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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.

Time to get out and support our future Mustang

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Mustang is one of the fastest-growing areas in the state of Oklahoma.

The Mustang Public School District is the fifth largest in the state and if it continues to grow at the rate it has, the district will be the third largest in five years.

The community and town of Mustang are growing as well. Perhaps not with the rapid pace of the school district, but nevertheless, the entire area of Mustang is growing from a small town to a thriving city.

That is undoubtedly the reason people from all over the state and this area of the country are moving to the Mustang area to live.

As the area and specifically the school district continue to grow and evolve into an empire, the extracurricular activities will continue to expand as well.

School activities such as athletics, band, cheer, pom, FFA, music, drama, and many more are getting bigger and bigger by the minute as the school increases in size and population.

The amount of after-school events that take place is off the charts, and for the community to be expected to come out and support their children at every afternoon or evening activity would be far too much to expect.

However, I do believe we as a community can and should do a better job of getting out to the different events to support our Broncos.

Of course, all of the parents and families and close friends will go see their son, daughter, relative or friend participate in whatever activity they enjoy, but the entire community should do the same.

These kids put in an incredible amount of work on top of going to school and getting a good education.

They wake up at hours when the sun doesn’t even think about coming up just so they can practice their craft.

Sometimes they will stay after the final bell an extra four or five hours working to be as good as they can be in their activity.

I understand everyone has busy lives and sometimes the last thing any of us want to do is go to a football game or a drama play in the evenings when we could plop on the couch and watch TV, but it means the world to these kids when they see their community supporting them the way they deserve.

Imagine coming out onto the stage or running onto the field and seeing people in the crowd other than your parents, relatives or friends. I’m not saying having your family and friends there to watch you is not important because it is.

However, when your entire community is backing you up, the drive to succeed is far greater than if they aren’t.

As Mustang continues to grow, evolve and develop, let’s not forget the true meaning of community. Let’s not forget the foundation this great town was built on.

These children are our future, and if they know they have our support as a community, they will grow and develop with confidence to take the wonderful town of Mustang to even greater heights when they are the leaders.

OSU will start strong, but struggle down stretch in 2014

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Here is my game-by-game prediction for the 2014 Oklahoma State football season:

Week one: Florida State (Arlington), loss, 34-24 (0-1)

Everyone in and around college football is picking Florida State to come into Arlington and wipe the turf with Oklahoma State this coming Saturday night.OSU COTTON (David Glidden)

At first glance, it’s easy to understand why. However, if I have learned one thing when it comes to picking games, it’s whatever looks like a sure thing, isn’t a sure thing.

This isn’t the OSU of old. The Cowboys are now a good program, not just a good team every four or five years. Mike Gundy, while being a man, is also a pretty darn good football coach.

The Pokes will keep this close for three quarters, but eventually the defending national champion Seminoles will break away to win by double digits.

Week two: Missouri State, win, 45-21 (1-1)

The Cowboys will have a slight hangover from the opening week game against Florida State, but they will eventually wake up to win this game with ease.

Look for MO State to keep it close for a quarter or maybe even a half, but the Pokes will eventually pull away in the second half and go on to get their first win of 2014 as they coast by the Bears.

Week three: University of Texas San Antonio, win, 37-24 (2-1)

Oklahoma State’s young and inexperienced defense will have a lot of growing up to do early in the season and this is one of those learning games for OSU.

The young D will be pumped up to play against FSU and even motivated to play the home opener against Missouri State, but in week three against another opponent that doesn’t match up physically, the raw defense will show its youth.

UTSA will keep this game close for the majority of the contest until the OSU offense can find a way to pull away in the second half to win by double digits, but this game will be in doubt for three quarters.

Week four: Texas Tech, win, 31-28, (3-1)

For the exact same reason I am picking the UTSA game to be a close one, I like the Cowboys against Red Raiders in Stillwater in this matchup.

The young and inexperienced Oklahoma State defense will be motivated and pumped up to play in the Big 12 home opener and come out with a lot of intensity.

