Collinsville and Rejoice Christian learned of their respective state tournament paths on Sunday afternoon.
Both boys’ teams punched their ticket on Saturday night with victories in the area consolation finals to make historic trips to state.
Collinsville, making its first state trip since 1976 and just third in school history, will take on No. 2 Del City at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament in a familiar setting, the Brooks Walton Activity Center in Skiatook. The No. 10-ranked Cardinals bring a 17-9 record into the game while Del City sits at 22-3 overall.
The winner will take on the NW Classen-Lawton Eisenhower winner at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals inside the ORU Mabee Center. The other two first round matchups include Tulsa Memorial against Lawton MacArthur and El Reno facing Carl Albert.
The Cardinals punched their ticket after a 64-46 win over Will Rogers in the area consolation finals at Jenks. Collinsville defeated Coweta (47-44) and host Edison (56-53) in regional play, then lost to NW Classen (69-55) in area before it bounced back against the Ropers.
Del City is making its third consecutive state tournament appearance, sixth since 2011 and 15th overall. The Eagles lost to Booker T. Washington in the first round of last year’s 5A state tournament.
Rejoice Christian (21-8) will make its first state tournament appearance as a member of the OSSAA. The Eagles, ranked No. 9, will take on No. 4 Dale (22-7) at 2 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the 2A state tournament, which will take place at Edmond North High School.
Zac Briscoe’s squad punched their ticket by avenging their only loss of the postseason with a 59-31 thumping of No. 5 Oklahoma Union in Checotah. It marked Rejoice’s third win in three days after losing in the regional finals a week before.
The Rejoice Christian-Dale winner will take on either Minco or Okemah at 9 a.m. Friday in the semifinals at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City. Other first round matchups include Rock Creek against Hooker and Vanoss against Hennessey.
Dale is making its 12th state tournament appearance and second trip in the last three years. The Pirates defeated No. 1 Hooker, 44-36, in the area finals to clinch a state tournament berth.