February, 2014

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Shockley beats buzzer, PC North on senior night

Tori Shockley Three

By Kyle Salomon,

Senior guard Tori Shockley’s heroics saved the day in the 58-57 victory for the Bronco girls on senior night against Putnam City North.

With one second remaining on the clock in the fourth period, Mustang had the ball trailing by one point. They were inbounding the ball right in front of their bench.

Four Mustang players stood in a straight line close to the foul stripe when the whistle sounded. Three of the four players moved suddenly, but Shockley paused for a second. The senior sharp-shooter then made one hard step toward fellow senior Laci Joyner, who was inbounding the ball. Joyner hit Shockley in stride with a bullet pass and with PC North players crashing down on her, Shockley turned around and put up a shot.

The entire gymnasium was dead silent for several seconds waiting for the ball to come down. The shot was good and Mustang won the game by one point on a desperation shot from a senior on senior night.

“It was an amazing feeling,” Shockley said. “It hasn’t even set in yet. When it left my hand, I thought there was no way it was going in, so when it did, I couldn’t believe it. I’m really glad we were able to get this win tonight.”

Senior center Brooke Irwin led the way with a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds in the game.

Junior guard Madison Maxwell also had 15 points for Mustang, and Shockley finished the game with 13 points.

The Broncos overcame a halftime deficit of nine points and an eight-point deficit heading into the fourth period to get their ninth win of the season.

Mustang finished the game with 33 rebounds. They committed 34 turnovers in the game and forced 19. MHS made 13 out of 18 free throws on the night.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the girls,” Mustang head coach Kevin Korstjens said. “I am so happy for the seniors, especially Tori (Shockley) for going out like that at home.”

Girls’ basketball sweeps PC West

Makayla Basco One

By Kyle Salomon,

Senior center Brooke Irwin led with 20 points and 13 rebounds in the Mustang girls’ 20-point victory at Putnam City West.

The Lady Broncos defeated the Lady Patriots 48-28 Feb. 18 to complete the season sweep of PC West. Mustang defeated PCW at home earlier this season.

Irwin was the lone Bronco in double figures in the scoring department, but fellow senior forward Laci Joyner reached double figures in rebounds with 10 on the night.

Sophomore guard Addyson Lawson had eight points and five rebounds, while senior guard Tori Shockley finished with eight points and three rebounds.

“I liked the way we came out and played with a sense of urgency,” Mustang head coach Kevin Korstjens said. “We had a tough week the week before, so it was important for our confidence to come out strong, and we did that. We wanted to establish Brooke (Irwin) inside from the beginning of the game.”

The win at Putnam City West was much needed for Mustang as the Broncos had suffered two consecutive losses in a row the previous week.

The Broncos defense was stout early in the game as it allowed just three points in the first period and 15 total points in the first half.

Mustang quickly pushed its lead to double digits in the opening frame and never let it get back to single digits the remainder of the game.

The Broncos had a strong rebounding night totaling 42 in the game. Mustang committed 16 turnovers and forced just five from the Lady Patriots.

MHS made 15 out of 22 free throws in the game.

“I thought we never took our foot off of the pedal,” Korstjens said. “We stayed in attack mode the entire game, even when we were up big. I thought we played really solid defense the whole night. Anytime you can hold a team to below 30 points, you are doing something right.”

Willowood director brings first-hand caregiver experience to post

Willie Ferguson, right, as Betty Boop and one of her residents, Peggy. (Photo/courtesy)

By Traci Chapman

New Willowood at Mustang executive director Willie Ferguson knows first-hand what it is like to watch a parent age and need help beyond a single caregiver’s abilities.

Ferguson had reached a point where they needed more help than what she and her siblings could provide, she said. Looking for information, she found more questions than answers as she tried to help her parents.

“I was ill-equipped in knowing what to do,” Ferguson said. “So began the search – after visiting many homes and shedding many tears, I’d convinced myself I couldn’t leave my loved ones in the institution-like settings I’d visited.”

While investigating her options, she found a place calling itself a “senior living residence.” Soon, Ferguson’s parents had a private apartments in a home – not an institution – and they had round-the-clock care, while not feeling they were in a nursing home.