OSU’s offense will be able to muster enough points and go on a game-winning drive capped off by the football sailing through the uprights as time expires for a Pokes victory.

It is worth noting, however, if this game was being played in Lubbock, it wouldn’t even be close.

Week five: Iowa State, win, 41-24 (4-1)

Simply put, Iowa State is not a very good football team outside of Ames.

The Cowboys shouldn’t have much problem at all with the Cyclones in Stillwater unless the youth comes out, but by week five, youth won’t be much of an excuse anymore.

Look for the Oklahoma State offense to start getting in sync and start to put points on the board, relieving pressure from the young Oklahoma State defense.

Week six: At Kansas, win, 35-10 (5-1)

I’m not sure why Kansas even plays football anymore to be honest. I think the Jayhawks would have a better chance at winning football games in the Big 12 if they rolled their basketball team on the field.

The mid-season bye for the Cowboys won’t be much of a game from start to finish, and the Pokes will remain unbeaten in conference play as they prepare to head into the gauntlet of their schedule.

Week seven: At TCU, loss, 21-17 (5-2)

I tossed and turned trying to come up with a reason Oklahoma State would go into Fort Worth and take down the Horned Frogs, but I simply could not come up with a viable one.

The Cowboys will struggle offensively against a stout TCU defense. The young but talented defense will keep the Pokes in the game, but the lack of offense in this game will be too much to overcome for Gundy and his staff.

The Frogs will hand the Orange and Black their second loss of the season and first in Big 12 play.

Week eight: West Virginia, win, 34-31 (6-2)

What a better way to bounce back after your first Big 12 Conference loss than to do it against former OSU offensive coordinator Dana Holgerson.

This game simply came down to who was playing at home. If this matchup was taking place in Morgantown, I would have picked the Mountaineers to take it 34-31, but since this game is staying in the great state of Oklahoma, I’m going to go with the Pokes in a close one.

Gundy will top Holgerson after WVU shocked OSU a year ago on their home field.

Week nine: At Kansas State, loss, 35-21 (6-3)

This was one of the easiest picks of the schedule for Oklahoma State. The Cowboys simply will not have the experience to go into the Little Apple and take down Bill Snyder and his beloved Wildcats.

It wouldn’t matter where this game was being played, I would pick KSU 1,000 times again. Kansas State will be more fundamentally sound and have more composure than the young Pokes, and that’s a bad way to be against Snyder and Co.

The ‘Cats will dominate this game from start to finish.

Week 10: Texas, win, 27-21 (7-3)

I just couldn’t pick Texas.

Will Texas be more talented than Oklahoma State? Yes. Will Texas be tougher physically and mentally with Charlie Strong as their head coach than in years past? Yes. Does that mean they will come into Stilly and get a W? No.

The Cowboys defense will show up in the game following the dismantling at the hands of K-State. The offense will do enough to get by Strong’s defense and give the Pokes the rare win over the Longhorns in Stillwater.

Week 11: At Baylor, loss, 45-14 (7-4)

This one will be the major clunker of the season for Oklahoma State. Baylor is going to have one of, if not the best and most powerful offenses in the nation in 2014, so to expect the Cowboys to take a young defense into Waco and compete is going to be a tall task.

Both the offense and the defense will struggle big time in this game and the Pokes will suffer a beating at the hands of the Bears.

Week 12: At Oklahoma, loss, 33-14 (7-5)

The annual Bedlam clash between the Sooners and the Cowboys will once again be exciting to watch.

Last year’s version had everyone in the state on the edge of their seats with Oklahoma fans getting the last laugh over the Cowboy faithful in the Sooners’ shocking comeback win.

OSU will fight tooth and nail to stay in this game against the powerful OU team, who will have their sights set on the college football playoffs.

PIGSKIN PREVIEW: Season prediction game-by-game

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Here is my game-by-game prediction of the 2014 Mustang varsity football schedule:

Week one: At Yukon, win, 35-13 (1-0)

When these two schools get together in any event, it is arguably the nastiest rivalry in all of Oklahoma. However, when that event is football, every cop in the county needs to be in attendance, because you never know what might happen.

