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 →
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 — Friday was a good day for Cheyenne Central’s Heidi Pfoor.
The Okie Blanchard Invitational wasn’t the competition level she necessarily needed but it was enough to help build her confidence.
“I think days like this are extremely important, especially because days like this are days I can focus on my race and what I need to work on instead of focusing on maybe beating someone from another team,” Pfoor said. Continue reading →
CHEYENNE — Of all the athletes Cheyenne Central girls track and field coach Rick Bishop has on his roster, there is only one he will say with absolutely certainty he already knows every event she will compete in at the end of the season.
That distinction belongs to Mercedes Merryman. She’s a 100- and 200-meter dash runner, long jumper and member of the 4×100-meter relay team.
And, beyond all of that, she’s an athlete Bishop puts his faith in.
“She’s turning into a leader type. I’m really learning to trust her and give her new responsibilities and she’s taking those on well,” Bishop said. Continue reading →
Central’s Judd Stewart celebrates his go-ahead bucket with Tyler Skala during Friday’s game with South. Shawn Havel/staff
CHEYENNE –When Friday’s game between the Cheyenne Central and Cheyenne South boys ended, no one was complaining about the pace.
The last time the Indians and Bison squared off, Central ran a very methodical, slow-paced offense that resulted in a 35-29 win.
On Friday, there were almost that many points in the first half.
Central came away with a 58-54 win over the Bison to sweep the regular season series.
South coach Jim Shaffer acknowledged that his team’s game plan was to speed up the pace and play tighter defense. The plan worked for the Bison but the Indians proved they’re flexible. Continue reading →
Cheyenne Central’s Kyle White is the standard setter for boys swimming in Wyoming. Miranda Grubbs/staff
CHEYENNE — There are five swimmers all within a few inches of each other approaching the wall. Each of them is counting off how many more strokes it’ll take before they tuck and turn.
For Kyle White, that moment was has come and gone. Now it’s time to swim the next 25 yards.
“He just has that competitive edge when he hits the water,” Cheyenne East coach Jamie Winkler said. “When that gun goes off, it just triggers something in his head and he just tears it up. He’s got a gear that most people don’t have.” Continue reading →
Cheyenne Central’s Justin Hood swims the second leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay during Saturday’s Southern Wyoming Athletic Conference championship meet. The Indians won the event in 3 minutes, 27.40 seconds. Miranda Grubbs/staff
CHEYENNE — Last year, the Cheyenne Central boys swimming and diving team made history by winning the Southern Wyoming Athletic Conference championship, the first such title in the program’s history.
Heading into the 2012 Class 4A state swim meet, the Indians were one of the teams favored to win the state title. They finished second.
Call it a wake-up call or a moment of clarity. Whatever it you label it, the runner-up finish made many the Indians rethink their approach.
“We’re trying to change our mental approach to swimming. Last year we kind of rolled our way to victory and then kind of faltered at state,” Justin Hood said. Continue reading →