While that ended Ferguson’s search, it was by no means the end of her journey. A recent retiree, Ferguson began volunteering at her parents’ residence. She would serve meals, call Bingo, give hugs – and she said it changed her.

“At the end of the day I realized I was was more fulfilled emotionally from the time she spent with the seniors than I’d been during the 30 years I worked in the corporate environment,” she said.

When the center director took another position, she convinced Ferguson to take the position. She finally agreed, and she said her life changed forever – for the better.

Ferguson said she has learned a lot working with seniors.

“Pain is real, even when you can’t see it,” she said. “Our bodies fail us. Our minds fail us. Behind every blank stare is a story wanting to be told. Behind every retold story is a cherished memory. Hugs are more important than bank accounts. Hugs are priceless. Experience is etched in the wrinkles at the corners of an eye.  Experience can be forgotten… the list is endless.”

Residents come to assisted living, leaving behind the life they’ve always known, Ferguson said.

“It’s hard for the resident’s to give up the life they once had and move into a house full of strangers….so it’s up to us to make them feel special,” she said. “People move into assisted living because they need something–even if it’s just companionship because they’re lonely.”

The change can be difficult for residents and their families alike, although sometimes the move is the best thing for people who have found themselves alone and isolated in their own homes, the director said.

“Family members will often tell us that mom or dad is very reclusive and will not participate in activities – After a few weeks they call because mom is never in her room,” she said. “Once they get around people their age on a daily basis, they blossom again.”

Always remembering her own parents, Ferguson said her philosophy is to make each person’s “their left years, their best years,” something she shares with her staff, as well as a work ethic that means everyone is a team player and no job is below anyone.

“You’ll find her assisting with all aspects of the resident’s activities of daily living, whether it be the task of doing laundry, serving meals, or just taking the time to stop in and visit with a resident who is feeling under the weather,” marketing director Dana Hall said of her new boss.

Now in her 12th year caring for seniors, Ferguson has worked to continue her education and takes being an advocate seriously, she said. She attended the Oklahoma Aging Advocacy Leadership Academy, a 10 month program sponsored by the Aging Services Division of Oklahoma State Department of Health and has a certificate of Gerontology.

Hall said the residents at Willowood say they feel lucky to have her – Ferguson said feels blessed to have them.

“I never planned to take on a second career, it just happened when I needed the care for my parents,” Ferguson said. “Now I can’t see my life without the elderly in it. I now feel I have a sense of purpose.”


Five grapplers to compete at state

Gareth Ballard One

By Kyle Salomon,

For the first time since 2007, Mustang will have five wrestlers competing in the state wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds.

Five Bronco grapplers placed in the top four of the specific weight classes in the regional at Southmoore, qualifying them for the state competition.

Three seniors and two freshmen will represent Mustang at the two-day event. It is the first time in school history that two freshmen will compete for MHS in the state wrestling tournament.

Mustang was close to having eight wrestlers qualify for the state tournament as three other grapplers placed fifth at the regional.

“We are really excited and thrilled to have five of our wrestlers representing us at the state tournament,” Mustang head coach Dave Rankin said. “It is the most we have had in awhile. We were really close to having eight qualify, which would have been the most ever in school history.”

The three seniors are Gareth Ballard, David McCright and Clay Feland.

Ballard will compete in the 132-pound weight class as the No.2 seed on the west side. The senior is 18-4 this season.

McCright will battle in the 182-pound weight class for Mustang as the No.3 seed on the west side. McCright is 26-13 this year on the mat.

Feland will be in the No.4 seed in the west in the 220-pound weight division. The senior grappler is 21-11 this season.

“The senior class has been great all year long,” Rankin said. “They have been tremendous leaders, and all of these guys who qualified for state will compete really well for us.”

The two freshmen representing Mustang this weekend will be Trey Edwards and Gage McBride.

Edwards will compete in the 120-pound weight class as the No.3 seed on the west side. Edwards has a record of 14-7 this season.

McBride will handle the mat in the 126-pound weight division for the Broncos as the No.4 seed in the west. McBride is 13-16 this year for MHS.

