February, 2014

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Swimmers send record number to state

Drake Stowe One

By Kyle Salomon

Mustang swim teams will have 21 swimmers representing the young programs Friday and Saturday at the state swim meet at Oklahoma City Community College Aquatic Center. The 21 participants are the most ever in school history. There are 11 girls and 10 boys competing for Mustang in the two-day event.

The Bronco squads will compete in a total of nine events at the state meet, seven girls’ events and two on the boys’ side.

Summer Chrismon, Ryhan Deuel, Mazie Garza, Bailee Gray, Samantha Jones, Hannah Kertzner, Brandi Naeher, Lauren Oliver, Morgan Shirk, Rachel Snodgrass and Peyton Sprague will be the female representatives from Mustang.

Robert Coulter, Callum Hill, Matthew Jensen, Tucker Legg, Keyton Marzolf, Chandler McDonald, Zachary McSwain, Matt Sellon and Drake Stowe are the male participants.

Kertzner, Jones, Oliver, Sprague, Naeher, Garza, Chrismon and Gray are competing in the girls’ 200-yard medley relay race.

Jones is competing in the girls’ 50-yard freestyle race. Oliver and Kertzner are swimming in the girls’ 100-yard fly stroke.

Jones is swimming in the girls’ 100-yard freestyle competition, in which she currently holds the school record.

Sprague, Gray, Oliver, Jones, Naeher, Chrismon, Kertzner and Garza are competing in the girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay race.

Oliver and Garza are swimming in the girls’ 100-yard breaststroke race.

Gray, Kertzner, Chrismon, Garza, Deuel, Shirk, Naeher and Snodgrass are competing in the girls’ 400-yard freestyle race.

Nguyen, Marzolf, Stowe, McDonald, Legg, Sellon, McSwain and Coulter are competing in the boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay race.

Nguyen is swimming in the boys’ 100-yard backstroke, in which he holds the school record.

Broncos torpedo through regional meet

Mustang boys and girls swim teams competed in the regional swim meet in Edmond last Friday and Saturday.

Here are the results from the meet:

In the girls’ 200-yard medley relay race, Mustang took seventh place with a time of 2:09.57. Hannah Kertzner, Samantha Jones, Lauren Oliver and Peyton Sprague made up the team for the Broncos.

In the boys’ 200-yard freestyle race, it was Matt Sellon placing 14th with a time of 2:12.36.

In the girls’ 200-yard individual medley race, it was Summer Chrismon placing 14th with a time of 2:58.83, and Brandi Naeher taking 15th place with a time of 2:59.49.

In the boys’ 200-yard individual medley race, it was Cullen Quinn taking 14th place with a time of 2:44.76, and Zach McSwain placing 15th with a time of 2:47.43.

In the girls’ 50-yard freestyle race, it was Jones placing fifth overall with a time of 26.10.

In the girls’ 100-yard butterfly stroke race, it was Oliver taking 10th place with a time of 1:08.45, and Kertzner placing 15th with a time of 1:18.10.

In the girls’ 100-yard freestyle race, it was Jones placing seventh overall with a time of 59.55, and Bailee Gray placing 14th with a time of 1:08.67.

In the girls’ 500-yard freestyle race, it was Ryhan Deuel taking 14th place with a time of 6:57.60.

In the boys’ 500-yard freestyle race, it was Matthew Jensen taking 13th place with a time of 6:32.71, and Robert Coulter taking 14th place with a time of 6:52.49.

In the girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay race, Mustang took fourth overall with a time of 1:53.64. Sprague, Gray, Oliver and Jones made up the team.

In the boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay race, Mustang took sixth place with a time of 1:44.80. Nguyen, Marzolf, Drake Stowe and Chandler McDonald made up the squad.

In the boys’ 100-yard backstroke race, it was Nguyen taking 15th place with a time of 1:04.04.

In the boys’ 100-yard breaststroke race, it was Oliver placing sixth overall with a time of 1:17.02, and Garza taking 13th place with a time of 1:24.38.

In the boys’ 100-yard breaststroke, McSwain took 15th place with a time of 1:16.77.

In the girls’ 400-yard freestyle relay race, Mustang took sixth place with a time of 1:09.64. Gray, Kertzner, Chrismon and Garza made up the team.

In the boys’ 400-yard freestyle relay race, Mustang finished in seventh place with a time of 54.72. Sellon, Coulter, Jensen and Legg made up the squad.

Children lend talents to playground design


By Traci Chapman

A new playground at Youth and Family Services’ shelter is a step closer after area children leant their voices and ideas to the project.

