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Broncos open district play at UCO against Edmond North

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As if one Thursday night trip to Edmond wasn’t enough, Mustang gets to do it again one week later as the Broncos head north to take on Edmond North.

Mustang will open up district play at 7 tonight with another road test at Wantland Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma against the Huskies of Edmond commentary new.qxd

“They are a good football team, especially on the defensive side of the ball,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “They have had a couple tough weeks, but we know what to expect from them. They will play hard and give us their best effort.”

The Broncos come into the game with a 2-1 overall record, while the Huskies come into the game with a 1-2 record. This will be the first district matchup of the season for both teams.

Mustang comes in with a lot of momentum after crushing Edmond Memorial 57-37 in the same stadium they play in tonight. Edmond North isn’t feeling quite as good about themselves as the Broncos are after falling to Stillwater 38-14 on the road last week.

However, Stillwater wasn’t very kind to Mustang either, as the Pioneers came into Bronco Stadium and took down the Broncos in week two by a score of 35-26. The Huskies also fell in week two to the team Mustang destroyed last week. Edmond Memorial pushed Edmond North around for 60 minutes, shutting them out 35-0.

Both Mustang and North got wins against rivals in the first week of the season. The Broncos put a beating on Yukon 41-14 on the road, while the Huskies held on to take down Edmond Santa Fe 27-24 at UCO.

“Anytime you beat a very talented Edmond Santa Fe team, you have the ability to beat a lot of people on any given night,” Dombek said. “We are going to have to play well. Every week presents new challenges, and this week is no different.”

Edmond North is coached by Scott Berger, who is in his second year on the job for the Huskies.

This will be the first time Dombek will face his former team, where he spent seven seasons as the head coach.

“They are a very prideful program,” Dombek said. “They have been to the quarterfinals in the playoffs for the past eight years. Only Jenks and Union are the other two programs who can say that.”

Mustang elementary teacher Kent Hathaway a Rising Star in Oklahoma


By Daniel Lapham,

Mustang elementary teacher Kent Hathaway was honored earlier this month as one of six Rising Star Teachers from across Oklahoma.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi recognized six Rising Star Teachers on Sept. 16 during the state Teacher of the Year ceremony at the Oklahoma State Fair.

Rising Stars are teachers who show an amazing amount of promise in their profession. They are selected in addition to the 12 finalists for the state Teacher of the Year.

Hathaway said he believes the future of education lies in the integration of five specific subject areas into lesson plans for all ages.

“All students regardless of age, intellect or ability can experience success in learning science, technology, engineering, art and math,” he said. “Oklahoma educators will understand the integration and relationship in teaching these multiple subjects, and they will find that students achieve far more than they ever could in any subject alone.”
The selected Rising Star Teachers also received the title of Teacher of the Year for their respective districts. Each Rising Star is selected based on portfolios reviewed by the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year regional selection committees. The judges are made up of award-winning teachers, past Teachers of the Year and past finalists.

“It is an honor to recognize these teachers for the tremendous contributions they have made in the classroom and the promise they show for the future,” Barresi said. “Our students need teachers who think beyond the conventional bounds of education and who are interested in finding creative solutions so that each student can achieve his or her potential. These teachers show they are committed to making a brighter future for all their students.”

The five other Rising Star Teachers from across Oklahoma are Kent Lee, U.S. history, economics and government teacher at Vanoss High School; Georgia Ramsey, a kindergarten teacher at Oologah Lower Elementary School; Susan Thompson, an eighth-grade vocational family and consumer sciences teacher at Owasso Eighth Grade Center; Anita West, a fourth-grade teacher at Elgin Elementary School; and Meredith Ziegler, a vocal music teacher at Wilson Arts Integration Elementary School in the Oklahoma City School District.

In addition to recognition at the Teacher of the Year ceremony, Rising Star Teachers each receive $500 in cash from the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma, as well as gifts from the Oklahoma Education Association and Professional Oklahoma Educators.

Mustang runs through Edmond Memorial

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Going into the game with Mustang on Sept. 18, Edmond Memorial’s defense hadn’t given up a single point and was allowing very few yards to its opponents.

Coming out of the game with the Broncos, the Bulldogs had their tails down and were licking their commentary new.qxd

In the words of legendary University of Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer, Mustang “hung half a hundred” on Edmond Memorial’s “vaunted” defense.

Actually, they hung more than that, scoring 57 points in the Broncos’ 57-37 victory at Wantland Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma.

Midway through the second quarter in Edmond, Mustang trailed the Bulldogs 19-7. From that point on, the Broncos outscored Edmond Memorial 50-18.