“To have two freshmen qualify for the state tournament is an amazing feat,” Rankin said. “To go up against seniors who are stronger than them shows just how hard these guys have worked and how much they pay attention to detail.”

Wrestlers grab fourth at regional

David McCright One

By Kyle Salomon,

Mustang placed five grapplers in the top four and eight in the top five for a team finish of fourth place at the Southmoore regional last weekend.

Five Broncos finished in the top four of their respective weight classes and three other wrestlers finished in fifth place.

Freshmen Trey Edwards and Gage McBride, and seniors Gareth Ballard, David McCright and Clay Feland were all top four placers in their weight divisions.

Senior Zac Julian, junior Zach Butler and senior Mark Casteneda took fifth place in their weight classes.

“Finishing fourth overall as a team in the regional is a great accomplishment for our guys,” Mustang head coach Dave Rankin said. “Their hard work, dedication and commitment really paid off for them in the end.”

In the 106-pound weight class, it was sophomore Jason Clark competing for Mustang. Clark fell in his first match to Southmoore in a first-period fall. He rebounded to defeat Lawton in his second match with a first-period fall. Clark fell in his third match against U.S. Grant 3-2.

Mustang did not have 113-pound entry in the regional.

In the 120-pound weight class, Edwards took third overall. The freshman grappler defeated Edmond Santa Fe 7-3 in his first bout, fell to Yukon 12-0 in his second match, defeated Choctaw 8-2 in his third bout, beat Edmond Memorial in match No.4, and took down Moore in his fifth and final match.

In the 126-pound weight class, McBride finished fourth overall. McBride defeated Choctaw with a second-period fall in his first bout. He took out Edmond North in a second-period fall in match No.2. McBride fell to Yukon in his third match in a first-period fall. He beat Norman in his fourth match and fell in his final match to Putnam City North.

In the 132-pound weight division, Ballard finished second overall. Ballard defeated Norman in his first bout with a first-period fall. He took down Edmond Memorial in match No.2 in an 18-2 technical fall. Ballard defeated Moore in his third bout 3-2. In the championship bout he fell to Putnam City.

In the 138-pound weight class, Jordan Kalmeyer defeated Southmoore in his first bout in a second-period fall. He fell to Moore in his second match in a second-period fall. Kalmeyer took down Westmoore 7-4 in his third bout, and fell in his fourth match to Choctaw.

In the 145-pound weight class, Robert King fell in his first bout to Edmond North in a third-period fall. He lost his second match to Westmoore in a second-period fall.

In the 152-pound weight division, Julian had a bye in the first round. He defeated Southmoore 8-6 in his first actual match. Julian fell to Putnam City North in his second match 3-1. He fell in overtime to Yukon in his third and final bout.

In the 160-pound weight class, it was Redmon Wilkerson taking his first bout in a second-period fall over Edmond Memorial. He fell in his second bout to Edmond Santa Fe 10-0. Wilkerson lost his third match to Putnam City 1-0.

In the 170-pound weight class, Butler earned a first-round bye. His second-round match was a loss to Edmond Memorial with a second-period fall. He responded in his third bout with a first-round fall against Putnam City. He defeated Edmond Santa Fe in his fourth match. In his final match, Butler fell to Choctaw.

In the 182-pound weight class, McCright took third place overall. He had a bye in the first round, but fell to Yukon in his first actual match in a second-period fall. McCright then had another bye before taking out Edmond Memorial in an 18-1 technical fall. He defeated Edmond Santa Fe in his next bout before losing to Yukon in his final match.

In the 195-pound weight class, Casteneda defeated Edmond Santa Fe in his first match in a first-period fall. He fell to Yukon in his second bout 3-0. Casteneda defeated Edmond Memorial in his third bout in a second-period fall. He fell to Putnam City West in his final match.

In the 220-pound weight class, Feland took fourth place. He had a first-round bye. He took out Edmond Memorial in his first actual bout 8-1. He fell to Yukon in his second match 11-9. Feland defeated Norman in his third bout and fell to Putnam City in his fourth match.

