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Stoops, Snyder meet again as Sooners and Wildcats collide in Norman

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It is not very often in sports when a pupil goes up against a mentor, but at 11 a.m. Saturday in Norman, that will take place when Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder leads his Wildcats into Memorial Stadium for a match up with OU head coach Bob Stoops’ Sooners.

Stoops was the defensive coordinator at Kansas State under Snyder for numerous years in Manhattan, Kan. Stoops also coached with Snyder under Hayden Frye at Iowa before the duo came to commentary new.qxd

“Coach Snyder is a great coach,” said Stoops during Monday’s media luncheon. “Again, I appreciated my time with him. I loved the seven years that I was there; they were great for me and I worked with great people along with him.”

Oklahoma comes into the game nationally ranked No. 11, while the Wildcats enter Norman with a national ranking of 14. OU sits 5-1 overall and 2-1 in Big 12 Conference play, while KSU is 4-1 with a 2-0 Big 12 mark.

The game will be nationally televised by ESPN with coverage beginning at 11 a.m.

The Sooners enter Saturday after beating their rival Texas in the Red River Showdown 31-27 last Saturday in Dallas. K-State had the week off last week, which means they will be well-rested and well-prepared for OU.

Snyder said every game during the season is important.

“You only get 12 maybe 13 opportunities to (play) out of 365 days, so you can’t go through and pick and choose which is more important because they all count,” said Snyder during his weekly press conference. “Every single game counts. You can’t demean the value of the game, the significance of the game or the importance of a game.”

Coming into the game offensively, Oklahoma is averaging 40.5 points per game and 445.5 total yards per contest. OU is rushing the ball for an average of 191 yards per game and passing for an average of 254.5 yards per outing.

The Sooners have amassed 127 first downs this season, while turning the football over just seven times. Oklahoma has been penalized 31 times for 310 total yards this season.

OU quarterback Trevor Knight has a passing efficiency rating of 128.7 this year. Knight has thrown 1,503 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions on 102 completions out of 185 attempts.

Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine is leading the way for the Sooners on the ground 577 yards on 109 carries with nine touchdowns.

Sooner receiver Sterling Shepard leads the way through the air with 34 receptions for 714 yards with four touchdowns.

Offensively for the Wildcats, they are averaging 40.8 points per game and 444 total yards per game. KSU is rushing for an average of 189 yards per contest and passing for an average of 255 yards per game.

Kansas State has totaled 118 first downs this season, while committing six turnovers. K-State has been penalized 20 times for a total of 162 yards.

KSU quarterback Jake Waters has a passing efficiency rating of 147.8 this year, and has passed for a total of 1,206 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions on 93 completions out of 143 attempts.

Waters also leads the Wildcats on the ground this season with 388 yards on 69 carries with six touchdowns.

K-State receiver Tyler Lockett leads the Cats through the air with 29 receptions for 399 yards with three touchdowns.

On the defensive side of the football for the Sooners, they are allowing 21.5 points per game and a total of 391.7 yards per contest. Opponents are rushing for an average of 116 yards per game and passing for an average of 275.7 yards per outing.

Oklahoma has forced 15 turnovers this year on defense.

The top three leading tacklers for the OU defense are linebacker Dominique Alexander with 49 tackles, linebacker Jordan Evans with 49 tackles and safety Ahmad Thomas with 30 tackles.

The Kansas State defense has been stout this season allowing opponents to score an average of 21 points per game and allowing a total of 315.8 yards per contest. Teams are rushing for an average of 81.4 yards per game and passing for an average of 234.4 yards per outing.

K-State has forced seven turnovers this season.

The top three tacklers on the Wildcat defense are Dante Barnett with 31 tackles, Randall Evans with 27 tackles and Travis Green with 18 tackles.

Pokes face sharp challenge with Horned Frogs

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The Oklahoma State Cowboys will try to avoid repeating history Saturday when the No.15 Cowboys take the field in Fort Worth against No.12 Texas Christian.

The last time these two teams met at Amon G. Carter Stadium, the Horned Frogs defeated Oklahoma State 13-11 back in 1992.

“We’ve got a good challenge ahead of us, playing a very good football team. They’re a very fast football team and well-coached. They’re manufacturing a lot of points on offense.

“They’re successful on third downs, so we definitely have our work cut out for us. This could very well be the best team we’ve played, give or take,” said OSU head coach Mike Gundy in his weekly press conference.

