The Four-peaters' Club added a new member last week.
When Douglass won the Class 4A state championship on March 9, it became the sixth boys basketball team in state history to win four consecutive titles.
The list is impressive.
Star Spencer from 1976-79, teams that included guys like Leroy Combs and Snake Gressham, with the first two titles coming in the state's largest class, then 4A.
Millwood followed shortly after, winning its titles from 1978-81, seeing the end of Eddie Evans' high school coaching career, and the start of Varryl Franklin's.
The Tulsa Washington teams of 1984-87 had the likes of Melvin Gilliam, Arthur Thomas and Richard Dumas. All four titles were in 5A, the largest class in the state at the time.
Then a decade went by before another four-peater arose, first with the Bishop McGuinness teams of 1998-2001 that produced Terrance Crawford and Jonathan Bluitt.
Taylor and Blake Griffin, with father Tommy as their coach, guided OCS to titles in 2003-06.
And now the Stephen Clark-led Douglass Trojans have added their name to the list.
As long as games have been played, there have been debates about who was better. Young vs. Old. Past vs. Present.
Those debates will never end, and here's another one.
Which of the four-peaters had the best dynasty? The best team? The best player?
Here's a case for each of the four-peaters, so you can decide for yourself.
Years of titles: 2010-13
Coaches: Terry Long (2010-12), Anthony Andrews (2013)
The stars: Stephen Clark has already cemented his place as one of the best scorers in state history, closing his career fifth all-time in points (3,312). He led the team in scoring all four championship years. But he had a lot of talent around him, especially in the first two seasons, with big man Marquis Buxton-Hill, twins Ramond and Romond Jenkins, and guards DeVonte Smith, Dorrian Williams and others.
The competition: Douglass didn't find much during the four-year run. The Trojans' only loss to an Oklahoma team came to Tulsa Washington in November 2011 at a tournament in Dallas. Early on, the rivalry with Star Spencer was strong, and the Trojans often went out of state to compete against the best opponents they could find.
Bumps in the road: Only four playoff games during the four-year stretch were decided by fewer than 10 points, and three of those came this year — Tulsa McLain in the area finals, Victory Christian in the state semifinals and Roland in the title game. The only other was in the first round in 2011, when Woodward's Seth Heckart barely missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer and Douglass won 58-56. In all, the Trojans won their 12 state tournament games by an average of 21.5 points.
“Those first two Douglass teams — the size, the speed, the athleticism — they had everything. And Stephen Clark is just a monster. It's amazing to me he wasn't a McDonald's All-American. He's truly a great guard. You literally have to pick him up at half-court.” — Star Spencer coach Patrick Cudjoe.
“The Douglass teams that won the first two championships, it would have been a struggle for our 1979 Star Spencer team to beat them. They were that tough, that talented. But I think we would have beat them,” — Former Star Spencer player and Northwest Classen coach Leroy Combs.
Years of titles: 2004-07
Coach: Tommy Griffin
The stars: Certainly L.A. Clippers star Blake Griffin, who played in all four of the Saints' championships during the streak, is the biggest name. His older brother Taylor was a huge part of the first two championships, and the Saints had plenty of other firepower, including Joel Evans, Tucker and Tyler Phillips and George Overbey.
The competition: During its 12 state-tournament wins during the stretch, the Saints played 10 different opponents. The first two titles came in 3A with the second two in 2A. Either way, most of OCS' strong competition came from outside the class during the regular season. The 2004 team was undefeated and the 2006 team's lone loss came to Class 4A Northeast.
Bumps in the road: There weren't many. Only one of the Saints' 12 state tournament wins during the stretch came by less than 14 points — 2004's 55-50 title win over Riverside. In 2005, OCS lost to Sequoyah-Tahlequah in a December meeting but beat the Indians 51-34 in the title game behind a combined 31 points and 15 rebounds from the Griffin brothers.
