Tate took on bigger role in East win over Natrona

Junior Savannah Tate’s role with the Cheyenne East volleyball team has grown throughout this season. But it has never been larger than it was during Thursday evening’s 25-20, 25-17-23-25, 25-21 victory over Casper Natrona County.

Not only did Tate play more than she has in any other match that I’ve seen this season, but she also played well and notched several key kills that stemmed Fillies’ runs.

“She’s a smart hitter and did a great job against their big blocker out there,” East coach Dan Box said. “We’ve been able to use certain people in the certain situations and Savannah did a good job there.” Continue reading

Ten years on: Central’s last girls swimming and diving championship

In 16 years of professional newspapering I’ve seen a lot of stuff. Blowouts, squeakers, 0-0 ties, four-overtime ridiculousness, 90-point bull rides – it takes all kinds to make an interesting existence in this line of work.

Few events have equaled the sheer excitement of the 2004 WHSAA State Swim and Dive Championships.

Cheyenne Central won its second straight championship by one point over host Gillette. One. Point. Continue reading

LCCC signee Passarelli chooses club, training over senior season

Tori Passarelli

Tori Passarelli

Tori Passarelli misses her Chatfield High teammates, especially her fellow seniors.

She is disappointed that she doesn’t get to experience the wild swing of emotions on senior night and that she’s missing out on one last season of assorted silliness and memory-making with her teammates.

Passarelli, who signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for Laramie County Community College on Sunday, is missing out on all of those last hurrahs because she chose to skip her final season of prep volleyball to train with her Colorado Juniors club team this fall.

The 5-foot-4 libero knows that spending the fall on the sand courts in the Colorado Springs-based club’s training facility instead of riding a bus to various gyms around the Denver suburbs is unconventional. But she makes no apologies for her choice. Continue reading

More on Laramie County CC’s volleyball signings

Albers, Austin

Austin Albers

Laramie County Community College held a press conference to announce the singing of five volleyball players Sunday afternoon. Coach Austin Albers‘ second recruiting class includes libero Courtney Albrecht and setter Farel Garcia of Johnstown, Colo., outside hitter Preston Lienemann of Loveland, Colo., libero Tori Passarelli of Littleton, Colo., and middle blocker Kiley Ridgway of Riverton.

The Golden Eagles have just three sophomores on this year’s roster: outside hitter Kanani Auwae, setter Rory McCloy and defensive specialist Hallie Burkart. These signing address those losses, Albers said. Continue reading

Bartlett brothers get special moment in East’s rout

Tevis Bartlett

Tevis Bartlett

Tevis Bartlett was the last  player expected on the field with Cheyenne East leading Casper Kelly Walsh 57-27 when it took over on its own 26-yard line with 6 minutes, 23 seconds to play in the Class 4A quarterfinal game.

Most of the Thunderbirds’ starters were also on the field, but nobody would have blamed coach Chad Goff for keeping Wyoming’s reigning Gatorade Player of the Year on the sideline during what amounted to little more than garbage time.

That play – an 8-yard completion – was Bartlett’s last Friday.

And that’s just the way Goff wanted it. 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

Oct. 8, 2014 Class 4A football statistics


Rushing offense: 1. Rock Springs 287.0; 2. Sheridan 228.8; 3. Casper Natrona County 216.5; 4. Cheyenne East 188.0; 5. Gillette 167.5; 6. Evanston 159.2; 7. Laramie 151.8; 8. Cheyenne South 150.7; 9. Cheyenne Central 116.7; 10. Casper Kelly Walsh 108.7.

Passing offense: 1. Gillette 278.0; 2. South 231.3; 3. Natrona 167.0; 4. Sheridan 164.3; 5. Central 160.8; 6. Laramie 155.8; 7. East 119.0; 8. Kelly Walsh 115.8; 9. Evanston 96.8; 10. Rock Springs 19.5.

Total offense: 1. Gillette 445.5; 2. Sheridan 393.2; 3. Natrona 383.5; 4. South 382.0; 5. Laramie 307.7; 6. East 307.0; 7. Rock Springs 306.5; 8. Central 277.5; 9. Evanston 256.0; 10. Kelly Walsh 224.5.

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Cheyenne Central vs. Cheyenne East football history


Longest win streak: Central 9 (1976-84)
Largest margin of victory: 48 (1976)
Central record as true home team at Milt Riske Field (since 2001): 2-6.
East record as true home team at Okie Blanchard Stadium (since 2001): 5-4.
1960: Central 13, East 7 Continue reading

Cheyenne South to hold powderpuff football game

Cheyenne South will hold its inaugural powder puff football game at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Bison Stadium.

The cost is $2 for students with ID and $5 for non-students. Half of the money is going to cancer research, while the other half is going to South High.

Spectators are encouraged to wear pink.