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By Sports editor Kyle Salomon,
For the second time in as many seasons, Mustang and Broken Arrow will meet on the gridiron in the quarterfinal round of the postseason.
The Broncos finished third in Class 6A-1 District 2, while the Tigers took second in District 1, which means Broken Arrow will be the host team this year. The contest will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday with temperatures expected to be in the 30s for the majority of the game.
However, the forecast is not calling for any precipitation Friday night in the Tulsa area, which will be a far cry from the weather during last year’s game when the temperatures were in the 20s and freezing rain fell on Bronco Stadium throughout the night.
The two teams have an identical overall record at 7-3 but Broken Arrow finished 6-1 in its district, while the Broncos were 5-2. Mustang finished behind Tulsa Union and Owasso, while the Tigers finished behind Jenks.
“We are more prepared than we were last year just because of last year’s game and playing against some of the teams we have had to play this season,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “The trip up there won’t be anything new for us. We know what to expect.”
Broken Arrow opened its season with a week one loss at home to Owasso 14-7. In week two, they defeated Bentonville, Ark., 34-0. In week three, BA dropped its second loss of the season at the hands of Union 31-10 on the road.
In their fourth game, the Tigers defeated Yukon at home 52-23. In week five, Broken Arrow defeated Putnam City on the road 44-0. In week six, the Tigers took down Norman 37-14. In their seventh game, they traveled to Westmoore, defeating the Jaguars 42-10.
Broken Arrow dropped its only district game of the year at home against Jenks in week eight 33-14. In week nine, BA defeated Edmond Santa Fe on the road 44-17, and in week 10 last week, the Tigers hammered Edmond Memorial on the road 42-14.
Broken Arrow comes into the game averaging 32.6 points per game this season and is averaging 378.1 yards per game, including 275.1 rush yards and 103 pass yards per outing.
Defensively, the Tigers are allowing 15.6 points per game and allowing an average of 263.3 yards per contest, including 140.8 pass yards and 122.3 rush yards per game.
Broken Arrow is coached by David Alexander, who is in his first year with the Tigers. Before coming to BA, Alexander spent numerous years on the Jenks staff.
The Broncos opened their season with a 41-14 road victory over Yukon. In week two, they dropped their first game of the season at home against Stillwater 35-26. In week three, they hammered Edmond Memorial at UCO 57-37. In week four, they defeated Edmond North 34-20 at UCO.
In their fifth game, Mustang took down Putnam City North at home 46-0. In week six, they hung on to defeat Southmoore 7-3 at home. In week eight, they traveled to Owasso and dropped a 28-24 heartbreaker to the Rams.
In week nine, MHS dropped another heartbreaker at home to Union 30-24, and in week 10 last week they put a beating on Moore at home 56-7.
Mustang is averaging 35.4 points per game this season and averaging 441.6 yards per game offensively, including 236.7 pass yards and 204.9 rush yards per outing.
The Broncos are allowing an average of 20.4 points per game and an average of 260.2 total yards per outing.
Opposing teams are passing for an average of 164.4 yards per game and rushing for an average of 95.8 yards per outing this season.
“We are looking forward to this opportunity,” Dombek said. “There are a lot of good football teams that aren’t playing this week. We will be ready to play Friday night.”
By Sports editor Kyle Salomon,
A powerful first half was all that was needed in the regular season finale against Moore last Friday night at Bronco Stadium.
Mustang hammered the Lions 56-7 to close the 2014 regular season with a 6-3 record overall and a 5-2 mark in district play. The loss for the Lions dropped them to 0-10 this year, which makes them the only 6A-1 school without a win this year.
“This was a good way for us to end the season after having two really tough games against Owasso and Union,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “It was good to get a lot of kids into the game and get our younger players a lot of playing time.”
The Broncos got the party started early in the game as they scored three touchdowns in the first quarter against Moore. Senior running back Chase Brown had three rushing touchdowns in the first frame.
Mustang’s defense shut down the Lions offense in the opening quarter, making the score 21-0 after one.
In the second quarter, Brown scored his fourth and final touchdown of the game early in the period, making the score 28-0. Mustang’s starters remained in the game for one more series before being taken out of the game with a 35-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
The Broncos offense was able to muster two more scoring drives against Moore before the halftime bell, making the score 49-0 MHS at the half.
Both teams traded touchdowns in the second half. Moore scored its only touchdown in the game in the third quarter and the Broncos scored their final touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter on a Trey Edwards interception, making the final difference 49 points.
Mustang finished the game with 400 total yards of offense, including 235 rushing yards and 165 passing yards.
