Broncos cruise to a perfect 28-0, win first ever state title
April 27, 2015
The Broncos from Mustang High School left no doubt as to who the best team in Oklahoma’s Class 6A was during the 2014-15 season.
Mustang outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 1994-1334 over the course of 28 games that ultimately led to the Oklahoma Class 6A State Championship.
While the State Championship victory over Edmond Santa Fe (93-54) may have seemed old hat to some long-time Mustang High School basketball fans, it still marked the Broncos first ever state title in boys basketball. The girls basketball team on the other hand, has captured five State Titles ranging from 1980 all the way to as recent as 2006.
The Mustang Boys Basketball team’s championship victory came after a long season of close victories and blow out wins across the state and even into Texas.
The Broncos hosted Texas power DeSoto in their first game of the season, narrowly defeating the Fighting Eagles by a 62-60 score. Jakolby Long paced Mustang in their season debut, scoring 16 points, hitting two three-pointers and pulling down six rebounds.
Their second game of the season continued a familiar feel as the Broncos hosted another Texas team – this time Kimball came to town. Also much like their first game, Mustang found themselves trailing at halftime against Knights, 49-45.
However, unlike their opener against DeSoto – the Broncos held Kimball to just 17 second half points pulling away late en route to an 88-66 victory. Aubrey Johnson carried Mustang against the Knights, scoring 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting including 6-of-8 from behind the arc.
After their opening victories over two of Texas’ top teams, Mustang rolled through their next opponent, defeating Deer Creek, 91-54 to set up an eventual championship game preview against Edmond Santa Fe.
In the first of their two meetings, the Broncos utilized a strong final three quarters, outscoring the Wolves by 16 points after the first quarter. Long scored a season-high 25 points during the 83-74 victory for Mustang as the Broncos out rebounded Santa Fe by a 43-33 margin, including 25 offensive rebounds that led to 28 second chance points for Mustang.
Following their 4-0 start to the season, Mustang played to five consecutive double-digit victories, including a 106-40 win over Tahlequah and a 97-54 defeat over Edmond North.
After narrowly defeating Norman North (72-63) and holding off Edmond Memorial (72-64), the Broncos got back to their crushing defeats, handing Texas’ HSAA South a 101-49 defeat and HCYA a 135-70 loss.
After holding off Eisenhower in their next matchup (77-72), Mustang cruised from there on. The Broncos ended their regular season on a tear, finishing with a 21-0 record before heading into the Oklahoma State Championships.
Continuing their impressive play – Mustang eased through their first six opponents of the post season, including a 101-68 victory over Norman North and a 107-51 triumph over Grant. After defeating Edmond Memorial once again, this time by a score of 60-50, the State Championship game and rematch of their early season matchup was set.
Edmond Santa Fe would be the only team in the way of a perfect 28-0 season for the Broncos and the state title.
The Wolves once again proved to be no match against Mustang, this time falling 93-54, giving the Broncos the school’s first State Championship in boys basketball.
During the 2014-15 season, Mustang saw many successes en route to their title, including outscoring their opponents in every quarter, most notably by a 462-371 margin in the first quarter. The Broncos shot nearly 50 % from the field while limiting their opponents to well under 40 %.
Mustang outrebounded their opponents during their championship run by nearly 300 rebounds. The Broncos doubled their opponent’s offensive rebounds at 360-180 and managed to force over 500 turnovers.
Curtis Haywood II led the team in scoring with Long right behind him while Terrell Williams ran the point, leading the Broncos with over 110 assists.
Finishing with a 28-0 record and the team’s first ever State Championship, combining with the fact that their two top scorers and top rebounder will be back in 2015-16, hopes heading into next season for the Broncos should be at an all-time high.
It will remain to be seen how they will fare as defending champions – but surely, that’s a challenge they will enjoy relishing in all the way until March 2016.
Eagles-Truckers matchup set for Division II Championship game in Ohio
By: Cameron Mellor
March 20, 2014
Norwalk High School and defending champion Bishop Watterson High School became the first two teams to punch their tickets their respective Championship games in the Ohio Divisional Semifinals at the Jerome Schottenstein Center Thursday.
Norwalk (28-1) defeated Thurgood Marshall, 72-64 while in a rematch of the Div. II Championship game from a year ago, Watterson (26-2) knocked off St. Vincent St. Mary, 56-51. Each team earned the right to play for the Division II Championship this Saturday at 10:30 at the Schottenstein Center on Ohio State University's campus.
Norwalk was paced by guard Ben Haraway and forward Jeff Thomas as each scored 20 points against Thurgood (22-6). The Truckers bounced out to an early 13-6 lead before the Cougars closed the gap and the two went to half time tied at 30.
The second half was much of the same as the two traded scores before Norwalk finally pulled away late in the fourth quarter, closing the game on a 16-7 run. Grant Hull chipped in with 17 points for the Truckers.
The Cougars were led by RaChaun Martin with 17 points and Derrick Daniels with 15.
In the second game of the day, a rematch of the 2013 Division II Championship game pitted the Bishop Watterson Eagles against the St. Vincent St. Mary Fighting Irish (19-10).
STVM started the game quickly, scoring the first two points on an impressive alley-oop dunk by sophomore VJ King. The Irish would score the games first seven points and jump out to an early 9-2 lead in the first quarter before Watterson found their stride. Opening the second quarter down 15-10, the Eagles pushed a streak of their own as they 12 straight points and outscored STVM by 14 in the 2nd quarter.
Watterson led 30-21 at halftime.
