Woodward, OK - The Bethany boys golf team placed 6th at the OSSAA Class 4A Golf State Championship held at Boiling Springs on Monday and Tuesday. The team scores from the three rounds for the Bronchos were 343 (1st Round), 341 (2nd Round), and 330 (3rd Round) bringing the total to a 1014. Placing 6th in the tournament is the best the program has ever finished at the State Tournament. Senior Conner Compton shot a three round score of 242 (82, 78, 82), earning the senior All-State status.This caps off a record year for the Bethany golf program, with the Broncho golfers earning many team and individual achievements throughout the year.
Catoosa, OK - Bethany headed to the Class 4A State Track & Field Championships this past weekend and came away with the most successful state meet performance as a team in the history of Bethany High School. The Bronchos' success was led by an incredible performance as they won the State Championship in three relay event. Bethany's 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 Meter Relay teams of Jackson Clark, Taylor Heim, Aedan Hughey, and Jocelyn Malaska won state championships in both of those sprint relay events. The Bronchos also set a Class 4A State Meet Record in the 4 x 200 Meter Relay.
Bethany also won the state championship in the 4 x 400 Meter Relay. The team of Clark, Malaska, Chapman Neal, and Karter Fouts took down the top ranked team in the event, Cache, who had run four seconds faster than Bethany coming into the meet. In over 70 years of track and field history, Bethany's boys track team has never won a relay at the State Championships, and in this state meet alone they captured three titles. In addition to the relay championships, Bethany's Taylor Heim was also the State Champion in the Long Jump, jumping 21 feet, 8.5 inches. Heim, who had the best jump in the state coming into the meet, showed incredible perseverance as he sat in 6th place going into the final jump of the competition. In that final jump he passed all of the other competitors to win the state title.
In other events Bethany has success as well. Neal ran a personal record time by almost two seconds in the 800 Meter Run to finish fourth. He covered the 800 Meters in 1 minute and 58.71 seconds. Neal also ran on the 4 x 800 Meter Relay team with Fouts, Levi Johnson, and Kylar Peterson as they scored team points for the Bronchos in a 7th place finish. The Bronchos also performed well in the High Jump with Cameron Wright finishing in 3rd place at 6 feet, 2 inches and Caleb Palmer finishing in 6th place at 6 feet.
Another huge performer for the Bronchos in the relays, Jocelyn Malaska, also had a great finish in the 100 Meter Dash as he earned 3rd place overall. Malaska came into the competition in 11th place prior to the state meet, but worked his way much higher with a fantastic 100 Meter race. The Bornchos had a great performance on the girls side by Tabitha Sparks, who was the state runner up in the 200 Meter Dash, running a time of 25.22 seconds. That time is a new Bethany High School record. Sparks also finished in 4th place in the 100 Meter Dash.
The Bronchos boys team ended up finishing in 3rd place overall in the meet, which is the highest finish in school history. Prior to this year the highest team finishes in school history was 5th place overall in both 2012 and 2014. The Bronchos also had their first ever three time state champions in Taylor Heim, Jocelyn Malaska, and Jackson Clark.
Enid, OK - The Bethany Track & Field Teams headed to the Class 4A Regional Championships in Enid this past weekend and the boys team left the meet as the regional champions as a team. Bethany scored 144 points in the meet while Cushing was second with 115 points. The Bronchos led the way with three first place finishes in the relay events as well as a second place finish in the 4 x 800 meter relay. The 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relay teams continued to run well in a record breaking season where they now hold a Bethany High School Record in both events. Those relay teams are made up of Jackson Clark, Jocelyn Malaska, Taylor Heim and Aedan Hughey.
The Bronchos also set a new school record in the 4 x 400 Meter Relay with a time of 3:26.36. This is the 2nd best time in Class 4A this year and is the third school record relay set by the team this year. This relay team was made up of Karter Fouts, Jocelyn Malaska, Jackson Clark and Chapman Neal. The boys 4 x 800 Meter Relay team also ran their best time of the year in 8:34.27. This team is made up of Karter Fouts, Chapman Neal, Kylar Peterson, and Levi Johnson.
