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High school basketball: Douglass' Stephen Clark named Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year

by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: March 21, 2013
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photo - Douglass Stephen Clark carries the championship trophy after his 51 point scoring run during the 4a boys championship game where the Douglass high school Trojans defeated the Roland Rangers 82-80 at the State Fair Arena on Saturday, March 9, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Douglass Stephen Clark carries the championship trophy after his 51 point scoring run during the 4a boys championship game where the Douglass high school Trojans defeated the Roland Rangers 82-80 at the State Fair Arena on Saturday, March 9, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Stephen Clark closed his Douglass High School basketball career with four state championships, and now he has his second Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year award.

Clark, who signed with Oklahoma State in November, was selected for the honor for the second straight year, the organization announced Thursday.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior point guard led the Trojans to a 26-4 record and their fourth consecutive Class 4A state title this season. He averaged 36.8 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and 5.7 steals per game while shooting 94 percent from the free-throw line. The Oklahoman's state tournament MVP for the second straight year, Clark scored 51 points in an 82-80 win over Roland in the 4A title game.

Clark has maintained a 3.59 GPA in the classroom. He volunteers locally as part of an elementary education literacy-outreach program.

“Stephen Clark is a player who just cares so much, not only about the things that he does on the court, but also about bringing out the best in his teammates,” said Douglass coach Anthony Andrews. “That's a rare sight to see. He's just so much fun to watch and he really brings so much excitement to the floor.”

Putnam City's Xavier Henry (2008-09), Midwest City's Shelden Williams (2001-02) and Brandon Loyd (1994-95) are the only other two-time winners of the boys basketball award in Oklahoma.

BURLINGTON'S TURNEY RETIRES

Just a couple months after winning his 600th career boys basketball game, Burlington coach Randy Turney has decided to retire.

“I have two daughters who are coaching now, and I don't really get a chance to watch them,” said Turney, who made his retirement official last week. “One of my daughters (Tasha Diesselhorst at Pond Creek-Hunter) coached at state, and I didn't get to see it because we were at state, too.”

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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