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OU hits homerun with OC hire

Lincoln Riley

Following the most disappointing season in the Bob Stoops’ era at the University of Oklahoma, OU decided to part ways with longtime receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell and former national championship-winning quarterback and co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel.

Stoops’ decision to let Norvell and Heupel go was not an easy one for the 16-year Oklahoma head football coach, but it was one that needed to be made. It was the first step in a two-step process on the offensive side of the ball that needed to be addressed. The second was finding the right guy to replace Heupel as the play-caller on offense.website commentary new.qxd

It didn’t necessarily need to be a splash hire, but it needed to be someone who was a good fit and would help lead the way in getting the Sooners’ offense back to where it belongs, among the elite of college football.

For more than a week, rumors circled around the state and even the entire college football world on who Stoops was trying to lure into Norman. Names from Texas A&M’s Jake Spavital to Oregon’s Scott Frost were mentioned as possible Heupel replacements at OU, but none of those ever gained any traction.

It’s hard to say how many phone calls and how many offensive coordinators across the nation were poked by Stoops to see if there was any interest in the vacant position, but the guy that Stoops was able to land will be one of the best assistant coaches hired in OU football history, and that’s saying something.

Lincoln Riley from East Carolina was announced last week as Oklahoma’s new offensive coordinator, play-caller and quarterbacks coach. Riley comes from the Mike Leach system of throwing the ball all over the field with tempo, but a running game with the right pieces can be very potent as well in this offense.

There are many reasons to be excited about Riley heading to Norman, but the main one I want to focus on is the offensive talent Oklahoma already has on its roster waiting for their new offensive coordinator to coach them up.

Now I could sit here like every other reporter that covers Oklahoma football and spew out statistics about Riley’s offenses over the years, but I’m not going to do that because numbers don’t always tell the whole story when it comes to offense.

It all starts with the quarterback. Quarterbacks have to be the guys that lead the offense on and off the field. They have to be the ones who step up and make a big play when it counts the most for their team. Each style of offense has a particular style of quarterback it needs to be successful.

For the Riley offense, Baker Mayfield is a perfect fit. Mayfield ran this style of offense in his true freshman season at Texas Tech, and after having to sit out last season, Mayfield will undoubtedly be the guy to run this system for the next several years while he is eligible to play college football.

Mayfield will have a stable of play-makers to distribute the ball to as well next season. The notion that this offense doesn’t fit running backs is purely that, a notion. Reality is that Quentin Griffin ran for nearly 2,000 yards in this offense. With the number of big-time running backs Oklahoma has, getting them the football in a variety of ways in open space will be vital to the Sooners’ success.

Samaje Perine, Joe Mixon, Alex Ross and Keith Ford all have the ability to not only run the ball out of the backfield, but catch the ball and make plays in open space. The Riley offense with the running back firepower OU will possess next season will be scary to watch.

Finally, receivers are a huge part of Riley’s offense. Oklahoma already has an All-American caliber receiver in Sterling Shepard, but the development of Durron Neal, Michiah Quick, Jordan Smallwood and others will be crucial, as well as the addition of junior college transfer Dede Westbrook.

If the Sooners can find several other big time play-makers at receiver other than Shepard, look out for the Oklahoma offense next year. With Riley leading the way, the sky is the limit.

Feb. 10 vote on county tax canceled by commissioners

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By Mustang News reporter, Daniel Lapham

Canadian County commissioners have canceled a Feb. 10 election that could have changed the way a .35 cent county sales tax is allocated and are again tossing out the idea of forming a county jail trust.

The action came in a special meeting last week. The idea of forming a jail trust had been mentioned in November, but commissioners did not believe there was enough time to thoroughly research the issue. Time became less critical after last week’s ruling by an Oklahoma County judge that returned full funding to the Gary E. Miller Children’s Justice Center.

That funding was interrupted after an Oklahoma attorney general’s opinion said the permanent sales tax, approved by voters in 1996, was not following the original ballot language.

