The rosters for the 2015 Shrine Bowl have been set by the coaches of the respective teams.

The rosters for the annual all-star football game, scheduled for June 13 in Casper, are as follows:

NORTH
Big Horn: Mason Lube, Christian Mayer, Kerry Powers.
Buffalo: Kasen Filbert.
Cody: Brayden Feusner, Cap McClure, Carter Myers, Noah Rivera.
Dubois: Rowan Hawk.
Gillette: Dillon Matuska, Talon Nelson, Brandon Shelstad.
Greybull: Calder Forcella.
Jackson: Joey Caffaro, Mark Ford.
Kelly Walsh: Josue Munoz, Marcus Nolan.
Lovell: Cade Bischoff.
Natrona: Peter Bergman, Stevann Brown, Parker Franzen, Josh Harshman, Logan Wilson.
Newcastle: Dillon Ehlers.
Powell: Carter Baxter, Kalei Smith, Riley Stringer.
Riverton: Brandon Fullerton, Bo Patterson, Casey Savage.
Sheridan: Colbey Bruney, Tory Music, Joe Shassetz.
Tongue River: Lane Dockery.
Upton-Sundance: Jett Materi.
Wright: Michael Yeradi.

SOUTH
Cheyenne Central: Cooper Mirich, Tayton Montgomery.
Cheyenne East: Tevis Bartlett, Bryan Bell, Chandler Haukap.
Cheyenne South: Jake Brown.
Cokeville: Jace Petersen, James Teichert.
Douglas: Tanner Gamble, Colter Haman, Justin Leman, Bay Parks.
Evanston: Hayden Bomer, William Kishpaugh, Hyrum Peterson.
Green River: Hayden Love.
Guernsey-Sunrise: Brady Esquibel.
Laramie: Danny Bradfield, Tristan Eickbush, Andrew Pearson.
Lusk: Martin Fitzwater, Zane Hladky, Derick VandeBossche.
Lyman: Clayton Peden.
Mountain View: Cade Covington, Caleb Flake, Austin Houskeeper, Isaac Kampman.
Rawlins: Isaac Jefferson, Jalen Krening.
Rock Springs: Koltin Legerski.
Star Valley: Cole Critchfield, Jessie Sanders.
Torrington: Trey Faessler, Juan Gomez, P.D. Miller.

–patrick

A couple updates I uncovered while looking at the blurry pages available on e-yearbook.com:

Added Lovell’s 7-7 tie with Billings, Mont., Poly on Nov. 12, 1926.

Found Newcastle’s coach for 1925: Edward Hoel. This is my first update to the Coaches Project in a while… Let me know if there’s any info on the page you can help with!

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

–patrick

A fortuitous stumbling across some online resources allowed me to make these updates to the site:

Added Newcastle’s 64-0 loss to Edgemont, S.D., on Sept. 25, 1920. (This is Newcastle’s first game in program history.)

Found the score for Cheyenne Central’s 59-6 loss to Fort Collins on Nov. 16, 1907.

Corrected the score for Cheyenne Central’s 47-0 loss to Fort Collins Prep on Nov. 4, 1911. (I had listed 41-1 but I knew it was wrong.)

These changes have been reflected on all the relevant pages.

–patrick

We have a lot of time between now and Nov. 13-14. And a lot can happen in 10 months — injuries, transfers, coaching changes, offseason training, growth spurts and more will all influence who wins the championship trophy in Laramie this November.

That doesn’t mean we can’t look ahead to see who might win the title next season, though.

