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Leaving the Frontier Far Away

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Bishop Kelley's Ryan Gendron spots up for three in a regular season game against Jenks.

Bishop Kelley's Ryan Gendron spots up for three in a regular season game against Jenks.

Bishop Kelley's Ryan Gendron spots up for three in a regular season game against Jenks.

Garrett Salyer

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The story of the Cinderella, of the underdog prevailing in success, of David and Goliath; these stories occur in everyday life. Does significantly better competition push people to be better in any given area or does it teach people to be content with being inferior to others? The Comets have been competing against schools in the Frontier Conference such as Jenks, Broken Arrow, and Union over the past few years in a variety of sports. Basketball has been the focus of discussions about whether the basketball team should play these high schools of 3000+ students. After the 2017-2018 basketball season, the school will leave the Frontier Conference in all sports.

Basketball coach David Dee takes his stand on the issue.

“Playing against these schools had its up and downs. I was very proud of the way our boys fought this year,” Dee said.

Bishop Kelley basketball players Ryan Gendron (12) and Zach Coffman (12) played basketball this year for the Comets and have mixed feelings about it.

“Playing in the Frontier was alright. We played up to the level of other teams, but losing against them messed up our seeding in the 5A regional,” Gendron said.

The basketball team plays in the Frontier Conference for its regular season district games and, plays in the 5A state tournament. A team’s record in the regular season determines the seeding in the regional playoff. Other than seeing different teams in tournament and exhibitions, the basketball team plays a home-away matchup with the teams in the Frontier that will determine the Comet’s seeding in the playoffs.

Zach Coffman weighs in on another stance with playing in the Frontier.

“It’s nice playing these schools because they are all pretty close to BK, which makes traveling pretty nice. But it did get frustrating with preparing as hard as we did at times and just getting out athleted,” Coffman said.

The boy’s baseball and boy’s soccer teams both play in a different conference than the boys basketball team. A conference opponent Durant is more than three hours away from Tulsa. Other schools such as Shawnee and McAlester are as well over an hour away.

Playing in the Frontier Conference has brought about many mixed feelings within the athletic community.

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