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Waiting for a miracle: Mustang man on list for new kidney

By Matt Montgomery

Mustang resident Colin Meeks is waiting on something that holds his life in the balance: a new kidney.

Earlier this year, Meeks was sick but didn’t know what was wrong with him until he found out in March he had renal kidney failure.

“Last February, I went in to the hospital because I thought I was having a heart attack,” Meeks said. “Woke my wife up in the middle of the night, mom and dad came up to watch the kids, and we rushed to the hospital. They were shocked to see me walking in the building with my blood pressure as high as it was.”

Matt Montgomery/Mustang News Mustang resident Colin Meeks looks to the sky last week in front of the Mustang water tower. He is on the waiting list for a new kidney.

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Mustang resident Colin Meeks looks to the sky last week in front of the Mustang water tower. He is on the waiting list for a new kidney.

Meeks said his high blood pressure overtime, “killed” his kidneys.

He eventually saw a few doctors during his two-week stint in the hospital and a couple of them didn’t give him a bright outlook like Dr. Thompson did. He said Dr. Thompson gave him a glimmer of hope, that he could survive this; he just needed to be on the transplant list.

Meeks was released from the hospital and was doing dialysis three days per week, four hours per session. He eventually got a call from the doctor telling him he was done with dialysis and they needed to see him the next day. He said he was ready for some good news, but the doctor told him he was in renal kidney failure and would need a kidney transplant.

“It was a little shocking and a lot to handle,” he said. “I’m 36 years old, I’ve got two young kids. We were right in the middle of basketball season when all of this happened. It was kind of tough missing that kind of stuff.”

Meeks is a youth basketball and baseball coach in Mustang and since he found out he has renal kidney failure, he’s had to give that up for now.

He was placed on the kidney transplant list and all he can do is wait. He is officially on the list, but the wait time is about five years, Meeks said.

However, he is currently seeking a living donor. He said his sisters have signed up to see if they are matches, as well as a few of his close friends. Meeks said if one of them is a match, they will give up one of their kidneys to save his life.

Even though Meeks is going through a life-changing time, and uncertain of the future, his spirits are high and he said he is truly grateful to all of the support from the community of Mustang and from his friends and family.

“It means a lot that people are willing to do that,” he said. “They’re giving up something that they might need later.”

Meeks said he has kept his mouth shut about his condition for a long time because when he got pulled off dialysis, he left it at that.

“I’ve always looked at it like there are always people with a lot more problems than me,” he said. “I don’t like to burden other people with my problems.”

On Nov. 15, there will be a silent auction held for Meeks at Mustang High School. Also, his sister, who owns Orange Leaf in Mustang, is hosting a fundraiser day from noon to 9 p.m., Oct. 21 at her restaurant for her brother.

There will also be a garage sale on Oct. 24 and 25 at 12717 Sw 53rd in Mustang.
Meeks works for the bonds and construction department of the Mustang school district.
He said he actually feels good, aside from the swelling in his ankles.

“I could sit at home and feel sorry for myself, but it’s not going to do anybody any good,” Meeks said.

Mustang’s dominance over Yukon is no mistake

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When it comes to rivalries, Mustang and Yukon are on the top of the list in the state of Oklahoma.

Every time these two Canadian County giants collide in an athletic event, you never know what you are going to get.

In past years, the Broncos and the Millers have done their fair share of winning against each other. Mustang would take down Yukon in one sport, but the Millers would handle the Broncos in another sport.Team One

However, this academic year has seen a complete and utter domination by Mustang over Yukon in every sport thus far.

Yes, we are only in the month of October, but there is no questioning the dominance Mustang has held over its Miller opponents this fall semester.

It all started back in early September when the Mustang cross country team took on Yukon in the annual Mustang/Yukon scrimmage race on the day of the big football game between the two rivals.

With the football game being played in Yukon this year, the cross country race took place on the campus of Yukon High School.

I’m betting the Millers were glad it was just a scrimmage as the Bronco cross country team dismantled the Yukon harriers on both the boys and girls sides of the course.

The race seemed like a stampede of Mustang runners with one Miller runner sprinkled into the mix every now and then.

Following the cross country annihilation of Yukon came the football game everyone in the two communities waits for every year. The annual rivalry game between Mustang and Yukon took place at Miller Stadium.

