Wheatland’s head coach has resigned after two years to spend more time with his family.

Tom Waring, who led Wheatland to the Class 2A semifinals this year, resigned in mid-November. He verified his resignation via email Wednesday with wyoming-football.com.

Waring said his daughter is beginning junior high sports this year, and he wants to spend time supporting her efforts.

It was a difficult decision because I love coaching these guys, and I love football,” Waring wrote. “But, I do preach to my players that football should never be number one on your list of priorities. I tell them family always comes first, so basically I am just taking my own advice.”

Waring went a combined 9-10 in his two seasons with the Bulldogs, including 5-5 in 2017.

Waring previously coached at Rawlins in 2013 and, prior to that, Hanna from 2009-12.

A replacement in Wheatland has not yet been named.

Waring is the fifth head coach in the state to resign after the 2017 season, along with Sheridan’s Don Julian, Cheyenne Central’s Drew Severn, Lander’s John Rounds and Lovell’s Doug Hazen.

–patrick

After 20 years as a head football coach, Don Julian has stepped down as the head coach at Sheridan.

He leaves the Broncs after leading them to three consecutive state titles and, at the moment, 18 consecutive victories. He also led Sheridan to titles in 2009 and 2011.

Prior to coaching Sheridan, Julian coached at Riverton from 1993-2001, leading the Wolverines to championships in 1994, 1997, 1998 and 1999. In between Riverton and Sheridan, Julian coached at the University of Wyoming before becoming director of football operations and later an assistant athletic director at UW; he returned to the prep ranks in 2007 when he took over the Sheridan program.

Julian said he resigned to spend time with his parents on their ranch near Kemmerer, close to where Julian was raised.

His affect on the record books — as well as on the lives of the countless players who learned under his tutelage — is difficult to illustrate. But here are some examples in an attempt to do just that:

  • He has more victories (102) than any other coach in Sheridan program history. He also has more victories (63) than any other coach in Riverton program history.
  • His career total of 165 victories places him sixth all-time and third among active coaches in the state. Of the 34 Wyoming coaches with at least 90 in-state victories, Julian’s winning percentage of .789 is second only to Cokeville’s Todd Dayton.
  • His nine state championships ranks third all-time in Wyoming.
  • He led Riverton to 26 consecutive victories from 1997-99, tied for the eighth-longest streak in state history.
  • Maybe most impressively, he never had a losing season in 20 years as a head coach in Wyoming.

Julian’s retirement drew immediate attention online as numerous people paid their respect:

–patrick

Marty Wrage of Greybull and McKay Young of Star Valley will be the head coaches for the 45th annual Shrine Bowl all-star football game.

Wrage will coach the North squad while Young will coach the South, Shrine Bowl executive director John Cundall said in an email release Monday.

Wrage recently finished his fourth season as the head coach at Greybull. His team finished as the Class 2A runners-up in 2016 and went 5-4 in 2017.

Young just wrapped up his second year leading Star Valley. The Braves won the Class 3A title in his first year in 2016 and finished 10-1 before losing in the 3A semifinals to eventual champ Cody in this year’s 3A playoffs.

Both coaches will be Shrine Bowl head coaches for the first time.

The game will be played June 9, 2018, in Casper. The North leads the all-time series 23-18-3. The North has won five consecutive Shrine Bowls, including last year’s 49-7 victory.

–patrick

Cheyenne Central head coach Drew Severn has resigned after four years as the Indians’ head coach.

The news of Severn’s resignation was reported by Jeremiah Johnke at the Wyoming Tribune Eagle in Cheyenne. Johnke said Severn — who played at the University of Wyoming from 2002-05 — resigned to take a different job in Michigan.

In his four years as head coach, Severn’s Indian teams went a combined 10-28. They reached the playoffs in his first year (2014) and last year (2017).

A replacement has not yet been named.

Severn is the third Wyoming coach to step down this offseason, joining Lander’s John Rounds and Lovell’s Doug Hazen.

–patrick

Every year when the new schedule comes out, we typically see a few games on the schedule we’ve never seen.

In 2018, we will have six seven regular-season games that have never been played.

Two of the six seven involve Buffalo, which is moving from Class 3A to Class 2A, while two three others involve out-of-state foes.

The 2018 schedule is not necessarily complete. Schools below the Class 4A level still have opportunities to add Zero Week games, and some schools have open weeks they can fill.

