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 →
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 South’s Josiah Colbert paces himself during the 3,200-meter run at the Okie Invite on Friday. Miranda Grubbs/staff
CHEYENNE — Josiah Colbert’s first race of the day was a test of will.
His second race was hardly a test at all.
The Cheyenne South senior got dug deep in the 1,600-meter run, coming from behind to beat Cheyenne East’s Michael Kesy. In the 3,200-meter run, he ended up lapping a few of his competitors and winning easily.
Two wins by two very different results.
“(The 3,200 was) easier in one respect, hard in another,” Colbert said.
“Running alone is not fun. I would have like somebody to be there to push me a little bit harder, get a little bit more intensity but it was a good race.” Continue reading →
CHEYENNE — It shouldn’t have been the last event of the day. That distinction was supposed to go to one of the distance running events
But there was Cheyenne South’s Josh Jenkins and Cheyenne East’s Brandon Dominy lined up against each other, mono e mono.
It was a runoff in the 100-meter dash, with the winner earning a spot in Saturday’s Class 4A regional finals. Both Jenkins and Dominy crossed the finish line in the 100-meter dash prelims in exactly 12.08 seconds. No matter how many decimal points out the scoring machine went, it was still a dead even race.
“I took eighth at regionals when I did the one-on-one race with Brandon Dominy over at East and made it to state,” Jenkins 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 South’s Michael DeBruyn fires off a shot during Friday’s game against Laramie. DeBruyn finished with 10 points. Blaine McCartney/staff
CHEYENNE — A foot on the line.
That’s all the separated Cheyenne South guard Michael DeBruyn from a three 3-point game against Laramie on Friday.
In the second period, DeBruyn nailed an extremely long two-point jumper that cut a five-point margin down to three. He went on to finish with 10 points, including two of the Bison’s four made 3-point baskets.
That’s what DeBruyn must do. It’s what he’s being asked to do.
“(Coach Jim Shaffer) just says that when I go into the game, I have to score the ball because that’s the reason I’m up here,” DeBruyn said.
“(I can’t) just stand out there. And when I take shots, (I have to) shoot the ball with confidence.” Continue reading →