Looking at the two teams as they warmed up, I knew this one was over before it began. Mustang put the pedal to the metal against the Millers and wouldn’t let up as they went on to crush Yukon 41-14.

The game reminded me of an OU/Texas game where the Sooners are beating the Longhorns so badly, one half of the stadium is completely empty by the fourth quarter. That’s exactly how it was in Miller Stadium that night. The Yukon side of the stadium was bare and the Mustang side was screaming at the top of their lungs until the clock struck zero.

The Mustang volleyball team had a tough year in 2014, but they got one thing right, and that was beating Yukon in both matches they played the Millers this fall. In fact, neither match was close as the Lady Broncos throttled Yukon three games to none both times.

The last time Mustang and Yukon met in an athletic forum was the final game of the regular season for the Lady Broncos softball team and the Millerettes softball team.

This one was also over before it began as Mustang is one of the top teams in the state of Oklahoma. The Broncos run-ruled the Millers in five innings by a score of 11-0, as the Millers couldn’t come close to touching Mustang’s all-star pitcher Jayden Chestnut.

Fireworks erupted early in the game when the Yukon pitcher beaned Chestnut in the ear-hole of her helmet in the first inning. I’m not saying it was on purpose, but after learning what this rivalry is all about, I’m not saying it wasn’t on purpose either.

Chestnut responded with a piercing look in her eyes, as she would dominate the rest of the game, both in the circle and in the batter’s box.

So now the question becomes, what is behind the domination Mustang has enjoyed over Yukon this year?

Yukon seems to think that just because you build “really nice” facilities, you will win big, but unfortunately for the Millers, it takes more than deep pockets to win in high school sports.

Right now, Mustang has the better coaches and the better athletes across the board. They have an administration that understands the importance of athletics and what it takes to be successful on the athletic field.

I know things can change in a hurry, especially when you are talking about high school sports, but right now, Mustang is head and shoulders above Yukon when it comes to athletics.

Family atmosphere leads Lady Broncos into state tournament

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Mustang softball is no stranger to success, as they are one of the top athletic programs not only at Mustang High School, but in the entire state.

The Lady Broncos are used to winning their regional and qualifying for the state tournament, but they have never gotten over the hump and won a state title, despite having some of the best players in the state year-in and year-out.website commentary new.qxd

Mustang continued that strong tradition of being one of the top teams in Oklahoma and hosting and winning their regional and qualifying for the state tournament, but this year the seniors say this is the first time they feel like they can actually bring home the state championship.

“We are a family this year,” Mustang senior pitcher Jayden Chestnut said. “Everyone likes each other and we all like being around one another. We actually hang out and do things together outside of softball, where in the past, that wouldn’t happen. We tried, but it never happened.”

So what is the difference between this year and all of the years before for the Mustang softball program?

A new coaching regime has come to Lady Broncos softball and completely changed the atmosphere of the program.

Bryan Howard is in his first year on the job as the head coach for Mustang softball. Howard is no stranger to winning state championships, as he has stood at the top of the mountain with his previous school, Washington High School in Washington, Okla.

“This senior class has bought in to what I want out of our players,” Howard said. “That’s one of the things that makes this group so special. Without the blessing from our seniors, it would be very hard to get the younger girls to buy into my system. I’m very thankful for them.”

Several of those changes include summer workouts and summer games as a team that helped start the process of team bonding, following by weekend practices during the season when they didn’t have games.

“We have been around each other a lot more,” Chestnut said. “Coach Howard has changed the attitude of this program. We all look forward to coming to softball every day. It doesn’t matter if it’s practice or a game, we all love coming here, because we are having fun. We are working harder than we ever have, but we are having fun.”

This senior class is no stranger to winning softball games. They have a record of 114-34 in the four years. They have been to the state tournament every year. They have had two semifinal appearances and one quarterfinal appearance.

Senior shortstop Caisey Jones said it’s time to bring a state title to Mustang.

“This is the best chance we have ever had to win it all because we have really good chemistry as a team,” she said. “We are all really close and like playing together, so that is going to make a difference this year in the state tournament.”

Mustang will open up state tournament play at 3 p.m. today in Shawnee against Tulsa Union. All of the state tournament games will take place at the Ballfields at Firelake at 18160 Rangeline Road.

