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Thursday 06/30/2016
Evanston’s Freeland commits to Wyoming volleyball
Posted: June 30, 2016

Kaytlen Freeland has always had the goal of playing volleyball for the University of Wyoming.Growing up in Evanston, maybe it was the Cowgirls being her home-state school.Or maybe it was the fact that former Evanston standout and family friend Erin Kirby also attended UW and finished as of the Cowgirls’ top two-sport athletes.Whatever the reason, when Wyoming offered her a scholarship, there was little hesitation by the Lady Red Devils star, who verbally committed to Wyoming on Monday.“It’s always been a dream of mine living in Wyoming to play for the University of Wyoming,” Freeland said Tuesday. “It’s closer to home than the other schools were, and they have a really good program.”Freeland becomes the second Wyoming high school standout to verbally commit to the Cowgirls volleyball program in the last few months. Cheyenne East’s Marina Howard committed in March.Players who have committed cannot sign a national letter of intent until November.Due to NCAA rules, Wyoming cannot comment on a prospective player until they have officially signed.Another goal of Freeland’s was to decide on her collegiate future prior to attending a national club tournament this week.The 6-foot Freeland was also offered a scholarship by Wichita State and Missouri State, with other schools also showing interest.“I really wanted to commit to a school before nationals so I could just focus on playing at nationals and in my senior year without the pressure of colleges watching me,” Freeland said. “It’s a weight lifted off my shoulders, and I’m so excited to get going with the next part of my career.”Freeland starred for Evanston last season as a junior, leading the Red Devils to a 23-8 record and a spot in the Class 4A state championship match, where they lost in three sets to East.Freeland finished her junior year fifth in 4A with 338 kills and 283 digs – second on the team to Ashlee Thornock, who will play for Utah State in the fall.“(Freeland) is a really strong all-around player,” Evanston volleyball coach Tera Lawler said. “She’s developed her skills in our program and on her club team in Utah. She’s an extraordinary attacker who also serves really well.“She has a love for the game and understands what collegiate volleyball is all about and understands hard work. She’ll be an excellent addition to the Cowgirls.”Freeland has mainly focused on volleyball during junior high and high school days, and Lawler said she’s talked about playing college volleyball since her freshman year.“It all started in middle school when she developed a love for volleyball,” Lawler added. “She understood the power she has while attacking, and it’s kind of addicting and you become much more comfortable.”Freeland has played mostly outside hitter in high school, but also has experience as a right-side hitter in club volleyball.She said it doesn’t matter where she’s asked to play when she puts on the Wyoming uniform.“I’m really excited about the program and the team,” Freeland said. “They’ve had a really good team the past couple of years.“I really liked coach (Chad) Callihan when I came on my visit, and all the players said he’s a great to go to play for. I think we’ll do good things together.”

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Nimmo singles in Mets' loss to Nationals
Posted: June 30, 2016

Former Cheyenne American Legion Post 6 standout Brandon Nimmo was 1 for 4 with two strikeouts for the New York Mets in a 4-2 loss Wednesday at the Washington Nationals.Nimmo was one of only two Mets to record a hit off of Nationals starter Max Scherzer, who struck out 10 hitters in his 7-plus innings of work. Nimmo had a nine-pitch at-bat in the eighth inning and before singling up the middle on a 3-2 pitch, ending a string in 18 consecutive Mets retired by Scherzer. Scherzer was removed from the game after Nimmo’s knock.The 23-year-old outfielder is averaging .250 (4 for 16) in four games with the Mets. He has scored one run and had a .250 on-base percentage.

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Promise leads Sean Carson to Cheyenne Post 6
Posted: June 30, 2016

CHEYENNE – Telling players to keep their word contributed to Jim Danley losing his job.Following Danley’s example led Sean Carson to the Cheyenne American Legion Post 6 baseball team.Danley helped turn Eaton, Colorado, into one of the best small-school baseball programs in the country. The Reds won 807 games, 11 prep state championships and 10 American Legion state titles during Danley’s 44 years at the helm. Eaton regularly beat larger schools and sent players to college.That kind of résumé typically makes coaches immune from the political turf battles that cost so many coaches their jobs.Not in this case.Danley’s days in Eaton became numbered when he advised some former Reds to honor their commitments to one club program instead of jumping ship and joining another summer team. A protracted battle between Danley’s legion of supporters and his few – yet influential – detractors played out last fall.Sean Carson stood before Eaton’s school board and delivered an impulsive statement that was equal parts plea and ultimatum.“There’s just one thing … I play, coach stays. He goes, I go,” Carson said. “If you get rid of Jim Danley, I won’t play for any other high school or any other coach. I won’t play baseball for the rest of my life.”Carson never planned on making a threat and admits that he got caught up in the moment. His warning could have carried some weight, though.A breakout sophomore campaign helped deliver state titles at the high school and Legion levels to the town of 4,600, caught the eyes of college coaches and announced his arrival as the next in a long line of Eaton stars. His parents were shocked by his statement but stood behind him.Danley thanked Carson for his support but cautioned him to not make a rash decision and even encouraged him to stay.A few weeks after Carson’s impassioned plea, a listing for Eaton’s head baseball coach was posted on the school district’s website.“What you’ve got is a bunch of angry senior parents who feel like their kids should be the superstar,” Carson’s mother, Bridget Carson, told Mile High Sports Magazine earlier this year. “And they’re not. The Danleys play who’s got skill. It’s not about your mommy and daddy or money.“And that’s why they win. It is a complete and total outrage.”Danley’s departure left Carson and his family with a choice. Follow through on his promise or eat crow.For the better part of the past decade, several Eaton players have played fall baseball with Post 6 as WyCo Baseball Academy. They’ve traveled 40 miles up U.S. Highway 85 for practices and workouts.Carson was one of those players, and that familiarity influenced his decision.“He felt comfortable around these guys because he has played with these guys before,” said first-year Post 6 manager Ty Lain, who runs WyCo Baseball Academy.“This was an easier transition for him than going somewhere where he didn’t know anybody. There were a lot of little pieces that made this the right place for him.”Carson enrolled at Cheyenne Central in February. The junior spent nearly two months living alone in a house his parents bought until the rest of the family could join him in the Capital City.He lived off of a steady diet of ham sandwiches with mustard and joined Post 6 for offseason workouts. Carson unpacked his family’s belongings in his downtime.“It was really freaky living by myself, but it kind of gave me an idea of what college was going to be like,” Carson said. “I held the castle down and tried to get it ready for my family.“It was a big wakeup call about responsibility, but it was something I needed.”Carson has alternated between first base and being Post 6’s designated hitter. He also has spent some time in the outfield and at catcher.He has proven to be a difficult out in the middle of Cheyenne’s lineup.Heading into tonight’s game with Lubbock, Texas, Carson is batting .356 (47 for 132) with 15 doubles, two home runs and 37 RBIs. He leads Cheyenne (28-15) in doubles and RBIs.“Even when he gets out, he takes something out of the pitcher,” Lain said. “He’s smart, understands counts and hits for both power and average. He’s become a guy we rely on and who has come through in many different spots.”Some of Carson’s friends and former teammates understood his decision to leave Eaton and supported him. Others haven’t been as supportive.“I’ve gotten a couple of message from guys who said they wanted to fight me,” he said.Carson got a measure of revenge on some of his former teammates by notching a double and driving in two runs to help Cheyenne split a June 22 doubleheader with the Greeley (Colorado) GoJo’s.Carson doesn’t concern himself with the detractors. His decision to leave Eaton – a place he called home since his family moved from North Carolina when he was in elementary school – wasn’t easy, but he is convinced it was the right decision.“This move has really been worth it,” Carson said. “I’m still playing for a great team, and I’m still being seen by a lot of college coaches. I’ve lived a pretty challenging life. A lot of things have happened to my family, and a lot of people close to me have died.“But this is definitely one of the best things that has happened to us. I put my career in God’s hands, and he helped me out and led me to another good program.”Jeremiah Johnke is the WyoSports editor. He can be reached at jjohnke@wyosports.net or 307-633-3137. Follow him on Twitter @jjohnke.

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Central’s Storebo signs with Concordia
Posted: June 30, 2016

CHEYENNE – Grant Storebo never thought he’d have to choose basketball over baseball.“Honestly, going into my junior year, I never thought I’d be playing any college sports because I was still pretty little and hadn’t played any varsity sports yet,” the Cheyenne Central graduate said. “I was already planning on going to (the University of Wyoming), getting an education and starting my life.“I ended up having a pretty good junior year and ended up with plenty of options to play baseball or basketball in college.”Basketball won out, and Storebo signed a national letter of intent to play at Concordia University, which is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school in Seward, Nebraska.“My dad and I went there on a visit a couple weeks ago, and I felt really comfortable on the campus. The coaches were really cool, and they were really on me about how much upside I had,” he said.The 6-foot-5 forward averaged 8.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in 52 career games with the Indians.He earned all-state honors this past season by averaging 9.4 points, 5 rebounds and 1.6 assists to help Central win its first Class 4A championship since 1998.Storebo was a second team all-conference pick as a junior.Storebo has been a big part of Central’s success the past two seasons, but he has hardly scratched the surface on his potential, coach Tagg Lain said.“He’s not close to his physical maturity and where he’s going to end up,” Lain said. “His upside is high, and it will be interesting to see how he develops as a basketball player with another year and in a college program that will foster his skills.”Storebo also is a standout right-handed pitcher for Cheyenne American Legion Post 6 and had scholarship offers for that as well.“I really like baseball, but I love basketball, and that was the determining factor,” he said. “I couldn’t imagine not putting on a basketball jersey again after these past two seasons at Central.“If I miss baseball enough, I might be able to do that again.”The Bulldogs will look for Storebo to play power forward but also use his outside shooting ability, Lain said.“He’s going to be a stretch four, which is what he did for us,” the coach said. “His ability to shoot the ball from deep is really going to put pressure on defenses. I can see him having a huge impact in college.”Storebo will study business administration.He had basketball recruiting visits to Laramie County Community College, Western Wyoming Community College and Central Wyoming College.He took baseball visits to Otero Junior College in LaJunta, Colorado; Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction and Mayville (North Dakota) State University.Jeremiah Johnke is the WyoSports editor. He can be reached at jjohnke@wyosports.net or 307-633-3137. Follow him on Twitter @jjohnke.

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Rangers split with Oilers in Casper
Updated: June 30, 2016 - 4:05 pm

The American Legion Laramie Rangers bounced back to earn a doubleheader split against the Casper Oilers on Tuesday at Mike Lansing Field in Casper. Casper won the first game 6-5 with Laramie taking the second, 5-3.The start of the AA twin bill between the East’s Laramie and the West’s Casper was delayed at the start due to thunderstorms moving through the area.The Rangers (15-16) were position to win the opener, leading 5-0 after two runs in the top of the fifth inning. The Oilers then tallied three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and three more runs in the bottom of the seventh to complete a comeback.“It was a good, tight scoring game with few errors,” Laramie manager Brandon Ruckman said. “We lost on a walk-off (sacrifice fly), which was tough on the kids.“We didn’t take advantage throughout the game by not scoring runs and left too many runners on base (nine). But Harrison (Yates) and Marshall (Stuart) threw a good game.”Yates started on the mound for Laramie and went 4 2/3 innings, giving up four hits, three earned runs with five strikeouts and three walks. Stuart came in for 1 1/3 innings, allowing one hit, two earned runs with two strikeouts and three walks.Laramie tallied 10 hits in the first game with six Rangers recording at least a single. Albert Steiner, Cameron Campbell, David Coulthard and Yates had two hits each. Stuart’s double in the fifth inning scored two runs.Reid Baty started on the mound in the second game for Laramie and stymied the Oilers for 6 1/3 innings. Although he gave up 10 hits, he allowed just three runs (two earned) with five strikeouts and three walks on 97 pitches.“(Baty) almost threw a complete game and it was one of the best outings we’ve seen Reid have all season,” Ruckman said. “Logan (Pickard) came in to shut Casper down for the save.“We missed opportunities in the first game to score runs, but took advantage to get runs across in game two.”The Rangers led from start to finish by collecting eight hits — all singles — from seven different hitters in the lineup. Coulthard led Laramie with two singles with an RBI and a run scored. Treyven Armijo had a hit and scored two runs. Laramie also took advantage of nine walks from Casper pitching.The Rangers will next play at the Cheyenne Post 6 Firecracker Tournament. Laramie’s first game is at 2:30 p.m. today at Pioneer Park against Windsor Pro Swing.“We are going to have to play clean baseball against good teams and take advantage of any opportunities we have,” Ruckman said. “When teams make mistakes, we have to capitalize on those mistakes.“For the pitchers, we need to settle down and throw strikes. We’ve had some trouble with walks and hit-by-pitches, so we need to clean that up.”—CASPER 6, RANGERS 5(Game one)Laramie 100 220 0—5 10 1Casper 000 030 3—6 5 2Laramie: Harrison Yates, Marshall Stuart (4), Eli Bryant (7) and David Coulthard; Casper: Brayden Deere and Matthew Maddox. WP—Deere. LP—Bryant. 2Bs—Laramie, Stuart; Casper, Ethan Leech. 3Bs—none. HRs—none—RANGERS 5, CASPER 3(Game two)Laramie 020 210 0—5 8 2Casper 010 100 1—3 10 2Laramie: Reid Baty, Logan Pickard (7) and Eli Bryant; Casper: Daultyn Rux, Kobe Stoner (3), Brooks Browing (5), Jesse Carr (5) and Ethan Leech. WP—Baty. LP—Browning. SV—Pickard. 2Bs—Laramie, none; Casper, Ethan Leech, Keaton Westhoff. 3Bs—none. HRs—none

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Kaytlen Freeland
Posted: June 30, 2016

Evanston’s Kaytlen Freeland, left, celebrates with her teammates after a win during last season’s Wyoming Class 4A state volleyball tournament in Casper. Freeland verbally committed to the University of Wyoming for volleyball Monday.Zac Zdanowicz/Uinta County Herald photographer

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Wednesday 06/29/2016
Scott Nulph
Posted: June 29, 2016
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Wyoming
Posted: June 29, 2016
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Nimmo notches third career hit in Mets' loss
Posted: June 29, 2016

Former Cheyenne American Legion Post 6 standout Brandon Nimmo was 1 for 4 with two groundouts and a fly out for the New York Mets’ in a 5-0 loss at Washington on Tuesday night.The 23-year-old batted seventh and played left field in the third game of his major league career.Nimmo is now batting .250 since being called up from Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday.

