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Mustang Softball Association and city of Mustang have partnered to host the second annual Warriors for Freedom fundraiser.
Troy Schweinbert with MSA and Mustang Parks and Recreation’s Nic Bailey helped spearhead the event, which will raise funds to help military veterans and their families, said Scott Deatherage, Warriors for Freedom Foundation vice president of veteran affairs and media relations.
“We are thrilled at the support Warriors for Freedom has received from the Mustang Softball Association and the city of Mustang,” Deatherage said.
The fundraiser will be held April 11-13 in Mustang. The tournament will include all age groups of girls fast-pitch softball. Entry fees for each team are $75 for T-ball and $175 for all other age groups. There is a three-game guarantee format, Schweinberg said.
This year’s master of ceremonies will be retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Rusty Dunagan. On Sept. 22, 2010, Dunagan lost both legs and his left arm after his patrol in Afghanistan encountered an IED. The tournament honors Dunagan and Oklahoma fallen service members. All proceeds will benefit Warriors for Freedom Foundation, Deatherage said. The foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides support to military and their families with activities, mental health assistance and wellness, as well as awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and combat stress reaction.
“Oklahoma residents have provided this country with strong military personnel and unparalleled patriotism,” said retired U.S. Army Major Ed Pulido, founder of Warriors for Freedom Foundation. “This event will help us make an even more dramatic impact right here in central Oklahoma.”
Pulido knows the impact of assistance for Oklahoma’s military families. He served almost 19 years in the Army and was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) in 2004.
“We want this event to bring in all cities within Canadian County to help support this great cause,” Schweinberg said.
To register for the tournament or for more information, go to www.mustangsoftballassociation.org or www.okball.com.
By Kyle Salomon,
Seven different boys’ soccer teams will invade Mustang today through Saturday in the Bronco Cup.
The Mustang boys’ soccer team will get back into action for the first time in more than two weeks at 8 p.m. tonight against Guymon in the opening day of the Bronco Cup at Mustang High School.
Jenks, Owasso, Norman, Westmoore, Moore, Heritage Hall and Guymon will all compete in the three-day event.
The Cup is scheduled to take place at the Mustang High School Soccer Complex, but could be moved to Bronco Stadium if the weather turns bad.
Mustang head coach Jared Homer said this year’s group of teams is very strong.
“We have a very competitive group of teams again this year,” he said. “We have the defending Class 5A state champion Heritage Hall attending. We have perennial Class 6A powerhouses Jenks, Norman and Owasso attending, who are all ranked in the top six in the state. It should be a great tournament with great teams on display these three days.”
The Mustang boys will take on Jenks at 6 p.m. Friday night. Homer said his players have looked forward to that game for a long time.
“Jenks versus Mustang is our marquee game for sure,” he said. “Our guys have marked this game for some time now to compete with one of the top teams in the state from the east side. All three of our games will be a true test for sure. I am excited about playing Guymon and Heritage Hall as much as our Jenks matchup.”
Homer said getting top-level teams like Jenks to come down to the Bronco Cup proves it’s one of the best soccer tournaments in the state.
“Jenks coming down here shows a lot about the event we put on,” he said. “I believe the Bronco Cup is the top tournament in the state of Oklahoma as far as matchups and top-notch teams each year. We have a great venue and great teams are on display all weekend.
“College coaches love to attend and see the high level of play in every single game. Our booster club does a great job of putting things in place and making it a desirable place to be.”
Despite their disappointing 1-2 start to the season, Homer said this tournament can be a springboard for the remainder of the year.
“Playing well against some of the best teams in the state would for sure give us a boost heading into district play,” he said. “We want to get better each game, so when district rolls around we are playing our best soccer at the right time. This tournament should help get everything in place for a district run.”
By Kyle Salomon,
Mustang girls’ soccer team will take its talents to the Panther Invitational tonight through Saturday.
The Lady Broncos will join seven other girls’ soccer teams at Putnam City North High School for the three-day tournament.
“We are looking forward to the opportunity to go and compete against some really tough competition in the Panther Invitational,” Mustang head coach Mike Mason said. “It will be a great test for our girls for them to get a true idea of where we are right now as a team.”
The seven other schools competing in the event are Edmond Memorial, Carl Albert, Putnam City North, Westmoore, Bishop McGuinness, Heritage Hall and Webster Groves from St. Louis.
The Mustang girls will take on the unknown Webster Groves in their first game of the tournament at 8 p.m. tonight.
“We don’t know anything about the Webster Groves team,” Mason said. “At the same time, they don’t know anything about us either, so we are both going to be feeling each other out at first. We will just play our game and do the best we can against them.”
If the Lady Broncos win tonight, they will play in the winner’s bracket game at 8 p.m. Friday against the winner of Bishop McGuinness and Heritage Hall. If they fall to Webster Groves, Mustang will play the loser of the Bishop McGuinness and Heritage Hall match at 5 p.m. Friday.
“The main thing for us right now is to get better as a team,” Mason said. “We have some areas that we need to improve, and we are going to try and use this weekend to make those improvements and move in the right direction.”
