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Seven Mustang wrestlers go to nationals, five earn All-American honors

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By Kyle Salomon,

Seven Mustang High School wrestlers went to the Brute Adidas National Wrestling Tournament last weekend and five came out All-Americans.

Seniors David McCright and Gareth Ballard, junior Zach Butler and freshmen Gage McBride and Jackson McNeal finished in the top eight in their respective classes, which earned them All-American status for high school wrestling across the country.

Junior Cody Canida and freshman Alex McCright competed in the national competition, but did not place in the top eight in their weight divisions.

Mustang High School assistant wrestling coach Brad Dick took the seven Bronco grapplers to Independence, Mo.

“Having five All-Americans is a great finish to Dave Rankin’s (Mustang head wrestling coach) legacy,” Dick said. “Most of these kids are a product of Rankin and (assistant coach) Will Allen’s coaching.”

David McCright took second place overall in the 192-pound weight competition. The Mustang senior made it to the national championship bout after upsetting an undefeated wrestler out of Ohio in the semifinal round of the tournament.

Ballard had one of the toughest brackets to navigate in the event at the 138-pound weight class and took fourth place. The MHS senior earned a win against the grappler who eventually took second place in the competition. Ballard had several close matches in the tournament that could have gone either way at the end, but went to the opponent instead.

Butler competed in the 174-pound weight division where he took fourth overall. The Mustang junior made it to the semifinals where he lost on a controversial call to the grappler, who eventually went on to win the national championship.

McBride took fifth place in the 138-pound weight class. The Bronco freshman made it to the semifinal round but also lost on a controversial call in the match where he didn’t receive points that would have given him the victory. He then fell in the consolation semis to the 138-pounder from Lawton MacArthur.

McNeal took seventh place overall in the 174-pound weight class. McNeal is a freshman at Mustang and had a strong tournament showing in Independence.

Canida competed in the 143-pound weight division. Despite struggling in the win column in the event, Canida showed signs of being a strong team leader next season for the Broncos wrestling team.

Alex McCright competed in the 148-pound weight class. McCright went 0-2 in the tournament, but competed well and learned a lot going against some of the best wrestlers in the country.

“This was a great opportunity and experience for our kids that were able to go to nationals,” Dick said. “For our seniors, it was a great way for them to go out. They have done really great things with this program and building it back up to the level it is at now. For the young guys, this was a great stepping stone to next season. This shows what kind of team we can have next year and the years after at Mustang if the guys will continue to work hard and improve every day.”

Baseball splits with Lawton, struggles in weekend tournament

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By Kyle Salomon,

Mustang scored five runs in the fifth inning to seize control in a 7-3 victory over Lawton April 7.

Senior pitcher Austin Roberts went the distance on the mound for the Broncos, allowing three runs on four hits. The hard-throwing right-hander struck out six Lawton batters while walking three in the outing.

Sophomore outfielder Bryce West led the way in the hitting department with two singles on the day. Sophomore outfielder Skyler Fuller had a single, while sophomore infielder Cade Fulton, junior infielder Jakob Webb and Roberts each added a double in the district home win.

Mustang totaled six hits as a team in the game and committed three errors in the field.

“I thought we got off to a slow start, but we bounced back strong,” Mustang head coach Scott Selby said. “We didn’t have the intensity and focus we needed to have at the beginning of the game, but we found a way to pull the game out.”

In the first inning, the Broncos and Wolverines were scoreless as Mustang was able to fend off a Lawton scoring threat in the top half of the frame. The Broncos also threatened in the first inning with runners in scoring position, but couldn’t convert at the plate.

Lawton took its first and only lead of the game in the top of the second inning when they scratched one run across the plate against Roberts and the Mustang defense.

The score remained 1-0 in favor of the Wolverines until the Broncos tied the game with a run of their own in the bottom half of the fourth inning.

Roberts held the Lawton offense to a three-up, three-down inning in the top of the fifth before Mustang’s bats came alive, putting the game away for the Broncos. MHS took advantage of several Wolverine errors, tacking on five runs in the frame to make the score 6-1 Mustang after five.

