South’s Karli Noble, Gabby Turano logging big minutes

Karli Noble

Karli Noble

Chad DeBruyn called for Karli Noble during the second half of Cheyenne South’s loss to Rock Springs on Jan. 14.

“Karli, do you need me to call one,” DeBruyn asked, referring to a timeout. “I’ve got one if you need me to call one.”

DeBruyn was consulting his senior guard about timeouts because it was going to provide a rare break for her. The Lady Bison coach needs Noble and junior guard Gabby Turano – his leading scorers – on the court as much as possible.

About the only instances they’re going to be substituted out is if they are injured or in foul trouble. But that last part isn’t a guarantee. Continue reading

South’s Deja King working her way back from injury

Deja King

Deja King

Cheyenne South junior Deja King trailed behind every other player on the court as Gillette raced into its offense after collecting a rebound Saturday.

The Lady Bison forward wasn’t dogging it by any means.

Try as King might, her body just wouldn’t let her keep up.

She is far from being in game shape, the result of spending a couple of months wearing a walking boot to heal a Jones fracture in her right foot.

As if suffering a second break to the outside or her right foot wasn’t bad enough, King couldn’t do any physical activity while she let her foot heal — not even pedaling a stationary bike. Continue reading

Tough game good for Pine Bluffs girls

Lindsey Forbes

Lindsey Forbes

The No. 1-ranked Pine Bluffs girls basketball team experienced two things Saturday that it hadn’t yet this season: Trailing at halftime and trailing after the third quarter.

In fact, the reigning Class 2A state champions also trailed Lusk after the first quarter. Fortunately for the Lady Hornets, they outscored Lusk 20-10 in the fourth and escaped with a 55-48 road win.

It wasn’t pretty but it may actually have been good for Pine Bluffs, coach Lindsey Forbes said Monday evening. Continue reading

Wyoming coaches forged strong bond with Hunter Thompson

Hunter ThompsonHunter Thompson called University of Wyoming men’s basketball assistant Jeremy Shyatt shortly after deciding to decommit from Creighton.

That would surprise no one who followed the Pine Bluffs standout’s recruitment.

After all, the Cowboys were the runners-up for the 6-foot-10, 235-pound forward’s services when he announced his commitment to Creighton in mid-March. Back then, he talked about how hard his decision was and how good of a job UW had done recruiting him.

Many expected Thompson to commit to the Pokes shortly after he reopened his recruitment. He did just that Sept. 6. But that’s not why he called Shyatt. Continue reading

Sheridan’s Coy Steel ready to go after season-ending knee injury

Steel, CoyCoy Steel was on pace to break Wyoming’s all-class receiving yards mark when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in one of this knees during Sheridan’s 48-7 win over Cheyenne East on Sept. 18, 2015.

Steel had hauled in 18 passes for 333 yards and six touchdowns through his three-plus games. The state receiving record stands at 1,116 yards according to wyoming-football.com.

ACL injuries aren’t as catastrophic as they were as little as a decade ago, but they’re still not easy to come back from.

Steel, though, has returned full strength and is gearing up for his senior season. Continue reading

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.

But it wasn’t until Thursday that my suspicions were confirmed. Continue reading

Perspective on William Nolan’s indoor state record

Cheyenne South junior William Nolan had a state indoor track meet to remember March 5 in Gillette. Nolan won the 200-meter dash, triple jump and long jump and placed third in the 400-meter dash.

His triple jump mark of 48 feet, 5¼ inches broke an eight-year-old state record set by Laramie’s Stephen Michel. He also set school records in the long jump (22-7½) and 400 (51.55 seconds).

That alone would have made for a remarkable weekend.

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Natrona’s recent helmet history

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.

Take a look at the changes. Continue reading

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

Pine Bluffs’ Hunter Thompson talks AAU basketball

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Pine Bluffs sophomore forward Hunter Thompson, right, has averaged 16.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1 steal across 55 games. Photo by Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

I first heard of Pine Bluffs’ Hunter Thompson playing AAU ball when my colleague Dave Shelles wrote this Prep Athlete of the Week feature on him in 2014. I heard more about it when my friend Jack Nowlin of the Casper Star-Tribune wrote this feature on Thompson to start the 2014-15 season.

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