The new series are:

Week 1: Yuma, Colorado, at Pine Bluffs; Southeast at Mitchell, Neb.

Week 2: Upton-Sundance at Wheatland; Star Valley at Sugar-Salem, Idaho

Week 3: Burns at Buffalo; Newcastle at Rocky Mountain

Week 5: Moorcroft at Buffalo

The longest active series scheduled to end in 2018 will be the series between Star Valley and Worland. The two programs have played each other every season since 1983. The Powell-Buffalo series, played every year since 1991, is also scheduled to end.

–patrick

Updated 8:11 a.m. Nov. 30 to reflect the addition of the Southeast-Mitchell series.

The Wyoming Coaches Association has released all five classifications of all-state football teams.

Five players — Kaycee’s Mark Largent, Mountain View’s Jason Stoddard, Pine Bluffs’ Haize Fornstrom, Snake River’s J.D. Corson and Upton-Sundance’s Dawson Butts — were recognized as all-state selections for the third time.

The listings for all five classifications are on the all-state page.

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The Casper Star-Tribune’s Super 25 team, recognizing the top 25 players regardless of classification, was released on Friday. The team is now listed on the Super 25 page.

–patrick

Lovell coach Doug Hazen, who led the Bulldogs to eight playoff appearances and a state championship in his nine years leading the program, has stepped down as the squad’s head coach, the Lovell Chronicle reported in its Thursday edition.

Hazen finished 62-26 in his nine years as coach. The Bulldogs went 11-0 and won the Class 2A title in 2011, Hazen’s third with the program. Lovell also finished as Class 2A runner-up in 2012.

Hazen told the Chronicle he resigned to spend more time with his young children and to devote more time to his job as principal and special education director at Lovell Middle School.

“It was a heartbreaking decision,” Hazen said to the Chronicle, “but I was at the point where I either needed to step up or step away, and I chose to spend some time away from the game of football for now.”

A replacement has not yet been named. Lovell assistant coach Bob Weber also resigned after seven years, the Chronicle reported.

–patrick

County 10 is reporting that John Rounds has resigned as Lander’s head coach.

Rounds resigned after four years as the Tigers’ head coach. He helped take the team to a playoff appearance in 2016; however, in the past four years, Lander is 2-31.

Lander went 1-7 last year. The Class 3A Tigers’ only victory came against Class 2A Thermopolis.

A replacement has not yet been named.

–patrick

The biggest changes to the 2018 Wyoming high school football schedules were prompted by one move.

Buffalo, which opted up to Class 3A last year, will move to Class 2A in 2018. Worland will move from the 3A West to the 3A East to give the 12-school 3A classification equal conferences with six teams apiece. Buffalo will be in the 2A East, giving each 2A conference seven teams.

That shift brought about numerous changes to the 2018 schedules in the 3A, 2A and 1A 11-man ranks. The WHSAA released the schedules to schools today at the statewide scheduling meeting in Casper.

In 2017, the WHSAA scheduled only the conference games, leaving nonconference scheduling up to the schools. This year, however, committees met in Casper in the first week of November to help develop nonconference schedules in addition to conference schedules.

WHSAA Associate Commissioner Trevor Wilson said via email that schools will be allowed to schedule nonconference games in their open weeks but won’t be allowed to change the nonconference schedules set earlier this month and posted below. Some holes in the schedules still exist, including the first week for several six-man schools and open weeks for a handful of schools in other weeks.

Star Valley and Farson both appear to be hurt the most by the new schedule — they are the only two teams in the state to have a schedule of three home games and five road games. Both squads could add a home game in Zero Week, though.

As usual, schools outside of 4A have Zero Week open and can schedule a game, jamboree or scrimmage in that week.

The 2018 4A schedule is a mirror of the 2017 schedule. Conferences in 1A 11-man and 1A six-man will remain unchanged.

