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County officials, energy companies prepare for more production

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By Daniel Lapham,

Canadian County commissioners approved nine permits related to energy exploration and production at their Sept. 22 meeting. And, according to District 1 Commissioner Phil Carson, more permit requests are on the way.

“It looks like a new shale layer could lead to more oil and gas traffic in the county,” Carson said. He encouraged Dist. 3 Commissioner Jack Stewart to begin meeting with energy firms to address infrastructure needs. Much of the energy exploration is taking place in Stewart’s district, which includes the west side of the county.

“Jack, I’d like you to meet and discuss a plan to prepare for this next boom,” Carson said.

Carson said if the projections being made are correct, it would make this area “one of the largest oil and gas fields in the country.” Stewart agreed to begin the discussion to review plans for roads and other county infrastructure that will partner with energy companies.

“We need to figure out something to do about the roads in the area between Highway 281, 164th Street and Highway 270,” Stewart said. “It’s killing me. I don’t have the money to keep up with the roads. It’s just not there.”

Stewart said state Sen. Ron Justice, R-Chickasha, has been keeping commissioners apprised of the energy outlook. And it appears more activity is on the horizon.

“From everything I can understand from the people I’ve talked to in the industry, there is another shale layer that they are looking at,” Justice said. “From what I understand right now, we could see the rigs in the Canadian County area doubling. From what I am hearing, this is just the starting point.”

Stewart compared the current energy boom in sports terms.

“I’ve heard it described as if this were a ballgame and we were asked what inning we are in, the answer would be the game hasn’t even started yet,” Stewart said.

Justice agreed.

“This could be bigger than the Bakkan from what I am hearing,” Justice said, referring to the massive oil play in North Dakota. He said a natural gas processing plant “like what is in Calumet” is being built for Stephens and Grady counties.

“I visited with a pipeline company the other day that is putting in a line in Grady County. These are all planned. The main thing is there seems to be tremendous opportunities all through Canadian County, Grady and all through the south,” Justice said. “When companies are building this kind of infrastructure, you know this is not short-term speculation. I think these infrastructure investments are indicators that we are positioned for growth.”

Despite slow start, Broncos take down Edmond North in first district game

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In sports, it’s rare for a team to be firing on all cylinders every time they take the field.

Mustang experienced that on the gridiron last week with a 34-20 win Sept. 25 against Edmond North at Wantland Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma.website commentary new.qxd

The week prior, the Broncos’ offensive performance was one for the ages, as they put up 57 points and over 700 yards of offense against a team that hadn’t given up a point all season.

In the first part of the game against Edmond North, the Mustang offense was just as bad as it was good the week before.

The mark of a good team, however, is how it handles adversity when it comes its way. The Broncos handled it well.

“The first quarter was bad,” Mustang junior quarterback Chandler Garrett said. “We can’t afford to come out like that when we play teams like Norman North, Owasso or Union. We will work on that in practice.”

The Mustang defense kept the Broncos in the game early and allowed the offense to work out its kinks. Once that happened, MHS seized control of the game.

The Huskies scored two touchdowns in the first quarter, one coming on the first offensive play from scrimmage with a 32-yard touchdown pass, giving them a 7-0 lead.

Mustang’s offense responded after a sluggish start and tied the game on a 37-yard run from senior running back Chase Brown.

Edmond North struck next, as it recovered a Mustang fumble in the end zone to take a 14-7 lead into the second quarter.

The Broncos would answer with two touchdowns in the second frame, keeping the Huskies off the scoreboard.

The two Mustang scores came from Garrett, who connected with senior receiver David Parker for a 21-yard touchdown and junior Bobby Brown for an 11-yard score. MHS led 20-7 at the break.

The Broncos would tack on two more touchdowns in the third quarter to put the game away. Garrett again would strike Edmond North’s defense with his right arm, as he hit junior tight end Bryce Roberts for a 4-yard touchdown pass and then connected with junior receiver Jakolby Long for a 23-yarder.

The Huskies got one more touchdown on the board late in the fourth quarter, but the game was already in hand.

The Broncos finished with 434 yards of offense compared to Edmond North’s 246 yards. Mustang rushed for 191 yards and the Huskies ran for 142 yards. MHS totaled 243 through the air, while ENHS had 104 pass yards.