Lawton didn’t go away without a fight as they were able to muster up two more runs against Roberts in the top of the sixth inning, but that would be all they would get against the Bronco senior.

Mustang put the nail in the Wolverines coffin with two runs in the bottom half of the sixth, making the score 7-3 heading into the final inning of the game.

Roberts held Lawton scoreless in the seventh, giving Mustang the four-run victory.

“It’s always good to get a win, especially in the district, but we need to do a better job of being ready to play when it’s time to play,” Selby said. “You can’t do that against good teams and expect to win.”

The Lawton win wasn’t the only game last week for the Bronco baseball squad. The team traveled to Lawton for game two of the district series on April 8. This time the ball didn’t bounce Mustang’s way as the Wolverines got the best of MHS 3-2.

The Broncos competed in the Stillwater/Enid tournament April 10-12, playing four games in the three-day event. Mustang took on Tulsa Union in Enid April 10 and defeated the Redskins 14-9 by scoring eight runs in the seventh inning in the comeback win.

The rest of the weekend wasn’t what MHS had in mind, however, as they fell in their next three games in the tournament. The Broncos dropped their Friday contest to Stillwater at Stillwater, 11-1. Mustang played two games on Saturday in Enid. They fell in their first game to Muskogee 13-1, and lost their final game of the event 9-4 at the hands of Putnam City North.

Girls soccer sinks Putnam City at home

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By Kyle Salomon,

Sophomore Jaci Jones earned the hat trick last Friday night with three goals in the 5-1 home district win against Putnam City.

Junior forward Alina Magruder scored the other two goals in the match for the Lady Broncos. The victory improved Mustang’s overall record to 4-5 on the year.

The Bronco girls defense was stout against the Lady Pirates as Putnam City only had one shot on goal the entire night, which was the only goal scored in the game for the Pirate girls.

“I thought we put a really good game together against Putnam City,” Mustang head coach Mike Mason said. “It was a game that we needed to win, and our girls played that way. I was proud of their effort from start to finish. It makes a big difference when the ball goes in the net early.”

Jaci Jones played in the mid-forward position again for the Lady Broncos last Friday night in place of her older sister and senior starter Lexi Jones, who missed the game with a knee injury.

Jaci Jones usually starts at one of the midfield positions for Mustang, but with Lexi Jones out of the lineup, the Bronco girls need help in the scoring department, so the Lady Broncos coaching staff decided to move Jaci up to forward to aid the Mustang offense.

“We are having to do some different things with Lexi (Jones) out right now,” Mason said. “I think it takes some time for the girls to adjust to it. It’s just not going to happen overnight, but the girls are working hard and are starting to figure it out a little bit.”

The Bronco girls dominated the game from start to finish. MHS scored two goals in the first half off the foot of Jaci Jones. Jaci scored one more goal in the second half, while Magruder scored both of her goals in the second half.

Putnam City scored its only goal of the contest early in the second half, cutting the Lady Broncos lead to 2-1, but Mustang responded in a strong way to put the game away against the Lady Pirates.

All was not perfect for the Mustang girls soccer team last week. They dropped a road district game April 8 at Bishop McGuinness, 2-1.

The Fighting Irish put two goals in the back of the net in the first 15 minutes of the game to take a stunning 2-0 lead on the Lady Broncos.

Mustang fought back and scored a goal off Magruder in the second half, but that would be all the Bronco girls would muster against Bishop McGuinness.

“If you take away the first 10-15 minutes of that game, we win,” Mason said. “For whatever reason, we were not ready to play when the game started against McGuinness. We have to have more intensity and sense of urgency.”

The Lady Broncos traveled to U.S. Grant for another road district game before returning home to take on Lawton at 6 p.m. next Tuesday on senior night for Mustang soccer.

Track teams finish strong in Deer Creek meet

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By Kyle Salomon,

Mustang’s track teams competed in the Deer Creek track meet last Friday at Deer Creek High School. The Lady Broncos track squad took fifth place in the event and the Bronco boys placed sixth overall.

Here are the girls results from the Deer Creek meet:

In the 4×100-meter relay race, Mustang took fifth place with a time of 51.70 seconds. In the 4×800-meter relay event, the Lady Broncos took third place with a time of 10:18.61. In the 4×200-meter relay competition, the Bronco girls took sixth place with a time of 1:51.12.

