Wheatland gets back to .500 with win over Moorcroft

CHEYENNE – The Wheatland football team evened its overall record at 2-2 with a 22-0 win at Moorcorft Friday. The Bulldogs also improved to 2-1 in the Class 2A East Conference.

Wheatland scored two touchdowns in the second quarter on runs by Brendan Ruwart and Kolby Braisted. Quarterback David Chesser added another scoring run in the fourth quarter.



Wheatland………0   16   0   0   —   22

Moorcroft……….0     0    0   0   —    0

Second Quarter

W: B. Ruwart 12 run (Chesser run)

W: Braisted 4 (Chesser run)

Fourth Quarter

W: Chesser 8 run (pass failed)


Moorcroft stats not available


Chesser 13-37, BraistEd 9-47, B. Ruwart 3-51.


Chesser 6-13 127, C. Ruwart 3-5 29.


Becket 3-31, Braisted 2-79, Ruwart 1-10, Whelchel 1-10, Chesser 1-9.


Get your tweet on: Sept. 23, 2011

You can catch all the action from Class 1A No. 1 Southeast’s visit to 1A No. 4 Pine Bluffs, and Class 4A action between Evanston and Cheyenne Central on Twitter tonight.

Follow @alexrileysports for updates on the Southeast-Pine Bluffs contest.

Follow @scottnulph for updates on the Evanston-Central game.

Then pick up the print edition of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle for stories and stats on those two games.

Sept. 16 football scores

Big Horn 31, Wright 0
Buffalo 17, Green River 14
Gillette 30, Casper Kelly Walsh 23
Casper Natrona 43, Rock Springs 0
Cheyenne East 21, Cheyenne Central 14
Cheyenne East sophomores 46, Lingle-Fort Laramie 34
Cokeville 41, Saratoga 7
Douglas 27, Star Valley 7
Glenrock 35, Wheatland 6
Greybull 31, Thermopolis 7
Kemmerer 39, Pinedale 14
Lander 21, Jackson Hole 7
Laramie 56, Cheyenne South 6
Lovell 21, Lyman 7
Midwest 54, Hanna-Elk Mountain 13
Mountain View 41, Big Piney 0
Newcastle 31, Burns 6
Pine Bluffs 20, Sundance 0
Powell 49, Torrington 0
Riverside 22, Rocky Mountain 13
Riverton 35, Cody 20
Sheridan 42, Evanston 35
Shoshoni 41, Burlington 36
Southeast 18, Lusk 12
Upton 14, Normative Services 8
Ten Sleep 53, Farson-Eden 30
Worland 32, Rawlins 22
Wyoming Indian 14, Wind River 8

Legion Baseball: State tournament pairings

at Powers Field – Cheyenne
Seeds in parentheses.

Game 1: (S2) Wheatland vs. (N3) Casper, 9:30 a.m.
Game 2: (N2) Sheridan vs. (S3) Laramie, 12:30 p.m.
Game 3: (N1) Gillette vs. (S4) Torrington, 4 p.m.
Game 4: (S1) Cheyenne vs. (N4) Douglas, 7:30 p.m.
Game 5: Game 1 loser vs. Game 3 loser, 9:30 a.m., loser eliminated
Game 6: Game 2 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 12:30 p.m., loser eliminated
Game 7: Game 1 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 4 p.m.
Game 8: Game 2 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7 p.m.
Game 9: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 loser, 9:30 a.m., loser eliminated
Game 10: Game 5 winner vs. Game 8 loser, 12:30 p.m., loser eliminated
Game 11: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 4 p.m., loser eliminated
Game 12: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 7 p.m.
Game 13: Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 loser, 1 p.m., loser eliminated
Championship: Game 12 winner vs. Game 13 winner, 7 p.m.
*** If the championship loser only has one loss, a second game will be played at 2 p.m. Sunday to determine the state champion.

Hometown Heroes: Lacrosse edition

The NCAA Div. I men’s lacrosse final four starts at 2 MDT today. There are only four high-school-age club lacrosse teams in Wyoming — Jackson, Laramie and teams featuring students from Cheyenne Central and Cheyenne East. However, there are two Cheyenne products playing varsity lacrosse at the college level. Here’s how they did this season.

Cheyenne East graduate Matt Burns – also seen playing defense in the action shot above – started and played in seven games for Wheelock College, an NCAA Div. III school in Boston. He scored three goals and had an assist in the Wildcats’ final game. The 6-foot-1 midfielder also won 44 of the 125 faceoffs he took this season. Wheelock went 0-10 this season.