The Lady Broncos took on Norman on Tuesday in a make-up game with the Tigers. That result and the result of the Panther Invitational will be in the April 4 Mustang News.
Students from Mustang Elementary celebrate their third grand prize-winning milk carton creation for the Made By Milk Carton Creation Contest. The school used more than 41,000 recycled cartons to build a replica of a space shuttle. The nationwide contest, sponsored by Evergreen Packaging, promotes milk consumption and encourages students to adopt eco-friendly habits by recycling and reusing milk cartons. Mustang Elementary plans to use their prize to purchase new gym equipment. Pictured are Mustang Elementary third graders Conley Matthews, Mason Colbert, and Adisen Williamson. (Photo/courtesy)
By Kyle Salomon,
Mustang girls’ golf team officially opened its regular season Wednesday at the Choctaw Invitational, and will play today at the Jenks Invitational Tournament at South Lakes Golf Course.
The Lady Broncos return two seniors this year from last season’s squad. Kaylee Neff and Mackenzie Woodward will be the leaders on and off the course this year for Mustang.
The Mustang girls have been practicing for several months preparing themselves for the start of the season. Mustang head coach Rod Henning said the team has been working hard and dealing with the weather the best they can.
“Practice has been going well,” he said. “The girls have been working really hard to get ready for the season. I have been pleased with their attitudes and their work ethic. We have some high expectations for the season and are looking forward to getting it started this week.”
Mustang will return four out of five starters this year from last season’s team. Henning said this group will rely a lot on experience from last year.
“I have seen improvement in all of the players from this point last year,” he said. “Hopefully, that will help us to not get nervous when we play in big tournaments. We will learn a lot about where we are as a team after this week. We do need to keep working on our short game.”
Henning said he hopes this team can improve on the success the girls had a year ago.
“I am hoping that the success we had last year carries over to this year,” he said. “We should be a very confident group. I also hope the state tournament is a big motivation to us this season. We did not play very well at the state tournament last year, and we plan on improving on that performance this season.”
By Kyle Salomon,
Mustang baseball dropped two games last weekend to fall to 3-3 on the young season.
The Broncos went up against one of the top teams in the state of Kansas last Friday night at Edmond Memorial in Olathe South from Olathe, Kan., just outside of Kansas City. Mustang fell 11-3 in the contest.
On Saturday, the Broncos traveled to Guthrie High School to go up against Guthrie. Mustang lost that game 7-3.
“We just didn’t play well enough in either game to win,” Mustang head coach Scott Selby said. “We aren’t a team that has a lot of margin of error, so when we make mistakes, we will struggle.”
In the Olathe South game, Selby went with senior Austin Roberts on the mound. A week before, Roberts went the distance for MHS against Edmond North and got the win, so Selby said he felt confident about sending the big right-hander to the hill.
The Olathe crew gave Roberts fits all game as they peppered the Bronco defense with gap shots to the wall in the outfield and hard-hit balls throughout the game.
Mustang’s offense was stagnant as well as Olathe South’s No.1 starting pitcher shut down the MHS batters for the majority of the game.
Olathe South was able to cruise to the eight-run win.
“They threw their No.1 pitcher at us and he was pretty tough,” Selby said. “We made too many errors to let us stay in the game.”
Against Guthrie, Selby decided to go with sophomore Brent Stephens on the mound for Mustang. Stephens struggled mightily in the first inning before eventually giving way to fellow sophomore Cade Fulton in the same inning.
Fulton held Guthrie at bay for several innings before they broke away with several runs to extend the lead against the Broncos.
Mustang’s offense again struggled to get runners on base, which made it difficult for Selby and the MHS coaching staff to be aggressive on the base paths. Guthrie was able to hold the Broncos for a four-run victory.
“Our offense just isn’t giving us the opportunities to do what we want to do right now,” Selby said. “We want to be able to be aggressive on the bases and bunt, but you have to have base runners in order to do that, and right now we aren’t getting it done.”
Mustang took on district foe Edmond Santa Fe Monday and Tuesday in district battles with the Timberwolves. The Broncos travel to the Tulsa area this weekend to compete in the Broken Arrow/Jenks Tournament.
Mustang will take on Broken Arrow at BA High School today. They will play Edmond Santa Fe for the third time this week and Jenks on Friday at Jenks High School. MHS will finish up the three-day tournament with an early-morning game against Tulsa Memorial at Jenks Saturday.
“We are going to have to play really well in that tournament,” Selby said. “We are going to see some really tough competition. Hopefully, we can go up there and play well.”
Pete and Sheila Dahl are presented with the Patriotic Employer plaque commending Dahl Heat & Air for their support in the reintegration of fighting men and women who have returned home from active duty and putting them to work in good jobs. The Office of the Secretary of Defense recognizes those companies who support the Guard and Reserve by hiring those who have bravely served. Pictured from left to right are general manager Justin Eisenhour, operations manager Jana Robinson, owners Pete and Sheila Dahl and Lt. Col. (Ret) Billy Maxwell. (Photo/courtesy)
Mark Wayne McClure, age 47, died Friday, March 21, 2014 at his home in Mustang after a sudden illness.