Because of this opinion, commissioners had to move quickly to keep the doors open at the juvenile justice center. They voted to spend “use tax” funds to pay for salaries and programs at the center until the language in the resolution was fixed. A ballot was drafted and approved by commissioners that would have set aside 86 percent of the .35 cent tax to fund salaries, operations and programs at the justice center, while the remaining 14 percent would be allocated for the justice center or for other county needs as determined by the commissioners.

Disagreement surfaced and a lawsuit was filed against the commissioners and the AG opinion by Sheriff Randall Edwards, two former commissioners and members of the citizens advisory committee to the juvenile center.

Oklahoma County Judge Roger Stuart disagreed with the AG opinion, calling it too narrow, and ordered the sales tax be used to fund operations, including salaries and programs operated by the juvenile center.

It was that ruling, commissioners said, that now gives them time to further study the idea of the jail trust authority that could oversee the county jail as well as the juvenile center.

“I believe this temporary injunction allows us to step back and develop a comprehensive plan to deal with the problems with the juvenile justice center,” said Commissioner David Anderson.

Anderson said the issues the AG opinion brought to light need time to be resolved and go deeper than the wording on a ballot.

“I believe one real problem is a clear defined structure of government,” Anderson said. “There seems to be misunderstandings in the organizational structure of the juvenile justice center.”

Anderson said one example of that came through a phone call he received on Jan. 10 asking him about a press release issued by the juvenile justice center.

“I did not know anything about a press release issued from the county,” Anderson said. “Who is in charge of approving press releases from the county? Are we not the governing authority of the county,” Anderson asked. “Another example is a statement from Judge Bob Hughey while on the stand. He said if the injunction was not approved by the judge, he would have to fire employees at the justice center. Are they his employees or are they our employees? These are just a few of the things that have happened to bring awareness that there is confusion as to the structure of government in the county.”

Commission Chairman Jack Stewart said he too received a phone call last weekend from “a television station” asking for his response to things he had not heard about.

“We apparently got slammed on the news,” Stewart said.

District 1 Commissioner Marc Hader said he wanted to stress that the public understand the injunction is only a temporary fix to deeper issues.

“This injunction doesn’t answer these questions,” Hader said.

Anderson agreed, saying this gives “everyone an opportunity” to address the issues.

“We had talked about forming a trust authority that would govern the justice center, but there just wasn’t enough time,” Anderson said.

The idea of forming a county jail trust authority first came up in November. At that time, Anderson said he had done some research, but not enough. Stewart said he had little knowledge of a trust of this nature. Hader had not yet been sworn into office.

Anderson said at the time, Tulsa, Grady, Pottawatomi and Rogers counties all operated with county jail trust authorities. The idea drew cautious support from Sheriff Edwards, but Undersheriff Chris West said at the time “the details would have to be worked out.”

Canceling the election will cost the county just over $12,000 for the ballots, which have already been printed, and an additional cost for new ballots that will include school district elections.

Curtis Haywood II puts No. 1 Mustang over the top

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By Sports editor, Kyle Salomon

Last year at this time, Curtis Haywood II was a sophomore at Mustang High School and having to sit on the end of the bench and watch the Broncos varsity basketball team play games without him helping them on the floor.

A year later, Haywood is one of the main pieces to Terry Long’s puzzle, as the Class 6A No.1 ranked Mustang boys are the favorites to bring home gold in March at the 6A state tournament in Tulsa.

Haywood had to sit out of all varsity sports during the 2013-2014 academic school year because he transferred to Mustang High School from Oklahoma City Cassidy High School as his dad, Curtis Haywood, joined Long’s staff as an assistant coach.

Haywood said having to sit there and watch his teammates compete and knowing he couldn’t go out there and help them was one of the hardest things he’s ever had to do.

“It was very tough for me,” Haywood said. “Every time we lost I was mad I couldn’t go out there and help them because I knew I could help my team out if I could have played. I wanted to go and help my teammates win because I know they would do the same for me.”

Haywood is making the most of his junior season thus far. The 6-foot-4 combo guard is one of the most talented players, not only on the team but in the state, and is also one of the most highly recruited. He is averaging in double figures in points and is close to that in rebounds.

Long said having Haywood available this season has made a difference for his team.

