The coaching staffs for the 2015 Shrine Bowl all-star football game are set, executive director John Cundall announced Sunday.

The North, led by head coach Matt McFadden of Cody, will also have Meeteetse’s Matt Jensen, Upton-Sundance’s Andy Garland, Big Horn’s Michael McGuire, Natrona’s Steve Harshman and Cody’s Randy Smith on staff.

The South, with head coach Brent Walk of Mountain View, will be supported by Guernsey-Sunrise’s Chris Link, Lusk’s Matt VandeBossche, Douglas’ Jay Rhoades, Evanston’s Pat Fackrell and Mountain View’s Ken Petersen.

The staffs will choose the players for their respective teams. The 42nd annual game will be played June 13, 2015, in Casper.

–patrick

Edit: Updated 4:36 p.m. Dec. 21 to add Harshman, who was inadvertently left off the first version of this story.

Get ready for the most obvious statement ever written on this blog:

Campbell County High School in Gillette is a big high school.

Ready for something less obvious? Gillette’s large enrollment stands alone in the region for a one-high school city.

Not only does CCHS have more students than any other Wyoming high school, CCHS is the largest school in an eight-state region for cities that have just one comprehensive high school.

With an average daily membership — the projected enrollment number the Wyoming High School Activities Association uses to classify its high schools every two years — of 2,439 students in grades 9-12, CCHS is about 255 students larger than the state’s second-largest high school, Natrona in Casper.

For years, the Campbell County School District has been faced with a tough decision: when, or if, to split Campbell County High School into two standalone comprehensive high schools.

So far, the district has not done so.

However, at a meeting last week, board trustees began to investigate the potential for a second high school, all while noting that a new school would only be implemented with two years’ advanced notice to the city.

The board said basically the same thing in March 2011.

Almost four years’ wait gave us, well… the same thing the board announced almost four years ago.

The critics of this delay — a delay some view as well more than four years overdue — are numerous and vocal. They point to Gillette’s size: If split right down the middle, Gillette’s two high schools would still be among the state’s top 10 largest high schools, both larger than fellow 4A all-sport schools Sheridan, Laramie and Evanston and 4A non-football schools Green River and Riverton. They point to Gillette’s projected 9-12 enrollment in a decade, slated to be nearly 3,000 students. They point to Gillette’s athletic dominance, specifically in basketball and wrestling but also in a variety of other sports, that’s somewhat attributable to the school’s size.

Gillette’s defenders are not as numerous but just as vocal. They point to Gillette’s efforts to make the student experience more comfortable: The school has had two campuses, the North main campus and the South satellite campus, for more than a decade, easing the strain on infrastructure. They point to Gillette’s other educational needs and previous investments, which have been significant — the district built Hillcrest Elementary in 2009, Prairie Wind Elementary in 2010 and Buffalo Ridge Elementary in 2012, rebuilt both Lakeview Elementary and Westwood High, the district’s alternative high school, which both re-opened this fall, all while trying to address the need for a third junior high in addition to looking at a second high school. They point to Casper, where Natrona County School District No. 1 officials opted to keep two high schools — and keep the “school of choice” option going — rather than build a third standalone school, at least in part (in Gillette’s view and the views of many others) in an effort to keep the city’s athletic programs (specifically, Natrona football) strong.

The arguments for and against a second high school in Gillette go beyond the fiscal and the educational. The arguments invoke emotion, tradition, competition, opportunity — topics that can’t be debated logically.

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The regional fit

The quandary Gillette faces is not unique. Numerous cities in the region with only one high school have had to confront the same dilemma: When is the right time to add a second high school?

No one in Wyoming has had to face that question since the 1960s. In 1960, Cheyenne East high opened to give Cheyenne two high schools; Kelly Walsh opened in 1965 to give Casper its two high schools. (Cheyenne South, of course, opened in 2011 as Cheyenne expanded to three comprehensive public high schools.) No other Wyoming city has more than one standalone comprehensive high school.

Here are the largest schools in cities in the region that have just one comprehensive public high school (per 9-12 enrollment or projected 9-12 enrollment, based on figures provided by the states’ respective high school activities association or state department of education):

Montana: Bozeman, 1,961 students (largest high school in Montana)

North Dakota: Minot, 1,979 students (largest high school in North Dakota)

South Dakota: Aberdeen, 1,193 (estimated) students

Nebraska: Grand Island, 2,265 (estimated) students

Colorado (outside the Denver metro): Castle View HS (Castle Rock), 1,850 students

Colorado (outside Front Range): Fruita Monument (Fruita), 1,706 students

Utah (outside metros associated with SLC/Logan/Ogden/Provo): Box Elder (Brigham City), 1,839 (estimated) students

Utah (outside Logan/SLC/Provo corridor): Uintah (Vernal), 1,571 (estimated) students

Idaho: Lake City, 1,491 students (although Coeur d’Alene, Lake City and Post Falls are basically one big city)… Outside of the Boise metro and the CdA metro areas, the largest is Lewiston at 1,388 students.

Of these schools, a couple are near a crucial tipping point. In Nebraska, Grand Island school officials have been discussing adding a second high school; in Montana, the school district in Bozeman spent $1.1 million this summer for a tract of land on which to build a second high school.

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Recent splits

But those are the communities on the edge. A few other cities in the region have gone over that edge.

