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By Emily Kindiger
January in Scotland…wow!
Compared to the last two months, quite a bit of activity has happened. I will beginning with New Year’s Eve when one of my classmates invited the Modernities students over for a party. I learned very quickly when I arrived in the country that the Scots take their kilt very seriously, and when my friends and I arrived at the party, we were greeted by our hosts completely clad in their clan attire: kilt, sporran, Sgian Dubh (the small knife worn at the knee of the tall sock, pronounced skee-in-doo. Men in kilts is a typical occurrence here but it still took me by surprise to see someone of my own generation, who was not preparing for a wedding, wearing it.
The party was exciting and contained all the usual elements of a New Year’s Eve party with the countdown, everyone singing Robert Burns’ “Auld Lang Syne” and hugs all around from friends, acquaintances and people I had just met at the party. It was a kind goodbye to a wonderful 2013 and a friendly greeting to 2014.
Just a few days after New Year’s, I decided to go to one of the pubs nearby, Jinty McGinty’s, for the live music that plays on Sunday nights, and happened to meet two members of one of my favorite bands. Loving Celtic music, I have enjoyed the band Celtic Thunder for years, and at Jinty’s I was appreciating some impressive fiddling from the first band when I look up and Celtic Thunder’s George Donaldson walks past. About a minute later another band member Colm Keegan walks by. Wide eyed, jaw on the floor, probably with the expression of a 14-year-old at a Justin Timberlake concert, I realized 1) I had a pen and notebook and 2) I somehow, opportunistically, magically had my camera with me. Faking composure and strapping on all the bravery I could muster I introduced myself and learned these two performers really are as friendly and kind as you hope all celebrities are.
So after shaking hands, autographs, pictures, even a hug and one complete expression of elation, I enjoyed some wonderful music and nearly skipped back to my flat, quickly informing everyone I knew who I had just met. George Donaldson got his start performing at Jinty’s (his favorite pub in Glasgow), and when he’s not touring with Celtic Thunder he likes to come home and play.
So after New Year’s and the Jinty McGinty experience, the excitement continued with the start of classes and a visit from my parents and one of my sisters. I had not seen my parents since early September and older sister in over a year, so to have the four of us all in one place was amazing. We almost had the whole family there. I gave them the tour of my school, the botanical gardens, we went to Edinburgh and the castle there, went to the Kelvingrove and Tall Ship/Riverside Museums, to Jinty’s (which was probably my mother’s favorite part of the trip!), to the City Centre and we even all made it to Stirling Castle.
Eight days was too short but I think each of us had a wonderful time. They loved Scotland and I was thrilled to show them around and just see and talk to them. Skype, phone calls/texts and even Facebook make the distance feel shorter, but to see them face-to-face was truly amazing. I am so happy they were able to come.
My first two weeks of January were busy, remarkably fun and astonishing, and now I am back to my regular schedule again and back into the groove of school. I hope everyone back home had a wonderful start to 2014 and that many exciting adventures await you. My next goal: learn about Burn’s Night. All I know so far is that it is a night of celebration commemorating the birthday of the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Wish me luck!
By Kyle Salomon
Mustang grapplers used numerous pins to help lead them to a second-place finish in district duals on Jan. 21 in the Mustang High School gym.
The Broncos wrestling team won two district duals matches and lost one on the day. Mustang defeated Norman North 46-26 and Choctaw 40-36. The squad fell to Southmoore 40-24. The Sabercats went 3-0 on the day to capture the district dual championship and qualify for the state duals.
“I was really proud of the way our guys came back and competed after losing to Southmoore in our first dual of the day,” Mustang head coach Dave Rankin said. “We fought back and won our next two duals, which shows a lot of heart and a lot of character for these kids.”
In the 18-point loss to Southmoore, the Bronco wrestlers lost nine out of 14 matches. Their five wins were led by freshman Trey Edwards in the 120-pound weight class, taking down his Sabercat opponent in a first-period fall.