“He’s put us over the top,” Long said. “He has the ability to beat teams from the outside with his shot and take it to the rim with his athletic ability. He also is a great rebounder and plays really good defense with his length and quickness on the perimeter. He makes us a different basketball team, there’s no question about that.”

There was one benefit to Haywood having to sit out of varsity action last season. He was able to learn about his teammates by watching them play and learn also about the opponents he would be facing a year later.

“I learned a lot about the strengths and weaknesses of not only my teammates but players on other teams,” Haywood said. “I think that was important so I could help my teammates as much as possible and know how to attack other players we go against. Another thing that I learned is that everyone plays a little harder when they play us. We have a target on our back.”

Haywood said he doesn’t try to model his game after anyone, he just plays his game, but he does have role models.

“My dad is my main role model,” Haywood said. “Of course, Lebron (James) and KD (Kevin Durant) are guys I really look up to, but my dad is my main role model.”

Haywood’s father, Curtis, played basketball for U.S. Grant High School and then was a star at Oklahoma City University. He then embarked on a professional career, both in the NBA and overseas, as he played for the Toronto Raptors and for several years overseas before calling it a career.

When it comes to future goals, Haywood said he has big plans for his basketball career and even his career after basketball.

“I want to go to college and play,” Haywood said. “I would love to play in the NBA, but if that doesn’t work out, I want to be a criminologist. That’s something that I have always been interested in.”

Haywood said his personal goals for this basketball season don’t just lie on the basketball court but off the court as well.

“I want to become a better all-around basketball player, but also a better all-around person as well,” Haywood said. “Obviously, we want to win a state championship, that’s our main goal as a team.”

Haywood said this team is special for reasons that go beyond how much talent they have on the roster.

“Our team chemistry is really good,” Haywood said. “We all like hanging out together and doing things together outside of basketball. You have to have that to win a state championship, and we do.”

County youth speak out at Redlands Community College

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By Editor, Ray Dyer

The annual Youth Speak Out Conference was held Wednesday at Redlands Community College. The event brings together teens from throughout Canadian County for one reason: to tell adults what’s going on in their lives and share concerns about the issues they face on a daily basis.

Organized by the Mustang Prevention and Coalition Team, El Reno Leadership Class, and the Yu Can Coalition, students addressed the audience made up of educators, lawmen, political leaders and professionals on a variety of issues.

Some of the topics covered by the students were drinking and driving, bullying, religion and cultural awareness, school and stress, sex education, high stakes testing, texting and driving, drug testing, community service, leadership and college prep.

Some other areas included in the discussion were 7th hour sports, lunch issues, fine arts facilities and snacks in schools.

The mission statement for the event reads: To provide a structured forum for youth to present their views, opinions, and solutions on issues that they face to a listening panel comprised of elected officials and community leaders who are in a position to take action based on the presentations of the youth.

Chestnut receives Michele Smith Award at star-studded banquet

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By Sports editor, Kyle Salomon

Mustang senior Jayden Chestnut was one of five high school softball players across the state of Oklahoma to receive the Michele Smith Award on Jan. 14 during the Warren Spahn Award Gala at the Jim Thorpe Hall of Fame Museum in Oklahoma City.

The Michele Smith Award goes out to the top five high school softball players in Oklahoma.

The other four high school softball players to receive the Michele Smith Award were Michelle Brandon from Piedmont, Caleigh Clifton from Wayne, Berkley Faulkner from Duncan and Kristen Prieto from Moore.

Michele Smith was an Olympic gold-medal winning pitcher, who also played softball and pitched for Oklahoma State University. Smith is also a member of the Softball Hall of Fame.

The high school softball coach honored at the event was Newcastle’s Mike Crossley.

Los Angeles Dodgers ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw was at the gala to receive the 2014 Warren Spahn Award.

The five top high school baseball players were also honored at the Warren Spahn Award Gala last week with the Ferguson Jenkins Award. Those baseball players honored were Thomas Hughes of Norman North, Keegan Meyn of Yukon, Trevor McCutchin of Owasso, Kyle Tyler of Westmoore and Corey Zangari of Carl Albert.

The high school baseball coach honored was Carl Albert’s Wayne Dozier.