This year’s version of the rivalry is at Yukon, but Mustang has far better talent across the board this season than the Millers possess. Look for the Broncos to come out strong early and keep the pedal floored.

This one will be all Mustang in a dominating fashion.

Week two: Stillwater, win, 41-14 (2-0)

Sometimes in sports, a team just has another team’s number. I think that is the case when talking about the matchups between Stillwater and Mustang.

Two years ago, the Pioneers came into Bronco Stadium undefeated with a stout defense, but the Broncos had their way with Stillwater. Last year, Mustang made the trip up there with thoughts of the Pioneers wanting revenge on the Broncos, but it wasn’t meant to be as MHS steamrolled Stillwater for the second straight year.

This season, either Stillwater is due to come in and put a beating on Mustang or the Broncos will keep the trend going against the Pioneers. I favor the latter.

Week three: At Edmond Memorial, win, 27-21 (3-0)

Mustang’s first true test of the year will take place in week three when the Broncos travel to Edmond to take on the Edmond Memorial Bulldogs at UCO’s stadium.

Memorial has proven in the past several years to have Mustang’s number on the gridiron, but I believe the Broncos will turn the tide this season and steal one away from the Bulldogs on a late game-winning touchdown drive led by MHS junior quarterback Chandler Garrett.

Week four: At Edmond North, win, 31-17 (4-0)

This one was a hard game to predict at first, but after doing the research and thinking long and hard about it, I had to go with the Broncos.

Edmond North will indeed be fired up to play their former coach Jeremy Dombek, who now strolls the sidelines for Mustang, but the Huskies won’t be able to hold off the hot and fired up MHS squad coming off their thrilling victory on the same field a week earlier.

Edmond North will jump out early and even look like they might pull away in the game because of the emotion they will play with facing their former coach, but emotion can only take you so far.

Mustang will ride out the storm and eventually gain control of the ballgame and eventually take over in a dominating way for a double-digit victory.

Week five: Putnam City North, win, 49-21 (5-0)

This is not the old Putnam City North football program when it was competing for state titles and making life miserable for its opponents. This PC North team will be a doormat for many 6A teams this season, and one of those teams includes Mustang.

The Broncos will jump out early and be able to rest their starters for most of the second half against the Panthers, which will come at a nice time with Norman North on the horizon the next week.

Week six: At Norman North, loss, 27-24 (5-1)

Norman North will be fired up for this one after what happened in the first round of the playoffs a year ago on its home field.

The Broncos went into Norman last year and upset the Timberwolves, ending their season. There is no doubt Norman North will have this game circled on their schedule.

Mustang and the T-Wolves will go back and forth throughout the contest, but Norman North will go on a game-winning drive and kick a field goal for the victory, handing the Broncos their first loss of the season.

Week seven: Southmoore, win, 34-24 (6-1)

This game could be a trap game for the Broncos as it sits between Norman North and Owasso.

Mustang will be coming off its first loss of the season at Norman North the week prior and with Owasso on their minds, Southmoore could sneak into Bronco Stadium and steal one away from MHS.

However, with how detailed and prepared this coaching staff is, I don’t see the letdown happening. Mustang will be ready to play this game and after a slow start, they will take control of the game and take down the Sabercats heading into the home stretch.

Week eight: At Owasso, loss, 31-24 (6-2)

Does Mustang have the talent level to go up to Owasso and beat the Rams on their home field? Yes. Will they? I’m going to have to go with no.

The Broncos will give the Rams all they want, but Owasso will be too strong on the line of scrimmage for Mustang. The Broncos offense will struggle to get going throughout the night and the defense will hold as long as they can before Owasso breaks out for several long touchdown drives to put the game away.

Week nine: Tulsa Union, loss, 35-17 (6-3)

Until someone across the state proves they can physically beat Union and Jenks other than them beating themselves, I will not pick anyone to beat those two schools.

