BLOG BREAKDOWN: Cheyenne South

South helmet right webThe Cheyenne South Bison are coming off of a 1-8 campaign in 2013. The win over Rock Springs was the Bison’s first in varsity competition.They graduated several key contributors from last season’s squad.That youth concerns fourth-year coach Tracy Pugh, but he is hopeful that the Bison can overcome it.

Here’s a look Cheyenne South’s 2014 football personnel as told to WyoSports’ assistant editor Jeremiah Johnke by Pugh.

“We’re going to throw the ball a little bit more, but we’re still going to line up and put our nose on your nose,” the coach said. “We’re going to try to run the ball right over you.”

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Rock Springs was the job Hastings wanted all along

David Hastings

David Hastings

David Hastings knows that his path to Rock Springs raises red flags for some people. That’s why he sits at his desk patiently and thoughtfully answering questions about how he arrived at his third job in five months.

“This is the job that I ultimately wanted,” Hastings said before the Tigers’ practice Thursday. “It was about doing what was right for my family and ending up where we wanted to be.”

Hastings was either fired or resigned from his post at Lehi (Utah) High in early January after guiding a team that had endured a 26-game losing streak prior to his arrival to a 5-5 record and a spot in the Class 5A playoffs. That earned Hastings coach of the year honors from the Provo Daily Herald. Hastings described his departure from Lehi as being “let go” Thursday. This Salt Lake Deseret News story characterized it as a resignation.

Regardless of how Hastings left Lehi, it didn’t take him long to find another job. He was hired by Hillcrest High in Midvale, Utah on Jan. 28.

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Natrona wants to make special teams woes a distant memory

Cheyenne East’s student section wasted no time starting the chant when Casper Natrona County’s Logan Wilson toed the free-throw line this past Dec. 7.

Wilson, Logan

Logan Wilson

“Wiiiiiiide left! Wiiiiiiide left! Wiiiiiiide left!”

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

UPDATED: Drew Severn completes his staff at Central

Cheyenne Central football coach Drew Severn has completed the coaching staff for his inaugural campaign. Severn will work specifically with the offensive and defensive lines, while overseeing the overall scheme on offense, defense and special teams. Continue reading

Burns facilities getting facelift

The football stadium at Burns High is being torn up to make way for a new eight-lane track and football stadium. (Photo courtesy of Marv Mirich)

The football stadium at Burns High is being torn up to make way for a new eight-lane track and football stadium. (Photo courtesy of Marv Mirich)

As the picture to the left shows, the changes to Burns High’s track and football field that former WyoSports reporter Alex Riley detailed in this award-winning explanatory story are underway. Continue reading

East’s Bartlett has two FBS offers

Cheyenne East junior Tevis Bartlett (6-foot-4, 195 pounds) has football scholarship offers from the University of Wyoming and University of Colorado.

Both schools are looking at the 2013 Wyoming Gatorade Player of the Year as either a quarterback or safety, I was told Friday morning.

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More on Riedl, Edeen heading to college

Our standard for writing college commitment stories is that the athlete must be getting athletic financial aid for committing to the school. I made an exception in the case of Central graduates David Riedl and Seth Edeen — who I wrote about here — because their stories were unique.

It’s not often that guys spend the fall after their senior years not playing football — or in Edeen’s case playing junior hockey — and then go back to the sport. The fact that they’re going to be preferred walk-ons (meaning that the school said, “Yeah, we’ll guarantee you a spot at practice this fall.”) also factored into my decision to write about them.

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Final 2013 Class 4A football statistics


Rushing offense: 1. Gillette 253.1; 2. Sheridan 213.0; 3. Cheyenne East 206.8; 4. Casper Natrona County 177.0; 5. Cheyenne Central 176.6; 6. Evanston 148.3; 7. Cheyenne South 143.6; 8. Casper Kelly Walsh 140.6; 9. Rock Springs 109.2; 10. Laramie 104.7. Continue reading

Texas trek gave Meeteetse football program experience of a lifetime

CHEYENNE — Shay Avants “floated the idea.”

The head coach at Robert Lee High School in West Texas didn’t really know if his idea would turn into anything more but he figured he would give it a shot.

The team that was scheduled to play his Steers on September 30 had only eight kids and had requested to play a junior varsity game instead of varsity. With Texas high school teams agreeing to home-and-home contracts, finding a replacement just before the start of the season wasn’t going to be easy.

So, he floated the idea of getting Matt Jensen and his Meeteetse High School team down from Wyoming to Texas for a Week 0 game.

Suddenly, the idea became reality.

“It just seemed like a good opportunity for our kids to go down and play a full game,” Jensen said.

“It wasn’t anything that we really sought out. It just kind of happened by accident. Everything just kind of worked out and it was a great experience.” Continue reading