Here is the schedule, first by week and then by school:

Week 0 (Friday, Aug. 24)
Class 4A
Cheyenne East at Gillette
Laramie at Kelly Walsh
Natrona at Cheyenne South
Sheridan at Rock Springs
Thunder Basin at Cheyenne Central
Schedule TBD: All non-4A schools

Week 1 (Friday, Aug. 31)
Class 4A
Cheyenne Central at Sheridan
Kelly Walsh at Cheyenne East
Natrona at Gillette
Rock Springs at Laramie
Thunder Basin at Cheyenne South
Class 3A
Lander at Green River
Powell at Worland
Rawlins at Evanston
Riverton at Cody
Class 2A
Lyman at Pinedale
Wheatland at Newcastle
Class 1A 11-man
Upton-Sundance at Lusk
Class 1A six-man
Burlington at Kaycee
Dubois at Midwest
Farson at Guernsey-Sunrise
Hanna vs. St. Stephens (location TBD)
Interclass
Big Piney at Shoshoni
Burns at Wright
Douglas at Buffalo
Greybull at Rocky Mountain
Kemmerer at Saratoga
Mountain View at Cokeville
Thermopolis at Big Horn
Tongue River at Moorcroft
Torrington at Glenrock
Wind River at Lovell
Interstate
Jackson at Bear Lake, Idaho
Preston, Idaho, at Star Valley
Southeast at Mitchell, Neb.
Yuma, Colo., at Pine Bluffs
Schedule TBD: Hulett, Lingle, Meeteetse, NSI, Riverside, Rock River, Snake River, Ten Sleep, Wyoming Indian.

Week 2 (Friday, Sept. 7)
Class 4A
Cheyenne East at Thunder Basin
Cheyenne South at Kelly Walsh
Gillette at Laramie
Rock Springs at Cheyenne Central
Sheridan at Natrona
Class 3A
Evanston at Riverton
Lander at Powell
Rawlins at Green River
Worland at Cody
Class 2A
Big Piney at Mountain View
Buffalo at Thermopolis
Glenrock at Newcastle
Lyman at Kemmerer
Moorcroft at Burns
Class 1A 11-man
Lusk at Tongue River
Saratoga at Southeast
Rocky Mountain at Wind River (nonconference)
Wright at Pine Bluffs
Class 1A six-man
Dubois at Riverside
Guernsey-Sunrise at Hulett
Hanna at Midwest
Rock River at Kaycee
NSI at Lingle
St. Stephens at Meeteetse
Snake River at Burlington
Ten Sleep at Farson
Interclass
Big Horn at Greybull
Lovell at Shoshoni
Pinedale at Jackson
Upton-Sundance at Wheatland
Interstate
Douglas at Hot Springs, S.D.
Gering, Neb., at Torrington
Star Valley at Sugar-Salem, Idaho
Schedule TBD: Cokeville, Wyoming Indian.

Week 3 (Friday, Sept. 14)
Class 4A
Cheyenne Central at Gillette
Cheyenne South at Cheyenne East
Kelly Walsh at Rock Springs
Laramie at Natrona
Thunder Basin at Sheridan
Class 3A
Cody at Rawlins
Evanston at Lander
Green River at Torrington
Jackson at Worland
Powell at Riverton
Star Valley at Douglas
Class 2A
Burns at Buffalo
Glenrock at Wheatland
Greybull at Big Piney
Kemmerer at Pinedale
Mountain View at Lovell
Thermopolis at Moorcroft
Class 1A 11-man
Big Horn at Wright
Pine Bluffs at Southeast
Tongue River at Upton-Sundance
Wind River at Lusk
Class 1A six-man
Burlington at St. Stephens
Farson at Dubois
Kaycee at Guernsey-Sunrise
Hulett at Hanna
Lingle at Rock River
Meeteetse at Snake River
Midwest at NSI
Riverside at Ten Sleep
Interclass
Cokeville at Lyman
Newcastle at Rocky Mountain
Schedule TBD: Saratoga, Shoshoni, Wyoming Indian.

Week 4 (Friday, Sept. 21)
Class 4A
Cheyenne Central at Laramie
Cheyenne South at Rock Springs
Gillette at Thunder Basin
Natrona at Cheyenne East
Sheridan at Kelly Walsh
Class 3A
Cody at Jackson
Green River at Star Valley
Powell at Evanston
Rawlins at Douglas
Riverton at Worland
Torrington at Lander
Class 2A
Buffalo at Glenrock
Kemmerer at Big Piney
Lovell at Lyman
Newcastle at Moorcroft
Pinedale at Greybull
Thermopolis at Mountain View
Wheatland at Burns
Class 1A 11-man
Pine Bluffs at Tongue River
Saratoga at Rocky Mountain
Shoshoni at Cokeville
Southeast at Lusk
Upton-Sundance at Big Horn
Wyoming Indian at Wind River
Class 1A six-man
Burlington at Meeteetse
Farson at Riverside
Guernsey-Sunrise at NSI
Hanna at Lingle
Rock River at Hulett
Midwest at Kaycee
St. Stephens at Snake River
Ten Sleep at Dubois
Schedule TBD: Wright.