Several one-school cities in the region have recently opened a new, second, comprehensive high school. Two cities — Twin Falls, Idaho, and Kalispell, Montana — opened their second high schools in 2009, with Twin Falls opening Canyon Ridge High and Kalispell opening Glacier High. Elkhorn, Nebraska, on the outskirts of the Omaha metro, opened its second high school (Elkhorn South) in 2010. And West Fargo, North Dakota, on the edge of the Fargo metro area, opened its second high school, West Fargo Sheyenne, in 2013.

Together, the combined enrollments of three of the four recently split high schools are smaller than Gillette’s current enrollment. The only one that’s larger is the 2,781 students between Flathead and Glacier high schools in Kalispell; in Twin Falls, Twin Falls High and Canyon Ridge have a combined 2,228 students; in West Fargo, West Fargo and West Fargo Sheyenne have 2,273 students; and in Elkhorn, Elkhorn and Elkhorn South have 1,401.

Utah, Colorado and South Dakota have not had any non-metro cities open second high schools recently; Lehi, Utah, which is between Salt Lake City and Provo, had a groundbreaking for its second high school in April, but that groundbreaking came in a school district (Alpine) that already has 10 other comprehensive high schools.

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Logic and emotion in Gillette

At an estimated 2,439 students in grades 9-12, Gillette has the largest single standalone high school in a one-high school town in an eight-state region of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

By every mathematical measure, Gillette should have a second comprehensive high school. The district’s size, both current and projected, justifies a new high school. Regional comparisons only further justify this stance.

However, as noted, Gillette’s delay in adding a new high school isn’t mathematical or logical.

It’s emotional.

Gillette’s decision-making process is specific to Wyoming, a state with significantly fewer large schools than its regional brethren. Only eight high schools in Wyoming have more than 1,000 students, and only two are larger than 1,600. (After Gillette and Natrona, the third-largest school in Wyoming is Rock Springs at 1,562; Cheyenne East is fourth at 1,468.)

Casper’s decision to forego a second high school in favor of the CAPS (Center for Advanced and Professional Studies) building was, in some small part, a counter to Gillette’s hesitation to open a second high school. Gillette’s counter-move has been to delay its new high school plans even longer — now almost four years, and counting, from the Gillette school board’s initial commitment in March 2011.

In 2010, I called out the Natrona County School District for making what I thought was foolhardy move to open the CAPS campus rather than a third high school. I still feel the NCSD messed up with CAPS. But since 2010, Gillette’s K-12 population has continued to grow beyond its limits.

Logically, I don’t think Gillette can wait much longer to open a new high school. The numbers back that idea.

Emotionally, though… Gillette’s residents are strong and proud. CCHS has a unique place as the biggest, burliest, and arguably most successful top-to-bottom athletic program in the state. With the exceptions of boys golf, boys soccer and volleyball, every athletic program at Gillette has won at least one state title since 2008. Who wouldn’t want to preserve that? Statistical trends don’t change pride.

I still feel Casper’s CAPS decision has pushed back a third Casper high school by at least three decades.

Gillette may not be able to afford to wait that long.

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TIMELINE: A SECOND COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL IN GILLETTE

If the timeline below doesn’t show up, go here.

March 2011: Campbell County School District No. 1 approves a motion to build a new comprehensive high school, the city’s second.

June 12, 2012: In its annual request to the School Facilities Commission, CCSD makes the new high school its No. 1 priority (along with refurbishing of CCHS and rebuilding of current CCHS South Campus to be a junior high).

Sept. 6, 2012: In a special meeting, CCSD “engaged in discussion” about conversion of South Campus to a junior high.

Oct. 23, 2012: The board received an update on a study of the school’s proposed Enzi Drive location in relation to a fire station there.

March 26, 2013: CCSD approved a new option for its schools: Move ninth graders into the high school system; convert South Campus to a school for ninth and 10th graders and convert the North (main) Campus to a school for 11th and 12th graders. CCSD also addressed renovation of junior highs to meet capacity requirements and to build new K-6 schools. The board approved the change and notified the SFC.

Sept. 24, 2013: CCSD’s school board addressed an update to South Campus, in which the board said the architect hired to refit the school for ninth and 10th graders should be “thinking of needs for athletic fields as the building will likely be a stand alone high school at some point.

March 11, 2014: CCSD’s school board heard an update on the South Campus remodel, where “”lots of planning (is) completed, design to begin in the
summer and continue through the fall.”

Dec. 9, 2014: CCSD begins to re-examine the need for a second high school.

From information posted at http://www.campbellcountyschools.net/admin.cfm?subpage=1181847 (except the March 2011 and the Dec. 9, 2014, updates).

–patrick

A pair of championship-winning coaches will lead the Shrine Bowl squads for the annual all-star football game in June.

Brent Walk, who led Mountain View to the Class 2A championship this season, will lead the South squad, while Matt McFadden, who helped Cody win the Class 3A title, will coach the North squad.

The game will be June 13, 2015, in Casper.

Each coach will now select assistant coaches; together, the staffs will select the players for the game.

The North leads the all-time series 20-18-3 and won last year’s game 41-13.

Proceeds from the game go to the Shrine Hospitals.

–patrick

Due to several demands over the years — as well as to satiate my own curiosity — I have begun to tally scoring totals for each season for each team. Several readers have asked me what the state record is for most team points in a season, and the honest answer is “I don’t know.” Hopefully that won’t be the answer for long.

I hope to publish those results soon as part of a larger overhaul for each team’s page. However, figuring out each team’s season-by-season scoring (and scoring allowed) totals takes about a half hour per school. Multiply that by 100 schools… and then add in the time it will take to redesign and add in this information on each team’s page in a way that’s usable and user-friendly… and you see that this isn’t just a weekend project.

