LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - The Comanche County basketball tournament will look a little different next year. After years of weighing the pros and cons of staying in the field, Cache has made the decision to pull out of the tournament.
"We got in to serious discussions last week about it and were putting some feelers out about some tournaments that could take the place of the Comanche County Tournament. Then we got a chance to go to the Newcastle Tournament so we made that decision yesterday," Cache superintendent Randy Batt said.
The difference in the size of the schools participating has always been a concern for Cache. The Bulldogs, along with Elgin, have dominated the tournament over the last decade or so. The Cache girls have won eight of the last ten tournament titles, while the boys have won four, and have advanced to the title game several other times.
"You know the big-school, small-school thing is getting to be more of a controversy," Batt said."
"It's getting to the point where it wasn't good for our kids to participate in that tournament, even though it has a rich tradition and all that. We looked at it as for our program, it was better for us to compete against schools our size."
One of the things that has delayed this move in the past has been tradition. Cache has playing in the Comanche County tournament for more than 70 years. Batt knows that not everyone in Cache will be on board with the decision.
"It's going to be a dividing moment. I think there are some people that would have liked for us to stay in it. But we were hearing more from the people who thought we should be getting out of it," he said.
"You know we try to make decisions based on what's good for our kids and that's kind of what it came down to." Batt added.
Cache has won 27 Comanche County tournament titles, 14 on the girls side, 13 on the boys side.