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Bids awarded for new baseball, softball facility

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By Daniel Lapham,

Plans for Mustang’s new indoor baseball and softball practice facility are moving forward after the Mustang Board of Education recently approved a bid that will allow Timberlake Construction to move forward.

After much discussion on the plans and alternates to the plans, the board approved the bid for a 91-foot by 95-foot multi-use facility. The building is a part of the $1.225 million bond issue approved by voters in February.

‘I just want to see the most utilization of the space we are getting for the money,” said Board President Chad Fulton. “Could we have gotten more space with a metal building for the same price?”

The approved bid is for a concrete block building with a brick façade on visible parts of the building that will match the current football and other athletic facilities.

“We could not have gotten a bigger space for the money with a metal building, because once you dress up the exterior it is going to actually cost more,” said a representative for Timberlake Construction. “What we are proposing is comparable to Edmond North.”

School Staff gave an update on the two other bond projects approved earlier in the year. Bids are expected to be in for the new ROTC facility in October and surveys are being done to determine what size ag. barn will meet the district’s needs.

In other business the meeting began with awarding the “Enthusiasm Award” to students in each grade who embody the character trait of enthusiasm.

OSU handles UTSA, heads into off week

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By Glen Miller,

STILLWATER – Ashton Lampkin’s 50-yard interception return for a touchdown as time expired capped off a 16-0 run in the fourth period by Oklahoma State as the Cowboys defeated the University of Texas San Antonio, 43-13.

The victory moved the Cowboys to 2-1 on the season heading into an off week before opening Big 12 Conference play on Thursday, Sept. 25 at home against Texas Tech.

A surprising upstart Roadrunners team scored 10 points late in the third period and early into the fourth to close the gap to 27-13.

However, OSU put together a five-play scoring drive aided by a 43-yard hook up between quarterback Daxx Garman and Marcell Ateman. Two plays later, Mustang native David Glidden caught a 22-yard pass down to the UTSA 1-yard line.

Desmond Roland then capped the drive with a 1-yard run.

The Cowboys followed that drive with a 13-play effort which culminated in a 20-yard field goal by Ben Grogan with under a minute to play.

OSU trailed only once in the game at 7-3 before going ahead for good on a 1-yard Roland touchdown run int eh first period. The Cowboys reeled off 20 straight points, getting touchdown throws of 18 and 33 yards from Garman and field goals of 24 and 47 yards from Grogan.

Oklahoma State closed the game with 477 yards of total offense on 79 plays, with Garman completing 16-of-30 passes for 315 yards. One of those completions was a 36-yard strike to Glidden to help set up a score for the Cowboys .

Glidden had the two catches for 58 yards and was the third leading receiver behind Ateman’s four catches for 70 yards and Jhajuan Seales’ 75 yards on two grabs.

Roland rushed for 95 yards and two scores to pace the OSU ground game, which logged 162 yards on 49 carries. Rennie Childs added 44 yards on 13 totes.

The Cowboys defense held UTSA to 206 yards of total offense, 133 of which came through the air. The Roadrunners were held to 73 yards rushing of 35 carries.

Bronco harriers compete in OK-Runner

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Mustang harriers competed in the OK-Runner meet in Norman last Friday afternoon, with the girls taking 10th overall and the boys finishing ninth.

The Bronco girls had 218 points, while the boys finished with 228 total points. The winning team on the girls side was Jenks with 58 total points and Edmond Memorial on the boys side with 79 points.website commentary new.qxd

Here are the individual results from the girls side of the course:

Kyra Fuller had the fastest time for the MHS girls with a sixth-place finish and a time of 19:42. Jaci Jones took 45th place overall with a time of 21:40. Lauren Grisham came in at 51st place with a time of 21:55.

Tyler Schwermley finished the race with a 21:57, which was good enough for 52nd place. Kaylyn Brooks took 64th place with a time of 22:28. Tanner Adams finished 65th overall with a time of 22:30, and Savannah Vasco placed 69th overall with a time of 22:41.

The first-place girl of the day was Norman North’s Isabella Rose, who ran an 18:48.

Here are the results from the boys side of the course:

Lance Frost claimed top honors for Mustang with a ninth-place finish and a time of 16:41. Skyler Wade took 34th place overall with a time of 17:40. Mark Drexel finished 45th overall with a time of 17:53.

Martin Gonzales took 64th place with a time of 18:15. Ben Brackett placed 76th overall with a time of 18:25. Alex Fischer finished 91st overall with a time of 18:44. Ashleigh Ruttman placed 109th overall with a time of 19:12.

The overall boys winner was Norman North’s Ben Barrett with a time of 15:37.

The Bronco harriers return to action at 9:30 a.m. Saturday as they travel to Shawnee to compete in the OBU Invitational.