In the 3,200-meter run, Rachel Burchill took second place with a time of 12:43.61. In the 100-meter dash, Keyona Napier took 22nd place with a time of 13.86, Katelyn Wood took 29th place with a time of 14.15 and Shelby Easton took 33rd place with a time of 14.52.

In the 800-meter run, Kyra Fuller took fourth place with a time of 2:30.14. In the 400-meter dash, Amirah Jones took eighth place with a time of 1:03.05, Logan Haller took 13th place with a time of 1:06.17 and Destiny Brooks took 14th place with a time of 1:07.37.

In the 300-meter dash, Abbie Davis took 14th place with a time of 53.88 seconds. In the 200-meter dash, Stephanie Wilson took eighth place with a time of 26.84 seconds. In the 1,600-meter run, Kyra Fuller took second with a time of 5:37.59.

In the 4×400-meter relay race, Mustang took sixth place with a time of 4:23.11 and in the discus throw, Paige Ketch took second place with a toss of 106 feet, 10 inches.

Here are the boys results from the Deer Creek meet:

In the 100-meter relay race, Mustang took sixth place with a time of 45.07 seconds. In the 800-meter relay event, the Broncos took second place with a time of 8:33.99.

In the 3,200-meter run, Lance Frost finished in first place with a time of 10:17.22 and Skylar Wade took fifth place with a time of 11:06.07.

In the 100-meter dash, Frankie Edwards took seventh place with a time of 11.40 seconds. Preston Ochoa took 12th place with a time of 11.60 seconds and Chase Brown took 25th place with a time of 12.15 seconds.

In the 800-meter run, Josh Griffin took 11th place with a time of 2:09.86 and Ben Brackett took 14th place with a time of 2:12.36.

In the 4×400-meter relay race, Mustang took 11th place with a time of 3:51.69. In the shot put, Tristin Hill took second place with a toss of 48 feet, 2 inches and Garrett Hudson took seventh place with a toss of 43 feet, 6 inches. In the discus throw, Jayden Ray took third place with a toss of 125 feet, 7 inches.

The Bronco track teams will compete in the Yukon track meet at 9 a.m. Friday.

Girls tennis captures two tourney titles

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By Kyle Salomon,

Mustang’s girls tennis squad won two tournaments last week.

The Lady Broncos won the Midwest City tournament at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center April 7, and then won their own tournament at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center the following day.

In the Midwest City tourney, the Bronco girls team won first place in both doubles competitions and took first place in the No.2 doubles bracket in the Mustang tournament.

“I’m really proud of the girls for the way they have competed and played all season,” Mustang head coach Dave Rankin said. “They had two really strong tournaments last week and they are eager to get back to work and get even better down the stretch of the season.”

In the No.1 singles competition in the Midwest City tournament, Kyndal Heath competed for the Lady Broncos. Heath fell to Edmond North in her opening match 0-6, 4-6, but rebounded with two wins against Choctaw 6-4, 7-6, and Midwest City 7-5, 6-0.

Stevie Josey competed in the No.2 singles slot for Mustang in the Midwest City tournament and took third place in the competition. Josey defeated Edmond North in the third-place match 7-6, 6-1.

In the No.1 doubles competition, the duo team of Josey and Jessica Atkins took down Putnam City 6-2, 7-6 in round one, beat Edmond Memorial 6-1, 6-1 in round two and took down Norman North 6-2, 0-6, 6-2 in the final round.

In the No.2 doubles bracket of the MWC event, Heather Underwood and Taylor Sullivan made up the Lady Broncos pair. The duo defeated Edmond Santa Fe 6-3, 6-2 in the first round, beat Choctaw 6-1, 6-0 in the second and took out Carl Albert 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in their final bout.

“The biggest thing about this group of girls is they are all about the team,” Rankin said. “There is no one out here who is all about themselves. They put the team first, and that is really great to see.”

In the No.1 singles for the Mustang tournament, Josey competed for the Bronco girls, defeating Moore 6-0, 6-0, and Yukon 6-2, 6-1, before falling to Southmoore in the finals 0-6, 0-6.

