March, 2014

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Track teams compete in Edmond meet

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By Kyle Salomon,

Mustang boys’ and girls’ track teams competed in the Edmond Santa Fe track meet March 13 before spring break.

The boys’ squad took seventh place out of 10 total teams with 17 points in the meet. The girls’ team took fifth out of nine teams with 57 total points.

Here are the Mustang results from the girls’ meet:

In the 4×100-meter relay race, Mustang took ninth place with a time of 54.27 seconds.

In the 4×800-meter relay competition, the Broncos took second place with a time of 10:14.30.

In the 3,200-meter run, Lauren Mason took fourth place with a time of 13:06.60 and Lucero Covarrubias grabbed 12th place with a time of 14:31.37.

In the 4×200-meter relay, Mustang took fifth place overall with a time of 1:53.21.

In the 800-meter run, Kyra Fuller took fourth place with a time of 2:33.14.

In the 100-meter dash, Stephanie Wilson grabbed eighth place with a time of 13.14 seconds.

In the 400-meter dash, Amirah Jones took second place with a time of 1:04.74, Logan Haller finished in fourth place with a time of 1:06.50 and Katelyn Wood took sixth place with a time of 1:08.29.

In the 200-meter dash, Ashley Getz placed ninth overall with a time of 28.27 seconds, Katelyn Wood took 16th place with a time of 29.41 and Shelby Easton placed 20th with a time of 30.46 seconds.

In the 1,600-meter run, Kyra Fuller finished in second place with a time of 5:47.68, Rachel Burchill took seventh place with a time of 6:11.17 and Sara Wojcak placed eighth with a time of 6:14.17.

In the 4×400-meter relay race, Mustang took seventh overall with a time of 4:29.50.

Here are the Bronco results from the boys’ meet:

In the 4×800-meter relay race, Mustang took fifth overall with a time of 9:07.25.

In the 3,200-meter run, Lance Frost placed second overall with a time of 10:12.47, Mark Drexel took 10th place with a time of 10:53.68 and Skyler Wade placed 11th with a time of 10:57.58.

In the 800-meter run, Josh Griffin took seventh place with a time of 2:11.84 and Ben Brackett finished in eighth place with a time of 2:14.20.

In the 100-meter dash, Jordan Greenspan placed 18th overall with a time of 11.92 seconds.

In the 200-meter dash, Jordan Greenspan took 29th place with a time of 26.04 seconds.

In the 1,600-meter run, Lance Frost grabbed fifth place with a time of 4:53.14 and Mark Drexel took 10th place with a time of 5:00.15.

In the discus throw, Jayden Ray placed sixth with a toss of 134-feet 4-inches.

In the shot put, Tristan Hill took fifth place with a throw of 46-feet eight-inches and Garrett Hudson placed seventh with a throw of 42-feet 10-inches.

Ethel ‘Darlene’ Crown Davis

 Ethel “Darlene” Crown was born to Joseph Elroy and Ethel Neola Haining Crown on Jan. 5, 1928, in Agra, Kan. She died on March 16, 2014, in Yukon at the age of 86.

Ethel "Darlene" Davis

Ethel “Darlene” Davis

Darlene was the youngest of seven children. She completed high school in Agra, Kan. and attended business classes at Brown Mackey College in Salina, Kan., before completing a radiology technician apprenticeship. She worked as an x-Ray technician in Nebraska and California until she married Dale E. Davis on Sept. 30, 1955, in Lacrosse, Kan. She continued to work occasionally throughout her marriage; at the time of her retirement in 1987, she was working at Parkview Hospital in El Reno, Okla.

Dale and Darlene raised four children while living in Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Darlene was an incredible wife and mother. She was the epitome of gentleness, kindness and love. As Dale worked long, hard hours on the railroad, he fully trusted Darlene to take care of everything in the home. Darlene greatly enriched Dale’s life, bringing joy, laughter and discipline to their home. Dale and Darlene took their children on wonderful vacations, visiting family and enjoying God’s richest creation. Darlene loved her Lord Jesus Christ and strived to live for him and taught her children to do the same.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Wayne Crown and Dale Crown and wife Thyral Crown; her sisters, Evelyn and husband Dale Haining, Opal and husband Steve Lagmay, Dorothy and husband Warren Davis and brother-in-law John Stallings.