Oklahoma State holds the series lead with the Horned Frogs by a 13-9-2 edge, with the first meeting dating back to 1915 – in which the Cowboys won by a 13-0 margin. Texas Christian holds a 5-4-2 edge over OSU in games played in Fort Worth.

“We just look at it like another game. We just go out there and just make plays and do what the coaches tell us to do. We are going to prepare for this game like we prepare for any other game,” said OSU defensive tackle Vincent Taylor on facing TCU on the Horned Frogs homecoming.

It’s the first meeting in Fort Worth with both schools under the Big 12 Conference banner. The Horned Frogs played the first two years in Stillwater, in which they are 3-7 in the series, after inheriting Texas A&M’s league schedule back in 2012.

Texas Christian brings a 4-1 overall record into the game, while sporting a 1-1 Big 12 mark after losing an offensive shootout last week to Baylor by a 61-58 margin. The Horned Frogs have already shaken up the league standings after knocking off the Oklahoma Sooners in Fort Worth by a 37-33 margin.

The Horned Frogs sport the league’s second best scoring offense with 29 touchdowns and nine field goals through five games. Tack on the 28 extra points and TCU has scored 229 points for an average of 45.8 points per game.

TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin leads his team in rushing and ranks 10th in the conference with 305 yards and three touchdowns on 57 carries. He averages 61.0 yards per game and 4.4 yards per carry. The Horned Frogs have rushed for a total of 924 yards on 191 attempts, with B.J. Catalon logging 288 yards and six scores on 59 rushes.

Boykin ranks second in the league and seventh nationally in total offense with an average of 353.6 yards per game. He’s logged at least 332 total yards in each of the five games this season. He’s thrown for 1,463 yards and 11 touchdowns on 120-of-208 passing with two interceptions.

The Horned Frogs have 15 receivers with at least one catch each. Josh Doctson leads the way with 272 yards on 24 catches, followed by Deante’ Gray with 19 grabs for 208 yards. Kolby Listenbee leads in overall yardage with 418 on 18 catches. All three receivers have three touchdowns each.

Oklahoma State will counter with an offense that is averaging 420 yards per game and logged 2,524 total yards. The Cowboys have rushed for 930 yards this season for an average of 3.8 yards per carry and 155 per game.

Desmond Roland leads the way with 391 yards and seven touchdowns on 96 carries, followed by Tyreek Hill’s 205 yards on 38 totes. Rennie Childs is close behind with 199 yards on 50 attempts.

Quarterback Daxx Garman has thrown for 1,361 yards in five games, logging 10 touchdowns against five interceptions. He’s completed 92-of-159 passes for 57.9 percent.

Brandon Shepard leads all receivers with 18 catches for 299 yards, followed closely by Mustang’s David Glidden with 265 yards on 18 grabs. Both receivers average over 44 yards per game.

Family atmosphere leads Lady Broncos into state tournament

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Mustang softball is no stranger to success, as they are one of the top athletic programs not only at Mustang High School, but in the entire state.

The Lady Broncos are used to winning their regional and qualifying for the state tournament, but they have never gotten over the hump and won a state title, despite having some of the best players in the state year-in and commentary new.qxd

Mustang continued that strong tradition of being one of the top teams in Oklahoma and hosting and winning their regional and qualifying for the state tournament, but this year the seniors say this is the first time they feel like they can actually bring home the state championship.

“We are a family this year,” Mustang senior pitcher Jayden Chestnut said. “Everyone likes each other and we all like being around one another. We actually hang out and do things together outside of softball, where in the past, that wouldn’t happen. We tried, but it never happened.”

So what is the difference between this year and all of the years before for the Mustang softball program?

A new coaching regime has come to Lady Broncos softball and completely changed the atmosphere of the program.

Bryan Howard is in his first year on the job as the head coach for Mustang softball. Howard is no stranger to winning state championships, as he has stood at the top of the mountain with his previous school, Washington High School in Washington, Okla.

“This senior class has bought in to what I want out of our players,” Howard said. “That’s one of the things that makes this group so special. Without the blessing from our seniors, it would be very hard to get the younger girls to buy into my system. I’m very thankful for them.”

Several of those changes include summer workouts and summer games as a team that helped start the process of team bonding, following by weekend practices during the season when they didn’t have games.

“We have been around each other a lot more,” Chestnut said. “Coach Howard has changed the attitude of this program. We all look forward to coming to softball every day. It doesn’t matter if it’s practice or a game, we all love coming here, because we are having fun. We are working harder than we ever have, but we are having fun.”

