and Head Injury Acknowledgement Form and the Risk/Insurance/Transportation Consent Form is required before a student is eligible to participate in Broken Arrow athletics. Click here to bring up the website that contains the required forms. Other online forms parents are required to complete include the OSSAA’s Eligibility and Recruiting Forms, the Social Networking Form and the Drug Testing Consent Form.
To begin completion of the forms parents will need to include their child’s first and last names and know their child’s student ID number. An electronic signature of one parent is required.
Student-athletes are also required to have a current physical on file in order to participate in Broken Arrow school-sponsored athletics.
Online completion of the required forms is more convenient for parents and will streamline the process for Broken Arrow athletic department administrators, coaches and trainers.
Parents with questions regarding the medical forms may email Daniel Steward. For all other questions, please call the athletic office at 918-259-5904.