Both Mustang and Edmond North had three turnovers. The Broncos had two interceptions and a fumble, while the Huskies turnovers were all fumbles.

Mustang was penalized nine times for 50 yards and Edmond North seven times for 50 yards.

Garrett finished the game with 243 yards passing on 18-of-32 with four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Parker had six receptions on the night for 139 yards and one touchdown. Brown finished with 141 yards on the ground and one touchdown.

Woods prepares to hit century mark

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By Daniel Lapham,

On Saturday, five generations of the Woods family will celebrate the 100th birthday of life-long Union City resident Ethel (Ellie) Lillian Woods. The celebration will take place at 2:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall in Union City.

Woods was born Oct. 4, 1914, six miles east of Union City. As the youngest of five, Woods has lived through some of the most memorable decades in our nation’s history, and although she said she remembers much of it, it’s the present that continues to drive her to live life to its fullest.

“I just live in the now,” she said. “I bake bread and give it away to my neighbors, I walk to church every week and I play cards with my friends.”

When asked how she has stayed so happy and healthy in her 100 years in Union City, the petite 5-foot, silver-haired great-great-grandmother said she works out, eats healthy foods and just tries to have fun every day.

“It’s just about staying busy, eating right and working hard,” she said. “I raised seven kids, one girl and six boys. I worked with my husband, Robert, on the dairy farm and after the children were grown I worked as a cook for 14 or 15 years.”

Ellie’s family came to Oklahoma as homesteaders in the early 1900s as did her late husband’s family, settling in Union City in 1911. The couple married in 1933 and now Woods stands at the roots of a tree that spans five generations. She has 22 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 15-great-great-grandchildren, with two more on the way.

“She went in for her check-up the other day and her doctor told us if all of his patients were as healthy as her, he’d be out of a job,” said Janice Woods, Ellie Woods’ daughter-in-law. “We just got her driver’s license renewed for her 100th birthday last week.”

The family matriarch said she just enjoys every day as it comes and enjoys the simple things in life.

“I have a good time with the girls,” she said about playing cards. “I can still drive if I want to, but I’d rather walk and stay active.”

The birthday party is an open invitation to anyone who has known Woods throughout the years.

Lady Broncos stay strong as postseason nears

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Mustang’s softball team improved to 27-4 this season with a 3-0 mark last week.

The Bronco girls started the week off with two road games. The first was Sept. 22 with a district road trip to Norman to take on the Lady Tigers. MHS took down NHS by a score of 11-0 in a five-inning run-rule. The second road game was at Choctaw with Mustang defeating the Yellowjackets 5-1.website commentary new.qxd

Last Friday, the Bronco girls competed in the Yukon Festival with one game against in-county opponent El Reno. MHS shut out the El Reno girls 5-0.

“This team continues to play steady, solid softball as the season progresses,” Mustang coach Bryan Howard said. “I say it almost every week, but we are starting multiple freshmen and we have been all year. Most of them play like they are juniors or seniors. I’ve never seen anything like it. They impress me every day.”

The Lady Broncos entered the final week of the regular season this week with three games to play.

Mustang traveled to Southmoore on Monday evening, and then played host to Stillwater the following night.

“We want to maintain and stay sharp as we enter the postseason,” Howard said. “Obviously, we want to win the games, but staying sharp and playing our best softball at this time of year is the important thing right now. I like the way we are playing right now.”

The Bronco diamond queens will play their final regular season game of the year at 6:30 tonight when they travel up Mustang Road to take on the rival Yukon Millers.

Mustang will start regional play next week.

“Yes, we are young, but we are not looking to the future,” Howard said. “We expect to be really good in the next couple of years, because of the sophomores and freshmen we have playing for us this year, but we fully expect to get to and in the state championship this year.”

Program offers grants to expand specialty crops

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Mustang News Staff Reports,

A program directed toward small, limited resource producers wanting to expand specialty crop production is offering grants and up to one acre of plasticulture installation. Applications to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry must be postmarked by Oct. 17.

Plasticulture implements the use of plastic in gardens and can help with weed control, water erosion, nutrient leaching and compaction. The use of raised beds covered in plastic can increase plant and product quality and bring greater yields. Each bed includes a drip irrigation line under the plastic covering to supply water and fertilizer.

Limited resource producers are defined as having direct or indirect gross farm sales of not more than $100,000 in each of the previous two years and receiving little or no assistance from the government.