Senior Gareth Ballard didn’t have any problems with his opponent from Southmoore in the 132-pound weight division with a first-period fall. Junior 138-pounder Jordan Kalmeyer got a big win against Southmoore with a 13-2 victory.
Junior Redmond Wilkerson at 160 pounds defeated his counterpart from Southmoore 6-2, and senior Clay Feland pinned his opponent in the 220-pound weight class in the second period.
In the 106-pound weight class, sophomore Jason Clark got pinned in the second round. Freshman 113-pounder Corbin Hardin lost in a first-period fall. Freshman 126-pounder Gage McBride fell 12-7 in his match.
Senior 145-pounder Robert King was pinned by his counterpart in the second period against Southmoore. Senior Zac Julian fell to 5-3 in the 152-pound class. Junior 170-pounder Zach Butler was pinned in the second round.
Senior David McCright lost a tight battle that could have gone either way, 7-6, in the 182-pound bout. Junior 195-pounder Mark Casteneda lost 4-3 to his opponent, and senior Dylan Needham fell in a first-period pin in the 285-pound battle.
In the 20-point victory over Norman North, the Broncos won nine out of 14 matches including five falls against the Timberwolves.
Their nine victories included Edwards in the 120-pound weight class in a technical fall. McBride also won in a technical fall in the 126-pound division. Ballard continued with his impressive performances with a 9-4 win in the 132-pound bout.
King took out his Norman counterpart with a first-period fall. Butler won the 170-pound battle in a forfeit. McCright pinned his opponent in the first period in the 182-pound class. Casteneda took the 195-pound bout in a forfeit.
Feland dominated his Norman North opponent with a first-period pin in the 220-pound bout, while Needham got a 6-2 victory in the heavyweight battle.
The Mustang varsity grappling team placed 10th in the Yukon Jay Hancock Invitational last weekend. Mustang placed five wrestlers in the two-day event.
McCright took fifth place in the 182-pound weight class. Feland finished sixth in the 220-pound weight division. Ballard took sixth at 132 pounds. Julian placed sixth at 152 pounds, and McBride took sixth at 126 pounds.
“David (McCright) is really having a special year for us in his senior season,” Rankin said. “He is 19-12 this season and has really helped us on points with a lot of his wins being falls. He is a very strong and hard-working kid. I couldn’t be more proud of him.”
The Bronco junior varsity grappling team competed in the Piedmont Invitational last weekend and took seventh place as a team.
Butler, Casteneda, junior Fazion Densby, Hardin and sophomore Fernando Vasquez all placed in the tournament for Mustang.
The varsity squad returns to action tonight against Westmoore in a dual match with the Jaguars.
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By Kyle Salomon
Mustang boys and girls swim teams competed in the Metro Conference Championships last Friday at Rose State College in Midwest City. Both squads had impressive showings in the meet as the girls took second place overall and the boys team placed third in the event.
Edmond North won both the boys and the girls sides of the competition.
Here are the Mustang results from the Metro Conference Championships:
In the girls 200-yard medley relay race, Mustang earned second place overall with a time of 2:09.57. Senior Peyton Sprague, sophomore Samantha Jones, junior Lauren Oliver and senior Bailee Gray made up the team for MHS.
In the boys 200-yard medley relay, the Broncos placed third with a time of 1:55.42. Junior Drake Stowe, junior Zach McSwain, sophomore Chandler McDonald and sophomore Minh Nguyen made up the team.
In the girls 200-yard freestyle race, Sprague took seventh place with a time of 2:32.29. Sophomore Ryhan Deuel took 12th place with a time of 2:36.35, and senior Jesse Lewis took 14th with a time of 2:40.66.
In the boys 200-yard freestyle race, Stowe placed seventh with a time of 2:10.72. Sophomore Matt Sellon placed 10th with a time of 2:20.04, and junior Robert Coulter finished in 12th place with a time of 2:21.00.
In the girls 200-yard individual medley race, junior Summer Chrismon placed eighth with a time of 2:55.06. Junior Brandi Naeher took ninth place with a time of 2:59.27, and freshman Gabby Rhodes placed 16th with a time of 3:48.19.