Mustang 4-H and FFA host ice cream social

Mustang FFA & 4-H group picture, Mustang FFA Officers Left to right-Mike Higgins, Clayton Good, Emily Johnson, Darci DeVous, and Dalton Good, at Ice Cream Social 2014

By Rachel Brocklehurst,

The Mustang 4-H Livestock Club and FFA had an ice cream social Tuesday evening at the Pavilion at Wild Horse Park.

“Not only do I love being around the kids, their parents, but I love watching the kids grow and excel as well,” said FFA teacher Randy Harris. Harris has been the FFA teacher for 34 years. Danny Griffin also instructs the program.

“The students are involved in a number of activities through the FFA,” said Harris. “We have everything from parliamentary procedure to Quiz Bowl contests to speeches.”

Showing livestock is a big part of FFA.

“The students are able to show sheep, swine, cattle and goats,” Harris said. He added that the teachers not only help the students select their animal, they also help with purchasing the animal.

Students have to be enrolled in Ag education classes before they can join the FFA.

“The FFA is an extension of class and it’s helped students gain scholarships to major universities,” said Harris. “We teach more leadership skills now than in the past and the students are able to take what they’ve learned in the classroom and apply those aspects to their show animals.”

Mustang’s 4-H Livestock Club has been running for more than 30 years.

“I love seeing the kids grow in general, but I also like it that their public speaking skills improve when they’re in 4-H as well,” said 4-H principal Jeanne Devous.

Devous has been involved with the 4-H for nine years. Like the FFA, the 4-H also does speeches, livestock judging and livestock showing, along with multiple robotic workshops.

“Students can also learn cooking and sewing,” said first-year 4-H educator Summer Riggins. “The 4-H Livestock Club is more than just livestock. I’ve only been here one year, but I’ve already noticed how helpful 4-H is for bringing students out of their shell,” she said.

“Most students start showing in the 4-H Club and are able to develop interview skills,” said Devous. “The 4-H Club has a day for presentations and interviews.”

Students can be in both 4-H and FFA. Cloverbuds 4-H start out at ages 4 to 8 and 4-H ages are 9 to 19. For more information on Mustang’s 4-H Club, call 262-0155.

Volleyball squad goes 4-2 in Southmoore tourney

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Mustang Lady Broncos volleyball team had a roller-coaster week last week, as the girls won four matches but lost four.

The Bronco girls dropped their two dual matches of the week. The first was at Norman on Sept. 9 where Mustang fell three games to one to the Lady Tigers. The second came two days later on Sept. 11 where they fell three games to none at home against Norman North.website commentary new.qxd

The Lady Broncos competed in the Southmoore Softball Festival last Friday and Saturday. They had a record of 4-2 in the two-day event.

The Broncos’ first match was last Friday against Piedmont, which they won two games to none. In its second match of the day, MHS fell to Elgin two games to one, and in the third contest of the day, they took down Lawton Ike two games to none.

Mustang opened up Saturday in the Southmoore tournament against rival Yukon. The match went the Lady Broncos way, as they beat the Lady Millers three games to none. Mustang got its second win of the day as it took out Norman three games to one. MHS’ only loss of the second day of the event came in its final match of the tournament, three games to none against Elgin.

The week leaves the Lady Broncos with an 11-12 overall record this year.

Mustang has two dual matches this week. The Lady Broncos took on Edmond Memorial on Monday evening on the road, and they host Stillwater at 6 p.m. tonight at the Wellness Center at Mustang High School.

Thomas J. Beason

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Thomas J. Beason, 88, died Friday, Sept. 5. Mr. Beason was born June 19, 1926, in London, Ark., to Alonzo and Ora Beason. He was the last of 10 children to be born and the last of the 10 to die. He grew up in the Rockport, Ark., area and was a longtime resident of Mustang. He served in the horse cavalry of the U.S. Army during World War II. After the Army, he worked as a truck driver for TransCon.

In 1947 he married Peggy Taylor and spent the next 66 years as a devoted husband. He was a loving father to Brenda and father-in-law to Steve; grandfather to Kristen, Michael and wife, Kristi Ann; and great-grandfather to Madison, Thomas and Noah Merrill, and Khyla Hawkins.

Mr. Beason loved the Lord Jesus, his extended family and many friends (including “man’s best friends,” Audie, Angus and Argyle).

A memorial service will be held in the chapel of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11.

Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.

Delilah Elizabeth Price

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Delilah Elizabeth Price was born in Bethany on June 28, 1936, to Leonard and Laverne Story. Born and raised in Bethany, she attended Putnam City Schools and graduated with the class of 1954. She married Cletus Price on Dec. 23, 1953. Of this union was born four children, Vicki, Diane, Patti and David. Cletus and Delilah moved to Mustang in 1970 where she resided at the time of her death.

