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 →
Despite a new coach, Pine Bluffs boys basketball players like Lane Nusbaum and Jordan Ragsdale are focusing on success this season.
PINE BLUFFS — Anytime there is a new coach in a sports program, change is bound to happen. Some are complete turnarounds, others are big less severe.
Pine Bluffs boys basketball coach Will Gray is working to make the shift for the Hornets land somewhere in the middle.
Gray, a former assistant coach for the boys team, takes over for Pat Walter this season after Walter was not brought back.
Some stuff has changed for the Hornets. But the adjustments have been fairly easy.
“We’re still the same kids. No matter what offense you run it’s still going to be the same skill set and really we should be able to score,” junior Lane Nusbaum said. “We changed our offense a little but we’re still screening and pick and roll like every other offense.” Continue reading →
With players like junior Bailey Curtis, left, and junior Dana Mullins, right, returning next season, there is a lot of optimism for the Hornets. Miranda Grubbs/staff
CHEYENNE — For the first time since 2008, the Pine Bluffs volleyball program won’t be going to the Class 2A State Volleyball Tournament.
But with the roster the Lady Hornets played had this season and the way the year shook out, the team is hoping it won’t be long before they return to the event.
“I think we do have a lot of optimism. We need to put some pieces together, gain that confidence and I think the future looks bright. It looks bright for our program,” Pine Bluffs coach Christina Nusbaum said following the teams three-set loss to Wright in the Class 2A Regional Tournament on Saturday. Continue reading →
PINE BLUFFS — It’s almost easier for Pine Bluffs football coach Will Gray to list the players who aren’t battling some sort of injury than those who are injured.
Senior linebacker Brady Lamb is playing with a broken ankle and torn quad. Senior quarterback Taylor Fornstrom is sidelined with back spasms. J.C. Thurin is hurt. So is Harvey De La Cruz and Austin Rageth.
Those injuries have forced Gray to stick a lot of new faces in the lineup this season. Junior Marquice Rivers got the start against Lingle-Fort Laramie at quarterback. Freshmen Kyle Jeffres and junior Gabe Felix are starting at guard on the offensive line. Junior Joe Leitza is starting at center. All are first year players.
The results have been as anyone would have expected — up and down.
“We’ve struggled this whole year getting yards on offense. That seems to be our downfall. I don’t think it’s a scheme, I think it’s just young kids, inexperience,” senior lineman Lane Nusbaum said. Continue reading →
Editor’s note: This information was reported too late to the Tribune Eagle to make the Saturday print edition.
CHEYENNE — The Pine Bluffs volleyball team picked up a tight 25-23, 21-25, 25-22, 31-29 win at Saratoga on Friday afternoon.
“I was very impressed with the determination of this team. We fought hard and never gave up,” Pine Bluffs coach Christina Nusbaum said via email.
“We hit the ball much better than we did last night against Lingle-Ft. Laramie and I am pleased with the way we are coming together. Because we are a young team we are still learning how to play together and I see us improving each week.”
Jesi Zitek finished the game with 22 digs, six assists and two aces while Brooke Darden had 16 assists, 16 digs and one ace. Andrea Baker had 12 kills, 12 digs and three aces. Dana Mullins finished with 11 digs and two aces.