Tough game good for Pine Bluffs girls

Lindsey Forbes

Lindsey Forbes

The No. 1-ranked Pine Bluffs girls basketball team experienced two things Saturday that it hadn’t yet this season: Trailing at halftime and trailing after the third quarter.

In fact, the reigning Class 2A state champions also trailed Lusk after the first quarter. Fortunately for the Lady Hornets, they outscored Lusk 20-10 in the fourth and escaped with a 55-48 road win.

It wasn’t pretty but it may actually have been good for Pine Bluffs, coach Lindsey Forbes said Monday evening. Continue reading

Wyoming coaches forged strong bond with Hunter Thompson

Hunter ThompsonHunter Thompson called University of Wyoming men’s basketball assistant Jeremy Shyatt shortly after deciding to decommit from Creighton.

That would surprise no one who followed the Pine Bluffs standout’s recruitment.

After all, the Cowboys were the runners-up for the 6-foot-10, 235-pound forward’s services when he announced his commitment to Creighton in mid-March. Back then, he talked about how hard his decision was and how good of a job UW had done recruiting him.

Many expected Thompson to commit to the Pokes shortly after he reopened his recruitment. He did just that Sept. 6. But that’s not why he called Shyatt. Continue reading

Pine Bluffs’ Hunter Thompson talks AAU basketball

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Pine Bluffs sophomore forward Hunter Thompson, right, has averaged 16.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1 steal across 55 games. Photo by Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

I first heard of Pine Bluffs’ Hunter Thompson playing AAU ball when my colleague Dave Shelles wrote this Prep Athlete of the Week feature on him in 2014. I heard more about it when my friend Jack Nowlin of the Casper Star-Tribune wrote this feature on Thompson to start the 2014-15 season.

I was really intrigued by the Utah portion of the 6-foot-10 sophomore’s AAU exploits that Nowlin wrote about. Cheyenne East graduate and current Toronto Raptors power forward James Johnson played with a Denver-based AAU team when he caught the attention of Division I schools in 2006. I know a few more Cheyenne kids have played with teams along the Front Range, the Cheyenne-based Wyoming Flight basketball program has also gotten off the ground in the past few years.

But it struck me as odd that Thompson would go to Utah for his AAU ball. Continue reading

Burns, Pine Bluffs: A look back

We have an excellent resource at our disposal. It’s the ultimate clearinghouse for information on Wyoming high school football, and it’s wyoming-football.com. I can’t recommend it enough, but I suggest you leave yourself an afternoon off to check it out, otherwise you could bury some serious hours down a rabbit hole there.

It has the scores of every high school football game in the state’s history of the sport, even for now-defunct schools like Seton, Albin and Carpenter (yes, Carpenter had a high school; I’m just as surprised as you are). It also has some other information, such as a school’s all-time win-loss record, and information on streaks. Continue reading

Outtakes: State cross-country

I found some gems when chatting with Laramie County’s cross-country community in the afterglow of Saturday’s state meet.

Pine Bluffs-Burns won its fifth straight state Class 2A girls championship. I did not see that coming at all. Last year’s third-place individual, Austin Asay, graduated, and two other expected returners didn’t come out for the team. So I figured they’d finish in position to come away with some hardware and a couple of all-state runners. Well, I suppose they did that. Continue reading

Pine Bluffs-Burns cross-country runs at Saratoga

*The following information did not appear in the print edition of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle because it was turned in after deadline.

CHEYENNE — Austin Asay won the Saratoga Invitational with a time of 20 minutes, 30.95 seconds, a personal best time, to lead the Pine Bluffs-Burns cross-country team. Continue reading