In the boys 200-yard individual medley event, Nguyen took third with a time of 2:20.06. Junior Tucker Legg placed sixth with a time of 2:37.47, and McSwain placed eighth with a time of 2:44.24.
In the girls 50-yard freestyle race, Jones took third place with a time of 26.34. Freshman Morgan Shirk placed 15th with a time of 32.79, while freshman Denise Marzec took 20th place with a time of 34.24.
In the boys 50-yard freestyle, senior Keyton Marzolf took 18th place with a time of 26.26. Freshman Matthew Jensen took 21st place with a time of 26.87, and Coulter placed 23rd with a time of 27.59.
In the girls 100-yard butterfly stroke, Oliver earned fourth place with a time of 1:07.64. Sophomore Hannah Kertzner placed seventh with a time of 1:16.80, and Chrismon placed eighth with a time of 1:17.30.
In the girls 100-yard freestyle, Jones took second place with a time of 1:00.06. Freshman Mazie Garza took 11th with a time of 1:07.67, and Gray placed 12th with a time of 1:08.25.
In the boys 100-yard freestyle race, Nguyen took sixth place with a time of 57.51. Legg placed 15th overall with a time of 1:00.98, and Marzolf took 16th place with a time of 1:01.37.
In the girls 500-yard freestyle race, Deuel took eighth place with a time of 7:05.50. Sophomore Sydney Gardner placed 10th with a time of 8:00.75, and sophomore Rachel Snodgrass took 11th place with a time of 8:00.90.
In the boys 500-yard freestyle, sophomore Colton Forsythe took eighth place with a time of 7:25.56.
In the girls 200-yard freestyle relay, Mustang placed second with a time of 1:57.25, with team members Sprague, Naher, Oliver and Jones.
In the boys 200-yard freestyle relay race, the Broncos placed second with a time of 1:43.14, with team members Stowe, McDonald, Marzolf and Nguyen.
In the girls 100-yard backstroke, Kertzner placed fourth with a time of 1:16.91. Sprague took sixth with a time of 1:17.13, and Naher placed 10th overall with a time of 1:21.70.
In the boys 100-yard backstroke, Stowe placed fifth overall with a time of 1:06.29. Sophomore Cullen Quinn took seventh place with a time of 1:17.90.
In the girls 100-yard breaststroke, Oliver took third with a time of 1:19.22. Garza placed seventh with a time of 1:25.23, while Gray took 10th with a time of 1:26.70.
In the boys 100-yard breaststroke, McSwain placed seventh with a time of 1:15.39. Junior Zackary Croissant placed 11th with a time of 1:20.64, and McDonald took 12th place with a time of 1:21.72.
In the girls 400-yard freestyle relay race, Mustang placed second with a time of 4:42.34, with team members Chrismon, Kertzner, Gray and Garza.
In the boys 400-yard freestyle relay race, the Broncos placed third overall with a time of 4:04.50, with team members Marzolf, Jensen, Sellon and Legg.
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Khaylee Jo Howell, infant daughter of James Ray and Angela Gail (Davis) Howell, was born Jan. 24, 2014 in Oklahoma City. She passed away Jan. 25, 2014.
Khaylee, “our little peanut” is survived by her parents, James and Angela Howell; grandparents, Howard & Gail Davis and Pat and Earl Howell; great-grandmother, Clara Bailey; and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, Michael Everett and two other infant siblings; great-grandparents, Merle Swafford, Virginia Jo Swafford, Arkie Davis, Velvie Davis, Pete & Emma Howell, and Lee Bailey.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 31 at Victory Church, 4300 N. MacArthur, Warr Acres, Okla. Interment will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Pontotoc Cemetery in Pontotoc, Okla.
Arrangements are under the direction of Yanda and Son Funeral Home, Yukon.
Online condolences may be signed at www.yandafuneral.com.
Donald Edward “Don” Hilbern, age 80 went to be with the Lord on Thursday evening, Jan. 23, after a long period of failing health.