Heath, competing in the No.2 singles slot, took out Midwest City 6-1, 6-0, hammered Moore 6-0, 6-0 and fell to Choctaw in the finals 2-6, 1-6.

Atkins and Anita Casteel competed in the No.1 doubles position for the Lady Broncos in the Mustang tournament. The pair dominated Putnam City North 6-0, 6-2, fell to Moore in round two 5-7, 4-6, and beat Choctaw 6-2, 7-5.

Underwood and Sullivan competed in the No.2 doubles slot. They had a bye in the first round, defeated PC North 6-4, 6-3 in round two and beat Choctaw 6-1, 6-2 in the finals.

“If we continue to work hard in practice and play well down the stretch, I like our chances in the postseason,” Rankin said. “This has been a really fun ride so far this year.”

Defense falters against Edmond Memorial

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By Kyle Salomon

Mustang’s boys soccer team dropped its opening district match of the season 5-1 to Edmond Memorial at home last Friday night.

The loss to the Bulldogs brings the Broncos to a 2-5 record this season as the offense continues to struggle for Mustang.

Mustang head coach Jared Homer was direct with what needs to happen for his team’s offense to improve for the remainder of the year.

“We just need to finish chances, plain and simple,” he said.

The Bronco boys have not scored more than one goal in a game this year. The one goal Mustang got into the net last Friday night was off the foot of senior forward Colton Haskin on an assist from junior forward Connor Partin nine minutes into the second half.

The strong point of the Mustang boys squad this season has been on the defensive end of the field, but against Edmond Memorial, the Broncos struggled in every facet of the game.

Homer said the Broncos defense has struggled matching up in recent games.

“They have struggled marking up the last three games,” he said. “Edmond Memorial scored four goals on set pieces, corners, throw-ins and free kicks. We did a poor job of defending those set pieces Friday and that was the difference in the game.”

Homer said it’s not just one or two players that need to step up and stop the bleeding, but the entire defense.

“Our defense as a whole has been on a downward trend over the last three games,” he said. “They need to come together and stop giving up easy goals. Four goals in a span of 15 minutes is not acceptable.”

Homer said his team needs to stop reverting back to bad habits, and focus on doing things the right way.

“We have been moving players in and out and changing positions to try and be more dynamic,” he said. “When we score goals, we have to continue to do what is working and not resort back to bad habits. We played extremely well for 50 minutes on Friday. We scored a goal and became content with that and it came back to hurt us. We have to keep pushing for goals.”

The Broncos traveled to Bishop McGuinness for another district game against the Fighting Irish. Mustang will host Putnam City at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Mustang High School soccer complex.

Every game the Broncos have from this point on in the regular season is a district match.

Track teams place high in Choctaw meet

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By Kyle Salomon

Mustang track teams competed in the Choctaw track meet last Friday.

The boys squad finished in fifth place out of 13 teams, and the girls team placed in a tie for fourth out of 10 teams on the day.

On the boys side of the track, it was Edmond North taking first place overall. Booker T. Washington placed second, Deer Creek took third, Choctaw finished fourth, Mustang placed fifth, Shawnee took sixth, Noble was seventh, Capitol Hill took eighth, Del City finished ninth, Deer Creek JV took 10th, Putnam City West finished 11th, Harrah placed 12th and John Marshall took 13th place to round out the competing schools.

On the girls side, it was Edmond Memorial taking first place. Edmond North placed second, Deer Creek took third, Shawnee and Mustang tied for fourth place, Booker T. Washington finished in sixth place, Choctaw took seventh place, Putnam City West placed eighth, Del City finished in ninth and the Oklahoma City Storm took 10th place to round out the girls field.

Here are the girls individual results from Choctaw:

In the 4×100-meter relay race, Mustang took seventh overall with a time of 53.72 seconds.

In the 4×800-meter relay event, the Lady Broncos took third overall with a time of 10:32.58.

In the 3,200-meter run, Ashlee Jones took first place with a time of 12:34.78 and Lauren Mason placed fourth overall with a time of 13:21.33.

In the 4×200-meter relay race, the Bronco girls took sixth overall with a time of 1:52.92.