However, one detail I do have available is each active program’s all-time scoring margin. In the life of the program, how many more (or fewer) points has your team scored than its foes?

Through the 2014 season, those margins are:

Natrona 8493
Cokeville 8288
Sheridan 5844
Lusk 5491
Cheyenne Central 4752
Glenrock 4512
Star Valley 4313
Southeast 3355
Buffalo 3124
Big Horn 2707
Powell 2663
Laramie 2492
Mountain View 2480
Torrington 2343
Worland 2031
Gillette 1761
Douglas 1738
Lovell 1485
Lingle 1369
Tongue River 1362
Rocky Mountain 1264
Guernsey-Sunrise 1255
Rock Springs 1106
Big Piney 993
Riverton 965
Cody 887
Green River 667
Snake River 527
Dubois 268
Kaycee 247
Upton 198
Pine Bluffs 190
Upton-Sundance 164
Kemmerer 23
Riverside -132
Rock River -137
Midwest -174
St. Stephens -651
Thermopolis -672
Pinedale -792
Shoshoni -882
Kelly Walsh -960
Lyman -1019
Evanston -1048
Wind River -1091
Wright -1168
Cheyenne South -1200
Cheyenne East -1323
Lander -1436
Sundance -1590
Moorcroft -1905
Burns -1918
Ten Sleep -1937
Wheatland -2012
Burlington -2054
NSI -2065
Newcastle -2124
Farson -2134
Saratoga -2186
Jackson -2587
Greybull -3238
Meeteetse -3415
Hulett -3490
Hanna -3679
Rawlins -5097
Wyoming Indian -7322

These standings not-so-coincidentally closely mirror the all-time standings by win percentage.

–patrick

When I played high school football for Midwest, we had a clear coin flip strategy: If you can, go east to start.

The strategy was based on our field’s orientation: straight east-west. Heading toward the west end zone meant staring directly into what was usually a setting sun. If we could avoid going west in the first quarter, we did it. Usually, the sun was usually down by the end of the first quarter, and if we planned it right, we wouldn’t have to go into the sun at all.

When we went out for the coin flip, we knew… if we win, defer. Kick with the sun at our back. If we lose, and the opponent wants the ball, kick with the sun at our back. If we lose, and the opponent defers… well, dang it. We’ve got to go into the sun. Better run the ball.

I loved playing on Midwest’s field. It’s at the bottom of a weathered hill that has a steep vertical drop. The area is a natural, protected park, used by the community for more than 90 years and in place as the football field since the new school was built in the early 1960s. But the setting dictates an east-west orientation, as the hill bounds the north end and an oil field service road, as well as Salt Creek, hem in the area on the south side. This only becomes a problem in those early season games that kick off at 7 p.m., but the problem was big enough to dictate our coin flip strategy.

Aerial view of the Midwest High School football field. Screenshot from Google Maps.

Aerial view of the Midwest High School football field. Screenshot from Google Maps.

Other fields I played on didn’t have this problem, either because they didn’t have lights and the sun didn’t come into play as much or because they were oriented north-south. However, as I’ve learned, Midwest is not the only school in Wyoming with an east-west orientation.

In fact, eight schools — Lovell, Midwest, Moorcroft, Saratoga, Snake River, Southeast, Ten Sleep and Tongue River — are oriented within 10 degrees of true east-west. Of those, only Lovell, Midwest, Saratoga and Southeast have lights, although Moorcroft and Tongue River are scheduled to add lights by next season.

Meanwhile, the bulk of Wyoming’s high school football fields (38 of the 65 fields in use) are oriented within 10 degrees of true north-south. The remaining 19 fields are oriented somewhere in between, with five fields (Douglas, Farson, Hulett, Kelly Walsh and Wyoming Indian) oriented close to 45 degrees in one direction or another.

 

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The field orientations of each program’s home field are listed below:

Straight N/S (within +/- 10 degrees): Big Horn, Big Piney, Burlington, Burns, Cheyenne East, Cheyenne South, Cody, Cokeville, Greybull, Guernsey-Sunrise, Jackson, Kaycee, Kemmerer, Lander, Laramie, Lingle, Lyman, Meeteetse, Mountain View, Natrona, Newcastle, NSI, Pine Bluffs, Pinedale, Powell, Rawlins, Riverside, Riverton, Rocky Mountain, St. Stephens, Sheridan, Shoshoni, Star Valley, Thermopolis, Torrington, Wheatland, Wind River, Worland

Tilted 10-35 degrees NE/SW: Evanston, Wright

45 degrees NE/SW (within +/- 10 degrees): Hulett, Kelly Walsh

Tilted 55-80 degrees NE/SW: Hanna, Rock Springs, Sundance

Straight E/W (within +/- 10 degrees): Lovell, Midwest, Moorcroft, Saratoga, Snake River, Southeast, Ten Sleep, Tongue River

Tilted 55-80 degrees NW/SE: Cheyenne Central, Dubois, Glenrock, Lusk, Rock River

45 degrees NW/SE (within +/- 10 degrees): Douglas, Farson, Wyoming Indian

Tilted 10-35 degrees NW/SE: Buffalo, Gillette, Green River, Upton

If you want to check out the locations of every school’s field, look at the stadiums page on the site.

–patrick

Thor Ware has resigned after one season as the head football coach in Worland, the Northern Wyoming Daily News reported today (link good for today only).

Ware previously coached in Oregon and Idaho, winning an Oregon state championship in 2010. The Warriors finished 3-6 last year but went 0-5 in Class 3A West Conference games.

