ROCK SPRINGS — The Cheyenne Central and Cheyenne East girls soccer teams have gone head-to-head three times this season. They were three of the most physical soccer matches you’ll ever see.
And not physical because either team was playing dirty. Physical because both teams were competing their collective tails off trying to get a win.
I don’t expect that to be any different in today’s Class 4A state championship.
As one parent said to me, “I feel sorry for the center official that has to do this game. You couldn’t pay me enough to take that on.”
How close were the three previous meetings? They tied 1-1 and 2-2 before East grabbed a 2-0 win in the 4A East Regional.
Both sides expect for of the same today.
“We have to play as aggressively as we have all year,” Central coach Scott Foster said. “East is a very physical team and we have to meet them head-on.”
East coach Jim Gardner noted that both teams have played very well against the other in their previous meetings, which has made the rivalry that much better. Today’s match could come down to depth and fitness, he said.
“It will be the third day in a row that we’ve played,” he said. “As evenly matched as these teams are, I think it could be decided by a lucky goal.”
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 →
Cheyenne’s Quinell Atkins sustained an ankle injury against Northern Colorado that put him a boot last week. Blaine McCartney/staff
CHEYENNE — Despite all the downtime from bye weeks and weather postponements, the Cheyenne Warriors indoor football team is far from healthy.
That’s why Saturday’s cancellation with the Indianapolis Matrix might not have been such a bad thing.
Instead of spending 32 hours on the bus, the Warriors got the chance to stay home and rest a plethora of players who are ailing.
Running back Quinell Atkins spent much of last week in a walking boot nursing a sprained ankle and might not have seen much action in the Matrix game. Wide receiver Mazi Ogbonna was planning to make the trip to Indianapolis but with a hamstring injury he was going to be a game-time decision. Continue reading →
Burns’ Wyatt Berg won the 400-meter dahs at the Pine Bluffs Invite in Pine Bluffs on Tuesday. Miranda Grubbs/staff
PINE BLUFFS — Wyatt Berg pulled away.
The next closest guy to him the 400-meter dash at the Pine Bluffs Invitational had no chance of catching up. The Burns standout finished in 53.57 seconds, almost a full second faster than Banner County’s Michael McKown (54.55).
The win was nice but it wasn’t what Berg was aiming for.
“I want to just keep shaving off seconds as we get closer to state because that’s where you want to peak,” he said. Continue reading →
Cheyenne South’s Taylor Landon heads a ball during the team’s 6-1 loss to Laramie on Friday. Shawn Havel/staff
CHEYENNE — Taylor Landon had “a good feeling about that kick.”
The Cheyenne South freshman lined up for a free kick about 30 yards away from the goal after teammate Heather Amen was fouled. It was eight minutes into the second half and the Lady Bison were down 3-0 to to Laramie, the state’s No. 1 team.
South coach Phil McGovern gave Landon the green light to fire away if she felt the shot was there.
Landon did. And the rest, as they say, is history.
The goal took the entire Laramie defense by surprise as no one moved when the ball left her foot. It settled into the back of the net well away from ever being stopped and the Bison cut the deficit to 3-1. They would go on to fall 6-1.
“Coach always tells to aim far side and that’s pretty much what I did – high or far side and it just ended up going in,” Landon said. Continue reading →
Cheyenne Warriors’ defensive linemen Allen West (right) and Mike Benedetto (left) celebrate a tackle for a loss in the second half against Rocky Mountain on Saturday at the Cheyenne Ice and Events Center. Blaine McCartney/staff
CHEYENNE — Mike Benedetto knew something needed to happen.
The Cheyenne Warriors had run out to a 19-0 lead on the Rocky Mountain Thunder in the first half of Saturday’s game. Just before half, the Thunder heaved a 27-yard touchdown pass. A few plays later, Cheyenne ended a drive with an interception.
Momentum was changing. That is, until Benedetto brought it back it for the Warriors.
On the opening drive of the second half, the veteran defensive lineman sacked Rocky Mountain quarterback Robert Andrews for a nine-yard loss. The next play, the Thunder mishandled a snap leading to a safety. Four plays later, Cheyenne scored again.
From there, the rout was on.
The Warriors (2-0) piled on the points in the second half on the way to a 44-20 win. Benedetto finished with four of the team’s six sacks.
“Everybody else was doing their job. When the nose is doing his job and B.J. Sperry’s doing his job, it’s just that much easier for me to do mine and make plays,” Benedetto said. Continue reading →