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Wrestling team places two at conference tournament

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By Sports editor, Kyle Salomon

Mustang had two grapplers place in the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference Tournament last weekend at Southmoore High School.

Senior 182-pounder Zach Butler and senior 195-pounder Kaden Truelove were lone placers in the two-day event. Butler took second place in his weight class, while Truelove grabbed fourth place.

On Jan. 15, the Mustang wrestlers traveled to Putnam City North to take on the Panthers in a district dual. The Broncos won the dual by a score of 49-21, winning 10 of the 14 matches. Mustang won six of those 10 matches with pins, while the Broncos were pinned three times by PC North.

“I thought we came out tonight and took care of business,” Mustang coach Will Allen said. “Putnam City North is traditionally a strong team, so I’m proud of the guys for the way they came in and performed. We need to keep improving and getting stronger as we head into the stretch run of our season.”

In the 106-pound weight class, Mustang’s Joe Lupton defeated his opponent by a score of 7-2 in three rounds. In the 113-pound weight division, the Broncos’ Jason Clark won by a forfeit, and in the 120-pound weight bout, MHS’ Kerry McNeal defeated the PC North 120-pounder in a third-round pin.

In the 126-pound weight match, MHS’ Corbin Hardin fell to his opponent 8-3 in three rounds on the mat. In the 132-pound weight battle, Mustang’s Trey Edwards crushed his competitor from Putnam City North 18-1, as he went on to win by a technical pin. In the 138-pound weight class, the Broncos’ Colton Franks pinned his Panther opponent in the second round.

In the 145-pound weight division, the Broncos’ Gage McBride defeated his PC North counterpart with a second-round pin. In the 152-pound weight class, MHS’ Wyatt Riggs was pinned in the first round by the 152-pounder from Putnam City North, and in the 160-pound weight bout, Mustang’s Fazon Denby came back to defeat his opponent 3-2 in a tough three-round battle.

In the 170-pound weight class, Mustang’s Ryan Dickson was pinned in the second round by his opponent. In the 182-pound weight match, MHS’ Zach Butler defeated his PCN counterpart 10-4 in three rounds, and in the 195-pound weight clash, the Broncos’ Kaden Truelove was pinned in the second round by the 195-pounder from Putnam City North.

In the 220-pound weight division, MHS’ Austin Brown pinned his Panther opponent in the first round, and in the 285-pound weight class, Mustang’s Trey Cossey got the first pin of his young career in the second round of his bout with the heavyweight from Putnam City North.

The first dual of the week last week didn’t go quite as well for the Mustang wrestling team. The Broncos hosted rival Yukon on Jan. 13, with the Millers winning the dual by a score of 58-12.

Mustang will be back in action at 1 p.m. today in the District Duals at Southmoore High School, and then Friday and Saturday, the Broncos are competing in the Owasso Dual Tournament.

Swim teams compete at conference meet

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By Sports editor, Kyle Salomon

The Mustang swim teams competed in the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference on Jan. 15 in Edmond.

The girls squad took sixth place overall out of 11 teams, and the boys team captured ninth overall out of 12 teams.

In the girls meet, Edmond North took first place, with Norman North taking the top spot on the boys side of the pool.

Here are the individual results from the event:

In the girls 200-yard medley relay, Mustang took seventh place with a time of 2:10.83. Brandi Naeher, Mazie Garza, Lauren Oliver and Samantha Jones made up the team.

In the boys 200-yard medley relay, the Broncos grabbed seventh place with a time of 1:56.51. Drake Stowe, Minh Nguyen, Chandler McDonald and Zach McSwain made up the squad for MHS.

In the girls 200-yard freestyle race, Hannah Kertzner took 15th with a time of 2:18.87, Ryhan Deuel grabbed 18th with a time of 2:29.07, Gabby Rhodes finished in 25th place with a time of 2:57.52 and Alexandra Cox took 26th place with a time of 2:59.09.

In the boys 200-yard freestyle event, Matt Sellon took 14th with a time of 2:05.66, Lane Brown took 21st with a time of 2:20.63, Max Mayfield finished in 24th with a time of 2:31.16 and Zachary Boyanton placed 25th with a time of 2:31.91.

