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 →
He was fast enough to win 200-meter dash at the Class 4A outdoor track and field meet. Fast enough to place third in the 100-meter dash.
But that was with a handful of other guys on the Cheyenne East roster who were also high quality sprinters. Back then, Hill was the young gun.
Now, he’s the veteran with the target on his back.
“I know there’s going to be some guys on my own team who are going to be shooting for me but there’s going to be guys at Central, there’s going to be guys at South, across the state, looking to compete with me and beat me,” Hill said. 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 — Tyler Johnson isn’t concerned about what place he finishes in. The Cheyenne East senior is more worried about how fast he finishes.
For three years, Johnson has gone head-to-head with Gillette swimmer Collin Baldacci in the 100-yard backstroke event at the Class 4A boys state swim meet.
The duos battles in the pool are always nip-and-tuck, down to the wire events. That doesn’t look like it’ll change this year.
“I think that he helps me a lot with the competition. Just having him in the pool with me, we both swim better,” Johnson said. “I’m not going to be upset with second if I get my goal time.” Continue reading →
Cheyenne East guard Kayla Cheney passes to a teammate with Casper Natrona County's Jena Milliken applying pressure during East's 61-56 overtime win on Friday. Miranda Grubbs/staff
CHEYENNE — To hear Ashton Brodahl describe her experience, she was more nervous sitting on the bench watching Cheyenne East’s game against Casper Natrona County unfold than she actually was playing in it.
Brodahl said her legs were shaking before entering the game. Once she got on the court, nerves didn’t play a factor in her game. But she did play a factor in the outcome.
The sophomore guard hit three crucial free throws in overtime to help the Lady Thunderbirds earn a 61-56 win over the Lady Mustangs. Natrona came into the game as Class 4A’s No. 1 team.
“(When I went in) I’m thinking that I know that I can do this and my team definitely helped me relax. They helped me with just being on that floor,” Brodahl said. Continue reading →
Cheyenne East's Colton Carlson (6) watches as teammate Austen Motily scoops up a fumble and races 54 yards for a touchdown during East's 45-6 win over Cheyenne Central on Friday. Blaine McCartney/staff
CHEYENNE — Dominating. That is probably the best word to describe Cheyenne East’s effort against crosstown rival Cheyenne South in the opening round game of the Class 4A State Football Playoffs on Friday night.
The Thunderbirds rolled to a 45-6 win thanks in large part to, well, everything.
“I just think we played like we should have. We came out and executed like we planned all week,” East senior linebacker Colton Carlson said. “I’ve got to give credit to everybody on the team. They did their part like everybody should.” Continue reading →
Cheyenne East swimmer Halley Jankovsky knocked off a lot of time in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 breaststroke during Tuesday's dual with Laramie. Miranda Grubbs/staff
CHEYENNE — Cheyenne East swimmer Halley Jankovsky might not have won any individual events during the team’s dual with Laramie on Tuesday.
But she proved she’s getting close.
Jankovsky knocked 3.12 seconds off her previous best time in the 200-yard individual medley to start the day. Then she took another 1.75 seconds off her best time in the 100 breaststroke. Thanks to her times of 2:27.98 in the 200 individual medley and 1:17.99 in the 100 breaststroke, she’s now qualified for the Class 4A state swim meet in both events.
“I haven’t made those q(ualification) times yet because I haven’t been able to swim them so that was good,” a relieved Jankovsky said after the meet. Continue reading →