“Stephen Clark (of Douglass) and Blake Griffin are the only two guys I've coached against that you just didn't know how to defend them. There's really no answer for them. Blake, there's just nothing you could do with him at the high school level. You could try to double-team him, but that usually didn't work.” — Star Spencer coach Patrick Cudjoe
“Everybody showed up, they had to do what they needed to do and be unselfish about it. We didn't have any issues with guys accepting their roles. Whoever had the hot hand was going to get the ball and that wasn't me deciding that, it was the players being able to tell that. I told those guys to have the philosophy of pass first, shoot second and drive third and they really did that,” — OCS coach Tommy Griffin, who is now an assistant girls coach at Midwest City.
Years of titles: 1998-2001
Coaches: Garry Looper (1998-2000), Tondrell Durham (2000-01). The pair served as co-coaches in 2000 season.
The stars: The Irish were young from the start, with a freshman, a sophomore, two juniors and a senior in the starting lineup for the first title. For much of the run, McGuinness' inside game dominated with Junior Amous and Terrence Crawford as the primary cogs. The last run, though, was different, with J. Robert Merritt and Jonathan Bluitt helping the Irish to a thrilling fourth title.
The competition: Like many of the smaller-school teams on this list, most of the competition for the Irish came from larger-class teams. In 1998, though, McGuinness' path wasn't so easy. The Irish lost to Wagoner in the area finals, 67-61, before beating Sallisaw in the consolation finals to advance. In the 2001 season, McGuinness' only losses came to 6A opponents — Midwest City (twice), Putnam City and Norman.
Bumps in the road: The biggest hurdle came in the final game, when J. Robert Merritt's tip-in with one second remaining gave the Irish a 55-53 win over Idabel. The 68-58 win over Stilwell in the semifinals the night before was McGuinness' next-closest game during the run.
“I said from Day 1 that everybody was playing for second place (in 4A),” — Stilwell coach Larry Callison after his team's 80-47 2000 title-game loss.
“Terrence Crawford and Jon Bluitt are my two biggest memories from those teams. Crawford was nearly unstoppable at the high school level. He was the perfect blend of height, athleticism and skill. Even the best 6A teams couldn't stop him — Midwest City included — and Bluitt was so efficient running the point.” — Former Oklahoman sports writer Murray Evans, now the sports information director at Oklahoma Christian.
“We had guys with a tremendous amount of talent, and guys who loved to play the game of basketball.” — McGuinness coach Tondrell Durham.
Coach: Nate Harris
Years of titles: 1984-87
The stars: Melvin Gilliam, Arthur Thomas and Andre Davis starred on the early teams, while Richard Dumas carried the load for the second two title teams with players like Charles Marshall and Jamal West contributing. Gilliam had 31 in the 1985 finals, just months after leading the football team to a state championship.
The competition: Surprisingly, Tulsa Washington played 11 different teams to earn the 12 state tournament victories during the four-peat. Enid was the only team to face the Hornets twice at state. They beat Tulsa McLain, Tulsa Memorial, Edmond and Putnam City North in title games.
Bumps in the road: The Hornets trailed McLain at halftime of the 1984 title game but rallied behind Gilliam and Thomas. They were down nine in the second half to Enid in the 1985 semifinals before winning 75-73. But in the last two seasons, only PC North played the Hornets within 10 points at state.
“Earlier this year when Douglass played Booker T., somebody told me that Booker T. had a 6-6 post. Man, when we played them that was their guards. They were monsters. They weren't only big, but they were athletic. Top to bottom, they had the most physical talent I ever saw.” — Former Douglass coach Willie Kelley.
“Nate (Harris) is similar to Varryl Franklin at Millwood. I know a lot of people say, ‘You've got this guy, you've got that guy, you should win' and I'm not one of those guys that say I didn't have any talent. But the key to making the most of that talent is making them understand that the team is more important and Nate definitely did that.” — Tommy Griffin, former coach at multiple OKC-area schools, now a girls assistant at Midwest City.
