Texas trek gave Meeteetse football program experience of a lifetime

CHEYENNE — Shay Avants “floated the idea.”

The head coach at Robert Lee High School in West Texas didn’t really know if his idea would turn into anything more but he figured he would give it a shot.

The team that was scheduled to play his Steers on September 30 had only eight kids and had requested to play a junior varsity game instead of varsity. With Texas high school teams agreeing to home-and-home contracts, finding a replacement just before the start of the season wasn’t going to be easy.

So, he floated the idea of getting Matt Jensen and his Meeteetse High School team down from Wyoming to Texas for a Week 0 game.

Suddenly, the idea became reality.

“It just seemed like a good opportunity for our kids to go down and play a full game,” Jensen said.

“It wasn’t anything that we really sought out. It just kind of happened by accident. Everything just kind of worked out and it was a great experience.” Continue reading

Coaching staff situation provides Midwest with abundance of experience

CHEYENNE — The pass just missed.

Trying to connect on a big passing play, Midwest quarterback Cam Ray just missed hitting a receiver on what would have been a decent gain. The ball was a bit high and glanced off the wide outs’ fingertips.

While others were shaking their head in frustration, assistant coach Mike Good went to head coach Ken Swieter with a plan.

“He’s all, ‘Coach, run that same play. Have Tucker (Even) slip out of the backfield for a swing pass.’ We’d never practiced it. I said OK,” Swieter said. Continue reading

Central swimmers use licks for good luck

Cheyenne Central swimmer Katie Summers was on both winning relays during the SWAC meet. Miranda Grubbs/staff

Cheyenne Central swimmer Katie Summers was on both winning relays during the SWAC meet. Miranda Grubbs/staff

CHEYENNE – The world is still trying to figure out how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsiepop.

But the number of licks it takes to relax a group of Cheyenne Central girls relay swimmers? Four. One for each skullcap.

Before the start of every relay, the four members of Lady Indians team take a lighthearted moment to relax and lick each others skull caps.

It’s a strange tradition. But you can’t argue with the results.

At Friday’s Southern Wyoming Athletic Conference finals, Central won two of the three relay events and placed second in other.

“We decided it was lucky my freshman year. The seniors would lick all the freshmen’s caps and it kind of went from there. We have a lot of superstitions. It helps us get in the right mindset,” Hannah Thomas said. She was on both winning relays. Continue reading

South’s Sanchez gets a lesson in pace (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

Cheyenne South's Ana Sanchez took 14th at the Leroy Sprague Invite on Friday. Miranda Grubbs/staff

Cheyenne South’s Ana Sanchez took 14th at the Leroy Sprague Invite on Friday. Miranda Grubbs/staff

CHEYENNE — Ana Sanchez made a choice before the Leroy Sprague Invitational started.

“At first I was like, ‘You know what? I’m just going to go and wherever I end up, I end up,'” the Cheyenne South sophomore said.

Early on, she was keeping pace with Gillette’s Tabitha Simmons. And then the energy gave out. Continue reading

Central’s Miller finding his stride at a young age (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

Cheyenne Central's Elliott Miller took seventh at the Leroy Sprague Invite on Friday. Miranda Grubbs/staff

Cheyenne Central’s Elliott Miller took seventh at the Leroy Sprague Invite on Friday. Miranda Grubbs/staff

CHEYENNE — Elliott Miller knew what a big day at the Leroy Sprague Invitational would feel like.

The Cheyenne Central sophomore hasn’t been a stranger to success, but a solid run against the majority of Wyoming’s other Class 4A teams would do something no other race, aside from state, could.

So he ran hard. And it showed.

“The way I’m feeling right now is horrible,” Miller said with a laugh just after the race. “But emotionally it was a big accomplishment to be able to run with the big kids and especially to be able to do it as a sophomore. It’s an honor really to do it.” Continue reading