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Mustang Broncos Athletics Helps Create Winning Students In the Classroom and On the Field

By Pamela Sosnowski

The importance of a high school's athletic program is often overlooked compared to its curriculum, but is no less important when contributing to a student's overall success. Mustang High School is proud of what its athletic division, called Mustang Bronco Athletics, provides its students.

"Athletic opportunities provide our students an atmosphere of family," says the school's Assistant Athletic Director Nikki McCann. "Often the amount of time spent at school, both athletically and academically, is more than their time spent with their immediate family. By providing our students an opportunity to build relationships with coaches and players, it also allows time for them to learn life-lessons. Every student also needs a place to fit in and sports provide that. If a student is involved, whether it's sports, robotics, drama or band, they're more likely to graduate. There are students who are handed a diploma in May because being involved with a team or extra-curricular activity is the reason they stayed in school."

McCann, along with another assistant athletic director, manage the athletic department while several more coaches assist with overseeing over 60 teams that compete during the fall, winter, and spring seasons.

Sports that are represented by Mustang High School include football, softball, cross country, volleyball, golf, basketball, swimming, soccer, tennis, and track and field. Additionally, there are four spirit squads including a varsity cheerleading squad. Many of which have won state and national championships dating back to 1978.

During the summer, the high school offers camps that focus on specific sports such as baseball, basketball, football, softball, and soccer. A special training camp called Building Championships is available for all athletes in middle and high school grades.

Mustang Broncos Athletics strives to make each game entertaining for spectators. During football season, it hosts Mustang's Friday Night Lights featuring the pomp and circumstance of cheerleading performances and the school's marching band. During these Friday games, general admission is only $5 while senior citizens can watch the game for free.

Even though academics plays a big role in a lot of students' lives, McCann emphasizes that equal attention is given to teaching, too. "It takes an entire community to make Mustang athletics successful," she explains.

"In my opinion, we have the best coaches, students, administrators, and patrons in the state of Oklahoma. While athletics is important, academics is always emphasized among our athletes. As an athletic administrator, my number one goal is for every student-athlete to graduate from high school so they can pursue their passion in any area of life."

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