The program emphasizes marketing and requires a three-year commitment as funds are provided in increments of a maximum of $500 each year. Micah Anderson, ODAFF plasticulture coordinator, said applicants will be evaluated based on experience, marketing plans and application date.

Farmers selected for the program supply water and soil testing, plants and soil preparation in addition to production reports. ODAFF will provide plastic, drip tape and shut-off valves.

Grant funds may be used for soil and water testing, animal depredation control, wildlife fencing, fertilizer, scales and plants. The plasticulture grant program currently has $17,000 available.

For additional information and grant forms, contact Ashley Bender at (405) 522-4330. Application forms are also available online at www.oda.state.ok.us/mktdev/plasticulture.htm.

Sooners prep for another stiff road test

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Following their first bye week of the season, the No.4 Oklahoma Sooners will hit the road to take on No.25 TCU.

The Sooners and Horned Frogs will go to battle at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Fort Worth and be televised regionally by FOX Sports.website commentary new.qxd

The Big 12 contest will be the second conference game for OU and the first for Texas Christian. Oklahoma comes into the matchup with a 4-0 record and 1-0 in league play, while the Frogs come in with an unblemished 3-0 record.

“We know we are going to be in a tough battle this week with TCU,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said in his weekly press conference last week. “We have a ton of respect for Gary Patterson and his staff. We know they will be ready to play, and it will be a tough environment on the road. We’ve had good practices in the bye week and we are looking forward to getting back after it Saturday.”

OU opened the season with a home win against Louisiana Tech 48-16. They then turned around and went on the road to take on in-state opponent Tulsa. The Sooners hammered the Golden Hurricane 52-7.

In week three, Oklahoma played host to SEC opponent Tennessee. OU took care of business against the younger Volunteers 34-10. The Sooners then turned around and traveled to Morgantown for a tough road test against West Virginia, beating the Mountaineers 45-33.

TCU has had two bye weeks already this season as they have only played three games, compared to most teams around the country playing four games.

The Horned Frogs defeated Samford 48-14 in week one. They caged the Golden Gophers of Minnesota 30-7 in their second game and then gave SMU a 56-0 beating last Saturday in Dallas.

Offensively, the Sooners come into Saturday’s game averaging 44.8 points per game. OU has accumulated 97 first downs.

Oklahoma averages 495 total yards per game including 222.8 rush yards and 272.2 pass yards.

The Sooners have turned the ball over five times this season and have been penalized 21 times for 217 yards.

OU running back Samaje Perine leads the way on the ground this year, carrying the ball 66 times for 422 yards and five touchdowns. Running back Keith Ford is next on the list with 34 carries for 199 yards and five touchdowns. Running back Alex Ross is the next stat leader for the Sooners with 29 carries for 193 yards and three touchdowns.

Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight is the leading passer, completing 76 passes this season out of 130 attempts for 1,065 yards, with four touchdowns and three interceptions.

Sooners receiver Sterling Shepard is the leading receiver through four games with 23 receptions for 436 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Durron Neal is second in the receptions list with 17 for 211 yards, and third is receiver K.J. Young with 13 for 144 yards.

Offensively for the Horned Frogs, they are averaging 44.7 points per game this season and have amassed 86 first downs.

TCU is averaging 532 total yards of offense including 211.3 rush yards and 320.7 yards through the air.

Texas Christian has turned the ball over four times this season and has been penalized 17 times for 165 yards.

TCU quarterback Trevon Boykin is the team’s leading rusher with 29 carries for 214 yards and three touchdowns. Running back B.J. Catalon is second with 35 carries for 182 yards and three touchdowns, and third is running back Aaron Green with 14 carries for 97 yards.

Boykin is also the team’s leading passer from the QB position, completing 79 passes out of 123 attempts for 858 yards, with eight touchdowns and one interception.

Horned Frog receiver Deante Gray is the team’s leading pass catcher with 13 receptions for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Josh Doctson is second with 13 receptions for 136 yards and three touchdowns, and receiver David Porter is third with 12 receptions for 143 yards and one touchdown.

Defensively, OU is allowing teams to score an average of 16.5 points per game and have allowed 82 first downs to their opponents.

The Sooners are allowing 349.8 total yards of offense through four games including 99.2 rush yards and 250.5 pass yards per outing. Oklahoma has also created 11 turnovers defensively.