Delilah retired from Larry’s Foods after 21 years of service, where everyone knew and loved her. After retiring, Delilah and Cletus traveled extensively, during which they visited all of the lower 48 states, an accomplishment of which they were very proud. Delilah enjoyed traveling to senior softball tournaments around the country with Cletus and spending time with her family.

Delilah was preceded in death by her daughter, Patti, and her parents.  She is survived by her husband, Cletus of the home; daughter, Vicki and husband, Billy Woods of Tuttle; daughter, Diane and husband, Steve Hand of Mustang; and son, David and wife, Rhonda Price of Mustang. Also by six grandchildren, Christy and husband, Brandon Schwalbach of Tuttle, Shanna and husband, Shaun Summa of Mustang, Randy Woods of Tuttle, Jason and wife, Chelsea Price of Yukon, Jeremy and Amber Price of Oklahoma City and Jacey Price of Mustang. Also survived by great-grandchildren, Bailey and Addison Summa of Mustang, Aidan Schwalbach of Tuttle, and by Aubrey Price, due to arrive in December.  Also by sisters, Betty and husband, Mike Bichel of Yukon and Linda and husband, Bob Woods of Oklahoma City; and brother, Jim Story of Little Axe.

Delilah was a member of Chisholm Heights Baptist Church of Mustang.

Services were held Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at Chisholm Heights Baptist Church with interment following in the Yukon Cemetery. Services were under the direction of McNeil’s Funeral Service, Mustang.

Online condolences may be made to www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.

William Philip Palmer

Palmer, William

On Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, William Philip Palmer passed away at OU Children’s Hospital. Will was born in Reno, Nev., on May 17, 2002. While his life was much too short, he shared many wonderful experiences with his family. He lived in Utah for several years, and also in Texas and Oklahoma. He was able to share many different vacations with his family, including Disney Land, trips to Las Vegas, and Comicon in Dallas for his birthday. He also enjoyed camping with grandpa. Will always had the ability to make anybody laugh in any situation. He enjoyed playing Xbox with his brother, and was a natural at wrestling. He enjoyed anything military, and one of his biggest dreams was to join the Marine Corps.

Will is survived by his loving mother, Rachelle Palmer, and stepfather, Marty Noland; his sister, Isabelle Palmer, and twin brother, Charles Palmer of Yukon; grandfathers, William Burrows of St. George, Utah, and Daniel Palmer Jr. of Reno, Nev.

Will had a sense of humor that brightened many people’s lives, and he will be truly missed by everyone who knew him.

Memorial services were Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in The Chapel of The Good Shepherd at McNeil’s Funeral Service, Mustang.

Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.

Brandee Sheree Newby-Hammons

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Brandee Sheree Newby-Hammons, age 37, died at her home in Nicoma Park on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. She was born May 14, 1977, in Oklahoma City to Timothy and Janene Newby. She grew up in South OKC/Moore and attended Moore Schools. She had an associates degree from Connors State College. Brandee enjoyed crafting, making jewelry, camping and fishing. She had a heart for helping women in need. She attended Harmony Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Timothy, and her grandfathers, Gary and Don.

Survivors include her husband, George; her best buddy and furry companion, Mimi; her mother, Janene Kerns and husband, Van; one son, Kiahree Kerns; two stepdaughters, Seaera and Alivia Hammons. Also by one sister, Brookelynne Davidson and husband, Colt; grandmothers, AJ Sivard and Mary Alice Burks and husband, Jess; and three stepsisters, Ashley, Andi and Alexandria Newby.

Services were held Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at Mustang UMC with interment following in the Mustang Cemetery. Services were under the direction of McNeil’s Mustang Funeral Service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Joyful Heart Foundation (joyfulheartfoundation.org) or DaySpring Villa (dayspringvilla.com).

Online condolences may be made at www.mcneilsmustangfs.com.

Jennifer Marie “Jackson” Duvall

Jennifer Marie “Jackson” Duvall, age 37, died on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at her home in Mustang after a sudden illness. Jennifer was born Feb. 19, 1977, in Oklahoma City to Richard T. and Beverly A. (Elliott) Jackson. She grew up in Mustang and was a graduate of Mustang High School and had lived most of her adult life in Mustang. She loved music, movies and crafting, including knitting and doing beadwork. She attended Extreme Church in Mustang.

Jennifer was preceded in death by her father, stepfather and her grandparents.

Survivors include her husband, Chris of the home; two sons, James Adamson of Sterling and Jeremiah Jackson of Mustang; her mother, Beverly Rozniata of Mustang; and two brothers, James Dale Jackson and wife, Lisa of Edmond and Rev. Jerry Jackson and wife, Sheryl of Mustang.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, at Mustang Town Center.