There are few things more difficult than getting back in a work routine after several unencumbered weeks of vacation.


There are few things more difficult than getting back in a work routine after several unencumbered weeks of vacation.
With that in mind, here’s a few sports notes as my summer couch potato days slide unhappily into the past.
When the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association released its Average Daily Membership (ADM) figures Monday, Shawnee still found itself in Class 5A.
With an ADM of 1,240 students from the ninth through 12th grades, Shawnee was listed as the 36th largest school in the state. The top 32 schools comprise Class 6A, making Shawnee the fourth largest school among the 36-school 5A ranks.
Shawnee trails only Claremore, Tulsa Washington and Bixby in the ADM figures in 5A.
One of the more interesting changes involving the 6A-5A scene involves Tulsa East Central. TEC, which has been a 5A athletic powerhouse, has bumped up to 6A. Since football’s Average Daily Membership was already locked in for the 2008 campaign, the Cardinal gridders will still compete in 5A. However, East Central will be a 6A competitor in every other sport during the 2008-2009 school year.
That is particularly significant for Shawnee in terms of next spring’s state track hopes. Shawnee, one of the top 5A track programs — both boys and girls — can’t help but benefit from East Central’s ascension to 6A. East Central claimed both the girls and boys state championships last spring.
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Shawnee’s softball season is right around the corner.
The Lady Wolves of head coach Todd Boyer will launch their 2008 campaign with a Tuesday, Aug. 12 contest versus visiting Guthrie.
Boyer, after guiding Shawnee to a 30-10 record last season, is looking forward to this year’s edition.
“We have several returning starters,” said Boyer, who launched practice two weeks ago.
“Ashlee Brokeshoulder will be one of the top pitchers in the state in any class,” Boyer said.
Brokeshoulder has yet to join the practice sessions because she has been playing with a national team.
Boyer will also have the services of several other returning standouts, including daughter and center fielder Sidni Boyer. Boyer recorded a team-high .347 batting average in 2007.
Among the other returning starters Todd Boyer is counting on heavily are Kaylee Allen at third base and Brittany Hampton at either shortstop or second base.
“I think we will have a chance to be competitive in every game,” Boyer said.
Shawnee’s Middle School softball squad will conduct its first practice Monday, Aug. 4 at the Shawnee Middle School field.
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The Shawnee Millers of the Oklahoma Metro Football League will conduct tryouts Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Shawnee Middle School practice field.
Interested participants are required to pay a $35 fee.
The Millers, who were 3-5 in last year’s inaugural season, will launch their second season in February.