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Mossey, Post 6 clobber Premier West
Posted: June 29, 2016

CHEYENNE – Outfielder Carter Mossey went 3 for 5 with five RBIs to help Cheyenne American Legion Post 6 to a 14-7 victory over visiting Premier West on Tuesday night at Powers Field.Mossey hit a three-run home run and also had a pair of run-scoring singles.Trey Fleming and Brandon Todd both went 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Fleming’s other hit was a triple that scored Mossey during Cheyenne’s six-run second inning.Braxton Inniss and Ross Melchior both had two hits, including a double. Inniss also drove in two runs.Ethan Casey picked up the win on the mound, striking out seven hitters in five innings of work. Braden Morris came on in relief and fanned four hitters across two innings.Cheyenne hosts its Firecracker tournament starting Thursday. Post 6 (28-15) faces Lubbock, Texas, at 7:30 p.m. at Powers Field.CHEYENNE 14, PREMIER 7Premier West….........… 000  032  200  –    7   8  3Cheyenne…...............… 065  100  02X  –  14  20 2Premier West pitching: Side, Morris (3), LaConte (8) and Crosby. Cheyenne pitching: Casey, Nyberg (6), Morris (8) and Fleming.W: Casey (6-3). L: Side.2B: Premier West 3 (Overman 2, Rungsby); Cheyenne 6 (Inniss, Todd 2, Fleming 2, Melchior). 3B: Cheyenne 1 (Fleming). HR: Cheyenne 1 (Mossey).

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Nulph column: Adams preparing for next challenge
Updated: June 29, 2016 - 1:45 pm

Josh Adams has always been a fighter on the basketball court, proving skeptics wrong on each level.Can’t lead his Chaparral High team to a state title?“I’ll show you,” Adams replied.Not good enough to play at the NCAA Division I level?“I’ll show you,” Adams replied.Not good enough to be a college star?“I’ll show you,” Adams replied.Not good enough to make it into the NBA?“I’ll show you,” Adams replied.Adams has answered his critics every step of the way, from a high school state title to leading the University of Wyoming to a Mountain West championship to leaving UW as one of its most decorated players.Now, Adams faces the biggest fight of his basketball career. Undrafted in last week’s NBA draft after a month’s worth of workouts, the 6-foot-2 guard gets a chance to show NBA teams what they missed out on.Adams will be part of the Denver Nuggets’ Summer League team that will play July 8-18 in Las Vegas.Each team is guaranteed five games, with a sixth possible if it advances to the championship.Five games for Adams to impress either the Nuggets or any of the other 23 NBA teams playing in Las Vegas.And that’s really what these 10 days in Sin City are all about, whether you’re one of the top 10 NBA Draft selections who are expected to be in Las Vegas or you’re a player simply looking for someone to give them a chance, like Adams.That happened for Adams four years ago when former Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt took a chance on a skinny guard the Division I colleges in the state to the south said no to.Colorado? Nope.Colorado State? Nope.University of Denver? Nope.Air Force? Nope.The results won’t have Wyoming fans talking about Josh Adams for just years to come, but for decades, just like they do with Fennis Dembo, Eric Leckner, Flynn Robinson, Marcus Bailey and Brandon Ewing.Adams left Wyoming with his name plastered all over the top of the record books, both for an individual season and for a career. He put together arguably one of the greatest single seasons in UW history as a senior, with a record 740 points and 96 3-pointers (second-best) while also leading the team in rebounds, assists, steals and free-throw shooting.And what did that earn Adams? A thanks, but no thanks, from all 30 NBA teams during the draft.Now, it’s back to the proving ground for Adams.That seems to be where he does his best work.It won’t be an easy road for Adams, to say the least.Adams has been labeled a “tweener” by NBA scouts, which means they think he’s somewhere between a point guard and a shooting guard. Being a tweener isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it means you have to prove yourself a little more at both positions.The Nuggets likely aren’t looking for much help at either position. The 2015 first-round draft pick, Emmanuel Mudiay, has established himself as the team’s starting point guard, with D.J. Augustin as his backup.Shooting guards listed on the Nuggets roster are Gary Harris, JaKarr Sampson, Axel Toupane and Malik Beasley, a first-round pick by Denver this year.But this opportunity isn’t necessarily about making it with the Nuggets. It’s about impressing whoever has their eyes on Adams during the 10-day period. That could be another NBA team, maybe an NBA Developmental League team or a team overseas.The opportunity to play pro basketball will be there for Adams. He just has to make the most of his opportunity.A week ago, Adams tweeted: “I don’t want to know, nor do I care about what the ‘experts’ say. I put my heart and soul into this game. I believe. That’s all that matters.”Next week in Las Vegas is another chance for Adams to prove the doubters wrong.Five games for Adams to once again say to the skeptics, “I’ll show you.”He’s been exceptional at it so far in his career.Anybody willing to bet against him now?—Scott Nulph is the assistant editor for WyoSports. He can be reached at 307-755-3324 or by email at snulph@wyosports.net. Follow him on Twitter @ScottNulph.

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Tuesday 06/28/2016
Torrington's Harris verbally commits to play football at Wyoming
Updated: June 28, 2016 - 2:46 pm

LARAMIE – The University of Wyoming football team received a big verbal commitment for its 2017 recruiting class – literally and figuratively.Logan Harris, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound offensive and defensive lineman from Torrington, gave his word Monday afternoon that he will play for his in-state school. Harris will be a senior at Torrington High this fall.Harris attended a camp last weekend at UW. He said UW offered him a scholarship last Saturday afternoon.“I’m just in love with the place,” Harris said. “Back in March (UW) invited me to its junior day, and when I was touring the facilities I fell in love with it.“The coaching staff is great. It’s just down the road, and when I was there it felt like home. I knew if they offered, that was definitely my first choice.”Harris, who plays on both sides of the ball for Torrington, said UW may look at him as a defensive tackle or offensive guard.“I’m comfortable at both spots and will play where ever they need me,” Harris said.Harris earned Class 3A All-State honors in 2015. Defensively, he recorded 50 tackles and 15 tackles for loss.Harris is coached by Mark Lenhardt, who is a Cheyenne Central graduate.“I am so thrilled that Logan is going to Wyoming,” Lenhardt said. “I think Logan has a huge upside as a college player. He is very dominant at our level, but I know once he gets coached on one side of the ball where he can refine his technique he will be a force for the Pokes.“Logan is a great kid who is a hard worker. It’s very rare to find a guy that has the talent and football mentality necessary to play at that level. He is always wanting to get better and is extremely coachable. He has always been good, but what separates Logan is his knack for making big plays in key moments.”Lenhardt was an assistant coach at NAIA Carroll College in, Helena, Montana prior to his stint at Torrington. Harris said the coaching experience Lenhardt had at the college level has helped his development.“He knew how to prepare me once my time came,” Harris said. “Ever since I was a freshman he would always tell me I was one of the very few here that has a chance to go Division I. We did a lot of work off the field and in the offseason. I owe a lot of thanks to him and all my high school coaches.”UW was the first Division I school to offer Harris a scholarship. He said NAIA members Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, and Carroll College also offered.“Three months ago, I knew if Wyoming offered I definitely wanted to go there,” Harris said.Harris also competes in track and field. He threw for Torrington and won the indoor state shot put title last winter with a throw of 58 feet, 31/4 inches. Harris also won the Class 3A outdoor state title in the shot put (55-21/2). He was second in the discus (144-5).If Harris signs with UW, it will be the fourth consecutive year that Bohl and his staff have signed at least one player from Wyoming.

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UW men's basketball releases nonconference schedule
Updated: June 28, 2016 - 2:01 pm

The University of Wyoming men's basketball team released its 2016-17 nonconference schedule Tuesday, and the slate includes two home games against NCAA Tournament teams from last season.On Saturday, Dec. 3, the Cowboys will host Northern Iowa in the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge. Last season, Northern Iowa captured the Missouri Valley Tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA Championship where the Panthers defeated Texas 75-72 in the opening round before losing to Texas A&M in the round of 32 by a score of 92-88 in double overtime. UNI finished the season with a 23-13 record. The Cowboys and Panthers last met in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.The Cowboys will host 2016 Summit League Tournament Champion South Dakota State on Saturday, Nov. 19. South Dakota State earned an automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Tournament following its Summit League title. The Jackrabbits lost 79-74 to Maryland in their opening round game of last year’s NCAAs and concluded the season with a 26-8 overall record.“We are excited that our schedule is now completed. We have some real quality, NCAA Tournament teams coming to Laramie, which will be great for our fans,” said first-year Wyoming head basketball coach Allen Edwards in a statement from UW Tuesday.“In addition, we are playing in a very competitive field of teams in the Las Vegas Classic against BCS programs, and as part of that event will be hosting our first two games in that tournament here in Laramie.“I think our pre-conference schedule is good in the sense that it will prepare us well for our conference season. It will be a competitive non-conference schedule, but at the same time, it will give our team an opportunity to grow as we go into conference play.”On Saturday, Dec. 17 and Monday, Dec. 19, Wyoming will host Cornell and Troy, respectively, in the first two rounds of the 2016 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. The Pokes will then travel to Las Vegas on Thursday, Dec. 22 to play DePaul at the Orleans Arena in the third round of the tournament. UW will wrap up the Las Vegas Classic playing either USC or Missouri State on Friday, Dec. 23. USC posted a 21-13 record last year and concluded the season with a one-point, opening-round loss, 69-70, to Providence in the NCAAs.The University of Denver will visit Laramie on Wednesday, Nov. 30. The Pioneers are one of two regional rivals that will play in the Arena-Auditorium during the 2016 non-conference schedule. The other non-conference regional rival that Wyoming will play this coming season will be Montana. The Griz will travel to Wyoming for a game on Saturday, Dec. 10. The Cowboys will play a home-and-home series versus Montana this season. Wyoming will play in Missoula, Mont., on Monday, Nov. 14. Montana was invited to the 2016 College Basketball Invitational, losing 75-79 to Nevada, and ended the season with a 21-12 mark.Wyoming will open its 2016-17 season in Torrington on Thursday, Nov. 3 against Chadron State in the Cowboys’ lone exhibition game of the season. The first home game in Laramie will be played Friday, Nov. 11 vs. Western State. The Cowboys’ other non-conference home game will be on Monday, Dec. 5 against Colorado Christian.In addition to the road game at Montana and the road games in the Las Vegas Classic, Wyoming will travel to northern California for games in Stockton, Calif., versus Pacific on Tuesday, Nov. 22 and in Berkeley, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 25 against California. Cal is the other Cowboy non-conference opponent that participated in last year’s NCAA Tournament. The Bears lost to Hawai’i, 66-77, in their opening round NCAA game and ended the season with a 23-11 record.Game times and television coverage will be announced at future dates in connection with the Mountain West Conference and its television partners.Ticket information for the 2016-17 Wyoming Basketball season may be obtained through the UW Athletics Ticket Office at GoWyo.com/tickets, by emailing tickets@uwyo.edu or by calling the Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office at (307) 766-7220.2016-17 UW men's basketball scheduleDate              Opponent                 TimeNov. 3           Chadron State*            7 p.m.Nov. 11         Western State              TBANov. 14         at Montana                  TBANov. 19         South Dakota State      TBANov. 22         at Pacific                     TBANov. 25         at California                 TBANov. 30         Denver                        TBADec. 3          Northern Iowa              TBADec. 5           Colorado Christian        TBADec. 10         Montana                      TBADec. 17         Cornell#                      TBADec. 19         Troy#                          TBADec. 22         vs. DePaul#                 TBADec. 23         vs. USC or Missouri St.#  TBADec. 28         Air Force^                    TBADec. 31         at UNLV^                     TBAJan. 4           at Fresno St.^               TBAJan. 11         Utah State^                   TBAJan. 14         Nevada^                       TBAJan. 18         at San Jose State^         TBAJan. 21         at New Mexico^             TBAJan. 25         UNLV^                          TBAJan. 28         Boise State^                  TBAFeb. 1           at San Diego St.^          TBAFeb. 4           at Air Force^                  TBAFeb. 8           Fresno St.^                   TBAFeb. 11         at Utah State^               TBAFeb. 15         Colorado State^             TBAFeb. 18         at Boise State^              TBAFeb. 25         New Mexico^                  TBAMarch 1        at Colorado State^         TBAMarch 4        San Jose State^             TBAMarch 8-11   MW Tournament, Las Vegas   TBA*Exhibition game in Torrington#Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic (DePaul and Missouri St./USC games in Las Vegas)^MW games

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UW's Pope wins State Amateur golf title
Updated: June 28, 2016 - 10:06 am

University of Wyoming golfer and Cheyenne East graduate Quintin Pope won the Wyoming State Amateur men’s championship last weekend at Three Crowns Golf Club in Casper.Pope shot at three-round total of 6-under par 207 and won by 11 strokes. Pope shot 4-under on the final day. Pope will be a junior this fall for UW.Caitlyn Skavdahl defeated Jordan York on the first playoff hole to win the women’s title. Her three-round score was 217.