He was born June 8, 1933 in Muskogee, Okla. to Charles Edward and Ora Mae (Sanders) Hilbern and grew up in Muskogee. He was a 1951 graduate of Muskogee High School and served proudly in the United States Air Force after graduation. Don worked many years for the Federal Aviation Administration as a computer program writer, retiring in 1979. He moved to Mustang in the late 1070s from Bethany. After retirement from FAA, Don worked for Presbyterian Hospital and Oklahoma City Police Department, as well as part-time for Mustang Schools as a bus driver and courier. He worked more than 20 years for McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Don was a true “Ford Man,” being a longtime member of the Oklahoma Mustang Club, Sooner Model A Club and was one of the founders of the Okie A’s Model A Club. He was a member of The Bridge Mustang Assembly of God, where he served for many years as sound technician.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter Tanya and one sister Nora.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 56 years Patricia of the home, two sons, Donny Hilbern and wife Debbie of Mustang and Steve Hilbern of Mustang. Also by eight grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren and two sisters, Wanda Kempson and husband Bob and Barbara Williams and husband Charles of Muskogee, Okla. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 at The Bridge Assembly of God, Mustang, with interment following in Red Hill Cemetery under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.
A garage glaze brought Mustang firefighters out Thursday night.
The department was called to the fire, at 1047 E. Diane Terrace, at 9:29 p.m., administrative assistant Norma Brown said Friday.
“The flames were already through the roof of the garage when they arrived,” she said.
The homeowners, who remained unnamed, were outside and the family’s pets were saved, Brown said. The fire was contained before it spread from the garage area.
While the cause of the blaze was still under investigation, officials estimated the structure suffered about $30,000 in damage.
By Traci Chapman
Eddie Dickerson has been suspended without pay as Union City’s police chief.
The move came Monday night, during an emergency town council meeting. Mayor Larry Kesler said Dickerson would be suspended without pay pending the resolution of felony charges brought against Union City police officer Scottie Brothers. The move was taken after it became public Canadian County Sheriff Randall Edwards alleged a cover-up by members of the Union City Police Department, including Dickerson, of the accusations made against Brothers. Requests for comment by Town Council members were not answered; it was not known whether Edwards’ allegations led to Dickerson’s suspension.
Edwards on Jan. 8 revoked a cross-deputy agreement with Union City Police Department. Edwards has historically cross-deputized members of every municipal police force in Canadian County, to allow for better cooperation and give local officers a chance to move beyond their own city’s boundaries when investigating crimes. It is the first time Edwards has taken such action.
The move came the same day Brothers, 32, was arrested at his home Jan. 8, charged with two felonies – possession of stolen property and providing firearms to a convicted felon. Edwards outlined allegations in a Jan. 8 letter sent to Union City Police Chief Eddie Dickerson. Edwards said he sent the letter after investigators discovered a “disturbing pattern of behavior” in connection with the alleged theft of guns from former Union City officer Bill Ingram. The case, which began with a series of events in May 2010, involved not only one officer, who was directly involved in criminal activity, but also alleged actions – and inaction – by other Union City personnel, he said.
“We uncovered a lot of evidence that showed us Chief Dickerson knew of these events and he did not address them,” Edwards said Monday. “It is a situation that we’ve had a difficult time understanding.”
“I can no longer in good faith continue to extend my sheriff’s authority to your agency, deputizing you and your officers. In accordance with our Cross Commission Agreement, I am hereby notifying you, your Mayor and your City Council that our Interlocal Agreement, dated Sept. 18, 2009, along with any subsequent renewal date, is no longer valid or in force,” Edwards stated in the letter.
Brothers was accused of stealing two guns from a then-fellow Union City police officer, William Ingram. The former officer told sheriff’s investigators Brothers had a key to his home in May 2010, when his family went on vacation. Upon his return, Ingram said he could not find two weapons he kept in the house. After an exhaustive search, Ingram said he believed he misplaced the two guns.
