Wyoming, meet Bob Wood. Again, for the first time.

Bob Wood, Ten Sleep distance runner.

One of Wyoming’s most accomplished high school distance runners — and the pioneer of a feat that’s quite uncommon — had his accomplishments more or less lost to time.

A 1967 graduate of Ten Sleep High School, Wood carved out his Wyoming track legacy by becoming what I believe is the state’s first four-time individual event champion. He won the Class C mile run four years in a row from 1964-67.

But this accomplishment somehow was lost or forgotten to history. Only in the last two weeks did I add Wood and Deaver’s Jim Gomendi, the Class C champion in the 880-yard run from 1969-72, to my list of four-time event champions, a list that only includes six people and seven events over 99 years of state track and field history.

The problem? I don’t know if that list is complete.

Inspired by uncovering Wood’s accomplishments — and by the upcoming 100th anniversary of the state track and field meet, which is coming in 2022 — I have renewed my efforts to uncover all the individual event champions for all of the state track and field meets back to their start nearly 100 years ago.

Of the 7,856 individual event and relay champions since 1922, I have found 7,670, including 100% of the girls champions.

I’m almost 98% there. And I’m asking for your help with the remaining 2%.

Below, I’ve outlined what I’m missing: the 210 event champions, the 121 first names and the 33 marks or times I’m missing from completing this record of Wyoming’s state track and field champions.

The hope this that, once this project is done, no one else will slip through the cracks in the record-keeping like Bob Wood once did.

Email me your updates to pschmiedt@yahoo.com or leave a comment on this post letting me know any missing info that will help complete this project. To see the project in full to this point, visit the Wyoming track and field champions archive.

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Lists last updated 9:38 p.m. MDT April 10. Names, times/marks and events that have been found have been struck through with a line.

Missing first names

BOYS
Basin: Smith, 880, 1960; Johnson, pole vault, 1958.
Buffalo: Brown, mile, 1931; Brown, mile, 1925.
Byron: Wirth, long jump, 1963.
Cheyenne Central: Fleischle, high jump/long jump, 1936; Garrett, pole vault, 1935; Morgan, shot put, 1934; Davidson, shot put, 1932/1933; Fitzmorris/Fitzmaurice, discus, 1932/1933; Erickson, javelin, 1927; Whelan, shot put, 1925; Rhone, discus, 1923.
Cody: Kincaid, 120 hurdles, 1952; Freeley, long jump, 1933; Brundage, 220 hurdles, 1931; Walters, javelin, 1931; King, shot put, 1930; Major, javelin/shot put, 1928.
Cowley: Baird, mile, 1956.
Douglas: A. Anderson, discus, 1960; Gentle, 120 hurdles/220 hurdles, 1932/1933.
Egbert: Barkell, shot put, 1957.
Encampment: S. Starks, mile, 1957.
Evanston: Smith, mile, 1947; Neilson, discus, 1946; Stevens, shot put, 1941.
Fort Laramie: Martin, mile, 1958.
Glendo: Haynes, discus, 1958.
Glenrock: Hanson, 440, 1922.
Goshen Hole: McConnaha, 440, 1967.
Green River: Raymon, 440, 1941; Ono, 440, 1940; Pirtle, 880, 1935.
Hanna: Jackson, 120 hurdles, 1953/1954.
Hawk Springs: Howery, high jump, 1948.
Kemmerer: Hatch, high jump, 1963.
LaGrange: Meier, 440, 1966.
Lander: Coleman, 440, 1923.
Laramie: Espach, 120 hurdles, 1949; Allen, 880, 1942; Davidson, mile, 1942.
Lingle: Stephenson, long jump, 1951; Walters, discus, 1951.
Lusk: Thoelke, mile, 1932; Montague, 120 hurdles/220 hurdles, 1930.
Lyman: Reece, 440, 1954; Berrier, 220/180 hurdles, 1951.
Midwest: Sinadin, high jump, 1938; Thompson, high jump, 1931.
Moorcroft: Jesperson, mile, 1966.
Morton: Raymond, high jump, 1958; Lookingbill, shot put, 1955.
Natrona: West, mile, 1929; Turner, 440, 1928.
Parkerton: Porter, 880, 1922.
Pavillion: Jaycox, 440, 1942.
Pine Bluffs: Soule, mile, 1970; Binning, 220, 1967; Hockersmith, 220, 1966; McColley, shot put, 1953; Haith, high jump, 1923.
Pinedale: Sievers, 120 hurdles, 1965; McIntosh, shot put, 1957; Cozier, shot put, 1951.
Powell: Northrup, 440/880, 1925.
Reliance: Jurich, discus/shot put, 1935.
Riverton: Laue, mile, 1954; T. Chapin, 120 hurdles/high jump, 1935; Gamble, 440, 1930.
Rock River: Vierya, mile, 1962/1963; Hillbird, 880, 1957.
Rock Springs: Collins, mile, 1946; Jew, long jump, 1945; Buchan, mile, 1944/1945; Begovich, javelin, 1940; Steiteler, discus, 1940; Berta, 200 hurdles, 1937; King, 880, 1936/1937; Melinkovich, 100, 1934; J. Debernardi, long jump, 1931; Starman, 100/200, 1931.
St. Mary’s: Hammer, 440, 1950.
St. Stephens: Boyd, 880, 1965; Brown, mile, 1963.
Star Valley: Haderly, 2 mile, 1972.
Sunrise: Robbins, pole vault, 1951.
Superior: Steniac, discus, 1936.
Thermopolis: Scriffin, mile, 1940; Powell, javelin, 1933; Ingraham, 440/high jump, 1926; Cover, javelin, 1924; E. Penfield, 220 hurdles, 1925; Cover, pole vault, 1923/1924.
Torrington: Johnson, 880, 1958; J. Croft, 120 hurdles/200 hurdles, 1946; Sullenberger, 800, 1946; Loffing, javelin, 1938; Chavarria, mile, 1937.
University Prep: Cochrane, high jump, 1963.
Veteran: Huckfeldt, 120 hurdles, 1957.
Wheatland: West, high jump, 1941.
Worland: McGarvin, high jump, 1951.
Yoder: Martinez, 180 hurdles, 1957.