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Colts split a doubleheader, Rangers win tourney finale
Updated: June 30, 2016 - 4:05 pm

The Laramie Colts split a doubleheader with the Arvada Colts on Sunday, dropping the first game 7-5 before winning the second 7-3.In the first game Laramie (6-12 Rocky Mountain Baseball League) committed five errors as Arvada scored five unearned runs in the victory.Brandon Shoemaker was the tough-luck loser for the Colts, allowing only two earned runs in five innings.On offense Laramie totaled seven hits with Austin Hardy and Alex Hunt collecting two each. Hunt also led the team with two RBIs.There were no details available of the second game.Laramie will next participate in the RMBL All-Star Game on Wednesday in Boulder, Colorado, before hosting the Premier Bone and Joint Tournament on Saturday through Monday at Cowboy Field.—ARVADA 7, COLTS 5Laramie 011 210 0 — 5 7 5Arvada 113 200 x — 7 12 2Laramie: Brandon Shoemaker, Malik Dixon and xxx; Arvada: pitchers and catchers not available. WP—N/A. LP—Shoemaker.. 2Bs—Laramie, none. 3Bs—Laramie, Austin Hardy, Jimmy Short. HRs—Laramie, none.Rangers wins tourney finaleThe Laramie Rangers picked up a win in the Gillette Hladky Invitational on Sunday to close the tournament with a 1-4 record.Laramie topped Rock Springs 17-11 behind 15 hits on offense.Albert Steiner and Reid Baty each had three hits for the Rangers (13-16) while Baty ended the game with a team-high six RBIs.Harrison Yates added three hits — including a triple and a double — and collected three RBIs.David Coulthard started and picked up the win for the Rangers. Coulthard worked four innings, giving up six runs on three hits while striking out three and walking six.The Rangers play at Casper at 4 p.m. today in a doubleheader.—RANGERS 17, ROCK SPRINGS 11Laramie 512 004 5 — 17 15 3Rock Springs 102 303 x — 2 8 4Laramie: David Coulthard, Trevor Martin (5) and xxx; Rock Springs: Baldwin, Meek (3), Grossnickle (7) and xxx. WP—Coulthard. LP—Baldwin. 2Bs—Laramie, Harrison Yates, Treyven Armijo, Cameron Campbell; Rock Springs, Cain, Lanye. 3Bs—Laramie, Harrison Yates, Reid Baty, Eli Bryant; Rock Springs, none. HRs—none.

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Nimmo records first MLB hit, run in Mets loss
Posted: June 28, 2016

Former Cheyenne American Legion Post 6 standout Brandon Nimmo went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a strikeout for the New York Mets in an 11-4 loss to the Washington Nationals on Monday night at Nationals Park.Nimmo recorded his first major league hit with a single in the second inning off Joe Ross (7-4). He advanced to second on Travis d’Arnaud’s single before scoring on Curtis Granderson’s single to right field.In the top of the third, Nimmo reached on an infield single for his second hit.Nimmo, a Cheyenne East graduate, was drafted No. 13 overall by the Mets in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

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Monday 06/27/2016
Post 6 players, coaches gather to watch Nimmo's MLB debut
Posted: June 27, 2016

CHEYENNE – At this time last year, Cheyenne product Brandon Nimmo was just days away from representing the New York Mets in the All-Star Futures Game – an annual exhibition game that pits some of the top minor-league baseball prospects from the United States against those from other countries.When it comes to Nimmo, the Mets seem to believe the future is now.After batting .328 with a .508 slugging percentage at Triple-A Las Vegas, Nimmo was called up to the major league’s Saturday and made his MLB debut for the Mets on Sunday in Atlanta.And as he took the field for the first time, there were a large number of people affiliated with the Cheyenne American Legion Post 6 baseball team – the organization Nimmo first made a name for himself with – who gathered at Buffalo Wild Wings.11:30 a.m. SundayAt first glance, it looks like just another lunch rush at Buffalo Wild Wings, not many empty seats, but nothing too overwhelming, either.But a closer look reveals the Nimmo supporters were out in full force.Post 6 hats and shirts can be pointed out in the dining room, but it’s in the cocktail area where most of contingent is seated. Just a few feet away, Nimmo’s autographed Post 6 jersey hangs above the door to patio seating.While the restaurants slogan is “Wings, Beer and Sports,” the latter could have been changed to “Brandon Nimmo” – just for the day.While most everyone watching has some sort of Post 6 article of clothing on, Dixon Maggard stands out from the crowd.Dressed in work attire that included a bright green shirt and white vest, Maggard doesn’t have the time to stay and watch the whole game.But he had to see his former Post 6 teammate on television for the first time.“Not very often do you get the chance to play with someone so great – someone with the work ethic that he has and the poise, passion and the love for the game that he has,” Maggard says of Nimmo, reminiscing on the one year they played together when he was a sophomore and Nimmo a senior. “Look how far it’s gotten him. It’s just incredible, and I wouldn’t miss this for the world.“It’s a dream come true for him, and even for us too. The whole city of Cheyenne, the whole state of Wyoming is supporting him. We’re all really proud him, he’s representing big time.”11:59 a.m. SundayIt’s the bottom of the second inning, and the Mets record the final out as Atlanta’s Chase d’Arnaud flies out to centerfield.Loud cheers come – not because of any sort of spectacular play, but because Nimmo will lead off the third inning for the Mets.“Is it weird, I’m a little nervous,” Reece Monaco, a radio host for Cheyenne’s KFBC radio, asks. “They couldn’t get those three outs fast enough.”Dan Morris, Post 6’s vice president, lets out a laugh and replies: “I know, my hands are sweating.”Morris is a St. Louis Cardinals fan, and Monaco is a proud supporter of the Chicago Cubs.The two admit they don’t ever agree on much when it comes to professional baseball, but it’s safe to say they now hold a common interest.A large group gathered at Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the Mets and Braves play the day before when Nimmo was first called up in hopes to watch him play, and even though the celebration was delayed a little more than 18 hours, it was still worth the wait.Between innings, Morris announces his Facebook post through Post 6’s account about Nimmo’s debut has received 33, 874 views in less than 12 hours.While he and Post 6 President Phil Maggard revel in that fact, Nimmo makes his approach to the plate.First come the cheers.Then, right after, the phones start to come out of pockets and lifted off tables.After all, if you don’t post it on social media, then it didn’t happen, right?Well, this was happening. And the excitement started to build.Nimmo sees three pitches, swinging at two of them and the last resulting in a groundout to Atlanta third basemen Adonis Garcia.Mark Robért, a longtime assistant coach with Post 6 who is currently retired, is one of the many present to watch Nimmo – a player he coached in the program.“It was a little surreal seeing him on TV. It wasn’t so much him coming to the plate for the first time, but when I saw him field that ball in right field (a Nick Markakis double in the bottom of the first inning) I started to have flashbacks of what we all used to see when he was in high school,” Robért said. “That was a little surreal seeing him up on a 60-inch big screen and watching him make that play.”12:29 p.m.Nimmo is due up to bat in the top of the fifth inning, and Phil Maggard quickly pulls out his cellphone to FaceTime with his son, Dixon, who had left for work.Nimmo walks up to the plate again to the same reaction – loud cheers, followed by cellphones being raised almost in unison.Nimmo takes his time this at bat, opting to see more than three pitches.Facing a full count, Nimmo connects on a pitch and reaches first base on a fielder’s choice as Wilmer Flores was thrown out at second base.It didn’t go down as a hit, but still – he got on base. One of many firsts for Nimmo in the days to come.Braden Morris, a pitcher for Post 6 and Dan Morris’ son, watches the at bat with an increased attention to detail.He knows what’s going through Nimmo’s head while he’s at the plate, because it was the same exact thing Nimmo taught him when the standout took then 6-year-old Morris under his wing.“I know he was just trying to take it a pitch at a time and simplify the game to help slow it down and help him overcome his nerves,” Braden Morris said.Nimmo was 12 years old when he first started calling the Morris household to see if young Braden Morris could come out with the rest of the older kids in the neighborhood.He wasn’t left on the sideline to watch, either. Nimmo made sure he taught Morris everything he possibly could.“We’d be playing when I was young and he’d put me in different game situations because he wanted to teach me to compete every chance I get,” Morris said.And seeing his childhood mentor playing in the majors was proof to Morris that Nimmo’s philosophies worked.Nimmo practiced what he preached, and he’s in the big leagues as a result.1:12 p.m.Nimmo steps to the plate for his third at bat, quickly drawing a hitter’s count with two balls and a strike after three pitches.The fourth pitch comes and he connects, but once again grounds out – thistime to Atlanta shortstop d’Arnaud – to end the inning.With it seeming unlikely for Nimmo to get another chance at the plate, tables start to open up as people trickle out of the restaurant.Or maybe it’s because they’ve been sitting for nearly two hours.Either way, the core group still remains – sharing laughs and drinks as they reminisce about the wondrous plays they used to see from a much younger Nimmo.There’s the time he caught a fly ball at the warning track and immediately threw out a Gillette base runner at home during the semifinals of the state tournament his senior year, a play both Morris and Monaco called the “most amazing high school play” they’ve ever seen.Then there’s talk about Nimmo’s love of football and debate on whether or not he would have went on to play at the college level, had he not blown out his knee against Green River the first game of his junior year.Phil Maggard shares a much newer story, just a day old, of when he sent Nimmo a text message to congratulate him on being called up.“His thank you ended with ‘Mr. Maggard.’ He’s playing big leagues, he can call me Phil, please,” Maggard joked.But then he shares a much more serious sentiment, mostly about all Nimmo has overcome in his long, winding path to the MLB.“We all knew that he was good enough to play at this level, but he just had to get the right shot. He’s done all the things he needs to, to get there as far as his work ethic goes,” Maggard said. “He’s a very solid young man, much beyond baseball too. Not only is he talented, but he’s a hard worker – hours and hours and hours tireless work and it’s paid off for him.“Selfishly it’s great for Post 6, but it’s really great for the whole state as well since we don’t have high school baseball. All of these young men see that you really can make it out of a place like Wyoming if you’re willing to put in the work.”2:07 p.m.It wasn’t expected, but Nimmo sees one last at bat for the Mets with two outs in the top of the ninth inning trailing Atlanta 5-2.“Never in my life have I wanted a Met to get a hit until today,” Dan Morris says half-jokingly.Monaco replies: “Yeah, but how many Cardinals have you had over to your house? How many Cardinals called you when they were younger to see if your son can come play ball?”Dan Morris was all but forced to agree.When someone you’ve known for a majority of their life – someone you’ve watched grow from a prep superstar to a professional athlete makes it to this stage, all ties are severed for the time being.Up 2-0 in the count, Nimmo fouled tips three straight pitches to load the count. From there, he fouls off three more pitches from Atlanta relief pitcher Arodys Vizcaino to stay alive in the at bat.All of a sudden, a lot more than recording a hit is at stake. Now Nimmo is trying to help rally the Mets as they desperately attempt to mount a comeback.But, it all comes to an end in the next pitch as Vizcaino strikes out Nimmo. The pitch looked to be low and inside, and the expression on Nimmo’s face resembled that of almost everyone watching the seven different screens showing the game in the cocktail area.The debut doesn’t go as well as anyone was hoping, but there was still much to celebrate.“(Sunday) wasn’t about him getting a hit,” Monaco says, “It’s about all of us coming together and supporting Brandon.”After all, banding together when a hometown kid makes it big seems to be the Wyoming way.

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Cheyenne Mustangs' bats go cold in loss to Ponderosa
Posted: June 27, 2016

CHEYENNE – The Cheyenne Mustangs looked like a different team offensively in Sunday’s Cheyenne Classic championship game than the one everyone saw the day prior.Coach Rick Thompson couldn’t find a reason, and that’s what frustrated him most.“As good as we were at the plate (Saturday) night, we just didn’t seem to carry that into this game, and I’m not sure why,” Thompson said.Less than 24 hours after Cheyenne posted 13 hits in an 11-6 win over Blue Chip under-18 Black of Colorado – a win Thompson described as possibly the best he’d seen his team play this season – the Mustangs managed only six hits as they fell to Ponderosa High 3-1 at Powers Field.“One of the things they did was they played us deep in the outfield. We hit some deep fly balls and those just turned out to be deep outs,” Thompson said. “We talked about making adjustments and getting the ball down, hitting line drives, finding gaps. We lifted too many balls that were really easy outs.“They played us smart. They were too deep for us to burn them, and we needed to put the ball underneath their outfield and we just didn’t do it.”After Ponderosa took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning, Cheyenne had a chance to score its first run when Ryan McCulloch and Cody Dugas recorded back-to-back singles with two outs.But the threat was over when Addison Johnson grounded into a fielder’s choice.Another chance came in the bottom of the sixth with Brett Thompson and McCulloch on base and Dugas at the plate, but Dugas grounded out to the pitcher – once again leaving potential runs on base.The hill got a lot steeper after Ponderosa tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh, leaving the Mustangs with one more chance to try and get over the top.Kevin Tims was able to bring in Joel Anderson with an RBI single to get Cheyenne on the board, but the rally stopped short with the next batter as Riley Schlimm was thrown out at first base by Ponderosa’s Ben Gifford – a play where nearly everyone watching, including Thompson, believed Schlimm to be safe.It wasn’t the ideal way to end the game, but Thompson knew it wasn’t the reason why his team lost.“It was one out in a game that we still trailed by two runs while we were down to our last out,” he said. “Sure, we would have had the rally still alive and had a chance, but we had plenty of chances earlier in the game where we left runners on base.”Still, Sunday marked the third consecutive tournament the Mustangs found themselves in the championship game.PONDEROSA 3, CHEYENNE 1Ponderosa…… 000 100 2 – 3 9 2Cheyenne…… 000 000 1 – 1 6 2Ponderosa pitching: Gilbert, Hall (7) and Martens. Cheyenne pitching: Tims and Schlimm.W: Gilbert. L: Tims.2B: Ponderosa 1 (Waid).

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Adams to play for Denver Nuggets in NBA Summer League
Posted: June 27, 2016

Former University of Wyoming basketball player Josh Adams will play for the Denver Nuggets in the NBA Summer League.The 6-foot-2 Adams told WyoSports on Sunday night that he will be part of the Nuggets’ team that will play July 8-18 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.Adams was not selected in the NBA Draft last Thursday. The Nuggets were one of several teams Adams had a pre-draft workout with.“All I can do is give 100 percent so that’s what I plan in doing,” Adams said.Adams is coming off a senior season at UW where he averaged 24.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. He shot 44.1 percent from the field, 37.8 percent from 3-point range (including 96 3s) and 82.7 percent from the free-throw line.Adams nearly doubled his scoring from his junior season. Adams improved his scoring, assists, assists per game, 3-point shooting percentage and blocked shots every season since he was a true freshman in 2012-13.

