Mustang will be looking for a new boys basketball coach after Alan Green moved into a full-time compliance role with the school's athletic department.
Green had spent the last two years handling compliance on a part-time basis, while also coaching and teaching a couple classes a day.
But when the opportunity came available to handle compliance on a full-time basis, Green took it.
“The time was right for me,” he said. “I'm looking forward to the challenge. It's probably the first of its kind in Oklahoma.”
Green got the Broncos within one game of the Class 6A state tournament in 2011 with a senior-laden lineup that kept the team ranked in the top 5 much of the year. This past season, Mustang struggled through a rebuilding year, finishing 9-15.
Mustang is the largest school on the west side of the state, according to average attendance for the 2010-11 school year, and fifth-largest in the state.
With Edmond North and Edmond Santa Fe's head basketball vacancies now filled, Mustang, Guthrie and Mount St. Mary are the top boys basketball jobs currently open in the metro area.
BIG COMEBACK HELPS JONES STAY UNDEFEATED
When his baseball team didn't have district games to play this week, Jones coach Mike Lowe wanted to get his team a tough test in advance of regionals.
The biggest came Friday, when Lowe's undefeated Longhorns played at Class 2A No. 1 Dale.
Taylor Bilyeu's seventh-inning two-run double helped lift Jones to a wild 10-9 come-from-behind win.
The Longhorns, who trailed 9-0 after four innings, improved to 25-0.
“It was stress,” Lowe said of the deficit. “Even though it was just a tuneup game for us and doesn't mean a whole lot, you still always want to win.”
Going into the seventh, Jones trailed 9-4 but after Bilyeu grounded out to start the inning, the Longhorns quickly got going.
Tylor Seabolt had a two-run triple, and Chris Humphrey added an RBI single in the inning before Bilyeu delivered the blow that put the Longhorns out front.
“I was looking for an offspeed pitch but got a fastball,” Bilyeu said. “I've been trying to hit oppo (opposite) a little bit lately and that's really helped lift me out of the slump I was in.”
Blake Estep had a two-run double in the fifth to get Jones on the board.
Asa Manship drove in four for Dale.
OKARCHE RETURNS TO STATE
Okarche advanced to its fifth consecutive spring state baseball tournament, edging Thomas 2-1 on Friday.
Junior Wyatt Carter struck out 15 in going the distance, allowing just six hits and three walks.
For seniors Austin Kretchmar and Tyler Pfaff, the state tournament will be their 10th during their careers. In addition to the four spring tournaments, the pair have appeared in two fall state tournaments and four basketball state tournaments.
The duo helped Okarche win the Class A basketball title in 2010.