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Event winners and times/marks are missing for these years, classes and/or events:

BOYS
1972 Class AA: pole vault.
1972 Class A: 220, 440, 880, 180 hurdles, mile relay.
1972 Class B: 100, 220, 440, 880, mile, discus.
1971 Class B: triple jump.
1969 Class B: two mile, long jump.
1969 Class C: discus, long jump, triple jump.
1968 Class AA: 440, 880, 180 hurdles, 880 relay, mile relay, discus, pole vault, shot put.
1968 Class A: 100, 440, 880, mile, 2 mile, 120 hurdles, 880 relay, mile relay, discus, high jump, long jump, shot put, triple jump.
1968 Class B: 880, mile, 2 mile, 120 hurdles, 180 hurdles, 880 relay, mile relay, discus, shot put.
1968 Class C: 100, 220, 440, 880, mile, 2 mile, 180 hurdles, 880 relay, mile relay, discus, long jump, shot put, triple jump.
1967 Class A: 2 mile, triple jump.
1967 Class B: 2 mile, pole vault.
1967 Class C: 2 mile, 180 hurdles, high jump, triple jump.
1966 Class AA: mile relay, high jump.
1966 Class A: mile.
1966 Class B: 880.
1965 Class A: discus.
1964 Class C: long jump.
1962 Class AA: discus, high jump, pole vault, shot put.
1962 Class A: discus, long jump, shot put.
1962 Class C: discus, long jump, shot put.
1961 Class A: 120 high hurdles, high jump, long jump, pole vault.
1961 Class B: 120 high hurdles, 880 relay, discus, high jump, pole vault.
1961 Class C: 100, 220, 440, mile, 180 low hurdles, 880 relay, mile relay, discus, long jump, pole vault, shot put.
1960 Class A: long jump.
1960 Class B: discus, long jump, shot put.
1960 Class C: discus, long jump, shot put.
1959 Class A: 100, 220, 440, high hurdles, low hurdles, 880 relay, discus, long jump, pole vault, shot put.
1959 Class B: 440, high hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot put.
1959 Class C: 100, 220, 440, high hurdles, low hurdles, 880 relay, mile relay, long jump.
1958 Class C: 880, low hurdles, discus, long jump, pole vault.
1956 Class B: 440, 880, discus, high jump, pole vault, shot put.
1955 Class A: 100, 440, mile, high hurdles, low hurdles, high jump.
1955 Class B: 100, 220, mile, high hurdles, low hurdles, 440 relay, discus, high jump, pole vault.
1954 Class A: discus, pole vault.
1954 Class B: long jump, shot put.
1953 Class A: 100, 220, 440, 880, mile, high hurdles, low hurdles, 880 relay, high jump, long jump, pole vault, shot put.
1953 Class B: 220, 440, 880, mile, discus, high jump, long jump.
1952 Class A: high jump, pole vault.
1952 Class B: 100, 220, 440, high hurdles, low hurdles, 880 relay, discus, high jump, long jump, pole vault, shot put.
1951 Class B: 880 relay.
1934 all-class: 50, 440, 880, mile, 120 high hurdles, 200 low hurdles, discus, high jump, javelin, long jump, pole vault.

