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By Kyle Salomon,
This time last year, the Bronco boys basketball players were turning in their jerseys following the upset loss to Bixby in the first round of the regional.
One year later, Mustang is one win away from clinching a state tournament berth after winning the regional championship Saturday night on its home court.
The Broncos took care of business in the regional title game against Norman North by a score of 76-66. The victory improved Mustang’s overall record to 20-5 this season.
“I thought we played pretty well for the most part against Norman North,” Mustang head coach Terry Long said. “They are a tough team to guard, especially on the perimeter with some of those players they have over there.”
Junior guard Terrell Williams led the way in the scoring department with 19 points in the game. Sophomore guard Jakolby Long finished the evening with 16 points, and senior guard Demarion Love logged 15.
Love and sophomore forward Austin Meyer each led the team in rebounding with eight apiece in the contest.
Mustang dominated the first period with an impressive offensive performance. The Broncos had a sizable height advantage inside, and they took advantage with Meyer and junior forward Geoffrey Hightower having big nights.
The guard play from Mustang was stout against the strong perimeter attack of Norman North. The Timberwolves guards struggled against the speed and quickness of the Bronco backcourt.
Norman North made a run before halftime after Mustang got into foul trouble. MHS saw its double-digit lead shrink to four when the halftime horn sounded.
That would be as close as the T-Wolves would get, however, as the Broncos extended the lead in the second half and held on for the 10-point victory.
Mustang totaled 31 rebounds in the game, while completing 15 out of 21 free throws. The Broncos forced Norman North into nine turnovers and committed nine themselves.
“I’m proud of the guys for going out there and competing hard the whole weekend,” Long said. “I thought we played with a lot of intensity and emotion. We were in attack mode, which is the way we need to be.”
Broncos to face Midwest City in area game
Mustang is now one win away from going to the state tournament.
Before the Broncos make the trek to Tulsa, they must obtain one more victory with two opportunities to get it done.
Their first chance comes at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Edmond North when they take on cross-town nemesis Midwest City.
The Bombers beat Mustang 63-60 earlier this season in the championship game of the Mid-Del Holiday Classic.
If the Broncos beat MWC Friday night, they will clinch a spot in the state tournament. If MHS falls to the Bombers, they will get one more opportunity to make it to state when they would play either Moore or Norman at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Choctaw.
Moore and Norman both have one loss in the postseason and they are playing each other Friday night to see who advances to the Saturday game.
By Kyle Salomon,
Beating a team three times in one season is a hard thing to do in sports, but the Mustang boys accomplished that with their beat-down of Putnam City last Friday night.
The Bronco boys basketball team hammered the Pirates 86-67 at the MHS gym in the opening game of regional play to make it three-for-three against PC this year.
Junior guard Terrell Williams led Mustang in scoring on the night with 18 points. Sophomore forward Austin Meyer and senior forward Demarion Love were the other Broncos players in double figures. Meyer had 16 points and Love finished with 13.
Sophomore guard Jakolby Long led in the rebounding department with 10. Meyer had nine in the game and Love totaled eight.
The first two games against Putnam City were polar opposites. Mustang destroyed the Pirates on their home floor back in December 72-45, but PC nearly pulled the upset of the Broncos later in the regular season at Putnam City. MHS came away with a 73-66 overtime victory.
Mustang wanted to get off to a quick start against the Pirates and make the third game more like the first. They accomplished that as they quickly jumped out to a double-digit lead.
Putnam City made a strong run to start the second half as it cut the big Bronco lead to single digits, but MHS stopped the bleeding and drove the lead back up over 20 points midway through the fourth period.
Mustang ended the game with 42 rebounds and made 26 out of 35 foul shots. MHS forced Putnam City into 13 turnovers, but committed 22 themselves.
“We wanted to come out and be aggressive early,” Mustang head coach Terry Long said. “I think we accomplished that goal. We didn’t want to allow them to have any kind of hope, so it was important to come out and attack.”