The situation changed in June 2011, when Ingram said he received a call from a man known to both him and Brothers, a convicted felon who remains unnamed at this time. Ingram told investigators the man asked for his help with a malfunctioning gun, and when Ingram took a look at it, he realized the firearm was one of those missing from his house in May 2010. In Oklahoma, convicted felons are not allowed to own or possess firearms. The man allegedly told Ingram Brothers sold him the weapon, Edwards said.
“He knew there was a problem, first because he believed there was only one way that gun got into that man’s hands – Scottie Brothers,” Edwards said. “He also knew, and he knew Brothers knew, that selling the man the gun was a real issue.”
That’s where Dickerson allegedly entered the picture, Edwards said. Ingram told investigators he went to his chief and reported the theft and the sale of the gun to the convicted felon. In response, investigators alleged Dickerson told Ingram to keep quiet.
“…Mr. Ingram supplied Oklahoma City investigators and Canadian County sheriff’s investigators with conversations between you and Mr. Ingram, where he informed you of the thefts and turned the same evidence over to you two years ago,” Edwards stated in his Jan. 8 letter. “He also informed investigators he was intimidated by you and other members of your staff into not pursuing charges, he said he felt he would be terminated if he did.”
Investigators said Ingram approached them in November 2012, after he allegedly could not get Dickerson to act on his accusations. Ingram provided tapes documenting conversations between Ingram and the convicted felon and the felon and Brothers, during which the Union City police officer allegedly admitted to selling Ingram’s gun to the man, Edwards and Undersheriff Chris West said.
The case against Brothers was filed in Oklahoma County because law enforcement in Canadian County was involved in the case, and as a member of law enforcement, Brothers had had contact with county prosecutors, which could pose a conflict of interest, Edwards said. According to the Oklahoma State Court Network, no hearings have yet been set in the case.
West declined to speculate about whether any other action might be taken as a result of the case, saying that the Union City board of trustees or the district attorney would be the appropriate bodies to take additional action.
Capt. Robert Ague was named as acting police chief. Ague is Dickerson’s son-in-law. Union City’s clerk is Gina Dickerson, the suspended chief’s wife. City officials say Dickerson’s daughter also works for the city.
Dickerson has been on leave since a motorcycle accident last summer. The Union City man was injured, along with his wife, in North Dakota. Gina Dickerson has returned to work on a part-time basis, officials said.
Dickerson did not respond to requests for comment.
Kelly Rupp contributed to this story.
A Union City eighth-grader was killed Jan. 17, when the car he was riding in left the road and rolled over into a field.
Preston Williams, 13, was riding in the passenger seat of a car traveling south on Evans Road, just south of state Highway 152, said Capt. Robert Ague of the Union City Police Department. The accident happened at about 4:18 p.m., he said.
“The vehicle lost control and slid off the roadway into the ditch,” Ague said. “The vehicle rolled approximately four times, coming to rest in a wheat field.”
Evans Road is gravel, and it was not known whether that contributed to the accident, Ague said. Police speculated the 16-year-old driver and Williams were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, although that had not been conclusively determined, investigators said.
Both Williams and the driver were thrown from the vehicle, investigators said. A second passenger was riding in the back seat and was released from the hospital after being treated, Ague said.
“The back-seat passenger refused treatment at the scene and was transported by a family member to a hospital for evaluation,” Ague said.
The driver was taken to OU Medical Center by ambulance and was also released shortly afterward, Ague said. Police were still investigating the accident.
Williams attended Union City Schools, where he played second base on the baseball team and was a member of the basketball squad, said Ludy Griggs, Union City Schools athletic director and baseball coach. Williams’ teammates and other UC baseball players would pay homage to their friend throughout this year’s athletic seasons, Griggs said.
“We will start every game this spring without a second baseman until the first out, and the basketball teams will wear neon socks in Preston’s honor,” he said.
Neon was Williams’ favorite color, Griggs said.
Union City Superintendent Todd Carel said school would be canceled Wednesday, to allow students the opportunity to attend Williams’ funeral.
“We are profoundly saddened by his death,” Carel said. “Guidance counselors will be on hand to help students and teachers cope with this tragic loss.”