In the girls 200-yard individual medley, Victoria Cox took 25th with a time of 3:24.89, Zoe Mills captured 26th with a time of 3:30.34 and Cassidy Trail placed 29th with a time of 3:45.04.

In the boys 200-yard individual medley, Minh Nguyen placed 12th with a time of 2:19.63, Cullen Quinn finished 18th with a time of 2:37.29 and Colton Cooper placed 21st with a time of 3:01.13.

In the girls 50-yard freestyle race, Samantha Jones grabbed fourth with a time of 26.54, Brandi Naeher placed 26th with a time of 31.19, Hope Eirwin placed 27th with a time of 31.52 and Morgan Shirk took 28th with a time of 32.10.

In the boys 50-yard freestyle race, Zach McSwain placed 26th with a time of 26.50, Robert Coulter took 30th with a time of 26.95 and Christian Langdon took 41st with a time of 33.09.

In the girls 100-yard butterfly, Lauren Oliver placed sixth with a time of 1:05.17 and Summer Chrismon took 16th with a time of 1:15.47.

In the boys 100-yard butterfly stroke, Matt Sellon grabbed 13th overall with a time of 1:02.49, Chandler McDonald placed 17th with a time of 1:06.89 and Zackary Boyanton placed 20th with a time of 1:13.10.

In the girls 100-yard freestyle, Samantha Jones placed eighth with a time of 1:01.09, Mazie Garza placed 16th with a time of 1:05.93, Rachel Snodgrass took 26th with a time of 1:13.98 and Katrina Bearce placed 29th with a time of 1:14.64.

In the boys 100-yard freestyle, Robert Coulter placed 21st with a time of 59.73, Tucker Legg took 22nd with a time of 59.77, Jacob Hesser placed 26th with a time of 1:01.56 and Christian Langdon took 40th with a time of 1:08.14.

In the girls 500-yard freestyle, Hannah Kertzner took 14th with a time 6:13.89, Ryhan Deuel grabbed 16th with a time of 6:43.09, Rachel Snodgrass captured 22nd place with a time of 7:45.44 and Emma Downing placed 23rd with a time of 8:27.02.

In the boys 500-yard freestyle race, Drake Stowe took 15th place with a time of 6:23.30 and Max Mayfield grabbed 16th with a time of 7:16.41.

In the girls 200-yard freestyle relay, Mustang grabbed fourth place with a time of 1:53.77. Lauren Oliver, Summer Chrismon, Hannah Kertzner and Samantha Jones made up the team.

In the boys 200-yard freestyle relay, the Broncos took seventh place with a time of 1:44.64. Matt Sellon, Tucker Legg, Robert Coulter and Chandler McDonald made up the squad.

In the girls 100-yard backstroke, Brandi Naeher placed 23rd with a time of 1:19.55 and Gabby Rhodes took 26th with a time of 1:27.05.

In the boys 100-yard backstroke, Minh Nguyen placed 10th with a time of 103.70, Drake Stowe placed 13th with a time of 1:08.09, Tucker Legg grabbed 17th with a time of 1:10.97 and Jacob Hesser finished in 19th place with a time 1:13.47.

In the girls 100-yard breaststroke, Lauren Oliver took seventh place with a time of 1:17.34, Mazie Garza grabbed 14th place with a time of 1:24.66, Emma Downing placed 24th with a time of 1:33.15 and Morgan Shirk placed 29th with a time of 1:37.72.

In the boys 100-yard breaststroke, Zach McSwain placed 16th with a time of 1:14.52, Chandler McDonald took 17th with a time of 1:17.14, Cullen Quinn placed 18th with a time of 1:17.44 and Victor Castaneda took 22nd with a time of 1:22.58.

In the girls 400-yard freestyle relay, the Lady Broncos placed seventh with a time of 4:29.61. Mazie Garza, Ryhan Deuel, Summer Chrismon and Hannah Kertzner made up the team.

In the boys 400-yard freestyle relay race, the Broncos took 10th place with a time of 3:52.96. Drake Stowe, Robert Coulter, Minh Nguyen and Matt Sellon made up the squad.

Want to win? Get a quarterback

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There is an old saying in football that if you can run the football and stop the other team from running the ball, you have a great chance to win the game.