In the 285-pound weight division, Dylan Needham fell to Norman North in his first match 4-0. Needham fell to Putnam City in his second bout 6-5.

Swimmers close out season at state meet

Morgan Shirk One

By Kyle Salomon,

The Broncos had 21 swimmers in the pool for the two-day event at the Edmond Aquatic Center. The girls’ team placed 12th overall, while the boys finished 18th. The girls finished the meet with 64 points, and the boys ended with 12 points.

MHS had 22 swimmers qualify for the state meet, but Jesse Lewis was unable to participate because of a broken arm.

Norman North stole the show as both the girls’ and boys’ teams won the state championship. The NN girls finished with 365 points and the boys totaled 353.

The Bronco squads competed in eight events in the meet.

Here are the results from the Mustang teams:

In the girls’ 200-yard medley relay race, Mustang finished in 11th place with a time of 2:08.25. Hannah Kertzner, Samantha Jones, Lauren Oliver and Peyton Sprague made up the team.

In the girls’ 50-yard freestyle race, it was Jones taking ninth place overall with a time of 25.93 seconds.

In the girls’ 100-yard butterfly stroke, Oliver placed 15th overall with a time of 1:07.65.

In the girls’ 100-yard freestyle event, Jones took 14th place with a time of 59.07 seconds.

In the boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay race, Mustang finished in 13th place with a time of 1:44.79. Minh Nguyen, Drake Stowe, Chandler McDonald and Keyton Marzolf made up the squad.

In the girls’ 100-yard breaststroke event, Oliver placed 13th overall with a time of 1:19.27.

In the girls’ 400-yard freestyle relay race, Mustang took 12th place overall with a time of 4:31.39. Bailee Gray, Kertzner, Summer Chrismon and Mazie Garza made up the team.

In the boys’ 400-yard freestyle relay event, the Broncos grabbed 15th place with a time of 4:02.19. Matt Sellon, Robert Coulter, Matthew Jensen and Tucker Legg made up the squad.

Boys’ soccer has lofty goals for new season

By Kyle Salomon,

Mustang boys soccer team enters the 2014 season with big expectations.

Mustang opens the regular season at 8 p.m. Tuesday against Norman at home. They will also play at 8 p.m. March 7 at Yukon.

“Overall, I feel really good about how we have done in the preseason,” Mustang head coach Jared Homer said. “We have had a lot of scrimmages against good competition. There are things we still need to work on, but I am pleased with where we are at right now.”

The Broncos are returning eight starters from last year’s group that went 6-7, but made significant strides at the end of the season.

Mustang lost six seniors off last season’s team. Goalkeeper Charlie Schneider, midfielder Nathan Whitey, midfielder Josh McDaniel, defender Preston Graf, goalkeeper Dakota Warrington and defender Matt Burns graduated last May.

The Broncos will have five seniors on the roster this season when the ball is kicked for the first time. Defender Dalton Eldredge, forward Colton Haskin, forward Tanner Lynn, forward Alex Schilke and goalkeeper Colton Hadlock will be playing their final season in a Mustang uniform.

The returning starters from last year’s squad are junior defender Josh Vannoy, junior defender J.P. Junglen, Haskin, Lynn, Schilke, junior midfielder Dae Chul Heo, junior midfielder Cutter Smith and junior midfielder Connor Partin.

“We finally have experience all over the field this year,” Homer said. “We have guys that have been playing for two or three years now. The leadership and competitiveness has been really good so far. I am looking forward to seeing what this group can do.”

Homer said the expectation level has risen quite a bit this year.

“We definitely have lofty goals this season,” he said. “Both our staff and our players expect to not only be in the playoffs, but to host a playoff game at the end of the year. There is no reason we shouldn’t be able to accomplish those goals.”

Girls’ soccer going on the offensive

By Kyle Salomon,

For the past several seasons, the Mustang girls soccer team has been a defensive-minded team that plays physical.

The Bronco ladies open their 2014 regular season at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Norman at home. They will also travel to Yukon for a 6 p.m. showdown with the Millers March 7.