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Finally, the winning times or marks are missing from the following:

1972 Class AA: 880 (won by Riverton’s Rob Blacky), long jump (won by Rock Springs’ Dick Tullock)
1972 Class B: 120 hurdles (won by Big Piney’s Mike Thorsby), 180 hurdles (won by Big Piney’s Mike Thorsby), 880 relay (won by Glendo), mile relay (won by Pine Bluffs)
1972 Class C: high jump (won by Deaver-Frannie’s Mark Irion), shot put (won by Deaver-Frannie’s Larry Simpson), triple jump (won by Medicine Bow’s Leonard Padilla)
1970 Class A: high jump (won by Greybull’s Duane Powers)
1969 Class B: shot put (won by Byron’s Rick Tanner)
1968 Class A: 220 (won by Kemmerer’s Larry Capellen and Torrington’s Eric Kufeldt)
1968 Class B: 100 (won by Hanna’s Jim Isaac), 220 (won by Hanna’s Jim Isaac), long jump (won by Hanna’s Jim Isaac)
1967 Class C: 440 (won by Goshen Hole’s McConnaha)
1965 Class B: mile medley relay (won by Deaver-Frannie)
1963 Class AA: shot put (won by Cheyenne Central’s Burton Hill)
1963 Class A: pole vault (won by Thermopolis’ Kenny Keil)
1963 Class C: high jump (won by Ten Sleep’s Ed McPherren)
1959 Class A: mile medley relay (won by Torrington)
1953 Class AA: 880 relay (won by Rock Springs)
1952 Class A: 880 relay (won by Cheyenne Central), discus (won by Green River’s Jim Shell), long jump (won by Green River’s Jim Shell)
1950 all-class: 880 relay (won by Cheyenne Central)
1948 all-class: 880 relay (won by Rock Springs)
1936 all-class: 880 relay (won by Natrona)
1927 all-class: 100 (won by Worland’s Carl Dir), mile medley relay (won by Thermopolis)
1923 all-class: 880 relay (won by Thermopolis)

Thanks in advance for your help!

–patrick

Ten Sleep's Bob Wood in 1967
Ten Sleep’s Bob Wood in 1967, from his senior yearbook.

Bob Wood’s initial passion was basketball.

He only went out for track because his coach at Ten Sleep, Joe Daniel, asked him.

He only ran the mile because Daniel made freshmen run the mile; no one else on the team would.

However, by the end of Wood’s high school career in 1967, he was a four-time state champion in the mile; he is believed to be Wyoming’s first four-time event champion in track and field.

Wood’s success at Ten Sleep was just the start of the intertwining of his fate and his future, leading to his career as one of the most influential people in American distance running.

Auspicious start

Before Wood left Wyoming, made international running connections and established himself in high places, he dodged cow patties on a makeshift practice track in Ten Sleep.

In Wood’s first timed mile – a practice run on a marked-off cow pasture near the school – Wood ran the distance in 5 minutes, 15 seconds, “not knowing what I was doing,” he said.

Ten Sleep’s mile record at the time was 5:26.

Later that week, in his first high school meet on an actual track in Morton, Wood ran a 5:06, bettering the school record by 20 seconds.

By the state meet, Wood had continued to improve and was one of the favorites to win the mile in Class C, the 1960s equivalent of Class 1A. But he wasn’t THE favorite, so Wood and Daniel figured a fifth-place finish would be good.

