If the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association (OSSAA) gives its blessings to the new proposed high school football districts, Bartlesville will have a markedly different landscape in 2020.
According to the proposal of the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association, Bartlesville would reside in District 6A-II-1. Familiar foes in the group would be Bixby, Muskogee, Ponca City, Sand Springs and Tulsa Washington. But, two westside schools — Putnam City West and Choctaw — have been earmarked to join the list.
Those new additions would be in lieu of Sapulpa and Shawnee, both of which have been dropped to Class 5A.
Several other area schools also will find their district geography greatly altered.
According to the proposal, Dewey and Nowata are being lumped together in District 2A-8. This would be the first time in several years the two rivals have inhabited the same district. Other district members would include Adair, Kansas, Keys (Park Hill), Salina, Claremore-Sequoyah and Tulsa Metro Christian.
Caney Valley has been moved from Class 2A to Class A.
The Trojans’ proposed district is A-6, which they would share with Chelsea, Ketchum, Liberty, Mounds, Pawnee, Stroud and Woodland.
Oklahoma Union and Pawhuska will both remain in Class A.
In fact, they are slated to compete in the same district (A-5), along with Afton, Commerce, Fairland, Hominy, Quapaw and Wyandotte.
Barnsdall will be making the most drastic change, dropping from the 11-man realm down to the eight-man category.
The Panthers are tabbed to play in District B-7, along with Covington-Douglas, Garber, Pioneer, Prue and Yale.
Copan and Wesleyan Christian School will remain in eight-man football, but are changing from Class B to Class C.
Their proposed district is C-3, which they are slated to share with Bluejacket, Deer Creek-Lamont, Medford, South Coffeyville, Timberlake and Welch.
Several of the local teams are coming off banner seasons in 2019.
Pawhuska finished 11-2, including a 9-1 regular season record. Barnsdall finished at 9-4, also in Class A. Both Pawhuska and Barnsdall advanced to the third round of the playoffs.
Dewey posted a 7-4 record in its first season in Class 2A; and Nowata recorded a bounce-back season at 5-6. Both teams qualified for the first time for the playoffs since 2016.
Oklahoma Union also earned a postseason berth while recording its second-winningest season in program history.
Bartlesville came in at 3-7 last year, missing out on the postseason by just a couple of plays.
Copan has co-opted the past two seasons, in 2018 with Wesleyan Christian and in 2019 with South Coffeyville, in order to avoid canceling football due to low numbers.
Caney Valley struggled though an 0-10 record last fall, but progressed notably throughout the season and graduated only three seniors.