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.”
Turney spent 34 seasons as a high school coach, 31 of them in boys basketball.
MARTIN EARNS ACC HONOR
Former Edmond Santa Fe softball standout Maddie Martin, The Oklahoman's Big All-City Player of the Year in 2011, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's pitcher of the week earlier this week.
Martin, a freshman at Maryland, threw four complete games in the week, helping the Terrapins go 5-2.
She faced 109 batters, striking out 23 and giving up just four earned runs.
Against Oklahoma State, Martin threw six innings without allowing an earned run. She also picked up the win against Hampton and threw seven shutout inning against Valparaiso.
Martin limited hitters to a .223 average against her and finished the week with a 1.40 ERA. For the season, Martin is 4-7 with a 3.84 ERA and 38 strikeouts.
DEER CREEK DUO PLAYING WELL FOR HOGS
A pair of former Deer Creek baseball standouts had big games last week for Arkansas in the Razorbacks' final games before SEC play began.
In the first of two games against Alabama A&M, freshman Isaac Hellbusch hit his first collegiate home run, a two-run shot that broke a 1-1 tie in an eventual 20-2 Arkansas win.
Hellbusch added a two-run single later in the same inning and finished with five RBIs on the night.
Brian Anderson, a sophomore outfielder who is a regular starter for the Razorbacks, had a career-high four RBIs in the win.
Anderson leads Arkansas in runs scored (17) and extra-base hits (6).
Anderson and Hellbusch were coached at Deer Creek by Arkansas alum Ron Moore.
Arkansas (14-7, 1-2) starts a three-game series at South Carolina on Friday.