Union City activities were canceled Friday night, after word of the accident made its way to school officials. On Sunday, residents from Union City and neighboring communities gathered in Union City for a candlelight vigil to remember the young student.
A fund – the Preston Williams Memorial Fund – has been set up for Williams’ family at Mustang McNeil’s Funeral Service. Donations may be made to McNeil’s at P.O. Box 1616, Mustang, Okla. 73064.
By Kyle Salomon
Mustang used strong individual times to mark an impressive week in the pool. The Bronco swim teams competed in the Putnam City Invitational swim meet on Jan. 14 at Oklahoma City Community College, and then traveled to Ponca City for a dual swim meet on Jan. 16.
The boys squad took fifth in the Putnam City event, while the girls grabbed second place overall. Together the two teams finished fourth in the final standings.
The two teams combined to each beat Ponca City in the dual meet in their final competition of the week.
Here are the final results from the Putnam City Invitational.
In the girls 200-meter medley relay, Mustang took fourth place with a time of 2:16.66, comprised of team members Peyton Sprague, Lauren Oliver, Hannah Kertzner and Baliee Gray.
In the boys 200-meter medley relay, the Broncos finished in fourth place with a time of 1:55.42, with team members Drake Stowe, Zach McSwain, Chandler McDonald and Minh Nguyen.
In the girls 200-meter freestyle race, Mazie Garza took 10th place with a time of 2:38.04. Ryhan Deuel finished in 11th place with a time of 2:38.33, and Jesse Lewis finished in 12th place with a time of 2:43.03.
In the boys 200-meter freestyle event, Drake Stowe took eighth place overall with a time of 2:11.25.
In the girls 200-meter individual medley Samantha Jones took fifth place with a time of 2:40.34.
In the boys 200-meter individual medley, Cullen Quinn placed ninth with a time of 2:47.86.
In the girls 50-meter freestyle race, Sprague took fourth place with a time of 29.00. Summer Chrismon placed ninth with a time of 30.76, and Morgan Shirk took 16th place with a time of 32.49.
In the boys 50-meter freestyle, Nguyen earned 15th place with a time of 25.79. Keyton Marzolf took 23rd place with a time of 26.58, and Matthew Jensen placed 28th with a time of 27.05.
In the girls 200-meter fly stroke, Oliver took second place with a time of 1:07.50. Kertzner placed sixth with a time of 1:19.65.
In the boys 200-meter fly stroke, McDonald placed 10th with a time of 1:09.43.
In the girls 100-meter freestyle race, Chrismon placed fourth with a time of 1:08.62. Gray took fifth with a time of 1:08.75, and Lewis placed ninth with a time of 1:12.96.
In the boys 100-meter freestyle, Tucker Legg placed 17th with a time of 1:00.54. Marzolf placed 20th with a time of 1:00.99, and Matt Sellon took 22nd place with a time of 1:01.43.
In the girls 500-meter freestyle race, Deuel earned sixth place with a time of 7:02.18, with Rachel Snodgrass finishing in 11th place with a time of 7:53.70.
In the boys 500-meter freestyle race, McSwain took 10th place overall with a time of 6:51.83.
In the girls 200-meter freestyle relay race, Mustang earned third place with a time of 2:00.13, comprised of team members Sprague, Garza, Gray and Oliver.
In the boys 200-meter freestyle relay, the Broncos placed eighth with a time of 1:46.11, with team members Sellon, Stowe, McDonald and Nguyen.
In the girls 100-meter backstroke race, Sprague took fourth place with a time of 1:15.62. Kertzner placed ninth overall with a time of 1:22.77, and Ruby Harney took 16th place with a time of 1:39.31.
In the boys 100-meter backstroke, Stowe placed 10th with a time of 1:07.21. Quinn took 18th place with a time of 1:18.12, and Max Mayfield placed 20th with a time of 1:21.35.
In the girls 100-meter breaststroke, Oliver earned second place with a time of 1:18.39. Jones placed sixth with a time of 1:24.19, while Garza took 10th with a time of 1:27.77.