Worland has had four coaches the past four seasons. Wade Sanford stepped down after a 12-year stint in 2011; Curt Mayer was coach in 2012; Josh Garcia and Bryan Bailey were co-coaches in 2013; and Ware led the team in 2014.

A replacement has not been named.

If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me directly at pschmiedt@yahoo.com or leave a comment on this post.

–patrick

The Casper Star-Tribune named its 24th annual Super 25 team on Friday. The Super 25 recognizes the best players in the state regardless of classification, position or year in school. The Super 25 first team for 2014 is made up of:

Tevis Bartlett, 6-3, 210, sr, QB/S, Cheyenne East

Peter Bergman, 6-9, 285, sr, LT/DT, Natrona

Stevann Brown, 5-9, 165, sr, RB/DB/KR, Natrona

Dalton Burgener, 5-11, 170, sr, FB/NG, Douglas

Cade Covington, 6-2, 230, sr, RB/LB, Mountain View

Theo Dawson, 6-2, 215, jr, RB/MLB, Jackson

Calder Forcella, 5-10, 195, sr, QB/LB/P, Greybull

Brandon Fullerton, 6-1, 165, sr, QB/S/KR, Riverton

Josh Harshman, 6-4, 205, sr, QB/OLB, Natrona

Austin Houskeeper, 6-0, 195, sr, QB/LB, Mountain View

Christian Mayer, 6-2, 196, sr, WR/S/KR, Big Horn

Cap McClure, 6-4, 280, sr, OT/DT, Cody

Skyler Miller, 5-11, 180, jr, RB/LB, Torrington

Cooper Mirich, 6-1, 215, sr, RB/LB, Cheyenne Central

Carter Myers, 6-1, 215, sr, RB/LB/K/P, Cody

Bay Parks, 5-11, 220, sr, FB/DE, Douglas

Jace Petersen, 6-0, 205, sr, QB/MLB, Cokeville

Kerry Powers, 6-0, 220, sr, RB/MLB, Big Horn

Joe Shassetz, 5-10, 160, sr, WR/CB/KR, Sheridan

Riley Stringer, 6-1, 260, sr, OG/DT, Powell

Zach Taylor, 5-11, 211, jr, RB/LB/KR, Gillette

James Teichert, 5-10, 155, sr, RB/OLB/K/KR, Cokeville

Derick VandeBossche, 6-0, 170, sr, TB/LB/KR/K, Lusk

Logan Wilson, 6-2, 205, sr, WR/DB/P, Natrona

Ben Wisdorf, 6-1, 185, sr, WR/FS/OLB, Cheyenne East

The Super 25 offensive player of the year, defensive player of the year and coach of the year were recognized at the Super 25 banquet Friday night in Casper. Mayer was named offensive player of the year, Harshman defensive player of the year and Cody’s Matt McFadden was named coach of the year.

The Star-Tribune also selected Super 25 second and third teams.

For a full list of former Super 25 selections back to 1991, click here.

–patrick

Gillette’s Cale Miessler and Big Horn’s Christian Mayer set unofficial total yardage records in 2014, Miessler breaking the state’s unofficial passing yards record and Mayer the receiving yards record.

Miessler threw for 2,319 yards in 2014, breaking the unofficial record of 2,241 set by Wheatland’s Casey Bramlet in 1998.

Mayer had 1,116 receiving yards, breaking the unofficial record set by Central’s Josh Borm in 2010 of 1,111.

Rawlins’ Jace Allard placed third, behind Miessler and Bramlet, for most passing yards in a season with 2,238 yards this season. His teammate, Isaac Jefferson, is now fifth on the single-season receiving chart with his 1,067 yards.

Gillette’s Talon Nelson finished with 1,097 receiving yards, good for third all-time, unofficially.

Mountain View’s Cade Covington finished the season with 229 defensive points, good for ninth all-time.

Allard’s single-game best of 404 yards against Green River this season is unofficially the fifth-best single-game passing performance in state history. Cheyenne South’s Austin Barker threw for 384 yards against Cheyenne Central, good for seventh-best in a single game.

Greybull’s Wyatt Nielson had the best receiving game of the year, 210 yards versus Big Piney, unofficially good for sixth all-time in a single game.

See the full list of top 10 single-game and single-season performances here. If you know of missing games or seasons, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com and include in your email any and all possible documentation to verify the record claim.

–patrick

Note: This post was updated 12/2/14 to reflect Newcastle’s Week 1 game against Lead-Deadwood, S.D., which was added to the schedule Dec. 1 by the WHSAA.

The 2015 Wyoming high school football schedule, which the Wyoming High School Activities Association released Tuesday at the annual statewide scheduling meeting in Casper, has few surprises.

In fact, the 2015 schedule is a mirror of the 2014 schedule.

Wyoming is in the second year of a two-year reclassification cycle, so the mirrored schedule was expected.

A few highlights of the schedule include:

Week 0: Natrona at Cheyenne Central. The Indians were the highest-seeded non-“Big Four” team last year. Central’s rise will be tested by the Mustangs straight away in Week 0.

Week 1: Guernsey-Sunrise at Dubois. This year’s 1A six-man title game combatants will face each other in the season opener next season. Other key games: Cheyenne East at Natrona; Douglas at Powell; Lovell at Big Horn; Rocky Mountain at Tongue River; Mountain View at Cokeville.