In the 800-meter run, Kyra Fuller took fifth place with a time of 2:34.54.

In the 100-meter dash, Stephanie Wilson took seventh place with a time of 12.92 seconds, Shelby Easton took 27th place with a time of 14.57 seconds, Melinda Beals took 29th place with a time of 14.75 and Aubrea Martinsorrels took 34th place with a time of 15.01 seconds.

In the 400-meter dash, Amirah Jones took fifth place with a time of 1:06.55, Logan Haller took seventh place with a time of 1:07.44 and Shelby Easton took 29th place with a time of 1:39.71.

In the 300-meter hurdles, Abbie Davis took 17th place with a time of 56.66 seconds.

In the 200-meter dash, Stephanie Wilson took fifth with a time of 27.19 seconds, Katelyn Wood took 20th place with a time of 30.16 seconds, Melinda Beals took 36th place with a time of 32.59 seconds and Aubrea Martinsorrels took 39th place with a time of 33.01 seconds.

In the 1,600-meter run, Kyra Fuller took third place with a time of 5:44.18, Sara Wojcak took fifth place with a time of 6:00.23 and Ashlee Jones took ninth place with a time of 6:04.52.

In the 4×400-meter relay event, the MHS girls took fourth place with a time of 4:27.65.

In the discus toss, Paige Ketch took second place with a throw of 108 feet, 7 inches.

Here are the boys results from Choctaw:

In the 4×100-meter relay race, Mustang finished 10th overall.

In the 4×800-meter relay event, the Broncos took sixth place with a time of 9:07.18.

In the 3,200-meter run, Lance Frost took first place with a time of 10:22.64, Mark Drexel took third place with a time of 10:55.50 and Skylar Wade took fourth place with a time of 11:05.78.

In the 4×200-meter relay race, MHS took fifth place with a time of 1:35.05.

In the 800-meter run, Josh Griffin took eighth place with a time of 2:14.64 and Ben Brackett took 10th place with a time of 2:19.33.

In the 100-meter dash, Jordan Greenspan took 20th place overall with a time of 11.86 seconds and Kiante Miles took 28th place with a time of 12.27 seconds.

In the 400-meter dash, Ryan Delgado took 13th place with a time of 59.65 seconds.

In the 200-meter dash, Frankie Edwards took fourth place with a time of 23.17 seconds and Preston Ochoa took seventh place with a time of 23.51 seconds.

In the 1,600-meter run, Lance Frost took first place with a time of 4:44.68 and Mark Drexel took sixth place with a time of 4:57.03.

In the 4×400-meter relay race, Mustang took ninth place with a time of 3:48.03.

In the discus toss, Jayden Ray took second place with a throw of 129-feet 3-inches.

In the shot put, Tristin Hill took first place with a toss of 49 feet, 6 inches, Garrett Hudson took fifth place with a throw of 42 feet, 6 inches, and Seth Amos took seventh place with a toss of 41 feet, 6 inches.

The Bronco track teams return to action at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Deer Creek track meet.

Shootout claims Lady Broncos again

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By Kyle Salomon

Penalty kicks haunted the Lady Broncos soccer team again last Friday night as Mustang dropped a district home match to Edmond Memorial 4-1.

The loss dropped the Bronco girls record to 3-4 on the season with six games remaining on the regular season schedule.

“I figure we are going to have to win at least four out of our last six games to go to the playoffs,” Mustang head coach Mike Mason said. “And that is very possible. We are capable of winning every game we play in, but we have to figure out how to put more goals in the net. Hopefully we can do that going forward.”

Neither offense was able to muster anything throughout the entire game last Friday night. Mustang and Edmond Memorial played a style of game that nearly mirror-images one another. Both teams’ defenses were stout and physical against the opposing offenses.

The Lady Broncos had several opportunities in regulation to put the ball in the back of the net, but couldn’t take advantage, which allowed the Lady Bulldogs to force the game into two 10-minute overtimes and eventually to penalty kicks.

“We are going to have to get better with our PKs,” Mason said. “It seems like that is the way we are going to play this season, so we need to make sure and get better in that area. We are close offensively, but we are just a second late on some of our passing windows. We need to take advantage of those opportunities, and that starts on the practice field.”