She is survived by one sister, Esther Stallings, many nieces and nephews, and by her loving husband, Dale, and her children, Dana and wife Lesa Davis, LuAnne Nooe and husband Bob Nooe, son Kirby Davis and daughter Robin Stroud and husband Raymond Stroud, as well as her beloved grandchildren, Rachel Davis, Gretchen Stroud, Samantha Davis, Ray Stroud, Austin Nooe, Emily and husband and Waide Scott, Hilary Davis, Andy Davis, Katie Nooe and Joseph Stroud.

Darlene will be GREATLY missed by her family; but she will be welcomed by the multitude of saints in heaven who greeted her on her arrival!

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, at First Baptist Church, Mustang.

 

John Edward Towler

John Edward Towler of Lindsay, Okla. passed from this life on Friday, March 14, 2014, at the age of 57. 

John Edward Towler

John Edward Towler

John was born Aug. 30, 1956, in Oklahoma City to Art Lee Towler and Geraldine Ann (Haggin) Towler-Boomer. John lived in the Lindsay area for many years and was a member of the Erin Springs Baptist Church. He enjoyed motorcycle riding, and was a member of the Patriot Guard Riders. His other favorite pastime activities included fishing and spending time with the grandkids. John worked as a truck driver for many years. He also worked at KBLP radio station and loved delivering flowers, especially at Valentine’s Day, for Jim & Jean’s Flowers.

John never met a stranger and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone that needed it.

John is survived by two sons, Jason and wife Natalie Towler and Nick and wife Chelsie Towler, both of Mustang; the mother of their two sons, Patricia Boatright; three brothers, Mark Harris and wife Pam of Dibble, Okla., David Towler and wife Sandy of Lindsay, Okla. and Joe Towler of Edmond; three sisters, Paula Fletcher of Moore, Katherine Shelburne of Mustang and Barbara Trujillo and husband Poncho of Mustang. He also leaves behind five grandchildren, Cody Lee, Chase Towler, Lyric Towler, Chord Towler and Landon Towler, and a host of nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his father, Art Towler and stepmother, Libby Towler; his mother, Geraldine “Geri” Towler-Boomer and stepfather Herschel Boomer; his sister, Teri Nichols; one brother, Arthur Towler; one brother-in-law, James Fletcher; one sister-in-law, Deborah Towler; three nephews, Troy Whatley, Craig and Kyle Towler; and one niece, Ginger Sharp.

Funeral Services for John are at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, at Erin Springs Baptist Church, located on Highway 76 south of Lindsay, Okla. with Bro. Bill Love officiating.  Interment will follow at Green Hill Cemetery in Lindsay. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.boydstonfuneralhome.com.

      

Dr. Horace S. Ward, Jr.

Dr. Horace S. Ward, Jr. age 74, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. 

Dr. Horace R. Ward, Jr.

Dr. Horace R. Ward, Jr.

He was born March 30, 1939 in Garahuns, Pernambuco, Brazil to Rev. Horace S. and Eva Carolyn (Hall) Ward, Sr. Horace spent the first 12 years of his life in Brazil and then moved with his family to Ashland, Ky. He graduated from high school at the Academy at Southwestern Bible College, Oklahoma City. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH, his bachelor of science degree from Central State University, Wilberforce, OH and his MA and PHD from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Horace was ordained into the ministry of the Church of God on June 27, 1966 and pastored churches in Ohio, Florida, Tennessee and Maryland. As an educator he served as instructor, assistant professor and Dean of Students at Lee University, Cleveland, Tenn. and as president of West Coast Christian College in Fresno, Calif. After retirement he moved to Yukon in August 2006 and was a member of Southern Hills Church of God in Oklahoma City.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Paul Horace Ward.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Marilyn of the home; one son, David Ward and wife Paula of Yukon; two brothers, Duteil Ward and wife Norine of Xenia, Ohio; Rev. James Ward and wife Joyce of Greensboro, N.C., brother-in-law, Wayne Eastham and wife Linda of Medical Lake, Wash.; four nieces, three nephews and their families. Horace has been blessed by a host of loving family and friends.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to The Parkinsons Foundation or to the Horace S. Ward Endowed Scholarship at The Pentecostal Theological Seminary, in care of McNeil’s Funeral Service. 