By Kyle Salomon,
Five Mustang grapplers closed out their 2013-2014 season at the state championships last weekend at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds.
Three seniors and two freshmen represented the Broncos wrestling program.
Senior 132-pounder Gareth Ballard, senior 182-pounder David McCright, senior 220-pounder Clay Feland, freshman 120-pounder Trey Edwards and freshman 126-pounder Gage McBride competed in the double-elimination tournament.
Mustang wrestlers did not fare well in the two-day event as the grapplers had a combined record of 1-10 on the weekend.
“The story for this season is that we qualified five wrestlers for state,” Mustang head coach Dave Rankin said. “The previous two years we only qualified one wrestler for state, but these kids really worked hard and have Mustang wrestling back in the right direction.”
Edwards wrestled first for the Broncos in the 120-pound weight class. The Mustang freshman took on John Jiminez from Sand Springs in the first round. Edwards fell to Jiminez 5-1.
Edwards then went up against Edmond North 120-pounder Cy Trindle. Trindle defeated Edwards 12-4 to eliminate the Bronco wrestler from the tournament.
Edwards’ final record this season was 14-9.
McBride competed in the 126-pound weight class for MHS. The freshman dropped his first-round bout to Davion Jeffries of Broken Arrow in a second-period fall.
McBride was eliminated from the state tournament in his next match at the hands of Connor Dooling of Southmoore 9-7.
McBride’s final record this season was 13-18.
Ballard wrestled in the 132-pound weight division for the Broncos. He defeated Beau Brather of Sand Springs in the first round by a score of 5-4.
In his second-round bout, Ballard took on Stillwater’s Kaid Brock. Ballard fell to Brock in a first-period fall.
The Mustang senior was eliminated from the tournament in his next match when he fell to Colby Moates of Moore 3-1.
Ballard’s final record in his senior campaign was 19-6.
McCright competed in the 182-pound weight class for Mustang. The senior took on Wyatt Ellis from Tulsa Union in his first bout and lost in a first-period fall.
McCright was eliminated from the tournament in his next bout against Landon Henderickson from Owasso. McCright fell 5-4 in the match.
McCright’s final record in his senior season was 26-15.
Feland wrestled in the 220-pound weight division for MHS. Feland took on Kyler Childers from Sand Springs in his first bout and fell 3-2.
Feland was eliminated in his next match by Logan Parks of Yukon 5-2.
Feland’s final season record was 21-13.
“This senior class is special,” Rankin said. “To think about how far they have come in the past three years is really incredible. They have all turned into outstanding, strong and impressive young men. It was an honor to coach them and watch them grow through these years.”
Looking ahead to next year
Mustang wrestling will look different next year as the Broncos are graduating nine out of their 14 varsity wrestlers from this year’s squad that placed fourth in the regional and 24th overall in the state.
The nine seniors the Bronco wrestling program will lose are Gareth Ballard at 132, Jordan Kalmeyer at 138, Robert King at 145, Zac Julian at 152, Redmon Wilkerson at 160, David McCright at 182, Mark Casteneda at 195, Clay Feland at 220 and Dylan Needham at 285.
The five varsity grapplers returning to action for Mustang will be Jason Clark at 106, Corbin Hardin at 113, Trey Edwards at 120, Gage McBride at 126 and Zach Butler at 170.
“The freshman class from this season has a chance to be a really special group,” Rankin said. “We have a lot of young wrestlers in the program right now that have a chance to do some great things. We have 50 kids in the room right now that want to compete at a high level, and that’s what it takes to be great.”
By Kyle Salomon,
A slow start was too much for Mustang girls to overcome in a regional loss to Lawton Eisenhower Feb. 27 at Norman North.
The Bronco girls basketball team saw its 2013-2014 season come to an end with an opening round 54-48 loss to Lawton Ike.
The defeat drops Mustang’s final overall record this year to 9-15.
