Jones, OK - Bethany football took to the field in their season opener last Friday night and came away with an impressive performance to defeat the 2nd ranked team in Class 2A, Jones, 27-14. Jones, a perennial state title contender, is powered by standout Quarterback, Carson May, a University of Iowa commit. It was set to be a good matchup between May and Bethany defensive back Jocelyn Malaska, who is committed to Texas Tech.
The Bronchos took control from the start of the game with a three and out on defense followed by a great offensive drive capped by a three yard touchdown pass from Taylor Heim to Jaden Gilliland. Dax Jaggers added the extra point. The Bronchos defense would then come away with a redzone stop of Jones to get the ball back and this time Cale Wetwiska quarterbacked the Bronchos to an 11 play, 87 yard touchdown drive for a 14-0 lead. The final play of the drive was a spectacular 44 yard pass from Wetwiska to Heim. Jones would get on the board next on a two yard pass from May. The Bronchos final drive of the first half stalled and Jones was able to get back into the redzone one final time, but the defense for Bethany had a fantastic goal line stand to take a 14-7 lead into the half.
Bethany wasted no time after halftime, riding the momentum from the goal line stand, as Heim was back at quarterback to lead the Bronchos on a 64 yard scoring drive in just four plays. The big play of the drive was an option play from Heim to Jaden Gilliland for 39 yards to put Bethany in scoring position. The Bronchos scored just a play later on a two yard run by Heim. Jones quarterback Carson May wasn't done though as he found an open receiver over the top of the Broncho defense on a scramble play which resulted in a 66 yard touchdown to bring the score back to 20-14 in favor of Bethany. After a pair of three and outs by both teams the Broncho offense went down the field again and this time the scoring play was a six yard strike from Heim to Malaska in the corner of the endzone. The 27-14 lead would stand all the way through the fourth quarter. The Bronchos sealed the game with a methodical 10 play drive towards the end with Jaden and Jack Gilliland running the ball well to keep the clock moving.
On the defensive side the Bronchos got great play from many, but it was Jack Gilliland leading the way with nine tackles. Jordan Strotter was also big in leading a Bethany defense that garnered five sacks of May on the evening, two of those were from Strotter.
The Bronchos' schedule doesn't get any easier as they come home this week to face John Marshall (4A-#4).
The first set of OSSAA Class 4A Volleyball rankings came out this week and the Lady Bronchos start the year in the 5th spot in the state. Regent Prep (4A-#1) and Victory Christian (4A-#2) from the Tulsa area sit in the top two spots, repsectively. Two more Tulsa area schools, Holland Hall (4A-#3) and Lincoln Christian (4A-#4) round out the top five.
The Lady Bronchos have had a great start to the year, opening with a 10-2 record including a 3rd place finish at the Verdigris Tournament which is one of the premier volleyball tournaments in the state. So far this season the Lady Bronchos have wins over Oklahoma Union (3A-#9), Inola (4A-#6), Metro Christian (3A-#11), Catoosa (4A-#8) and Oklahoma Bible (4A-#9). Also, in the past week Bethany has beaten Putnam City (6A) and Harding Charter (4A). The Lady Bronchos have a tough matchup tonight as they travel to Community Christian, the current 2nd ranked team in class 3A.
Kingfisher, OK - The Lady Bronchos softball team, fresh off of their 3rd place finish at the Weatherford Tournament this weekend, started their district schedule last night and came out with a big win over Kingfisher. With the big 14-0 win the Lady Bronchos move to 4-2 on the season and 1-0 in district play. Jadyn Barger led the Lady Bronchos on the mound, pitching a shutout, while striking out seven batters and only giving up two hits on the game.
Bethany also had the bats going in the game as five different Lady Broncho players had multiple hits in the game, Kate Thomas, Avery Parsells, Fernanda Reyes, Barger, and Jade Flinton. Parsells, Barger, and Lauryn Scalice all added three RBI's on the night to their stat line.
The Lady Bronchos head back out against another district opponent, Chickasha (4A) on Tuesday, again on the road.
Kingfisher, OK - The Bethany boys golf team finished in 3rd place today in the 4A Regional at Kingfisher Golf Club which qualifies the Bronchos for the state tournament. Conner Compton led the Bronchos shooting 69-73 for a 142 total. The state tournament will take place on May 10-11 at Winter Creek Country Club in Blanchard.
Bethany Senior Kaylen King now owns both the 800 Meter Run and 1600 Meter Run Records for Bethany High School. King first set the 800 Meter Run Record in 2019 with a time of 2:22.21 but has since improved that time to 2:19.86 most recently at the Western Conference Championships on April 19th in Elk City, where she was the conference champion.
King has also broken the 16-year-old 1600 Meter Run Record, in each of the previous three meets the Bronchos attended in April. Most recently she set her best mark thus far in the season at Bishop McGuinness on Saturday, April 24th, with a time of 5:27.30. The record was previously set in 2005 by Danielle Smith who recorded a time of 5:34.14.
Kaylen will try to better these times as well as qualify for the 2021 State Track Championships in the 400 Meter Run, 800 Meter Run, and 1600 Meter Run at the Class 4A Regional Championships at Plainview High School on Saturday, May 1st.
Ada, OK - The Bethany boys soccer team had another long road trip Tuesday night, this time to take on Ada, in a game that would secure a district championship for the Bronchos if they came out on top. Bethany came out and played a very physical game in taking on a very athletic Ada squad. Ada took the first lead of the game a few minutes before halftime on a Broncho mistake, but the Bronchos came out of halftime inspired and determined, putting the Ada back line to the test and eventually tying the game with just over 20 minutes left in the game off a Jocelyn Malaska finish just inside the 18 yard box.
The Bronchos would continue to push, creating several corner kicks and free kicks that were dangerous but could not find the net in regulation. The game went to extra minutes tied at 1-1 and after a scoreless first overtime, the Bronchos finally found the net off a Dax Jaggers penalty kick late in the 2nd overtime to win 2-1. This is the Bronchos' second district championship in history and first since 2011. The Bronchos final regular season game against Cushing, originally set for April 16 has been canceled due to a lack of players for the Tigers. The Bronchos will finish the regular season with a record of 8-4 and a 7-0 record in district play. They will play in the first round of the OSSAA playoffs on Monday, May 3.
Ada, OK - The Lady Bronchos soccer squad headed to Ada Tuesday night with hopes of securing their first district championship since 2011 and that is exactly what they did. Bethany dominated the possessions from start to finish, often times for 4-5 minutes at a time. They did a remarkable job working the ball around and finding high percentage scoring opportunities. Brae Baker led the way scoring two goals on the night while, Brooke Marik, Asley Baker, and Marlee McLaughlin all added goals of their own to lead Bethany to a 5-1 win over Ada. Ada was able to force a corner kick which they were able to convert into a header for a goal just before half time, making it 2-1 at the break.
The Lady Bronchos came out and took control again scoring in the first 5 minutes to make it 3-1 and then putting two more goals into the net to solidify the result and win District 4A-1. It is the girls 3rd District Championship in program history and 1st since 2011. Ada falls to 5-7 on the year and currently sit in a tie for 2nd in the district standings. The Lady Bronchos will finish the regular season against Cushing on Friday, April 16 before starting the playoffs on May 3.
Bethany, OK - Last weekend the Broncho Track & Field teams hosted the 58th Annual Bethany HS Track Invitational and both had great showings on the day. The Boys Team were the meet champions, scoring 141 Points and winning by 48 points over second place Shawnee. The Lady Bronchos finished in 5th place overall out of 15 schools and scored 60 Points on the day. Here were some of the highlights:
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