If Mustang can hold its own on the line of scrimmage against the Redskins, they have a chance to pull off the upset at home, but if they cannot, then Union will have its way with the Broncos.

Week 10: Moore, win, 45-14 (7-3)

Following their two defeats to Owasso and Tulsa Union, Mustang will be angry and who better than to come in for a final regular season game than Moore?

The Lions were a once proud football program, but those days are long gone and the Broncos will exploit that to the highest degree.

Mustang will dominate the game on senior night at Bronco Stadium from the opening kick and close out the season with a win and capturing its second consecutive playoff berth.

OU will be unbeaten on gridiron in regular season

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Here is my game-by-game prediction for the 2014 University of Oklahoma football season:

Game one: Louisiana Tech, win, 45-7 (1-0)

Head coach Bob Stoops and the Sooners have rarely started the season off with a game that will make anyone in Sooner Nation sweat.

This year will be no different as Louisiana Tech will roll into Norman for an opening-week beat-down at the hands of an OU team, who many experts believe is a shoe-in for the four-team playoff at the end of this season.

The only benefit for La Tech to come here and get throttled by the Sooners is that nice little check their university will get to cash following the game.

Game two: At Tulsa, win, 42-13 (2-0)

If Oklahoma State is the red-headed stepchild to OU, then Tulsa is the annoying little brother that won’t shut up or leave the Sooners alone.

The Golden Hurricane have a knack for giving Oklahoma fits, even when the game is in Norman, which this year is not the case.

TU will hang around early in the game as they play with a “David and Goliath” like mentality, but the Sooners will eventually pull away for a relatively easy win.

Don’t be surprised if Chapman Stadium in Tulsa has more crimson than blue in the stands during that game.

Game three: Tennessee, win, 31-17 (3-0)

You better believe the Volunteers have this game circled on their schedule, folks. Tennessee would love nothing more than to come into Norman and knock off Stoops and the Sooners.

Of course, you have the conference rivalry between the SEC and the Big 12, but Tennessee is trying to get back to being one of the elite programs in college football. A win in Norman would be a huge step in that process.

However, the Volunteers aren’t ready for what the Sooners are going to throw at them. Oklahoma has more talent, is better coached and has more experience than Tennessee and that will show in this game.

Game four: At West Virginia, win, 41-21 (4-0)

When I first looked at the Sooners schedule, this game popped out at me as a trap game for Oklahoma. OU will be sitting at 3-0 and coming off a good win against Tennessee.

West Virginia will have a potent offense as usual as Dana Holgerson continues to man the sidelines for the Mountaineers.

However, the WVU defense is constantly one of the worst defenses in the nation, and OU will exploit that in Morgantown. Sooners will win this one big.

Game five: At TCU, win, 31-10 (5-0)

The Horned Frogs will be a much improved team from last season, but they still will not be able to contend with the big boys of the Big 12 Conference.

TCU is learning why playing in a major conference is a lot more difficult than they thought it was going to be. You have to bring it every week. There are no weeks off in a big-time conference.

The Sooners will dominate this game from start to finish and move on to prepare for Texas the following the week.

Game six: Texas, win, 34-20 (6-0)

The annual Red River Showdown in Dallas is the best rivalry in all of college sports. The split of crimson and burnt orange down the middle of the stadium is truly the coolest sight in sports.

Last season, the Sooners rolled into the Cotton Bowl undefeated and were expected to drill the weary Longhorns, but Mack Brown had one more trick up his sleeve, which was simply to take the football and pound it right down Stoops and the Sooners’ throats.

In a strange way, that woke up Oklahoma and made them realize where they needed to make the most improvement in the winter and summer. OU has developed more size in the interior of its defense, so don’t look for Texas to be able to do what they did to the Sooners a year ago.

OU takes this game and stays undefeated as they enter the last half of their season.

Game seven: Kansas State, win, 27-17 (7-0)

Stoops is undefeated in games before and after Texas, so there is no reason to think that will not be the case this year when the Sooners host the Wildcats.