“We just couldn’t do much right to start the game,” Mustang head coach Kevin Korstjens said. “It’s hard to dig yourself out of a big hole against a good team. I was really proud of how the girls fought back.”
Sophomore guard Addyson Lawson led the Lady Broncos in the scoring department with 15 points in the game. Senior center Brooke Irwin was the only other Mustang player in double figures with 10.
Irwin was the leading rebounder for MHS with 12 boards in the contest. Senior Laci Joyner finished with five rebounds.
The Lady Broncos had a rough start in the first period. At the midway point in the frame the girls trailed Lawton Ike 14-3. MHS was able to cut the lead to 19-11 by the end of one, but Eisenhower was still in control of the game.
Mustang turned the tables in the second period as its offense came alive. Inside play from Irwin and junior forward Rebecca Hicks helped the Broncos get back in the game. The Bronco defense was stouter as well, holding Ike to 10 points in the frame and trailing 29-27 at halftime.
Lawton Ike was able to extend the lead back to six points by the end of the third period and hold off several Mustang rallies to grab the six-point win.
Mustang totaled 28 rebounds in the game and made nine out of 12 free throws. The Lady Broncos forced 20 turnovers and committed 16 in the game.
Looking to next year
The Mustang girls now look ahead to next season with the season-ending loss to Lawton Ike.
The Lady Broncos will lose four girls to graduation from this year’s squad. Center Brooke Irwin, guard Tori Shockley, forward Laci Joyner and forward Candis Davis played their final game in the Mustang girls basketball program against Lawton Ike.
Irwin, Shockley and Joyner all played major roles on the team this season, but Davis was injured in the preseason and could not play her senior year.
Mustang will return guards Madison Maxwell, Addyson Lawson, Toniesha Cobbs and Bailey Flynn next season. Flynn was forced to miss the entire year this season due to a knee injury she sustained in the preseason.
Forwards Logan Haller, Sarah Kellogg, Brandi Russell, Shelby Wright and Abby Niehues will be back next season for the Lady Broncos. Russell and Wright missed most of the season with injuries sustained earlier in the year.
The Mustang girls will have one center on the roster next season and that will be Rebecca Hicks, who came on strong midway through the year.
“We definitely learned a lot this season,” Korstjens said. “I’m hoping our young girls who are coming back next year can learn from their experience this season and improve for next year.”
By Kyle Salomon,
Losing 17 seniors has the Mustang baseball team starting fresh with the new season.
One year ago, the Bronco baseball team was heading into the 2013 baseball season as a favorite to make the state tournament and even a run at a state title.
Mustang was loaded with seniors, who had numerous years of experience at the varsity level.
This year, the Broncos are not only young on the diamond, but raw.
“We are going to have to do a lot of different things to be successful this year,” Mustang head coach Scott Selby said. “We are going to have to play small ball, play aggressive on the base paths and take chances we wouldn’t normally take. The guys have worked hard and have great attitudes throughout the fall and preseason.”
The 2014 version of the Mustang baseball team will take the field for its first regular season game at 1 p.m. Saturday at home against Putnam City North.
They will do so with three players returning from last year’s squad that played on a regular basis. Senior pitcher and infielder Austin Roberts, senior infielder Lane Driskill and junior infielder and pitcher Jakob Webb are the only Broncos who saw a lot of action last season.
The Broncos will have eight seniors on the roster this year. Roberts and Driskill, along with pitcher and outfielder Ryne Martin, infielder Logan Reed, infielder Tyler Goble, pitcher John McInturf, catcher and infielder Austin Harris and pitcher Jeremy Bieber are the seniors on the roster this season.
Mustang lost most of its production at the plate, on the mound and in the field from last year’s regional championship group.
The seniors from last year’s team who graduated are Mason Stasyszen, Andrew Madison, Jayland Rodriguez, Cole Williams, Landon Vodka, Chris Gibbons, Hayden Shaw, Jacob Rateliff, Matt Massey, Austin Billiott, Tucker Calmus, Shannon Kyle, Spencer Tillman, Reece Perzanowski, Patrick Osborne, Estavon Gonzalez and Aaron Lebo.