Week 5 (Friday, Sept. 28)
Class 4A
Kelly Walsh at Cheyenne Central
Laramie at Cheyenne East
Rock Springs at Gillette
Sheridan at Cheyenne South
Thunder Basin at Natrona
Class 3A
Douglas at Torrington
Evanston at Cody
Jackson at Green River
Lander at Riverton
Star Valley at Powell
Worland at Rawlins
Class 2A
Big Piney at Lovell
Burns at Glenrock
Greybull at Kemmerer
Mountain View at Pinedale
Moorcroft at Buffalo
Wheatland at Thermopolis
Class 1A 11-man
Big Horn at Pine Bluffs
Cokeville at Wyoming Indian
Rocky Mountain at Shoshoni
Tongue River at Southeast
Upton-Sundance at Wright
Wind River at Saratoga
Class 1A six-man
Dubois at Burlington
Kaycee at Hulett
Lingle at Midwest
Meeteetse at Farson
NSI at Hanna
Rock River at Guernsey-Sunrise
Snake River at Riverside
Ten Sleep at St. Stephens
Interclass
Lusk at Newcastle
Schedule TBD: Lyman

Week 6 (Friday, Oct. 5)
Class 4A
Cheyenne East at Cheyenne Central
Cheyenne South at Laramie
Gillette at Sheridan
Natrona at Kelly Walsh
Rock Springs at Thunder Basin
Class 3A
Cody at Powell
Green River at Evanston
Rawlins at Lander
Riverton at Torrington
Star Valley at Jackson
Worland at Douglas
Class 2A
Big Piney at Pinedale
Buffalo at Wheatland
Glenrock at Kemmerer
Lovell at Greybull
Lyman at Mountain View
Thermopolis at Newcastle
Class 1A 11-man
Big Horn at Tongue River
Rocky Mountain at Cokeville
Saratoga at Wyoming Indian
Shoshoni at Wind River
Southeast at Upton-Sundance
Wright at Lusk
Class 1A six-man
Burlington at Ten Sleep
Dubois at St. Stephens
Hanna at Rock River
Hulett at NSI
Lingle at Kaycee
Midwest at Guernsey-Sunrise
Riverside at Meeteetse
Snake River at Farson
Interclass
Pine Bluffs at Burns
Schedule TBD: Moorcroft.

Week 7 (Friday, Oct. 12)
Class 4A
Cheyenne Central at Natrona
Cheyenne East at Rock Springs
Gillette at Cheyenne South
Laramie at Sheridan
Thunder Basin at Kelly Walsh
Class 3A
Cody at Star Valley
Evanston at Jackson
Lander at Douglas
Powell at Green River
Riverton at Rawlins
Torrington at Worland
Class 2A
Buffalo at Big Piney
Glenrock at Thermopolis
Greybull at Lyman
Kemmerer at Mountain View
Newcastle at Burns
Pinedale at Lovell
Wheatland at Moorcroft
Class 1A 11-man
Lusk at Big Horn
Pine Bluffs at Upton-Sundance
Saratoga at Cokeville
Wind River at Rocky Mountain
Wright at Southeast
Wyoming Indian at Shoshoni
Class 1A six-man
Farson at Burlington
Guernsey-Sunrise at Lingle
Kaycee at Hanna
Meeteetse at Dubois
Midwest at Hulett
NSI at Rock River
St. Stephens at Riverside
Ten Sleep at Snake River
Schedule TBD: Tongue River

Week 8 (Friday, Oct. 19)
Class 4A
Cheyenne Central at Cheyenne South
Kelly Walsh at Gillette
Laramie at Thunder Basin
Natrona at Rock Springs
Sheridan at Cheyenne East
Class 3A
Douglas at Riverton
Green River at Cody
Jackson at Powell
Star Valley at Evanston
Torrington at Rawlins
Worland at Lander
Class 2A
Burns at Thermopolis
Glenrock at Moorcroft
Lovell at Kemmerer
Lyman at Big Piney
Mountain View at Greybull
Newcastle at Buffalo
Pinedale at Wheatland
Class 1A 11-man
Cokeville at Wind River
Lusk at Pine Bluffs
Rocky Mountain at Wyoming Indian
Shoshoni at Saratoga
Southeast at Big Horn
Tongue River at Wright
Class 1A six-man
Farson at St. Stephens
Guernsey-Sunrise at Hanna
Hulett at Lingle
Kaycee at NSI
Meeteetse at Ten Sleep
Riverside at Burlington
Rock River at Midwest
Snake River at Dubois
Schedule TBD: Upton-Sundance