Bill Snyder will always give Stoops fits no matter where he plays them, but especially in Norman. K-State will stick around early in this game, but Oklahoma will find a way to pull away late and get the win.

Game eight: At Iowa State, win, 49-10 (8-0)

The Texas hangover will officially be over and the Sooners will start rolling heading into Ames. OU will open a can of you know what against the Cyclones and look like the best team in the country doing it.

ISU will be outmatched at every position and Oklahoma will put the hammer down early and often as the rout will be on for the Sooners.

Game nine: Baylor, win, 38-17 (9-0)

One thing is for certain with Stoops, if you beat him and beat him bad, you better watch out next year because he will get his revenge.

The Bears put a beating on the Sooners on national television last season in Waco. OU will be going for the same outcome, but reversed this year in Norman.

Oklahoma will get what they are looking for as the crowd will be crazy and the Sooners will run wild on BU, keeping their undefeated season alive.

Game 10: At Texas Tech, win, 27-12 (10-0)

This is the game right here. If Oklahoma can go down to Lubbock and get a big road win against the pesky Red Raiders, they will go undefeated in the regular season and go on to play in the college football playoff.

If this Sooner defense is going to be as good as the OU coaching staff thinks it’s going to be, then this is the game where they will shine.

Look for the OU D to suffocate the Texas Tech offense and make life miserable for Kingsbury and Company. OU walks out of Lubbock still unblemished.

Game 11: Kansas, win, 56-0 (11-0)

The Kansas Jayhawks should just cancel their football program and put all of their money into their basketball team, but ladies and gentlemen, they are just awful.

I think Mustang High School might give the Sooners a better contest than KU will. It would sure be more entertaining to watch, that’s for sure.

Game 12: Oklahoma State, win, 33-14 (12-0)

Bedlam is always an exciting atmosphere in this state. The Sooners are the much better team across the board this season, but this game is one of the most unpredictable games across the country.

OSU will keep the game close for the majority of the game, but OU will break away late and secure a slot in the first ever Division I college football playoffs.

Kyle Salomon is the sports editor at the Mustang News. He can be reached at ksalomon@mustangnews.info.

MHS top-30 athletes: Nos. 1-5, Jayden Chestnut takes top honors

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Sports editor Kyle Salomon did a six-week series of columns releasing his current top-30 athletes at Mustang High School. This is the final week of the series and he is revealing Nos. 1-5.

Here is a look at my final column of the six-week series releasing my Mustang High School top-30 current athletes starting with No. 1.

No. 1 Jayden Chestnut, senior, softball

Jayden Chestnut is not just arguably the best female athlete to ever walk the halls of Mustang High School, she is arguably one of the best athletes period to ever attend MHS.No. 1 Jayden Chestnut

The hard-throwing right-hander has been the ace in the circle since she was a freshman for the Lady Broncos softball program. Year after year she leads the Bronco girls back to the state tournament, making deep runs in her first three years for MHS.

Chestnut is hoping her fourth and final chance at a state championship will end happier than her previous three tries for the elusive ring.

The future Oklahoma Sooners softball player is looking forward to her collegiate career, but she’s got unfinished business at Mustang before she heads south to Norman.

Chestnut has accomplished just about everything you could possibly imagine in the high school ranks, including earning All-American status and pitching a scoreless inning in the Triple Crown All-American Game this summer in Colorado.

However, she has one remaining goal on her mind as she enters her senior season in Mustang, and that is to bring the gold to her hometown.

One thing is for certain, with Chestnut in the circle, you always like your chances.

No. 2 Chandler Garrett, junior, football

Chandler Garrett is probably the most exciting athlete at Mustang High School. The 6-foot-5 quarterback is being recruited by several top-level Division I college football programs around the country and certainly keeps Bronco nation on the edge of its seat every time he takes a snap.No. 2 Chandler Garrett

Garrett took the starting QB job midway through the year last year from three-year starter and senior Frankie Edwards. He led the Broncos to the quarterfinal round of the playoffs, where ice and frigid temperatures halted the Mustang offense against Broken Arrow.