The Broncos amassed 16 first downs on the night and converted four out of 11 third-down attempts for 36 percent. MHS had two turnovers in the game and seven penalties for 75 yards.
Junior quarterback Chandler Garrett only played a quarter and a half in the game but finished with 84 yards passing on three completions out of seven attempts. Garrett did not have a touchdown pass but was intercepted once in the game.
Brown finished the night with 72 yards on the ground with four touchdowns on 13 carries in a quarter and a half of play. Senior receiver David Parker only caught one pass in the game, but it went for 66 yards and a touchdown for Mustang.
Moore finished the night with 56 total yards of offense, including 84 passing yards and minus 28 rushing yards in the game. The Lions picked up eight first downs and did not convert one third down opportunity in the game out of 13 tries. Moore was penalized three times for 15 yards.
Quarterback Josh Detweiler finished the game with 84 yards passing on 12 completions out of 34 attempts, with one touchdown and one interception.
Running back Daniel Lambert was the leading rusher for the Lions with 5 yards on one carry. Receiver Abel Willis had a solid day against the Mustang secondary with 72 yards receiving on seven receptions.
“I was really pleased with the overall effort in the game,” Dombek said. “We took care of our business and focused on us, and we played well.”
By Sports editor Kyle Salomon,
Swimming season is under way for Mustang High School and the Bronco boys and girls started the 2014 year off with a bang last week.
The Mustang swim teams competed in the Jaguar Invitational on Nov. 1 at Westmoore High School and then traveled to Lawton to compete in the Lawton Swim Meet on Nov. 3
In the Jaguar Invitational, the Lady Broncos took first with 395 points in front of second-place Westmoore with 323 points and third-place Putnam City North with 262 points.
The boys team finished in third place with 260 points behind first-place Putnam City North with 338 points and second-place Norman North with 304 points.
Mustang won the combined team scores on the day with 655 combined points. The second-place school was Putnam City North with 600 points and Westmoore took third with 479 points.
There was one school record set in the Jaguar Invitational, the boys 200-yard medley relay. The relay team had a time of 1:56.80. The four swimmers on the relay squad were Drake Stowe, Zachary McSwain, Chandler McDonald and Minh Nguyen.
In the Lawton Swim Meet, the girls took first place again with 146 points. Lawton Ike came in second with 79 points and Lawton MacArthur finished third with 26 points.
The Bronco boys also came in first place with 125 points. Ike finished in the runner-up slot with 50 points and Duncan took third with 40 points.
Matt Sellon set the school record in the boys 100-yard fly at the Lawton meet with a time of 1:03.39.
Here are the rest of the results from the Jaguar Invitational:
In the girls 200-yard medley relay, Mustang took second-place with a time of 2:10.53. Brandi Naeher, Lauren Oliver, Summer Chrismon and Samantha Jones made up the team.
In the girls 200-yard freestyle race, Oliver placed second overall with a time of 2:17.45, Ryhan Deuel took third with a time of 2:26.65 and Shaynia Cook took 12th with a time of 3:27.68.
In the boys 200-yard freestyle race, Sellon took sixth place with a time of 2:09.03, Tucker Legg placed ninth with a time of 2:21.26 and Syler Rex placed 13th with a time of 2:33.60.
In the girls 200-yard individual medley, Mazie Garza placed 10th with a time of 2:53.29 and Chrismon placed 11th with a time of 2:59.52.
In the boys 200-yard individual medley, Nguyen placed eighth overall with a time of 2:20.21.
In the girls 50-yard freestyle, Jones took first-place overall with a time of 26.29 seconds.
In the boys 100-yard fly, McDonald placed eighth with a time of 1:05.60.
In the girls 100-yard freestyle, Jones took second-place with a time of 59.83 seconds.
In the boys 100-yard freestyle race, Sellon took third place with a time of 57.25. seconds.
In the girls 500-yard freestyle, Hannah Kertzner placed second with a time of 6:26.78, Deuel took fourth place with a time of 6:34.46 and Rachel Snodgrass took sixth place with a time of 8:10.69.
In the boys 500-yard freestyle, Stowe took fourth place with a time of 6:17.45 and McSwain placed sixth with a time of 6:45.52.
In the girls 200-yard freestyle relay, the Lady Broncos placed first with a time of 1:52.42. Oliver, Chrismon, Kertzner and Jones made up the team.
In the boys 200-yard freestyle relay, Mustang took fifth place with a time of 1:44.43. Sellon, Legg, McDonald and Nguyen made up the squad.