Chestnut was the key piece to the puzzle for the Lady Broncos softball team that captured the 2014 Class 6A state championship last October, sporting a 36-4 record.

Chestnut finished the 2014 season with a record of 24-3 and an ERA of .92 in 159 innings pitched, with 242 strikeouts, 38 walks, 15 shutouts and eight no-hitters.

In her four years at Mustang, Chestnut had a record of 80-21, an ERA of 1.39, pitched 613 innings, had 744 strikeouts, walked 160 batters, had 40 shutouts, 10 no-hitters and four perfect games.

Chestnut saw her team win 117 games in four years, in which she won 68 percent of those in the circle for the Lady Broncos.

Chestnut signed a letter of intent to play softball for the University of Oklahoma this past November and will attend OU this coming fall where she will officially join one of the top college softball programs in the nation.

Four county farms earn Ranch Award

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By Mustang News reporter, Daniel Lapham

Four Canadian County farms have been named recipients of the Oklahoma Centennial Ranch Award.

The Jimmie D. Miller Ranch, located northwest of Calumet; the Michael Rott Farm, located southwest of Okarche; the Herman Schroeder Farm, located south of Okarche; and the Woods Homestead Farm, located southwest of Union City join the 58 farms located in the county that have been family-owned and operated for more than 100 years.

To qualify for a Centennial Farm or Ranch Award, a property must be owned by a family member for at least 100 years and must be operated or occupied by a family member or leased out by a family member over the age of 65. The property must include a minimum of 40 acres and gross annual sales of at least $1,000. The Oklahoma Historical Society and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry have sponsored the Centennial Farm and Ranch Awards for 25 years.

Jimmie Jack and Bridget Smith of Geary own the Jimmie D. Miller Ranch located northwest of Calumet. The family has grown wheat and milo and run cattle and horses there since great-grandfather, James Eli Small (also known as James D. Miller) purchased the land in 1913.

Jimmie Jack Smith, 62, said he is humbled and honored to receive an award that represents so much history and deep roots in the land he grew up on.

“My mother, Jimmie Miller Smith was raised here,” Smith said. “My grandfather was raised here. My kids were raised here. It’s the best way to grow up. You learn responsibility and hard work and reward and it’s how you learn the value of things and the importance of taking care of things. If you take care of it, it will last and take care of you.”

Minnie R. Schroeder of Oklahoma City owns the Michael Rott Farm and the Herman Schroeder Farm, both near Okarche. The family has grown wheat, milo and run cattle since father-in-law, Herman Schroeder purchased the land in 1914. The family has worked the Michael Rott Farm since grandfather, Michael Rott, purchased the land in 1894. Schroeder, 87, said her son, Carl Schroeder, currently runs both farms.

“I am overjoyed with receiving this award,” Schroeder said. “It’s exciting and I hope the kids will continue to keep it in the family. Farming draws us closer to God. We can till the ground and sow the seed, but the rest is up to God. It makes us trust Him more.”

William Woods of Union City owns the Woods Homestead Farm located southwest of Union City. The family has grown wheat, milo, corn, barley, hay and cotton since great-grandparents, Peter B. and Minnie Woods purchased the land in 1910.

Smith said many farmers and ranchers hold their land as an extension of themselves and to be recognized for working the land through the generations generates a great deal of pride.

“I thought it was kind of an honor and I am quite proud of it. The land is important to us out here,” Smith said. “It’s everything. I tell the kids I have been bucked off of my horse on every square foot of this place at one time or another. We have 160 acres right here and then adjacent, my mom still owns a couple thousand acres that was purchased later on.”

When land is passed down from generation to generation it becomes a part of who you are and a living historical record that connects the generations, Smith said.

“The land was purchased from an Indian named Bad Buffalo,” he said. “We still have the original warranty deed. You know I often walk around out here and it’s something to think about. My great-granddad and granddad all walked in these same footsteps. They walked this same land.”

When families have those kinds of roots it serves as an anchor, Smith said.

“I can’t necessarily speak for the community, but I can speak for me. I can’t hardly express to you what this land means to me. I’d rather lose an arm than lose this land.”