Garrett has the ability to make every throw in the book and can also beat you with his legs out of the backfield. The junior has the ability to run around you like Cam Newton but also has the size to run through you like Blake Bell used to do for the Sooners in the “Bell Dozer” package.

If Garrett makes the type of progression that is expected out of him this coming football season, the MHS football squad is looking at another playoff run that’ll hopefully end deeper than the quarterfinals.

No. 3 Jakolby Long, junior, basketball

Jakolby Long is the LeBron James of the Mustang basketball program. The 6-foot-4 combo guard can run the point guard position, play the two-guard, excels at the small forward position and can even go down in the post and play the four.No. 3 Jakolby Long

The junior has everything you want in a major college Division I basketball player. He can handle the ball, pass from the top of the key, drive to the hoop and dish it to an open teammate or lay it in for an easy two or drain an open outside shot.

Jakolby has trimmed up from last year when he played overweight, according to his father and head coach of the Broncos, Terry Long.

Mustang will be one of the few teams to have a real chance at winning the state title in 6A basketball this season, and if it is going to accomplish that feat, the Broncos are going to need Jakolby to have a big year on the hardwood.

Look for that to occur.

No. 4 Jaci Jones, junior, soccer

Jaci Jones is one of my favorite athletes to watch play her particular sport at Mustang. She approaches her craft with more passion than anyone else at Mustang High School.No. 4 Jaci Jones

Jaci’s love and passion for soccer is limitless. The junior plays both midfield and forward for the Lady Broncos soccer team. She is the one girl on the field head coach Mike Mason doesn’t have to worry about because he knows she is going to bring everything she’s got to the field every day.

Jaci is being heavily recruited by several major college soccer programs across the nation. Whoever is lucky enough to land Jaci is in for a real treat once she steps on campus, but she’s not quite ready for that yet.

Jaci hopes to lead the Bronco girls to a state title by the time her four years are up for MHS. With her in charge of the field for the Mustang girls, that is a definite possibility.

No. 5 Blake Williams, senior, football

When a young man hasn’t played competitive sports in more than a year and is still being highly recruited by Division I colleges to come play football, you know you have a special talent right in front of you.No. 5 Blake Williams

Blake Williams has fought an illness that sidelined him from sports for more than a year, but he is back to return to the gridiron for the Broncos, and he is coming back with a vengeance.

Normally, replacing a guy like Colton Hadlock at the H-back position would be nearly impossible, but then when you see what Williams looks like on a football field and witness his ability in action, you quickly realize that won’t be a problem.

Williams has a body that looks NFL-ready right now. If he has the type of season everyone is expecting of him, watch out for the Broncos this season because there are not many guys in the state who could bring him to the ground.

Kyle Salomon is the sports editor at the Mustang News. He can be reached at ksalomon@mustangnews.info.

Time to come out and support our kids Mustang

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Final Point

Today marks the official first day students will be roaming the halls across the district in Mustang Public Schools.

Growing up I always considered the start to a new school year to be a new beginning or a fresh start.

It’s the type of feeling you have when you get to wipe the slate clean and start all over.

For these children that are going back to school, that is very much the case. No matter what happened the school year before, they can come into the new year and build new relationships and repair ones that have been damaged in the past.

As an adult, we don’t quite have the same luxuries as our children because there is no such thing as a summer break from a job, but we can use the start of the school year in almost the same way and support our children and the activities they are involved with through school.

Here in Mustang, we have one of the best overall school districts in the state of Oklahoma. It’s already the fifth largest school system in the state and is still rapidly growing at a pace that would make Usain Bolt look average.

As of right now, there are more than 800 new students to the Mustang Public School system, which is the largest number in the district’s history. The official number of new students won’t be tallied until Oct. 1, which is the official enrollment count day across the state.

