Bartlesville schools provide a wide array of enriching athletic experience with the goal of having every student athlete become a successful graduate and a productive citizen. In fact, 18 of last year's graduates are continuing to their athletic pursuits in college. Regardless of the sport, all school athletic activities strive to instill key values into the life of every participant, including a responsibility for his or her own actions, loyalty to a group, pride in sacrifice, appreciation for work ethic, self-discipline and self-motivation, humility and graciousness in success, dignity in defeat, respect for others, honesty and basic sportsmanship. Learn more about Bartlesville schools' athletic programs at BartlesvilleBruins.com
The Bartlesville High School boys baseball program is made up of 40 to 50 student athletes, grade 9-12, consisting of three teams: JV white (lowest level), JV blue (middle team), and the varsity. The program benefits from a state-of-the art indoor practice facility, as well as one of the best high school stadiums in the state, the historic Doenges Stadium located in downtown Bartlesville.
The varsity team reached the regional finals in 2012. The program provides an annual spring break trip to Arizona and every year sends graduates onto college baseball opportunities.
The Lady Bruin Softball team involves 30 to 50 girls participating in the high school and junior high BPS softball program. Fast pitch is played in the fall. In 2015 the program produced one first team All-District players with two Honorable Mentions. The team is improving year to year, with next season dominated by seniors -- two pitchers and four position players. Experienced leadership plus new young talent provide strong competition in all games including an upcoming tournament in Kansas City this year.
With a 2015 season record of 10-2, the Bruin varsity football team earned its way to the Semi-Final round of the playoffs marking one of the best seasons in Bruin football history. Six members of last year's team signed to play in college.
The football program, benefitting up to 200 boys in grades 8-12, has produced numerous all-state and all-district players. Stressing academics first, the program has furnished academic state champs from 2009 through 2013.
Bruins basketball has had a long tradition of success. With about 50 boys participating from the 8th through the 12 grades, the Bruins compete in the Frontier Conference, one of the most competitive in the state.
The 2011-12 Varsity team made to the state tournament, and this year the BHS team took second in the COP/Arvest tournament as well as the Bixby Invitational. One player was selected to the All-Conference team.
With 50-60 girls participating each year, the Lady Bruin basketball team has met with much success over the last decade. The program begins with 7th graders and continues through high school. As participants in the Frontier Conference, the team faces some of the toughest competition in the state. A senior player became the school's all-time leading scorer with 1869 points.
With approximately 100 boys and girls participating, the Bartlesville track program is offered for athletes grades 7th through 12th. The track team competes in the Frontier Conference against the largest school districts in Oklahoma and consistently holds its own. In the 2015 season, the Bruins had multiple State Finalists and multiple medal winners in events such as the high jump, 800 meter run, relays and hurdles.
The BHS swimming program is a community treasure. Bruin swim teams have won 38 Oklahoma State Titles including the past three 6A girl’s titles (2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons). Bartlesville swimmers won 11 of the 22 events at the 2017 6A State Championships. The girls also dominated the classroom and were honored as State Academic Champions with a 3.98 team GPA.
Bruin swimming dominance is recognized nationally. The National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association honored 10 Bruins as 2016 National All-Americans. United States Swimming selected 5 BHS student-athletes as National Scholastic All-Americans.
The Lady Bruin Soccer team consists of about 40 students enrolled in grades 9-12. The JV and Varsity teams compete with other teams throughout the state, with the season extending from February to May and containing 18 games and scrimmages. Over the last several years, the program has had numerous players named to district and all-state teams. After graduation, many Lady Bruins have gone on to play collegiate soccer at various Division 1 and 2 schools.
The Bartlesville Bruins Boys Soccer program, consists of 40-50 students, covering grades 9-12, is one of the most consistent programs in the state. The Varsity team is has won and/or placed highly in several tournaments along with making the state playoffs year after year. BHS players are consistently recognized among the best in the state, garnering All-District and All-State awards and many going on to compete in college while receiving athletic scholarships.
