- Ada, Oklahoma


March 7, 2014

Ada soccer program overcomes early odds

Ada — When former Ada Schools superintendent Zane Bowman decided in 1998 it was time to initiate a high school soccer program at Ada High, he likely did so with fingers crossed.

Ada would, in 2001, become only the second high school in the state’s southeast region to field boys’ and girls’ varsity soccer. The other school was Durant, which had had high school soccer since the early 1990s.

Bowman may have had second thoughts when he began construction of the Ada High soccer facility. 

The stadium, located directly east of Ada High School, is a beautiful facility. Schools love to visit Ada because of the exceptional field and lighting. However, getting that stadium completed was no easy task.

When preparing the field and running utilities, workers encountered boulders the size of large trucks. But the job went ahead as scheduled, and Ada High opened the 2001 soccer season in its beautiful new spot.

This year — Ada’s 14th soccer season — the Cougars and Lady Cougars opened up at home March 4 versus Atoka. On March 25, the teams travel to McAlester for away matches. Both Atoka and McAlester are just now starting up their high school soccer programs.

The sport has been popular in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas for decades, and most metro high schools have had soccer programs for many years. However, in the rural areas, soccer has taken hold more slowly.

But now, the momentum has built to the point that most Oklahoma high schools in Class 2A and up either have the sport or are seeking to start up programs.

Both Ada squads are strong, competitive and have good shots at the playoffs for the 2014 season. An important decision by a visionary superintendent paved the way for soccer success in Ada.


Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • 7-27 ecu bailey.jpg Sensational seven added to ECU soccer team

      East Central University head soccer coach Riley Bailey has announced the signing of seven new student-athletes for the 2014 edition of the Lady Tigers.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-27 ecu hoops signees.jpg ECU men's hoops team adds four players

    The East Central University men's basketball team will be bolstered by the addition of four players to the 2014-15 roster.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-27 aaliyah all-state.jpg Area to be well-represented during All-State week

       The Ada area will be well-represented when the 2014 Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State games kick off this week in Tulsa.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-27 fanning.jpg So long, Stillwater: Roland Fanning headed to Little Rock

    Roland Fanning has been living the dream for the past two years as a volunteer assistant for the Oklahoma State University baseball program.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-26 braves-14-bb.jpg State awaits Ada Braves

    The wait is nearly over for the Ada Braves American Legion Post 72 baseball team.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • One Strike and Out Braves lose game, pitcher, coach

    Assistant coach Seth Tinsley knew the Ada Braves would have to be at the top of their game to gain a victory over the perennial American Legion powerhouse Midwest City Outlaws.


    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Erik Solberg East Central names assistant soccer coach

    East Central University head soccer coach Riley Bailey has announced the addition of Erik Solberg to assist with the coaching duties starting in the 2014 season.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Street Stock crash Oklahoma Sports Park

    July 24

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • OU football: It's never been like this

    It’s hard to remember how many columns like this one have filled the pages through the years. Has to be at least, oh, seven or eight.


    July 24, 2014

  • One of the favorites Big 12 football talking Final Four

    Never have the words “Final Four” been used so often at a football media gathering. Monday at Big 12 Football Media Days, the College Football Playoff was the hot topic. On Dec. 7, the 12-member panel will announce the best four teams, and thus begins the semifinal for a national title.


    July 23, 2014 1 Photo