Burns facilities getting facelift

The football stadium at Burns High is being torn up to make way for a new eight-lane track and football stadium. (Photo courtesy of Marv Mirich)

The football stadium at Burns High is being torn up to make way for a new eight-lane track and football stadium. (Photo courtesy of Marv Mirich)

As the picture to the left shows, the changes to Burns High’s track and football field that former WyoSports reporter Alex Riley detailed in this award-winning explanatory story are underway. Continue reading

East’s Bartlett has two FBS offers

Cheyenne East junior Tevis Bartlett (6-foot-4, 195 pounds) has football scholarship offers from the University of Wyoming and University of Colorado.

Both schools are looking at the 2013 Wyoming Gatorade Player of the Year as either a quarterback or safety, I was told Friday morning.

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More on Riedl, Edeen heading to college

Our standard for writing college commitment stories is that the athlete must be getting athletic financial aid for committing to the school. I made an exception in the case of Central graduates David Riedl and Seth Edeen — who I wrote about here — because their stories were unique.

It’s not often that guys spend the fall after their senior years not playing football — or in Edeen’s case playing junior hockey — and then go back to the sport. The fact that they’re going to be preferred walk-ons (meaning that the school said, “Yeah, we’ll guarantee you a spot at practice this fall.”) also factored into my decision to write about them.

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Final 2013 Class 4A football statistics

TEAM STATISTICS

Rushing offense: 1. Gillette 253.1; 2. Sheridan 213.0; 3. Cheyenne East 206.8; 4. Casper Natrona County 177.0; 5. Cheyenne Central 176.6; 6. Evanston 148.3; 7. Cheyenne South 143.6; 8. Casper Kelly Walsh 140.6; 9. Rock Springs 109.2; 10. Laramie 104.7. Continue reading

Texas trek gave Meeteetse football program experience of a lifetime

CHEYENNE — Shay Avants “floated the idea.”

The head coach at Robert Lee High School in West Texas didn’t really know if his idea would turn into anything more but he figured he would give it a shot.

The team that was scheduled to play his Steers on September 30 had only eight kids and had requested to play a junior varsity game instead of varsity. With Texas high school teams agreeing to home-and-home contracts, finding a replacement just before the start of the season wasn’t going to be easy.

So, he floated the idea of getting Matt Jensen and his Meeteetse High School team down from Wyoming to Texas for a Week 0 game.

Suddenly, the idea became reality.

“It just seemed like a good opportunity for our kids to go down and play a full game,” Jensen said.

“It wasn’t anything that we really sought out. It just kind of happened by accident. Everything just kind of worked out and it was a great experience.” Continue reading

Coaching staff situation provides Midwest with abundance of experience

CHEYENNE — The pass just missed.

Trying to connect on a big passing play, Midwest quarterback Cam Ray just missed hitting a receiver on what would have been a decent gain. The ball was a bit high and glanced off the wide outs’ fingertips.

While others were shaking their head in frustration, assistant coach Mike Good went to head coach Ken Swieter with a plan.

“He’s all, ‘Coach, run that same play. Have Tucker (Even) slip out of the backfield for a swing pass.’ We’d never practiced it. I said OK,” Swieter said. Continue reading

Class 4A football stats through semifinals

TEAM STATISTICS

Rushing offense: 1. Gillette 253.1; 2. Cheyenne East 218.2; 3. Sheridan 213.0; 4. Casper Natrona County 184.0; 5. Cheyenne Central 176.6; 6. Evanston 148.3; 7. Cheyenne South 143.6; 8. Casper Kelly Walsh 140.6; 9. Rock Springs 109.2; 10. Laramie 104.7. Continue reading

Class 4A football stats through quarterfinals

TEAM STATISTICS

Rushing offense: 1. Gillette 267.4; 2. Sheridan 211.9; 3. Cheyenne East 208.3; 4. Casper Natrona County 191.4; 5. Cheyenne Central 176.6; 6. Evanston 148.3; 7. Cheyenne South 143.6; 8. Casper Kelly Walsh 140.6; 9. Rock Springs 109.2; 10. Laramie 104.7. Continue reading