The state tournament is single-elimination, so the Lady Broncos must win to stay alive for the title. If they win today, they will return to action at 2 p.m. Friday, and if they win the semifinal game, they will play in the state championship game at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The other two teams on their side of the bracket are Southmoore and Owasso. On the other side of the bracket are Edmond North, Broken Arrow, Choctaw and Westmoore.

Just because they have better chemistry and are playing well as a team doesn’t guarantee them a state title. Senior outfielder Hailey Milburn said they have to play mistake-free softball.

“We all have to do our jobs,” Milburn said. “If we go out there and play the way we are capable of playing, I feel like we will win, but we have to play well in every area.”

Broncos leery of “trap” game with Southmoore

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Mustang will face the definition of a “trap” game at 7 p.m. Friday when the Broncos host Southmoore at Bronco Stadium.

The Sabercats come into the game with a 1-5 record and a 1-2 mark in district play and are coached by Jeremy Stark. The Broncos are sitting at 5-1 and 3-0 in the district through six games.website commentary new.qxd

Even though Southmoore has a poor record, they have given good teams tough games this season. The Sabercats took on Edmond Memorial in week one and fell to the Bulldogs 20-0. In week two, they fell to Westmoore 20-7. In their third game they dropped a close contest at Edmond Santa Fe 34-28.

“We fully expect a battle on Friday night,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “They are a good, talented, well-coached football team. They have given some really good teams tough times this year, so we know they will be ready to play.”

Southmoore got its first victory of the year in week four against Moore with a 41-26 win. They dropped their fifth game of the season with a 13-9 loss to second-ranked Owasso, and last week they stayed close with top-ranked Tulsa Union through the first half, but allowed the Redskins to pull away in the second half to lose 51-21.

“Anytime you can play Owasso within four points at their place and be neck-and-neck with Union through the first half, you have a chance to compete with anyone on any night,” Dombek said. “We are definitely not looking ahead to the next few weeks. Southmoore has our full attention.”

The Sabercats are averaging 17 points per game this season, while averaging 256.6 total yards per game. They are averaging 162.8 rushing yards per contest and 93.8 passing yards.

Defensively, SM is giving up 22.6 points per game and allowing 319.8 yards per game on average. Teams are rushing for 162 yards per contest on the Sabercats and passing for 157.8 yards.

Mustang comes into the matchup with Southmoore after defeating Yukon 41-14 in week one, falling to Stillwater 35-26 in week two, taking out Edmond Memorial 57-37 in week three, beating Edmond Memorial 34-20 in week four, throttling Putnam City North 46-0 in week five and coming back to defeat Norman North 41-27 last week.

The Broncos are averaging 40.5 points per game this year, while averaging 491.3 total yards per contest. Mustang is rushing for an average of 229.5 yards per game and passing for an average of 261.8 yards per contest.

MHS is allowing 22.5 points per game this season, while allowing opponents 311.5 total yards per game, including 121.7 rush yards and 189.8 pass yards per game.

“I like the way we are playing right now,” Dombek said. “But we have to keep improving. We got off to a bad start last week, so we need to be better coming out of the gate. I think our balance offensively is good right now, and we are getting good play out of our defense. But we can still be a lot better.”

Broncos overcome slow start against Norman North, win by two touchdowns

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For the first 12 minutes of the game last week, it looked like Norman North was going to have an easy time against Mustang, but the Broncos had different plans the next three quarters.

Mustang improved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in district play with a 41-27 victory at Norman North on Oct. 9. The Timberwolves fell to 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the district with the loss, making it their fourth defeat in a row.website commentary new.qxd

It looked like the game was going to go in favor of Norman North in the first quarter, as the T-wolves took their first three drives of the game for touchdowns against the Bronco defense. Mustang was able to muster one score in the opening frame on a 48-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Chandler Garrett to junior receiver Dylan Doran.

However, that’s all MHS would get as NN led 20-7 after one quarter of play.

The Broncos turned the tide in the second quarter as they put 21 points on the scoreboard compared to Norman North’s zero.

One of the three touchdowns scored in the second frame came on an interception and return for a score by senior linebacker Cutter Smith, who has battled injuries this season.

Mustang led 28-20 at halftime.