Dominique Alexander leads OU in tackles this season with 30. Jordan Evans is second on the list with 25 and Eric Striker is third with 23 tackles.

On the defensive side of the ball for the Horned Frogs, they are one of the best statistical defenses in the country. They allow an average of seven points per game and have given up 40 first downs through three games.

Opponents are averaging 218.7 total yards of offense against TCU including 91.7 rush yards and 127 pass yards. They have forced 10 turnovers this year.

Paul Dawson leads the way for the Horned Frogs with 21.5 tackles. Marcus Mallet is second with 18 tackles and Chris Hackett is third with 14.5 tackles.

Broncos open district play at UCO against Edmond North

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As if one Thursday night trip to Edmond wasn’t enough, Mustang gets to do it again one week later as the Broncos head north to take on Edmond North.

Mustang will open up district play at 7 tonight with another road test at Wantland Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma against the Huskies of Edmond North.website commentary new.qxd

“They are a good football team, especially on the defensive side of the ball,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “They have had a couple tough weeks, but we know what to expect from them. They will play hard and give us their best effort.”

The Broncos come into the game with a 2-1 overall record, while the Huskies come into the game with a 1-2 record. This will be the first district matchup of the season for both teams.

Mustang comes in with a lot of momentum after crushing Edmond Memorial 57-37 in the same stadium they play in tonight. Edmond North isn’t feeling quite as good about themselves as the Broncos are after falling to Stillwater 38-14 on the road last week.

However, Stillwater wasn’t very kind to Mustang either, as the Pioneers came into Bronco Stadium and took down the Broncos in week two by a score of 35-26. The Huskies also fell in week two to the team Mustang destroyed last week. Edmond Memorial pushed Edmond North around for 60 minutes, shutting them out 35-0.

Both Mustang and North got wins against rivals in the first week of the season. The Broncos put a beating on Yukon 41-14 on the road, while the Huskies held on to take down Edmond Santa Fe 27-24 at UCO.

“Anytime you beat a very talented Edmond Santa Fe team, you have the ability to beat a lot of people on any given night,” Dombek said. “We are going to have to play well. Every week presents new challenges, and this week is no different.”

Edmond North is coached by Scott Berger, who is in his second year on the job for the Huskies.

This will be the first time Dombek will face his former team, where he spent seven seasons as the head coach.

“They are a very prideful program,” Dombek said. “They have been to the quarterfinals in the playoffs for the past eight years. Only Jenks and Union are the other two programs who can say that.”

Mustang elementary teacher Kent Hathaway a Rising Star in Oklahoma

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By Daniel Lapham,

Mustang elementary teacher Kent Hathaway was honored earlier this month as one of six Rising Star Teachers from across Oklahoma.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi recognized six Rising Star Teachers on Sept. 16 during the state Teacher of the Year ceremony at the Oklahoma State Fair.

Rising Stars are teachers who show an amazing amount of promise in their profession. They are selected in addition to the 12 finalists for the state Teacher of the Year.

Hathaway said he believes the future of education lies in the integration of five specific subject areas into lesson plans for all ages.

“All students regardless of age, intellect or ability can experience success in learning science, technology, engineering, art and math,” he said. “Oklahoma educators will understand the integration and relationship in teaching these multiple subjects, and they will find that students achieve far more than they ever could in any subject alone.”
The selected Rising Star Teachers also received the title of Teacher of the Year for their respective districts. Each Rising Star is selected based on portfolios reviewed by the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year regional selection committees. The judges are made up of award-winning teachers, past Teachers of the Year and past finalists.

“It is an honor to recognize these teachers for the tremendous contributions they have made in the classroom and the promise they show for the future,” Barresi said. “Our students need teachers who think beyond the conventional bounds of education and who are interested in finding creative solutions so that each student can achieve his or her potential. These teachers show they are committed to making a brighter future for all their students.”

The five other Rising Star Teachers from across Oklahoma are Kent Lee, U.S. history, economics and government teacher at Vanoss High School; Georgia Ramsey, a kindergarten teacher at Oologah Lower Elementary School; Susan Thompson, an eighth-grade vocational family and consumer sciences teacher at Owasso Eighth Grade Center; Anita West, a fourth-grade teacher at Elgin Elementary School; and Meredith Ziegler, a vocal music teacher at Wilson Arts Integration Elementary School in the Oklahoma City School District.