At the midpoint of the race, Wood was in fifth, ready to meet expectations. Then the first-place runner dropped out of the race, puking.

All of a sudden, Wood was in fourth, and the favorite was out.

Expectations flipped, and Wood flipped the field. He started picking off runners one by one and took the lead for good on the last half of the final lap.

Down the final stretch, “I could hear my coach over everyone, saying, ‘You better win it now,'” Wood said. ” … I was just overwhelmed that I had won the thing.”

He wasn’t done winning.

As a sophomore, Wood fought off both a kidney infection and a bad midseason cold and, despite only running the mile once during the regular season, repeated as state champion.

Wood won both the Class B cross country championship and the Class C mile title as a junior, but by then, he started looking for more competition – and found it in Lander’s Nelson Moss. Even though the two ran in different classifications, they were Wyoming’s best distance runners, competing against each other.

Wood’s senior year, 1967, brought both a crowning achievement and a short-lived record.

With no Class C competition to push him, Wood set his own pace in the mile, hoping for a time that would hold up against Moss’s time. Wood finished in 4:29.9, a time that did more than just push his rival. It set an all-class state meet record.

The record lasted about 20 minutes, until the end of the Class AA race, when Moss notched a 4:26.6 to reset the all-class record Wood had just broken.

The newspaper reports the following day were filled with reports of the Wood-Moss mile record trade. No report mentioned that, most likely, Wood had just become Wyoming’s first four-time event champion, a feat that hadn’t been accomplished since the state meets started in 1922, and repeated since by only five other male high school athletes in Wyoming.

After Ten Sleep

Wood’s college career at the University of Utah never blossomed the way he hoped it would. He raced behind an all-American as a freshman, limiting his opportunities to be a frontrunner as he had in high school, and then took a two-year Mormon mission to Scotland.

After he returned, he fought injuries, and his motivation waned.

“I came back, but I never really had the fire,” Wood said.

Nevertheless, once his collegiate career was over, he found ways to stay involved in track and field. He was an assistant coach at Utah and also coached at the high school level in Utah. But when he was passed over to be Utah’s head track coach, Wood left coaching.

His next career move, though, kept him in track and field circles for years to come.

It all started with a conversation with distance runner Paul Cummings. Cummings was the NCAA champion in the mile while at BYU and was entering the world of professional running.

He needed an agent.

He told Wood: “You’re the only guy I trust.”

Wood hesitated but finally relented. He became Cummings’ agent. From there, Wood’s reputation, and his influence, in distance running grew. And grew. And grew.

Over his career, Wood represented hundreds of runners, including 54 Olympians from 22 different countries, although he eventually specialized in working with American runners. He used that influence to become an active part of USA Track and Field, serving as the head of long distance running and on the national executive committee from 1992 to 1997.

Wood remains proud that he ran his agency as a solo operation for four decades – no assistants, no partners – and represented some of the world’s best runners.

“They hire me because they want me, and that’s why I did what I did the way I did it,” Wood said.

Today, Wood is mostly retired but still represents a handful of runners with whom he has built close relationships.

More than his career, though, he’s proud of his family. He and his wife Kay have been married for more than 40 years, building their lives in the Salt Lake City area. He has three sons. Samuel, Seth and Isaac have molded their own careers, Samuel and Isaac around track and field, Seth with linguistics.

Wood had eased into a steady retirement rhythm until March 17, less than a month ago.

That’s when Wood had the first colonoscopy of his life.

The procedure led doctors to find a growth the size of a tangerine.

On March 30, Wood underwent surgery. Wood says the doctors “got it all,” and now he’s back home, with no further complications or necessary treatments in the foreseeable future.

When recalling his life, from his family to his track accomplishments to his career to his health, he often uses the same word: “Blessed.”

“I can’t complain, for a kid from Ten Sleep,” he said.

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Coming Friday: Bob Wood’s place in Wyoming track and field history is set, but others’ accomplishments have been lost to time. You can help fix that.