“We settled down and started playing,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “We’re capable of playing that well. You look at us out there and see Norman North just towering over us. All our guys look like they’re about 5-10 and 180 pounds. But we’re strong and we’re fast.”

Neither team put a point on the board in the third quarter, as both defenses were stout against the high-powered offenses. Both teams got on the scoreboard in the fourth and final quarter of the game, as the Broncos put up 13 points compared to Norman North’s seven.

“We came out flat again,” Dombek said. “All but one game this year, we’ve started like that. I don’t know what it is. Maybe we need to have a little more fun with the guys so they’ll come out and loosen up early.”

Mustang finished the game with 17 total first downs offensively and 313 total offensive yards. The Broncos rushed for 165 yards and passed for 148 yards in the contest. They had zero turnovers, but had 10 penalties for 51 yards.

Garrett finished the night with 148 yards passing on 14 completions out of 28 attempts. The junior QB had two passing touchdowns and one rushing in the game.

Senior running back Chase Brown carried the ball 28 times for 193 yards and three touchdowns against the Timberwolves.

Senior receiver David Parker joined Doran with a touchdown catch of his own that went 65 yards in the fourth quarter, sealing the win for MHS.

Sophomore defensive back Carter Rees had two interceptions in the game for Mustang.

The Bronco defense allowed Norman North 16 first downs in the game, while allowing 392 yards of total offense. The T-wolves rushed for 150 yards and passed for 242 yards. NN had two turnovers and were penalized seven times for 56 yards.

Lady Broncos win regional title on home turf

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In high school softball, regional tournaments can always be a scary couple of days for teams that are expected to make it to the state tournament.

A lot of host teams that are favored to win their regional get upset by a team that is playing well or a team that gets the ball to bounce its way in close games.website commentary new.qxd

The Lady Broncos softball team did not allow those things to happen last week as they won all three of their regional games to capture a regional championship on their home field.

“I thought we played really well as a team,” Mustang coach Bryan Howard said. “We got really good pitching performances out of Jayden (Chestnut) and Kylie (Dodson). Our defense was really solid. I thought we took awhile to get going offensively in all three games, but we got timely hits when we needed them.”

Mustang played its regional tournament  Oct. 7 and 8. They were the No.1 seed in the event, with Edmond Memorial as the No.2 seed, Norman as the No.3 seed and Lawton as the No.4 seed.

The Bronco girls took on Lawton in game one Oct. 7. Despite a slow start offensively, Mustang finished the game strong with an 8-0 win over the Lady Wolverines. Freshman pitcher Kylie Dodson was in the circle for MHS in the first win.

Edmond Memorial took on Norman in game two of the day, which saw the Lady Bulldogs defeating the Lady Tigers to set up the winners bracket matchup with Mustang later that night.

Before the Memorial-Mustang contest took place, the elimination game of Norman vs. Lawton was played with the Tiger girls winning the game and sending the Wolverines home after two games.

Mustang senior pitcher Jayden Chestnut got the start in the circle for the Lady Broncos in the winners bracket game against Edmond Memorial. The contest was evenly matched as both pitchers dominated the game.

It was scoreless through the fifth inning, but Mustang put one run on the board in the sixth inning and held Memorial scoreless in the final two frames to go on and win 1-0.

The Lady Broncos victory put them in the driver’s seat to win the regional as they had to be beaten twice by the winner of the Norman-Edmond Memorial elimination game, which was played at noon Oct. 8.

The Lady Tigers shocked the Lady Bulldogs and defeated Edmond Memorial, sending them home for the year.

Norman had to beat Mustang twice to advance to the state tournament with the Lady Broncos having to win only once.

The Bronco girls had defeated the Tigers twice this season and Mustang would go on to make it three-in-a-row with a 6-2 victory in the regional championship, with Chestnut getting the W in the circle.

The three wins from the Lady Broncos gives them a record of 33-4 going into the state tournament, which begins today in Shawnee.

“Regionals can be scary because crazy things happen in regionals all the time,” Howard said. “I thought we handled it well as a team, especially our young girls. It was good for them to get their first taste of postseason action.”

Volleyball season comes to an end

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Mustang’s volleyball team saw its season come to an end Oct. 9 at Norman North with a three games to one loss to Moore.

The Lady Broncos competed in the Norman North regional as the No.3 seed with Moore being the No.2 seed. NN was the No.1 seed and Lawton was the No.4 seed.