In the girls 100-yard backstroke, Kertzner took fifth place with a time of 1:14.96, Chrismon placed seventh with a time of 1:19.41 and Naeher took ninth place with a time of 1:21.65.
In the boys 100-yard backstroke, Stowe placed sixth with a time of 1:10.22 and Legg took ninth place with a time of 1:11.69.
In the girls 100-yard breaststroke, Oliver took second with a time of 1:17.87 and Garza placed fifth with a time of 1:22.45.
In the boys 100-yard breaststroke, Nguyen took fourth place with a time of 1:10.91 and McSwain placed sixth with a time of 1:14.87.
In the girls 400-yard freestyle relay, the Bronco girls placed fourth overall with a time of 4:31.80. Garza, Morgan Shirk, Deuel and Kertzner made up the team.
In the boys 400-yard freestyle relay, Mustang took fourth place with a time of 3:59.02. Stowe, Robert Coulter, Legg and Sellon made up the squad.
Here are the rest of the results from the Lawton Swim Meet:
In the girls 200-yard medley relay, Mustang took first place with a time of 2:13.11. Chrismon, Oliver, Kertzner and Jones made up the four-swimmer team.
In the boys 200-yard medley relay, the Broncos placed first overall with a time of 1:57.63. Stowe, McSwain, Sellon and Nguyen made up the team.
In the girls 200-yard freestyle, Deuel took first place with a time of 2:29.15, Zoe Mills took second with a time of 2:55.12 and Melissa Conway took third place with a time of 3:02.49.
In the boys 200-yard freestyle race, Sellon took second place with a time of 2:06.04 and Stowe finished in third place with a time of 2:26.33.
In the girls 200-yard individual medley, Garza took second place with a time of 3:00.85.
In the girls 50-yard freestyle, Jones took first place with a time of 26.58 seconds, Shirk took sixth place with a time of 31.23 and Rachel Dawson placed eighth overall with a time of 31.55 seconds.
In the boys 50-yard freestyle race, Nguyen placed third with a time of 26.45, Coulter took fourth with a time of 26.83 and Max Mayfield placed eighth with a time of 28.14 seconds.
In the girls 100-yard freestyle race, Oliver placed first with a time of 1:02.66 and Chrismon took third with a time of 1:09.26.
In the boys 100-yard freestyle, Legg took second place with a time of 1:01.33, Jacob Hesser took fourth place with a time of 1:03.66 and Coulter took seventh place with a time of 1:07.13.
In the girls 500-yard freestyle, Kertzner placed first with a time of 6:26.59, Deuel took second with a time of 6:37.46 and Snodgrass placed fourth with a time of 7:58.46.
In the boys 500-yard freestyle, McSwain took first with a time of 7:02.08.
In the girls 200-yard freestyle relay, Mustang took first with a time of 1:54.90. Oliver, Garza, Chrismon and Jones made up the team.
In the boys 200-yard freestyle relay, the Broncos took second overall with a time of 1:49.00. McDonald, Coulter, Hesser and McSwain made up the squad.
In the girls 100-yard backstroke, Kertzner placed second with a time of 1:15.00, Chrismon took third place with a time of 1:23.70 and Mills placed fourth with a time of 1:39.37.
In the boys 100-yard backstroke, Nguyen placed second with a time of 1:04.06, Stowe placed fourth with a time of 1:09.98 and Legg took fifth place with a time of 1:14.08.
In the girls 100-yard breaststroke, Oliver took first with a time of 1:18.40, Jones took third with a time of 1:21.41 and Garza took fourth with a time of 1:22.24.
In the boys 100-yard breaststroke, McSwain placed second with a time of 1:17.46, McDonald took third place with a time of 1:21.48 and Dustin Wesley placed fifth with a time of 1:27.01.
In the girls 400-yard freestyle relay, Mustang placed first with a time of 4:38.69. Garza, Shirk, Deuel and Kertzner made up the team.
In the boys 400-yard freestyle relay, the Broncos took first with a time of 3:54.26. Sellon, Stowe, Legg and Nguyen made up the squad.
By Sports editor Kyle Salomon,
For the first time in the Bob Stoops era at Oklahoma, the Sooners have lost consecutive home games after the 34-point drubbing Baylor handed OU last Saturday in Norman.
With the 48-14 loss to the Bears, OU fell to 6-3 overall and 3-3 in Big 12 Conference play. Baylor improved to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in league action with their first-ever win in Norman.
The Sooners finished the game with 319 yards, including 171 yards on the ground and 148 yards through the air. Oklahoma recorded 13 first downs with one turnover, and was penalized seven times for 59 yards in the game.