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 at Southern Hills Church of God in Oklahoma City with interment to follow in Yukon Cemetery, under the direction of McNeil’s Funeral Service, Mustang, Oklahoma. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.

Mustang guts out win, advances to semis

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By Kyle Salomon,

CATOOSA – Mustang advanced to the semi-final round of the state tournament with a 48-42 victory against Bixby Thursday afternoon.

Junior forward Geoffrey Hightower led the Broncos in the scoring department with 12 points in the game. Junior guard Terrell Williams had 11 points.

Hightower also led Mustang with seven rebounds in the first-round against the Spartans. Sophomore forward Austin Meyer had five rebounds and senior guard Demarion Love finished with four boards.

The Broncos were sluggish to start the game, especially on the offensive end of the floor where they managed just five points in the opening period.

The Spartans’ plan was to slow the game down and force Mustang into playing a half-court style, which is the opposite of the Broncos’ usual up tempo approach.

Mustang exploded in the second period as they scored 20 points using their full-court pressure defense against Bixby’s guards.

MHS never trailed in the second half despite several Spartan runs tying the game or cutting the lead to one possession.

The Broncos were able to make clutch free throws down the stretch, sealing the six-point victory.

Mustang made 10 out of 16 free throws and pulled down 20 rebounds in the game. The Broncos forced Bixby into seven turnovers and committed four themselves.

Sophomore guard Binky Colbert scored seven points in the game. Love scored six points. Sophomore guard Jakolby Long scored six points and had one rebound. Meyer scored six points and sophomore forward Bryce Roberts grabbed one board in the contest.

The Broncos will return to action at 9 p.m. Friday against the winner of Putnam City West and Muskogee.

The Patriots and Roughers will play tonight at Catoosa.

Friday night’s game will be in the Mabee Center at Oral Roberts University. If Mustang wins the semi-final game, they will play in the state championship game Saturday night.

Karman Elayne Hague

Karman Elayne (Atchley) Hague, age 57, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014.  ]

Karman Elayne Hague

Karman Elayne Hague

She was born Nov. 2, 1956 in Oklahoma City to Willie and Annell (Bulloch) Atchley.  She was a graduate from Classen High School in Oklahoma City. Karman was a Client Service Administrator at Covenant Global Investors. She enjoyed scrapbooking, crafts and watching the Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves and the OKC Blazers. But Karman’s love in life was spending time with her kids and watching her grandkids play soccer and baseball.

She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her daughters, Tracie McLeroy and husband Kelly of Oklahoma City, Cyleena Phillips and husband Steve of Mustang; son, Daniel Hague and wife Savannah of Mustang; grandchildren, Mason, Ciera, Peyton, Kelli, Fisher and Cooper. Also, brothers, Allen Yanik and wife Paula of Yukon and Danny Atchley and wife Donna of Oklahoma City; sister, Sue Catlett and husband Jerry of Oklahoma City; nephew Travis Catlett and niece Amber Counasse. 

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday March 13, 2014 in the Chapel of The Good Shepherd at McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.

 

 

Chocolate festival a sweet success

Paige Hesse

Friends of the Mustang Library had sweet success with the annual fundraiser held last week. Library director Desiree Webber said Monday more than $5,000 was raised at the festival. Organizers said proceeds would be used to purchase equipment and hire instructors for the library’s computer training lab.

