The brackets have been released for the 2019 Bethany Basketball Classic to be held January 10-12, 2019 at Bethany High School. Click the link below to view the complete girls and boys bracket. The Bethany Lady Bronchos (4A) will take on Western Heights (5A) in their opening game on Thursday, January 10 at 1:00 PM. The Bronchos (4A-#11) will take on Western Heights (5A) as well on Thursday at 8:30 PM. Follow www.bethanybronchos.com for more info about Bethany Basketball.
2019 BETHANY CLASSIC GIRLS BRACKET
2019 BETHANY CLASSIC BOYS BRACKET
Yukon, OK - On a night plagued with weather delays the Class 4A State Championship game finished just after midnight and unfortunately for the Bronchos they were on the short end of a 35-28 loss to Tuttle. Bethany finishes the season with a record of 12-2 and as the Class 4A State Runner Up, both of those losses came to Tuttle, who finished an undefeated 14-0 season. The Bronchos lost to Tuttle 30-7 earlier in the season at home and showed up and played much better this time around.
After three different weather delays to start the night Tuttle was hot out of the gates. They scored on their second offensive snap on a 64 yard run by Parker Ross and then capitalized later in the quarter on a short field after a Bethany interception to move the score to 14-0 heading into the second. But in the second quarter the Bronchos roared back with Sam Brandt scoring on a 1 yard run after a nice drive to pull within seven, then after a couple of defensive stops the Bronchos found the endzone again on a 36 yard pass from Brandt to Lawson Stout to knot the game at 14. The score the Bronchos would like to have back would be with just seconds left in the first half when Tuttle threw up a ball to standout receiver Coby Trevino and he came down with it despite Bethany having him in double coverage. This left the score 21-14 at halftime.
The Bronchos would tie the game again in the third quarter after Brandt picked up a Tuttle fumble and returned it 52 yards for a score. On the ensuing possession though Tuttle would answer again with a 43 yard pass to Ross. Another play the Bronchos would like to have back as they missed several tackles in an effort to get Ross to the ground. The defenses of both teams would stiffen for much of the second half before Brandt connected with Skylar Holzhauser midway through the fourth quarter on a 31 yard pass to tie the game once again at 28. After a blunder on the ensuing kickoff Tuttle took over with the ball at the 42 yard line and ended up scoring on a 29 yard run to take the lead 35-28 with just over two minutes to play. The Bronchos would have one final try, but it would end on an interception by Tuttle to seal the victory.
Bethany coach Jon Arthur said, "We are extremely proud of our players. They were a true team all year long and played with a lot of heart, determination, and love for each other. Tuttle is a great ball club that is big, physical, and tough to defend. I thought we played much better this time around and for that our team should be very proud. This is only the 2nd time in Bethany history a football team has advanced to the state championship game; it is a fantastic accomplishment."
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for announcements regarding all-district, all-state, and little all city honors that have been earned by members of this team.
Warr Acres, OK - If you are one of the many Broncho fans who attended the Class 4A State Semi-Final Football game against Clinton this past week you witnessed a game for the ages. A double overtime, 31-30 victory, to send Bethany to their second State Championship game in school history. The Bronchos started the game very fast jumping out to a 21-0 lead. Jackson Howard started the barrage with a 90 yard kickoff return for a touchdown on the opening play of the game. This would be followed by two three & outs by the Bethany defense and two more touchdowns by the Bronchos, both touchdown runs by Quarterback Sam Brandt.
But the tradition of the Clinton Red Tornadoes and their state record of 18 Football State Championships was not going to go away that easy. Clinton answered with a 93 yard touchdown run, the only major big play given up by the Broncho defense on the night to make it a 21-7 deficit. After another stop by Clinton they would put another touchdown on the board with just 45 seconds left in the first half to go into halftime down just 21-14.
Out of halftime the game turned into a defensive struggle. Clinton managed the only scoring drive of the second half on a short field after getting the ball on the Bethany 45 yard line and taking 13 plays to score. The 21-21 game saw two other great holds by the Bethany defense late in the game as the field position was in Clinton's favor almost the entire half. The defenses continued to play well into the first overtime as both teams had to settle for field goals. Bethany was on offense second and it was a Jackson Howard kick that tied the game at 24 to send the game into double overtime.
In double overtime the Clinton defense had a huge sack on first down and by the time it got to fourth down Bethany was out of field goal range on the 26 yard line. But the Bronchos pulled off another spectacular play with Brandt throwing it into the endzone and Lawson Stout coming down with the ball to give Bethany a 31-24 lead after Howard's PAT. The Broncho defense played well on first and second down and had Clinton in 3rd & Goal from the 14 yard line before Clinton had a little magic of their own, as they scored to make the game 31-30. Tragically for the Red Tornadoes the PAT kick would be wide left as Bethany's tall field goal block duo of Silas Carmack and Peyton Tolle broke through the line.
The 31-30 win sends Bethany to the Class 4A State Championship game where they will have a re-match with Tuttle, who defeated Bethany 30-7 in week six of this season. The State Championship game will take place on Friday, November 30 at Yukon High School where Bethany.
Moore, OK - This past Saturday the Bethany Cheer Team competed at the OSSAA Class 4A Gameday State Competition at Moore High School. This was the Broncho Cheer program's first state appearance in over 12 years and they finished as a finalist and in 6th place overall out of a field of 32 teams. The Gameday competition is a different type of event compared to the OSSAA Competitive Cheer State which is held in October each year. In the Gameday competition, annually held in November, teams compete in three "game like" scenarios to see who is the best in each of those situations. The situations include a dance to a band song, a school fight song performance, and a crowd leading section.
Bethany finished in sixth place with a final score of 337.4 points. Tuttle finished as the Gameday State Champion and had 371.4 points overall while Bridge Creek was the State Runner Up with 364.8 points. This was a fantastic finish by Bethany Cheer considering it was their first appearance in an OSSAA competition in over 12 years.
Shawnee, OK - The Bethany boys and girls cross country teams both competed at the Class 4A State Championships on Saturday, October 20 and brought home strong finishes in a very competitive 4A field.
The Lady Bronchos finished in 14th place overall as a team out of 21 teams that qualified for the state meet. Class 4A in Oklahoma is made up of 40 schools total. Freshman Katelyn Hoefar was the leading finisher for Bethany as she came across the line in 28th place overall, while Jessie Harris was also a top 50 finisher as she crossed the line in 42nd place. The boys team finished in 8th place overall in the meet, again out of the 21 teams that qualified. Freshman Chapman Neal was the top finisher for Bethany in 24th place overall, while Daniel Birchell and Carson Shirola also cracked the top 50 in the meet. The Bronchos return a large number of runners for next season and look to improve on these finishes.
Bethany Athletics is pleased to announce our app is now live and available for download by any Apple iPhone or Android user by going to your App Store. Search "Bethany Athletics" in the app store or click the links below . Once you have the app click "Settings" at the bottom to manage your notification options. You are free to turn on or off any of the different push notifications you will get by sport. You'll also have access to recent game results, a calendar of all events, and convenient links to purchase online tickets and visit our Twitter account. Make sure and share the app with all of the Bethany Broncho fans that you know.