Week 2: Cody at Douglas. Just like in six-man, we don’t have to wait long into 2015 to see a rematch of the 3A title game from 2014. Other key games: Star Valley at Riverton; Wheatland at Thermopolis; Shoshoni at Rocky Mountain; Upton-Sundance at Lusk; Kaycee at Guernsey-Sunrise; Snake River at Meeteetse.

Week 3: Gillette at Natrona. Three weeks, three title-game rematches. The Camels and Mustangs, longtime rivals, meet again in Casper in Week 3. Other key games: Cheyenne East at Sheridan; Douglas at Star Valley; Jackson at Rawlins; Powell at Riverton; Newcastle at Wheatland; Dubois at Farson.

Week 4: Riverton at Torrington. Two on-the-rise programs in 3A face off in what could be their biggest game against each other in years. Other key games: Mountain View at Lovell; Rocky Mountain at Cokeville; Tongue River at Lusk.

Week 5: Meeteetse at Dubois. Step aside, 4A rivalries — this six-man showdown has been huge each of the past three years. Other key games: Cheyenne Central at Cheyenne East; Kelly Walsh at Natrona; Sheridan at Gillette; Rawlins at Riverton; Torrington at Douglas; Lingle at Upton-Sundance; Hanna at Guernsey-Sunrise.

Week 6: Lusk at Lingle. This game has decided the 1A 11-man East Conference title each of the past two years. Other key games: Douglas at Rawlins; Jackson at Cody; Wind River at Shoshoni; Dubois at Snake River.

Week 7: Newcastle at Big Horn. These two programs have had some donnybrooks the past couple years. The 2A East title may be on the line again. Other key games: Natrona at Sheridan; Powell at Jackson; Riverton at Douglas; Greybull at Lyman; Burlington at Shoshoni; Lingle at Tongue River; Kaycee at Snake River.

Week 8: Gillette at Cheyenne East. Two consistently good programs will meet with the memory of a 2OT classic not far from their minds. Other key games: Jackson at Star Valley; Lander at Riverton; Powell at Cody; Big Horn at Wheatland; Lyman at Mountain View; Rocky Mountain at Burlington; Hanna at Kaycee; Snake River at Farson.

Here’s a look at the 2015 schedule, first by week and then by team. Keep in mind that Class 3A-1A teams can add Zero Week games, scrimmages or other contests and may fill any open weeks on their own. Game times and specific dates will be set by the participating schools; dates listed are the Friday of the week when most of the games are expected to be played.

By Week

Week 0 (Aug. 28)
Class 4A
Cheyenne South at Evanston
Gillette at Kelly Walsh
Natrona at Cheyenne Central
Rock Springs at Cheyenne East
Sheridan at Laramie

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

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

Week 3 (Sept. 18)
Class 4A
Cheyenne Central at Rock Springs
Cheyenne East at Sheridan
Evanston at Laramie
Gillette at Natrona
Kelly Walsh at Cheyenne South
Class 3A
Buffalo at Worland
Douglas at Star Valley
Jackson at Rawlins
Lander at Cody
Powell at Riverton
Torrington at Green River
Class 2A
Burns at Mountain View
Glenrock at Big Horn
Greybull at Big Piney
Kemmerer at Lyman
Lovell at Pinedale
Newcastle at Wheatland
Thermopolis at Wright
Class 1A 11-man
Burlington at Wyoming Indian
Cokeville at Shoshoni
Lusk at Moorcroft
Pine Bluffs at Southeast
Riverside at Wind River
Saratoga at Rocky Mountain
Upton-Sundance at Tongue River
Class 1A six-man
Dubois at Farson
Guernsey-Sunrise at Midwest
Hanna at St. Stephens
Hulett at NSI
Meeteetse at Ten Sleep
Rock River at Kaycee
Interstate
Lingle at Mitchell, Neb.
Open: Snake River.

Week 4 (Sept. 25)
Class 4A
Cheyenne East at Kelly Walsh
Cheyenne South at Gillette
Laramie at Cheyenne Central
Natrona at Evanston
Rock Springs at Sheridan
Class 3A
Green River at Powell
Lander at Douglas
Rawlins at Buffalo
Riverton at Torrington
Star Valley at Cody
Worland at Jackson
Class 2A
Big Piney at Kemmerer
Greybull at Newcastle
Lyman at Pinedale
Mountain View at Lovell
Thermopolis at Burns
Wheatland at Glenrock
Wright at Big Horn
Class 1A 11-man
Moorcroft at Upton-Sundance
Rocky Mountain at Cokeville
Shoshoni at Saratoga
Southeast at Lingle
Tongue River at Lusk
Wind River at Burlington
Wyoming Indian at Riverside
Class 1A six-man
Dubois at Hulett
Kaycee at Midwest
Meeteetse at Farson
NSI at Guernsey-Sunrise
Rock River at Hanna
Ten Sleep at Snake River
Open: Pine Bluffs, St. Stephens.

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

Week 6 (Oct. 9)
Class 4A
Cheyenne East at Laramie
Cheyenne South at Natrona
Gillette at Rock Springs
Kelly Walsh at Evanston
Sheridan at Cheyenne Central
Class 3A
Douglas at Rawlins
Jackson at Cody
Lander at Torrington
Riverton at Buffalo
Star Valley at Green River
Worland at Powell
Class 2A
Big Horn at Burns
Glenrock at Newcastle
Greybull at Pinedale
Lyman at Big Piney
Mountain View at Kemmerer
Thermopolis at Lovell
Wright at Wheatland
Class 1A 11-man
Burlington at Saratoga
Lusk at Lingle
Riverside at Cokeville
Tongue River at Southeast
Upton-Sundance at Pine Bluffs
Wind River at Shoshoni
Wyoming Indian at Rocky Mountain
Class 1A six-man
Dubois at Snake River
Guernsey-Sunrise at Hulett
Kaycee at NSI
Midwest at Hanna
St. Stephens at Meeteetse
Ten Sleep at Farson
Open: Moorcroft, Rock River.