Now, that theory still holds true. If you let a team run all over you, it will make for a long day on the gridiron, and if you can run the ball on offense, you improve your chances of winning even more.

However, football in the modern era has changed completely and the position of quarterback is more important than it ever has been in the game’s history.

Simply put, if you have a championship-level quarterback, your chances of competing for and winning a championship sky-rocket.

Am I talking about an all-star quarterback? No. Just because a quarterback can put up numbers doesn’t mean they are championship level. Can an all-star quarterback be a championship-level QB? Absolutely, it’s not just a requirement.

This applies to every level of football, not just the college or professional levels.

For example, look right here in Mustang. Would the Broncos have been the team they were in the fall of 2014 without Chandler Garrett under center? Absolutely not. The Broncos would have been a good team, but a semifinal team? I doubt it.Chandler Garrett For Front Page

Another example, look at the Oklahoma Sooners. The 2014 season was supposed to be a special one for Bob Stoops and his Sooners. They were favorites to contend for a national title last year, but instead, it turned out to be one of the most disappointing in program history.

There is no doubt that Oklahoma had many issues across the board this season, but the most glaring problem with the Sooners in 2014 was at the quarterback position. Trevor Knight was supposed to be a Heisman contending style of quarterback following his superman performance against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, but he turned out to be an average player at best.OU FOOTBALL (Knight) 3

Another prime example for what having a game-changer at quarterback can do for a football team is the Oklahoma State Cowboys. For the majority of the season, OSU went with Daxx Garman under center after J.W. Walsh was injured for the season early in the year. Garman had some bright spots throughout the year, but for the most part, he struggled in the Cowboys’ offense.

Garman was dinged up late in the season, forcing Mike Gundy to pull the redshirt off Mason Rudolph. Rudolph had a good game at Baylor and then shocked the nation by taking the ‘Pokes into Norman and stunning the Sooners in Bedlam. Rudolph then led OSU into the Cactus Bowl and upset Washington to give Oklahoma State a winning record at 7-6.

The Rudolph effect to end the season not only turned what was a disappointing year into a solid season, but gives the Cowboys a lot of momentum heading into the offseason. It also very well could have kept Mike Gundy in Stillwater. Many people believed the beleaguered Oklahoma State coach was going to leave, but after the way the season ended, he decided to stay in Stilly.

On the professional level, when it comes to all-star quarterbacks who aren’t championship-level, you have to first go with Tony Romo. The longtime Cowboys signal caller is one of the most talented QBs in all of football, but his lack of ability to make plays when his team needs it the most has defined his career.

On the other hand, you look at a guy like Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson is an absolute winner. He doesn’t have near the talent Romo has, but he has the championship-level ability to make a play in a clutch situation that will put his team over the top in a close game.

There are a lot of talented football players and football teams out there at the high school, collegiate and professional levels, but if recent history has taught us anything at all about the game of football, if you don’t have the quarterback, you aren’t going anywhere.

Chestnut earns Michele Smith Award

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By Sports editor, Kyle Salomon

Mustang senior Jayden Chestnut was one of the five recipients of the Michele Smith Award that goes to the five top high school softball players in Oklahoma.

Chestnut and the four other recipients of the Michele Smith Award were honored at the Warren Spahn Award Banquet on Wednesday night at the Jim Thorpe Hall of Fame Museum in Oklahoma City.

The other four recipients of the award were Michele Brandon from Piedmont, Caleigh Clifton from Wayne, Berkley Faulkner from Duncan and Kristen Prieto from Moore.

The softball coach being honored was Mike Crossley of Newcastle.

“It means a lot to be one of the five softball recipients of the Michele Smith Award,” Chestnut said. “Only five girls get this award, so it’s an honor to get to be a part of this event.”

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is the Warren Spahn Award winner for 2014 and was honored at the banquet on Wednesday night.

The top five high school baseball players were also honored at the Warren Spahn Award Banquet with the Ferguson Jenkins Award. The five baseball players that were honored were Thomas Hughes of Norman North, Keegan Meyn of Yukon, Trevor McCutchin of Owasso, Kyle Tyler of Westmoore and Corey Zangari of Carl Albert.

The baseball coach being honored was Wayne Dozier of Carl Albert.