Paige Hesse

Paige Hesse

chocolate festival 2014

Prizes were awarded to some participants, including:

  • Best Taste – Coldwell Banker Select
  • Most Unique Taste – Oklahoma Celiac Support Group
  • Best Decoration – Gourmet Café.
Jeff Landrith hands out treats (Photo/Traci Chapman)

Jeff Landrith hands out treats (Photo/Traci Chapman)

Table sponsors for this year’s event were Arbor House, Bank of Commerce, Canadian County Coalition for Children and Families, Canadian County Master Gardeners, Coldwell Banker Select, Eagle Ridge, Family Wellness Chiropractic, First National Bank & Trust, LD’s Specialties and Gourmet Cafe, Main Edge Realty, Metro Signs, Mona Lisa Face Painting, Mustang Kiwanis, Mustang Library Board, Mustang Rotary Club, Oklahoma Celiac Support Group, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Scenty/Velata by Cindy Manning and Sunshine OHCE, Webber said.

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Larry Don Allen

Larry Don Allen, age 51, died Thursday, March 6, 2014. 

Larry Don Allen

Larry Don Allen

He was born March 3, 1963 in Oklahoma City to Arvin and Trudy (Godwin) Allen and grew up in Mustang.  He was a 1981 graduate of Mustang High School. A machinist by trade, Larry Don worked many years for Wesmar Racing Engines in Bixby, Okla. before starting his own business, Allen Competition Engines. He started racing stockcars at age 15 and traveled all over the United States and Canada working for the Leitzinger Racing Team. He won two championships in Stockcars and one in Super Modified.

He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by two sons, John W. Allen and wife Leanna and Larry Don Allen, Jr., all of Ponca City and two grandchildren.  Also by three brothers, Randy Allen of Mustang, Marvin Allen and wife Dianna of Oklahoma City, Shane Allen of Oklahoma City and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 14 at Mustang Church of The Nazarene with interment following in Mustang Cemetery under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service, Mustang, Oklahoma. Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.

District approves redistricting plan

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By Traci Chapman

Editor’s note: All maps contained within this story are courtesy Mustang Public Schools.

Mustang school sites boundary lines will be redrawn, after board members unanimously approved a plan during their regular March 10 meeting.

centennial_revisedWith the district topping 10,000 students, a new elementary school set to open the next school year and “explosive” growth in its northern sector, officials said it was necessary to redraw boundaries, more evenly dividing student populations.

CreekOvercrowding has become a serious issue at the district’s elementary schools, particularly at Mustang Trails and Mustang Valley, Deputy Superintendent Charles Bradley said. According to district documentation, Trails is currently 94 students over capacity, while Valley has 85 more students attending than was optimal. Mustang Creek and Lakehoma elementaries were not far behind, Bradley said – those schools were 24 and 40 students, respectively, away from reaching their capacities. Only populations at two of the district’s elementary schools, Mustang Elementary and Centennial Elementary, were at “comfortable” levels, Bradley said.

Elementary_revisedThe redistricting plan should accommodate Mustang’s expected growth for the “next five to seven years,” Bradley said. It was finalized after a year-long process that included committees comprised of educators, parents and other residents, as well as parents’ ability to review the proposal online and during an open forum, held last week.

Lakehoma“We’ve had at least 12 revisions,” Bradley said.

PrairieView_RRedistricting will only impact Mustang’s elementary schools, not its intermediate centers or middle schools, officials said. About 150 people attended the parent forum and 41 individuals sent emails to the district about proposed boundary realignments, Bradley said. Most people who expressed reservations about the plan spoke about proximity to their child’s current school and traffic issues, a subject also addressed by Jess Schweinberg, a Bitter Creek resident who asked board members to make changes to the proposed boundaries. In the end, the board passed the plan recommended by Bradley and the district’s committee.

TrailsThe move came in a meeting where board members also unanimously voted to purchase property located at 120 W. Forster Drive for $95,000. According to Zillow, the property is comprised of a 5.6-acre parcel.  Confirmation from school board on the lot size was not available Tuesday, and there was no discussion during the meeting for the site’s proposed use.

