Pine Bluffs football falls to Southeast

*These results did not make the Sept. 21 print edition of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

CHEYENNE — The Pine Bluffs football team dropped a 45-0 contest to Southeast at home on Friday.

Trent Werner led the team offensively with three catches for 75 yards. Preston Thurin finished with just 18 yards on 28 attempts. Continue reading

East’s Rich better prepared for life as No. 1 player

Abby Rich

Abby Rich

CHEYENNE — Last year, Abby Rich jumped into the fire for the Cheyenne East girls tennis team.

With a small, young set of players on the court, Rich elevated herself to the No. 1 singles position for the Lady Thunderbirds as a sophomore. She got a few wins over lesser competition but struggled at the state tournament, going 0-2.

That made this summer very important.

In an effort to get better, Rich began playing more tennis at a high lever. She took part in the Wyoming Governor’s Cup, reaching the consolation finals in the women’s open division and winning the open mixed doubles consolation title with Cheyenne Central’s Logan Havens.

“Since it was an adult tournament, I just figured it would be good match experience and just go out there and do my best,” Rich said. Continue reading

STATE TRACK NOTEBOOK: Central’s Pemble honored; Pine’s Gross gets redemption; Burns’ O’Neal finishes strong; tons more

CASPER — Cheyenne Central’s Jasmine Pemble stood on the track listening.

She heard the stories of several other track competitors and the hardships they had gone through. From car wrecks to birth deformities, each had to overcome something to get where they were.

In truth, Pemble was no different. She just felt she was.

“Compared to the other kids, it seems like mine was nothing compared to their’s honestly,” Pemble said. “Mine lasted a month. Most of them have been fighting it their whole life.”

During a break in the action at Saturday’s Wyoming State Track Meet, Pemble was one of several athletes honored with a Profile in Perseverance Award.

Back on February 8, 2012, Pemble suffered a brain aneurysm during the warm-ups of a Lady Indians’ basketball game. She was eventually hospitalized in Denver and had to undergo brain surgery. Continue reading

STATE TRACK NOTEBOOK: Central jumpers shine; South girls get respect; Ragsdale starts career strong; finals qualifiers

CASPER — Talon Bullock got some advice.

Loud advice. Loud advice from the peanut gallery.

“My coach yelled at me, ‘You’re in ninth so jump well,'” Bullock joked.

Cheyenne Central assistant track coach Brad Pickett was hollering at Bullock just before the final jump of the Class 4A boys triple jump.

Bullock was sitting one spot out of medaling and needed to make his final jump count if he wanted to help the Indians score any points.

He did just that.

Bullock’s final jump of 41 feet, 4 1/2 inches was good enough to earn him seventh-place, resulting in two points for the Tribe.

“It means a lot. I got eighth in indoor state in triple jump. To be able to crawl up a little bit is always good,” Bullock said. Continue reading

STATE TRACK NOTEBOOK: Pine Bluffs’ Morgan keeps soaring to new heights; Central’s Wimbley learns in leap; finals qualifiers

CASPER — Every time he took the field this season, Pine Bluffs freshman Wyatt Norman got better.

Thursday was no exception.

At the Wyoming State Track Meet, Norman topped his previous best this season in the pole vault, finishing with a mark of 11 feet, 6 inches. It bested his previous jump of 10 feet, 2 inches and secured a tie for third-place in the 2A boys competition.

Not too bad for a guy who barely cleared 8 feet in the first meet of the season.

“I have no idea at all,” Norman said about his growth this season.

“I was excited for state and got on a new pole last week. That kind of helped me with another six inches on the pole. And also my mind was more in it I guess.” Continue reading

Hanson setting the tone for the Pine Bluffs girls track team

Samantha Hanson

Samantha Hanson

PINE BLUFFS — Samantha Hanson is all that remains of Pine Bluffs 2012 4×100-meter relay team.

Of the four members that ran that race last spring, only the junior is left. The other three runners all graduated.

The names have changed. The expectations have not.

“I really think that the underclassmen that have come up, the sprinters, are going to step up and try to get to the level that our team was at last year,” Hanson said. Continue reading

Ragsdale finds touch, starting to make plays for Pine Bluffs girls

Pine Bluffs sophomore Jaden Ragsdale goes up for a shot during the Lady Hornets 39-36 loss to Burns on Saturday. Blaine McCartney/staff

Pine Bluffs sophomore Jaden Ragsdale goes up for a shot during the Lady Hornets 39-36 loss to Burns on Saturday. Blaine McCartney/staff

BURNS — Get the rebound.

Sprint ahead.

Throw it to Jaden Ragsdale down low for the layup.

Or, as the Pine Bluffs girls basketball team called it during Saturday’s game with county rival Burns, the game plan.

Facing a much smaller team, the Lady Hornets intentionally went to their post player time and time again. And the plan worked to the tune of 22 points.

“I haven’t actually went to the rim this whole season until today and I think it worked a lot better. I put going to the rim in my head and that’s what happened,” Ragsdale said. Continue reading