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Local basketball players make All-Arklahoma Basketball Dream Team; three hoopsters, Arkoma coach nab special honors

March 19, 2014

Local players and coaches sharing the moment are, from left, Howe's Stephen Helmandollar, Arkoma's Abby Gragg, Arkoma girls coach Connie Ray, Howe's Kerstein Hall, Arkoma's Rosa Orpo, Howe's Jentry Brown, Howe girls coach Chris Brown, Poteau girls coach Scott Gregory, Poteau's Allison Stone, Panama girls coach Dennis Wright, Panama's Stephanie Barcheers, Howe's Gaven Brown and Nick Smallwood and Howe boys coach Shane Brown. Photo by Kammy Hall

FORT SMITH, Ark. — Several local high school basketball players and a local coach were named to the All-Arklahoma Basketball Dream Team, which was announced at a banquet Monday night.
Three players and a coach got special honors. Arkoma girls coach Connie Ray was named the Girls Coach of the Year after guiding the Lady Mustangs to the Class A State Tournament earlier this month for the first time in 22 years.
Ray's player, junior guard Abby Gragg, was given the Sportsmanship Award.
Howe's Gaven Brown was named the Newcomer of the Year, while Panama's Stephanie Barcheers was given the Hustle Award.

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