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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.
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 email@example.com.
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
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.
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.
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’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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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?”
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
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
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.
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’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 firstname.lastname@example.org
In the past several months, I have heard numerous people talk about golf as a dying sport in this nation.
It is a true statement. The number of people going out to play golf on a Saturday or Sunday is increasingly getting smaller every spring, summer and fall.
That is probably why the golf courses that are staying open are not in the best shape because they have to cut their budgets somewhere.
So, the problem has been identified, now we have to figure out why golf is a sinking ship in the United States. And is there a solution to the problem?
Many people believe it is because of the slow nature of the game. We do live in a fast-paced society that has to have everything right now instead of being patient and actually waiting for a better outcome.
Hence why basketball and football are the two most popular sports in this nation and soccer is the fastest-growing sport. Baseball is definitely not known for its brevity when it comes to game time or action on the field. Therefore, it is slowly dying as well. However, not at the speed that golf seems to be.
Some people out there believe that it is because golf is a sport primarily played by middle-aged men with families to take care of, so now instead of spending four or five hours on a golf course on a Saturday, they are staying home and being with their families.
All of these reasons are valid and have strong points behind them, and even may be a part of the reason golf is slipping away, but the main reason I believe the sport is fading fast is what it does to our wallets. It empties them faster than the cable companies do. OK, maybe not that fast, but you get the point.
Golf is the most expensive sport-related hobby in the world. If you want to go play a round of golf, regardless of the niceness of the course, it is going to cost you an arm and a leg.
To get a round of golf in and spend less than $30 is a minor miracle these days. If you want to ride a cart, which is what most people do, you are most likely going to be spending around $35.
Here are the green fee costs of five different golf courses close to the Mustang area:
Early Wine Golf Club in southwest Oklahoma City has a green fee and cart price of $39. Lake Hefner Golf Club in northwest Oklahoma City has a green fee and cart price of $39. Crimson Creek Golf Course in El Reno has a green fee and cart price of $33.
The Links at Mustang Creek off Mustang Road and 15th Street is a private course but you can play with a member and that cost is $15 to walk nine holes, $30 to walk 18 holes and $40 to ride a cart on 18 holes.
In the 12 square miles of Mustang, the only golf course is a 9-hole par-3 course called Pebble Creek. If you want to walk 18 holes at Pebble Creek Golf Course, the cost is $14, if you want to ride a cart, the cost is $28.
Of course, all of these green fees and cart prices are the main prices to play. There are different rates for different times of the day, but the cheaper rates are not the best times to play a round of golf.
What is sad is that the owners of these golf courses don’t seem to care that they are losing business in a rapid fashion. All they would have to do is cut the cost play in half and I believe you would see the number of golfers begin to climb again.
Instead, these owners cut costs in the maintenance department or cut back on their water usage, making their golf courses look like burnt-up pastures in late July.
My hope, as a golfer, is that one day these owners will see the light and realize by cutting their green fee and cart prices down, the number of golfers on their courses will begin to rise.
Kyle Salomon is the sports editor at the Mustang News and can be reached at email@example.com.
Sports editor Kyle Salomon is counting down his current top-30 Mustang High School athletes in a six-week series of columns. This week is Nos. 11-15.
Here are Nos. 11-15 in my current top 30 Mustang High School athletes list beginning with No. 11.
11. David Parker, senior, football
David Parker can be summed in one quote from head Mustang football coach Jeremy Dombek.
Well, if that is true, then Bronco fans, you are in for a real treat this fall when Parker will dazzle you with supreme athleticism. The 6-foot-2 MHS wide receiver has the ability to beat his defender down the field for a long-range touchdown toss, and he also has the ability to go inside and go up and grab balls out of the air with defenders hanging on him.
If Parker can live up to his head coach’s bold statement about him, then we will have highlight reels every Friday night to look forward to this coming season.
12. Lance Frost, senior, cross country and track
Frost is one of the best male runners the Broncos cross country team has had, and they have had some good ones in their rich history of excellence.
If Frost can stay on the healthy side of things this fall for the Broncos, look out for the senior to be near the top or top of every race the Mustang boys compete in this year.
13. Geoffrey Hightower, senior, basketball
Geoffrey Hightower is the unsung hero of the Mustang boys basketball team, with highly-recruited division one prospects Jakolby Long, Austin Meyer and Curtis Heywood getting most of the notoriety on the roster.
I compare Hightower to University of Oklahoma power forward Ryan Spangler. Spangler is not the tallest, quickest, most talented or most athletic player on the Sooners roster, but he is the heart and soul of the team.
Hightower fills that position nicely for Mustang. With Hightower leading the way and the rest of the roster the Broncos bring back this year, anything but a gold ball will be a disappointment.
14. Cutter Smith, senior, football and soccer
Smith is a midfielder for the Mustang boys and he’s also a linebacker and running back for the MHS football team. The swift-footed senior plays both football and soccer with supreme intelligence, which is why he’s successful at both sports.
Look for Smith to have a big impact on the Broncos’ success on the football and soccer fields this coming year.
15. Marin Godwin, sophomore, cheerleading
Marin Godwin is what people like to call an up-and-coming star at Mustang High School. Even at her young age, Godwin is considered by many in Mustang as the face of the cheerleading program.
With Godwin as the face of Mustang cheerleading for the next three years, the Lady Broncos cheer squad will be in good hands.
Kyle Salomon is the sports editor for the Mustang News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mustang Kiwanis last week put out the call their food pantry shelves were bare and area families were struggling to make it through the summer. The result was an outpouring of support that surprised even longtime volunteers.