Running back Alex Ross was the leading rusher for OU, finishing with 72 yards on six carries. Quarterback Trevor Knight completed the day with 146 passing yards on 12 completions out of 27 attempts, with two touchdowns and one interception. Knight left the game in the third quarter after sustaining a neck injury.
Receiver Michiah Quick led Oklahoma through the air with six receptions for 94 yards and one touchdown. It was the first time this season that Sterling Shepard was not OU’s leading receiver, but the Oklahoma City native did not play in the game due to an injury he sustained the week prior against Iowa State.
Linebacker Dominique Alexander led OU in tackles with 18 on the day.
Baylor finished with 544 yards of offense in the game, including 396 passing yards and 148 on the ground. BU had 31 first downs and committed zero turnovers. The Bears were penalized seven times for 40 yards.
Running back Shock Linwood led Baylor on the ground with 87 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 23 carries. Quarterback Bryce Petty had 387 yards through the air and one touchdown on 32 completions out of 42 attempts.
Receiver Corey Coleman torched the OU secondary for 224 yards and one touchdown on 15 receptions, and defender Bryce Hager led Baylor in tackles with 10 in the game.
Sooners heading to Lubbock
Oklahoma will look to get back on the winning track at 2:30 p.m. Saturday when they travel to Texas Tech.
OU comes into the game with an overall record of 6-3 and 3-3 in the Big 12 Conference. The Red Raiders are 3-6 and 1-5 in league play.
The game will be televised nationally by ESPN.
TTU comes into the game after having a week off. Their most recent outing was at home against Texas, where they fell 34-13 to the Longhorns.
The Sooners come into the game averaging 38.4 points per game and allowing 24.7 points per game to their opponents.
OU averages 475.1 yards of offense per outing and 401.4 yards of offense to opposing teams. Oklahoma passes for an average of 250.1 yards and rushes for an average of 225 yards per contest. Opposing teams pass for an average of 280.2 yards and rush for an average of 121.2 yards per game.
The Sooners have totaled 211 first downs this season and have allowed 194. OU has turned the ball over 13 times and forced 16 turnovers to their opponents. Oklahoma has been penalized 46 times for 448 yards this season.
Running back Samaje Perine leads the Sooners in rushing this season with 800 yards on 155 carries with 11 touchdowns. Quarterback Trevor Knight leads OU in passing with 162 completions out of 229 attempts for 2,197 yards, with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Receiver Sterling Shepard leads Oklahoma through the air with 957 yards on 50 completions with five touchdowns. Linebacker Dominique Alexander is the leading tackler with 79 this year.
Texas Tech comes into the game averaging 28.4 points per game and allowing 41.6 points per game to opponents. The Red Raiders are averaging 472.3 yards per outing and giving up 503.1 yards per game.
TTU is passing for an average of 320.3 yards per game and rushing for an average of 152 yards per contest, while allowing an average of 256.6 passing yards per outing and 246.6 rushing yards per game.
Texas Tech has amassed 215 first downs and allowed 236 first downs to opponents. The Red Raiders have turned the ball over 20 times and have forced 23 turnovers defensively. TTU has been penalized 83 times for 787 yards.
Running back DeAndre Washington leads Texas Tech with 821 yards on 141 carries with one touchdown. Quarterback Davis Webb has completed 211 passes out of 345 attempts for 2,539 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Receiver Jakeem Grant leads TTU through the air with 709 yards on 53 catches with five touchdowns, and defender Pete Robertson leads the Red Raiders in tackles this season with 62.
Kliff Kingsbury is in his second full year as the head coach for Texas Tech.
By Sports editor Kyle Salomon,
Coming off their second bye week of the season, the Oklahoma State Cowboys will try and become bowl eligible this week when they travel Saturday to Austin to take on Texas.
Oklahoma State enters the game with a 5-4 overall record and 3-3 mark in the Big 12 Conference. The Pokes’ last game was Nov. 1 at Kansas State. It was one OSU would like to forget, as the Wildcats put a beating on Okie State 48-14.
The Longhorns come into Saturday’s game with a 5-5 overall record and a 4-3 mark in league play. Texas got its biggest win of the season last week by beating West Virginia 33-16 in Austin to become one win shy of being bowl eligible in Charlie Strong’s first year on the job.
The ‘Pokes come into the game averaging 28.4 points per game, while allowing opponents 30.2 points per outing. Oklahoma State is averaging 386.4 total yards per contest and allowing 423.8 total yards to teams this season.
The Cowboys are passing for an average of 235.1 yards per game and rushing for an average of 151.3 yards. Opponents are passing for an average of 282.7 yards per outing and rushing for an average of 141.1 yards against the OSU D this season.
