MUSTANG — Anywhere you look in high school sports, it’s easy to find three-sport athletes, but few combine as unusual a trio as Karson Bizzell.
Since junior high, the Mustang senior has been competing in volleyball, golf and rodeo. Each sport requires a different discipline, a different skill set, different athletic abilities. Each includes a varying level of team and individual reliance for success. And Bizzell has found a way to succeed at all of them. She was one of Mustang’s top volleyball players as an outside hitter. She finished eighth at the Class 6A state golf tournament as a junior and hopes to improve on that performance this week. And she has had multiple top-10 finishes as a barrel racer at national high school rodeos. "I find something that I love in each sport that the other ones don’t offer,” Bizzell said. "In volleyball and rodeo, you depend on someone else being there for you. In golf, you have to rely on yourself.” Golf is her focus now, as she and her team hope to win a state championship in the two-day Class 6A tournament that begins today at the Oaks Country Club in Tulsa. Heading into state, Mustang is the hottest team around. The Broncos have had the top score at all 10 tournaments they’ve played this season, with nine outright victories and one tie. They tied with Jenks, which will be their top competition the next two days. "We talked about winning every tournament. We started talking about 11-for-11 at the beginning of the year,” coach Rodney Henning said. "But you throw it out there, and you don’t necessarily believe it until we won two or three or four.
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