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Sunday 06/26/2016
UW swimmers compete at U.S. Olympics swimming trials Sunday
Updated: June 26, 2016 - 8:46 pm

OMAHA, Neb. – Three University of Wyoming swimmers opened action at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Sunday.Ryan Ball completed the 400 individual medley in 4 minutes, 29.75 seconds, which placed him 58th overall in the morning’s preliminary heats. Wade Nelson finished 75th (4:32.15) and Ryan Nelson touched the pads in 4:34.99 to take 85th.Monday’s action will include the women’s 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke and 400 freestyle, while the events for the men will be the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke.Ball compete in the 200 backstroke and 200 individual medley on Thursday. Kyle White will take part in the 50 freestyle Friday morning.The event concludes July 3. 

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UPDATED: Brandon Nimmo called up by Mets
Updated: June 26, 2016 - 9:03 am

Former Cheyenne American Legion Post 6 standout Brandon Nimmo was called up by the New York Mets on Saturday.The 23-year-old outfielder did not play in the Braves' 1-0 win at Atlanta on Saturday night. Nimmo was expected to start the game, but Mets manager Terry Collins decided not to start Nimmo because he had traveled all day, ESPN Mets beat writer Adam Rubin reported.Nimmo is expected to start when the Braves and Mets square off again at 11:30 a.m. today.Nimmo was batting .328 (82 for 250) through 63 games with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. He has 16 doubles, seven triples, five home runs and 37 RBIs.Nimmo, a Cheyenne East graduate, was drafted No. 13 overall by the Mets in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

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Cheyenne Mustangs power past Colorado Blue Chip
Updated: June 26, 2016 - 9:03 am

CHEYENNE – After the Cheyenne Mustangs picked up a pair of wins to open its home Cheyenne Classic baseball tournament, coach Rick Thompson was wary of what he said about Saturday’s pending matchup with the Blue Chip under-18 Black baseball team out of Colorado.His reasoning was simple: he didn’t want anything he said to be “used as bulletin board material.”After all, the under-18 Black squad is Blue Chip’s top team in the organization.While he was careful with his words to avoid hyping up the opponent, Thompson needed few if any words to do the same for his own squad.They were chomping at the bit to face Blue Chip, and it showed as the Mustangs put together what Thompson said might have been their best win of the season – an 11-6 victory over the veteran Blue Chip squad.“Our team knew going in that this is a veteran team made up of 18-year-olds from all around northern Colorado,” Thompson said, “so I didn’t really have to say too much.“They knew they were going to have to play well and they came in really focused.”“You could tell by the way we started the game, when we started hitting the ball early, that we had good focus and intensity,” Thompson said.In both wins Friday, Cheyenne struggled with leaving potential runs on base, and Thompson knew that would have to change if his team was to pick up a win that was needed to advance to the championship game today.He made it a point of emphasis before Saturday’s game for the Mustangs to change their approach at the plate.“The first guy, their starter, was relying heavily on his fastball and hiding his curve. Once we started hitting his fastball, he started to mix it up with his curve a lot more,” Thompson said. “We had to stay patient to get fastballs to hit and you saw that when we got one over the plate, our guys were putting a barrel on them.”Cheyenne scored in each of the first five innings, adding one run in the first inning and two more in the second as Logan Cline brought in Ryan McCulloch from second with an RBI single.Then, after three straight walks, Cline crossed home plate jogging to give Cheyenne a 3-1 lead.After surrendering a run and having the lead cut to 3-2, the Mustangs tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the third inning as McCulloch went opposite field with an RBI double as Zach Sutton scored from second base.Then, after a sacrifice bunt from Japeth Frauendienst to advance the runners and a groundout by Cline, Parker Hamann hit a line drive to right field that brought home McCulloch as well as Addison Johnson, who was hit by a pitch to reach base.That gave Cheyenne a 6-2 lead.The Mustangs highlighted their defense in the top of fourth inning, as Blue Chip’s Ryan Sipes grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning.And they picked up right where they left off offensively in the bottom of the fourth, going through the entire batting lineup as the Mustangs piled on four more runs to take a commanding 10-2 lead.But Blue Chip would respond.Will Morley got it started with a deep shot that landed at the warning track for a triple.Jimmy Souverin’s sacrifice fly brought Morley in and also ignited Blue Chip’s bats.Josh Gregory’s solo home run marked the beginning of four consecutive hits for the visitors as they quickly rallied to cut Cheyenne’s lead to 10-6.Thompson admitted afterward he may have left starting pitcher Hamann in the game a little too long, and he quickly turned to Cody Dugas to get the Mustangs out of the inning with two runners on base and only one out.Dugas wasted no time, striking out Logan Phillips to secure the second out.Then, Cheyenne catcher Riley Schlimm caught Blue Chip’s RJ Barnes sleeping on his way back to second base and picked him off to end the threat.“He (Barnes) was leading off a really long way the whole at bat and he wasn’t making a really good effort to get back to the bag. He was kind of nonchalant and he didn’t seem to be too into the game, so I just took a chance at it and we got it,” Schlimm said.Added Dugas: “As soon as that happened, we walked in the dugout and told each other we needed to get more runs. We felt the momentum shift and we just needed to put more runs on the board.”They got one more run in the bottom of the fifth inning, but it wasn’t needed as Dugas – along with the support of the defense behind him – kept Blue Chip off the scoreboard for the final two innings to secure the 11-6 win.“As a pitcher you’ve just got to throw strikes, and when you know you have a good defense behind you, that’s what you do. You throw good pitches and your defense backs you up,” Dugas said.The Mustangs will play in the championship game of their home tournament today at 1:30 p.m. at Powers Field.CHEYENNE 11, BLUE CHIP 6Blue Chip…… 011 040 0 6 14 3Cheyenne……123 410 0 11 3 1Blue Chip pitching: Carlson, Ewing (2) and Patterson.Cheyenne pitching: Hamann, Dugas (5) and Schlimm.W: Hamann. L: Carlson.2B: Blue Chip, Low and Phillips. Cheyenne, McCulloch.3B: Blue Chip, Morley.HR: Blue Chip, Gregory.

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Rangers fall to Minot in Gillette tourney
Updated: June 30, 2016 - 4:05 pm

Laramie Rangers pitchers had trouble finding the strike zone on the third day of the Gillette Hladky Invitational, walking nine batters as Minot, North Dakota, beat the Rangers 10-2.Laramie (14-16 overall) fell to 0-4 in the tournament and will play one final game today. An opponent and start time was not available. Minot scored nine runs in the first three innings to build a commanding lead and was never threatened.Rangers starter Treyven Armijo lasted 2 2/3 innings in taking the loss. Armijo allowed nine runs (seven earned) on just five hits but also walked seven batters. Logan Pickard pitched the final 2 2/3 innings and was solid, giving up just one hit while striking out four.Minot also limited Laramie on offense, with the Rangers managing just three hits.Eli Bryant and Harrison Yates each drove in a run for the Rangers with a bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly, respectively.After today’s game, Laramie will remain on the road with seven games on the schedule.The Rangers start the week at noon Tuesday with a doubleheader at Casper.They are then in Cheyenne for the weekend, taking part in the Firecracker Tournament. Laramie plays one game Thursday, one game Friday, two Saturday and one game July 3.—MINOT 10, LARAMIE 2Laramie 010 010 — 2 3 1Minot 252 001 — 10 6 0Laramie: Trevyn Armijo, Logan Pickard (3) and Eli Bryant; Minot: Tate and Rudolph. WP—Tate. LP—Armijo. 2Bs—Laramie, none; Minot, Taney, Bennett, Cooper. 3Bs—none. HRs—none.Colts split at Colorado SoxLaramie Colts starter CJ DeBose scattered six hits in seven innings, while Jimmy Short collected three hits and David Snider drove in two runs to lead the Colts to a 4-2 win over the Colorado Sox in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday.The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the Colts (6-11). Laramie lost the first game 4-0.The first four batters for the Colts in the nightcap singled as Laramie put three runs on the board.That was more than enough offense for DeBose, who threw 116 pitches while walking four and striking out one for the win.Andrew Brown also had two hits for the Colts, who totaled 10 as a team.In the opener, the Colorado Sox built a 3-0 lead after two innings and cruised to a 4-0 victory.Laramie was limited to four hits in the game. Its best chance to score came in the fifth inning when it loaded the bases with two outs, but the threat ended with a ground out.Ryan Kain went the distance in taking the loss for Laramie. Kain gave up 11 hits and four runs.Laramie wraps up the first half of the Rocky Mountain Baseball League schedule with a doubleheader at the Arvada Colts before taking part in the RMBL All-Star Game on Wednesday in Boulder, Colorado.—COLORADO SOX 4, COLTS 0Laramie 000 000 0 — 0 4 1Colorado Sox 120 010 x — 4 11 1Laramie: Ryan Kain and Nathan Lamberty; Colorado Sox: Ham and Mohr. WP—Ham. LP—Kain. 2Bs—Laramie, none; Colorado Sox, Burns. 3Bs—none. HRs—none.—COLTS 4, COLORADO SOX 2Laramie 300 010 0 — 4 10 0Colorado Sox 00 010 1 — 2 6 3Laramie: CJ DeBose and Austin Mannan; Colorado Sox: Hogoboom and Mohr. WP—DuBose. LP—Hogoboom. 2Bs—Laramie, Jimmy Short; Colorado Sox, Burns. 3Bs—none. HRs—none.

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Saturday 06/25/2016
Wyoming swimmers to compete in U.S. Olympic Team Trials
Posted: June 25, 2016

The University of Wyoming swimming and diving team will have four men’s swimmers competing in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials starting Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska.Former UW swimmer Ryan Nelson will be joined by current Cowboys Ryan Ball, Wade Nelson and Kyle White.Ball will take part in three events at the trials — the 200 backstroke, 200 individual medley and 400 individual medley. Ryan and Wade Nelson will also swim the 400 individual medley, while White will compete in the 50 freestyle.Coverage of the trials will be at 9 a.m. daily on the NBC Sports Network with finals starting at 5 p.m. each day on NBC. The top two finishers in each event at the trials qualify for the U.S. Olympic team. The 2016 Summer Olympics will be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 5-21.Bohl to appear on Rockies telecastWyoming football coach Craig Bohl will be on ROOT SPORTS’ telecast of the Colorado-Arizona baseball game on Sunday.The game starts at 2:10 p.m. MT and Bohl is schedule to be in the broadcast booth during the top of the third inning. ROOT SPORTS has televised numerous Wyoming football and men’s basketball game over the past several years and has partnered with the school for the “Inside Wyoming Football with Craig Bohl,” show during the football season.That partnership is planned to continue again this coming season.Bohl is entering his third year as coach at Wyoming. The Cowboys are 6-18 in Bohl’s first two seasons.Cloetta earns academic All-America second team honorsUW senior Catherine Cloetta was named to the 2016 Academic All-America Track and Field/Cross Country Second Team on Friday. She is one of 15 individuals selected to the team.Cloetta, a native of Jackson, recently completed her senior season as a member of the Cowgirl track and field/cross country teams. She graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average in chemistry and physiology this spring and was a two-time MW scholar athlete.She was also a finalist for this year’s Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award, annually awarded to UW’s top graduating female.

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Cheyenne Mustangs win 2 games to open Cheyenne Classic
Updated: June 25, 2016 - 9:45 am

CHEYENNE – Kevin Tims admits he’s a strong advocate for swinging at the first pitch he sees.It’s something he’s comfortable doing.So when Tims stepped to the plate in the bottom of the second inning with the Cheyenne Mustangs already leading the Colorado Gold Sox 2-0, that’s exactly what he did.With the bases loaded and two outs, Tims connected with the first pitch he saw – but sent it right to Colorado’s centerfielder.“That first at bat was not a good one. I got a little anxious with the bases loaded, it’s early in the ball game and we’re trying to get some people in, and I go and fly out to center,” Tims said. “I’m a big guy on first-pitch swinging, but I thought maybe my approach wasn’t there.”So in the bottom of the fourth, when Tims came to plate in the exact same situation, bases loaded and two outs already secured by the Gold Sox, he was less aggressive.Still looking to connect with something, but going deeper into the count to do so.He passed on good pitches to wait for a great pitch.And when Tims got that pitch he was looking for, he sent it just over Colorado’s first basemen and into shallow right field for a two-run single.“Sometimes first pitch works and sometimes it doesn’t, so I figured I’d just see a few and it worked,” Tims said.That ignited Cheyenne to a four-run inning as it went on to defeat the Gold Sox 10-0 in five innings in the first game of the Mustangs’ home tournament, the Cheyenne Classic.“I liked the energy and effort our team came out with,” Mustangs coach Rick Thompson said after the win. “For the most part, we hit the ball pretty well. We were aided by a couple walks and, when a team spots you some base runners, your hits tend to get you a little bit more.”After taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third, Cheyenne starter Joel Anderson added to the momentum the Mustangs were slowly building by picking off back-to-back base runners on first base.“Joel’s always had a good pickoff move, and when they get a leadoff runner on and he picks them off, it really gives our team a lift,” Thompson said of Anderson’s consecutive big plays. “You can tell, you can see the other team get a little deflated when that happens, too. It’s a big momentum swing when you pick off a runner or two like you saw him do today.”Anderson added: “My 45-degree angle pickoff is the one I use mostly. I show them the first one which is straight at first base, then the second one is 45 degrees. The first guy I picked off didn’t see it, and they didn’t have a first-base coach over there, so I figured the second guy didn’t have any help. That’s how I was able to pick over twice.”After the 10-0 drubbing, Thompson knew Cheyenne’s second game in pool play would be a lot tougher – facing the Blue Chip under-17 Navy team from Colorado.And a tough game is exactly what the Mustangs got.Two runs in the bottom of the fourth was enough to get the job done, though, as Cheyenne grinded out a 2-1 win over Blue Chip to improve to 2-0 in pool play.And although Thompson was happy with the win, afterward he knew his team left a lot of runs out on the diamond.“We only scored in one inning and had several others we had runners in scoring position, but we didn’t get the key hit we needed. You’d like to see that to open the game up a little bit and give us a little more breathing room,” Thompson said. “But credit our pitching and our defense to hold them to one run so we could make our two runs stand.”In the bottom of the fourth, with Tims and Brett Thompson already on base, Zach Sutton delivered an RBI double to left field to bring in Tims and advance Thompson to third base.In the next at bat, Anderson hit a line drive into right field to bring Thompson home to extend Cheyenne’s lead to 2-0 – a score that would remain until the top of the seventh.It looked like the game would end with a double play, but Mustangs second baseman Logan Cline bobbled the ball, and by the time he got control of it, it was too late to make the throw for the second out – and to home as well, where Blue Chip’s Isaac Vargas would score jogging as he caught the defense sleeping.After a quick timeout by Thompson to convene with his team, the Mustangs went out and got the last out they needed to secure the win and a 2-0 start to pool play.One more game remains for Cheyenne, though, as it faces Blue Chip under-18 Black today at 6 p.m.CHEYENNE 10, COLORADO 0 (5)Colorado...... 000 00 0 3 0Cheyenne…… 020 44 10 7 1Colorado pitching: Styacacich, Phillips (5) and Masi.Cheyenne pitching: Anderson (CG) and Lundberg.2B: Cheyenne, Tims and McCulloch.CHEYENNE 2, BLUE CHIP 1 (7)Blue Chip…… 000 000 1 1 4 0Cheyenne…… 000 200 X 2 5 1Blue Chip pitching: Cunningham, Arreano (5) and Loma.Cheyenne pitching: Grant (CG) and Schlimm.2B: Blue Chip, Vargas. Cheyenne, Sutton.