The third quarter would start as the second ended for the Eagles as they scored another four and opened up a 14-point lead. The Irish put up a determined effort after a third quarter timeout and closed the gap to just six points at the end of three. They would even tie the game at 44 points a piece with just under four minutes to play.
That would be the closest the Irish would get to the lead again however, as free throws were key in a Watterson victory. The Eagles were good on 17-of-20 free throws in the game, including several key shots down the stretch, keeping the lead at two-possessions. Watterson would win the game 56-51, led by 19 points from Matt Lehmann. Matt Hughes added 11 points while Joe DiOrio notched 10 points and six rebounds.
The Irish were led by Jalen Hudson with 18 points and VJ King who finished with eight points and seven rebounds.
The total attendance of the two games totaled 18,841 fans at the Schottenstein Center on Thursday.
The Eagles will now look to defend their first state championship this Saturday at 10:30 against Norwalk. Tickets are on sale, but if you can't make the game, follow along live at HSGamecenter.com by clicking here: Norwalk vs Watterson, or on Twitter (@HSGameCenter).
Congratulations to HSGC users across the state of Michigan
By: Cameron Mellor
January 28, 2014
As National Signing Day nears, signifying the culmination of a number of high school careers, we see no better time than the present to reflect on a terrific football season and continue to unveil the first-annual, All-HSGC Award Lists for the 2013 football season.
Working now on a state-by-state basis, the same extensive parameters and essential criteria were considered for the coveted list. The All-HSGC Awards signify excellence on the field of key offensive positions and defensive players as a whole.
The quintessential component of the list was basic and to-the-point – your team must utilize the HSGameCenter program being delivered by Digital Scout. From there, the grading criterion included, but was not limited to, yards and touchdowns, team winning percentage, percentage of team total offense and much more.
After careful deliberation and hours of scouring over statistics from programs across Michigan, the list of the first ever All-Michigan HSGC Awards are here.
All-Michigan Player of the Year:
Jon Wassink, South Christian High School (12-2)
Quarterback No. 12
4002 total yards, 47 total touchdowns
All-Michigan First Team
Brennan Miller, H H Dow High School (8-3), No. 2
3141 total yards, 32 total touchdowns
Jondell Jones, Bangor High School (4-5), No. 7
2119 total yards, 31 total touchdowns
Tyler LaJoie, Negaunee High School (10-2), No. 20
2143 total yards, 28 total touchdowns
Josh Czarniowski, St. Mary Catholic Central High School (10-2), No. 5
1848 total yards, 27 total touchdowns
Eric VanVoorst, South Christian, No. 6
1168 total yards, 11 total touchdowns
Tyler Graham, Bangor, No. 81
883 total yards, 10 total touchdowns
All-Michigan Second Team
Austin Heeres, Calvin Christian High School (7-4), No. 10
1901 total yards, 24 total touchdowns
Tyler Bellis, Lee M Thurston High School (6-4), No. 12
1506 total yards, 18 total touchdowns
Amari Coleman, New Lothrop High School (12-1), No. 7
1848 total yards, 27 total touchdowns
Brad Harrah, Lenawee Christian High School (8-2), No. 28
1984 total yards, 23 total touchdowns
Travis McNally, H H Dow, No. 3
1036 total yards, 11 total touchdowns
Curtis Cobbs, Lee M Thurston, No. 5
629 total yards, 10 total touchdowns
All-Michigan Third Team
Richie Kish, Grosse Pointe South High School (6-4), No. 10
1274 total yards, 17 total touchdowns
Grant Hohlbein, Lenawee Christian, No. 10
2512 total yards, 24 total touchdowns
Mike Miklusicak, Wayland High School (6-6), No. 24
1880 total yards, 15 total touchdowns
Geff Plasman, South Christian, No. 3
1577 total yards, 15 total touchdowns
Wyatt Munson, Millington High School (9-2), No. 8
528 total yards, 11 total touchdowns
Cole Franks, Laingsburg High School (4-5), No. 20
820 total yards, 7 total touchdowns
All-Michigan Honorable Mention
Ryan Watters, Williamston High School (5-4), No. 2
1660 total yards, 22 total touchdowns
Dylan Moffitt, Bath High School (7-4), No. 4
1457 total yards, 22 total touchdowns
Charles Turfe, Canton High School (8-2), No. 28
1344 total yards, 18 total touchdowns
Devon Kelley, Ovid-Elsie High School (7-3), No. 21
1472 total yards, 15 total touchdowns
James Kurasz, Manchester High School (7-3), No. 5
1337 total yards, 15 total touchdowns
Sam Heyboer, South Christian, No. 2
727 total yards, 8 total touchdowns
Jordan Spratt, Grosse Pointe South, No. 81
589 total yards, 8 total touchdowns
Mike Robb, H H Dow, No. 85
645 total yards, 6 total touchdowns
All-Michigan Defensive Player of the Year
David Bayerl, Stephenson High School (4-5), No. No. 59
53 total tackle, 33 solo, 20 tackle for loss, 7 sack
All-Michigan Defensive Honorable Mention
Jacob Hager, Millington, No. 5
72.5 total tackle, 54 solo, 19.5 tackle for loss, 4.5 sack, 1 interception
Drew Zwiers, Calvin Christian, No. 82
75.5 total tackle, 42 solo, 18.5 tackle for loss, 4.5 sack, 2 interception
Damon Fuller, Lee M Thurston, No. 11
59.5 total tackle, 30 solo, 23 tackle for loss, 1 sack
Sawyer Smith, Spring Lake High School (8-2), No. 73
39 total tackle, 24 solo, 17.5 tackle for loss, 6.5 sack
Eric VanVoorst, South Christian, No. 6
35 total tackle, 29 solo, 10 interception