This senior class is no stranger to winning softball games. They have a record of 114-34 in the four years. They have been to the state tournament every year. They have had two semifinal appearances and one quarterfinal appearance.

Senior shortstop Caisey Jones said it’s time to bring a state title to Mustang.

“This is the best chance we have ever had to win it all because we have really good chemistry as a team,” she said. “We are all really close and like playing together, so that is going to make a difference this year in the state tournament.”

Mustang will open up state tournament play at 3 p.m. today in Shawnee against Tulsa Union. All of the state tournament games will take place at the Ballfields at Firelake at 18160 Rangeline Road.

The state tournament is single-elimination, so the Lady Broncos must win to stay alive for the title. If they win today, they will return to action at 2 p.m. Friday, and if they win the semifinal game, they will play in the state championship game at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The other two teams on their side of the bracket are Southmoore and Owasso. On the other side of the bracket are Edmond North, Broken Arrow, Choctaw and Westmoore.

Just because they have better chemistry and are playing well as a team doesn’t guarantee them a state title. Senior outfielder Hailey Milburn said they have to play mistake-free softball.

“We all have to do our jobs,” Milburn said. “If we go out there and play the way we are capable of playing, I feel like we will win, but we have to play well in every area.”

Broncos leery of “trap” game with Southmoore

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Mustang will face the definition of a “trap” game at 7 p.m. Friday when the Broncos host Southmoore at Bronco Stadium.

The Sabercats come into the game with a 1-5 record and a 1-2 mark in district play and are coached by Jeremy Stark. The Broncos are sitting at 5-1 and 3-0 in the district through six commentary new.qxd

Even though Southmoore has a poor record, they have given good teams tough games this season. The Sabercats took on Edmond Memorial in week one and fell to the Bulldogs 20-0. In week two, they fell to Westmoore 20-7. In their third game they dropped a close contest at Edmond Santa Fe 34-28.

“We fully expect a battle on Friday night,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “They are a good, talented, well-coached football team. They have given some really good teams tough times this year, so we know they will be ready to play.”

Southmoore got its first victory of the year in week four against Moore with a 41-26 win. They dropped their fifth game of the season with a 13-9 loss to second-ranked Owasso, and last week they stayed close with top-ranked Tulsa Union through the first half, but allowed the Redskins to pull away in the second half to lose 51-21.

“Anytime you can play Owasso within four points at their place and be neck-and-neck with Union through the first half, you have a chance to compete with anyone on any night,” Dombek said. “We are definitely not looking ahead to the next few weeks. Southmoore has our full attention.”

The Sabercats are averaging 17 points per game this season, while averaging 256.6 total yards per game. They are averaging 162.8 rushing yards per contest and 93.8 passing yards.

Defensively, SM is giving up 22.6 points per game and allowing 319.8 yards per game on average. Teams are rushing for 162 yards per contest on the Sabercats and passing for 157.8 yards.

Mustang comes into the matchup with Southmoore after defeating Yukon 41-14 in week one, falling to Stillwater 35-26 in week two, taking out Edmond Memorial 57-37 in week three, beating Edmond Memorial 34-20 in week four, throttling Putnam City North 46-0 in week five and coming back to defeat Norman North 41-27 last week.

The Broncos are averaging 40.5 points per game this year, while averaging 491.3 total yards per contest. Mustang is rushing for an average of 229.5 yards per game and passing for an average of 261.8 yards per contest.

MHS is allowing 22.5 points per game this season, while allowing opponents 311.5 total yards per game, including 121.7 rush yards and 189.8 pass yards per game.

“I like the way we are playing right now,” Dombek said. “But we have to keep improving. We got off to a bad start last week, so we need to be better coming out of the gate. I think our balance offensively is good right now, and we are getting good play out of our defense. But we can still be a lot better.”

Broncos overcome slow start against Norman North, win by two touchdowns

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For the first 12 minutes of the game last week, it looked like Norman North was going to have an easy time against Mustang, but the Broncos had different plans the next three quarters.

Mustang improved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in district play with a 41-27 victory at Norman North on Oct. 9. The Timberwolves fell to 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the district with the loss, making it their fourth defeat in a commentary new.qxd

It looked like the game was going to go in favor of Norman North in the first quarter, as the T-wolves took their first three drives of the game for touchdowns against the Bronco defense. Mustang was able to muster one score in the opening frame on a 48-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Chandler Garrett to junior receiver Dylan Doran.

