Weatherford Sports

Weatherford senior leaving with two records

Grayson Stinson
Grayson Stinson Photo courtesy

Grayson Stinson began his career with the Weatherford Kangaroos basketball team as a freshman, barely averaging five points a game.

Now, he's leaving as perhaps the top scorer in team history, at least since the program started keeping such records in 2001. In four years as a Kangaroo, Stinson scored 1,374 points.

"He was a scrawny 15-year-old as a freshman," Kangaroos head coach Charles Tatum, who came to Weatherford when Stinson was a sophomore. "I actually saw him that year, though, because he came down to Midland (where Tatum was then coaching) for a tournament. I never forgot the fight this kid had in him. There was something about him, and then when I got the job here, I knew we had a chance to build around him."

Stinson averaged more than 25 points this season. That included another school record, 46 points in a double-overtime loss to Peaster.

"That night was a special night. He was on fire," Tatum said. "He started off slow, but he got it going in the second half."

But as ferocious as his play is on the court, Stinson is humble off the court.

"I'm just glad I've been given the opportunity to play a bigger role," he said. "I was aware of the career record, but I just wanted to focus on helping the team."

Stinson's freshman experience was a humbling one when it came to wins and losses. The team finished 2-31. However, he said that actually helped him and his teammates when the next season came as Tatum led the Kangaroos to their first postseason berth since 2008.

"As disappointing as it was, that season helped me develop. You have to develop a toughness, and it was definitely something that stuck with me," he said.

And though the Kangaroos did not get back to the postseason for either of his final two seasons, Stinson said it was an unforgettable accomplishment.

"I know the community was very proud of us. Hard work got us there," he said.

It wasn't until his junior season that Stinson and Tatum realized he had a chance at the scoring record. Actually, as a sophomore, he was playing backup to some experienced guards.

"He got in the gym and he got better," Tatum said. "This record says a lot about his dedication, his class. It shows if you want something bad enough, you can achieve it."

Tatum said that while Stinson is not a vocal leader, he's the best kind. He goes out and does what has to be done.

"He's a doer. He said it's easier to do something than say it," Tatum said. "Then, the other players, especially the younger ones, they see it can be done. And they know how far he's come from being a freshman to now."

Stinson said he'd like to have an opportunity to play in college. He plans to study nursing.

"I want to make a difference in people's lives," he said. "My aunt is a nurse. She's a really hard worker. She showed me how nurses can make a difference."

And though he owns two records, he said the thing he will remember most about playing for WHS is the friends and the community. He moved to Weatherford from Allen, Oklahoma in the seventh grade.

"I love the atmosphere here in Weatherford. It's not a big city and not a small town," he said. "And they love their Roos."

He said each trip home will include a trip or two to see his beloved Kangaroos - and it might include something else.

"I might take a trip up to the school to check on the record board," he said with a smile. "You know, just to see if anything's changed."