Players often compete in multiple sports, as well as performing strongly in academics and arts programs.
Opportunities for wrestling begin in youth division (5-12 years of age) and continue through junior high (grades 7-9) and high school (grades 9-12). With more than 100 boys participating, the program has produced an individual state champion in 2013, a state placer in 2014, and a second place team award in the 2014 Kansas-Oklahoma Tournament.
Wrestling in Bartlesville begins with the Bartlesville Wrestling Club, where a two-level approach allows young athletes to learn at a pace appropriate to skill and experience level. The school program starts in 7th grade for junior high and continues through high school with competition from November through February.
The volleyball program at Bartlesville High School pursues a two-fold mission of competing for championships and promoting character development of players. Over the last six years, the Lady Bruin Volleyball Team has won four 6A Academic State Championships (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015), compiled a record of 92 wins and 65 loses, reached the 6A State Tournament Semi-finals, produced four all-state players, and sent three players to the college ranks. The team has about 60 participants from grades 8 to 12.
With approximately 40 participants, the Bartlesville Bruins Tennis program has options for both high school (9-12) and middle school (6-8). According to OSSAA rules 6th graders can’t compete in tournaments/matches, but they are allowed to practice with and be a part of the team. Over the past two years, 75 percent of our Varsity high school players have qualified for the State tournament. Last season, the girls’ team placed second at Regionals and fifth at State, including an individual State Championship at #1 Singles and a sixth-place finish at #2 Singles. The boys’ team placed fifth at Regionals and thirteenth at State, including a seventh-place finish at #1 Singles. Both teams have won academic state championships in the past five years.
The season begins on March 1st and lasts until mid-May, with an off-season program from mid-September to near the end of November.
The girls cross country team have placed first in the state 6A competition for the past three seasons (2014-16), while the boys team placed first in 2016 and second in the 2015 state meet. The boys also were honored as State Academic Champions in 2016 for their collective classroom performance. The cross country programs's head coach was named Oklahoma Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2014 and 2015.
Starting in the 6th grade, many runners stay with the program all seven years. The program kicks off with the annual Bruin Mile race, where about 500 elementary age kids get their first taste of cross country competition. High school and junior high participation averages around 120 runners. Varsity team participants are chosen from the top seven runners from the previous week’s meet. The season runs from the start of school in the fall through the beginning of November.
The Bartlesville golf program is open to students, grades 7th-12th, with junior high, junior varsity and varsity teams for both boys and girls. Student try outs are held at the start of the season, which runs from March until May. Practices are split between two facilities – Hillcrest Country Club and Adams Golf Course. The Bartlesville golf program is affordable, so that all students who wish to participate may do so. About 40 students are involved in the program each year.
The Bartlesville Varsity Pom squad placed 1st in Hip Hop and 2nd in Pom at the state championship, while the JV squad and 6th grade Pom club came away as state champions as well in their categories. Both the JV and Varsity placed 1st in Hip Hop and Pom, 2nd in Jazz, and the Varsity squad won the highest overall score at the Lee's Summit North dance invitational. The Varsity squad went on to NDA Nationals in Orlando, Fl, and proved to be among the top in the nation, placing 2nd in Pom, 3rd in Hip Hop, and 5th in Jazz.
With about 50 total members, the Pom program has two high school pom squads and two pom clubs which includes 6th-12th graders who practice and compete year round. The Pom squads perform drumbeats and routines at football and basketball games and typically take part in four competitions each year.
The Varsity Cheer squad this year placed in the Top Three at OSSAA 6A Regionals and Top Ten at the OSSAA 6A Cheerleading State Championship. They will be attending the 2017 NCA National Championships in Dallas, TX in January. With about 55 cheerleaders in grades 7-12 participating, the Bruin Cheer program consists of three squads: Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Middle School. Cheer is a year-round sport, with tryouts each spring, followed by preparation for summer camp.