With the state championship games still 10 months away, here are my pre-preseason top 5 teams for each classification:

Class 4A
1. Gillette: The Camels always reload well, as the program has great numbers and great tradition. But Gillette also returns talent, with Super 25er Zach Taylor and OL Lane Tucker to anchor each side of the ball.
2. Sheridan: Returning three all-conference players on offense in QB Blake Godwin, RB Evan Coon and OL Davis Alden will help the Broncs transition into 2015 easily.
3. Natrona: One of the best senior classes in state history will be gone. But that doesn’t mean the Mustangs have an empty cupboard. They never do.
4. Cheyenne East
: The T-Birds lose a lot, but also have a couple rocks to anchor the defense in lineman Quin Happold and linebacker Jack Danni. They’ll need to find some offensive playmakers, though.
5. Cheyenne South: The Bison should be better than they’ve ever been with three all-conference players back in Nik Seui, Marquez Jefferson and Isaac McHenry. Only Sheridan has more all-conference players back this year than South.
Dark horse: Cheyenne Central. The Indians improved a ton from Week 0 to Week 8 in 2014, but they’ll need to replace some key players.

Class 3A
1. Jackson: Super 25 RB Theo Dawson is the centerpiece, but three other returning all-conference players (Dillon Hartranft, Keegan Bommer and Ryan Johnston) give the Broncs enough depth to improve on last year’s early playoff exit.
2. Cody: Granted, the Broncs lost a ton of star players. But Cameron Myers and Blake Hinze and a host of other underclassmen played key parts on 2014’s title team. And they’re confident now.
3. Torrington: The Trailblazers, with Super 25 RB Skyler Miller, are poised for another breakout season — if they can replace an underrated senior class.
4. Douglas: Every single one of the Bearcats’ nine all-conference selections last year was a senior. However, if anyone can reload in a hurry, it’s Douglas.
5. Rawlins: The Outlaws’ improvement will continue in coach Corey Wheeler’s second year — the second year is always better — as he returns key players in QB Jace Allard and lineman J.D. Smith.
Dark horse: Riverton. Every single all-conference player graduated. Can the Wolverines replace them and stay in the top half of what’s now a competitive East Conference?

Class 2A
1. Wheatland: The Bulldogs return all four of their all-state selections (Justis Borton, Josh Calvert, Daniel Chesser and Nathan Willis), by far the most in 2A. A trip to last year’s semifinals should give Wheatland the experience, and the hunger, to reach Laramie.
2. Mountain View: The defending champs lose a lot to graduation but also retain three all-staters in Dalton Hereford, Dusty Iorg and Kale Iorg. The defense will be stout; the offense remains the question mark.
3. Big Horn: You can’t count out the Rams. Big Horn will rely a lot on their three all-conference returners, seniors Brice Beisher and Collin Powers and junior Nolan McCafferty, to make up for the loss of a deep, and speedy, senior class.
4. Thermopolis: The Bobcats have one of the classification’s most talented running backs in Tyler Cornwell, and he’s surrounded by experienced players who can get the job done.
5. Glenrock: The Herders return all five of their all-conference players and could be a legit contender, but they’ll have to survive a stacked East Conference.
Dark horse: Greybull. Yes, all-everything player Calder Forcella graduated. But the Buffs return a trio of all-conference role players (Lane Nielsen, Dawson McEwan and Elias Ewen) who can keep the program steady.

Class 1A 11-man
1. Cokeville: The Panthers are No. 1 by default, because that’s what consistency earns you. The Panthers’ deep senior class is gone, but Jackson Linford, Ellis Toomer and Trent King were all-conference selections last year (Linford and Toomer were all-state, too), and they will lead the transition year.
2. Lingle: Last year’s East Conference runners-up are stacked for a run at the title game this year, as seniors Dillon Forkner, Colten Wunder and Brice Hill and junior Dallen Fleenor will give the Doggers both depth and experience.
3. Shoshoni: After an 0-3 start, the Wranglers went on a tear last year, and they’ll be tough to stop this year as they return both of their all-state selections (seniors Patrick Forster and Conner Wilkinson) and juniors J.J. Pingetzer and Jason Thoren.
4. Lusk: I feel really scared ranking the Tigers this low, but seven of Lusk’s eight all-conference players are gone. That leaves returning all-stater Logan Lamar to lead a thinner, possibly rebuilding, team.
5. Upton-Sundance: The Patriots have to replace RB Jett Materi, but a pair of senior all-conference returners, Rourke McPeters and Cole Ingrahm, give U-S a good place from which to build.
Dark horses: Rocky Mountain and Tongue River. Both lost some key seniors, but both return a bevy of role players from competitive teams.