Michele Smith was an Olympic gold-medal winning pitcher, who also played softball and pitched for Oklahoma State University. Smith is also a member of the Softball Hall of Fame.

No. 1 Mustang stays unbeaten with Shrine tournament title

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By Sports editor, Kyle Salomon

Mustang boys basketball coach Terry Long chose to play in the Muskogee Shrine Classic so he could give his team a chance to play several east-side powers.

Not only did Long’s Broncos play east-side opponents, they made a resounding statement across the state that they are indeed the team to beat in Class 6A.

Mustang showed why it is ranked No.1 in Class 6A with three impressive wins in the week-long tournament, as the Broncos went on to capture the Shrine Classic Championship.

Mustang defeated Tahlequah in round one of the event on Jan. 5 at the Muskogee Civic Center by a score of 106-40. MHS returned to Muskogee on Friday night for its semifinal game against Class 5A’s No.1 team, Tulsa Memorial. Mustang took care of the Chargers 73-63.All-Tournament Players

In the championship game of the Shrine Tournament, the Broncos went up against Jenks. MHS showed the Trojans who was the boss early and often, as they went on to capture the Shrine Classic title with an 80-48 beat-down of Jenks.

“I thought we played pretty well,” Long said. “We wanted to come and play some of the best teams over here on the east side, and we did that. We played pretty well on the defensive side of the court, but we can still get better in that area.”

In their game against Tulsa Memorial, the Broncos started off on fire from the perimeter and their full-court press defense was giving the Chargers fits. It looked like the Broncos were going to run Memorial out of the gym. MHS led 20-8 after one quarter.

The second quarter was a different story. The Chargers began throwing the ball inside to their 6-foot-8 forward, A.J. Cockrell, who gave Mustang fits all night long. Tulsa Memorial outscored the Broncos 17-9 in the frame to cut the lead to 29-25 heading into halftime.

MHS responded in the third quarter by coming out of the gate the same way they did to start the game. Memorial continued to struggle with the Broncos’ full-court press and turned the ball over numerous times, allowing Mustang to outscore the Chargers 26-16 in the period. MHS led 55-41 going into the final quarter.

Tulsa Memorial made a sharp run at the Broncos in the fourth quarter, as they cut the lead to just six points with a little less than half the frame to play, but Mustang responded and held the Chargers off, going on to win by the 10-point difference.

Mustang committed nine turnovers in the game, and made 5-of-8 free throws, while Memorial had 15 turnovers and made 2-of-4 from the foul stripe.

Senior guard Aubrey Johnson was on fire from beyond the arc for MHS, leading with 27 points and three rebounds on the night.

Junior guard Jakolby Long had a solid night himself, going for 23 points and three rebounds in the contest, and junior guard Curtis Haywood II finished with 15 points and five rebounds for the Broncos.

In the title game against Jenks, Mustang seized control of the game right from the get-go. The Trojans had trouble matching up with the Broncos’ length and athleticism. MHS outscored Jenks 18-7 in the first quarter.

The second period was much of the same, as Mustang continued to pour it on the Trojans. The Broncos scored 25 points compared to Jenks with 12, taking a 43-19 lead into the halftime break.

Neither team came out with a lot of intensity in the third quarter. Both offenses struggled to put points on the board. It was the only period that Jenks outscored MHS in the game. The Trojans put 11 points on the board, with Mustang only posting nine points.

The Broncos woke back up in the fourth quarter, as they scored 28 points in the final frame compared to 18 by Jenks to seal the 32-point difference for MHS.

Mustang finished the game with 11 turnovers and was 9-of-12 from the line, while the Trojans had 15 turnovers and made 14-of-18 free throws.

Johnson was the story again for the Broncos with 23 points and three rebounds in the game. Haywood had 17 points and five rebounds on the night. Long had 10 points and five rebounds, and junior forward Austin Meyer totaled nine points and 13 rebounds.

“Tulsa Memorial and Jenks are good basketball teams,” Long said. “We knew we would have to play well to come over here and beat those teams, and we did that. We are playing well right now, but we still have a lot of areas we can be better.”

Johnson, Long and Meyer were all named to the Muskogee Shrine Classic All-tournament Team following their title win over Jenks.