“(Edmond coach) Mike de la Garza told me, ‘I always knew they had the best players. I didn't know they worked harder than anybody else.' They didn't always player harder than anybody else, but when it came to the state tournament, they did.” — Former Oklahoman writer Mike Brown, now with the Tulsa World. As the Edmond coach, de la Garza lost to Tulsa Washington 72-56 in the 1986 finals.
Years of titles: 1978-81
Coaches: Eddie Evans (1978-79), Varryl Franklin (1980-81)
The stars: Lorenza Andrews guided the first two title teams, along with the help of others like Joe Carter, who went on to become one of the greatest baseball players the state produced. Later, Paul Clewis, Freddie Moore and Anthony Andrews helped the Falcons finish the four-peat.
The competition: Wewoka was the familiar foe of the championship games, twice meeting Millwood for the gold ball. Otherwise, the Falcons spent much of their season playing the state's best teams from the metro area, like Star Spencer, Southeast and others. The 1978 team lost 11 games, but such was the life of one of the smaller teams in the Capital Conference, now known as the All-City Conference.
Bumps in the road: The Falcons had two narrow escapes in the 1980 state tournament, winning by 64-63 over Fort Gibson in the first round and 63-61 over Clinton in the semifinals. Then in the finals, Millwood missed its first 13 shots before pulling away for a 77-69 win over Wewoka. The 1981 team beat Tecumseh 60-58 in an overtime semifinal matchup. The Falcons' closest title game during the four-peat was 62-58 over Wewoka in 1979.
“Eliminate Millwood from the 3A basketball ranks and Wewoka is in the midst of a dynasty,” — Oklahoman writer Jim Lassiter wrote after the second Millwood-Wewoka championship game in 1980.
“My first year at the paper was 1980, Wayman Tisdale's sophomore year. Neither Millwood nor Booker T. were in the Tournament of Champions but they played at Booker T. on Tuesday before the tournament. Paul Clewis, who was a senior, was the last guy I could remember that got the better of Wayman Tisdale. He pushed Tisdale all over the floor. That team rebounded and shot the ball off the break and they were unbelievable at it.” — Former Oklahoman writer Mike Brown, now with the Tulsa World.
“I have a lot of respect for Chop (Millwood coach Varryl Franklin). Varryl's not a candy-coated type of guy but he gets the most out of his players.” — Tommy Griffin, former coach at multiple OKC-area schools, now a girls assistant at Midwest City.
Years of titles: 1976-79
Coach: Johnnie Johnson
The stars: Players like Eric Gathers, Snake Gressham and Alvin Parker starred on the early teams, with Gathers helping win the first three titles. But the biggest names rose to the top on the 1979 team. Leroy Combs and Kenneth Orange, both of whom played professionally, led the Bobcats to an undefeated record that year, along with a spot on the list of Oklahoma's best basketball teams of all time.
The competition: Twice faced Tulsa Edison in the finals, and defeated Lawton Eisenhower in the 1977 semifinals, a meeting of No. 1 vs. No. 2. But the biggest competition came from Matt Clark-led Southeast in 1978. The Spartans were undefeated when they played Star for the Class 3A title that year.
Bumps in the road: The first title team survived a semifinal clash with Northwest when Parker hit a 20-foot jumper at the buzzer for a 55-54 win. The biggest showdown of the four-year stretch came against Southeast in the 1978 title game, when Julius Boone scored 24 points — including two critical late jumpers — to lead Star to a 61-60 win.
“When you walked into Star Spencer, you were down 10 or 15 points, just because of the aura. They had such a tremendous amount of talent.” — Patrick Cudjoe, Northeast player form 1976-79, now the Star Spencer head coach.
“With the size of that team, and the athletic ability they had, they could really shoot the basketball and they were a great shot-blocking team — I think they could play with any of the other teams (that won four straight). It would be hard to beat those guys, because they had a special chemistry. Some of our practices were better than the games, because the guys from that '79 team, when they were younger, they were competing every day against Eric Gathers and Snake Gressham and those guys.” — Former coach Phil Ingersoll, who was a Star Spencer assistant during the four-peat.