Schedules by team
Class 4A
Cheyenne Central: vs. Thunder Basin; at Sheridan; vs. Rock Springs; at Gillette; at Laramie; vs. Kelly Walsh; vs. Cheyenne East; at Natrona; at Cheyenne South.
Cheyenne East: at Gillette; vs. Kelly Walsh; at Thunder Basin; vs. Cheyenne South; vs. Natrona; vs. Laramie; at Cheyenne Central; at Rock Springs; vs. Sheridan.
Cheyenne South: vs. Natrona; vs. Thunder Basin; at Kelly Walsh; at Cheyenne East; at Rock Springs; vs. Sheridan; at Laramie; vs. Gillette; vs. Cheyenne Central.
Gillette: vs. Cheyenne East; vs. Natrona; at Laramie; vs. Cheyenne Central; at Thunder Basin; vs. Rock Springs; at Sheridan; at Cheyenne South; vs. Kelly Walsh.
Kelly Walsh: vs. Laramie; at Cheyenne East; vs. Cheyenne South; at Rock Springs; vs. Sheridan; at Cheyenne Central; vs. Natrona; vs. Thunder Basin; at Gillette.
Laramie: at Kelly Walsh; vs. Rock Springs; vs. Gillette; at Natrona; vs. Cheyenne Central; at Cheyenne East; vs. Cheyenne South; at Sheridan; at Thunder Basin.
Natrona: at Cheyenne South; at Gillette; vs. Sheridan; vs. Laramie; at Cheyenne East; vs. Thunder Basin; at Kelly Walsh; vs. Cheyenne Central; at Rock Springs.
Rock Springs: vs. Sheridan; at Laramie; at Cheyenne Central; vs. Kelly Walsh; vs. Cheyenne South; at Gillette; at Thunder Basin; vs. Cheyenne East; vs. Natrona.
Sheridan: at Rock Springs; vs. Cheyenne Central; at Natrona; vs. Thunder Basin; at Kelly Walsh; at Cheyenne South; vs. Gillette; vs. Laramie; at Cheyenne East.
Thunder Basin: at Cheyenne Central; at Cheyenne South; vs. Cheyenne East; at Sheridan; vs. Gillette; at Natrona; vs. Rock Springs; at Kelly Walsh; vs. Laramie.

Class 3A East
Douglas: at Buffalo; at Hot Springs, S.D.; vs. Star Valley; vs. Rawlins; at Torrington; vs. Worland; vs. Lander; at Riverton.
Lander: at Green River; at Powell; vs. Evanston; vs. Torrington; at Riverton; vs. Rawlins; at Douglas; vs. Worland.
Rawlins: at Evanston; at Green River; vs. Cody; at Douglas; vs. Worland; at Lander; vs. Riverton; vs. Torrington.
Riverton: at Cody; vs. Evanston; vs. Powell; at Worland; vs. Lander; at Torrington; at Rawlins; vs. Douglas.
Torrington: at Glenrock; vs. Gering, Neb.; vs. Green River; at Lander; vs. Douglas; vs. Riverton; at Worland; at Rawlins.
Worland: vs. Powell; at Cody; vs. Jackson; vs. Riverton; at Rawlins; at Douglas; vs. Torrington; at Lander.

Class 3A West
Cody: vs. Riverton; vs. Worland; at Rawlins; at Jackson; vs. Evanston; at Powell; at Star Valley; vs. Green River.
Evanston: vs. Rawlins; at Riverton; at Lander; vs. Powell; at Cody; vs. Green River; at Jackson; vs. Star Valley.
Green River: vs. Lander; vs. Rawlins; at Torrington; at Star Valley; vs. Jackson; at Evanston; vs. Powell; at Cody.
Jackson: at Bear Lake, Idaho; vs. Pinedale; at Worland; vs. Cody; at Green River; vs. Star Valley; vs. Evanston; at Powell.
Powell: at Worland; vs. Lander; at Riverton; at Evanston; vs. Star Valley; vs. Cody; at Green River; vs. Jackson.
Star Valley: vs. Preston, Idaho; at Sugar-Salem, Idaho; at Douglas; vs. Green River; at Powell; at Jackson; vs. Cody; at Evanston.