Week 7 (Oct. 16)
Class 4A
Cheyenne Central at Kelly Walsh
Evanston at Cheyenne East
Laramie at Gillette
Natrona at Sheridan
Rock Springs at Cheyenne South
Class 3A
Buffalo at Torrington
Cody at Green River
Powell at Jackson
Rawlins at Lander
Riverton at Douglas
Worland at Star Valley
Class 2A
Big Piney at Mountain View
Glenrock at Thermopolis
Greybull at Lyman
Kemmerer at Lovell
Newcastle at Big Horn
Wheatland at Burns
Wright at Pinedale
Class 1A 11-man
Burlington at Shoshoni
Cokeville at Wyoming Indian
Lingle at Tongue River
Lusk at Southeast
Pine Bluffs at Moorcroft
Riverside at Rocky Mountain
Saratoga at Wind River
Class 1A six-man
Dubois at Ten Sleep
Farson at St. Stephens
Guernsey-Sunrise at Rock River
Hulett at Midwest
Kaycee at Snake River
NSI at Hanna
Open: Meeteetse, Upton-Sundance.

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

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By School

Class 4A
Cheyenne Central: vs. Natrona; at Cheyenne South; vs. Gillette; at Rock Springs; vs. Laramie; at Cheyenne East; vs. Sheridan; at Kelly Walsh; at Evanston.
Cheyenne East: vs. Rock Springs; at Natrona; vs. Cheyenne South; at Sheridan; at Kelly Walsh; vs. Cheyenne Central; at Laramie; vs. Evanston; vs. Gillette.
Cheyenne South: at Evanston; vs. Cheyenne Central; at Cheyenne East; vs. Kelly Walsh; at Gillette; vs. Laramie; at Natrona; vs. Rock Springs; at Sheridan.
Evanston: vs. Cheyenne South; at Gillette; vs. Sheridan; at Laramie; vs. Natrona; at Rock Springs; vs. Kelly Walsh; at Cheyenne East; vs. Cheyenne Central.
Gillette: at Kelly Walsh; vs. Evanston; at Cheyenne Central; at Natrona; vs. Cheyenne South; vs. Sheridan; at Rock Springs; vs. Laramie; at Cheyenne East.
Kelly Walsh: vs. Gillette; at Sheridan; vs. Rock Springs; at Cheyenne South; vs. Cheyenne East; at Natrona; at Evanston; vs. Cheyenne Central; at Laramie.
Laramie: vs. Sheridan; at Rock Springs; vs. Natrona; vs. Evanston; at Cheyenne Central; at Cheyenne South; vs. Cheyenne East; at Gillette; vs. Kelly Walsh.
Natrona: at Cheyenne Central; vs. Cheyenne East; at Laramie; vs. Gillette; at Evanston; vs. Kelly Walsh; vs. Cheyenne South; at Sheridan; vs. Rock Springs.
Rock Springs: at Cheyenne East; vs. Laramie; at Kelly Walsh; vs. Cheyenne Central; at Sheridan; vs. Evanston; vs. Gillette; at Cheyenne South; at Natrona.
Sheridan: at Laramie; vs. Kelly Walsh; at Evanston; vs. Cheyenne East; vs. Rock Springs; at Gillette; at Cheyenne Central; vs. Natrona; vs. Cheyenne South.

Class 3A
East
Buffalo: vs. Cody; at Powell; at Worland; vs. Rawlins; at Lander; vs. Riverton; at Torrington; vs. Douglas.
Douglas: at Powell; vs. Cody; at Star Valley; vs. Lander; vs. Torrington; at Rawlins; vs. Riverton; at Buffalo.
Lander: vs. Worland; vs. Jackson; at Cody; at Douglas; vs. Buffalo; at Torrington; vs. Rawlins; at Riverton.
Rawlins: at Kemmerer; vs. Green River; vs. Jackson; at Buffalo; at Riverton; vs. Douglas; at Lander; vs. Torrington.
Riverton: at Green River; vs. Star Valley; vs. Powell; at Torrington; vs. Rawlins; at Buffalo; at Douglas; vs. Lander.
Torrington: vs. Glenrock; at Worland; at Green River; vs. Riverton; at Douglas; vs. Lander; vs. Buffalo; at Rawlins.
West
Cody: at Buffalo; at Douglas; vs. Lander; vs. Star Valley; at Worland; vs. Jackson; at Green River; vs. Powell.
Green River: vs. Riverton; at Rawlins; vs. Torrington; at Powell; at Jackson; vs. Star Valley; vs. Cody; at Worland.
Jackson: vs. North Fremont, Idaho; at Lander; at Rawlins; vs. Worland; vs. Green River; at Cody; vs. Powell; at Star Valley.
Powell: vs. Douglas; vs. Buffalo; at Riverton; vs. Green River; at Star Valley; vs. Worland; at Jackson; at Cody.
Star Valley: at Preston, Idaho; at Riverton; vs. Douglas; at Cody; vs. Powell; at Green River; vs. Worland; vs. Jackson.
Worland: at Lander; vs. Torrington; vs. Buffalo; at Jackson; vs. Cody; at Powell; at Star Valley; vs. Green River.