He was born Jan. 4, 1967 in Guymon, Okla. to Bert and LaDonna (Harvey) McClure. He grew up in Pampa, Texas and moved to Mustang in 2004. A truck driver by trade, Mark drove several years for Yellow Freight before he retired due to disability. He loved to fish and ride motorcycles.
He was preceded in death by his father and is survived by his mother, LaDonna McClure of Edmond; his wife Angela of the home; two sons, Ross Earl McClure of Newcastle and Donald Tristyn McClure of the home; two daughters, Albany Kay McClure and Alexis Jayde McClure, both of the home. Also by two brothers, Larry McClure and wife Melissa of Edmond and Bert Wade McClure and wife Sue Ann of Indianapolis, Ind.; two sisters, Eyvonne Franco of Newcastle and Charmane McDade and husband James of Newcastle.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25 in the Chapel of The Good Shepherd at McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service, 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
D. Lee Hill, age 83, went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 17, 2014 from his home in Oklahoma City.
He was born Nov. 14, 1930 in Ravenna (Fannin County), Texas to Desmond and Allie Mae (Aderholt) Hill. He grew up in Amber and Oklahoma City and was a 1949 graduate of Capitol Hill High School. Lee proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Oklahoma. Lee worked over 30 years for the St. Paul Insurance Companies, retiring in 1993 as claims manager. He was an “avid” OU fan, loved to play golf and bowl. For many years he was a professional musician, playing keyboard. He was a longtime member of Mustang United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife Joyce Maudine (Shults); two sons, James L. Hill and wife Kim of Mustang and Kevin Eugene Hill and wife Michele of Deer Creek; and one daughter, Deborah Joyce Inman and husband David of Amarillo, Texas. Also nine grandchildren – Brian, Emilie, Lauren, Spencer and Nikki (twins) Noah, Bennett and Caroline (twins) and Chloe; five great grandchildren – Bralee, Carrington, Tanner, Haylee and Burklynn.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Malcom Hunter DAR Scholarship Fund in care of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 20 from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m., with family receiving friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 21, at the Mustang United Methodist Church, with interment following at 2 p.m. in Ft. Sill National Cemetery, Elgin, Okla. under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made to mcneilsmustangfs.com.
By Traci Chapman
Horizon Intermediate students showed how much heart they have and how much they care for their teachers during a recent event that raised almost $4,700 for the American Heart Association.
Students made the money – more than $4,671 – during Hoops for Heart, surpassing the school’s $2,000 goal by “a mile,” teacher Joy Osborne said. Their effort was somewhat unusual for children because they did it for someone close to them – fifth grade science teacher Lauren Tilley, whose son Elijah was born in September 2012 with a severe congenital heart defect.
“The students were so proud of themselves,” Tilley said. “They knew they were making a difference even if they only collected $5.”
Tilley’s story touched students’ hearts and was the kind of thing that made parents realize how lucky they were to have healthy children, Osborne said. After a time of great joy – in February 2012 learning she was pregnant with twins – Tilley said everything changed during the 22nd week of her pregnancy.
“We found out about Elijah’s severe congenital heart defect – at that same time the doctors saw that I was starting to have complications and contractions and the babies were trying to come really early,” Tilley said. “It was a blow that I cannot describe.”
Elijah was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, basically classified as having only half a heart, Tilley said. The disease kept the left ventricle in her baby’s heart from developing properly, a condition that until the late 1980s was a death sentence. The Tilleys were lucky, however – through all of the heartbreak and worry, there was always a glimmer of hope for their son, she said.
“We had a lot of ups and downs,” Tilley said. “Plans were broken, re-worked, hopes were brought up and then shattered.”
Elijah had his first surgery in October 2012; about three weeks later, he went into cardiac arrest and came back. During that time it looked like he was too fragile for a needed procedure to repair his heart, but he surprised his doctors and rebounded back. Doctors performed the procedure – called a Norwood – in November 2012.
“It is a very risky procedure,” Tilley said. “Elijah came through with flying colors – in all he was in the hospital for over 90 days.”
All of this took place in Dallas, at Children’s Medical Center. Finally, when Elijah was seven months old he was able to come home for the first time and see his twin sister. While another surgery is on the horizon, Tilley said she counts all of the blessings Elijah brings.
“He is a fighter and a true testimony to strength and courage, he has taught me how valuable life is,” she said. “It is a daily struggle to fight the fear and emotions that come with this and how it effects our family but we are getting through it together.”
As Elijah has brought Tilley strength, she has shown courage to her students, who were inspired to work to raise the Hoops for Heart funds, as well as work to improve their own health during the month-long event. It was a project embraced not only by students, but also by teachers and staff throughout Horizon, Tilley and Osborne said. As Tilley brought others strength, they gave her encouragement and love that helped her get through the difficult months, she said.
“This has been a great learning experience for the students,” Tilley said. “Friends and family have been such a support and I love sharing our story – you never know who it might touch or reach.”