Class 2A East
Buffalo: vs. Douglas; at Thermopolis; vs. Burns; at Glenrock; vs. Moorcroft; at Wheatland; at Big Piney; vs. Newcastle.
Burns: at Wright; vs. Moorcroft; at Buffalo; vs. Wheatland; at Glenrock; vs. Pine Bluffs; vs. Newcastle; at Thermopolis.
Glenrock: vs. Torrington; at Newcastle; at Wheatland; vs. Buffalo; vs. Burns; at Kemmerer; at Thermopolis; vs. Moorcroft.
Moorcroft: vs. Tongue River; at Burns; vs. Thermopolis; vs. Newcastle; at Buffalo; TBD; vs. Wheatland; at Glenrock.
Newcastle: vs. Wheatland; vs. Glenrock; at Rocky Mountain; at Moorcroft; vs. Lusk; vs. Thermopolis; at Burns; at Buffalo.
Thermopolis: at Big Horn; vs. Buffalo; at Moorcroft; at Mountain View; vs. Wheatland; at Newcastle; vs. Glenrock; vs. Burns.
Wheatland: at Newcastle; vs. Upton-Sundance; vs. Glenrock; at Burns; at Thermopolis; vs. Buffalo; at Moorcroft; vs. Pinedale.

Class 2A West
Big Piney: at Shoshoni; at Mountain View; vs. Greybull; vs. Kemmerer; at Lovell; at Pinedale; vs. Buffalo; vs. Lyman.
Greybull: at Rocky Mountain; vs. Big Horn; at Big Piney; vs. Pinedale; at Kemmerer; vs. Lovell; at Lyman; vs. Mountain View.
Kemmerer: at Saratoga; vs. Lyman; at Pinedale; at Big Piney; vs. Greybull; vs. Glenrock; at Mountain View; vs. Lovell.
Lovell: vs. Wind River; at Shoshoni; vs. Mountain View; at Lyman; vs. Big Piney; at Greybull; vs. Pinedale; at Kemmerer.
Lyman: at Pinedale; at Kemmerer; vs. Cokeville; vs. Lovell; TBD; at Mountain View; vs. Greybull; at Big Piney.
Mountain View: at Cokeville; vs. Big Piney; at Lovell; vs. Thermopolis; at Pinedale; vs. Lyman; vs. Kemmerer; at Greybull.
Pinedale: vs. Lyman; at Jackson; vs. Kemmerer; at Greybull; vs. Mountain View; vs. Big Piney; at Lovell; at Wheatland.

Class 1A 11-man East
Big Horn: vs. Thermopolis; at Greybull; at Wright; vs. Upton-Sundance; at Pine Bluffs; at Tongue River; vs. Lusk; vs. Southeast.
Lusk: vs. Upton-Sundance; at Tongue River; vs. Wind River; vs. Southeast; at Newcastle; vs. Wright; at Big Horn; at Pine Bluffs.
Pine Bluffs: vs. Yuma, Colo.; vs. Wright; at Southeast; at Tongue River; vs. Big Horn; at Burns; at Upton-Sundance; vs. Lusk.
Southeast: at Mitchell, Neb.; vs. Saratoga; vs. Pine Bluffs; at Lusk; vs. Tongue River; at Upton-Sundance; vs. Wright; at Big Horn.
Tongue River: at Moorcroft; vs. Lusk; at Upton-Sundance; vs. Pine Bluffs; at Southeast; vs. Big Horn; TBD; at Wright.
Upton-Sundance: at Lusk; at Wheatland; vs. Tongue River; at Big Horn; at Wright; vs. Southeast; vs. Pine Bluffs; TBD.
Wright: vs. Burns; at Pine Bluffs; vs. Big Horn; TBD; vs. Upton-Sundance; at Lusk; at Southeast; vs. Tongue River.