“It all started early in the week with how we practiced,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “The week before, we did not practice well and it showed in our loss to Stillwater, but last week we practiced really well. We knew if we played well, we would be able to have success. We didn’t expect that type of success, but it just shows what we’re capable of if we do what we are supposed to do.”

Mustang’s offense racked up 709 total yards against the Bulldogs defense. The Broncos rushed for 478 yards on 55 total carries and passed for 231 yards on the night.

The Broncos picked up 24 first downs in the game, had one turnover (fumble) and committed seven penalties for 45 yards.

Coming into the night, Edmond Memorial was thought to have the advantage at the running back position with one of the state’s top prospects, Warren Wand, lining up the Bulldog backfield, but it was Mustang’s 5-foot-9, 175-pound senior running back Chase Brown who stole the show.

Brown finished the game with 252 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.

“Chase Brown is a special player,” Dombek said. “He works extremely hard, and it is really good to see him having the success he is having this year. The offensive line did a fantastic job in front of him as well. They are our most inexperienced group and we aren’t very big, but we are very athletic, so we can use that to our advantage.”

Brown’s backup junior running back Terran Daniel may not have had the numbers his older backfield mate had, but he was no slouch, as he picked up 119 yards on nine carries and one touchdown.

Bronco junior quarterback Chandler Garrett was his usual steady self against Edmond Memorial. The 6-foot-4 Garrett finished the game with 223 yards in the air on 17-for-22 passing with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Garrett also had two 1-yard touchdown runs for Mustang.

MHS senior receiver David Parker and junior receiver Bobby Brown were the recipients of Garrett’s two touchdown passes in the game.

The Mustang defense came to play against Edmond Memorial and the Bulldogs running attack. The Broncos allowed Memorial 472 total yards, but held them to 132 rushing yards. MHS held Edmond Memorial to 16 first downs in the game and forced three interceptions.

Wand was the leading rusher for the Bulldogs with 17 carries for 120 yards. Memorial quarterback Mick Mayerske was 12-for-25 in the game, but passed for 287 yards and four touchdowns against Mustang.

Mayerske’s No.1 target in the game was receiver Jordan Reed, who had 224 yards receiving on six catches.

“I thought we played well defensively except for the couple of long plays we gave up,” Dombek said. “We wanted to stop the run, and I believe we did a good job of that, but we have to correct the long pass plays that go over the top of us.”

Mustang has 29 students earn AP Scholar Awards


By Daniel Lapham,

Twenty-nine students at Mustang High School have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams.

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP exams. About 22 percent of the 2.2 million students worldwide who took AP exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP exams.

Three students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on a 5-point scale on all AP exams taken. In addition, they received scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. These students are Skyler Cornaby, James Nguyen and Corban Recknagel.

Nine students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Skyler Cornaby, Connor Forsythe, Lance Frost, Nicole Groves, Tanner Martin, Duy Nguyen, James Nguyen, Corban Recknagel and Deborah Samkutty.

Six students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are Lyndon Crouch, Ethan Gorrell, Emma Moore, Lauren Oliver, Visha Patel and Emilee Romero.

Thirteen students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP exams with scores of 3 or higher. The AP Scholars are Ty Astle, David Burke, Jessica Clough, Lane Driskill, Jessica Garner, Christopher Hampton, Scott Kersh, Brandi Lazarus, Ryne Martin, Jacob Moore, Ali Morrison, Christine Thomas, Meenu Thomas and Tosha Williams.

Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions. More than 3,600 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than 7 million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

Softball wins COAC Championship

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Mustang High School’s softball team won the first ever Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference championship last Saturday evening with a 4-0 record in the two-day event at Yukon High School.

The Lady Broncos defeated Edmond North 9-1 in the championship game. It was the third time this season Mustang has beaten the Lady Huskies and the second by commentary new.qxd

“I really couldn’t be more proud of the girls,” Mustang coach Bryan Howard said. “Coming back after a tough game against Moore on Thursday and winning four games in two days says a lot about the character of this team.”

In its first game of the COAC tournament, Mustang took on Southmoore and defeated the Sabercats 4-3 in a tight game. The Bronco girls then battled Deer Creek and defeated the Lady Antlers 11-9 in a high-scoring affair.

In its first game on Saturday, Mustang took on Edmond Memorial and defeated the Lady Bulldogs 7-6, earning its way to the conference championship game.

“We have so many freshmen contributing right now for us,” Howard said. “We started six freshmen in the conference championship game. Sometimes it’s hard to remember they are freshmen because of how mature and experienced they play.”

The four consecutive wins in the inaugural COAC tournament came directly following the senior night home loss to Moore on Sept. 18.