However, that’s all MHS would get as NN led 20-7 after one quarter of play.

The Broncos turned the tide in the second quarter as they put 21 points on the scoreboard compared to Norman North’s zero.

One of the three touchdowns scored in the second frame came on an interception and return for a score by senior linebacker Cutter Smith, who has battled injuries this season.

Mustang led 28-20 at halftime.

“We settled down and started playing,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “We’re capable of playing that well. You look at us out there and see Norman North just towering over us. All our guys look like they’re about 5-10 and 180 pounds. But we’re strong and we’re fast.”

Neither team put a point on the board in the third quarter, as both defenses were stout against the high-powered offenses. Both teams got on the scoreboard in the fourth and final quarter of the game, as the Broncos put up 13 points compared to Norman North’s seven.

“We came out flat again,” Dombek said. “All but one game this year, we’ve started like that. I don’t know what it is. Maybe we need to have a little more fun with the guys so they’ll come out and loosen up early.”

Mustang finished the game with 17 total first downs offensively and 313 total offensive yards. The Broncos rushed for 165 yards and passed for 148 yards in the contest. They had zero turnovers, but had 10 penalties for 51 yards.

Garrett finished the night with 148 yards passing on 14 completions out of 28 attempts. The junior QB had two passing touchdowns and one rushing in the game.

Senior running back Chase Brown carried the ball 28 times for 193 yards and three touchdowns against the Timberwolves.

Senior receiver David Parker joined Doran with a touchdown catch of his own that went 65 yards in the fourth quarter, sealing the win for MHS.

Sophomore defensive back Carter Rees had two interceptions in the game for Mustang.

The Bronco defense allowed Norman North 16 first downs in the game, while allowing 392 yards of total offense. The T-wolves rushed for 150 yards and passed for 242 yards. NN had two turnovers and were penalized seven times for 56 yards.

Lady Broncos win regional title on home turf

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In high school softball, regional tournaments can always be a scary couple of days for teams that are expected to make it to the state tournament.

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The Lady Broncos softball team did not allow those things to happen last week as they won all three of their regional games to capture a regional championship on their home field.

“I thought we played really well as a team,” Mustang coach Bryan Howard said. “We got really good pitching performances out of Jayden (Chestnut) and Kylie (Dodson). Our defense was really solid. I thought we took awhile to get going offensively in all three games, but we got timely hits when we needed them.”

Mustang played its regional tournament  Oct. 7 and 8. They were the No.1 seed in the event, with Edmond Memorial as the No.2 seed, Norman as the No.3 seed and Lawton as the No.4 seed.

The Bronco girls took on Lawton in game one Oct. 7. Despite a slow start offensively, Mustang finished the game strong with an 8-0 win over the Lady Wolverines. Freshman pitcher Kylie Dodson was in the circle for MHS in the first win.

Edmond Memorial took on Norman in game two of the day, which saw the Lady Bulldogs defeating the Lady Tigers to set up the winners bracket matchup with Mustang later that night.

Before the Memorial-Mustang contest took place, the elimination game of Norman vs. Lawton was played with the Tiger girls winning the game and sending the Wolverines home after two games.

Mustang senior pitcher Jayden Chestnut got the start in the circle for the Lady Broncos in the winners bracket game against Edmond Memorial. The contest was evenly matched as both pitchers dominated the game.

It was scoreless through the fifth inning, but Mustang put one run on the board in the sixth inning and held Memorial scoreless in the final two frames to go on and win 1-0.

The Lady Broncos victory put them in the driver’s seat to win the regional as they had to be beaten twice by the winner of the Norman-Edmond Memorial elimination game, which was played at noon Oct. 8.

The Lady Tigers shocked the Lady Bulldogs and defeated Edmond Memorial, sending them home for the year.

Norman had to beat Mustang twice to advance to the state tournament with the Lady Broncos having to win only once.

The Bronco girls had defeated the Tigers twice this season and Mustang would go on to make it three-in-a-row with a 6-2 victory in the regional championship, with Chestnut getting the W in the circle.

The three wins from the Lady Broncos gives them a record of 33-4 going into the state tournament, which begins today in Shawnee.

“Regionals can be scary because crazy things happen in regionals all the time,” Howard said. “I thought we handled it well as a team, especially our young girls. It was good for them to get their first taste of postseason action.”

Volleyball season comes to an end

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Mustang’s volleyball team saw its season come to an end Oct. 9 at Norman North with a three games to one loss to Moore.