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Rangers fall to late rally by Dacono Rawhide
Updated: June 30, 2016 - 4:05 pm

The American Legion Laramie Rangers had a low-scoring battle before losing 5-4 to Dacono Rawhide Iron Horse of Colorado on Friday at the Hladky Memorial Tournament in Gillette.Dacono scored a run in the top of the seventh to break a 4-4 tie and held off the Rangers (14-15) in the bottom of the final inning for the win.Both teams scored two runs in the first inning before Dacono took the lead with a run in each the second and third innings.Laramie tied the game with two runs during a two-out rally in the bottom fifth inning with singles from Cameron Campbell and Treyven Armijo, who scored Campbell and Harrison Yates. Yates reached first base on the first of two Dacono errors.Yates, who also had a triple in the first inning, added another run scored and an RBI.Albert Steiner took the loss after 6 1/3 innings on the mound for the Rangers.He allowed three hits, five runs (three earned) with five strikeouts and two walks on 107 pitches.The Rangers’ opponent and game time for today at the Hladky tourney was not available at press time.—DACONO RAWHIDE 5, RANGERS 4Dacono Rawhide 211 000 1— 5 3 3Laramie 200 020 0—4 8 7Dacono: Carstens and Levine; Laramie: Albert Steiner, Logan Pickard and David Coulthard. WP—Carstens. LP—Steiner. 2Bs—none. 3Bs—Laramie, Harrison Yates; Dacono, Rodriguez. HRs—none

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Friday 06/24/2016
ROOT Sports to televise 2 Wyoming football games
Updated: June 24, 2016 - 6:16 am

ROOT Sports and the Mountain West Conference announced on Thursday that two University of Wyoming football games were among eight MW games that will be televised by ROOT during the 2016 season.Wyoming's homecoming game against Air Force on Oct. 8 at 1:30 p.m. will be televised by ROOT, as will the Cowboys' road game at UNLV on Nov. 12. That  game will kick off at either 1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. MT from Las Vegas.The two games brings the number of Wyoming football games to be televised in 2016 to 11. The only remaining game yet to be announced for television is the Sept. 17 home game against UC Davis.Here is Wyoming's 2016 football schedule with times and television. All times at MTSat., Sept. 3: Northern Illinois, 8:30 p.m. (CBSSN)Sat., Sept. 10: at Nebraska, 10 a.m. (ESPN2)Sat., Sept. 17: UC Davis, time, TV TBDFri., Sept. 23: at Eastern Michigan, 5:30 p.m. (CBSSN)Sat., Oct. 1: at Colorado State, TBD (ESPN Networks)Sat., Oct. 8: Air Force, 1:30 p.m.(ROOT)Sat., Oct. 15: Open weekSat., Oct. 22: at Nevada, TBD (ESPN Networks)Sat., Oct. 29: Boise State, 5 p.m. (CBSSN)Sat., Nov. 5: Utah State, TBD (ESPN Networks)Sat., Nov. 12: at UNLV, 1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. (ROOT)Sat., Nov. 19: San Diego State, 1:30 p.m. (CBSSN)Sat., Nov. 26: at New Mexico, TBD (ESPN Networks)Sat., Dec. 3: Mountain West Championship Game, 5:30 or 5:45 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)

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Rangers stumble to begin Gillette tourney
Updated: June 30, 2016 - 4:05 pm

It was a tough opening day for the American Legion Laramie Rangers against out-of-state teams Thursday to begin the Hladky Memorial Tournament in Gillette.The Rangers (14-14) first lost to Columbia Basin of Washington 15-0 in a game that was called in the bottom of the third inning.After not recording a hit in the first game, Laramie bounced back with more production at the plate with three runs in the first two innings and a run in the third inning for a 7-5 lead before being held in check by Denver Premier West of Colorado in a 15-7 loss in six innings.Laramie’s Harrison Yates took the loss against Columbia Basin, which took advantage of six walks, five hits and two errors to record 13 runs with only five of those earned. Yates threw 73 pitches in the first two innings.The Rangers bats heated up against Denver Premier West with nine hits, including a first-inning triple by Reid Baty and a second-inning double by Yates.Yates was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Treyven Armijo also had a two-hit game when he was 2-for-2 with a RBI and a run.Denver Premier West kept the game close with two runs in the first inning and three runs in the second inning.Marshall Stuart started on the mound for Laramie, giving up seven runs (five earned) on seven hits with three strikeouts and two walks in four innings. Rangers reliever Eli Bryant took the loss when he gave up five hits and eight runs (all earned) in the next 1 1/3 innings.Denver Premier West got within a run at 7-6 in the fourth inning, then took the lead for good with five runs in the fifth inning and four more in the sixth inning.The Rangers continue the tourney against Dacono Rawhide Iron Horse from Colorado at 9:30 a.m. today.COLUMBIA BASIN 15, RANGERS 0 (3 inn.)Laramie 000 —0 0 3Columbia Basin 681 —15 6 0Laramie: Harrison Yates, Cameron Campbell (3) and Logan Pickard; Columbia Basin: Moss and Boesel. WP—Moss. LP—Yates. 2Bs—Columbia Basin, Gosse. 3Bs—none. HRs—none—DENVER PREMIER WEST 15, RANGERS 7(6 inn.)Laramie 331 000 —7 9 2Premier West 230 154 —1 5 13 1Laramie: Marshall Stuart, Eli Bryant (5), Will Yates (6) and Trevor Martin; Premier West: Side and Pauk. WP—Side. LP—Bryant. 2Bs—Laramie, Harrison Yates; Premier West, Bailey (2), Overman, Satterfield, Side. 3Bs—Laramie, Reid Baty; Premier West, Carrillo. HRs—none

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Thursday 06/23/2016
East's Moratzka makes PrepVolleyball.com's 79 best sophomores
Updated: June 23, 2016 - 7:32 am

CHEYENNE – Duquesne Moratzka was surprised to make PrepVolleyball.com’s Sophomore 79.Not only was she unaware that a list of the country’s best sophomores existed, she didn’t think she’d be included.“I don’t think of myself as a great volleyball player,” the Cheyenne East middle blocker said. “I just go out and try my best. I guess that works. I was surprised that that website thought I was good enough and that coach (Dan) Box thought I was good enough.“It’s a pretty nice honor.”The 6-foot-1 junior-to-be earned All-Class 4A honors last fall, which was her first season at East after transferring from Cheyenne Central.That all-state list featured four players from the back-to-back state champion Lady Thunderbirds, including junior Cosette Stellern, who earned All-America honors from PrepVolleyball.com.The website has a staff that attends national tournaments and also uses input from coaches to select the players it honors. Moratzka has played in national-level tournaments with the Norco Junior program out of Windsor, Colorado.Even though Moratzka doesn’t think of herself as elite, she tries to measure up to her teammates who she thinks are.“I think of how good everyone else is, and they’re up here,” Moratzka said while raising her hand above her head. “I feel like I’m down here a little. I’ve played pretty well, but I try not to get cocky.“I look at the Cosettes of the world and think, ‘Man, she’s really good. I have to keep working really hard to get to her level.’”Moratzka piled up 234 kills, 98 blocks and hit at a 41 percent clip last season.Box isn’t the least bit surprised to hear Moratzka’s assessment of her own play.“What makes her so good can also hinder her,” Box said. “She wants to be perfect every time, and we’re in the wrong sport to be perfect. She has to manage those expectations. She plays so well, and then she’ll do something she doesn’t really like, and that frustrates her.“We’re trying to get her into the mindset of, ‘If you do something great, that’s great. If you do something that doesn’t quite work out, that’s fine too, but we have to move on to the next thing.’”Moratzka’s pursuit of perfection is apparent to teammates, senior-to-be Marina Howard said.“She puts a lot of pressure on herself,” she said. “That helps make her a great player because she keeps working until she sees what she wants. Volleyball is a game of errors. The team that makes the fewest errors usually wins.“But Duquesne wants perfection. That’s going to take her really far. She’s passionate, and she wants to be perfect. She’s got a lot of fire, and I really admire that.”

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Josh Adams
Posted: June 23, 2016

Former University of Wyoming guard Josh Adams hopes to get picked when the NBA hosts its annual draft today. Adams has worked out for several teams during the past three weeks. WyoSports file photo

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Former UW guard Josh Adams waits to hear his name in NBA Draft today
Posted: June 23, 2016

Josh Adams knows what it is like when people think he can’t do something.Four years ago, many thought Adams wouldn’t play Division I basketball coming out of Chaparral High in Parker, Colorado.The University of Wyoming took a chance on the 6-foot-2 Adams, and he turned out to be one of the more dynamic players in recent memory for the Cowboys.Fast forward to now, and not many expect Adams’ name to be called during today’s NBA Draft.That’s okay with Adams, he’ll just keep working on proving people wrong.“That feeling when you get when proving people wrong is one of the best feelings in the world,” Adams told The Denver Post after a pre-draft workout with the Denver Nuggets less than two weeks ago.“That’s something that I chase, the thrill of proving people wrong.”WyoSports reached out to Adams for a pre-draft interview, but Adams said he did not want to talk until after the draft.Adams has been busy since his last game with UW more than three months ago. He left Laramie to train for this week’s draft, and for a career in professional basketball.Adams competed in the Portsmouth Invitational in Portsmouth, Virginia, in mid-April. That event featured 64 of the top college basketball seniors in the country. In three games, Adams averaged 3.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 3.7 turnovers per game. He was 9 of 29 from the field, 4 of 13 from 3-point range and 11 of 12 from the free-throw line.Then came numerous pre-draft workouts with NBA teams. Some of the teams Adams worked out for — aside from Denver — were Utah, Phoenix, Golden State and Philadelphia.Adams played both point guard and shooting guard in college, and most NBA Draft websites project him as a point guard. CBSsports.com ranked Adams as the No. 68 prospect in the draft, and draftexpress.com ranked Adams as the No. 42 senior prospect.The NBA Draft is only two rounds and there are 60 picks, but several undrafted players are signed as free agents and given opportunities to make an NBA roster.Adams is coming off a senior season at UW where he averaged 24.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. He shot 44.1 percent from the field, 37.8 percent from 3-point range (including 96 3s) and 82.7 percent from the free-throw line.Adams nearly doubled his scoring from his junior season. Adams improved his scoring, assists, assists per game, 3-point shooting percentage and blocked shots every season since he was a true freshman in 2012-13.

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Wednesday 06/22/2016
Laramie scores 37 runs in doubleheader sweep of Post 24
Updated: June 22, 2016 - 2:47 pm

The American Legion Laramie Rangers are above the .500 mark for the second time this season after sweeping Rock Springs Archie Hay Post 24 Tuesday at Cowboy Field.The Rangers (14-12) got off to fast starts in both contests to win 21-11 and 16-6, with both games ending in the sixth inning due to a 10-run mercy rule. Laramie scored 12 runs in the bottom of the first inning in the first game and jumped out with seven runs in the same frame in the second game.But Rock Springs (5-20) chipped away at the big leads each time.In the opener, Post 24 scored six runs in the second inning and three in the third to cut a 13-1 Laramie lead to 13-10 in the first game. In the second game, Rock Springs got on the scoreboard with two runs in the second and four in the third to climb to within a run at 7-6 before the Rangers scored six runs in the bottom of the third to blow the game open at 13-6.That’s about where the similarities between the games ended, with both teams struggling defensively in the first game and playing much cleaner in the second game.The teams combined for 32 runs, 29 hits and 11 errors in the first contest. Laramie had seven of the 11 errors in the first game and just one in the second game.“There were a lot of mistakes and a lot of hits,” Laramie manager Brandon Ruckman said about the first game. “We made a lot of errors and (Rock Springs) made a lot of errors. It was not a very clean game all the way around and we gave up an 11-run lead early. But our team did fight back and walked away with a victory.”Cameron Campbell, who gave up one hit and an unearned run in 2 2/3 innings, got the win in the first game when he relieved starter Reid Baty in the fourth inning.Marshall Stuart and Albert Steiner were both 4-for-4 at the plate in the first contest. Stuart had three RBIs and scored four runs and Steiner added three RBIs and three runs.Eli Bryant relieved Blake Moore after three innings in the second game and shut down Rock Springs, allowing one hit with four strikeouts and one walk in three innings of his own.“I try to throw strikes every time I go in,” Bryant said. “I’ve had a few tough outings lately because I haven’t played in about a year-and-a-half and came into the season late. Getting back into my rhythm has been tough.“But with this game, I really got back to hitting my spots and strike some guys out.”Treyven Armijo, Harrison Yates and David Coulthard each had a triple in the second game. Armijo’s triple cleared the bases with a hit to left field to score three runs in the seven-run first inning.“We needed to work on some things in the (batting) cage and wanted to work on getting down on the ball and hit the gaps,” said Coulthard, whose triple came in the Rangers’ six-run third inning. “Everyone did great hitting and ran the bases well.”Yates tried to end the game in the fifth inning when he tried to stretch a triple into an inside the park home run, but was called out at the plate.“We got up right away and kept going throughout the game,” Ruckman said. “There was a lot better energy in the dugout for sure and we played a complete game. It was a polar opposite on defense.”The Rangers will next travel for the Hladky Tournament in Gillette. Laramie’s opponents are scheduled to be Columbia Basin, Washington, at noon and Denver Premier West at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.—RANGERS 21, ROCK SPRINGS 11(6 inn.)(Game 1)Rock Springs 163 010 —1112 4Laramie (12)10 044 —2117 7Rock Springs: Jared Layne, Drew Grossnickle (1), Brenden Netschert (5), Gunner Hamblin (6) and J.D. Hamby; Laramie: Reid Baty, Cameron Campbell (4) and Blake Moore. WP—Campbell. LP—Layne. 2Bs—Rock Springs, Seth Hymas, Holden Cain, Nathan Prevedal; Laramie, David Coulthard, Albert Steiner. 3Bs—Rock Springs, Prevedal; Laramie, Marshall Stuart, Baty. HRs—none—RANGERS 16, ROCK SPRINGS 6(6 inn.)(Game 2)Rock Springs 024 000 —6 5 4Laramie 706 201 —16 11 1Rock Springs: Shawn Murphy, Nathan Prevedal (3) and Gunner Hamblin; Laramie: Blake Moore, Eli Bryant (4) and Logan Pickard, Albert Steiner. WP—Moore. LP—Murphy. 2Bs—Rock Springs, none; Laramie, Albert Steiner. 3Bs—Rock Springs, Holden Cain; Laramie, Harrison Yates, Treyven Armijo, David Coulthard. HRs—none

