Frontier Player Spotlight: Shelby Black – Presented by 7C Steakhouse

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Frontier varsity basketball player Shelby Black was selected to the VYPE Top 100 this season thanks to her efforts on the court. 

Frontier coach Brett Tahah is in her first season as head coach, but she is very familiar with the senior guard. Black is a two-time Conference All-Star, two-time All-Conference 1st team, Stillwater Newspress Co-Player of the Year, Oklahoma Super 5 nominee, two-time VYPE Fan’s Choice Team and multiple All-Tournament/MVP selections. But even with the awards stacking up, Black is focused on the team and her teammates. 

“The thing I love most about my teammates is that if I’m having a bad day, my teammates are there to pick me up and check on me,” said Black. “This season has so far has been great! Because it’s my last year playing as a Lady Mustang I try to make the most out of every game and play with heart. Our current record is 12-1, our only loss being to 6A Edmond North in the Mustang Holiday Classic, who then went on to win the tournament.”

Black can average over 17 points a game with 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists. She also averages 3.2 steal and shoots 80 percent from the free-throw line. Her numbers have caught the attention of schools at the next level. 

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“I’m currently being recruited by many schools but haven’t made a decision on where I am playing next year. Wherever I end up I plan to get my bachelors degree in communication to become a journalist,” said Black. 

Academically, Black works just as hard in the classroom. She carries a 4.064 GPA and is excited to continue her education. 

“Academics is extremely important to my family and I. My family is very educated, and I want to follow in their footsteps. Ever since I can remember I have strived to have all A’s. Coming up short only twice,” said Black. 

At Frontier, Black belongs to the FITYC (Frontier Inter-Tribal Youth Council) and serves as President of the club. 

“Because I am an enrolled member of the Otoe Missouria Tribe, also a descendant from the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribe I am able to be a part of the Frontier Inter-Tribal Youth Council (FITYC). I’m also in National Honor Society, Choir, Frontier Gifted and Talented, member of the Frontier Newspaper, Otoe Missouria ASCEND, Senior Class Secretary, member of the Frontier High School Academic Team, and I also play softball for the Lady Mustangs,” Black said. 

The senior has a bright future on the court and in the classroom. Black said her father has been a big influence on her and she is looking forward to helping Frontier make it back to the Big House for a shot at another state title.