Why did Halee Moore kiss this soccer ball?

MooreI’ve always thought I knew why Cheyenne Central’s Halee Moore puckered up and planted a quick smooch on a soccer ball prior to taking her shot during a shootout with Cheyenne East in the 2013 Class 4A girls soccer state championship match.

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Five of Wyoming’s Class 4A teams debut new helmets

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

Pigskin postmortem: Cheyenne Central

Severn, Drew

Drew Severn

Drew Severn had spent four seasons as an assistant football coach in Burns before being hired as Cheyenne Central’s head coach this season. There also was time spent as a sub-varsity coach in his native Arizona before he returned to the Cowboy State, where he lettered football for the University of Wyoming from 2002-05.

Severn knew this season would be a learning experience as he got used to the responsibilities that come with being the head coach.

It was just that.

“I made the final call on everything we were doing,” Severn said. “I had always given my opinion but I had never been the person that made the final decision before this year. That was uncharted territory, but I got more comfortable with that as the year progressed and I was making decent enough calls to get us in the right spot.

“We got better towards the end of the year and I got better towards the end too.” Continue reading

BLOG BREAKDOWN: Cheyenne Central boys basketball

CentralTagg 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.

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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

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

TEAM 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

CHEYENNE CENTRAL 42, CHEYENNE EAST 23

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

Sept. 23, 2014 Class 4A football statistics

TEAM STATISTICS

Rushing offense: 1. Rock Springs 283.0; 2. Sheridan 228.5; 3. Casper Natrona County 186.8; 4. Evanston 184.3; 5. Gillette 182.8; 6. Cheyenne East 178.5; 7. Casper Kelly Walsh 128.8; 8. Laramie 123.5; 9. Cheyenne South 115.8; 10. Cheyenne Central 96.0.

Passing offense: 1. South 276.3; 2. Gillette 235.3; 3. Sheridan 191.8; 4. Central 190.8; 5. Natrona 168.0; 6. Laramie 158.0; 7. East 119.8; 8. Evanston 119.5; 9. Kelly Walsh 105.0; 10. Rock Springs 18.0.

Total offense: 1. Sheridan 420.3; 2. Gillette 418.0; 3. South 392.0; 4. Natrona 354.8; 5. Evanston 303.8; 6. Rock Springs 301.0; 7. East 298.3; 8. Central 286.8; 9. Laramie 281.5; 10. Kelly Walsh 233.8.

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Sept. 17, 2014 Class 4A football statistics

TEAM STATISTICS

Rushing offense: 1. Rock Springs 257.0; 2. Gillette 224.3; 3. Sheridan 204.7; 4. Cheyenne East 197.7; 5. Evanston 195.0; 6. Casper Natrona County 171.7; 7. Cheyenne South 124.0; 8. Cheyenne Central 65.3; 9. Laramie 49.3; 10. Casper Kelly Walsh 39.0.

Passing offense: 1. South 280.7; 2. Gillette 231.0; 3. Sheridan 186.0; 4. Central 172.3; 5. Laramie 155.3; 6. Natrona 150.3; 7. Kelly Walsh 114.5; 8. Evanston 97.3; 9. East 94.0; 10. Rock Springs 24.0.

Total offense: 1. Gillette 455.3; 2. South 404.7; 3. Sheridan 390.7; 4. Natrona 322.0; 5. Evanston 292.3; 6. East 291.7; 7. Rock Springs 281.0; 8. Central 237.7; 9. Laramie 204.7; 10. Kelly Walsh 153.5.

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