Cheyenne East girls use lightning delays to their advantage

The Cheyenne East girls soccer team plays a game during a nearly 2-hour lightning delay prior to their Class 4A semifinal match with Laramie on Friday in Rock Springs. Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

The Cheyenne East girls soccer team plays a game during a nearly 2-hour lightning delay prior to their Class 4A semifinal match with Laramie on Friday in Rock Springs. The Lady Thunderbirds said the games they played in Rock Springs High’s auxiliary gym actually helped calm their nerves before the match. Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

ROCK SPRINGS – It would be reasonable to expect the Cheyenne East girls soccer team to have sweated through a pair of lengthy lightning delays at the Class 4A state tournament in Rock Springs.

The Lady Thunderbirds had just taken the field for Friday’s semifinal match with Laramie when they were sent back to the locker room for two hours.

They were forced inside with 25 minutes to play in Saturday’s state championship with Sheridan. That delay lasted more than two hours.

They had to spend both delays as balls of nervous energy anxious for two of the biggest matches of their season, right? Continue reading

Carter solid in return for East

ROCK SPRINGS – Cheyenne East senior goalkeeper Shayne Carter has dealt with an array of injuries this season.

Cheyenne East senior goalkeeper Shayne Carter

Cheyenne East senior goalkeeper Shayne Carter

She missed half of the basketball season after suffering a broken hand during preseason practices.

During soccer, Carter suffered a head injury in a collision with Laramie forward Ariel Romero early in the year. Then she started missing time due to hip, back and neck ailments.

The worst of those injuries are tears in her hip flexor.

Carter’s last bit of extensive playing time prior to Thursday’s Class 4A state quarterfinal win over Casper Natrona County came on May 2 in a home win over Gillette. She didn’t record a save after entering in the second half of the Lady Thunderbirds’ 3-2 opening round victory Thursday, but she still looked solid.

That Carter is playing at all for the reigning champions is noteworthy.

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The Central and East girls ready to do battle again in state soccer finale

ROCK SPRINGS — The Cheyenne Central and Cheyenne East girls soccer teams have gone head-to-head three times this season. They were three of the most physical soccer matches you’ll ever see.

And not physical because either team was playing dirty. Physical because both teams were competing their collective tails off trying to get a win.

I don’t expect that to be any different in today’s Class 4A state championship.

As one parent said to me, “I feel sorry for the center official that has to do this game. You couldn’t pay me enough to take that on.”

How close were the three previous meetings? They tied 1-1 and 2-2 before East grabbed a 2-0 win in the 4A East Regional.

Both sides expect for of the same today. Continue reading

South girls make historic scoring splash against Laramie

Cheyenne South's Taylor Landon heads a ball during the team's 6-1 loss to Laramie on Friday. Shawn Havel/staff

Cheyenne South’s Taylor Landon heads a ball during the team’s 6-1 loss to Laramie on Friday. Shawn Havel/staff

CHEYENNE — Taylor Landon had “a good feeling about that kick.”

The Cheyenne South freshman lined up for a free kick about 30 yards away from the goal after teammate Heather Amen was fouled. It was eight minutes into the second half and the Lady Bison were down 3-0 to to Laramie, the state’s No. 1 team.

South coach Phil McGovern gave Landon the green light to fire away if she felt the shot was there.

Landon did. And the rest, as they say, is history.

The goal took the entire Laramie defense by surprise as no one moved when the ball left her foot. It settled into the back of the net well away from ever being stopped and the Bison cut the deficit to 3-1. They would go on to fall 6-1.

“Coach always tells to aim far side and that’s pretty much what I did – high or far side and it just ended up going in,” Landon said. Continue reading

2012 Class 3A girls all-state soccer team

Buffalo: F Kaitlynn Armstrong, sr.; GK Jenna Anderson, jr.; D Makayla Myers, so.; M Teneil Schumacher, so.; F Caley Stafford, jr.; Cody: F Darby Bell, jr.; D Grace Dickerman, sr.; D Kelsey Frost, sr.; M Alyssa Prosceno, sr.; M Bridget Schumacher, sr.; Jackson: M Jessica Freeze, jr.; D Danielle Krause, sr.; M Madasyn Sutton, jr.; Lander: M Taylor Meeks, so.; M Annikki Peterson, sr.; D Ali Ragan, sr.; M Allison Schimming, sr.; Newcastle: F Madi Lacey, sr.; Pinedale: M Valeria Vidal, so.; Star Valley: GK Jessica England, sr.; F Abby Nicoll, jr.; F Jessica Woodford, so.; Torrington: GK Mikayla Brower, sr.; M Caitlyn Cummings, sr.; Worland: D Shannan Pyer, sr.
Underclassman of the year: Caley Stafford, Buffalo.
Upperclassman of the year: Bridget Schumacher, Cody.