Community members braved the cold last week to take part in the design session, which will result in an April 12 construction of equipment to replace the playground destroyed by last year’s May 31 tornado, YFS executive director Dee Blose said. It was through residents’ generosity, as well as a partnership with an Oklahoma energy company and KaBOOM!, that allowed the project to move forward, she said.

“We’ve been so blessed with everyone’s generosity and help,” Blose said. “We’ve been overwhelmed at the support we’ve received.”

Isaiah and Tasha Salinas (Photo/courtesy)

Isaiah and Tasha Salinas (Photo/courtesy)

Devon Energy worked with KaBOOM!, a national non-profit agency dedicated to helping children have access to activities that make their lives better, Blose said. Representatives from the organization assessed hard-hit areas throughout Oklahoma after the May 31 storm and selected YFS as a candidate for assistance. KaBOOM! Then partnered with Devon, which had pledged $2.5 million for tornado relief programs throughout the state.

“We will have more than 200 volunteers out here to construct the playground equipment this spring,” Blose said. “It’s an exciting undertaking.”

Along with KaBOOM! Organizers and YFS employees, Devon employees and other volunteers will gather April 12 to build the playground, Blose said.

Youth and Family Services works in Canadian, Blaine, Kingfisher and Oklahoma counties, Blose said. Of those areas, 55 percent of services are rendered to people in Canadian County, she said.

The 10 programs offered by the agency include the children and youth emergency shelter; foster care; transitional living services; youth and child homeless programs; community counseling; youth workforce investment programs; Smart Start; maternity services; Bee’s Knees, an art program for young adults with special needs; and The Spot, a meeting place for youth highlighting health and wellness in Watonga. Of Youth and Family Service’s roughly $2 million annual budget, the vast majority funds the emergency shelter and transitional/homeless programs – which comprise 23 percent and 29 percent of the agency’s total expenditures, respectively, Blose said.

While the shelter is only part of what YFS does, being able to move forward with something important to those children goes a long way toward healing after the storm, Blose said.

“When a child comes into the shelter it’s a traumatic experience for them, and it may seem small but being able to go outside, to play and to run, can be very therapeutic,” she said. “For the children to have been a part of designing this is very gratifying.”

“A playground is more than a playground – it helps these children get out and move, get exercise, make friends, have clarity,” she said. “This is much more than what it might seem on the surface, and we are so lucky to have this opportunity.”

To volunteer or learn more information, contact John Schneider at john.schneider@yfsok.org or (405) 262-6555.

Pirates sink Bronco girls’ ship

Tori Shockley One

By Kyle Salomon

Despite senior center Brooke Irwin scoring a game-high 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, Mustang dropped a 64-50 decision to Putnam City Feb. 11.

With the win over the Bronco ladies, Putnam City completed the season sweep of Mustang.

Sophomore guard Addyson Lawson had 13 points and three rebounds, and senior forward Laci Joyner finished with five points and five rebounds.

“I thought we played a pretty decent first and third periods,” Mustang head coach Kevin Korstjens said. “In the second and fourth it was a different story. I thought we let them dictate how the game was played a little bit.”

Mustang trailed the Lady Pirates by three points at halftime, but Putnam City outscored the Broncos 34-23 in the second half.

Mustang finished the game with 30 rebounds, forced the Pirates into 14 turnovers, committed 18 turnovers, and made 18 out of 25 free throws.

Lady Broncos heading south for regional action

Mustang will play in the Norman North regional on Feb. 27 and 28. Norman North, Lawton Ike and Edmond North are the other three teams taking part in the tournament.

The Broncos will take on Lawton Ike Feb. 27 in the first-round game.

Former PTA president pleads guilty to embezzlement, forgery charges


By Traci Chapman

A former Mustang Centennial Elementary PTA president last week plead guilty to embezzling more than $900 from that organization.

Jennifer Marie Young, 32, entered a guilty plea stemming from two felony counts – one each of embezzlement and forgery – filed in Canadian County District Court in August 2013. According to court documents, Young used PTA checks for her own use, paying her personal wireless, electric and water accounts, as well as more than $147 for tanning membership fees.

“She later assumed the duties of treasurer of that organization as well,” stated Mustang detective Michael Adams in an Aug. 16, 2013, affidavit. “In November 2011, she used the funds from a previous bank to open a checking account in the name of CEPTA at a new bank.

“The defendant made herself the sole signer to this account,” he said.

State and national Parent Teacher Association guidelines mandate the position of treasurer be maintained separately from any other officer, and checks should be signed by more than one person. While Young’s actions were against PTA rules, no further action against the Mustang woman was expected, officials said.