Class 1A six-man
1. Meeteetse: In terms of straight-up talent, the Longhorns return more than any other team in six-man. Carter Johnson and Dalton Abarr were both all-state picks and Scott Sessions and Shawn Shepperson also have proven abilities.
2. Kaycee: All-stater Taylor Rouse has been as consistent as a player can be. If his senior classmates surround him and give him some help, the Buckaroos could be in Laramie.
3. Guernsey-Sunrise: An athletic senior class departs, but all-state selections Forest Foos and Seth Frederick played important parts in last year’s title run and will lead the Vikings next season.
4. Farson: The Pronghorns’ only all-state selection, Lynndon Lehmann, graduated, but the team returns every other all-conference player. Seniors Kelton Broadhead, Neale Jones and Isaac Orozco give Farson consistency and athleticism.
5. Dubois: Last year’s state runners-up graduated the bulk of their key players, but the Rams could surprise out west thanks to returning all-stater Zac Rose.
Dark horse: Snake River. Who knows how the Rattlers will handle losing a talented senior class? Returning all-conference selection Braden Duncan gives Snake River a good start.

Who do you think will haul home the first-place trophy from Laramie next November? Post a comment and let’s talk about this, way way way way before it’s logical to do so.

–patrick

A few quick updates:

Found the score and corrected the date for Huntley’s 33-7 victory against Glenrock on Oct. 18, 1963.

Updated the 5A 2005 all-state list to include Jason Johnson, who was an all-state punter for Cheyenne East. Thanks Jason for catching that omission!

Updated the 1972 standings page to add the B Southwest standings, which I inadvertently left off.

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

–patrick

After several years of playing the Shrine Bowl under the artificial lights, the annual all-star football game will once again be played under natural light in 2015.

The 2015 Shrine Bowl will start at 2 p.m. this year, executive director John Cundall said via email.

Cundall said the change is a better option for participants and fans alike.

The game will be June 13 at Cheney Alumni Field in Casper.

–patrick

After starting the season 5-1, Tongue River girls basketball coach Dianne Moser now has a career record of 702-205.

Moser will probably break the state record for basketball victories this season, regardless of gender, a record held by longtime Cheyenne Central boys coach Okie Blanchard.

But exactly when Moser will break that record? No one knows for sure.

When he retired from basketball coaching after the 1958 season, Blanchard had 706 or 708 career victories, depending on the source; his loss total is either 126 or 127, again depending on the source. Blanchard also came out of retirement and coached Hillsdale in 1968-69, a season that isn’t counted in those career totals. No one who I’ve contacted has been able to find Hillsdale’s record for that 1968-69 season.

For what it’s worth, I tend to believe Blanchard had 706 career victories entering the Hillsdale season. The number 706 was the total cited upon his retirement from coaching (well, his first retirement) in 1958.

Blanchard’s career spanned three-plus decades with stops at Glenrock, Cokeville, Rock Springs, Natrona and Cheyenne Central, with a two-year stint at the University of Wyoming in the middle of all that, too. The citing of 708 total victories came out only after he returned to Hillsdale, prior to the start of that season.

Hillsdale High School closed after that 1969 season, and — to the best of my knowledge — Blanchard’s second go-round of basketball coaching ended after that one-year stint in Hillsdale.

So the number Moser has to beat? Blanchard’s 706 plus Hillsdale’s 1968-69 season.

She’ll get it, probably this season.

For now, though, we can’t celebrate Moser’s accomplishment at the moment… unless someone finds Hillsdale’s record from 1969…

–patrick

As promised, I’ve added single-season scoring records for each team and each year onto the individual team pages. Columns on each team page are sortable; click on the column headers for each team to sort and click again to sort in reverse order.

In looking through these records, I noticed several squads set team records in 2014 for most points scored or allowed in a season:

Most points scored: Cheyenne South, Gillette, Cody, Jackson, Mountain View, Upton-Sundance, Cokeville, Guernsey-Sunrise, Hanna, Farson.