–patrick

The most recent round of updates includes two big updates tied to forfeits in both 1923 and 1991. I also updated several games tied to Lyman, Neb., after I found some helpful newspaper clippings from Lyman’s paper, as well as a couple other updates. The updates:

Natrona’s 1923 season: Researching some other parts of Wyoming’s sports history led me to new information on Natrona’s 1923 season. The Mustangs forfeited their entire 1923 season after the season was complete. The problem for Natrona that year was a player named Glenn Stanton, who the Casper Daily Tribune called “the best player ever seen on the Casper field.” Turns out Stanton faked his credentials to enroll at Natrona; he had graduated from high school in Montana two years prior. Administrators at the Casper high school didn’t realize they had been duped until the Christmas break. In a letter published in the Casper Daily Tribune, Casper high school principal C.K. Fletcher said when Stanton was confronted with the evidence, “he ‘beat it.'” But Stanton made good later, attending UW (and playing on the Cowboy football team), passing the bar exam, becoming an attorney in Rock Springs and eventually becoming a district judge. He died in 1968. As part of this update, Natrona’s 1923 victories against Lander, Worland, Riverton, Laramie and Douglas have been denoted as forfeits to those teams.

1991 forfeits: The WHSAA had a big crackdown on ineligible players in 1991, with five teams being caught using ineligible players. I had long known this, but I had not been able to pin down which games Douglas and Riverside had to forfeit during the season. But I’ve figured it out. With that, I noted that Douglas forfeited its victory on Sept. 6, 1991, to Glenrock and that Riverside forfeited its victory on Sept. 13, 1991, to Shoshoni.

Mountain View and Sundance also forfeited victories during the 1991 season — Mountain View to Thermopolis and Sundance to Wright. Those forfeits were previously noted on the site. Dubois was also hit with a forfeiture penalty for playing an ineligible player in 1991, but the Rams didn’t have any victories to forfeit at that point in the season.

I also encountered one other previously un-caught forfeit: I noted that Pine Bluffs forfeited its victory on Sept. 12, 1986, to Guernsey-Sunrise.

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Other updates that I’ve made to the site:

I added the location and narrowed the date range for Huntley’s 33-6 loss to Lyman, Neb., on Sept. 14-16, 1967; I left it on the missing games list because no specific date could be determined.

I added the location for Huntley’s 19-7 victory against Lyman, Neb., on Sept. 26, 1958; it was in Lyman.

I added the location and date for Albin’s 46-6 loss to Lyman, Neb., on Sept. 21, 1951; it was in Albin.

I added the location for Cowley’s victory against Deaver-Frannie on Oct. 26, 1951; it was in Deaver. I left it on the missing games list because I still haven’t found a final score.

I added the location for the 14-14 tie between Lander and Midwest on Sept. 15, 1939; it was in Midwest.

I added the result for Sunrise’s 7-0 loss to Morrill, Neb., on Nov. 13, 1936.

I added Guernsey’s 8-6 victory against Lyman, Neb., on Nov. 2, 1934, in Lyman.

I added the location for Lingle’s 25-0 victory against Lyman, Neb., on Oct. 12, 1928; it was in Lingle.

I added the result for Sundance’s 27-0 loss to Spearfish, S.D., on Oct. 18, 1924. (This was the first game in Sundance’s program history.)

I noted the Nov. 5, 1920, game between Buffalo and Newcastle was not played.

I noted the Oct. 16, 1915, game between Cheyenne Central and the Colorado State JV was canceled.

All the updates have been made on all the relevant pages.

–patrick

Paul Ronga, a veteran high school football coach who’s spent nearly three decades coaching in New York, will be the next head coach for the Laramie Plainsmen.

The Albany County School District announced Ronga’s hiring on its website Friday.

The district release said Ronga has spent more than 25 years in coaching, all in New York. Most recently, he was the head coach at Walter Panas High School in Cortlandt Manor, New York, last year. He was also the head coach at Saunders High School in Yonkers, New York, from 2013-17; Lincoln High School in Yonkers, in 1997; and Iona Grammar School in New Rochelle, New York, in 1992.

Ronga takes over a Laramie program that hasn’t had a winning season since finishing as Class 4A runners-up in 2000.

“I am aware of the challenge ahead of me, and I will do all I can to give back to the community and to Laramie High School,” Ronga said in the release. “I have been a fan of Wyoming sports for many years, and I respect the excellent sports programs that Laramie High School has under (activities director) Ron Wagner. … I hope to work hand in hand with the assistants, players, administration, community, and Mr. Wagner to do all we can to rebuild and restore Laramie High School football and Plainsmen pride.”