Johnson talked about what it feels like to be shooting as well as he did from 3-point range following the championship game.

“It just feels natural,” Johnson said. “Everything felt good leaving my hand this week. I was in a good rhythm.”

In the middle of the Muskogee Shrine Classic, Mustang had some district business to take care of, as they hosted Edmond North on Jan. 6.

The Broncos made mincemeat of the Huskies with a 97-54 drubbing. MHS outscored ENHS in every quarter, including a 31-8 difference in the third period.

Mustang forced Edmond North into 22 turnovers and 7-of-11 from the free-throw line, while the Broncos had seven turnovers and were 17-of-24 from the stripe.

Haywood had 18 points and three rebounds for MHS. Meyer finished with 14 points and three rebounds, and senior guard Terrell Williams totaled 12 points and four rebounds.

The Class 6A No.1 Broncos were back in action at Westmoore on Tuesday night and they play host to Norman North at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Mustang High School gym.

Grapplers learn lessons at Geary

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By Sports editor, Kyle Salomon

The Mustang wrestling team got its first true test of the young season this past weekend at the Geary tournament.

The Geary tournament is the oldest high school wrestling tournament in the nation and attracts teams from all over the country to come in and compete.

The Broncos had 13 wrestlers competing out of 14 weight classes in the two-day tournament. Mustang had two placers come out of the weekend. Senior 182-pounder Zach Butler took fifth place in his weight division with a record of 4-2, and senior 195-pounder Kaden Truelove captured sixth place in his weight class with a 3-3 mark last weekend.

“It was a tough weekend,” Mustang technique coach Brad Dick said. “We had some bright spots, but it was a big learning experience for our guys. We are still a very young team, so it’s important our guys learn from this experience.”

In the 106-pound weight class, freshman Joe Lupton competed for the Broncos. Lupton has been one of the best grapplers for MHS this season, but he struggled in his first Geary experience, going 2-2 last weekend.

In the 113-pound weight division, sophomore Jason Clark went 0-2 in the two-day event. Clark moved from 106 to 113 pounds this year and has had a solid season for the Broncos thus far, but ran up against some stiff competition at Geary.

In the 120-pound weight bracket, Mustang junior Kerry McNeal went 0-2 in the tournament.

In the 126-pound weight class, sophomore Trey Edwards grappled for MHS. Edwards has been a staple for the Broncos in his young career. Edwards went 1-2 in the Geary tournament.

Mustang did not have a competitor in the 132-pound weight division.

In the 138-pound weight bracket, junior Colton Franks posted a 1-2 record over the weekend.

In the 145-pound weight class, sophomore Gage McBride had a tough outing in the tournament with an 0-2 record.

In the 152-pound weight division, sophomore Wyatt Riggs posted an 0-2 record for MHS.

In the 160-pound weight bracket, junior Fazon Denby went 1-2 in the tournament.

In the 170-pound weight class, junior Ryan Dickson had an 0-2 record in the event.

In the 220-pound weight division, sophomore Austin Brown had a record of 2-2 in the two-day tournament.

In the heavyweight bracket, sophomore Trey Cossey competed in his first varsity tournament, going 1-2 in the Geary tournament.

“We were hoping for better overall results obviously, but taking this and getting better from it is the most important thing we can do at this point,” Dick said.

The Broncos hit the mats again on Tuesday night at home as they took on rival Yukon in a dual match. The grapplers will take on Putnam City North at 6 p.m. tonight in a dual match with the Panthers, and the Broncos will compete in the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference Tournament at Southmoore High School at 6 p.m. Friday.

Lady Broncos see improvement in first week back

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By Sports editor Kyle Salomon,

Coming out of the holiday break, Mustang girls basketball coach Kevin Korstjens talked about how much he thought his team improved during the three weeks in between games.

The proof showed in the pudding last week, as the Lady Broncos improved to 3-6 overall this season with a 2-2 mark in three tournament games and one district game.

The Mustang girls took care of business against Edmond North 75-58 on Jan. 6 at home, and then defeated Norman on Friday in the Westmoore Jaguar Classic 67-35.

The Bronco girls’ two defeats came at the hands of highly ranked Sapulpa on Jan. 8 in the first round of the Jaguar Classic by a score of 85-56, and to Carl Albert on Saturday at the Westmoore tournament 60-46.