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Neighborhood assignments (taken from Mustang Public Schools website):

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44TH & GLORIA
ASHFORD PLACE
ASPEN PARK
BELLFLOWER
BELMONTE CROSSING
BENT WOOD CREEK
BERKLEY ESTATES
BITTERCREEK
BLUE HAVEN COUNTRY ESTATES
BRANCHES
BREAKERS WEST
BRIDAL RIDGE
BRIGHTON POINTE
BROOKSTONE LAKES
BROOKSTONE LAKES WEST
CANADIAN ESTATES
CANTEBURY
CANYON CREEK
CANYON RANCH
CAROL ACRES
CASTLEBROOK CROSSING
CASTLERIDGE RUN
CASTLEROCK
CEDAR CREEK
CEDAR RIDGE
CEDAR RIDGE @ MORGAN CREEK
CHAPEL RIDGE
CHERRY HILLS
CHISHOLM CREEK ESTATES
CHISHOLM EAST
CHISHOLM TRAIL
CIMMARON ESTATES
CLEAR SPRINGS
CLEAR SPRINGS SOUTH OF 89TH
CLEARVIEW
COLDSTREAM
COPPER CREEK
COUNTRY MOBILE ESTATES
CREEKS AT AVALONE
CRYSTAL CREEK
CRYSTAL CREEK II
CZECH HALL VILLAGE
DOWDEN PARK
EAST POINTE
EDGEWOOD MANOR
EMBASSY ESTATES
FARRIS SPRINGS
FAWN VALLEY
FAWN VALLEY HIGHLANDS
FAWN VALLEY WESTERN SLOPE
FIELDSTONE
FIELDSTONE APTS
FOUNTAIN GRASS
GARDEN @ WESTPOINTE
GEMSTONE ACRES
GRIGGS
HIDDEN LAKE
HIDDEN MEADOW
HIGHLAND POINT
HUNTERS GLEN
HUNTER’S HILL
HUNTINGTON ACRES
JACOB ACRES
JOHNSON’S FARMS
KEENS GATE
LAKE POINTE ESTATES
LAKEHOMA
LITTLE ACRES
MAGNOLIA TRACE
MANOR RD
MEADOWS
MORGAN CREEK
MORGAN RUN
MUSTANG CREEK
MUSTANG HEIGHTS
OLD MUSTANG
OUT WEST
OWENS ESTATES
PEACH TREE APTS
PEBBLE CREEK
PLANTATION
POLO ESTATES
PRAIRIE WIND
QUAIL LAKE ESTATES
RANCHWOOD ESTATES
RIDGEVIEW
ROLLIN ACRES
ROLLING MEADOWS
ROSE CREEK
ROSE HILL
SADDLE RANCH
SAFE HAVEN
SARA HOMESTEAD
SARA POINTE
SAVANNAH LAKES
SHADOW RIDGE
SHANNON PLACE
SILVER EAGLE
SILVER LEAF EAST
SILVER LEAF WEST
SKYLINE ESTATES
SOMERS PARK
SOMER’S POINTE
SOMERS VILLAGE
SOUTH POINTE ESTATES
SOUTHERN PRESERVE
SOUTHERSBY
SPITLER LAKE ESTATES
SPITLER PARK LAKE ESTATES
SPRING MEADOWS
ST JAMES POINTE
STABLE ROCK
STABLE ROCK II
STEEPLE CHASE
STONEGATE ESTATES
SUNNYBROOK
SYCAMORE CREEK
SYCAMORE GARDENS
SYCAMORE POND
THE ENCLAVE
THE GREENS
THE LINKS
THE PALMS AREA
THE PARK ON WESTPOINTE
THE PINES
THORNBERRY PLACE
THOROUGHBRED ACRES III
THOUROUGHBREED ACRES
THOUROUGHBREED ACRES II
TIMBER CREEK
TIMBERLAKE ESTATES
TORREE PINES
TRAILS WEST
TRENT ACRES
TWIN BROOK
WALDEN CREEK
WALDEN ESTATES
WALNUT MANOR
WELCH’S ESTATES
WELLINGTON GARDENS
WELLINGTON GARDENS
WESTBROOK
WESTBURY NORTH
WESTBURY SOUTH
WESTCHESTER
WESTCREEK
WESTGATE
WESTGATE @ NORTHPARK
WESTGATE GARDENS
WESTGATE SOUTH
WESTON
WESTPOINT
WESTRIDGE
WESTWOOD
WHIPPOORWILL MANOR
WHISPERING HOLLOW
WIMBERLEY ESTATES
WINDMILL ESTATES
WINDS WEST
WOODRUN
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March is National Athletic Training Month