Three out of four Mustang losses this season have come in penalty kicks and the other happened as regulation time expired.

The good news from last Friday night’s contest was the return of junior forward Alina Magruder, who had to miss two games because of an eye injury she sustained the week before in the Putnam City North tournament.

Senior forward Lexi Jones wasn’t as fortunate as Magruder as the senior captain was held out of the Edmond Memorial game because of a knee injury she sustained in the same game Magruder was injured. Jones is expected to return to the lineup soon for the Lady Broncos.

“It was good to get Alina (Magruder) back on Friday,” Mason said. “She played well and got some good looks at the goal. It was good to see her back out there. We are missing Lexi in a big way right now. She is a leader for us, and she is a goal scorer. It’s forcing us to move other players around to fill her void. We are a different team with Lexi in the lineup.”

The Lady Broncos took on Bishop McGuinness on Tuesday night on the road in a crucial district game against the Fighting Irish. They host Putnam City at 6 p.m. on Friday night.

“I’m confident in this group,” Mason said. “Everything we are struggling with right now is more than fixable. We need to start playing more consistently this week.”

Boys golf competes in two tough tournaments

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The Mustang boys golf team competed in the Edmond Memorial and Jenks tournaments last week.

The Edmond Memorial tournament took place on April 1. Here are the individual results from the 36-hole event:

Dylan Igo shot rounds of 73 and 74. Aaron Fife fired rounds of 79 and 86 on the day. Matias Nelson finished the two rounds with an 83 and 88 and Dawson Calhoun shot a 91 and an 84 in his two rounds.

Here are the results from the Jenks tournament:

Dylan Igo fired a team-low 79 on the day at South Lakes Golf Club. Aaron Fife came in with an 81. Matias Nelson closed his round with an 89. Dawson Calhoun totaled an 84 in Jenks and Peyton Scott fired an 89 in his round.

Girls golf wins Enid tournament; Neff wins individual championship

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By Kyle Salomon

Mustang’s girls golf team won the Enid Invitational on April 3, with senior Kaylee Neff winning the overall individual competition.

The Lady Broncos shot a team score of 346, which was 16 strokes better than second-place Stillwater, which shot a 362.

“I was really pleased with our tournament in Enid,” Mustang head coach Rod Henning said. “Anytime you can win a tournament as a team and have an individual win the tournament, there is not much to complain about.”

Neff fired a 79 on the day. She was the only player in the field to break 80 in Enid. The Bronco girls had two girls place in the top five and three girls in the top 10 in the individual competition.

“For Kaylee (Neff), it was her second win in the last three tournaments, which is a great start to the season for her,” Henning said.

Senior Mackenzie Woodward finished with the second highest score on the Mustang squad and took fourth place overall with an 83 on the day.

Sophomore Lauren Sloan took eighth overall in Enid with an 88, which was third highest on the Lady Broncos team.

Sophomore Sarah Kellogg had the fourth highest score on the day with a 96 for the Bronco girls, and sophomore Cheyenne Woodward fired a 107 for the fifth best score for Mustang.

“For the team, it was a great victory,” Henning said. “We were able to beat Edmond Santa Fe for the first time this year. I think we are the two best teams from this side of the state, so it was important for us to beat them from a mental standpoint.”

In the team scores it was Mustang in first with a 346. Stillwater took second with a 362. Edmond Memorial placed third shooting a 365. Edmond Santa Fe finished in fourth place with a score of 367, and Edmond North placed fifth, firing a team score of 383 in Enid.

“I think the girls thought that Santa Fe was better than us, but beating them gives us some confidence and shows what we are capable of as a team.”

Henning said despite winning the tournament by a large margin, he expects this team to improve.

“The best thing about this tournament is we won against good competition by 16 strokes,” he said. “And I still think we can play better. We still gave away some shots on and around the greens. If we can correct those, we will be a very good team by the end of the year. I am proud of all the girls.”

The Lady Broncos golf team traveled to Duncan on Monday to compete in the Duncan Invitational, and will play at 9 a.m. today in the Del City Invitational at Trosper Golf Club.