Class 2A
East
Big Horn: vs. Lovell; at Lyman; vs. Glenrock; vs. Wright; at Thermopolis; at Burns; vs. Newcastle; at Wheatland.
Burns: vs. Pine Bluffs; at Newcastle; at Mountain View; vs. Thermopolis; at Glenrock; vs. Big Horn; vs. Wheatland; at Wright.
Glenrock: at Torrington; vs. Wright; at Big Horn; vs. Wheatland; vs. Burns; at Newcastle; at Thermopolis; vs. Kemmerer.
Newcastle: at Lead-Deadwood, S.D.; vs. Burns; at Wheatland; vs. Greybull; at Wright; vs. Glenrock; at Big Horn; vs. Thermopolis.
Thermopolis: vs. Pinedale; vs. Wheatland; at Wright; at Burns; vs. Big Horn; at Lovell; vs. Glenrock; at Newcastle.
Wheatland: vs. Lyman; at Thermopolis; vs. Newcastle; at Glenrock; at Big Piney; vs. Wright; at Burns; vs. Big Horn.
Wright: vs. Southeast; at Glenrock; vs. Thermopolis; at Big Horn; vs. Newcastle; at Wheatland; at Pinedale; vs. Burns.
West
Big Piney: at Shoshoni; at Lovell; vs. Greybull; at Kemmerer; vs. Wheatland; vs. Lyman; at Mountain View; at Pinedale.
Greybull: vs. Riverside; vs. Mountain View; at Big Piney; at Newcastle; vs. Kemmerer; at Pinedale; at Lyman; vs. Lovell.
Kemmerer: vs. Rawlins; vs. Pinedale; at Lyman; vs. Big Piney; at Greybull; vs. Mountain View; at Lovell; at Glenrock.
Lovell: at Big Horn; vs. Big Piney; at Pinedale; vs. Mountain View; at Lyman; vs. Thermopolis; vs. Kemmerer; at Greybull.
Lyman: at Wheatland; vs. Big Horn; vs. Kemmerer; at Pinedale; vs. Lovell; at Big Piney; vs. Greybull; at Mountain View.
Mountain View: at Cokeville; at Greybull; vs. Burns; at Lovell; vs. Pinedale; at Kemmerer; vs. Big Piney; vs. Lyman.
Pinedale: at Thermopolis; at Kemmerer; vs. Lovell; vs. Lyman; at Mountain View; vs. Greybull; vs. Wright; at Big Piney.

Class 1A 11-man
East
Lingle: vs. Saratoga; at Pine Bluffs; at Mitchell, Neb.; vs. Southeast; at Upton-Sundance; vs. Lusk; at Tongue River; vs. Moorcroft.
Lusk: at Burlington; vs. Upton-Sundance; at Moorcroft; vs. Tongue River; vs. Pine Bluffs; at Lingle; at Southeast; Open.
Moorcroft: at Wyoming Indian; vs. Tongue River; vs. Lusk; at Upton-Sundance; vs. Southeast; Open; vs. Pine Bluffs; at Lingle.
Pine Bluffs: at Burns; vs. Lingle; at Southeast; Open; at Lusk; vs. Upton-Sundance; at Moorcroft; vs. Tongue River.
Southeast: at Wright; vs. Bayard, Neb.; vs. Pine Bluffs; at Lingle; at Moorcroft; vs. Tongue River; vs. Lusk; at Upton-Sundance.
Tongue River: vs. Rocky Mountain; at Moorcroft; vs. Upton-Sundance; at Lusk; Open; at Southeast; vs. Lingle; at Pine Bluffs.
Upton-Sundance: vs. Wind River; at Lusk; at Tongue River; vs. Moorcroft; vs. Lingle; at Pine Bluffs; Open; vs. Southeast.
West
Burlington: vs. Lusk; at Riverside; at Wyoming Indian; vs. Wind River; vs. Cokeville; at Saratoga; at Shoshoni; vs. Rocky Mountain.
Cokeville: vs. Mountain View; at Saratoga; at Shoshoni; vs. Rocky Mountain; at Burlington; vs. Riverside; at Wyoming Indian; vs. Wind River.
Riverside: at Greybull; vs. Burlington; at Wind River; vs. Wyoming Indian; vs. Saratoga; at Cokeville; at Rocky Mountian; vs. Shoshoni.
Rocky Mountain: at Tongue River; vs. Shoshoni; vs. Saratoga; at Cokeville; at Wind River; vs. Wyoming Indian; vs. Riverside; at Burlington.
Saratoga: at Lingle; vs. Cokeville; at Rocky Mountian; vs. Shoshoni; at Riverside; vs. Burlington; at Wind River; vs. Wyoming Indian.
Shoshoni: vs. Big Piney; at Rocky Mountain; vs. Cokeville; at Saratoga; at Wyoming Indian; vs. Wind River; vs. Burlington; at Riverside.
Wind River: at Upton-Sundance; vs. Wyoming Indian; vs. Riverside; at Burlington; vs. Rocky Mountain; at Shoshoni; vs. Saratoga; at Cokeville.
Wyoming Indian: vs. Moorcroft; at Wind River; vs. Burlington; at Riverside; vs. Shoshoni; at Rocky Mountain; vs. Cokeville; at Saratoga.

