Classes 2A-4A state tournament notebook: Stephen Clark moves to sixth on all-time scoring list

The Oklahoma State signee's 25 points on Friday moved him ahead of former Red Oak player Lane Adams for sixth on Oklahoma's all-time career scoring list with 3,261 points.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid Published: March 8, 2013
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Roland lost to Bishop McGuinness in the Class 4A championship in 2007.

CENTENNIAL PRINCIPAL ON THE OTHER SIDE

Centennial principal Charmaine Johnson was all burgundy and gold Friday night for the Bison boys basketball team's Class 3A semifinal game against Millwood.

But it might have felt a little backward.

Johnson was a basketball player at Millwood before her college career at Oklahoma State.

“Every year, we end up playing Millwood,” Johnson said. “So I have my red, white and blue on the inside, but I have all my burgundy and gold on the outside.”

NORTHEAST GOES GREEN

With neon green shoes and warm-up shirts, it's hard not to notice the Northeast girls basketball team.

But there is a reason for that.

Northeast coach Londaryl Perry said the original intent was to order pink shoes for cancer awareness, but Nike no longer made the shoes they intended to order.

Instead, they chose neon green in hopes of standing out.

“The girls decided let's go with green, it'll make us stand out,” Perry said. “The shirts came about for the state tournament.

“I know it's not pink … but ideas started popping in their heads. So, we rolled with the punches.”

Northeast players Danielle Gaddis and Maximina Gonzalez each lost their mom to cancer, according to Perry.

“That really makes some special feelings for that,” Perry said.

SIMON RETURNS TO FINALS

Okemah coach Kale Simon is making a return to the state finals after the Panthers defeated Sequoyah-Tahlequah 55-35 in the Class 3A boys semifinals. But this time he's done it with a different team.

Simon came to Okemah in 2011 just one season removed from guiding Roff to a Class B state title in 2010. He believes his past experiences have helped this team, but gives most of the credit to his players.

“As far as the preparation and the planning it has helped,” Simon said. “But every year you get new kids. The way they've performed has been spectacular. It's simply about them being really, really good today.”

Simon has compiled a career record of 137-35, going 48-8 in his two seasons with Okemah. The Panthers' only previous finals appearance was in 2009, when they lost to Cascia Hall.

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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by Jacob Unruh
Reporter
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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