Okie State has amassed 180 first downs in 2014 and has allowed 190 first downs. The ‘Pokes have turned the ball over 15 times this season, while forcing nine turnovers on defense. Oklahoma State has been flagged 54 times for 480 yards this year.
Running back Desmond Roland is the leading rusher for OSU with 522 yards on 131 carries with seven touchdowns.
Quarterback Daxx Garman is leading the Cowboys in the passing game with 135 completions out of 248 attempts for 1,883 yards, with 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Mustang native David Glidden is Oklahoma State’s leading receiver with 419 yards receiving on 31 catches and one touchdown.
Defender Jordan Sterns is the leading tackler for Okie State in 2014 with 69 so far this year.
Texas comes into the game with OSU averaging 23.3 points per game and averaging 22.4 points per game to opponents this season.
The ‘Horns are averaging 360.6 yards per outing this season, while allowing an average of 362 yards to teams this year. UT is passing for an average of 203.7 yards and rushing for an average of 156.9 yards per game. Teams are passing for an average of 184.4 yards per game against Texas and rushing for an average of 177.6 yards.
Texas has accumulated 189 first downs this season, while allowing 206 first downs to their opponents. UT has committed 17 turnovers and forced 18 turnovers defensively. The Longhorns have been penalized 63 times for 564 yards in 2014.
Running back Malcolm Brown is Texas’ leading rusher this season with 662 yards on 151 carries with six touchdowns.
Quarterback Tyrone Swoopes leads the ‘Horns in the passing department with 167 completions out of 292 attempts for 1,847 yards, with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Receiver Jaxon Shipley leads UT through the air with 538 yards on 54 receptions with one touchdown. Defender Jordan Hicks leads the Longhorns in tackles with 130 this year.
Canadian County Sheriff’s Deputies seized about 11 Kilo size bags of methamphetamine drugs with an estimated street value of $1.1 Million at about 1:30 a.m. on Monday. The drugs were being transported in a vehicle that was loaded on a car hauler parked at the TA Truck Stop, located at Morgan Road along Interstate 40 in Eastern Canadian County.
The 11 large kilo size bags of meth were packaged in zip locked plastic bags and wrapped in seran wrap and clear packing tape. The bundles of drugs were stashed inside the front and rear seats as well as inside the doors of the vehicle. In addition to the drugs being hidden, deputies detected a number of odor masking agents aimed at defeating drug sniffing dogs.
Sheriff’s Deputies discovered the drugs after they became suspicious of the vehicle due to registration violations and asked the truck driver for his consent to search it. After receiving consent from the truck driver the deputies climbed up to the second level of the car hauler. Once the deputies entered the vehicle, they quickly observed that the back seats and doors had been tampered with, and located the drugs within just a few minutes.
After questioning and determining the truck driver was allegedly unaware he was transporting the drugs, Canadian County sheriff’s deputies working with, and commissioned through, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s Task Force (DEA) coordinated a controlled delivery of the vehicle and drugs to the intended party in Kansas City, Kan., in hopes of making an arrest of those responsible for the drugs being in Canadian County.
Three sheriff’s deputies–DEA Task Force agents under the direction Canadian County Sheriff Randall Edwards, followed the semi to Kansas City where they met up with other DEA agents.
Working with the DEA, FBI and local authorities, sheriff’s deputies coordinated the delivery of the drugs with the driver of the semi. As a result of the delivery, two suspects were immediately taken into custody in connection with the methamphetamines and interstate drug trafficking. Warrants are expected to be issued for as many as a dozen or more other suspects involved with the drug operation.
“When I ran for office in 2008, I promised if elected, I would make every effort to eradicate the drug traffic and child predators in Canadian County, in order to do that sometimes we have to travel out of county and occasionally out of state to prosecute those who are responsible for those crimes against the citizens of Canadian County. I am proud that Canadian County sheriff’s deputies hold state and federal commissions through various task forces that allow us to hold those who perpetrate crimes in Canadian County responsible for those crimes, regardless of where they are,” Edwards said.
Both suspects were arraigned before a United States Federal judge on Federal drug trafficking charges Wednesday morning.
Winning a state championship in high school sports is hard enough when you have a team that is full of seniors who have been there and done that, but when you have seven freshmen that contribute in a major way, it’s darn near impossible.
Mustang softball accomplished that this fall when the Lady Broncos won the 2014 Class 6A Softball State Championship with seven freshmen on the final roster who played important roles during the state title run.