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MW announces conference basketball schedules
Updated: June 22, 2016 - 8:46 am

The Mountain West on Tuesday announced its 2016-17 conference basketball schedules for both men's and women's basketball.Each team plays 18 conference games - nine at home and nine on the road - with eight opponents played in a home-and-home schedule and two one-time games.This season the home-and-home opponents for the Cowboys and Cowgirls are Air Force, UNLV, Fresno State, Utah State, San Jose State, New Mexico, Boise State and Colorado State.The single game opponents for the Cowboys are home against Nevada and at San Diego State. The Cowgirls have the opposite, with a road game at Nevada and home against SDSU.The Cowboys open MW play at home against Air Force on Wednesday, Dec. 28 before traveling to UNLV for a New Year's Eve showdown with the Rebels on Saturday, Dec. 31.Other home games include Utah State Jan. 11, UNLV Jan. 25, Boise State Jan. 28, Fresno State Freb. 8, Colorado State Feb. 15, New Mexico Feb. 25 and San Jose State to close out the regular season on March 4.The Cowgirls begin MW play on the road on Air Force the same night as the men with their first home game against the Lady Rebels on New Year's Eve in Laramie.Other home games for the Cowgirls include Fresno State Jan. 4, San Jose State Jan. 18, New Mexico Jan. 21, San Diego State Feb. 1, Air Force Feb. 4, Utah State Feb. 11, Boise State Feb. 18, Colorado State March 1.The nonconference schedule for both programs will be released at a further date.Today's release represents the first phase in the 2016-17 men's basketball schedule process. Mountain West national television partners CBS Sports Network and ESPN will initiate a selection procedure which will include the shifting of Wednesday games to Tuesday and Saturday games to Sunday.The national television selections should be completed by the middle of August. Regional partner ROOT SPORTS and the Mountain West Network on Campus Insiders will begin their picks after the national television lineup has been announced.The UW men's and women's non-conference schedules will be released at a later date when contracts are finalized.

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Cowboys receive commitment from Wisconsin back
Posted: June 22, 2016

Marquette University High School running back Jerard Swan announced on Twitter late last week the verbally committed to the University of Wyoming as a walk on.“This is a blessing beyond comprehension,” Swan tweeted. “Growing up with your friends you always say ‘I’m D1 Bound’ or ‘I’m going to the league.’ Glad to say that I will be achieving one those dreams at least. With that being said I will like to say I will be committing to the University of Wyoming!!”The 6-foot, 190-pound running back, who graduated this spring, listed Michigan State, Wyoming, Wisconsin, North Dakota State and South Dakota State among the schools that showed interest.Swan was a second-team All-Conference running back for Marquette in the fall. He ran for 625 yards and four touchdowns as Marquette advanced to the third round of the Wisconsin Division I football playoffs.Swan also played point guard in basketball and helped Marquette to the Wisconsin Division I basketball playoffs.MW releases 2016-17 basketball scheduleThe Mountain West on Tuesday announced its 2016-17 conference basketball schedules for both men’s and women’s basketball.Each team plays 18 conference games — nine at home and nine on the road — with eight opponents played in a home-and-home schedule and two one-time games.This season the home-and-home opponents for the Cowboys and Cowgirls are Air Force, UNLV, Fresno State, Utah State, San Jose State, New Mexico, Boise State and Colorado State.The single game opponents for the Cowboys are home against Nevada and at San Diego State. The Cowgirls have the opposite, with a road game at Nevada and home against SDSU.The Cowboys open MW play at home against Air Force on Dec. 28 before traveling to UNLV for a New Year’s Eve showdown with the Rebels on Dec. 31.The Cowgirls begin MW play on the road on Air Force the same night as the men with their first home game against the Lady Rebels on New Year’s Eve in Laramie.The UW men’s and women’s nonconference schedules will be released at a later date when contracts are finalized.UW’s Cloetta nominated for NCAA Woman of the YearFormer Wyoming track and field athlete Catherine Cloetta has been nominated for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award. She is one 517 honorees, the most ever in the history of the program, representing multiple sports across NCAA Divisions I, II and III honored by their athletics conferences and by independent schools.A native of Jackson, Cloetta was named a MW Scholar Athlete twice in both track and field and cross-country and graduated with a 4.0 GPA in chemistry and physiology this spring.Recently, she was selected to the Academic All-District VII Track & Field/Cross-Country Team and advanced to the ballot for Academic All-America honors, which will be announced in late June.She was also a finalist for this year’s Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award, which is awarded to UW’s top graduating female.The NCAA Woman of the Year committee will select the top 10 honorees in each division from this pool to be recognized.These top 30 honorees will be announced in early September.The top 30 honorees will be honored and the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at the annual ceremony Oct. 16 in Indianapolis.

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Local briefs: Extreme 14U softball place third in Greeley tourney
Posted: June 22, 2016

CHEYENNE – The Cheyenne Extreme under-14 fastpitch softball team went 3-2 and placed third in the “Four-Game Guarantee” tournament last weekend in Greeley, Colorado.Cheyenne lost in the semifinals by a single run, batted .500 as a team, outhit its foes 47-18 and outscored them 43-22.Ariana Galicia registered eight strikeouts in the pitcher’s circle.The Extreme have placed in the top three in its last four tournaments, including a runner-up finish in the Extreme Weekend. They have an overall record of 17-13-2 thanks, in part, to the arms of Galicia, Jennifer Gillotti and Jayden Gashler.Cheyenne has scored 212 runs and has a team batting average of .376.The team also includes: Britney Breazeale, Jayla Jones, Kayla Kirkbride, Lauren Lucas, Jakobi Mirich, Alexis Naughton, Alina Tavelli, Grace Wilson and Jordyn Wright.Bird, Koehler each win Colorado mountain bike racesCHEYENNE – Edward Bird and Bob Koehler of Team Wind Chill won their age divisions at the Lory State Park Xterra Mountain Bike Race last weekend.Bird won the men’s 18- to 20-year-old division, while Koehler took the men’s 60-64. Jason Bird placed fifth in the men’s 50-54 division.Kirk Adams placed fourth at the Dad Dog Classic in Laramie with a time of 1 hour, 59.02 minutes. Jim Fahling was sixth 1:59.50.Wind Chill’s Lance Francis second-place finishes in the men’s 50-54 group at the Utah Summer Games. He was second in the 40-mile road race and the omnium. Francis was third in the 10-mile time trial and fourth in the hill climb time trial.Susan Martinovich placed 10th in the Carson City (Nevada) 35-mile off road race.

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Tuesday 06/21/2016
Rangers fall in Dooley Oil Classic finale
Posted: June 21, 2016

About the only thing the Laramie Rangers couldn’t figure out during the Dooley Oil Classic was how to beat Blue Chip Black.The Rangers lost to the northern Colorado baseball academy program for the second time in the tournament Sunday in the championship game of Laramie’s annual summer tournament.Blue Chip Black beat Laramie 6-1 to go 5-0 in the tournament.Laramie finished the tournament 2-2 with its other loss an 11-8 setback to the Black team Friday. The Rangers also beat Wheatland and Spearfish, South Dakota, on the weekend.Blue Chip limited Laramie to four hits in the title game while taking the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the third.After Laramie scored its run in the top of the fourth, Blue Chip added three runs in the bottom half of the inning to seal the win.Marshall Stuart collected two of the Rangers’ four hits while Albert Steiner drove in the team’s lone run with a single to score Harrison Yates.Yates started and took the loss for Laramie, giving up all six runs on nine hits while striking out six. Eli Bryant and Stuart also pitched in relief.Laramie (12-12) remains at home today, hosting Rock Springs at 2 p.m. in a doubleheader. The Rangers then head to Gillette for the Gillette Invitational Thursday through Sunday in the Razor City.—BLUE CHIP BLACK 6, RANGERS 1Laramie 000 010 0 — 1 4 2Blue Chip Black 003 300 x — 6 11 3Laramie: Harrison Yates, Eli Bryant (4), Marshall Stuart (6); Blue Chip Black: pitchers and catchers not available. WP—N/A. LP—Yates. 2Bs—Laramie, none. 3Bs—Laramie, none. HRs—none.Colts drop 2 to SterlingThe bottom of the sixth inning was no friend to the Laramie Colts during a Rocky Mountain Baseball League doubleheader at the Sterling Xpress on Sunday. Sterling (9-4) scored six times in the sixth inning of the first game for a 10-8 win and scored seven runs in the frame in the nightcap for a 16-8 win and a sweep.Laramie (5-10) led 8-1 in the third inning of the opener before Sterling scored the last eight runs of the game. That included the six-run sixth inning that also featured a bench-clearing altercation when a Sterling runner collided with Colts pitcher Andrew Brown on the third-base line.Laramie only had four hits in the game with CJ DuBose collecting two RBIs.The second game featured Laramie’s Jimmy Short with a monster game at the plate despite the loss. Short was 4-for-4 with two home runs, a double and a triple and finished with six of the Colts’ eight RBIs.Laramie led 7-6 in the fourth, but Sterling outscored Laramie 10-1 the rest of the way.Laramie concludes the first half of the RMBL schedule with doubleheaders at the Denver Sox on Saturday and the Arvada Colts on Sunday. The league’s All-Star game will be June 29 in Denver.—STERLING 10, COLTS 8Laramie 701 000 0 — 8 4 3Sterling 102 206 x — 10 12 3Laramie: Noah Gulino, Andrew Brown (5) and Austin Mannan; Sterling: Phelps, Evilsizer (1) and Baasch. WP—Evilsizer. LP—Brown. 2Bs—Laramie, Austin Hardy; Sterling, none. 3Bs—none. HRs—none.

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Nimmo goes 1 for 4 in Las Vegas series win
Posted: June 21, 2016

Former Cheyenne American Legion Post 6 standout Brandon Nimmo went 1 for 4 with a walk and a strikeout for the Las Vegas 51s in an 8-5 win over the Salt Lake City Bees on Monday night at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City.The 23-year-old batted second and played left field for the New York Mets’ Triple-A affiliate, who won the five-game series 3-2. He’s batting .325 with five home runs, six triples, 16 doubles with 33 RBIs and 29 walks in 58 games this season.

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Nulph column: Is this the end of the line for Smith?
Updated: June 21, 2016 - 9:45 am

Sunday was one of “those” days in the sports world.With the final round of the U.S. Open and Game 7 of the NBA Finals converging on the same day – and on Father’s Day, for good measure – there was bound to be plenty of emotion flowing from Oakmont, Pennsylvania, to Oakland, California, and all points in between.And neither event disappointed.Dustin Johnson finally won his first major after so many near misses. Johnson dominated the back nine at Oakmont, so you wouldn’t think there would have been much drama, but you would have thought wrong.Six years ago, Johnson had a chance to win the PGA Championship taken away after he grounded his club in what turned out to be a hazard that had hundreds of fans walking and standing in it throughout the round.Last year, he needed a birdie putt on the 72nd hole to win the U.S. Open and ended up three-putting and losing by a stroke to Jordan Spieth.Sunday, it was happening to him again. Johnson was told on the 12th hole in the final round – with a one-shot lead at the time – that he may have committed a rules violation back on the fifth hole, and it would be discussed after the round.That’s like – as ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt tweeted – your girlfriend saying “we need to talk” but let’s wait until after dinner.In the end, it didn’t matter as Johnson built a big enough lead that he could laugh about the ruling Sunday night.In Oakland, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers completed one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, rallying from a 3-1 series deficit to beat Golden State three straight times – twice in Oakland – for the NBA title.Sunday’s Game 7 was the only one in the series that was close at the end, and gave James one more chance to prove his skeptics wrong.But something else also happened Sunday that wasn’t quite as feel-good as Johnson getting that majors gorilla off his back or James bringing a championship back to his home state.Sunday afternoon, the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League announced they had cut former University of Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith.Smith, who came to Wyoming as a rather unheralded part of the 2011 recruiting class of then-head coach Dave Christensen, left the school after his junior year as one of the program’s all-time best quarterbacks.But now he left leaves you wondering if Smith’s professional career could have been different had he stayed for his senior season.Smith – who holds the UW career records for touchdown passes (76) and total offensive yards (10,365), while ranking second in career passing yards (8,834), completions (751) and attempts (1,212) – decided against staying in Laramie when UW fired Christensen and hired current head coach Craig Bohl.Why he made that decision is still up for debate. Was it his family that pushed Smith into pursuing a pro career? Was it a disgruntled Christensen who persuaded Smith to leave UW? Or was it simply Smith not wanting to learn a new offense for one season?The truth probably is jumbled up somewhere in all that.Whatever the truth, Smith’s pro career path hasn’t been what anyone had hoped.After going undrafted in the spring of 2014, there has been a rookie mini-camp stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two months with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL that summer, a brief signing with the Arena Football League’s San Jose SaberCats in March 2015 and a return to the CFL last year with the Roughriders.Not exactly the path to fortune and fame.Of course the obvious question is: Would Smith’s future be any different today had he stayed for his senior year?During the past two years, Smith has steadfastly claimed that he doesn’t regret the decision he made to turn pro.If that’s true, then he can live with whatever comes down the line.But if it’s not true, there will likely be some bitter days ahead for Smith, who might be near the end of the line of his professional career already.The only disappointment around Laramie is we didn’t get to see No. 16 play one final season with the Cowboys. Smith brought plenty of joy and excitement to War Memorial Stadium during his three seasons and was a fan favorite.His last game as a Cowboy was certainly epic, throwing for 498 yards and seven touchdowns to beat Hawaii 59-56 in overtime.It’s sad one of the best QBs in UW history will always have a “what-if” label attached to his name in these parts.You have to wonder if Smith thinks the same thing.Scott Nulph is the assistant editor for WyoSports. He can be reached at 307-755-3324 or by email at snulph@wyosports.net. Follow him on Twitter @ScottNulph.

