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Eligible for the postseason: Titans, Timberwolves excited about playing full season of games

July 29, 2014

West Oktibbeha boys basketball coach Danny Crawford instructs his team during a practice. The Oktibbeha County School District regained its accreditation, so the athletic teams will play a full schedule of games and have the opportunity to participate in the postseason. (SDN file photo)

Two years ago the Oktibbeha County School District saw its two member schools accreditation withdrawn.
Now after steady hard work on the part of the students, faculty and entire community, East and West Oktibbeha find itself back on the accredited side of things.
"Now that we have improved standards and improved academically, we petitioned to reinstate Oktibbeha County's accreditation," district conservator Margie Pulley said. "We went Tuesday for a meeting and the commission voted to upgrade our status from withdrawn to accredited."
The Mississippi High School Activities Association would not comment on the matter because it had not received the accreditation letter in the mail.
Even with the updated status the OCSD will still undergo consolidation with the Starkville School District in July 2015, but it does hold some great news for the OCSD athletic teams. After two seasons of only being able to participate in district games and no shot at the postseason, the East Oktibbeha Titans and West Oktibbeha Timberwolves can partake in a full schedule of games along with the potential for playoff competition.
"I am excited for the kids and the community," West Oktibbeha coach Danny Crawford said. "They went from an eight-game football schedule to 10 while basketball season now consists of 28 games. Now we are back to being playoff eligible."

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