Bethany, OK - The Bronchos (4A) took to the field for the second time this season after falling to 5A powerhouse Heritage Hall in their season opener last week and left with a 2-1 victory over Weatherford (4A). Senior Eventz Malaska was an outstanding performer for Bethany with two goals on the night. The Bronchos had a fast start early in the game as Malaska converted on a penalty kick early in the match off of a Weatherford handball inside the 18 yard box. Weatherford equalized late in the first half off of a great play, but Bethany played outstanding defense the rest of the night as they controlled the middle of the field. Halfway through 2nd Half, Eventz Malaska broke free on the outside and put in a shot from the endline with virtually no angle, which proved to be the game winner. This was a great team win and Bethany's coach, Sean Williams praised Malaska as well as Benito Ausley, "Benito was dangerous all game in the attack. Our midfield and back line really limited quality chances all night, and Antonio Villegas provided a crucial one on one save late in the first half to keep the score tied going into halftime. Despite the bitter cold, the team cleaned up many of the mistakes they made Friday night against Heritage Hall and defended Weatherford's array of set pieces much better." The Bronchos head to Chickasha on Tuesday, March 12 to face the Fightin' Chicks (4A) who are 1-0 on the season.
Bethany, OK - Today was National Letter of Intent Signing Day around the country and four Broncho athletes signed to compete in collegiate sports. Eventz Malaska, who has been a mainstay on the Bronchos' soccer team over his career signed to play at Northern Oklahoma College (NJCAA) in Tonkawa. Bailey Spindle, a fantastic leader for the girls soccer program signed to play at Southern Nazarene University (NCAA II) right here in Bethany. Hannah Hubbard, who helped lead the Lady Bronchos Volleyball team to a State Semi-Final appearance, signed to continue her career at Randall University (NCCAA) in Moore, OK. Finally, Jacob Kyle, a running back for the Bronchos' State Runner Up Football team, signed to play at Southern Nazarene University (NCAA II). Congratulations to each of these athletes and best of luck in your future endeavors.
The Oklahoma Coaches Association released their annual All State and All Star Football teams this week as decided upon by a committee of coaches from around the state of Oklahoma. Three Bronchos, Jackson Howard, Jacob Kyle, and Lawson Stout were all selected for the Class 4A All Star team and Lawson Stout then moved on and was selected from the All Star Team to represent Class 4A at the annual All State Game on July 26th in Tulsa. Read HERE about Lawson's All State selection.
Jackson Howard made the 4A All Star team as a defensive back after a fantastic senior season which saw him garner 91 tackles, which made his career tackle count finish at 191. Howard was also a huge contributor on Special Teams for the Bronchos returning two kickoffs for touchdowns this season, one being in the semi-final win over Clinton. Howard also ended the year with 336 receiving yards and four touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball and was a big time deep threat for the Bronchos due to his speed. And if all of that wasn't enough Howard was also the Bronchos place kicker and had some pressure packed kicks on the year including the game winner at Kingfisher as time expired and the game tying field goal against Clinton to send the game into a second overtime. In addition to the All Star Honor he was also selected as a 1st Team Little All City Player by the Daily Oklahoman and was selected by the coaches of District 4A-2 as the Outside Linebacker of the Year for the district. Bethany Head Coach Jon Arthur said of Howard, "Jackson was a huge contributor for us in a number of ways on offense, defense, and special teams. His commitment to being the best he could be was shown by him each day in his work ethic and the fact that he never missed a summer workout his entire time in high school. Jackson's work ethic and commitment to the team was second to none, and will be missed."
Jacob Kyle also made the Class 4A All Star team as a Running Back after his spectacular senior season in which he ran for 1,425 yards, had 290 receiving yards, and scored 16 touchdowns in leading the Bronchos to a State Runner Up Finish. Kyle was an extremely hard runner and had some big time plays on the year including a huge night of nearly 200 yards against Weatherford in the first round of the playoffs. In addition to being selected as a 4A All Star, Kyle was also honored by the coaches of the district as a 1st Team Running Back for District 4A-2 and then by the Daily Oklahoman as an Honorable Mention member of the Little All City Team. Bethany Head Coach Jon Arthur said of Kyle, "Jacob was not only a fantastic player for us on the field, but he was a great leader off of it. His team first attitude was always evident in his actions and he was willing to do whatever was needed of him to help the team succeed. We are very proud of Jacob and the leader he was for our team."
The Oklahoma Coaches Association announced their annual All-State Football Team this week and Bethany's own Lawson Stout was among the 26 players chosen to represent the west side of the state in the All State Game which will be held on July 26, 2019 at Union-Tuttle Stadium in Tulsa. Stout, who has been instrumental in the Bronchos' success for the past three seasons made the team as a defensive back. He is only the 12th All-State football player in Bethany history.
Stout has been a three year starter for the Bronchos on the defensive side of the ball and leaves the program after helping lead Bethany to the 4A Semi-Finals in 2017 and the 4A State Finals in 2018. He leaves Bethany with 322 career tackles which puts him as the third all time tackler in Bethany history behind only Chris Chamberlain (399) and Aaron Gray (431). In addition to his excellent stats on the defensive side of the ball he also had a fantastic year at wide receiver with 559 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. His receiving yardage puts him ninth all time on the Receiving Yards Per Season list.
Bethany Head Coach Jon Arthur had this to say about Stout, "Lawson is the epitome of the kind of players we have as a part of our football program and this is a tremendous accomplishment. He was a tremendous player for us and much of his success is due to his fantastic work ethic and 'never quit' attitude. Lawson never missed a summer weight room session throughout his four years of high school which shows the level of commitment he had to this program and more importantly, to his teammates. Far greater though is that Lawson is a fantastic young man of character off of the football field, which is the number one thing we strive for in every player that comes through our program."
Stout will be joined on the West All-State team with some familiar foes from District 4A-2 including Linebacker Dylan Coffman and Quarterback Carson Berryhill both from Tuttle.
Washington, OK - Bethany (4A-#12) Put up a valiant effort last night against Kingfisher (4A-#1), before falling 50-39. Bethany, who was down by as many as 21 points in the first half, battled back to just a six point deficit in the 4th quarter, but just ran out of time. It was a great comeback for the Bronchos, unfortunately they fell just short. David Miller led the 2nd half charge for Bethany with 22 points on hot shooting from the field. Kingfisher will be one of eight teams to advance to the state tournament next week automatically. Bethany will play Anadarko (4A-#5) tonight, Saturday, March 2 at 8 PM in the Area Consolation at Washington HS. The winner of that game will advance to the state tournament.