Despite going up 5-0 in the first inning, the Lady Broncos couldn’t hold the lead as Moore kept chipping away at the Mustang lead until finally a two-out grand slam in the top of the fourth gave the Lions a 9-5 advantage that they would never relinquish.

Mustang senior pitcher Jayden Chestnut started the game in the circle for the Broncos and took the loss. Chestnut was relieved by freshman hurler Kylie Dodson in the fifth inning. Dodson would finish the game in the circle, allowing just one more run to a heavy-hitting Moore lineup.

The Lady Broncos tacked on two more runs of their own in the sixth inning to cut the Lions’ lead to 10-7 heading into the final inning at the Mustang High School softball complex.

Mustang got two runners on base for junior Brooklyn Sparkman. Sparkman is one of the Bronco hitters who has the power to put the ball over the fence, and she hit a towering shot to straight-away center field that eventually came down in the Moore center fielder’s glove a few feet short of tying the game.

“That game is on me,” Howard said. “I didn’t do my job as the coach and I have to hold myself accountable just like I hold my players accountable. I told the girls that game was on me. I made several coaching mistakes and it cost us. That was a big game and I have to learn from it and make sure I’m better next time.”

The Lady Broncos earned a doubleheader sweep Sept. 15 on the road at Putnam City North. Mustang took game one against the Lady Panthers 6-0 and then won game two 6-4.

Mustang had two road games to begin this week. The Bronco girls traveled to Norman on Monday and Choctaw on Tuesday for road district matchups.

The Lady Broncos will compete in the Yukon Softball Festival on Friday as they prepare for the postseason.

Bedlam Blood Drive coming to Mustang Saturday

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Rachel Brocklehurst,

Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) is bringing Bedlam to Mustang with a game plan to save lives. Anyone 16 years or older is urged to donate Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lowe’s Home Improvement.

Each blood donor will receive the choice of a free University of Oklahoma or Oklahoma State University blood donor T-shirt and a chance to win a pair of tickets to the 2014 Bedlam football game.

“Someone needs blood every two seconds,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of OBI. “That is why we are asking everyone to rally their community spirit along with their school spirit this football season.”

Oklahoma Blood Institute exclusively provides every drop of blood needed by patients in Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital and all metro Oklahoma City area medical facilities.

Some 150 other medical facilities across the state rely solely on OBI donors to provide lifesaving blood for their patients.

Because there is no substitute for blood, the supply must constantly be renewed. All blood types are needed, but those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. According to the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), only nine in 100 people in the United States have this blood type. However, O-negative blood can be used for any patient. It is especially needed in emergency situations when a patient’s blood type has not yet been determined.

Blood can be given every 56 days. To find out more information or make an appointment to donate, call (877)-340-8777 or visit

*It should be noted that 16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission, 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds, and 18 years and older must weigh at least 110 pounds.

Blood donation is voluntary, and no contribution, donation, purchase or payment is necessary to enter the prize drawing.

Mustang all-girl cheer squad takes fifth at regional, qualifies for state

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Mustang News staff reports,

The Mustang varsity all-girl cheerleading team competed in the 6A West Regional Saturday at Choctaw High School and took fifth place overall, which earned them a trip to the State Cheerleading Competition at 5:30 p.m. this Saturday at the University of Oklahoma.

Toastmasters Club celebrates 21 years

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By Rachel Brocklehurst,

The Mustang Toastmasters Club just celebrated 21 years helping individuals overcome their fear of public speaking and polish their presentation in a fun, laid-back atmosphere.

The club was founded in 1993, under the concept of providing a “speaking laboratory,” where participants can practice speaking and gain confidence in a friendly environment.

“It took a few months before we enlisted 20 members and became an official club of Toastmasters International on Sept. 20, 1993,” said Mitch Eaton, Toastmaster president.

The mission is to provide a positive, friendly environment where men and women, from all walks of life, can develop and maintain their communication and leadership skills.

“Over the years, we have witnessed many individuals become better communicators, better speakers and in general, better citizens by attending a few Toastmasters meetings,” Eaton said.

Currently, the club meets at 7 a.m., every Thursday at the Mustang Police Department.

The club currently boasts 12 members, with nine listed as active.

Each person is given the opportunity to speak in front of a friendly, caring group, who are interested in helping people become better communicators and better leaders.

By practicing short talks in front of a friendly audience, members gain confidence and skills that will help out in the real world, whether at home, work, or church, Eaton said.

Over the last 21 years, the club has been in several locations; from Mid-First Bank to the MustangSeniorCenter. No matter where the club meets, its purpose remains to provide a fun environment to push ones skills.

