To most people, he’s known simply as Dustin Basks.
To his brothers and family members, he’s ‘Superman’.
And, to his Claremore Zebra teammates and coaches, he’s their ‘Playmaker’.
No matter what, though, he represents one of the top 12 football athletes in the Green Country area, according to NewsOn6 and Bob Hurley Ford.
A week ago, Basks joined 12 other finalists for the Bob Hurley Ford/NewsOn6 Football Athlete of the Year Banquet in Tulsa.
It was there that Basks, his mother Bridgett Cox, his uncle Ballie Basks and Claremore head football coach Rob Gilbreath saw how important that Basks is to the Zebra football program.
Throughout the season, Gilbreath referred in numerous interviews that (Dustin) Basks was the MVP of this team.
At the end-of-the-year Zebra football banquet, Basks received the ‘Team MVP’ award voted on by his teammates and coaches.
“Dustin’s one of those players that allows us to use him in a variety of ways,” Gilbreath said after Basks’ 3-touchdown performance against Coweta.
It was on that night — in Claremore’s 31-24 win over Coweta — that Basks garnered the attention of Bob Hurley Ford and NewsOn6.
The 5-foot-8, 155-pound two-way starter accounted for three touchdowns and recovered a game-turning fumble.
* Basks caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brinley Brown.
* Basks raced 34 yards untouched for a touchdown in the Zebras’ ‘Wildcat’ package.
* Basks electrified the crowd with a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that opened the third quarter.
All three touchdowns showcased the talent and importance that Basks brings to the Zebra football team as they transition into Class 6A Division II in 2014.
Basks capped off his junior year with impressive statistics — 19 carries, 160 yards, 2 TDs; 44 catches, 861 yards, 9 TDs; 3 interceptions and 4 fumble recoveries; 2 blocked field goals; 13 kickoff returns for 474 yards and 7 punt returns for 257 yards.
Simply put, Basks’s football skills and savvy play-making moves are ‘magnificent’.
“I’m glad ‘No. 7’ is on our team,” Gilbreath said earlier this year.
And, so is the rest of Claremore.
Claremore’s Basks named finalist for NewsOn6 award
To most people, he’s known simply as Dustin Basks.
Hrdlicka, Teter pour ‘heart’ into Zebra soccer program
For the past four years, Claremore High School seniors Katelin Teter and Nick Hrdlicka have represented the ‘heart and soul’ of the Lady Zebra and Zebra soccer programs.
The soccer duo will join seven other seniors on Friday night for Homecoming against Collinsville at Lantow Field.
SOCCER: JV Lady Zebras edge Verdigris, 2-1
Claremore sophomore forward Brylee Brasher may have felt a little out of position Monday night during the junior varsity game against Verdigris.
Normally, starting in the goal for the Lady Zebras varsity team, Brasher came out of her comfort zone to start at forward for the Claremore JV.
The position switch proved to be a great decision for head coach Robin Sutherland, as Brasher showed a tenacity on offense that led to Claremore’s 2-1 win over Verdigris.
Claremore’s Stone leads NSU tennis to MIAA title
Amanda Stone was a player the last time Northeastern State won a conference title in tennis. This time, she’s the coach.
Thanks to a 9-0 rout of Lindenwood on Saturday, No. 31 Northeastern State claimed no worse than a share of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association championship.
Vian's Rowdy Simon seeks playing time in Tulsa backfield
The Tulsa football team practiced for two hours on Saturday and finished the workout with a 102-play scrimmage.
Whereas last Saturday's scrimmage was dominated by the Tulsa defense, today's scrimmage session was a more balanced. The Tulsa offense scored on 10 of 21 possessions, including six touchdowns and four field goals, and the Tulsa defense had two takeaways.
FOOTBALL: Tulsa-Tulane season opener moved to Aug. 28
The American Athletic Conference announced today that the Tulsa-Tulane football game, scheduled for the first weekend of the 2014 season, will be played on Aug. 28 at The University of Tulsa's H.A. Chapman Stadium.
BASEBALL: Arkansas cruises past SFA, 7-2
The Arkansas baseball team (23-15) jumped out to an early lead Tuesday evening and never looked back, picking up a 7-2 win over Stephen F. Austin (15-21) at Baum Stadium.
Hornbeak leaving OU men's basketball program
In a surprising decision, sophomore guard Je’lon Hornbeak informed Oklahoma’s coaching staff on Tuesday he will transfer at the end of the spring semester.
Rave reviews following OU's spring game
Oklahoma didn’t play a game as much as it put on a show Saturday at Owen Field. At least, that was the intent.
BASEBALL: Sooners outlast Cowboys in 18-inning marathon
The longest game at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium lasted 18 innings between the Bedlam rivals. The Oklahoma Sooners converted three runs in the top of the 18th to come away with a 12-9 victory.
Locust Grove cleans house, ousts four coaches
Locust Grove High School has relieved head wrestling coach Johnny Cook and head boys basketball coach Ronnie Maple of their coaching duties, school sources said Tuesday.
- More Sports Headlines
- Hrdlicka, Teter pour ‘heart’ into Zebra soccer program