Douglass basketball player Stephen Clark, regarded as one of the top 100 senior prospects in the country, appears to be working his way toward a college decision.
Clark's mother, Dorshell, said Monday that her son will take scheduled visits this month to Oklahoma State, Baylor, UCLA and Florida State.
Sources close to the family told The Oklahoman that Oklahoma State likely has a slight edge currently over the other three schools, but nothing certain will be known until after Clark takes all of his visits.
The family had considered announcing Clark's college choice Tuesday afternoon, but changed course, deciding instead to take all four visits and make a fully informed decision.
It is expected that Clark will make his college announcement by Nov. 14, the opening day of the weeklong early signing period for high school basketball players.
TULSA EAST CENTRAL FORFEITS FOUR GAMES
Tulsa East Central must forfeit its first four wins of the football season due to an ineligible player being used, Tulsa Public Schools announced Monday.
East Central was ruled to have used an ineligible player — a sophomore who had transferred from another TPS school — in those games.
The player should have been required to sit out on calendar year from varsity athletics unless he obtained a hardship waiver from the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.
The forfeits include a district game against Tulsa Central and nondistrict wins over Del City, Bartlesville and Tulsa Washington.
In a statement, Tulsa Public Schools athletic director Gil Cloud said Cardinals head coach Bobby Klinck and his staff had no knowledge the player was in violation of the transfer rules and that the issue was self reported by East Central athletic director Gary Roberts.
Klinck, a former Jenks standout who played for OU and Tulsa, is in his first year as head coach of the Cardinals.
East Central is ranked No. 2 in Class 5A.
WEST, LEE DEVELOPING CONNECTION
Westmoore coach Billy Langford has been pleased with the way quarterback Jhames West has continued to grow into his role.
West moved from receiver after last season and has been solid so far for the 4-1 Jaguars.
Friday night against Muskogee, West threw for four touchdowns and ran for another in a 55-14 win.
“He's played a lot more confident,” Langford said. “He's got more confidence in himself, and he's got more confidence in his receiving crew.”
The biggest part of that receiving crew has been Lexus Lee.
Lee caught a pair of touchdowns from West in the first quarter Friday, one a short-distance pass and another from more than 50 yards.
Lee is averaging more than 20 yards per catch.
“We've done a good job in the play-action stuff getting Lexus loose,” Langford said. “With our run game as good as it is right now and our offensive line playing the way they are, we're going to give defenses problems.”
Westmoore hosts Putnam City on Thursday.
BASKETBALL BACK IN ACTION
High school gyms across the state were once again filled with the sounds of bouncing basketballs Monday afternoon with the opening of full practice.
“I know we're ready to get back at it,” Bishop McGuinness coach Tondrell Durham said.
Durham faces a tough challenge, replacing all five starters from last year's Class 5A state championship team.
“Expectations will be high after a state championship,” he said. “But we're looking forward to a new challenge. We'll just have to continue to push doing the little things right.”
Like many coaches around the state, Durham will be waiting on some key members of his team to join him after football season. McGuinness defensive end David Love will be expected to fill a starting role in Durham's frontcourt, alongside 6-foot-8 sophomore Will Lienhart.
HEINEN TAKES TITLE
Edmond North junior Nick Heinen came from behind with a final-round 64 to win the OJGT Beast of the East tournament Sunday at Lincoln Park's East course.
Heinen carded eight birdies and two bogeys in the final round and shot a two-day total of 130 to win the age 15-18 division. He opened the final round four shots behind Edmond Memorial's Ty Tamura, who finished three back in second place. Heinen has won his last two OJGT starts.
Durant's Sydney Youngblood won a playoff over Poteau's Hannah Ward for the girls title.
Yukon's Lane Wallace shot even-par 140 over two rounds to win the boys age 12-14 division.
By Scott Wright and Ryan Aber