Super 5 Player of the Year: Douglass' Stephen Clark finds sense of relief in fourth title

Stephen Clark's fourth state championship was by far his toughest. His senior season came with more pressure and higher expectations.
by Scott Wright Published: April 6, 2013
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photo - Stephen Clark, Douglass. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Stephen Clark, Douglass. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

Adversity kept coming Stephen Clark's way.

Injuries and doubters. The unsuccessful Las Vegas prep school experiment and the difficulties that came with the coaching change at Douglass.

Fighting through all those things, Clark and the Trojans still came out on top. On the court at State Fair Arena, as he held the gold ball, Clark felt the same joy he had felt the three times before. But he felt a different emotion, too.

Relief.

Clark's fourth state championship was by far his toughest. His senior season came with more pressure and higher expectations.

The Oklahoman's Super 5 Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the second straight season, Clark routinely delivered, averaging 36.8 points and 13.0 assists per game in a 27-3 season that saw no losses to Oklahoma competition. He became the eighth player in state history to score 3,000 points in a career, finishing with 3,312 points in fifth on the all-time list.

“I was proud that we got it done this year, facing all that adversity, so it was great for us to finish with a championship,” Clark said. “I felt pretty relieved.”

That feeling reached into the stands as well. His mother, Dorshell Clark, might have been more relieved than her son to see the season end with another title.

“I was emotional after we won,” she said. “For him, I know how hard he had worked, and to go through all the trials he had gone through, just to know he won that game, it was a blessing.”

For the first half of the school year, Stephen Clark's focus had been drawn away from basketball.

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by Scott Wright
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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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