Ronga has been involved in coaching high school football since 1992, the district release said. He also had high school coaching experience at Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak, New York; Walter Panas High School; Haldane High School in Cold Spring, New York; Lincoln High School in Yonkers, New York; and Westlake High School in Thornwood, N.Y. He also was the president and coach of the Cortlandt Manor youth football organization, the Cortlandt Panthers, for four years.

Ronga was a running back at Marist College, finishing his career in 1988.

“He has close, personal connections to Laramie and has a passion and excitement for football that is contagious,” Wagner said in the release. “His preparation and attention to detail was evident during the hiring process and will serve LHS and the football program well.”

Class 1A nine-man program Greybull is the only other Wyoming program seeking a new head football coach at this point. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Below is the latest in my series of bar chart races — this one tracking coaching victories. Watch out for a newcomer in the 1980s who completely resets the standards…

Remember, using the bar at the top of the chart, you can pause, play or drag the slider to your favorite year. Or click here to see it larger.

–patrick

Entering the state tournament 21-0, the Douglas girls are the odds-on favorite to win the Class 3A championship.

And why shouldn’t they be? The Bearcats have been rolling all season long, and for the better part of the past four years. Douglas won 3A titles in 2018 and 2019 and were in great position to do so again in 2020 before COVID-19 wiped out the state tournament.

Historically, though, Douglas’ odds are only about 50/50.

Since 1990, the last year where full records of all state tournament participants are available, 28 girls teams and 17 boys teams have entered their respective state basketball tournaments undefeated.

Only half the girls teams (14 of 28) and only 29% of the boys teams (five of 17) finished their seasons unbeaten, completing the undefeated gauntlet with three Ws at state.

The girls teams to go undefeated were:

  • 4A: Gillette 1991, 23-0
  • 3A: Douglas 2018, 27-0
  • 3A: Douglas 2005, 26-0
  • 3A: Mountain View 1998, 25-0
  • 3A: Lyman 1995, 23-0
  • 2A: Tongue River 2013, 28-0
  • 2A: Tongue River 2005, 23-0
  • 2A: Big Horn 2001, 26-0
  • 2A: Tongue River 1997, 22-0
  • 2A: Lusk 1991, 22-0
  • 2A: Lusk 1990, 21-0
  • 1A: Snake River 2012, 28-0
  • 1A: Burlington 1998, 24-0
  • 1A: Cokeville 1990, 21-0

The girls teams who came up short in that quest for perfection?

  • 4A: Natrona 2012, 25-1 (lost in championship)
  • 4A: Green River 1996, 23-1 (lost in championship)
  • 4A: Sheridan 1992, 22-1 (lost in semis)
  • 3A: Douglas 2013, 28-1 (lost in championship)
  • 3A: Star Valley 2001, 25-1 (lost in semis)
  • 3A: Mountain View 1997, 23-1 (lost in championship)
  • 2A: Southeast 2015, 24-1 (lost in championship)
  • 2A: Big Horn 2010, 28-1 (lost in championship)
  • 2A: Pine Bluffs 2004, 22-1 (lost in semis)
  • 2A: Tongue River 1996, 24-1 (lost in semis)
  • 2A: Wright 1999, 21-2 (lost in quarters/consolation semis)
  • 2A: Tongue River 1994, 22-1 (lost in championship)
  • 2A: Saratoga 1992, 22-1 (lost in championship)
  • 1A: Guernsey 2006, 26-1 (lost in semis)

In the boys’ ranks, it’s even harder to finish off an undefeated season. In the past 32 years, only five boys teams have finished undefeated:

  • 4A: Gillette 1993, 23-0
  • 4A: Gillette 1991, 23-0
  • 3A: Thermopolis 2004, 25-0
  • 2A: Big Horn 2011, 28-0
  • 1A: Snake River 2012, 28-0

And the others who have come up short?

