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 →
Jeff Bailey is confident entering his second season as the Cheyenne East boys basketball coach.
Taking a team from five wins to a 21-7 mark and third-place finish at the Class 4A state tournament has that effect on coaches. So does returning two all-state players.
More than anything, though, Bailey is just more comfortable in the lead chair and the responsibilities that come along with it.
“Any time you start something new, it’s a little intimidating,” Bailey said. “Now we have a foundation set and the kids know the expectations and we’re building off of a lot of good things that we saw from last year.” Continue reading →
The Bison finished last season 8-20 and reached the Class 4A state tournament for the second time in their mere four-year history in Wyoming’s top classification.
South graduated Kyhler Cummings, Robert Dilsaver and Adam Haberkorn, all of whom were four-year starters. Cummings is playing for Laramie County Community College, where he is averaging 3.4 points in eight games with the Golden Eagles (11-2 overall, 3-1 Region IX).
“I kind of feel like I should have graduated right along with them,” Bison coach Jim Shaffer joked. Continue reading →
Tagg Lain takes over a team that went 7-19 and placed fourth at the Class 4A state tournament in 2014.
The Indians graduated all-state guard Josh Fearing, who is suiting up for Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs. Fearing has played in nine games for the Mustangs (9-2).
Senior Tayton Montgomery also decided to skip basketball in favor of indoor track and field. Classmate Rhett Muchmore did the same, but with wrestling. Seniors Paul Sheppard and Blane Cowley also didn’t go out for basketball this season.
Those five players accounted for an average of 28.3 of Central’s 41.5 points per game, so they’re significant losses.
Here is what you should know about what Central will put on the court this winter: Continue reading →
Cheyenne Central hired Tagg Lain as its boys basketball coach on Saturday. You can read about that here. The response in my email and on Twitter to Lain’s hire has been overwhelmingly positive.
Lain has guided the Cheyenne American Legion Post 6 baseball team to 13 Wyoming Class AA championships and three runner-up finishes at the Northwest Regional tournament.
But what people might not know is that he’s also got an extensive basketball coaching background. Lain was an assistant for recently fired Indians coach Doug Moratzka during the 2011-12 season. He also coached sub-varsity squads under Lew Roney (1994-96), Kevin McLeod (1997-99) and Mike Jackson (2005-06).