Class 1A 11-man West
Cokeville: vs. Mountain View; TBD; at Lyman; vs. Shoshoni; at Wyoming Indian; vs. Rocky Mountain; vs. Saratoga; at Wind River.
Rocky Mountain: vs. Greybull; at Wind River (nonconference); vs. Newcastle; vs. Saratoga; at Shoshoni; at Cokeville; vs. Wind River; at Wyoming Indian.
Saratoga: vs. Kemmerer; at Southeast; TBD; at Rocky Mountain; vs. Wind River; at Wyoming Indian; at Cokeville; vs. Shoshoni.
Shoshoni: vs. Big Piney; vs. Lovell; TBD; at Cokeville; vs. Rocky Mountain; at Wind River; vs. Wyoming Indian; at Saratoga.
Wind River: at Lovell; vs. Rocky Mountain; at Lusk; vs. Wyoming Indian; at Saratoga; vs. Shoshoni; at Rocky Mountain; vs. Cokeville.
Wyoming Indian: TBD; TBD; TBD; at Wind River; vs. Cokeville; vs. Saratoga; at Shoshoni; vs. Rocky Mountain.

Class 1A six-man East
Guernsey-Sunrise: vs. Farson; at Hulett; vs. Kaycee; at NSI; vs. Rock River; vs. Midwest; at Lingle; at Hanna.
Hanna: vs. St. Stephens (location TBD); at Midwest; vs. Hulett; at Lingle; vs. NSI; at Rock River; vs. Kaycee; vs. Guernsey-Sunrise.
Hulett: TBD; vs. Guernsey-Sunrise; at Hanna; vs. Rock River; vs. Kaycee; at NSI; vs. Midwest; at Lingle.
Kaycee: vs. Burlington; vs. Rock River; at Guernsey-Sunrise; vs. Midwest; at Hulett; vs. Lingle; at Hanna; at NSI.
Lingle: TBD; vs. NSI; at Rock River; vs. Hanna; at Midwest; at Kaycee; vs. Guernsey-Sunrise; vs. Hulett.
Midwest: vs. Dubois; vs. Hanna; at NSI; at Kaycee; vs. Lingle; at Guernsey-Sunrise; at Hulett; vs. Rock River.
NSI: TBD; at Lingle; vs. Midwest; vs. Guernsey-Sunrise; at Hanna; vs. Hulett; at Rock River; vs. Kaycee.
Rock River: TBD; at Kaycee; vs. Lingle; at Hulett; at Guernsey-Sunrise; vs. Hanna; vs. NSI; at Midwest.

Class 1A six-man West
Burlington: at Kaycee; vs. Snake River; at St. Stephens; at Meeteetse; vs. Dubois; at Ten Sleep; vs. Farson; vs. Riverside.
Dubois: at Midwest; at Riverside; vs. Farson; vs. Ten Sleep; at Burlington; at St. Stephens; vs. Meeteetse; vs. Snake River.
Farson: at Guernsey-Sunrise; vs. Ten Sleep; at Dubois; at Riverside; vs. Meeteetse; vs. Snake River; at Burlington; at St. Stephens.
Meeteetse: TBD; vs. St. Stephens; at Snake River; vs. Burlington; at Farson; vs. Riverside; at Dubois; at Ten Sleep.
Riverside: TBD; vs. Dubois; at Ten Sleep; vs. Farson; vs. Snake River; at Meeteetse; vs. St. Stephens; at Burlington.
St. Stephens: vs. Hanna (location TBD); at Meeteetse; vs. Burlington; at Snake River; vs. Ten Sleep; vs. Dubois; at Riverside; vs. Farson.
Snake River: TBD; at Burlington; vs. Meeteetse; vs. St Stephens; at Riverside; at Farson; vs. Ten Sleep; at Dubois.
Ten Sleep: TBD; at Farson; vs. Riverside; at Dubois; at St. Stephens; vs. Burlington; at Snake River; vs. Meeteetse.

–patrick

Sheridan, Cody, Mountain View, Pine Bluffs and Kaycee are your 2017 state champions. When we think about the 2017 season, we’ll probably start there.

We won’t finish there, though.

One of the beauties of having the state’s football history compiled in one place is that it allows me (and us) to track records that, prior to the beginning of research on this site in 2004 and the launch of the site in 2005, were really difficult to authenticate. No more. So here are some highlights — beyond the champions — of 2017:

Scoring records

Two teams set overall season scoring records in 2017.

Natrona, with 545 points, notched more points than any other in the state’s 11-man history. The Mustangs’ mark topped the previous record of 539, set by Gillette in 2015.