Young was sentenced by Canadian County Special Judge Jack McCurdy to a one-year suspended jail sentence, as well as supervised probation, restitution and court costs and fines.

The guilty plea was not the first time Young admitted to embezzlement. In a December 2011 case, the Mustang woman was charged with six felony counts in connection with her employment as property manager at East Hills Condos. Young was accused in that case of taking more than $3,600.

On Aug. 22, 2013, Assistant District Attorney Austin Murrey filed an application requesting the court issue an arrest warrant for Young due to the new charges and her alleged failure to report to a probation officer and pay restitution and probation fees monthly, as required by her plea in the 2011 case.

Girls struggle against Santa Fe

Brooke Irwin One

By Kyle Salomon

The Mustang girls basketball team scored a season low Friday night in a 52-20 loss at home against Edmond Santa Fe. The Bronco ladies scored eight points halfway through the first period, but were only able to put 12 more on the board the remainder of the game.

The loss made it a season sweep for Edmond Santa Fe over Mustang, and dropped the Broncos’ overall record to 6-15.

No Mustang players scored in double figures. Senior center Brooke Irwin led the Broncos with six points and six rebounds. Sophomore guard Addyson Lawson also had six points and grabbed three rebounds.

“It was a tough night,” Mustang head coach Kevin Korstjens said. “We turned the ball over way too many times to compete with a team as good as Santa Fe. We have to put this one behind us and focus on what we have in front of us.”

Midway through the first period the Bronco ladies had an 8-4 lead, but the Timberwolves went on a 20-0 run.

The Broncos managed to score just four points in 12 minutes of play from the midpoint of the first period until halftime.

The Lady Broncos scored only two points in the third period. MHS was able to tack on six points in the fourth.

The Broncos ended the night with 27 total rebounds, 12 forced Santa Fe turnovers, 27 committed turnovers, and made 12 out of 15 free throws.

Commissioners eye new fairground proposal

home of new fairgrouds

 By Rex Hogan

 Canadian County commissioners took “a first step” Tuesday to find out what can be done to help build a new fairgrounds that would include a modern multi-purpose event center. The proposed new fairgrounds could be located on county-owned land, just east of the Gary E. Miller Children’s Justice Center on state Highway 66. The site is just west of Banner Road, about halfway between Yukon and El Reno.

Mustang businessman Ken Carpenter, chairman of the Fair Board Building Committee, told commissioners at their regular weekly meeting that the time is right for the county to have a first-class “revenue-raising” events center.

Carpenter said the current fairgrounds in El Reno was created in the 1950s and is not adequate to accommodate events.

The Fair Board Building Committee is proposing a 5,000-seat multi-purpose event center be built on the 160-acre state Highway 66 site. Carpenter said such a center could host a number of events, from high school graduations to agriculture events and sporting events.

Ken Carpenter (Photo/Ray Dyer)

Ken Carpenter (Photo/Ray Dyer)

Commission Chairman Phil Carson said the county is in need of  a center like this. He pointed out Garfield and Grady counties have event centers that host an array of events.

El Reno Mayor Matt White said the idea needs more study.

“I’m not here to pick a fight, but I’m disappointed in the process. I don’t know where you’re posting meeting notices, I haven’t seen one,” White said. “No one has talked to us (the city) and we want to be part of the process. It just seems to me there’s a lot of loose ends.”

Fair Board Building Committee member Dan Wedman of Calumet said the committee “hasn’t talked to any city. We’re not trying to run around you. We’re not operating in a veil of secrecy,” Wedman said.

Commissioner David Anderson recommended county financial advisers be brought into the discussion to help determine the scope of the project.



Wrestlers ready for regional

Gage McBride One

By Kyle Salomon

Mustang wrestlers will return to action Friday at Southmoore for regional competition after having nearly two weeks off from live matches.

The Broncos grappling team will be one of 15 teams from the west side of the state competing at the regional tournament.

How well the Mustang wrestlers finish in the two-day event will determine if the entire team or if several individuals go to the state tournament, which takes place Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Oklahoma City fairgrounds.

“I am really excited about how we finished the season as a team,” Mustang head coach Dave Rankin said. “I feel like we are wrestling our best coming down the stretch into regionals. It was good to have a break so we could get healed up and prepare as best we can for the postseason.”

The other 14 teams that will be at Southmoore are Choctaw, Edmond Memorial, Edmond North, Edmond Santa Fe, Lawton Ike, Lawton, Moore, Norman, Norman North, Putnam City, Putnam City North, Putnam City West, Southmoore, U.S. Grant, Westmoore and Yukon.