In the boys 100-meter breaststroke, Nguyen placed second with a time of 1:13.03. McSwain grabbed fourth place with a time of 1:16.61, and McDonald earned 11th place with a time of 1:21.13.
In the girls 400-meter freestyle relay race, Mustang took second place with a time of 4:46.43, with team members Deuel, Lewis, Kertzner and Garza.
In the boys 400-meter freestyle relay race, the Broncos finished in eighth place with a time of 4:13.21, with Robert Coulter, McSwain, Legg and Sellon as team members.
Here are the final results from the dual meet with Ponca City.
In the girls 200-meter medley relay race, Mustang took first with a time of 2:22.73, with team members Summer Chrismon, Mazie Garza, Hannah Kertzner and Brandi Naeher.
In the boys 200-meter medley relay, the Broncos took first place with a time of 1:58.75, with team members Minh Nguyen, Zach McSwain, Chandler McDonald and Keyton Marzolf.
In the girls 200-meter freestyle race, Ryhan Deuel placed third with a time of 2:34.10. Bailee Gray placed fourth with a time of 2:37.18, and Jesse Lewis took fifth with a time of 2:42.20.
In the boys 200-meter freestyle, Tucker Legg placed second with a time of 2:21.18. Robert Coulter took third with a time of 2:25.27, while Marzolf placed sixth with a time of 2:38.80.
In the girls 200-meter individual medley race, Naeher took first place with a time 3:01.31.
In the boys 200-meter individual medley, Drake Stowe placed first with a time of 2:35.96. McDonald finished in third place with a time of 2:43.87, and Cullen Squinn placed fourth with a time of 2:45.87.
In the girls 50-meter freestyle race, Samantha Jones placed first with a time of 27.21. Peyton Sprague took second with a time of 29.19, and Garza placed fourth with a time of 31.03.
In the boys 50-meter freestyle race, Nguyen took second place with a time of 26.14. Marzolf placed fifth with a time of 27.64, and Matthew Jensen took sixth with a time of 27.77.
In the girls 100-meter butterfly stroke, Hannah Kertzner earned first place with a time of 1:15.33. Chrismon placed second with a time of 1:17.19.
In the boys 100-meter freestyle race, Legg placed second with a time of 1:00.17. Sellon took third with a time of 1:02.18, and Jensen placed fourth with a time of 1:02.20.
In the girls 500-meter freestyle race, Jones took second with a time of 6:17.64. Deuel placed third with a time of 7:05.02.
In the boys 500-meter freestyle race, McSwain placed first with a time of 6:54.55.
In the girls 200-meter freestyle relay race, Mustang placed first with a time of 2:00.10, with Sprague, Naeher, Gray and Jones as team members.
In the boys 200-meter freestyle relay race, Mustang took second place with a time of 1:42.12, with team members Coulter, McSwain, Legg and Stowe.
In the girls 100-meter backstroke, Sprague took first with a time of 1:17.02. Kertzner placed second with a time of 1:18.94, and Chrismon took fourth place with a time of 1:20.76.
In the boys 100-meter backstroke, Nguyen took first place with a time of 1:05.52. Stowe finished in second place with a time of 1:09.46, while Quinn took fifth place with a time of 1:18.31.
In the girls 100-meter breaststroke, Garza took first place with a time of 1:28.29. Gray placed third with a time of 1:29.31, and Morgan Shirk took fifth place with a time of 1:43.86.
In the boys 100-meter breaststroke, McSwain took first with a time of 1:17.72, and McDonald placed third with a time of 1:21.88.
In the girls 400-meter freestyle relay race, Mustang placed first with a time of 4:35.65, with team members Sprague, Gray, Garza and Jones.
In the boys 400-meter freestyle relay race, the Broncos took first place with a time of 4:04.08, with team members Stowe, Jensen, Sellon and Nguyen.
By Kyle Salomon
For the first time this basketball season the Bronco boys did not come away with a win as they went 0-2 last week.
Mustang dropped a nail-biter on the road in overtime to top-five ranked Edmond Santa Fe 67-63 on Jan. 14, then fell to No.1 Putnam City West 75-62 at home last Friday night.