The Broncos will take on U.S. Grant at 4 p.m. Monday at home and at 4 p.m. Tuesday on the road.
“We know what we are going to have to do in order to win games,” Selby said. “If we can execute offensively, defensively and on the mound with what are aiming to do, we will be competitive.”
By Kyle Salomon,
Despite only having three seniors on the roster, the Mustang girls track team will be loaded with depth this season.
High school track officially begins Friday around the state and the Bronco girls squad will travel to Norman to compete at the Norman High track meet at 11 a.m.
The three seniors on the squad will be Laci Joyner, Stephanie Wilson and Sara Wojcak.
Mustang head coach Eric Peterson is entering his second year as the girls track coach at Mustang.
Peterson he is excited to get the season started.
“The Norman meet is always a good meet to go to early in the season because it gives you a true idea of where you’re really at as a team at this point,” he said. “It shows you what your strengths and weaknesses are. There are so many good teams that are going to be in Norman, it makes it a big challenge.”
Peterson said he likes the depth he sees out of his team right now.
“Last year, we weren’t deep at all,” he said. “If we had a girl go down on a relay team, we didn’t have anyone to replace her, but this year we have the depth we need to be able to manage if something like that happens. We will be able to fill in spots and not miss a beat.”
This winter has been unusually cold with snow and ice storms throughout the winter months, which makes it difficult to get outside and practice for the track teams.
Peterson said his girls have had to practice a lot indoors in preparation for the season.
“It’s been a weird winter to say the least,” he said. “We usually are able to get a couple months of outside practices that are real productive, but this year has been tough to do that. We have been going inside the wellness center and doing the best we can. We are looking forward to getting out there Friday.”
By Kyle Salomon,
Mustang boys plan on a different outcome in their regional than last season.
The Bronco boys basketball team was upset in the first round of the regional last year by Bixby at Jenks. This year, Mustang is a regional host, and they will take on Putnam City at 8 p.m. Friday at Mustang High School.
The two other teams playing in the Mustang regional are Norman North and Westmoore. The Timberwolves and the Jaguars will play at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the MHS gym.
Mustang will carry the No.1 seed in the regional. They are the No.4 seed in the west. Norman North will be the No.2 seed, Westmoore will be the No.3 seed and Putnam City is the No.4 seed.
“We are looking forward to the opportunity to host a regional here at Mustang,” Mustang head coach Terry Long said. “We have big goals we know we can achieve, and it starts on Friday night.”
The winners of the two Friday games will play in the regional championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mustang High School.
The losers of the two games on Friday are done for the year.
The Broncos enter the regional with an 18-5 overall record this season.
Norman North sits at 13-7 coming into the regional. They are coached by Butch Roberts.
Westmoore comes into the regional with a record of 8-10 this season. They are coached by Scott Hodges.
Putnam City has an unusual record this season with a mark of 5-17. They are coached by A.D. Burtschi.
The Broncos are 2-0 against Putnam City this year. Their first meeting was a 72-45 smack-down in December at Mustang. Their most recent clash was a little tighter for the Broncos as it took overtime to beat the Pirates 73-66 at Putnam City.
Mustang has not played Norman North or Westmoore this season.
Mustang was without sophomore guards Jakolby Long and Isaiah Hammons last Friday night against Putnam City North because of leg injuries. Both players will be on the court against Putnam City Friday.
By Kyle Salomon,
Mustang boys got 15 points and 20 rebounds from sophomore forward Austin Meyer in their 50-46 senior night victory against Putnam City North.
The Broncos finished the regular season with an 18-5 overall record with the defeat of the Panthers last Friday night at Mustang High School.
“I thought we got some good play inside against PC North,” Mustang head coach Terry Long said. “We were thin on the perimeter, so we wanted to really focus on getting the ball inside and letting our big guys go to work. Austin (Meyer) was really aggressive tonight. We need that from him.”