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By Kyle Salomon,

March is National Athletic Training Month, but many do not fully understand want athletic training really is.

The exact definition for an athletic trainer is a health care professional who collaborates with physicians and specializes in the prevention, emergency care, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and sports-related illnesses.

Mustang Public Schools head athletic trainer Chris Kromer said athletic training is a very important tool for schools to have on hand.

“One common misconception is that a lot of people think of us as like personal trainers,” Kromer said. “We are not personal trainers. We can act as personal trainers. We can design workout plans and make diet plans and those things, but we are a lot more.

“We are health care professionals who work in a variety of settings and with all kinds of people, not just athletes. Some examples of who we work with are physician extenders, performing arts, clinics, hospitals, law enforcement, military and sports officiating.”

National Athletic Training Association (NATA) Board of Certified (BOC) athletic trainers are educated, trained and evaluated in five major practice domains.

The five domains are No.1, prevention; No.2, clinical evaluation and diagnosis; No.3, immediate and emergency care; No.4, treatment and rehabilitation; No.5, organization and professional health and well-being.

Oklahoma regulates their athletic trainers under many guidelines. NATA has ongoing efforts to update practice acts that do not reflect current qualifications and practice of athletic trainers under health care reform. Athletic trainers also practice under the direction of physicians.

Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program, and 70 percent of athletic trainers in Oklahoma have a master’s degree.

Many athletic trainers work outside of athletic settings, providing medical services to people of all ages.

Many athletic trainers work in physician offices as physician extenders, similar to nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists and other professional clinical personnel.

They also work in clinics with specialties in sports medicine, cardiac rehab, medical fitness, wellness and physical therapy as well as public and private secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional and Olympic sports.

There are many educational content standards that are required for athletic training degree programs.

Here is a list of the requirements:

Risk management and injury prevention, pathology of injuries and illnesses, orthopedic clinical examination and diagnosis, medical conditions and disabilities, acute care of injuries and illnesses, therapeutic modalities, conditioning, rehabilitative exercise and referral, pharmacology, psychosocial intervention and referral, nutritional aspects of injuries and illnesses and health care administration all fall under requirements for athletic trainers.

Ryan Flanary, physical therapist and vice president of Outpatient Services and Healthforce, said there is high importance for athletic trainers.

“The benefit for the student-athletes by having a PT or physician work closely with an athletic trainer is the communication of the entire health care team,” he said. “This allows all of us to monitor the progress or lack thereof of the student-athlete and make more informed decisions about how to best return him or her to their respective sport.  Athletic trainers onsite at events allows the rest of the medical team to understand exactly what happened, when it happened and what immediate steps were taken to minimize the effects of the injury.

“This is information at times is vital to rehabilitation of the student-athlete and helps to return them to optimum performance. Athletic trainers not only treat injuries and conditions which happen, but they are also there to serve the role of injury prevention. Most athletic trainers look at this role even more importantly because they want to prevent injuries from even happening and work with staff and other medical professionals to make corrections or policy changes to keep student-athletes safer at all times.”

Mustang High School’s athletic training program is one of the best high school athletic training programs in the state.

They have 15 high school students in the athletic training program, which has grown rapidly since Kromer took over four years ago.

“We are very lucky to have the committed and dedicated students that want to put in the work every day to make this program successful,” Kromer said. “Everything these students do is carefully monitored by myself. They go through rigorous training to be able to perform the duties we ask them to perform in our program.”

For more information on athletic training, go to www.nata.org,  www.oata.org or www.bocatc.org.