Mustang finished with a record of 13-18 this season. The Bronco girls started the year at 5-2, but closed with a record of 8-16.

The highlight of the Mustang season was two victories, three games to none, over rival Yukon.

The Lady Broncos have four seniors that played their final match of their Mustang careers against Moore. Lesley Barnes, Emma Hudson, Heidi McDaniel and Reagan McNeil are set to graduate from Mustang High School in May.

City council approves employee benefit ordinance

By Matt Montgomery
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The Mustang city council voted to approve an agenda item Tuesday, amending the Employee Retirement System and Defined benefit Plan of the City of Mustang.

The ordinance the council approved also called for a new definition of spouse. And with the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this week, allowing several states to temporarily grant marriage licenses to same sex couples, including Oklahoma, several members of the city council, during the discussion portion of this agenda item, made it clear they didn’t agree with the Supreme Court’s decision. However, the agenda item they passed Tuesday didn’t address that issue, but rather the issue of retirement and benefits for city employees.

The new ordinance focuses on the Windsor Agreement, which is a component of federal law. In order for the City of Mustang to be in compliance with the Internal Revenue Service, a recommendation was made by city staff to pass the ordinance. The agreement specifically applies to distribution and rollover rules for city employees.

According to Jodi Cox, director of the Oklahoma Municipal Retirement Fund, the Windsor Amendment made to the OMRF, the new definition of spouse, for federal tax purposes, will be defined as same sex if the individuals were lawfully married under a state with laws to validate, authorize and recognize same-sex marriages. See letter to city here.

According to the Mustang city attorney, the U.S. vs. Windsor case dealt with a same-sex couple that lived in New York. When the first spouse passed away, the second spouse tried to claim the exemption, but was denied that right because of the Defense of Marriage Act. The Supreme Court overturned the state’s decision to deny them that right and that spouse was allowed the exemption.

If the council had voted to not approve the agenda item, city employees such as fire fighters, police officers and all other city employees’ retirement plans would become taxable after Dec. 31. They are not taxable right now.

And with Tuesday night’s approval of the agenda item, they will not become taxable.

Mustang City Councilwoman Linda Bowers, Ward 3, voted “no” on the agenda item.

She said during the discussion period before casting her vote, if the council votes “no,” city employees will be taxed.

“We have to make a decision for or against what God’s word says,” Bowers said. “That plays a huge part in my decision. I’m going to have to stand before a living God and report everything that I’ve done. This is important for me to stay true to God. It doesn’t matter about the taxes for me. God can provide whatever money we need.”

Some of the other council members voted to approve, but with protest. A with protest “yes” vote is still considered a “yes” vote, but essentially means that council member may not agree with it personally.

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Canyon Ridge student wins fire prevention poster contest

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Canyon Ridge Intermediate students Bethany Hutto, Ella Emillio, Lily Dilbeck, Paige Gulley and Maya Beesley join Mustang Fire Cheif Carl Hickman and fire department representative Eric Halter to show off their posters they won trophies for during the Fire Prevention Month Poster Contest held by the fire department.

 By Matt Montgomery

editor@mustangnews.info

Several students from local schools participated in a poster contest for Fire Prevention Month, in which they had the opportunity to learn a few things about fire safety while having fun drawing.

Canyon Ridge Intermediate students had five of the top 10 poster contest winners. The top five from Canyon Ridge were Bethany Hutto, first place, Ella Emillio, third place, Lily Dilbeck, fourth place, Paige Gulley, fifth place and Maya Beesley, 10th place.

Canyon Ridge art teacher Nancy Matheson, who worked with the kids on the posters, said the students really enjoyed learning about fire safety and using art to do so.

“The kids loved designing the posters,” she said. “They took them (posters) home with them so they could focus on it. Sometimes they work better when it’s quiet at home.”

The most prominent was the smoke detector.

Mustang Fire Chief Carl Hickman said it is important to reach students at the elementary age to teach them about fire safety and how smoke detectors work.

“We know the younger we can instill in people’s minds the fire safety messages they need to know, then the easier it is to keep it in their minds,” Hickman said. “This is the perfect age to address those safety issues. Also, those kids are going to go home and pressure mom and dad to do what they were taught that day at school. It’s a good age for us to get in and spread that message to them.”