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Monday 06/20/2016
Nimmo hits RBI single in Las Vegas win
Posted: June 20, 2016

Former Cheyenne American Legion Post 6 standout Brandon Nimmo went 2 for 5 with a RBI single for the Las Vegas 51s in a 8-1 win over the Salt Lake City Bees on Sunday at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City.The 23-year-old knocked in the first run in the third inning. He was batting second and playing center field for the New York Mets' Triple-A affiliate.

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Local briefs: Post 6 drops 11 inning game to Lightning Gold
Posted: June 20, 2016

CHEYENNE – The Cheyenne American Legion Post 6 baseball team fell 3-2 in 11 innings to the Lightning Gold on Sunday at Hobbs Field in the 33rd Tony Andenucio Memorial baseball tournament.The Lightning Gold jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with two RBI singles. Brandon Todd responded for Cheyenne in the second with an RBI single to score Brock Anderson.Both pitchers held the opposition at bay until the seventh when Ross Melchior hit an RBI single to plate Todd to tie it at 2-2.The Lightning Gold scored the eventual game-winning run on an RBI single off Braydon Martinez, who was charged with the loss. He lasted one inning, walked one, struck out one and allowed one run.Melchior started on the mound for Cheyenne, allowing eight hits, striking out two, walking none and allowing two earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. Andren led Cheyenne at the plate by going 3 for 6.Cheyenne returns to action Wednesday with a double header starting at 5 p.m. against Greeley GOJO’s at Powers Field.Mustangs blanked in double header by Mountain ViewCHEYENNE – The Cheyenne Mustangs American Amateur Baseball Congress baseball team was held scoreless in a doubleheader, falling 14-0 and 8-0 to Mountain View High School on Sunday in Loveland, Colorado.Kevin Tims took the first loss after giving up 12 runs, just four earned, on eight hits, while striking out two and walking three in three innings of work. Logan Cline went 2 for 2 at the plate with one walk, while Riley Schlimm and Brett Thompson also recorded a hit.Mountain View scored nine runs in the first inning, one in the second and added two more in the third and fourth.In the second game, Parker Hamann was handed the loss after giving up five runs on nine hits, while striking out one and walking two in four innings on the mound. Hamann didn’t receive much help offensively as Cline, Thompson and Sam Lundberg were the only Mustangs to record a hit.Hamann held Mountain View scoreless until the third when they scored one run before adding four in the fourth and three in the sixth.Extreme 18U drops early lead to Gering LogozCHEYENNE – The Cheyenne Extreme under-18 softball team jumped out to an early lead, but was unable to hold and lost 3-2 to the Gering Logoz on Sunday.Kaylee Cone hit a two-run double in the second inning to give Cheyenne a 2-0 lead. Gering trimmed the deficit with RBI single in the top of the third. They added two more runs on an RBI groundout and single in the fourth for the victory.Cassidy Hixon took the loss after giving up all three earned runs on three hits. She struck out four and walked five in four innings in the circle.

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Sunday 06/19/2016
Hunter Thompson
Posted: June 19, 2016

Pine Bluffs' Hunter Thompson averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds a game to help lead the Hornets to their first state basketball title since 1983 and also received an invitation to the National Basketball Players Association's top 100 camp. For his efforts, the junior is named Male Prep Athlete of the Year by the WyoSports Cheyenne staff. Blaine McCartney/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

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Colter Nunn takes 1st trip to National Junior High Finals Rodeo
Posted: June 19, 2016

Colter Nunn doesn’t need to ponder anymore about when he would earn his first new, shiny Wyoming rodeo state champion buckle.Nunn, a Laramie Junior High School seventh-grader, has proudly worn one of his traveling trophies for the last month-and-a-half. He won the state title in chute dogging and light rifle and was reserve champion in boys breakaway roping May 6 at the Wyoming High School Rodeo Association junior high division state finals rodeo.Placing among the top four in those events qualified Nunn for his first trip to the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in Lebanon, Tennessee. The NJHFR is the world’s largest junior high rodeo featuring about 1,000 contestants from 43 states, five Canadian provinces and Australia. Competition begins today with the championship round slated for Saturday. In addition to the chance of becoming a National Junior High Finals Rodeo champion, contestants will compete for more than $75,000 in prizes and $100,000 in college scholarships.“It’s going to be awesome going up against so many other kids,” said Nunn, who lives on the 10,000-acre Red Mountain Ranch, a commercial cattle operation near Woods Landing southwest of Laramie.Joining Nunn on Team Wyoming is Laramie Junior High seventh-grader Kayson Dory, who will compete in saddle bronc steer riding after placing first in that event in the season standings.It will be Dory’s second trip to the national finals.The event is similar to saddle bronc, only with a saddle and flank straps on a steer, and scored the same way with 50 possible points for the rider and 50 for the bucking and power of the steer.Nunn’s favorite event is chute dogging, with plans to become a steer wrestler in the future. In chute dogging, contestants start in a chute with the steer that typically weighs about 400-500 pounds as opposed to on horseback.When the chute opens, contestants guide the steer to a line 10 feet from the chute and wrestles it to the ground. All four feet of the steer must be in the air for a legal fall. Any other fall is called a dog fall and the contestant has to let the steer get up and try again. Losing contact or tripping the steer can result in disqualification. The timed event starts when the contestant crosses the 10-foot line and has a limit of 60 seconds.“It’s nerve-wracking when you get into the chute, but it’s just fun,” Nunn said.Nunn was the only competitor to take a steer down at the state finals to win the average to place first in the standings by a wide margin.“I got both my steers down,” Nunn said. “The steers were not flipped before that rodeo, so they were a tougher than some others.”Breakaway roping is a version of calf roping when the calf is roped by a mounted rider but not thrown and tied. When the calf is roped, the rider stops the horse with the rope tied to a string on the saddle horn. When the calf hits the end of the rope and the string breaks, the timed event is stopped.“I knew I had to go for it in breakaway to make it to nationals,” Nunn said. “I got a 4-second run in my first round, then won the second go round with 3-second run to win the average.”Nunn also competed in ribbon and team roping this season and finished third in the Wyoming all-around standings.In light rifle, a .22-caliber rifle is used from three positions — prone, standing and kneeling — for 12 shots each at a distance of 50 yards.To have a shot at an event national title, contestants must finish in the top 20 — based on their combined times/scores in the first two rounds to advance to the final go round on Saturday (the finals for light rifle are on Wednesday). The national champions will be determined based on their three-round combined times/scores.“I’m just getting my mind set and ready to go and thinking about what I need to do and my techniques,” Nunn said prior to his trip. “It will be the luck of the draw with the calves and steers. We will watch the livestock to see how they act.”The NJHFR was in Gallup, New Mexico, from 2005 through 2013. The rodeo moved to Des Moines, Iowa, for 2014-15 and will be in Lebanon, which is 25 miles east of downtown Nashville, Tennessee, for the next two years.Saturday’s championship performance will be televised nationally as part of the Cinch High School Rodeo Tour telecast series on RFD-TV. Live broadcasts of each NJHFR performance will also air online at www.nhsratv.com. Performance times are 6 p.m. MDT today and 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day thereafter.

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Laramie overcomes slow start to beat Spearfish in own tourney
Posted: June 19, 2016

The American Legion Laramie Rangers rallied in the nick of time for a big win to propel themselves back into the championship game of its own Dooley Oil Tournament.The Rangers, down 6-2 at one point, put together timely hits and took advantage of five errors to score seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to beat Spearfish, South Dakota, 11-6 Saturday night at Cowboy Field.Laramie lost to Spearfish 14-6 exactly a week ago June 4 when Spearfish hosted an invitational.“That seven-run inning helped us immensely,” Laramie manager Brandon Ruckman said. “When we fell behind I felt we were lacking a bit of energy. But we got fired up, got the pitcher’s timing down to put the ball in play and got some luck from errors. It was overall good to see out team come back.”The Rangers (11-11) earned the second seed and will play first-seeded Blue Chip Black at 2 p.m. today in for the tourney championship.In other games, third-seeded Spearfish plays fourth-seeded Cheyenne Hawks at 11:30 a.m. and fifth-seeded Blue Chip Navy plays sixth-seeded Wheatland at 9 a.m.Laramie got on the scoreboard with two runs in the third inning with a two-out rally when shortstop Marshall Stuart delivered a single to right-center field for two RBIs to score Will Yates and Blake Moore.Spearfish starter Matt Burditt had plenty of base runners to deal in the big fourth inning for the Rangers when Spearfish committed four infield errors, including one himself when he uncorked a throw past third base into foul territory when Rangers catcher Blake Moore laid down a bunt.It scored two runs and Spearfish reliever Zachary Zwaschka took over for Burditt on the mound.Left-fielder Cameron Campbell promptly knocked Moore in with a single to left field. After a single from Marshall Stuart and Will Yates on third from an earlier error, the bases were loaded for first baseman Treyven Armijo.Armijo was patient at the plate before crushing a three-run triple to the left field fence.“On the first pitch (Zwascka) threw me a curve ball and I wasn’t expecting it and got out in front,” Armijo said. “I thought, ‘oh boy, this might be a rough at bat.’“Then they called timeout and the catcher went to talk to him. When I went to Ruckman (along third base), he reminded me to keep my front leg bent and my eye on the ball and I would drive it somewhere. Then (Zwaschka) threw inside and almost hit me in the head. Then he threw to my spot and drove it over the left fielder’s head.”The Ranges added two insurance runs in the fifth inning with a two-run single from third baseball Harrison Yates.“I felt good against that pitcher (reliever Ty Rosencrans),” Harrison Yates said. “I was just a little out in front, but was able to get it over the shortstop. Our goal is score every inning, and it was about time.”Laramie’s Albert Steiner pitched six innings for the win with Stuart coming in relief in the seventh for the close. Steiner threw 90 pitches, giving up nine hits, six runs (three earned) with three strikeouts and two walks.“I was just trying not to throw too hard, but hit my spots and I think I did a good job of that,” Steiner said. “Blake Moore caught a good game and the guys behind me did a good job too.”—RANGERS 11, SPEARFISH 6Spearfish 310 200 0 —6 10 4Laramie 002 720 x —11 10 3Spearfish: Matt Burditt, Zachary Zwaschka (4), Ty Rosencrans (5) and Parker Louhs; Laramie: Albert Steiner, Marshall Stuart (7) and Blake Moore. WP—Steiner. LP—Burditt. 2Bs—Spearfish, Jason Rosencrans. 3Bs—Spearfish, Devon Fox; Laramie, Treyven Armijo. HRs—none Dooley Oil Classic At Cowboy FieldThursday’s ResultRangers 8, Wheatland 3Friday’s ResultsCheyenne Hawks 5, Blue Chip Black 4Blue Chip Black 11, Rangers 8 (6 inn.)Spearfish 11, Wheatland 4 (4 inn.)Saturday’s ResultsBlue Chip Black 15, Blue Chip Navy 2 (4 inn.)Cheyenne Hawks 8, Blue Chip Navy 2Blue Chip Black 10, Wheatland 2 (6 inn.)Spearfish 13, Cheyenne Hawks 3 (6 inn.)Rangers 11, Spearfish 6Sunday’s ScheduleFifth-place game: Wheatland vs. Blue Chip Navy, 9 a.m.Third-place game: Spearfish vs. Cheyenne Hawks, 11:30 a.m.Championship game: Rangers vs. Blue Chip Black, 2 p.m.

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Nimmo's 14-game hitting streak comes to an end in win
Posted: June 19, 2016

Former Cheyenne American Legion Post 6 standout Brandon Nimmo failed to record a hit, snapping his 14-game hitting streak for the Las Vegas 51s in a 8-0 win over the Salt Lake City Bees on Saturday at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City.The 23-year-old scored a run and struck out twice while batting second and playing center field for the New York Mets’ Triple-A affiliate. He’s now batting .327 with five home runs, six triples, 16 doubles and 32 RBIs.