With the size of school Mustang has become, there are numerous events that the Mustang community should support.

As the sports editor of the Mustang News, I can certainly tell you about all of the great sporting events that will be taking place starting today, but there are so many more activities and events that are happening outside of the sports world in MPS.

From the Mustang Knight Riders marching band to the FFA, there are many events and activities for the Mustang community to support and enjoy.

As for sports,  the Lady Bronco softball team is always one of the top teams in the state of Oklahoma, and is always in contention for a state title. They begin their regular season at 4:30 today at Putnam City West.

The Mustang volleyball team starts its regular season Friday in a two-day tournament at Bishop McGuinness. The Bronco cross country teams begin the 2014 campaign with the annual 12-hour run that starts at 7 p.m. Friday and concludes at 7 a.m. on Saturday.

And of course, we can’t forget about the football team. The Broncos hit the gridiron for practice this  week and are looking to have another strong season under second-year head coach Jeremy Dombek.

The annual Mustang-Yukon football clash will take place Sept. 6 at Yukon High School. I strongly encourage everyone in the Mustang community to make the short drive up to Yukon to watch the Broncos and Millers tango.

I know we all are busy and have the tendency to get caught up in our everyday, but let’s take a step back from ourselves every now and then and go and support our kids at Mustang Public Schools. To have the community behind them would mean more to them than you could imagine.

Kyle Salomon is the sports editor at the Mustang News. He can be reached at ksalomon@mustangnews.info.

Osborne reflects on summer internship with Mustang News

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By Patrick Osborne,

Well Mustang, it has been a good run. My internship with the Mustang News has ended, and it’s time for me to return to Stillwater and Oklahoma State University.

I learned so much from this experience. Ryan, Ashleigh, Kyle and Kristen, you all welcomed me with open arms from the beginning and made sure to take the time to help me learn all sides of the newspaper business. I’m incredibly thankful for all of you, you made me a better writer this summer.

I came to the office my first day expecting to write solely about sports and work for Kyle, my sports editor. Although during my eight weeks I spent a majority of the time working under him, that was just the tip of the iceberg. The office family made sure to take the time to give me at least a week with each of them so that I could learn their trades.

Ashleigh gave me my most unexpected opportunity to learn. She taught me more than I ever expected to know about how to edit pictures and design ads from scratch. She made it all look so easy and never got frustrated when I had questions.

The last week of my internship, Ryan and Kristen took me under their wings, and gave me a chance to see the business side of running a successful newspaper. They let me tag along with them selling ads, but taught me more than how to just sell adds. They taught me how to connect to people, my readers, and the community.

Finally, there was Kyle. He trusted me and my abilities from day one, and his trust never waivered. He gave me so many opportunities to grow as a writer, and I did my best to take advantage of all of them. I was never treated as an intern with him, but rather a member of his sports staff. He took the time every week to sit down with me and not only edit my mistakes but also discuss with me why he was editing certain aspects of my work so I could grow as a writer.

For my readers, I would like to thank you for all your kind words of encouragement. I hope you enjoyed my writing, or at least found it informative. I truly enjoyed not only writing this summer, but also the connections I got to make with so many wonderful people from my hometown.

This was my first internship experience, and it’s one I will never forget. I fully believe I can take all that I’ve learned this summer back to Oklahoma State with me as a launch pad to continue to grow as a writer.

I am beyond thankful that I was able to write for my hometown newspaper; not many people get the chance to do that I could. So thank you again to the Mustang community and the Mustang News for this wonderful opportunity and experience you provided me with.

Patrick Osborne was the summer intern at the Mustang News.

MHS top-30 athletes: Nos. 6-10

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Sports editor Kyle Salomon is ranking his current top-30 Mustang High School athletes in a six-week series of columns. This week he is revealing Nos. 6-10.

Here is a look at Nos. 6-10 in my current top-30 Mustang High School athletes list.