Of course, when you have senior leaders like star pitcher and All-State player Jayden Chestnut, shortstop and All-State player Caisey Jones, outfielder and All-Conference player Hailee Milburn, catcher Jackie Kelm and juniors All-Conference and All-District first baseman Lexi Vargas and utility player Brooklyn Sparkman, along with All-State coach Bryan Howard, it makes getting those freshmen to buy into the system a lot easier, but none the less still very impressive.
It’s hard enough being the lead-off hitter in any lineup at any age, but being the lead-off hitter from day one as a freshman for one of the premier softball programs in the state of Oklahoma is a daunting task, but Kaitlyn Thomas handled it like a seasoned veteran.
Thomas was the spark that got the offensive engine going for Howard and his Lady Broncos every time they took the field. Thomas also started every game in right field for Mustang.
The left-handed Thomas had a batting average of .446 this year and led the team in hits with 62 and five triples. She also added one home run this season.
“It was hard at first being the lead-off hitter, but I learned that everyone had my back no matter what so that made it easier,” Thomas said. “I felt like by the end of the year no one was worried about how old or young any of us were. Coach Howard just told us, it doesn’t matter how old you are, it’s all about who can get the job done.”
Zoe Jones was another freshman that started every game this season for the Bronco girls. Jones started at second base and by the end of the year was the three-hole hitter in Howard’s lineup.
Jones finished the year with a batting average of .368 with 43 hits and six home runs, which led the team. Perhaps the biggest hit of her young career so far came in the state championship game when MHS was trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jones cranked a solo home run over the left-field wall that tied the game and led the comeback that would bring Mustang the gold ball.
“In the beginning of the year, I was nervous because I was a freshman starting,” Jones said. “As the year went on, I got used to playing with everyone and trusting everyone on the field. I learned how to trust myself more by the end of the season in tight situations.”
Audrie Morrison was another freshman who saw action in every game this season for the Lady Broncos. Morrison spent most of her time commanding the outfield as the center fielder for Howard’s defense, but also filled in at shortstop when required and played admirably there as well.
Morrison was up and down in the battling lineup this year for Mustang, but when she was hot at the plate, she was hot. Morrison had an average of .381 with 40 hits and 14 RBIs in 2014.
“I was really nervous at first about playing center field, but it got easier and easier as the season went on because of the people I had out there with me,” Morrison said. “I learned not to get so down on myself in situations this year. I learned to be more confident in myself.”
Karis Clark spent most of her freshman season playing third base for Howard and the Lady Broncos. She was a constant in the batting lineup and came up with clutch hits throughout the year in the state title run.
However, none were bigger than the bottom of the eighth inning in the state championship game when Clark hit a towering shot over the center fielder’s head, scoring the game-winning run from third base to win the state championship.
Clark finished the year with a batting average of .289 with 24 hits and 23 RBIs and three home runs.
Kylie Dodson would have started in the circle for probably every other school in the state of Oklahoma, but with All-American Jayden Chestnut in her senior year, Dodson had to wait her turn, but she had several opportunities to show what she was all about throughout the year.
Dodson finished the season with a record of 11-1 with 75 strikeouts and 17 walks with an ERA of 1.9 in 77.1 innings pitched.
Dodson will also be a major part of the middle of the lineup in the coming years for Lady Broncos softball. Losing a player like Chestnut would devastate a lot of high school softball teams, but with Dodson filling the void, Mustang softball is in good hands.
“I see what Jayden has done over the past several years, and yeah, I want to be like her, but as the year went on, I had to be my own person, but I definitely learned a lot from her,” Dodson said. “I learned how to be calmer in tough situations. Jayden taught me that.”
Zi Archer was the type of player as a freshman that coaches love. Archer played a position that was already taken by a senior, but she was crucial to the championship run with her pinch-running ability and her support from the dugout.
Archer got the chance to make several starts at the left field position when senior Hailee Milburn was out with an injury for several games, and she more than held her own.
With Chestnut and catcher Jackie Kelm in the middle of the lineup and getting on base as much as they did, it was important for Howard to find several solid pinch runners he could call on at any moment and come in ready to score a run.
Archer was one of those players for Howard. She scored 19 runs this season for the Broncos.
“I would just tell myself I had to be smart and not run like a freshman like everyone else tells me to,” Archer said. “I definitely learned a lot from my older teammates this year. I learned not to be nervous in tight situations and have fun and play your best.”
Jayce Pontikos is the seventh freshman that was on the final roster for Howard and the Mustang softball team. Pontikos got the call up midway through the year as a reserve outfielder.
Ponitkos never actually saw varsity action on the field in 2014, but she made her impact felt as a supporter for her fellow freshmen and the rest of her teammates during their title run.