No. 1 boys survive scare from Norman North

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By Sports editor, Kyle Salomon

The state’s No.1 ranked team in Class 6A got its toughest in-state test last Friday night at home against No.5 Norman North, but Mustang survived the scare with a 72-63 victory to improve to 10-0 on the year.

For the majority of the season, the Broncos have come out of the gate on fire, as they have been able to put their opponents away early and coast for the remainder of the game. However, last Friday Mustang was cold to start the game. The Broncos got their usual wide-open shots from the perimeter, but struggled to knock them down.

“We faced some adversity tonight,” Mustang coach Terry Long said. “I thought we handled it well. I thought our defense was really good when we needed it to be. We didn’t shoot well tonight, but you aren’t going to every night, so the defense needs to be there, and it was.”

Mustang only put up 14 points in the first quarter, but its defense kept them in the game, as Norman North struggled from the field as well, scoring only 15 in the opening frame.

As bad as the first quarter was for both teams offensively, the second period was even worse. Neither team could get anything going on the offensive end. The open shots they did get were clanking off the rim instead of the usual swishing through the net. MHS scored 12 points in the second quarter and the T-Wolves scored 11, putting the halftime score at a 26-26 tie.

Things got a little scary for the No.1  Broncos to start the third quarter, as Norman North came out of the half strong. The Timberwolves took a 12-point lead midway through the third period, which is the largest deficit Mustang has faced all season, but from that point on, it was all MHS.

The Bronco offense woke up and its defense tightened, as they stormed back to take a seven-point lead heading into the fourth and final quarter at 55-48.

Norman North tried to make a run at Mustang in the fourth quarter, but they never got closer than four points, as Mustang went on to keep its unbeaten season alive in the nine-point win.

“I thought we rebounded well as a team tonight,” Long said. “We weren’t making shots, so we got a lot of our points by crashing the offensive glass.”

As far as team statistics go, this was not a highlight game for the Broncos. Mustang was 23-of-39 from the free-throw line and had a season-high 21 turnovers. Norman North was 11-of-16 from the foul stripe and had 24 turnovers.

Junior guard Jakolby Long had a big night for MHS with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard Terrell Williams finished the game with 13 points and three rebounds, and junior guard Curtis Haywood II had 12 points and five rebounds.

The first game of the week last week wasn’t as difficult for the No.1 ranked team in the state. Mustang took care of business in blowout fashion with a 78-39 road win at Westmoore on Jan. 13.

It was all Mustang in the opening quarter, as the Broncos put 22 points on the board compared to the Jaguars with two. Junior forward Austin Meyer got everybody on their feet with a monstrous two-handed slam dunk early in the first and the rout was on.

“I honestly didn’t think I was going to be able to dunk it until I got up in the air,” Meyer said. “Once I was about halfway there, I knew I was going to throw it down.”

The Broncos put up 17 in the second period, while Westmoore added eight to their side of the scoreboard. MHS led 39-10 at the halftime break.

The most competitive quarter of the game was the third frame. Mustang came out somewhat flat after leading by nearly 30 points at halftime and the Jaguars were playing for sheer pride. Mustang scored 19 points in the quarter, while Westmoore put up 16 for a 58-26 score entering the final period of the game.

The Broncos were able to play most of their reserves in the fourth quarter, and they played well, scoring 20 points in the final frame and holding Westmoore to 13 for the 39-point victory.

Mustang finished the night going 7-of-11 from the free-throw line and committing seven turnovers, while Westmoore was 4-of-9 from the foul stripe and had 23 turnovers.

Long was again the leading scorer for the Broncos with 19 points and six rebounds. Haywood finished the night with 14 points and four rebounds, while senior forward Geoffrey Hightower had 10 points and four rebounds.

“We have a lot of guys who can score, so our main focus is our defense,” Jakolby Long said. “We know we are going to put points on the board, so stopping people from scoring is important.”

Mustang was back in action against another top five team in the state on Tuesday night at home against Edmond Memorial. Mustang will travel to Altus today through Saturday, competing in the Shortgrass Invitational.

Commissioners discuss changes with hopes to increase community involvement

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By Mustang News reporter, Daniel Lapham

In his first month as District 1 commissioner, Marc Hader is introducing ideas to get Canadian County residents more involved.