“We know it is going to be a tough challenge,” Rankin said. “But we are a confident group right now. I’m excited to see how we perform this weekend.”

Here are the Mustang wrestlers who will be competing in the 14 different weights in the tournament.

In the 106-pound weight class, it will be Jason Clark for the Broncos. In the 113-pound weight division, Corbin Hardin will go to battle for Mustang. Trey Edwards will compete in the 120-pound weight class for MHS.

In the 126-pound weight division, Gage McBride will wrestle for Mustang. In the 132-pound weight bracket, Gareth Ballard will take the mat for the Broncos. Jordan Kalmeyer will compete in the 138-pound weight class for MHS.

In the 145-pound weight class, Robert King will represent the Bronco squad. Zac Julian will take the mat for Mustang in the 152-pound weight bracket. In the 160-pound weight division, it will be Redmon Wilkerson competing for the Broncos.

In the 170-pound weight class, Zach Butler will grapple for MHS. David McCright will compete in the 182-pound weight division for Mustang. In the 195-pound weight bracket, the Bronco coaches will choose between Mark Casteneda and Caden Truelove on who represents Mustang in the tournament.

In the 220-pound weight class, Clay Feland will take the mat for the Broncos, and in the 285-pound heavyweight division, Dylan Needham will compete for Mustang.

The results from the regional tournament will be in the Feb. 27 Mustang News.

Gercina ‘Jessey’ Alves Alexandre

Gercina “Jessey” Alves Alexandre, age 80, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 after a short illness. 

She was born March 15, 1933 in Maceio, Brazil.  She grew up in Brazil and came to the United States in the early 1950s, settling in Redwood City, Calif., where she worked many years for Stanford Hospital. Jessey and Joe moved to Mustang in 2005 and were members of Lakehoma Church of Christ.

Gercina Alexandre

Gercina Alexandre

She was preceded in death by her parents and several other relatives in Brazil. 

Survivors include her husband Jose (Joe) of the home in Mustang; one daughter, Josie Koonce and husband Kyle of Mustang; and two grandchildren, Hunter and Deaken.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Lakehoma Church of Christ with interment following in Mustang Cemetery. Arrangements are by McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.

Stephanie Denae McDaniel

Stephanie Denae McDaniel, age 39, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 after a short illness.

She was born Oct. 31, 1974 in Oklahoma City to Frederick and Kathryn (Folmer) McDaniel.  She grew up in Oklahoma City and was a graduate of Grant High School. Stephanie has lived in Mustang since 2010 and was a Baptist. She was the owner of Red Sky Cleaning Services.

Stephanie Denae McDaniel

Stephanie Denae McDaniel

She was preceded in death by her father and one daughter, Sedaeha Denae. 

Survivors include three sons, Matthew McDaniel of Yukon; Seth McDaniel of Mustang; and Austin Loomis of Oklahoma City; one daughter, Kaedyn McDaniel of Mustang; and her mother, Kathryn Wilkerson of Lewisville, Texas. Also by one granddaughter, Hazel Ann McDaniel; two brothers, Randy McDaniel of Oklahoma City and Zack Wilkerson of Lewisville, Texas; one half-sister, Rachel Felber and husband Wes of Waukomis, Okla.; and lots of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 17 in the Chapel of The Good Shepherd at McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.

Marjorie May Root

Marjorie May Root, 78, was born July 16, 1935 in St. Louis, Mo. to Oscar Gerald and Florence Elizabeth (Andrews) Kinkead. She passed away Feb. 16, 2014 in Oklahoma City.

Marjorie May Root

Marjorie May Root

On Jan. 14, 1956, Marjorie married William Raymond Root. They lived in the Mustang/Yukon area since the 1950s. Marjorie was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Yukon where she helped with the youth group. She loved gardening, flowers and was an avid sports fan.

Marjorie is survived by her sons, Brian Root and Billy Root of Yukon; brother, Alan Kinkeade and wife Janet of O’Fallon, Mo.; son-in-law, Richard Scammahorn of Yukon; daughter-in-law, Carla Root of Arcadia; grandchildren, Cory Scammahorn and wife Chrissy of Yukon, Ashley Roberts of Yukon, Jessica Root of Stillwater and Dakota Frerrie of Marlow; and great-grandchildren, Hunter, Trever and Leah Roberts.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William “Billy” Raymond Root; son, Mark Root; and daughters, Renee and Deborah.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, at the First United Methodist Church of Yukon.  Interment will follow at Mustang Cemetery.

Online condolences may be signed at www.yandafuneral.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Yanda & Son Funeral Home, Yukon.