Cheyenne Central alum John Beedle played in one game for Pfeiffer University an NCAA Div. II school in Misenheimer, N.C.. The Falcons went 10-6 this season.

Malone Munford, a 2009 Central grad, started the year at Pfeiffer, but transferred back to the University of Wyoming for the spring semester. He played in one game for the UW club team (1-7). Tony Meena, a 2008 Central alum, played in three games for the Cowboys and scored one goal. Central grad Bryce Stratton started seven games in goal for Wyoming, making 158 saves and stopping 56 percent of the shots he faced.

Pine Bluffs girls face real test

The Pine Bluffs girls basketball team sits at 7-2 on the season.

The Lady Hornets have had no real drop off from the start of the season. No, they didn’t want to come out of the winter break with a loss to Kimball, Neb.

At the same time, Pine Bluffs coach Bob Cochran can use that loss as motivation. No matter how good their start was, they have room to get even better.

“I think most of the reason we’ve had this start is we’ve played like a team,” he said. “And I think defensively we’re getting some things done that we want to get done. We’re getting some turnovers, and it’s causing us to get some easy points because of it. And we’ve played unselfish. For us to continue this in the second part of the season, we have to continue to do that.”

Nevertheless, Cochran is still pleased with how well his team has started the season.

“I thought we could start like this, but I didn’t know for sure,” he said. “With only having one senior, you didn’t know how that would work out. The underclassmen have taken a role to help out in that regard.”

One big area Cochran wants to sees his Hornets improve on is rebounding.

“It doesn’t seem like we do a good job of boxing out yet,” he said. “We can still get better offensively. I don’t think we’re running our sets like we want to. We’re getting better at it. I think we’re still kind of learning. But I do think we’ll get better in that area too. And if we do, we should have some success.”

Burns girls have room to improve

As the Burns girls headed out of the winter break, Barry Ward was pleased with his basketball team.

That’s even truer after the Lady Broncs won both games to improve to 8-1 on the season. But there is still room for improvement in Ward’s opinion.

“I’m concerned about rebounding and consistent defense,” he said last week. “Other than that, it’s been good for our team. And I think the girls have nailed it down to the girls realize they have to practice the way they want to play. And we have to get more consistent defensive-minded practices to get that.”

Minus those concerns, Ward said the season has topped his expectations for how the season has gone.

“I think some of the games that we’ve played it has exceeded expectations,” he said. “For example, our game against Glenrock. You just don’t go into a game like that and beat a good team like Glenrock by 29 points. And that goes back to defensive effort is what it was. When we have that defensive-mindset, our offense always follows suit. Everybody always says that, but in our case I know it’s true.”

As the season continues to move closer to the regional and state tourney, that is the kind of effort Ward wants to see from his girls. If they want to make good on their goal of playing for the Class 2A state title this season, they have no choice.

“Everybody has those big post players, and for whatever reason, it’s not our turn,” Ward said. “So we have to defend, and we have to battle.”

Talent pool hits Eastern Laramie County

On my two trips out to Burns and Pine Bluffs, it is apparent that both girls basketball teams will contend for the Class 2A state title this season.
The Lady Broncs and Lady Hornets know what they have to do to have success, and they do it.
They don’t do any more or any less than that. Plus, the two teams listen to their respective coaches.
That tells me as situations arise as the season goes on, they are open to being coached. And that, more than anything else, is what leads me to think as I do.
What gives Burns a slight edge over its bitter rival is experience.
The Broncs have gone through this before when they finished third at state a season ago.
You can tell their loss to eventual state champ Big Horn serves as their motivation to make sure this season turns out different.
Burns plays in your face defense, forces turnovers and has a balanced offensive attack.
On any given night, the Broncs have four players who can score. The mix of those three things makes for a dangerous team.
Now, whether that means Burns will win a state title this season, I don’t know.
As for the Hornets, it’s just a matter of gaining experience and growing as a team, as cliche as it sounds.
The thing Pine as going for it is it has talent and depth.
At the same time, those are the same things Burns possesses.
I don’t know who will win the Class 2A state title this season, but from what I’ve seen, both of these teams will have a say in who does.

Sheridan vs. Central live blog


Jeremiah will be live blogging the Class 4A state championship football game between Cheyenne Central and Sheridan this Saturday afternoon.

Come back on Saturday afternoon to get up to the minute information from the game.