Pontikos utilized that time wisely and learned from not only the older players but her fellow classmates as well.
“Getting called up to varsity halfway through the year and getting the experience of being a part of a state championship makes me even more excited for next year because I know that if I work hard enough I will have the chance to start,” Pontikos said. “I learned a lot, especially from our seniors this year, especially Jackie (Kelm). She taught me how to really work for my position next year, and I’m just going to keep that in my mind going into next season.”
Yes, Mustang is going to lose great players in Chestnut, Kelm, Milburn and Caisey Jones, but with these freshmen coming back and Lexi Vargas and Brooklyn Sparkman leading the way, Mustang softball will not be a one-hit wonder when it comes to winning state championships.
Mustang will look to close its regular season on a high note at 7 p.m. Friday on senior night at Bronco Stadium against Moore.
The Broncos have already clinched the No.3 seed in the district and their first-round playoff game is already set, as they will travel to Broken Arrow to take on the Tigers in the quarterfinal round next week.
Despite the regular-season finale not affecting the playoff race, the Broncos still want to go into the postseason with a good taste in their mouth after dropping heart-breakers to Owasso and Tulsa Union the past two weeks.
“We want to play a good, clean football game on Friday night,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “We definitely do not want to go into the playoffs with three losses in a row.”
The Broncos enter the game with an overall record of 6-3 and a district mark of 4-2, while the Lions are 0-9 and 0-6 in district play.
In their most recent game, Mustang let a 12-point fourth quarter lead against No.1 Union slip away as they fell 30-24 to the Redskins last week.
Moore shocked the state last week, as they took Norman North to the brink of what was supposed to be a blowout for the Timberwolves. The Lions held a lead against the T-Wolves until the fourth quarter when Norman North came back to defeat Moore 30-27.
The Broncos have had a consistent season in 2014 as they started with a 41-14 beating of rival Yukon on the road. They followed that with a disappointing 35-26 home loss to Stillwater. In week three, they got back to the winning side of the scoreboard with a 57-37 drubbing of Edmond Memorial at UCO.
In week four, they returned to UCO for their first district game of the season, taking out Edmond North 34-20. Week five of the season was homecoming night for Mustang High School and the Broncos took care of business against Putnam City North 46-0.
Mustang hit the road again in week six, as they went down to Norman and hammered Norman North 41-27. In week seven, Southmoore came into Bronco Stadium and gave MHS everything they wanted, but Mustang held on for the 7-3 win, and in week eight, the Broncos suffered a stinging loss at Owasso 28-24.
Offensively, the Broncos are averaging 33.1 points per game this season and are averaging 446.2 yards per game. Mustang is passing for an average of 244.7 yards and rushing for an average of 201.6 yards per outing.
Defensively, Mustang is allowing 21.9 points per game on average and an average of 282.9 yards per game. Opponents are passing for an average of 173.3 yards and rushing for an average of 109.6 yards per outing.
For Moore, 2014 has been a season to forget. The Lions opened the season with a 49-20 loss to rival Westmoore. They then dropped a 49-21 contest to Edmond Santa Fe. In week three, Norman defeated Moore 43-3.
In week four, the Lions took on Southmoore and fell 41-26 to the Sabercats. Edmond North was next in line to beat Moore, as they defeated the Lions 42-7.
Moore traveled to Owasso in week six and suffered a 66-9 drubbing. In week seven, they nearly got their first win of the season with a 29-26 loss at the hands of Putnam City North, and against Union in week eight, the Lions fell to the Redskins 66-3.
Offensively, Moore is averaging 15.4 points per game and averaging 274.4 yards, including 200.8 passing yards and 73.7 rushing yards per outing.
Defensively, the Lions are allowing 45.8 points per game on average and are allowing an average of 419.4 yards per game to their opponents. Teams are rushing for 242.9 yards and passing for 176.6 yards per outing against their defense.
“They have our attention, but playing well and ending the regular season strong has our attention as well,” Dombek said. “If we play our game and play smart, we will be just fine.”
Mustang senior Lance Frost stole the show for the Broncos cross country teams at the 6A State Championships last Saturday with a fourth-place overall finish.
Frost finished with a time of 15:56.7 in the three-mile race. The MHS senior was 36.7 seconds behind the state champion, Ben Barrett of Norman North, who had a time of 15:20.0.
“It’s amazing breaking the 16-minute mark,” Frost said. “I was hoping to place in the top five at state and make All-State, but to accomplish those things is a great feeling. It’s an honor to be up there with some of the best runners in Mustang history.”
