Mustang sports make the grade
Mustang Public Schools takes its sports seriously.
So does Mustang News’ sports editor Kyle Salomon. After spending countless hours covering teams, he decided to weigh in on each program. Thus, an ongoing series was born and continues below:
Boys basketball, Grade, A
The boys basketball team had a strong season under second-year head coach Terry Long. The Broncos made a semi-final state tournament run where they lost to Putnam City West for the third consecutive time in the season. The team was led by sophomore guard Jakolby Long, sophomore forward Austin Meyer, junior guard Terrell Williams and junior forward Geoffrey Hightower. Mustang had just one senior in the main rotation last year, which was guard DeMarion Love. With the addition of guard Curtis Haywood and the return of injured guard Aubrey Johnson, the Bronco boys will be one of the favorites to win it all in 2014-2015.
Girls basketball, Grade, C
It was a tough year for first-year head coach Kevin Kortjens and his Lady Bronco basketball team. Before the season even started the girls squad lost starters junior guard Bailey Flynn and senior forward Candis Davis to season-ending injuries. That opened the door to young players such as guards Madison Maxwell and Addyson Lawson and forwards Sarah Kellogg and Rebecca Hicks to have strong seasons for Mustang. The highlight of the year for the Broncos girls was senior center Brooke Irwin, who in her first year as a starter was an All-State selection as she led the team in scoring and rebounding.
Wrestling, Grade, A-
In head coach Dave Rankin’s final year as the face of Mustang wrestling the Broncos sent their long-time coach out in style. Mustang sent the most grapplers to the state tournament in more than a decade by sending five to state. Seniors Gareth Ballard, David McCright, Zac Julian, Clay Feland and Jordan Kalmeyer led the way for the Broncos this season. Underclassmen such as Zach Butler, Trey Edwards and Gage McBride show Mustang has a bright future on the wrestling mat in the coming years.
Boys swimming, Grade, B-
Boys swimming continues to rise up the ranks of swimming programs across the state in the program’s young age. Mustang swimming is not even a decade old, and it’s still turning heads every time they take the pool. They boys squad has improved their overall finish across the state every year they have been in existence. If the city and the school came together and decided to build an indoor pool in town, the school swimming programs could do even greater things.
Girls swimming, Grade, B
Much like the boys team, the girls swimmers are climbing the ladder every year they are in existence. With young swimmers like Lauren Oliver leading the way for the Lady Broncos in the pool, the girls squad will be a force to be reckoned with under head coach Bruce Clifton. It is scare to thing where this program will be five or even 10 years from now.
Boys tennis, Grade, B
Anytime you qualify your entire varsity team to the state tournament you are having a strong season. Even though the boys tennis team didn’t win one match in the entire state tourney, they still had one of the best seasons in school history by winning several tournaments and placing high at the regional tournament. Head coach Will Allen will have another strong group next year as most of the varsity starters return next season.
Girls tennis, Grade, B+
Lady Bronco girls tennis had another strong season under head coach Dave Rankin in his final season as the team’s head coach. The Bronco girls won numerous tournaments and placed no lower than third in every tournament they competed in throughout the year. They took a second-place finish to Edmond North in the regional tournament and qualified five girls for the state tournament.