On Tuesday, Hader presented two ideas he said could bring together members of the communities from across the county. The first is to invite ministers or residents with a passion for prayer from each of the commissioners’ districts to lead the corporate prayer. In addition, he proposed to invite veterans to lead in the pledge to begin each meeting. Rodney French, who is the chaplain for the sheriff’s department, has led the corporate prayer for several years. Hader said French is a friend and his ideas have nothing to do with the service French has done for the county.

“I think he may have gotten his feelings hurt and I am sorry for that. It is no reflection on him whatsoever,” Hader said. “This is a way that we can connect at a greater level to the community. On the pledge, we have a lot of veterans in our communities and I believe this can give us a way to meet our veterans and to acknowledge them for their service.”

The second idea presented by Hader would change the regular meeting schedule to allow for one of the regular weekly meetings each month to be held in the evening and in different locations across the county. Commissioners have historically met at 9 a.m. each Monday. Hader said this would give residents who work during the day an opportunity to be involved in their county government.

“I think we should start it in El Reno and then branch out from there,” said Jack Stewart, District 3 commissioner. “I like the idea of getting more of the community involved, though.”

No action was taken on changing the meeting schedule. Commissioners agreed to look further into the possibilities.

“I want us to be as accountable, accessible and transparent as possible to the community,” Hader said. “We want to be available to them. I know this could be a bit of a burden to the staff, but I think it is worth it to reach out to the community in an effort to have them to reach back.”

Commissioner David Anderson brought up the idea of recording the meeting to broadcast it on local cable channels or to stream it over the Internet.

“I would really like to see us broadcast video of our meetings much like the cities do,” Anderson said.

Hader agreed that video would be an excellent way to make county government more accessible to the community.

Hader also proposed adding an additional staff position to the commissioners department, which would be in addition to the current first and second deputy positions.

“I was generally proposing that we hire one more person under the commissioners and that we interview a wide range of persons with a broad range of qualities,” Hader said. “I would like someone to be able to take on some more of the duties in the commissioners offices.”

With the new position, Hader suggested that the two deputy positions also be restructured, creating a system where each commissioner has an assistant.

“The title of first deputy is more of a small county type of model,” Hader said. “I would like to start the process to change the mindset from just a secretarial position to an executive type role. I want this person to be capable of representing me in a meeting. These positions would be filled by someone whose job will be a liaison for the commissioners. I would want to do away with the first and second deputy positions and to give one position per commissioner.”

Hader said he does not want the perception to be that he does not value the current staff, but he also wants to cast a broad net in order to be able to have the opportunity to hire “the best and brightest,” whether they work for us now or not.

“You know we don’t even have a public information officer for the commissioners,” he said. “There are a lot of things that this would allow us to do. We could use these specialized positions to target specialized fields.”

No action was taken on the agenda item. Hader said he will be looking further into the idea over the coming weeks.

Lady Broncos drop heart breaker to Norman North

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By Sports editor, Kyle Salomon

With a couple of seconds left in the game and down four points, the Lady Broncos needed a miracle if they were going to upset No.10 Norman North on Friday night at home.

Mustang almost got that miracle as they inbounded the ball and dribbled down the floor, and freshman guard Tytianna Mustin launched a 3-pointer that went in the basket. The MHS gym went into an uproar because a Norman North player bumped into Mustin as she was releasing the ball. No foul call was made and the game ended in a 61-60 Lady T-Wolves victory.

If the referees had made the foul call, Mustin would have had the opportunity to go to the free-throw line and tie the game and send it into overtime. Instead, the Bronco girls fell to 3-8 on the year following the deflating loss.

“It’s hard to lose that way, but we can’t just point to that one play and say that’s why we lost,” Mustang coach Kevin Korstjens said. “I’m proud of the way we fought back. We showed a lot of resiliency in the game.”

Norman North started the game off strong and Mustang started slow in the first quarter. The Lady Broncos managed just six points in the opening frame, while the Lady Timberwolves had 15.

