Guymon’s Mark Arledge – Character Counts Presented by First National Bank of Hooker

The Guymon Tigers’ basketball season is underway. Senior Mark Arledge leads the Guymon squad as a three-year starter at the point guard position.

Arledge and the Tigers return this season as they have improved each of the past three seasons after finishing 13-10 last season. However, Guymon is searching for its first postseason win in several years. Regardless, after the first game of the season, Arledge likes what he’s seen from his team compared to previous years.

“The way we play together and the heart this team has compared to the past couple of years really sticks out,” Arledge said.

Arledge averaged 11 points per game last season, but he’s an all-around player who enjoys playing on the defensive side just as much. And Arledge is one of three seniors who lead a young group into 2020.

Once basketball season ends, Arledge will compete in his final baseball season for the Tigers. Last season, Guymon finished 15-15 and captured its first postseason win in Class 5A since joining the class in 2011. Whether it’s on the basketball court at the point guard position or the baseball field at the shortstop position, Arledge has been making plays in Guymon throughout his career.

Once his career in Guymon is over, Arledge would like to attend Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. Arledge’s fondness of the university came from his joy of nature, which came from several trips with his family to Colorado and Maine.

“I enjoy hiking and riding my bike,” Arledge said. “I like the mountains and the lakes up in Utah as well as the weather.”

Upon college graduation, Arledge would like to further his school career at the University of Utah to study at the school’s physical therapy program.