The Lady Broncos competed in the Norman North regional as the No.3 seed with Moore being the No.2 seed. NN was the No.1 seed and Lawton was the No.4 seed.

Mustang finished with a record of 13-18 this season. The Bronco girls started the year at 5-2, but closed with a record of 8-16.

The highlight of the Mustang season was two victories, three games to none, over rival Yukon.

The Lady Broncos have four seniors that played their final match of their Mustang careers against Moore. Lesley Barnes, Emma Hudson, Heidi McDaniel and Reagan McNeil are set to graduate from Mustang High School in May.

Broncos prepare for offensive onslaught tonight against Norman North

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The last time the Broncos football team was in Tiger Stadium in Norman, they were celebrating a first-round playoff win over Norman North.

Mustang will return to the site of that win at 7 tonight with a district showdown with the commentary new.qxd

The Broncos come into the game with an overall record of 4-1 and a district mark of 2-0, while Norman North comes in with a three-game losing streak and a record of 2-3 and 0-2 in district play. NN is coached by Wade Stanley.

However, the T-wolves have played arguably the toughest schedule in the state, as they played the state’s third, second and first-ranked teams in a row the past three weeks.

“They have played the top three ranked teams in our class the past three weeks,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “So coming into this game off a three-game losing streak doesn’t mean anything. They are a terrific football team. They are well-coached and have a lot of talent. We are going to have to play well.”

Norman North opened the season with a 37-13 victory over rival Norman. They then took down Yukon 42-28 in week two. In week three, the Timberwolves took on Westmoore and fell to the Jaguars 48-41. Owasso then defeated NN in week four by a score of 45-20 and then last week, they fell to Tulsa Union 56-21.

Mustang opened the season with a 41-14 win at rival Yukon. In week two, Stillwater rolled into Bronco Stadium and upset the Broncos 35-26. Mustang responded with a road upset of Edmond Memorial 57-37. In week four, MHS took down Edmond North 34-20, and last week, Mustang hammered Putnam City North 46-0.

“We know they have had this game circled for a long time,” Dombek said. “Ever since we beat them at their place in the playoffs last year, they have been waiting for this game. We know we are going to be in a fight.”

Coming into tonight’s matchup, Mustang is averaging 33.7 points per game and averaging 425.4 total offensive yards per contest including 200.2 on the ground and 225.2 through the air.

Defensively, the Broncos are allowing 18 points per game. They are giving up 251.5 total yards per contest including 102.7 rushing and 148.8 passing.

Junior quarterback Chandler Garrett is leading Mustang through the air with 1,221 passing yards and 13 touchdowns. Garrett has completed 90 passes out of 138 attempts and has thrown four interceptions. The junior has also run for 162 yards and three touchdowns on 53 carries.

Senior running back Chase Brown has rushed for 721 yards this season and six touchdowns on 93 rushes. Brown has also caught 18 passes for 141 yards and three touchdowns.

Senior receiver David Parker leads the team in receptions so far this year with 22 catches for 408 yards and four touchdowns.

Junior receiver Bobby Brown is second on the team with 10 receptions for 177 yards and two touchdowns.

“We like the way we are playing right now,” Dombek said. “But we have to keep improving and getting better.”

Defense, air attack highlight blowout win over PC North

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Defense and the passing game headlined the 46-0 victory for the Broncos against Putnam City North last Friday night on homecoming night at Mustang High School.

The Mustang defense held the Panthers to just 51 yards of total offense, including minus 31 rushing yards, while the Bronco offense attacked PC North through the air with 297 of the 378 total yards coming from the passing commentary new.qxd

The home district win improved Mustang’s overall record to 4-1 this season and 2-0 in district play.

“We played a full game defensively for the first time this whole season,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “PC North has some good athletes over there, and we played really well all night long. I thought we missed some opportunities early on offensively, but we played well overall.”

Mustang didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard, as the Broncos took their opening drive down the field and put it in the end zone, grabbing an early 7-0 lead.

The Broncos had two more possessions in the first quarter, but only managed a field goal to take a 10-0 lead into the second frame.

Mustang took total control of the game in the second quarter, putting 22 points on the board against the Panthers. At the halftime break, the Broncos led PC North 32-0.

In the third quarter, Mustang continued to dominate on both sides of the ball, putting two more touchdowns on the scoreboard to give the Broncos the 46-point victory.

The Broncos finished with 23 total first downs and no turnovers. They had 81 rushing yards and committed seven penalties for 65 yards. Mustang was 4-for-12 on third downs in the game.

