Lester de Prague, Stevenson de Bethel Athletes of the Week

Prague basketball star Nate Lester was named Shawnee News-Star Tri-County Male Athlete of the Week, while Bethel basketball star Parker Stevenson took home the female athlete title of the week for the second consecutive week from December 6 to 11.

Lester, a 6-foot-2-inch senior, averaged 24 points as the Red Devils hit a perfect 4-0 week.

He scored 29 points in the 86-26 rout from Stroud to Prague on December 7. Lester followed with a 42-point performance in the Red Devils’ 82-59 loss to Bridge Creek last Thursday in the team’s opener against Bethel. First United Bank Classic. He went on to score 19 points in Prague’s 57-52 victory over Perkins-Tryon in the semi-final. He then added six more points in the Red Devils’ victory over Clinton.

For the week, Lester shot 61% from the floor, including 63% at 3 points.

Stevenson averaged 21.8 points in four games last week to guide the Lady Wildcats to the First United Bank Classic Championship.

She averaged 7.3 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 4.3 assists for the four games.

On December 7, Stevenson scored seven points in Bethel’s 40-29 home win over Sulfur. She followed with a 26-point effort against Bridge Creek, a 78-32 loss, in the first round of the Bethel First United Classic last Thursday. She then shot 40 points in the Lady Wildcats’ 73-40 hammering against Byng in the semifinals. She added 14 points in the title game against Clinton, a 64-20 win.

For the week, Stevenson made 19 of 24 free throws.

Parker Stevenson of Bethel

Berta D. Wells