Class 1A six-man
East
Guernsey-Sunrise: at Dubois; vs. Kaycee; at Midwest; vs. NSI; vs. Hanna; at Hulett; at Rock River; vs. Meeteetse.
Hanna: vs. Snake River; at Hulett; at St. Stephens; vs. Rock River; at Guernsey-Sunrise; vs. Midwest; vs. NSI; at Kaycee.
Hulett: at Meeteetse; vs. Hanna; at NSI; vs. Dubois; at Kaycee; vs. Guernsey; at Midwest; vs. Rock River.
Kaycee: vs. Ten Sleep; at Guernsey-Sunrise; vs. Rock River; at Midwest; vs. Hulett; at NSI; at Snake River; vs. Hanna.
Midwest: vs. Farson; at Ten Sleep; vs. Guernsey-Sunrise; vs. Kaycee; at Rock River; at Hanna; vs. Hulett; at NSI.
NSI: Open; at Rock River; vs. Hulett; at Guernsey-Sunrise; at Farson; vs. Kaycee; at Hanna; vs. Midwest.
Rock River: vs. St. Stephens; vs. NSI; at Kaycee; at Hanna; vs. Midwest; Open; vs. Guernsey-Sunrise; at Hulett.
West
Dubois: vs. Guernsey-Sunrise; vs. St. Stephens; at Farson; at Hulett; vs. Meeteetse; at Snake River; at Ten Sleep; Open.
Farson: at Midwest; Open; vs. Dubois; at Meeteetse; vs. NSI; vs. Ten Sleep; at St. Stephens; vs. Snake River.
Meeteetse: vs. Hulett; vs. Snake River; at Ten Sleep; vs. Farson; at Dubois; vs. St. Stephens; Open; at Guernsey-Sunrise.
St. Stephens: at Rock River; at Dubois; vs. Hanna; Open; vs. Snake River; at Meeteetse; vs. Farson; vs. Ten Sleep.
Snake River: at Hanna; at Meeteetse; Open; vs. Ten Sleep; at St. Stephens; vs. Dubois; vs. Kaycee; at Farson.
Ten Sleep: at Kaycee; vs. Midwest; vs. Meetetse; at Snake River; Open; at Farson; vs. Dubois; at St. Stephens.

–patrick

After a marathon session on Saturday night, the 2014 results have been updated to the site. Look around and let me know if I got anything wrong.

A few things I noticed as I went through my annual updates:

Gillette’s last-minute touchdown in its 30-7 4A title game loss to Natrona preserved a streak dating back to 2005. The Camels have now scored in 113 consecutive games. The last time Gillette was shut out was in the final game of the 2004 season, a 21-0 playoff quarterfinal loss to Cheyenne Central. Gillette’s streak is the third-longest in state history behind Buffalo’s 117 straight from 2001-13 and Cokeville’s current 173 straight back to 1997. Meanwhile, Natrona has now scored in 109 consecutive games, the fourth-longest streak in state history. You can see the longest of those streaks here.

After a 12-0 season, Cokeville coach Todd Dayton’s career record is now 294-52. The winningest coach in state history has won almost 85 percent of his games. Cokeville will enter 2015 on a 22-game winning streak, four short of tying the school record and 12 short of tying the state record.

The six-man title game between Guernsey and Dubois set some title-game scoring records. Guernsey’s 80 points broke the record for most points by one team in a title game (breaking the record of 76 Guernsey set in 2009), while the combined 110 points broke the combined points record in a title game (breaking the record of 101 points in Dayton’s 63-38 victory against Glenrock in the 1953 six-man title game).

A number that gets lost in Lusk’s title-game loss is the Tigers’ home winning streak. Lusk hasn’t lost at home since 2009, winning 29 consecutive games at home. They’re two home victories short of the unofficial state record of 31, set by Byron from 1953-61. (This record comes with the caveat that Byron has numerous missing games and unverified open weeks that could make their streak a lot longer, or shorter, than 31.)

Meanwhile, Natrona has won 19 consecutive true road games (not counting neutral-site games), and the Mustangs are within view of the state record of 25 consecutive road victories set by Rocky Mountain from 1994-2000.

Natrona coach Steve Harshman is now fifth all-time in victories with 166. He passed longtime Cody coach John McDougall during the season and now trails only Dayton, longtime Laramie coaches John E. Deti (205) and John R. Deti (188) and former Lusk coach Jerry Fullmer (174). Harshman could surpass Fullmer for fourth next season.

Meanwhile, Sheridan coach Don Julian jumped to 14th place in Wyoming with 131 victories. He could climb into the top 10 next season, but would need nine victories to do so.

And, for the record, my final picks tally, where I realize I’ve been picking these games for A DECADE:

Last week: 3-2 (60 percent). This season: 251-57 (81 percent). 10-year overall mark: 2,351-604 (80 percent).

Expect me to keep posting throughout the offseason. If you have any ideas for blog posts you’d like to see, let me know. No promises, but I’m always open to ideas. After all, it’s the readers of this site who keep it going. Thursday was the highest traffic day I’ve had in the history of the site. I appreciate all your support this season, and every season.

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This is often a busy season for coach resignations. If you hear of any coaches leaving or changing, please let me know by leaving a comment on the blog or emailing me directly at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

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Also, a little housekeeping on site updates:

I fixed Powell’s record in 1946; the Panthers were 3-3-2 that year, not 4-2-2.

I also added Rawlins’ Willie Jefferson to the all-America listings for 1983. Jefferson was a National High School Athletic Coaches Association all-America pick for that season. I also added Jefferson’s 4A back of the year award, as well as Rock Springs’ Erik Stensaas’ 4A lineman of the year award, to the all-state listings. Thanks to Jefferson’s son Isaiah for letting me know!

–patrick

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