Central senior girls soccer players have plenty to celebrate

Members of the Cheyenne Central girls soccer team were all smiles after winning the Christa McAuliffe memorial trophy. Alex Riley/staff

CHEYENNE — The Cheyenne Central girls lingered around Okie Blanchard Stadium on Friday night. Parents and friends trickled down from the  stands providing hugs and handshakes in celebration of the 3-1 win over Cheyenne East.

The smiles and congratulations were everywhere. Not even Auri Mermelia’s chipped tooth could dampen the mood (She chipped the tooth during the final team huddle when someone brought the trophy down into her mouth).

“It feels pretty good to get (the Christa McAuliffe memorial trophy) back because I know we lost it last year and it’s pretty tough to see the seniors afterwards. It didn’t feel right,” senior defender Karlie Schultz said. “But it’s good have it back. We played really well.” Continue reading

Central’s Fisher more than just a goalie

Cheyenne Central senior Kelley Fisher looks to fire off a shot against Scottsbluff defender Kayla Pierce on Tuesday. Fisher scored once and had an assist in the 9-0 win. Dominic Benintende/staff

CHEYENNE — Kelley Fisher planted her foot and simply launched the shot.

From about 25 yards out, the ball curved in the air, glided past the outstretched hands of Scottsbluff goalie Morgan Westphal and settled into the back of the net.

And just like that, the Cheyenne Central girls soccer team had a 7-0 lead over the Lady Bearcats. And Fisher had a goal to be remembered.

“It was kind of just a rush. We were up by some and they were like, ‘Kelley, we want you to get a goal.’ So my team was definitely pulling for me and helping me out,” Fisher said. “I felt like it was a decent shot and I put it where it needed to go so I’m proud of it.” Continue reading

South goalie Beltran rises to the challenge

Cheyenne South goalie Oxsanna Beltran (pink) talks with coach Phil McGovern before the start of Monday's game against Rawlins. Dominic Benintende/staff

CHEYENNE — If Oxsanna Beltran had been a little nervous about the situation, no one could have blamed her.

One minute, she was standing on the Cheyenne South sideline, the next she was being asked to fill the void in goal after an injury to teammate Constance Woolhether.

Pressure? Beltran knows a thing or two about combating pressure.

“I feel like I have a lot more pressure but I think I’m handling it pretty well,” Beltran said. “I was starting goalie last year and the year before that so  I just feel like it’s my spot to do good for my team and make sure my goal is protected.” Continue reading

4A East all-conference soccer

Here’s the list of Class 4A East boys and girls all-conference selections. Full all-state lists are expected to be released Wednesday.

GIRLS
First-team

Cheyenne Central: GK Kelley Fisher; F Makena Cameron; M Christie Schiel; D Jennie Barsotti; Cheyenne East: F Rachel Erickson; M Sarah Erickson; M Heather Baker; D Makenzie Drake; Casper Kelly Walsh: GK Jocelyn Morris; Gillette: GK Missy Schultz; F Shereer Small; F Brittney Lacek; M Karen Storie; M Angie Benson; M Michelle McGeary; D Kayla Corcoran; D Tiffany Polson; D Bailey Wenz; Laramie: F Cassidy Aguilar; M Haley Moon; D Haley Ahrenholtz; D Josie Bowdish; Sheridan: F Rickie Ryan; M Stephanie Sessions; D Nikki Kassen.

Second-team
Central: M Jaymie Syracuse; D Alysha Honaker; East: D McKenna Horsley; Kelly Walsh: F Taylor Hockley; M Carly Hooker; D April Taylor; D Abby Vierkant; Gillette: M Julionna Skinner; Laramie: GK Rachel Rettinger; M Jacqui Pulley; M Lindsey Martinez; Sheridan: GK Jacey Repsis; F Haley Ligocki; M Noelle Gollinvaux; D Harley Stewart.

BOYS
First-team

Cheyenne Central: M Ryan Krempels; D Ryan McGhee; Cheyenne East: M Jalen Willett; F Alex Cowns; Casper Kelly Walsh: GK Cameron Stanek; D Marcus Couldridge; D Matt Binder; M Tanner Vivian; F Caleb Romsa; Gillette: D Cody Nice; Laramie: GK Andrew Amen; D Ian Muller; D Arlo Stansbury; M Andrew Johnson; M Jimi Gomez; M Brock Mosier; F Vitor Nazareth; F Dillon Barbour; Sheridan: GK Cole Smith; D Gabe Dahmke; D Kurt Price; M Colby Wollenman; F Hunter Reece; F Drew Slikker.
Coach of the year: Andy Pannell, Laramie.