6. Austin Meyer, junior, basketball

Austin Meyer is perhaps the best-kept secret when it comes to Mustang High School basketball. You might ask yourself, “How can a 6-foot-10 forward that can move and handle the ball like a guard and has a mid-range jump shot be a secret in high school basketball?”Austin Meyer One

That question is definitely warranted. The fact of the matter is, Meyer is one of the best post players in the state of Oklahoma and he is being recruited by several major college universities to come play basketball for their respective institutions.

When Meyer does get the ball down low and has the freedom to go to work on the block, there is not a single high school basketball player in this state who could stop him.

His style of play reminds me of a young Tim Duncan. Yeah, Thunder fans, remember that guy? Well, Meyer has the ability to have the type of impact on the game that Duncan does for the Spurs. Just imagine if Meyer was used like Duncan in the Mustang offense.

Meyer is a highlight reel waiting to happen. If you question that, I beg you to go to You Tube and find the video of the MHS junior one-handing a pass from a teammate and throwing it down in a way only Blake Griffin could understand.

If the Broncos do follow through and cut the nets down next March as the state champions, Meyer will be a big reason why.

7. Alina Magruder, senior, soccer

Alina Magruder is fast, real fast. The senior forward on the Lady Broncos soccer team is so fast it’s hard to take photos of her running down the field to go score a goal.Alina Magruder One

Magruder is one of the best athletes in all of Mustang High School and is one of the best girls soccer players in the state of Oklahoma. She has a rare knack to be at the right spot at the right time and find the ball with an open shot at the goal.

If Magruder has an open shot at the goal you might as well just go ahead and put a point on the scoreboard in Mustang’s favor because that ball is going into the back of the net.

Magruder was a highly sought after soccer player all over the country, but she eventually decided to verbally commit to play at Iowa University.

Entering her final campaign as a Lady Bronco, Magruder will help lead the Bronco girls soccer team to another state tournament berth that this time will lead to gold in the end.

8. Josh Turner, junior, rowing

Josh Turner might be the best overall athlete at Mustang High School, but he’s the most unknown athlete at Mustang High School.Josh Turner

Want to know why?

Turner doesn’t play a sport that is sanctioned by the OSSAA or a sport that Mustang High School employs.

The Mustang High School junior is a national champion rower for his age division and is being recruited nationally by colleges to come and row for them.

Turner wasn’t always into the rowing scene. Baseball was his true first love growing up, but the left-hander failed to make the cut his freshman year and he decided to give rowing a shot.

What seemed devastating at the time by not making the high school baseball team turned into a blessing in disguise.

If Turner continues on this path of success in the water, we will be watching him representing our great country in the Olympics someday.

9. Amirah Jones, senior, track

Amirah Jones earned her way into my top 10 current Mustang High School athletes when I went to the state track meet last May at Yukon High School and saw the then-MHS junior flying around the track earning a third-place overall finish in the girls 400-yard dash.Amirah Jones One

Jones will enter her senior season as one of the favorites to compete for the state championship in the 400-yard dash next May.

If the Lady Bronco senior has a strong fall and winter entering track season next spring, there is no reason why she won’t be wearing the gold medal around her neck as a state champion in mid-May next year.

10. Caisey Jones, senior, softball

Caisey Jones is all about one thing, softball. The MHS senior has lived and breathed the sport since she was born.

It’s not hard to figure out why as her mother, Amy Jones, was an All-State softball player for Mustang High School and is the most popular person when it comes to softball in and around the Mustang area.Caisey Jones One

Caisey’s older sister, Bailey Jones, was a softball player at Mustang High School and is now playing at Southwestern Christian University in Bethany.

So the fact that Caisey’s life is centered around softball is no surprise.

Caisey is making the move from second base and third base to short stop going into her final year for the Lady Broncos and she will be counted on to be a leader for the young team this fall.

There is no doubt, Caisey will play softball at the next level, but before that happens, she will try and help the Broncos softball team to a state championship in head coach Brian Howard’s first year on the job.

Kyle Salomon is the sports editor at the Mustang News and can be reached at ksalomon@mustangnews.info