The two losses drop the Broncos’ overall regular season record to 8-3 on the year.
“Our defense let us down in the fourth quarter against Edmond Santa Fe,” Mustang head coach Terry Long said. “They made the plays down the stretch and we didn’t.”
Against Edmond Santa Fe, Mustang got off to a hot start offensively as the Broncos put up 23 points in the first period behind solid play on the perimeter from guards Terrell Williams and Jakolby Long. However, Mustang’s defense wasn’t as impressive in the first period as it allowed 21 points to the Timberwolves. The Broncos led 23-21 after one.
It was a night and day difference in the second period following the first as both offensives went dry and the defensive intensity picked up for both schools. Mustang mustered just 10 points in the period as its outside shooting went cold, but Edmond Santa Fe’s offense went colder than the Broncos’ as the T-Wolves put up a mere eight points in the period. MHS led ESF by four at 33-29 heading into the halftime break.
In the third period the Broncos played their best frame of the game as they were stout offensively and stifling defensively, making life miserable for the Edmond Santa Fe players. Mustang scored 14 points, but they were starting to pound the ball inside to their post players, and Long was taking the ball to the basket at will against the ESF guards. MHS held the Timberwolves to seven points in the period, taking a 47-36 advantage into the final period.
As good as the Broncos played in the third period, they played that bad in the fourth. Mustang allowed Edmond Santa Fe to score 20 points in the period and the Broncos mustered only nine, which made the score tied at the end of regulation. The Broncos missed numerous layup attempts, which would have sealed the Mustang victory instead of the score being tied at 56 heading into overtime.
The Timberwolves continued their hot streak in the extra frame and the Broncos continued to struggle. Edmond Santa Fe escaped with the comeback win at 67-63.
“We just played too inconsistent to win the basketball game,” Long said. “You can’t play that inconsistent against a good team on the road and expect to win the basketball game.”
Mustang closed the game with 14 turnovers and made 14 out of 25 foul shots on the night.
Long finished the game with 16 points and nine rebounds. Williams had 16 points and four rebounds. Demarion Love totaled nine points and three rebounds. Geoffrey Hightower had eight points and five rebounds.
Austin Meyer had four points and five rebounds. Isaiah Hammons had three points and one rebound, and Chandler Garrett added two points and five rebounds.
Against Putnam City West the Broncos and Patriots played neck and neck throughout the first period. Mustang was riding the intensity that the packed Mustang High School gym was giving them as they were having success on offense. Putnam City West had a strong offensive period as well as its outside shot-making against the Mustang zone hurt MHS. The Broncos trailed 18-17 after one period.
It was much of the same as the offensive consistency for PC West was too much for Mustang to stop as they extended their lead in the second period over the Broncos. Mustang’s offense struggled in the second period against the pressure from the Patriots. PC West led Mustang at the half 35-30.
Several times throughout the third period the Broncos came back and forced a tie against the Patriots, but each time PC West would answer with a run of its own, extending the lead back to near double digits. Mustang outscored PCW in the period, cutting the lead to four points heading into the final frame of the game. MHS trailed Putnam City West 51-47 after three.
The Patriots took control of the game in the fourth period as they were able to extend their lead to double-digits against the Broncos. Mustang’s offense was solid as they put 15 points on the board, but the Broncos could not get a stop against PCW as the Patriot guards were dissecting through the Mustang D. PC West coasted to the 13-point victory.
Mustang ended the game with 12 turnovers and made 12 out of 17 foul shots on the night.
Long had 21 points and five rebounds. Meyer had 15 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Williams totaled nine points and three rebounds. Hightower finished with six points and three rebounds.
Love totaled five points and three rebounds. Colbert finished with four points and one rebound, and Garrett had two points and five rebounds.
“When you are playing a good team, you have to play well to have a chance to win the game,” Long said. “I thought at moments we played well but we didn’t play consistent enough to give ourselves a real chance to win the game. They made more plays in the fourth quarter than we did.”