Mustang was without sophomore guard Jakolby Long and Isaiah Hammons. Long sat out of the game because of knee soreness and Hammons was resting an injured ankle suffered earlier in the week.
“Those guys are going to be fine for the postseason,” Long said. “It was more of a precautionary thing holding them out. We need them healthy and ready to go on Friday night.”
The Broncos and PC North battled neck-and-neck throughout the entire game. Mustang was able to use its full-court trap defense to force several Panther turnovers, which allowed MHS to get the victory.
Meyer was the only Bronco in double figures in scoring and rebounding on the night. The 20 boards brought down by the 6-foot-9-inch sophomore were his season high and the team’s season high this year.
Turnovers continued to be a problem for Mustang. They committed 22 on the night as a team and forced just nine against Putnam City North.
The Broncos brought down 44 rebounds and made 13 out of 16 free throws in the game.
“I am proud of the guys for gutting the game out,” Long said. “We could have just said we don’t care about this game and focused on the postseason, but our guys wanted to get this one, and they did.”
By Kyle Salomon,
Despite getting 23 points and nine rebounds from junior guard Terrell Williams, the Mustang boys suffered an 18-point beat-down at the hands of the No.1 team in the state.
Putnam City West throttled the Broncos 84-66 on Feb. 18 at Putnam City West High School. The loss by MHS made it a season sweep by PC West over Mustang. The Patriots handled the Broncos by double digits at Mustang earlier in the season.
Two other players were in double figures scoring-wise for the Broncos other than Williams. Sophomore guard Jakolby Long finished the game with 19 points and 11 rebounds on the night, and sophomore guard Isaiah Hammons closed out the contest with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
It was the first time this season three different Mustang players had a double-double in one game.
“Putnam City West just took it to us after that first quarter,” Mustang head coach Terry Long said. “We couldn’t do anything right offensively, and we couldn’t stop them on defense.”
The Broncos were able to keep the score close in the first period, trailing 21-20 after one, but the Patriots broke it open in the second frame as they extended their lead out to double digits before halftime.
Mustang kept the lead below 15 points for the majority of the third period, but Putnam City West extended it out to 20-plus in the fourth.
The Broncos completed the game with 42 rebounds on the night. They committed 19 turnovers and forced just seven against PC West.
MHS continued its struggling ways from the foul stripe, going 18-of-31 in the game.
“We have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball,” Long said. “If we don’t value the basketball better, we won’t accomplish our goals. I thought we played well in the first quarter, but after that we couldn’t get anything going.”
By Kyle Salomon,
Mustang girls are hitting their stride at the right time as they enter regional play at Norman North.
The Bronco girls basketball team takes on Lawton Eisenhower at 6:30 p.m. tonight in game one of the Norman North regional.
Mustang finished the regular season with an overall record of 9-14, but the Lady Broncos have won four out of six games entering the postseason.
MHS is the No.3 seed in the regional. Norman North is the No.1 seed, Lawton Ike is the No.2 seed and Edmond North is the No.4 seed.
“We are excited about the way we are playing entering the postseason,” Mustang head coach Kevin Korstjens said. “These girls have worked really hard and their play on the court the past month has shown that. We look forward to going out and playing our best basketball against Lawton Ike on Thursday night.”
Norman North and Edmond North will play at 8 p.m. following the game between the Broncos and Eisenhower.
The winners of each game will play in the regional championship game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Norman North.
The Broncos have not played Lawton Ike this season. They have not played Norman North, but they have played Edmond North twice as they swept the Huskies in district play.
Norman North is entering the regional with a record of 15-5. They are coached by Jeff Blough.
Lawton Eisenhower enters regional play with a record of 20-4. They are coached by Shawn DeIorio.
Edmond North is entering the regional with a record of 5-14.
“All that matters to us right now is that first game,” Korstjens said. “We all know if you don’t take care of business in game one, you are done. So that is our focus at this point. We will worry about the rest after Thursday night.”