Lady Bronco senior Kyra Fuller finished her impressive cross country career at Mustang High School with a 17th-place finish in the girls race with a time of 19:44.0. The first-place winner on the girls side of the course was Cheyenne Walden of Sand Springs, who ran a 17:56.3.
Both the Mustang boys and girls teams finished 11th overall in the team standings.
On the boys side of the course, it was Jenks taking the top spot, followed by Edmond Memorial in second place, Norman North in third place, Bartlesville in fourth place, Norman in fifth place, Owasso in sixth place, Bishop Kelley in seventh place, Westmoore in eighth place, Yukon in ninth place, Broken Arrow in 10th place, Edmond Santa Fe in 12th place, Stillwater in 13th place and U.S. Grant in 14th place.
Alex Fischer recorded a 54th-place finish with a time of 17:28.0. Josh Griffin took 55th place with a time of 17:30.6. Mark Drexel placed 61st with a time of 17:39.1.
Martin Gonzalez took 78th place with a time of 18:07.6. Skyler Wade finished in 79th place with a time of 18:08.8, and Ashleigh Ruttman placed 84th overall with a time of 18:26.9.
On the girls side of the course, it was Bartlesville taking the top spot, followed by Norman in second place, Jenks in third place, Owasso in fourth place, Norman in fifth place, Edmond Memorial in sixth place, Edmond North in seventh place, Sand Springs in eighth place, Westmoore in ninth place, Enid in 10th place, Broken Arrow in 12th place, Yukon in 13th place and Putnam City North in 14th place.
Jaci Jones earned 39th place with a time of 20:31.6. Aubrey Ruttman took 48th place with a time of 20:47.0 Lauren Grisham placed 63rd with a time of 21:18.7.
Tyler Schwermley finished in 75th place with a time of 22:06.8. Kaylyn Brooks took 87th place with a time of 22:36.8, and Savannah Basco placed 89th with a time of 22:50.2.
“I thought the girls had a really great day,” Mustang coach Mike McGarry said. “We had a lot of young girls on the team this year, so for them to finish strong at state was really good to see. The boys had an older group, so we expected big things from them this year. I thought overall, we had a good year.”
For the second consecutive week, Mustang went into the fourth quarter with a lead against an east-side power, and for the second consecutive week, the Broncos squandered an upset chance.
Fifth-ranked Mustang lost two straight games for the first time this season with a 30-24 loss at home to No.1 ranked Tulsa Union last Friday and fell 6-3 on the year and 4-2 in district play. Union improved to 8-1 on the season and 6-0 in the district.
The Redskins clinched the district title with the win, while the Broncos settle in at the No.3 seed and will have to travel to Broken Arrow in the first round of the 2014 playoffs regardless of what happens this Friday night in the regular season finale against Moore.
“It was like deja vu for us,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “We played well, but we just made too many mistakes as a team down the stretch against a really good football team.”
Even though it’s a loss, Mustang can take away several positives from the game with Union. Other than the Redskins’ season opener against South Lake Carrol in Texas, this was the closest game Tulsa Union has played this season.
“There are a lot of positives you can take away from the past two weeks, but it’s also a little alarming because that is two weeks in a row now we have let two-score leads slip away,” Dombek said.
The 12-point hole the ‘Skins found themselves in against the Broncos was the largest deficit they have faced in 2014.
Mustang earned the two-score lead over the state’s No.1 team with strong second and third quarters. The Broncos outscored Union 24-7 in those two frames behind stout defense and powerful offense.
Tulsa Union turned the tables in the fourth quarter, as they outscored Mustang 18-0 in the final 12 minutes of action.
The Broncos were driving in the final minutes of the game after the Redskins had taken a 30-24 lead, but the hope of a game-winning drive came to a screeching halt as Mustang junior quarterback Chandler Garrett had the ball knocked out of his hands, which was recovered by Union to clinch the six-point victory.
The Broncos finished the game with 325 total yards of offense, including 268 passing yards and 57 rushing yards. MHS totaled 20 first downs and had three turnovers.
The Redskins closed out the night with 300 yards of offense, including 186 yards through the air and 114 yards on the ground. Mustang held UHS to just eight first downs in the game and forced two turnovers from the ‘Skins.
The referees made their presence felt in the game as well, as 27 flags were thrown for a total of 249 yards. Mustang had 12 penalties for 104 yards and Union had 15 penalties for 145 yards.
“It’s tough for either team to get a rhythm going when there are so many penalties being called,” Dombek said. “At first, I was a little upset with our team because we shouldn’t be having that many penalties at this point in the season, but when I saw Union actually had more than us, I realized it was just one of those games.”