Meanwhile, Kaycee, which averaged 70.7 points per game, set the state’s all-time record for average points per game. The old record of 68.27 points per game was set by Meeteetse in 2015. Also, Kaycee’s 707 total points is good enough for third all-time.

Class 4A champion Sheridan finished the season with 527 points, good enough for fourth all-time in the 11-man ranks.

On the other side, some teams set records they’d rather not. Gillette allowed 570 points this season, the most ever given up in an 11-man season and the fourth-most regardless of game style (six-, eight-, nine- or 11-man). The old 11-man record, 521, was set by Cheyenne South in its inaugural season in 2011. Jackson allowed 436 points this season, the eighth-highest mark in the state’s 11-man history, while St. Stephens allowed 576 points, second-most all-time regardless of style.

Normative Services and St. Stephens finished second and third, respectively, in most average points allowed per game. NSI allowed 78 points per game this season, while St. Stephens allowed 72 ppg. Gillette’s 63.33 points allowed per game was the third-most ever in an 11-man season.

For single-game scoring, the 62-44 game between Green River and Jackson on Oct. 13 is tied for 10th all-time for combined points (106) in an 11-man game. Also, Kaycee’s 77 points against Meeteetse in the first round of the six-man quarterfinals on Oct. 27 is eighth-most for points by a single team in a playoff game.

See the scoring records here.

Streaks

The most notable streak in 2017 is Kaycee’s winning streak, which now rests at 30 games entering 2018. Many outlets reported that Kaycee’s streak was 31 consecutive games, counting a forfeit loss from Rock River in the tallies. However, historically, this site and most media outlets do not regard a canceled season — as Rock River’s was this year — as a series of eight forfeits (for example, see Tongue River 2011). Instead, the games are simply removed from the schedule, and that team’s opponents either schedule replacement games (as Meeteetse, Hanna, Lingle and others did with their Rock River week this season) or leave it as a bye. Kaycee left the week open, and therefore their final season tally for 2017 will be listed as 10-0 and the winning streak at 30.

Cokeville notched its 30th consecutive winning season and its 32nd consecutive non-losing season, increasing its state records in both categories.

Laramie, meanwhile, had its 17th consecutive losing season, second all-time to Newcastle’s 22 consecutive losing seasons from 1984-2005. Rawlins ended its streak of consecutive losing seasons this year at 16.

Gillette’s scoring streak ended at 136 games this year, leaving Snake River at 85 consecutive games as the team with the longest active scoring streak. The Rattlers’ streak is tied for 12th-longest all-time.

See the streaks records here.

Coaching

Natrona coach Steve Harshman moved into third place all-time among the state’s coaches in victories. With 190 victories in Wyoming, Harshman passed John Deti Jr. for third place. He trails former Laramie coach John Deti Sr. (205 victories) and current Cokeville coach Todd Dayton (who extended his state record to 315 victories).

Sheridan coach Don Julian moved into sixth-place all-time on the same list. Julian now has 165 victories in his Wyoming career.

Of active Wyoming coaches, Dayton, Harshman, Julian, Southeast’s Mark Bullington (138 victories) and Glenrock’s Ray Kumpula (127) have more than 100 victories. Douglas’ Jay Rhoades will enter 2018 with 95 victories at Douglas and will be the only active coach with a chance to enter the Wyoming 100-victory club in 2018.

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I nailed more than half my picks last week. But that means I whiffed on almost half. My season and career totals:

Last week: 3-2 (60 percent). This season: 259-46 (85 percent — my best season yet!). 13-year total: 3,089-772 (80 percent).

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A couple quick reminders as I close out the books on 2017:

First, wyoming-basketball.com is a site you should know exists. And you should check it out. It’s full of cool info on the state’s hoops history.

Second, if you like the work I’ve done, consider a page sponsorship. $20 secures a page for an entire year. It also means a lot to me, personally. My sponsors are awesome and allow me to operate the site without paying for it out of my own pocket.

Third, and finally, we’re not done. All-state and all-conference teams will be released this week, as will the Casper Star-Tribune’s Super 25 team. I may have some individual records to post. The 2018 schedules will be out soon. We’ll probably see some new coaches in the state by the time the 2018 season starts. We’ll have the National Football Foundation banquet and awards; we’ll have the Shrine Bowl; we’ll have other stuff. I’ll be here for all of it. Thanks again for reading and supporting the site.

–patrick

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