NORMAN — Norman North coach Jeff Blough stepped down last week as coach of the girls' basketball team, leaving a void for a team that's been to the state tournament each of the past two seasons.
Administrators have begun the search for his replacement, officially opening the position on Wednesday as they search for their next coach, whom they hope to hire as soon as possible so they have plenty of time to prepare for summer camps and practices.
“We're just beginning the process, but we want to get it done as quickly as we can,” said Eddie Paul, North's athletic coordinator. “We're looking for the best coach available. We want to expedite the process as much as possible but still do a thorough job.”
Tigers poised to make a run: Norman High has been on a tear recently, going 8-2 in its last 10 games, and the Tigers have a two-week stretch in front of them that will determine if they'll have the opportunity to compete at the top of baseball’s District 6A-4.
It begins with a two-game set next week against Muskogee, which at 2-2 is neck and neck with the 3-3 Tigers in district play. NHS will follow that up with a two-game series against 12-1 Stillwater, which is still undefeated in district play. How well the Tigers do in those two series will go a long way to determining where they finish in district play, and where they'll be seeded when the playoffs roll around.
T-Wolves in control of district: Norman North still controls its own destiny in District 6A-2, but it's shaping up to be a two-team race.
North is 6-0 in district play, but so is Westmoore, which earned a pair of victories over Edmond Memorial earlier in the week, including an 8-7 win on Tuesday. North and Westmoore will meet April 28-29 for a two-games series that could decide the district title. It's also the final series of the season for both teams.