Mustang picked it up in the second quarter but couldn’t gain much ground, as they scored just one more point in the second period than Norman North did. MHS had 11 points in the frame and NNHS had 10, giving the T-Wolves an eight-point lead going into halftime.

To open the third quarter, the Mustang girls clawed back and cut the NN lead to just four points, but a late third period run by Norman North put the Timberwolves back on top by 13 points at 50-37.

The Lady Broncos started making their run early in the fourth quarter and had several chances to take the lead on Norman North, but couldn’t get over the hump.

Mustang was without starting forward Sarah Kellogg, who was out with an illness. Kellogg is the team’s leading rebounder and does a lot of the dirty work in the paint area, so losing her didn’t make the Lady Broncos’ job any easier trying to pull off the upset.

Mustang was 15-of-28 from the free-throw line and had 24 turnovers, while Norman North was 15-of-22 from the foul stripe and had 25 turnovers.

In Kellogg’s absence, sophomore forward Abbie Niehues got the start and she made most of her opportunity, as she led the team with 15 points and nine rebounds on the night. Junior guard Addy Lawson had 12 points and two rebounds, while Mustin finished with 11 points and four rebounds.

In their earlier game last week, the Mustang girls traveled to Westmoore for a matchup with another top 10 team. The Lady Jaguars took it to the Lady Broncos in an 85-53 victory.

The Bronco girls were able to keep it somewhat close in the first half, as they trailed by just 12 points going into the halftime break, but the second half was all Westmoore. The Jags outscored MHS 42-22 in the second half for the 32-point win.

Mustang finished the game going 6-of-13 from the free-throw line and committing 18 turnovers, while Westmoore was 13-of-15 from the foul stripe and committed 18 turnovers.

Sophomore forward Logan Haller had 12 points and seven rebounds in the game. Kellogg finished with eight points and three rebounds and Lawson finished with eight points and one rebound.

Mustang was back in action at home on Tuesday night against Edmond Memorial and they are traveling to Deer Creek today through Saturday to compete in the Bruce Grey Invitational.

Mustang Police Lt. Kirk Dickerson honored by county

Police Officer Dickerson

Mustang News staff reports,

Members of the Canadian County Multi-Agency Special Operations Team gathered Jan. 14 for a special recognition luncheon. The special event, hosted by the Yukon Police Department and attended by the agency heads of the four county law enforcement agencies that make up the Special Operations Team, was to recognize Lt. Kirk Dickerson of the Mustang Police Department.

Dickerson, who for the past 12 years has served as the unit commander, will be leaving the specialized unit due to increased responsibilities with his primary assignment at the Mustang Police Department. Dickerson, who first joined the Special Operations Team in April of 1999, served in various capacities including team member (rifleman) and team leader before being named to the team commander position in 2002.

Dickerson, who has been with the Mustang Police Department since August 1995, is leaving the Special Operations Team in order to pursue other career opportunities at the police department, and acknowledged leaving the team wasn’t an easy decision to make.

“This is a bittersweet moment for me. I’ve spent the majority of my time with Mustang Police Department as a member and commander of the county’s Special Operations Team, and now I’m stepping down in hopes of attaining other career goals and opportunities at the police department,” said Dickerson.

Dickerson said that he considered leading the team comprised of sheriff’s deputies and police officers from Yukon, Mustang and El Reno police departments to have been a dream come true, and stated that it had been a tremendous honor to serve both on the team and with the professionals who make up the team.

During the event, Dickerson was presented with a plaque from the agency heads recognizing his contributions to the team. Additionally, the Special Operations Team members presented Dickerson with a .45 caliber Glock semi-automatic pistol in appreciation of his years of service.

 

“None of the team’s successes would have been possible if it hadn’t been for the dedication and commitment of the team members or the support from the agency heads involved. It’s been an honor to serve all the communities of Canadian County as the team commander,” said Dickerson

Agency heads in attendance were Canadian County Sheriff Randall Edwards, and Police Chiefs John Corn, Chuck Foley and Kendall Brown of Yukon, Mustang and El Reno police departments, respectively.

“I can’t begin to express how much I appreciate the leadership and professionalism Lt. Dickerson has provided the county’s Tactical Team during his tenure as commander,” said Edwards.