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Pine Bluffs' Hunter Thompson named WyoSports' Laramie County Male Prep Athlete of the Year
Posted: June 19, 2016

Hunter Thompson hears the criticism that accompanies being Wyoming’s most ballyhooed basketball recruit in a decade.It would be nearly impossible for the Pine Bluffs junior not to catch wind of the outsized expectations of outsiders.“This is the kid with all the Division I offers? I thought he’d be better.”“He’s only ‘good’ because he’s 6-foot-10 and plays in Class 2A. He’d be an average player if he was shorter or played in 4A.”And, perhaps most ridiculous of all: “He is too unselfish. He should be dominating games.”Thompson heard all of the stinging criticism and treated it with the best salve available – winning.“I can’t let any of that get to me,” said Thompson, who has verbally committed to continue his basketball career at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. “I have to keep working hard and stay the course and take everything with a grain of salt.“There have been some people who have said things, but I have gotten a lot more love from people around the state. I appreciate the people that support me and use the people who bash me as motivation.”Thompson left little room for doubters by averaging 20.2 points and 10.1 rebounds to help the Hornets win their first state title since 1983. During track season, he placed second in the discus, third in the high jump and fourth in the shot put at the Class 2A state meet where Pine Bluffs won a state championship.Thompson also suited up for Pine Bluffs’ football team, catching three passes for 48 yards and recording 11 tackles.Those efforts earned Thompson Laramie County Male Prep Athlete of the Year honors from WyoSports. He is the third Pine Bluffs boy to earn the honor, following Spencer Wilhelm (1996) and Alejandro Garcia (2012).Team playerThompson’s father, Todd Thompson, coached the Pine Bluffs boys basketball team for a handful of years. He later helped coach traveling teams that Hunter and his friends suited up for.The elder Thompson instilled a team-first attitude in his son from Day 1. That mentality is evident in Hunter Thompson’s game to this day, and it’s also one of the reasons he’s viewed as too unselfish (as if that were a negative trait).Thompson has noteworthy averages in several statistical categories because of his team-first approach.His 3.2 blocks per game led Class 2A. His 2.8 assists per outing ranked second on Pine Bluffs behind senior Trent Werner’s 2.9 apg. His 1.9 steals per game ranked third among the Hornets behind state-leading Haize Fornstrom (3.4 spg) and Werner (2.2).“I did a lot of scoring on teams when I was younger because I was the biggest kid on the court,” Thompson said. “But, in high school, it’s been about bringing everyone else up and playing together.”Thompson isn’t just a great teammate because he tries to keep everyone involved. He is also beloved because he doesn’t try to hog the spotlight, Pine Bluffs coach Will Gray said.“He’s not putting pressure on kids to get him the ball when he’s not scoring,” he said. “He just takes what the game gives him and helps us win. He doesn’t care if he’s scoring a lot of points. As long as we win, he’s happy.“When your best player doesn’t care about his stats, it shows the other kids they shouldn’t worry about their stats either.”The Hornets were 68-16 during Thompson’s prep career and placed no worse than fourth at the state tournament.Make no mistake, though. Thompson is more than capable of taking over a game when necessary, senior Kyle Jeffres said.“His game changes on what we need in a given game,” he said. “One night he could score 30 or 40 points and the next night he could turn around and only score eight but dish out 10 or 15 assists.“It all depends on what the team needs from him. He’s a competitor and will do whatever it takes to win.”One of the guysGray – who also coaches the Hornets football team – wouldn’t have been surprised if Thompson had skipped the 2015 football season.He was closing in on a dozen college basketball scholarship offers last August and many people expected him to want to avoid injuries at all costs. Yet Thompson went out for football and helped Pine Bluffs snap a 20-game losing streak and finish the season 3-4“He just wants to be around his boys,” Gray said. “When he broke his ankle as a sophomore, he still came to practice every day and we joked that he was an honorary assistant coach. He loves being around his friends and being a part of everything.”Thompson has an ever-present smile, even when the chips appear to be down, Jeffres said.“He’s always calm and having a good time,” he said. “He’s always got a smile on his face and works to bring other guys up and get them excited about what’s going on.”Hitting the weightsThompson was pushed around by stronger, more mature players during his freshman season. He dedicated himself to the weight room because he was determined to not let that happen again.“I was already a little depressed about my parents’ divorce during my freshman year and then we had a double-overtime loss to Rocky Mountain at the state tournament and that really frustrated me, too,” Thompson said. “I decided the best way for me to cope with that anger and frustration was to be physically active.”Thompson was already a fixture in the weight room, but he became fanatical about it after his freshman season. Now, he bench presses 265 pounds and hang cleans nearly the same amount.“A lot of the big kids in this state don’t look like they spend too much time in the weight room,” Gray said. “But (Thompson) knows he’s going to get fouled a lot and he’s going to get beaten up.“He’s put the work in the weight room and that doesn’t bother him much anymore.”All-around athleteMuch of the recruiting attention Thompson received came from his time playing for Utah-based teams on the AAU circuit. The past few years have been spent with the Utah Prospects, who play a national schedule starting in the early spring.That forced Thompson to balance his basketball pursuits and his desire to compete in track.Compounding matters, Thompson had to have a bone spur removed from his right foot during the spring. The problem had popped up during football season. Initially, he thought he had merely been stepped on by a cleated foot but the issue didn’t go away until he had surgery.Thompson showed potential in the discus, but limited practice and competition time had prevented him from really honing that skill. Despite the limitations, Thompson still tossed the discus 144 feet, 11 inches. He also heaved the shot put 44-11 and cleared 6-0 in the high jump.It’s important for him to compete in other sports.“I don’t want people to remember me as just a good basketball player,” Thompson said. “I want them to remember me as a good all-around athlete.”

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Wyoming’s Vogel takes 7th in CNFR goat tying
Posted: June 19, 2016

University of Wyoming’s Josee Vogel and Jake Smith faced long odds heading into Saturday night’s short go at the College National Finals Rodeo in the Casper Events Center.Vogel had the 12th best time going into goat tying, while Smith had just one qualified ride in bull riding as the only UW team members to qualify for the championship round.Vogel posted the second-best time in the event’ s final round at 6.4 seconds, placing her in a tie for seventh in the average with an accumulated time of 26.9 secondsThe Pavillion sophomore’s time was only eclipsed by eventual national champion Shelby Winchell of Chadron State College, whose 6.3 time propelled her to a four-round time of 25 seconds“I was kind of hoping to go for it,” Vogel said. “I ran my horse down harder, but I think I got off a little bit too early. My goat laid down, and I had to pull him out of the ground.”This was the first time Vogel qualified for the CNFR.Smith’s final ride of the season was over in a matter of seconds when Elise Said What took a wicked left-hand turn one jump out of the chute and tossed the LaSalle, Colorado, sophomore in just 2.8 seconds.“One of my buddy’s got on him and said he was a good bull,” Smith said. “I was excited to get on him. I didn’t come out of the chute like I needed to be. He beat me coming out of that first corner and I couldn’t catch up.”Smith opened the CNFR June 12 with an opening round score of 77.5 points to place second in the round.“I started out strong this week, and I just couldn’t get another one rode,” Smith said. “I need to build on that for next year and my next stepping stone is to make it back again next year. Next season, I want to make the short round again and just do better.”

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UW’s White makes U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials
Posted: June 19, 2016

CHEYENNE – University of Wyoming junior Kyle White qualified for the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials by recording a 50-meter freestyle time of 23.21 seconds Saturday night at the Omaha Cup in Omaha, Nebraska.The Olympic trials for the men’s 50 free will be contested July 1 and 2 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.White is a 2014 Cheyenne Central graduate.

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LOCAL BRIEFS: Post 6 grabs 2 wins at Pueblo tourney
Posted: June 19, 2016

CHEYENNE – The Cheyenne American Legion Post 6 baseball team picked up a pair of wins Saturday at the 33rd Tony Andenucio Memorial baseball tournament in Pueblo, Colorado, topping 4-Corners 4-0 before narrowing out Grand Junction 7-4.In the shutout win, Cheyenne didn’t need much offense to win as its opponent managed only six hits.Ross Melchior had a strong outing, going 2 for 3 at the plate with two RBIs.Against Grand Junction, Cheyenne was able to outlast its opponent by putting it away late with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and additional runs in the sixth and seventh innings after the game was tied at 3-3.Lincoln Trujillo went 2 for 3 and drove in a pair of runs while Inniss and Melchior each scored twice.Mustangs post 2 lopsided wins over Casper CrushCHEYENNE – The Cheyenne Mustangs American Amateur Baseball Congress baseball team had a pair of lopsided wins over the Casper Crush on Saturday, topping the Crush first 17-4, then again 13-1 to sweep the doubleheader at Mike Lansing Field in Casper.Cheyenne totaled 29 hits combined between the two games, and scored early and often in both to earn a pair of wins.In the first game, Riley Schlimm and Brett Thompson each had four RBIs.In the second game, Parker Hamann led the way offensively by going 2 for 4 at the plate and driving in four runs.Creel wins Adams Pro Tour event in OklahomaCHEYENNE – Josh Creel, a 2008 Cheyenne Central graduate, won the Adams Golf Pro Tour event Saturday in Miami, Oklahoma.Creel fired a 5-under-par 67 in the final round and won the Buffalo Run Casino Classic at 25-under after four rounds at the Peoria Ridge Golf Course. He pocketed $25,000 for his efforts.It is his fourth win on the Adams Pro Tour.Creel was 21-under heading into the final seven holes but recorded five consecutive birdies before having that string interrupted by a bogey on Hole No. 17.The 26-year-old now sits fifth on the Adams Pro Tour money list with nearly $30,000 in earnings this season.Cheyenne Raptors go 5-3 in national tournamentCHEYENNE – The Cheyenne Raptors under-12 baseball team went 5-3 in the weeklong Cooperstown, New York Dreams Park baseball tournament.Running from June 11-17, the Raptors played teams from Cleveland, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and two teams from Tampa, Florida.In all, 104 teams competed in the tournament.Cheyenne had seven different players hit out-of-the-park home runs during the tournament. Dominic Lopez finished the tournament with eight home runs, including a grand slam, and Israel Apodaca finish with six home runs.The Raptors are only the second Wyoming team in history to participate in this tournament, and each player was inducted into the Youth Baseball Hall of Fame and given a YBHOF ring.Team members include: Fisher Brown, Zack Costopoulos, Trey Bower, Dominic Lopez, Isaiah Rigg, Tegun Hitner, Kaden Anderson, Guy Andren, Gavin Goff, Israel Apodaca and Dorian Pacheco.Extreme 12s showcase offense in Greeley tourneyCHEYENNE – The Cheyenne Extreme under-12 softball team went undefeated Saturday at the 4 Game Tournament being held in Greeley, Colorado, posting a 3-0 mark.Cheyenne’s offense exploded, scoring a total of 36 runs on 37 hits.Cheyenne picked up wins against Thunderstruck (15-0), Peak (8-5) and Boulder Pride (13-3).Rylee Ward, Brogan Allen and Kaitlyn Ackerman all picked up wins as pitchers, while Ward threw a no-hitter.

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Saturday 06/18/2016
East's Cosette Stellern named WyoSports' Laramie County Female Prep Athlete of the Year
Updated: June 18, 2016 - 8:02 am

Trophies can’t be hoisted in front of hundreds or thousands without first putting in work in the view of only a few, if not all alone.Banners wouldn’t hang in gyms for fans to see if not for the blood, sweat and tears shed when the stands were empty.Those are the firm beliefs held by Cheyenne East junior Cosette Stellern.Sports are all she’s ever known, and they’re what she’s dedicated her life to.What is a seasonal activity for some has become a year-round dedication for Stellern in her quest for greatness.She’s learned to fall in love with the grind, and it has paid its dividends.Stellern’s junior campaign at Cheyenne East was nothing short of stellar, stockpiling a list of accolades in one school year that rivals the body of work most athletes put together throughout their entire prep careers.In volleyball, Stellern was a repeat Class 4A all-state selection as well as the recipient of Wyoming’s 2015 Gatorade Player of the Year for the second year in a row.She set school hitting and kills percentage records in leading East to a 33-1 overall record and second-consecutive 4A state title.Stellern was also named a 2015 All-American by PrepVolleyball.com, the first to do so from Cheyenne and only the third ever from Wyoming. In addition, she was one of five finalists for the National Junior Class Player of the Year by the same website.In basketball, Stellern was once again a repeat all-state selection for the Lady Thunderbirds and helped lead the team to a third-place finish at the state tournament with her13 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.5 steals, 1.5 assists and 1 block per game averages.Her rebounding mark led all of 4A as she surpassed East’s career rebounding record, which now stands at 472 – a mark that will surely grow, possibly to the point of being insurmountable.In track and field, Stellern won her first state titles in both shot put and discus with throws of 41 feet, 6¾ inches and 135-4, respectively.She also had the furthest throw in shot put in any class this season, as well as the second-furthest in all classes in discus.It’s no surprise then as to why Stellern is a unanimous selection as the repeat female Prep Athlete of the Year as chosen by the WyoSports staff – another addition to her already extensive list of personal awards.While others put together résumés worth noting, that of Stellern’s was the clear-cut favorite.“She has a lot of natural ability, but where she sets herself apart is with her work ethic,” East volleyball coach Dan Box said of Stellern. “She’d already be a great athlete on ability alone, but she outworks everyone. She’s second to none when it comes to that.“She works so hard to put herself in a position to be successful in whatever she chooses to do.”Box has been at East for 17 years and is in his third stint as the coach of the volleyball team.And during his tenure, he’s had many great athletes come through the program.The proof is easy to see, as East has produced four of the past six Gatorade Player of the Year winners – Stellern taking the honors the past two seasons, along with Sally Sanders in 2012 and Meghan Sipe in 2010.Stellern is simply the next in line to continue the tradition of excellence that began before she ever suited up for the T-Birds and will likely continue after she no longer frequents East’s hallways.What resonates with Box is her want – and ability – to dominate whichever sport she competes in.East girls basketball coach Rusty Horsley shared the same sentiment.“I don’t think people realize just how hard Cosette works. In the summer she’s in the gym every day, she’s in the weight room working every day. It takes a lot just to be that successful in one sport, but for three? It takes that much more dedication and time,” Horsley said. “You put academics on top of that – and everything she’s trying to accomplish in her life – and it’s even more impressive to see her achieve all that she has.”Added Box: “To have that passion and desire to be the best is rare, and she spreads it out over three sports.“It sure is something special to see.”Make no mistake, it is an everyday grind for Stellern.Her day begins with volleyball, followed by basketball and weightlifting. Then she heads out to the throwing ring for shot put and discus work.From 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, all summer long – that’s her schedule.Why put herself through that? Why give up her summer vacation?Just ask Stellern. She’ll tell you why.“I don’t like losing at all. I hate losing. So I work really hard not to lose,” Stellern said with a contagious laugh.So while most all of the other high school-aged kids are out trying to make the most of summer vacation, Stellern remains low-key – opting to stay away from the hustle and bustle and any potential distractions.Instead, she’s making the most of her free time by spending it the only way she knows how: on the hardwood, in the throwing ring and in the weight room – her own preferred type of the aforementioned hustle and bustle.Stellern’s determined to be successful no matter the sport, even if it comes at the expense of her social life.“It sucks getting up early, working hard and all that – it sucks. But getting that payoff with your team and just knowing what I did helped me and helped my teammates … it’s totally, definitely worth it,” Stellern said. “When you win a state championship, you just cry. It’s just so emotional because you know all your hard work you put in shows and it’s there.”

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