“I thought we showed some improvement from the way we were playing to start the season,” Korstjens said. “For the most part, we cut our turnovers down and we played much better on the offensive end of the floor.”

Against Edmond North, the Lady Broncos started the game off strong offensively, as they scored 22 points in the opening quarter. MHS’ defense was stout as well, allowing just 14 points to the Lady Huskies.

The second quarter wasn’t as strong as the first for the Mustang girls offensively, but their defense remained strong. The Broncos outscored Edmond North 15-11 in the second frame to take a 37-25 lead into the halftime break.

Both teams’ offenses woke up in the third period. The Lady Huskies scored 20 points in the quarter, but Mustang was able to extend its lead with a 27-point outbreak in the frame. MHS led 64-45 going into the final quarter of the game.

The fourth quarter was the only frame in the contest that Edmond North was able to outscore the Lady Broncos, but with the score as one-sided as it was, it didn’t have an effect on the game. ENHS had a 13-point third period and MHS recorded 11 points.

Turnovers have been a thorn in the Bronco girls’ side this season, but against the Lady Huskies, they cut those down with 16 in the game. Mustang also was 13-of-25 from the free-throw line. Edmond North committed 20 turnovers and made 24-of-27 from the foul stripe.

After battling injuries the past several seasons, senior guard Bailey Flynn looked like she did as a freshman for the Lady Broncos with 16 points and two rebounds in the game.

Junior forward Brandi Russell had 13 points and one rebound in the contest. Senior guard Madison Maxwell had eight points and two rebounds, and freshman guard Mia Brown had eight points and three rebounds.

Mustang took on Sapulpa in the first round of the three-day tournament at Westmoore High School. The Lady Chieftains are one of the top-ranked teams in Class 6A this season.

The Lady Broncos struggled in the game, but battled for all four quarters. Sapulpa’s offense was tough to stop for the Broncos, allowing 19 points in the first period. MHS scored 13 of its own in the opening frame.

The Lady Chieftains extended their lead in the second quarter by scoring 26 points compared to the Mustang girls with 15 to take a 45-28 lead into the halftime break.

It was much of the same for both teams in the third period, as Sapulpa scored 23 points, while the Lady Broncos added 13 points in the frame. The Lady Chieftains led 68-41 after three quarters of play.

The fourth period was the closest one of the game. Mustang scored 15 points compared to 17 from Sapulpa.

The Bronco girls totaled 23 turnovers and were 15-of-28 from the line, while Sapulpa had 12 turnovers and was 16-of-25 from the free-throw stripe.

Junior forward Sarah Kellogg had 10 points and five rebounds for the Lady Broncos. Junior guard Addy Lawson had eight points and three rebounds, and sophomore forward Logan Haller added seven points and four rebounds.

Haller was named to the Westmoore Jaguar Classic All-Tournament Team.

“We still have a lot of room to grow as a team,” Korstjens said. “Last week was a good start, but we have to keep it going in the right direction.”

The Mustang girls returned to action this week with a road game at Westmoore on Tuesday evening and then a home game against Norman North at 6 p.m. on Friday night.

Mustang native David Glidden reflects on OSU’s Cactus Bowl win

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By Sports editor Kyle Salomon,

Ending the season on a good note is always something a coach wants to happen, no matter what sport it is, and the Oklahoma State football team accomplished that goal.

The Cowboys defeated Washington 30-22 in the Cactus Bowl on Friday night in Tempe, Ariz. The bowl win gives the ‘Pokes two program-altering victories to end the season. The first was against Oklahoma in the Bedlam game in Norman in early December.

The win over the Huskies brought OSU’s overall record to 7-6 for the year, and propels Oklahoma State into the offseason feeling really good about the direction they are headed as a football program. Washington closed the year with an 8-6 record.

“Going into the offseason getting those two wins to end the year is going to give us a lot of momentum,” Mustang native and OSU receiver David Glidden said. “But we still remember the losing streak in the middle part of the year, and that motivates us too.”

It was a tale of two halves in the Cactus Bowl, as the Cowboys jumped on Washington early and often in the first half. The ‘Pokes hung 14 on the board in the first quarter and 10 in the second to take a dominating 24-0 lead into halftime.