“Our meetings are fun, interesting, informative and rewarding,” Eaton said. “I’d encourage anyone to come join the fun.”

Sooners survive Morgantown

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Oklahoma survived its first road test of the season last Saturday night in Morgantown behind a stellar second half from the defense and one budding star.

The third-ranked Sooners took down West Virginia on their home field Saturday with a 45-33 victory over the commentary new.qxd

Oklahoma improved to 4-0 on the year and 1-0 in conference play, while WVU fell to 2-2 and 0-1 in Big 12 action.

“Just overall, really proud of our team for coming into a hostile environment and getting a big win to open conference play,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. “I thought we played really well for the most part on all sides of the ball.”

OU freshman running back Samaje Perine stole the night for the Sooners, as he rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns on 34 carries. It was the most yards and carries by an Oklahoma running back since Adrian Peterson wore the Crimson and Crème.

Two years ago in Morgantown, the Sooners came away with a 50-49 win over West Virginia on a night where defense didn’t exist. In the first half Saturday night it looked like we were heading for a repeat performance of that night, but the OU defense would have none of it in the second half.

After surrendering 24 points in the first two quarters, the Oklahoma D came out with a different attitude in the third quarter. Stoops and his brother, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, made several coverage adjustments at the break, and the Sooner defense responded with only allowing the Mountaineers’ high-octane offense nine points in the second half.

The Oklahoma rush offense and rush defense stole the show Saturday night against West Virginia. The Sooners rushed for 301 yards and held WVU to 137 on the ground.

The Mountaineers had a better night through the air, as they passed for 376 yards, while OU threw for 209 in the game.

The Sooners finished with 510 total yards of offense compared to WVU’s 513. Oklahoma won the turnover battle, only committing one turnover, which was an interception. West Virginia had three turnovers in the game with two coming by interception and one by fumble.

OU was penalized eight times for 82 yards and the Mountaineers were flagged five times for 55 yards.

Oklahoma sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight finished the game with 205 yards passing on 16-of-29 with one interception. Knight caught his first touchdown pass of his career when OU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel called a reverse pass, thrown by junior receiver Durron Neal.

OU junior receiver Sterling Shepard led the way in the receiving department, catching six balls for 107 yards.

Sooner sophomore running back Alex Ross led the way in all-purpose yards with 206 on the night. Ross changed the momentum of the game going into the halftime locker room when he took a WVU kickoff 100 yards to the house after the Mountaineers had taken a 24-17 lead. West Virginia would never lead again following the Ross return.

OU senior place-kicker Michael Hunnicutt stayed perfect on the season with a 42-yarder that sailed through the uprights. Hunnicutt became the all-time leader in points in Oklahoma history with that kick.

“Michael is a special kid,” Stoops said. “We all love him around here, and he has done a great job for us over the years. I thought the kicking game tonight (Saturday) was as good as it’s ever been.”

On the defensive side of the ball, it was sophomore linebacker Jordan Evans that led the way in tackles for the Sooners with 11 on the night. Sophomore cornerback Zack Sanchez had one interception in the game. Senior safety Quentin Hayes had one pick in the contest and junior defensive end Charles Tapper had one fumble recovery.

Senior linebacker Geneo Grissom, junior linebacker Eric Striker and Hayes all had one sack in the contest.

United Way aims to raise more than $150,000 at kickoff event


By Daniel Lapham,

The United Way of Canadian County announced its goal to raise $163,000 at the 2014 Campaign Kickoff event last Thursday at the Czech Hall in Yukon.

More than 15 partner agencies handed out information to community members as they ate lunch and listened to the presentation from United Way leaders.

Kimari Ranney, Canadian County coordinator, said she is excited about the goal this year and knows the community will respond. The 13 “Pacesetter” organizations, partners that pledge to get a head start on the goal, gave the program a boost.

“Our Pacesetters have raised $68,948, giving us a huge push toward our goal,” Ranney said.

United Way of Canadian County was founded in 2002 by local volunteers seeking a unified solution to critical needs in the community. Now serving more than 40,000 county residents annually, United Way funds programs focused on “successful kids, strong families, healthy citizens, independent living and community preparedness.” Seventeen local partner agencies currently partner with the United Way.

“Our programs cannot function without the United Way and all of you,” said John Schneider, Youth and Family Services.

Anyone interested in giving to the United Way of Canadian County can donate online at

In addition to online giving, there are many ways to give to United Way.

United Way’s Leadership Giving program gives individuals the opportunity to partner with United Way to help generate change in the community.

Workplace Campaigns are a way companies all over Canadian County come together in generous support of United Way by raising money at work.

United Way leaders said the organization is also in need of volunteers.