  • 4A: Gillette 2010, 26-1 (lost in championship)
  • 3A: Star Valley 1993, 23-1 (lost in quarters)
  • 3A: Torrington 1991, 22-2 (lost in quarters/conso final)
  • 2A: Southeast 2010, 26-1 (lost in championship)
  • 2A: Wind River 2008, 29-1 (lost in semis)
  • 2A: Lusk 2001, 22-1 (lost in championship)
  • 2A: Tongue River 1999, 22-1 (lost in semis)
  • 2A: Wyoming Indian 1994, 22-1 (lost in championship)
  • 2A: Upton 1994, 22-1 (lost in quarters)
  • 2A: Pine Bluffs 2017, 26-2 (lost in semis/3rd)
  • 1A: Burlington 2013, 26-1 (lost in semis)
  • 1A: Arvada-Clearmont 2001, 23-1 (lost in semis)

Remember, wyoming-basketball.com has a ton of research available for you to peruse, including every state tournament score since 1918 and the most complete season-by-season records for teams across the state you’ll find anywhere.

–patrick

I haven’t done a bar chart race in a while… so here you go. This chart covers total points scored, starting in 1921 (but including totals from prior to that season) up to 2020.

How does your favorite team fare?

Remember, using the bar at the bottom of the chart, you can pause, play or drag the slider to your favorite year. Or click here to see it larger.

If you like these kinds of posts, let me know — I’m open to ideas for what you’d like to see next!

–patrick

With the publication of “A Century of Fridays: Wyoming High School Football, 1894-2020,” I’ve been alerted to a couple mistakes in the book. And that’s very much appreciated — I want to get it right, and your help is essential to that mission!

When I started exploring some of the things brought to my attention, other errors also revealed themselves. I’ve caught and corrected as many as I can over the last month.

It’s definitely frustrating that all of these got caught literally weeks after the book came out, but I definitely want to get this right. So… here are the latest site updates:

WRONG SCORES/OPPONENTS

Lovell defeated the Billings Skyview, Mont., JV 18-0 on Sept. 11, 1993; I had Skyview’s varsity winning against Lovell 24-6 the previous day.

Shoshoni beat Morton 19-18 on Sept. 27, 1968; I had Morton winning 18-14.

TRANSPOSED SCORES

I’m not sure who to blame for this one, but it appears someone either at the Casper paper or working for the Associated Press in the late 1980s and early 1990s had a habit of occasionally transposing scores. I’ve caught several already, and with the latest round of updates, I caught a few more, both from that time period as well as a couple others:

Evanston beat Cheyenne East 6-0 on Sept. 17, 1993.

Rawlins beat Douglas 26-0 on Sept. 2, 1988.

Kelly Walsh beat Natrona 23-9 on Oct. 10, 1987.

Newcastle beat Glenrock 21-6 on Oct. 19, 1984.

Greybull beat Tongue River 51-0 on Oct. 25, 1968.

South Rich, Utah, beat Lyman 18-6 on Sept. 15, 1967.

NEW GAMES

I added Bear Lake, Idaho, beating Evanston 22-0 on Sept. 5, 1975, in Montpelier.

MISSING SCORES/OTHER INFO

I added the result for Pine Bluffs’ 19-12 loss to Sidney St. Patrick’s (Neb.) on Oct. 14, 1955.

I added the result and location for Glendo’s 64-14 victory against Harrison, Neb., on Oct. 25, 1955. (Incidentally, this took the top spot for Glendo’s highest scoring game in program history.)

I added the score for Lingle’s 46-18 victory against Harrison, Neb., on Oct. 7, 1953. (I had that Lingle had won, but I was missing the score.)

I added the result for Glenrock’s 18-6 victory against Guernsey on Oct. 5, 1939.

I added the result for Cheyenne Central’s 20-0 victory against Sterling, Colo., on Nov. 20, 1935.

I added the score for Star Valley’s 65-0 victory against Jackson on Oct. 20, 1934. (I had that Star Valley had won, but I was missing the score.)

I also noted that the game scheduled for Oct. 6, 1934, between Jackson and Driggs, Idaho, was not played.

DATES AND LOCATIONS

I added the location for the Oct. 21, 1955, game between Pine Bluffs and Morrill, Neb.; it was in Pine Bluffs.

I added the location for the Oct. 30, 1953, game between Harrison, Neb., and Glendo; it was in Harrison.

I narrowed the date range and fixed the score for the game between Albin and Lyman, Neb., in 1951. The date range was narrowed to sometime between Sept. 20 and Sept. 26; the score was actually 46-6 Lyman, not 41-14. A location for the game still hasn’t been figured out.

I added the date for the Sept. 29, 1950, game between Sunrise and Glenrock.