In addition to recognition at the Teacher of the Year ceremony, Rising Star Teachers each receive $500 in cash from the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma, as well as gifts from the Oklahoma Education Association and Professional Oklahoma Educators.

Mustang runs through Edmond Memorial

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Going into the game with Mustang on Sept. 18, Edmond Memorial’s defense hadn’t given up a single point and was allowing very few yards to its opponents.

Coming out of the game with the Broncos, the Bulldogs had their tails down and were licking their wounds.website commentary new.qxd

In the words of legendary University of Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer, Mustang “hung half a hundred” on Edmond Memorial’s “vaunted” defense.

Actually, they hung more than that, scoring 57 points in the Broncos’ 57-37 victory at Wantland Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma.

Midway through the second quarter in Edmond, Mustang trailed the Bulldogs 19-7. From that point on, the Broncos outscored Edmond Memorial 50-18.

“It all started early in the week with how we practiced,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “The week before, we did not practice well and it showed in our loss to Stillwater, but last week we practiced really well. We knew if we played well, we would be able to have success. We didn’t expect that type of success, but it just shows what we’re capable of if we do what we are supposed to do.”

Mustang’s offense racked up 709 total yards against the Bulldogs defense. The Broncos rushed for 478 yards on 55 total carries and passed for 231 yards on the night.

The Broncos picked up 24 first downs in the game, had one turnover (fumble) and committed seven penalties for 45 yards.

Coming into the night, Edmond Memorial was thought to have the advantage at the running back position with one of the state’s top prospects, Warren Wand, lining up the Bulldog backfield, but it was Mustang’s 5-foot-9, 175-pound senior running back Chase Brown who stole the show.

Brown finished the game with 252 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.

“Chase Brown is a special player,” Dombek said. “He works extremely hard, and it is really good to see him having the success he is having this year. The offensive line did a fantastic job in front of him as well. They are our most inexperienced group and we aren’t very big, but we are very athletic, so we can use that to our advantage.”

Brown’s backup junior running back Terran Daniel may not have had the numbers his older backfield mate had, but he was no slouch, as he picked up 119 yards on nine carries and one touchdown.

Bronco junior quarterback Chandler Garrett was his usual steady self against Edmond Memorial. The 6-foot-4 Garrett finished the game with 223 yards in the air on 17-for-22 passing with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Garrett also had two 1-yard touchdown runs for Mustang.

MHS senior receiver David Parker and junior receiver Bobby Brown were the recipients of Garrett’s two touchdown passes in the game.

The Mustang defense came to play against Edmond Memorial and the Bulldogs running attack. The Broncos allowed Memorial 472 total yards, but held them to 132 rushing yards. MHS held Edmond Memorial to 16 first downs in the game and forced three interceptions.

Wand was the leading rusher for the Bulldogs with 17 carries for 120 yards. Memorial quarterback Mick Mayerske was 12-for-25 in the game, but passed for 287 yards and four touchdowns against Mustang.

Mayerske’s No.1 target in the game was receiver Jordan Reed, who had 224 yards receiving on six catches.

“I thought we played well defensively except for the couple of long plays we gave up,” Dombek said. “We wanted to stop the run, and I believe we did a good job of that, but we have to correct the long pass plays that go over the top of us.”

Mustang has 29 students earn AP Scholar Awards

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By Daniel Lapham,

Twenty-nine students at Mustang High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP exams. About 22 percent of the 2.2 million students worldwide who took AP exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP exams.

Three students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on a 5-point scale on all AP exams taken. In addition, they received scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. These students are Skyler Cornaby, James Nguyen and Corban Recknagel.

Nine students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Skyler Cornaby, Connor Forsythe, Lance Frost, Nicole Groves, Tanner Martin, Duy Nguyen, James Nguyen, Corban Recknagel and Deborah Samkutty.

Six students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are Lyndon Crouch, Ethan Gorrell, Emma Moore, Lauren Oliver, Visha Patel and Emilee Romero.

Thirteen students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Ty Astle, David Burke, Jessica Clough, Lane Driskill, Jessica Garner, Christopher Hampton, Scott Kersh, Brandi Lazarus, Ryne Martin, Jacob Moore, Ali Morrison, Christine Thomas, Meenu Thomas and Tosha Williams.

Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions. More than 3,600 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than 7 million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.