“Putnam City North loaded the box and wanted to take away our running game,” Dombek said. “That opened up a lot with our passing game, and I thought we handled that well.”

Junior quarterback Chandler Garrett finished the night with 260 passing yards on 17-of-26 passing with four touchdowns. Garrett also had 24 yards rushing on seven carries.

Fellow junior backup quarterback Luke Ring saw action in the fourth quarter for the first time this season. Ring finished with 37 yards through the air and completed four out of seven passes.

“It was good to get some of our young guys into the game, because that helps build depth,” Dombek said. “You always have to take advantage of those opportunities because during the season, you will have to count on those young backups to come in and play important minutes for you.”

Senior running back Chase Brown didn’t have a lot of room to run last Friday night, but still managed 28 yards on 13 carries and one touchdown. Brown also affected the game with his hands, as he caught five passes for 45 yards and two touchdowns.

Sophomore running back Aaron Kinchion was the second-leading rusher for the Broncos last Friday night with 27 yards on seven carries.

Senior receiver David Parker stole the show from the receiver position, as he caught eight passes for 148 yards and one touchdown.

Junior receiver Bobby Brown had one reception in the game for 42 yards.

Defensively, Mustang was stout against the Panthers. The Broncos held PC North to seven first downs and didn’t allow Putnam City North to convert any third downs in the game.

The Panthers finished the night with 82 passing yards and four turnovers, all coming through interceptions. PC North also had six penalties for 63 yards on the night.

Cheer squad takes sixth at state with flawless performance

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The Mustang varsity cheer squad turned in a “flawless” routine last Saturday in the State Cheer Competition, earning a sixth-place overall finish.

The cheer team finished with a score of 236 points after the final count was in from the judges. The competition took place Saturday evening at the Lloyd Noble Center on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in commentary new.qxd

Mustang cheer coach Katy Caudle said she was proud of the way her team performed.

“Our goal was to win and have a clean, solid routine. Our advanced skills were great, our jumps were really good and our tumbling was great. We didn’t drop anything either, so it was a flawless routine.”

Every squad participating in the state competition had no more than two minutes to complete their routine.

Each routine required a basket toss, elite stunting, a pyramid, jumps, standing tumbling, running tumbling and a motion section.

Caudle said to get all of that into one routine that was just two minutes long required countless hours of practice time for the cheer squad.

The team practices three mornings every week from 6 a.m. until 7:45 a.m. and every afternoon after school from 2:45 p.m. until 3:45 p.m.

On top of the practice time the cheer girls are required to put in, they have to cheer at every varsity, junior varsity and freshman football game for Mustang.

The varsity cheer squad is made up of 24 girls, while the freshman team has 10 on the squad. The varsity team that competed at state was required to be trimmed down to 18 members. Freshmen through seniors made up the 18-girl team.

Even though the state competition is behind them, the Mustang varsity cheer squad is not done with competitions. Their next step is the National Cheer Competition this coming January in Dallas.

Caudle said the cheer squad is going to continue practicing and getting ready for the national competition. She said they are planning to take two routines (squads) to Dallas to compete.

Caudle is in her first year as coach for the Mustang cheer squad, but this is her second year as a teacher in Mustang Public Schools.

The Ada native graduated from Ada High School where she was a varsity cheerleader and a varsity pom team member. Caudle was a Universal Cheer Association All-Star cheerleader while in high school as well.

Caudle chose to attend Oklahoma State University where she was awarded numerous scholarships for her involvement in the Miss America organization.

Caudle is now a judge for the Miss America organization and she said she enjoys it. “I love being a part of the Miss America organization. It has been a great experience.”

In the 2013-2014 school year, Caudle started the mock trial competitive law program at Mustang High School.

“I was a state champion in high school in the mock trial competitive law program at Ada High School,” Caudle said. “When I came to Mustang, they didn’t have a program, so I decided to try and start one, and it has been great so far.”

The Mustang cheer coach position came open during the spring semester last year, and Caudle was approached by several Mustang High School administrators about the position. She was officially hired last April to be the new coach.

“It was a no-brainer,” Caudle said. “I love it. It’s a big time commitment, but I love the girls. It’s totally worth it. This group is special. Our seniors are doing concurrent enrollment. We have National Honor Society members, we have a girl in the FFA, we have a girl in the band and we have a girl (Taylor Collins) who is a homecoming court nomination. All these girls are really well-rounded. It’s been awesome.”