I narrowed the date range for the 1949 game between Star Valley and Malad, Idaho, to between Oct. 20 and Oct. 22.

I corrected two dates for games from Jackson and Pinedale in the 1944 season. The first game between Jackson and Pinedale was played Oct. 20; the second was Oct. 27. Previously, I had an unknown date for the first game and Oct. 20 for the second… turns out they were a week later than I had previously noted.

I added the date and the location for the Sept. 13, 1940, game between Jackson and Midway, Idaho; it was in Jackson.

I added the location for the Nov. 3, 1932, game between the Natrona juniors and Glenrock; it was in Glenrock.

I added the date and the location for the Nov. 6, 1931, game between Manville and Harrison, Neb.; it was in Manville.

RECORDS

I fixed records for Burns in two separate seasons. Burns went 3-4 in 1991; I had them at 4-3. Burns also went 1-3-1 in 1944; I had them at 0-4-1.

ALL-STATE

Thanks to the help of “Stat Rat” Jim Craig, I’ve added first names for the honorable mention selections on the 1953 all-state team. Thanks to Jim for his help!

All of these updates have been made on all the relevant pages.

–patrick

The Wyoming roster is set with 18 players, including seven from defending state champion Farson, for the annual six-man all-star game against Nebraska.

This year’s game will be at 7 p.m. June 4 in Chadron, Neb., on the campus of Chadron State University.

Wyoming players chosen for this year’s team include:

Burlington: Gideon George.
Encampment: Dalton Peterson.
Farson: Parker Clawson; Trea Denny; Carson Jones; Colby Jones; Triston Lamorie; Colin Malec; Zander Reed.
Guernsey: Justin Malcom.
Hanna: Devon Grosstick.
Hulett: Joseph Kennah.
Kaycee: Dylan Fauber; Nathan Largent; Rhys Stafford.
Meeteetse: Hadley Abarr; Tozai May; Dale McBride.

The head coach for the Wyoming team will be Farson’s Trip Applequist. Assistants will be Scott Reed from Farson, Dave Largent from Kaycee and Zeb Hagen from Meeteetse.

Wyoming leads the all-time series 5-4 but lost last year’s game 52-25.

–patrick

I’ve long been playing around with the idea of listing regional and district basketball tournament champions on wyoming-basketball.com.

Well, it’s done. Thanks to several solid hours at the computer and a bit of help from “Stat Rat” Jim Craig to fill in a few years I couldn’t, wyoming-basketball.com now has that list of regional and district tournament champions.

Keep in mind the list is for tournament champions, not for regular-season conference champions.

Here are some interesting numbers that came out of this research:

Boys
Most district/regional championships: Cheyenne Central, 36
. Close: Natrona, 30; Campbell County, Rock Springs, 29; Lovell, 22; Star Valley, 20; Burlington, Wyoming Indian, 19; Buffalo, 18; Big Horn, Lusk, Sheridan, Tongue River, 17.
Fewest (active programs only): Cheyenne South, Normative Services, 0. Close: Thunder Basin, 1; Riverside, Wright, 2; Farson, Hulett, Newcastle, Riverton, Rocky Mountain, Saratoga, 3.
Longest active drought (active programs only): Laramie, since 1969. Close: Rock River, since 1970; Glenrock, since 1981; Meeteetse, Riverton, since 1989; Newcastle, since 1990.
Most consecutive: Cheyenne Central, 11, 1955-65.

Girls
Most: Tongue River, 23. Close:
Douglas, 22; Burlington, Campbell County 19; Kaycee, 18; Cokeville, 17; Southeast, 16; Star Valley, Wyoming Indian, 15; Mountain View, 14; Lusk, 13.
Fewest (active programs only): Cheyenne South, Cody, Glenrock, Thunder Basin 0. Close: Meeteetse, Moorcroft, Riverside, Rocky Mountain, St. Stephens, Sundance, 1.
Longest active drought (active programs only): Ten Sleep, since 1976. Close: Meeteetse, since 1977; Moorcroft, since 1980; Newcastle, since 1981; Hanna, since 1982; Kemmerer, Rock River, since 1985.
Most consecutive: Lusk, 12, 1989-2000.

Click here to see the full list of district and regional basketball champions in Wyoming since 1932.

–patrick

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