In the second half, the Huskies started biting back. Washington outscored OSU 14-3 in the third frame and 8-3 in the fourth, but it was too little too late, as the hole proved to be too big to climb for the Huskies.

The win for Oklahoma State was only the second bowl victory of the season for the Big 12 Conference. The Big 12, which complained about not having either Baylor or TCU in the inaugural College Football Playoff, went a dismal 2-5 in its bowls.

Glidden said getting a win was big for the program, but also big for the conference as well.

“We saw what was going on across the Big 12,” Glidden said. “We wanted to go out and not only get a win for us and our program, but get a win for our conference. I am glad we were able to do that.”

Oklahoma State won the majority of the statistical battles on Friday night against the Huskies. OSU had a total of 473 yards of offense compared to Washington’s 369.

The Cowboys rushed for 152 yards and passed for 321 yards, while the Huskies rushed for 107 and passed for 268.

The ‘Pokes and Washington both amassed 22 first downs in the contest with the Huskies converting on 4-of-12 third downs, while OSU converted on 4-of-15.

Both Oklahoma State and Washington committed two turnovers in the game, and both were flagged seven times, but OSU was just penalized for 50 yards, while the Huskies had 70 yards in penalties.

In the rushing department, OSU’s Desmond Roland had 177 yards on 32 carries, while the Huskies’ Dwayne Washington had just 49 yards on 13 rushes.

Under center, the ‘Pokes won that battle as well with Mason Rudolph throwing for 299 yards on 17-of-26 passing for two touchdowns and one interception. Washington’s Cyler Miles completed 25-of-38 passes for 268 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Through the air, Oklahoma State’s Brandon Sheperd had five receptions for 98 yards and one touchdown. Glidden finished the night with two receptions for 30 yards. Washington’s Jayden Mickens had seven receptions for 82 yards with one touchdown.

Defensively, the Cowboys’ Seth Jacobs had eight tackles in the game, while the Huskies’ John Timu had 12 tackles.

“The coaching staff did a great job of preparing us and we had a great game plan,” Glidden said. “We were down there for a week, it was a great experience. We were down there to win a football game, but we had a lot of fun too. It was my second time to go down to Arizona for a bowl game. It’s great down there.”

Glidden enters his final offseason for Oklahoma State. It will be his fifth season on campus next fall, but because of his redshirt year, it will be his fourth year of eligibility.

Glidden said it’s a different feeling because it will be his final year with OSU.

“It is a little different because it is my last year, but I’m going to attack it the same way as I always do,” Glidden said. “It’s not going to really set in until our last game is done next year.”

Mustang boys staying focused on ultimate goal

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By Sports editor Kyle Salomon,

The last time we saw the Mustang boys basketball team on the hardwood, the Broncos were dismantling Edmond Santa Fe for their fourth win of the season.

That was on Dec. 9, and the Broncos since that time have seen their national ranking rise to No.2 in the country. Mustang enters this week with an overall record of 4-0 and hasn’t played a meaningful game in nearly a month, which has coach Terry Long itching to get back to game action.

“We are ready to play again,” Long said. “It’s been a long time, but we got some good work in during practice over the break. We were going to scrimmage some other teams, but I decided to bring in some of my old players from (OKC) Douglass, who are still in shape to play against our guys. That was better for them than scrimmaging another school.”

The Broncos returned to the court this week in an unusual way, as Mustang is competing in the Muskogee Shrine Tournament and took on Edmond North at home on Tuesday night.

Instead of the normal high school tournament setting, the Broncos played their first-round game of the Shrine tournament on Monday night in Muskogee against Tahlequah. If they beat the Tigers in the opening round, Mustang will more than likely take on Class 5A No.1 Tulsa Memorial at 9 p.m. in Muskogee on Friday.

The Chargers are undefeated this year and have beaten Edmond Santa Fe and Owasso this season. Memorial beat the Rams in triple overtime of the championship game of the Tournament of Champions in Tulsa last weekend.

“Tulsa Memorial is for real,” Long said. “They have some really good players on their team. We are most likely going to see them on Friday night, and that will be a fun game to be a part of.”

