Football teams are just now getting ready to head into their district seasons, but other fall sports already see the playoff picture coming into focus.
Several area teams are among the best in their respective sports.
Shawnee's Lady Wolves continue to climb in the rankings. Shawnee is 14-6 and ranked 12th in 6A. The Lady Wolves travel to Piedmont Thursday and then return to the PAAC to take on 5A No. 4 Mount St. Mary and 5A No. 6 Carl Albert next week.
They will have only four regular season games left after next week.
Tecumseh is 9-5 overall and No. 19 in Class 4A. The Lady Savages play in the Noble Tournament this weekend before hosting Capitol Hill Monday.
Seminole volleyball is 3-12.
Dale and Asher are near the top of the standings in both classes of fall baseball in Oklahoma. The Pirates have lost a couple of games in a row to top 10 teams, but Dale is still the No. 3 team in Class A and they even received one first place vote.
They have three home games next week, all against ranked teams.The game on Sept. 17 is against Asher, the No. 7 team in Class B. The Indians' next three games are against top 10 teams.
District play begins Sept. 20 for fall baseball.
Fast pitch standings use two methods. Class A and B still have weekly rankings even though 2A-6A use a district format to set playoff pairings.
Asher's Lady Indians are ranked No. 10 in Class B with a 13-6 record. They are the only ranked team in the area.
In 2A, Dale is dominant again. The Lady Pirates are defending 2A State Fast Pitch champions. They are ready to defend that title. Dale is 23-3 and 11-0 in district play. They will be district champs and host playoff action in a couple of weeks. The Lady Pirates will play in the FireLake Festival this weekend and they have games against Chandler and Bethel next week to get ready for a playoff run.
In 3A, Meeker and Prague appear to be in good shape for playoff appearances. Prague is 18-7 and 5-2 for third place in district. Meeker is fourth in the district at 11-7 and 4-3 in district play.
Chandler is leading their district with a perfect 8-0 district record and an 18-7 record overall.
Three area teams in 4A compete in the same district. Bethel, Seminole and Tecumseh all compete in District 4A-4. Bethel dropped a game to Tecumseh this week but recovered to beat Seminole on the road. Tecumseh lost to district leading Newcastle after beating the Lady Wildcats Monday night. That exchange left Bethel in third, Tecumseh 4th and Seminole on the outside of the playoff picture at 2-5 in district. With three district games left for each team, Bethel is 4-3 and Tecumseh is 3-4. Seminole plays Bishop McGuinness and second place Harrah as well as a rematch with Tecumseh. Tecumseh also has games remaining against McGuinness and Harrah as well as the Lady Chieftains.
Bethel has two games against undefeated Newcastle and one with McGuinness. There could still be some shake-ups in the playoff standings.
The other area team in 4A is McLoud. The Lady Redskins are 12-12 overall and 7-4 in district. Their district is top heavy so the third place Lady Redskins have locked up a playoff spot and now they have to finish strong over the last three district games to pass Bridge Creek for second place. The schedule sets up well for them since they have already finished games with the top teams in the league and could win the final three games.
In 5A, the Lady Wolves are in second place in their district with a 13-6 record and 5-2 in district. But Shawnee has several tough games left with district leading Pryor, Coweta and Claremore Thursday at home. With a couple of wins, the Lady Wolves will clinch a playoff spot and if they finish strong, they could end up hosting a regional tournament.