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December 21, 2013

Coweta football coach resigning

State briefs

COWETA — Coweta head football coach Bubba Burcham announced on Friday that he was resigning after coaching the Tigers for the past six seasons.

The Sports Animal — KYAL, FM-97.1 — in Tulsa first reported Burcham’s resignation. The radio station reported that Burcham was stepping down to begin ministry work.

“I have been blessed to coach in Coweta the past 6yrs. The greatest reward of coaching is the time spent with the players. Thank You,” Burcham tweeted on Friday.

In a letter to parents, Burcham wrote, “God gives each man a path and over the last 2 years, my path has been changing. God has been preparing me for the ministry.”

In 2013, Coweta went 4-6 overall and 3-4 in District 5A-4 play. The Tigers, who missed the Class 5A playoffs, beat Tahlequah 32-13 on Oct. 11.

Burcham wrapped up his career at Coweta with a 36-30 record overall. In 2008, Coweta won a district title during Burcham’s first year at the helm. The same year Burcham was named District Coach of the Year.

Tye commits to Pitt State

Jenks running back and wide receiver Brett Tye announced on his Twitter page that he committed to Pittsburg State on Friday.

Tye, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior, wrapped up his senior season with 15 rushes for 51 yards. He also caught two passes for 40 yards.

Jenks recently won its second straight Class 6A championship with a 38-22 victory over Union in Tulsa.

Pittsburg State will open the 2014 season against Northeastern State in September.

Verbal commitments are non-binding until signing day in February.

Bizzle signs with Lopers

Former Tahlequah resident, Jeff Bizzle, recently signed a letter of intent to wrestle at Nebraska Kearney, a member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. The Lopers have won national championships in three of the past four years.

Bizzle, now at Bentonville High School in Arkansas, won a Class 7A state championship at 132 pounds last season.

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