If the Broncos get past Tulsa Memorial, they will advance to the championship game of the Muskogee Shrine Tournament, which will be played at 9 p.m. on Saturday.

On the other side of the bracket, Jenks and Muskogee are the two headline teams.

“This is kind of a weird week the way things are set up with the Muskogee tournament starting Monday night, and then us playing on Tuesday in a regular game, then back to Muskogee on Friday,” Long said. “But it’ll be good for us to play a lot of games in one week because we are going to have to do that down the road if we want to win a state championship.”

Long said he likes what he has seen out of everyone on his team through the first four games of the season and in practice.

“One thing we need to get better at as a team is our defense,” Long said. “The referees are calling games differently this year, and we have to get used to that, so we worked on it hard over the break.”

Long said he is getting good efforts from all of his players.

“I told Jakolby (Long) he needs to be an animal on the court all the time,” Long said. “He has the ability to dominate. Austin (Meyer) is having a really good year for us. I think he’s gotten more used to me and what I expect from him.

“Curtis (Haywood II) is starting to show what he is capable of doing as well. He had to play a year of junior varsity basketball, so it is taking him some time getting used to the varsity level again. Geoff (Hightower) is a special player for us. He would start for most anyone else in the state, but he comes off the bench for us and doesn’t complain at all.”

Long praised every single one of his players and how they are playing this year.

“Terrell (Williams) was our leading scorer last year and this year he’s distributing more. He said he wants to lead the state in assists. Aubrey (Johnson) is having a strong year for us. He is the best pure shooter I’ve ever coached. Kejuan (Frazier) is getting better and better every time he touches the ball. Dylan (Snyder) is one of the hardest workers on the team and is always ready when called upon, and Isaiah (Hammons) has some of the quickest hands and feet I’ve seen.”

Needless to say, Long believes in his team, and they are prepared to attack the remainder of their season.

Lady Broncos hoops squad improves over winter break

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By Sports editor Kyle Salomon,

After nearly a month off from game action, the Lady Broncos basketball team returned to the court this week with a home game against Edmond North and a weekend tournament at Westmoore.

The Mustang girls were 1-4 overall heading into the winter break, where they practiced and scrimmaged numerous times. The main thing coach Kevin Korstjens wanted to address during the long layoff was the turnover bug.

Unforced turnovers have been the biggest issue through five games this year for the Bronco ladies.

“That has been killing us in games against good teams,” Korstjens said. “We get in close ballgames and then start turning the ball over and let teams get easy buckets to extend their lead and we can’t overcome it. There are no teams that commit no turnovers, but we can limit them, especially the unforced ones.”

Another area the Lady Broncos have been addressing on their break is the offense. Korstjens said dry spells in close games have hurt Mustang against good teams.

“We need to shoot better as a team,” Korstjens said. “I know that will come with time, but when you make a shot, it gives you a lot more confidence to go down the court and play solid defense than it does if you miss a shot. You should always play solid defense regardless, but you play with more confidence if you are making shots.”

Korstjens said the senior class as a whole has been really strong so far this season on and off the court leading the younger players.

“We have really had a good attitude throughout the break,” Korstjens said. “It’s easy sometimes when you have been off for three or four days to come back a little sluggish and it takes time to get back in the swing of things, but this group didn’t have that. We have gotten a lot better in key areas over this break.”

Mustang didn’t just practice against themselves during the break, they scrimmaged Putnam City and Lawton MacArthur. Korstjens said his team looked strong against their two scrimmage opponents.

“I liked what I saw,” Korstjens said. “We wanted to get the girls some game-type work in during the break. I thought they handled themselves well and we made some good improvements.”

The Lady Broncos will play in their second tournament of the season beginning today in the Jaguar Invitational at Westmoore High School. The tournament is a three-day event. Mustang will take on Sapulpa at 5 tonight in its first game of the tourney.

Korstjens said he expects to get some good competition in the Westmoore tournament.

“This is always one of the toughest tournaments around this area,” Korstjens said. “We are going to have to play well if we want to have a chance to win some games. I’m looking forward to seeing how much the work we put in over the break is going to pay off in this tournament. The biggest thing for us going forward is improving as a basketball team and be playing our best down the stretch of the season.”