The future of Shawnee athletics as they prepare to move into Class 6A competition is becoming more clear.
The Wolves discovered they would see the move happen after the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association released their tentative average daily membership (ADM) for the 2017-18 school year last Wednesday. The top 32 schools with the highest ADM are classified as Class 6A schools.
The tentative ADM had Shawnee listed at an enrollment of 1305.54 to move to swap spots with Booker T. Washington for the bottom of 6A and top of 5A. Booker T. dropped down to an ADM of 1287.10.
The change wasn't a surprise to those who have followed the two school's enrollment numbers over the past several years.
“We knew there was a distinct chance and we knew it was going to be close,” athletic director Todd Boyer said.
The change won't have the same affect for all of the sports at Shawnee High School though.
The football team will have one more year of 5A ball after being locked into their district for this season and the softball team will be fortunate to not have to worry about a jump up for another two seasons.
“The rest of our sports are on a year-to-year basis, so everyone else will be 6A this year for the rest of our sports and then we'll roll around and see what happens next summer,” Boyer said.
The OSSAA Board of Directors will vote on whether or not to approve the numbers and changes in August.