Let’s face it – we all know Mustang takes care of its own. Someone has a problem and people rush to help. Whether it’s offering prayers or a helping hand, this is a great community that cares for its members. Sometimes, though, people get busy – school is getting ready to start, the summer is winding down, and that can be expensive for all of us.
But that didn’t stop the more than two dozen people who have brought food to our office. Young and old, they have filled up the Kiwanis barrel – to overflowing – five times in as many days. On behalf of the Kiwanis and the people they help, we are beyond grateful to the people who have taken the time and the trouble to reach out to others in their time of need.
It was what we witnessed yesterday, however, that really got our attention, acts of selflessness and giving that topped even what I would expect of our residents. It was yesterday afternoon that first the Country Charm Day Care bus pulled up to our office. Out filed several children and their teachers, all holding at least one food item. They had collected things, they said, to “help the people who need it.” After smiling, letting us take their photo and filling the bin, off they went.
But that wasn’t the end of it. Shortly afterward another car pulled up. Out piled Christopher Maxeiner, Cyrus Maxeiner and Brock Carriger. The boys made several trips, carrying boxes and bags of food for the bin. The trio had read about the Kiwanis’ need and made a sweep throughout their neighborhood, asking those at home for their help. They were met with many who were willing to lend a hand.
These children are a great example to all of us. It would be easy for them to spend their last weeks of summer break playing and having fun. Instead, they chose to think of others, to give from hearts that inspire all of us to do more for those who need it.
Our task is not finished, of course. The Kiwanis food bank won’t stay full without us working to make sure it stays that way. Please, join in the effort – bring your non-perishable food items, paper goods, toiletries, whatever you can spare. Come in, have a cup of coffee, visit and let’s celebrate the goodness that is the people of Mustang, Oklahoma.
We salute you.
Mustang News office is located at 290 N. Trade Center Terrace. Regular office hours are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Call Traci at 376-4571 or 664-4641 to make arrangements for item deliveries at other times.
By Kyle Salomon,
As I was sitting in my office earlier this week, I learned something about myself that I did not particularly like.
I found myself checking up at least once every hour on the recent story of OU running back Joe Mixon and his alleged assault of University of Oklahoma female student Amelia Rae Monitor last Friday morning at Pickleman’s restaurant, a sandwich shop on Campus Corner just outside of the OU campus.
The story is still under investigation by the Norman Police Department, but witnesses and videos say and show Mixon and his friends got into a verbal altercation with Monitor and her friends. There are conflicting reports that say Monitor struck Mixon across the face and then Mixon retaliated by striking Monitor and breaking numerous bones in her face.
The other report says Mixon and Monitor engaged in a heated verbal confrontation and Mixon struck her in the face with Monitor not assaulting Mixon first at all.
The fact of the matter is it doesn’t matter which report is accurate. It is never OK for a man to strike a woman in any way regardless if the woman strikes the man first.
The incident happened at 2:40 a.m. on Friday morning, which begs the question, why were they out at that time, especially with Mixon being merely 18 years of age?
What I found out about myself that I was not impressed with, was me sitting there getting angry about the possibility of OU losing one of its best recruits in the program’s rich history.
Mixon was rated as the No. 1 running back in the nation coming out of high school last year and when the Sooners coaching staff pulled off the minor miracle and convinced the California native to sign with Oklahoma, OU fans all over the world started having thoughts of the next Adrian Peterson entering Memorial Stadium.
I was angered because it seems like every year, OU football has to deal with situations where a key player or players either suffer season-ending injuries or has trouble with the law and is removed from the team or suspended for a long period of time.
The bottom line is I thought I was better than that. I would talk constantly about how ridiculous certain Oklahoma fans can be in these types of situations and how they think about nothing other than the football aspect and how it will affect their beloved Sooners on the field that coming year.
I proved to myself I was not better than that, and that is something I desperately need to improve about myself in the very near future.
All you saw on Twitter and Facebook over the weekend were comments from people saying horrible things about Monitor, Mixon, OU football or women in general. News publications from newspapers, websites, radio talk shows and television news and sportscasts dedicated most of their space and time to the Mixon story.
It was truly an example of how negative this world and especially the media universe can be.
However, I came across a story earlier this week that is both tragic and uplifting at the same time.
OU cheerleader Taylor Witcher was killed in an automobile accident on Monday and five others are still in serious condition. That is the part of the story that is incredibly tragic and sad. The part of the story that will bring happiness to your heart is what OU football players Trevor Knight and Ty Darlington did in response to the horrific news.
Knight is the starting quarterback for the Sooners and is very much a public figure in the entire state of Oklahoma, and Darlington is a starting offensive lineman for the crimson and cream.
Both OU football players led a prayer vigil on the South Oval on the University of Oklahoma campus, which had hundreds of people show up and participate in the gathering. Knight and Darlington didn’t know Witcher or anybody else involved in the fatal accident, but that didn’t matter to them. They used their pedestal for something good, and not something negative like so many others in their shoes.
Knight and Darlington are two famous major college athletes who went against the grain and didn’t fall in love with themselves because they can throw the football a long way or can run faster than most human beings on this earth. They chose to be a good example to others. They chose to be role models because they know they are.
After doing more digging into the two Sooner football stars, I found out they lead a weekly prayer group on the South Oval. They started it in June and it has been growing ever since. It took a tragic accident like the one that happened on Monday for this to be a story.
How sad is that for the media?
I know negativity sells, but maybe, just maybe if the media would take a stand and tell positive stories like the Knight and Darlington prayer group story, positivity would begin to sell as well.
I know for me, it has changed the way I look at my profession and my job. Yes, the Mixon story has to be told, but the Knight and Darlington story should be showcased.
Kyle Salomon is the sports editor for the Mustang News. He can be reached at email@example.com.