As promised in a previous blog post today, no Wyoming high school football team has switched up the look of its helmets in the last few years more than Casper Natrona County. For more than a decade before this, the only change I can think of came when the Mustangs ditched the black stripes in favor of a single orange stripe.
The first weekend of the Wyoming Class 4A football season saw five teams debut new helmets. Some of the changes were drastic, while others were subtle. Here’s a comparison of the 2014 looks and the 2015. Continue reading →
My advance for the Class 4A state championship game between third-seeded Gillette (9-2) and No. 1 Casper Natrona County (11-0) ran here today. Here are some things that didn’t make the story, or some thoughts that were expounded upon. Continue reading →
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.
The taunt was a cruel reminder that Wilson had missed a 36-yard field goal late in the Class 4A football championship, a game that East won 14-13 on Nov. 16 at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie. Making that field goal would have given the Mustangs a 16-14 lead and, almost certainly, secured them second consecutive state title.
That loss was Natrona’s fourth of the season. All of those setbacks came by just one point and three of those games went to at least one overtime. Three of them came down to late-game point after touchdowns and the state title tilt was decided, in part, by a field goal. Continue reading →
ROCK SPRINGS – Cheyenne East senior goalkeeper Shayne Carter has dealt with an array of injuries this season.
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.