Last season the Mustang girls finished with an 11-5 record and semifinal appearance in the state playoffs, where they eventually lost to state champion Bishop Kelley.

“We are going to be a different-looking team this year than we have looked the past several years,” Mustang head coach Mike Mason said. “We have been a team centered around solid defense, but this year we will be more centered around our offense. We have strong defensive players, but we have a lot more experience on the offensive end of the field.”

The Bronco girls graduated seven seniors from last year’s group. Mustang lost four defenders, two midfielders and one forward to graduation.

The seven seniors from last year’s team are Madison Brackett, Shelbey Brady, Jamie Carroll, Micaela Fox, Marilyn Kalin, Shelbi Kuykendall and Taylor Moseley.

Mustang will have 11 seniors on this year’s team. The seniors are Lexi Jones, Emily Sample, Sydni Wiles, Bridget Byers, Anna Crawford, Alexandra Espinoza, Alondra Garcia, Alexandria Jones, Gabriela Pelma, Cindy Reyes and Jessica Strassle.

Returning key players from last year’s group include junior Brandi Hutchinson, Lexi Jones, sophomore Jaci Jones, junior Alina Magruder, Wiles, Crawford, Strassle, junior Kelsey Bumgarner and junior Abby Karbs.

The starting forwards on this year’s team will be Wiles, Lexi Jones and Magruder. The starting midfielders are Crawford, Raegan Coil and Jaci Jones. The starting defenders will be Addison Glover, Strassle, Hannah Evans and Bumgarner.

The two goalkeepers this season will be Hutchinson and Abby Karbs.

“We have been working really hard in the preseason,” Mason said. “We are excited to see how far this team can go this year.”

Boys’ tennis looks to take game to next level

By Kyle Salomon,

Bronco boys tennis squad enters the 2014 season with lofty goals set in place.

Mustang graduated just one senior from last year’s group, and they return all six starters from a year ago.

The Broncos open the season at 8 a.m. at the Carl Albert tournament at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center and the Westmoore tournament at Earlywine Park. They host rival Yukon in a dual match at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and play in the U.S. Grant tournament at 8 a.m. March 8.

The Broncos will have three seniors on this year’s squad – Colby Le, Adam Nguyen and Tommy Ngo.

All three of the seniors were state tournament qualifiers a year ago. Three other state qualifiers from last year are juniors Damon Truong, Jason Tsai and Trevor Berg.

Senior Dat Le and junior Sean Marzec will be counted on as well this season for the Broncos. Marzec is currently out with a knee injury, but is expected to return soon.

The No.1 singles player this season will be Colby Le. The No.2 singles player is expected to be Nguyen. The No.1 doubles team will be Truong and Ngo, and the No.2 doubles team will be Tsai and Berg.

“This is a very dedicated group,” Mustang head coach Will Allen said. “We have a lot of experience coming back this year, so we expect to be in the upper level of every tournament we compete in this season. The guys have been working hard all year ever since the summer on improving their games. It’s going to be an exciting year.”

Girls’ tennis enters new season with high hopes

By Kyle Salomon,

Mustang girls tennis team enters the new season with big expectations on its shoulders.

The Lady Broncos tennis squad returns all six starters from last year’s team that had four state qualifiers and one state placer.

Mustang opens the 2014 season at 8 a.m. Monday with the Wesmoore Tournament at Earlywine Park. They host Yukon at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in a dual match. MHS plays in the Carl Albert Tournament at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center, and they play in the U.S. Grant Tournament at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.

Mustang did not graduate one senior off last year’s team. The Bronco girls have four seniors on this year’s squad – Kyndal Heath, Jessica Garner, Taylor Sullivan and Heather Underwood.

The No.1 singles player this year is going to be sophomore Stevie Josey. Josey was a state placer last season as a freshman. The No.2 singles player will be Heath.

The No.1 doubles team will be Garner and Sullivan, and the No.2 doubles team will be Underwood and junior Sarah Adkins.

“We are really excited about the team we are going to have this year,” Mustang head coach Dave Rankin said. “We return all of our starters from last year’s group that had a strong season. We had four state qualifiers and one state placer, so we expect to do really good things this year.”