In the individual events the Bronchos had some high finishes. Chapman Neal was the champion of the 800 Meter Run and was also 3rd place in the 400 Meter Dash. Taylor Heim was also a regional champion in the Long Jump as well as finishing in 2nd place in the 200 Meter Dash. Jackson Clark was also the regional runner up in the 400 Meter Dash, running a time of 50.39, which is the 3rd best time in Class 4A this year through regionals. Jocelyn Malaska finished in 3rd place in the 100 Meter Dash and will advance to the State Championships. Also, the Bronchos had a strong showing in the high jump as both Cameron Wright and Caleb Palmer jumped a height of six feet. Wright finished in 2nd place and Palmer in 5th place based on misses, but both will advance to the State Championships as well.
On the girls side, Bethany's Tabitha Sparks also will advance to the state meet in the 100 Meter Dash, 200 Meter Dash, and 400 Meter Dash. Sparks holds the 2nd best time in the state this year in both the 100 Meters and 200 Meters.
The state meet will start on Friday, May 6 at Catoosa High School in Catoosa, OK.
Bethany is proud to announce the hiring of Brett Cannon as the next Head Boys Basketball Coach for the Bronchos. Prior to coming to Bethany, Coach Cannon was the head coach for Berryhill High School in the Tulsa area. Coach Cannon is originally from the OKC Metro Area as he was the All Time Leading Scorer at Del City High School as well as the Valedictorian for his graduating class. Before coaching at Berryhill he served as the Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at both Northeastern State University and East Central University. Prior to getting into coaching, Brett graduated from Del City High School. He then went on to play collegiate basketball at East Central University where he helped lead his team two times to the Great American Conference championship. He was also a team captain at East Central and was a Great American Conference All Tournament Team selection. He holds the East Central Record for most triple doubles.
Bethany's Athletic Department is pleased to announce the hiring of Zac Coulson as the Bronchos' next Head Cross Country Coach. In addition to working as the Head Cross Country Coach, he will also serve as the Assistant Track & Field Coach, working with the distance runners. Coach Coulson comes to Bethany from Piedmont Public Schools where he has served as the Assistant Cross Country and Track Coach for the past four years. During those four seasons he has helped those Piedmont programs to an impressive run of post-seasons honors. He has been a part of a Boys Cross Country State Championship in 2020 as well as three other State Runner Up finishes between the boys and girls cross country programs. He also helped lead Piedmont to a Track State Runner up finish in 2021 as well as five total regional championships in cross country. Bethany's Athletic Director, Jon Arthur, said, "We are very excited to welcome Coach Coulson to the Broncho family. Coach Coulson has been part of one of the most successful cross country and track programs in the state at Piedmont for the last four years and we look forward to him building upon the already strong foundation at Bethany."
Bethany, OK - The Bronchos' sprint relay team of Jackson Clark, Aedan Hughey, Jocelyn Malaska, and Taylor Heim have run impressive times all track season. Throughout this season they have set and reset school records multiple times in both the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relays. In addition to the relays they also currently hold the fastest time in the state this season in the 4x200 meter relay and the second fastest time in the 4x100 meter relay. Jocelyn Malaska also set a new school record this past week in the 100 Meter Dash.
The Bronchos will head to the Class 4A Regional Championships on Saturday, April 30 at Chisholm HS in Enid, OK.
Yukon, OK - Chapman Neal, Bethany's talented middle-distance runner has been successful all season at the 800 Meter distance. His performance on April 14 at the super competitive Yukon Invitational was no doubt the strongest of his career. The field at Yukon was one of the strongest all season with many of the state's top runners from both classes 5A and 6A in attendance. Neal, took control of the race with about 500 meters to go and was able to hold off all of those great runners down the stretch. Neal finished with a time of 2:00.16 on a day when the wind did make great times difficult to come by. Neal's closest competitor was Kanyon Cobbs from Piedmont, who ran 1:58 at the 800 meter distance just the week before. Neal now looks to close out a great career with the Western Conference Championships on Friday, April 22, followed by the regional and state championships.
Wichita, KS - Bethany's Tabitha Sparks, currently one of the top sprinters in Class 4A in Oklahoma, had a great finish Friday at the Shocker Pre-State meet at Wichita State University. Sparks finished in 3rd place in the Elite 200 Meter dash, running a time of 25.91 on a windy and chilly day in Wichita. Sparks also finished 4th in the Elite 100 Meter dash with a time of 12.35 seconds.
Wichita, KS - The Boys 4 x 100 relay team of Jackson Clark, Taylor Heim, Aedan Hughey, and Jocelyn Malaska finish in second place in the Elite Division at the Wichita State University Shocker Pre State Invitational.