Most points allowed: Kelly Walsh, Buffalo, Lander, Star Valley, Wright, Southeast, Wyoming Indian, Midwest, Normative Services, Dubois, Snake River.

Most average points scored (min. 5 games played): Cheyenne South, Mountain View, Hanna, Normative Services, Farson.

Most average points allowed (min. 5 games played): Buffalo, Lander, Wright, Wyoming Indian, Midwest, Ten Sleep.

Several other teams had seasons that ranked high (second or third place) on that school’s all-time list, or set their all-time marks in the last couple years, or both. And Rock River, in its first varsity season, notched its initial season totals and, technically, could be included in the lists above.

Meanwhile, only Kaycee and Upton-Sundance, two relatively new programs, allowed the fewest total and average points in school history in 2014. And, thankfully, no school set an offensive futility record.

Keep in mind that a bunch of points allowed doesn’t necessarily mean “bad,” especially in six-man. Dubois played in the state title game this year; Snake River was a semifinalist.

Meanwhile, four of the five teams that won state titles in 2014 — Cody, Mountain View, Cokeville and Guernsey-Sunrise — scored more points than any other squad in school history.

Now it’s your turn to sort through your favorite team and see what kind of cool tidbits you can dig up! Let me know what you find by leaving a comment.

–patrick

After several marathon sessions with Excel, I can now post scoring totals and averages for every season for every team — and from those numbers, I’ve been able to draw out some of the state’s record-setting offensive and defensive performances over an entire season.

Despite the straightforward nature of these records, I found it interesting that more points does not necessarily equal championship, while fewer points does not necessarily equal disaster.

For example, let’s take a look at my alma mater, Midwest.

One Midwest team has the fourth-best total point season in state history, as the Oilers scored 640 points in 2011. But Midwest didn’t even make it to the state title game that year, losing to Dubois in the semifinals. Meanwhile, the Oilers also gave up more points than any other defense in state history last year, allowing 573 points. Yet Midwest went 4-6 last year and made the six-man playoffs despite setting the points-allowed record.

As with Midwest, most of the total points record-holders come from recent years; however, some of these records are attributable to combination of both good offenses and extended regular seasons. More games equal more points. This is why I’ve also included the teams who’ve set the best marks in average points per game. Note the all-time leader for 11-man programs in average points in a season isn’t a recent addition — it’s the 1924 Kemmerer squad, which averaged 51.4 points per game. And Midwest’s 573 points allowed last year isn’t even in the top 10 all-time by per-game average.

I’ve deliberately extended the “fewest points allowed” category to a top 12 to incorporate all defenses that allowed fewer than 10 points for an entire season. Two squads — Byron in 1939 and Sheridan in 1917 — went entire seasons without giving up a point. Meanwhile, nine squads played at least five games in a season without scoring a single point.

These additions are part of a much larger overhaul of the site, in which I’m adding single-season scoring totals and averages for every school for every year. Keep watching your favorite team’s page to see those updates soon; some school pages already have the new formatting in place. In the meantime, these records have been added to the scoring records page.

These records include scoring for all games, including those games that were played but later forfeited. Games that were not played but forfeited are not counted in scoring averages.

Most points scored, season
1. Meeteetse, 2013, 803
2. Dubois, 2012, 692
3. Guernsey-Sunrise, 2014, 650
4. Midwest, 2011, 640
5. Dubois, 2011, 631
6. Snake River, 2011, 631
7. Guernsey-Sunrise, 2009, 614
8. Snake River, 2010, 607
9. Midwest, 2013, 599
10. Dubois, 2013, 577

Most points scored, 11-man season
1. Natrona, 2012, 536
2. Powell, 2013, 521
3. Lyman, 2012, 518
4. Douglas, 2009, 517
5. Cokeville, 2014, 513
6t. Mountain View, 2014, 511
6t. Natrona, 2014, 511
8. Buffalo, 2005, 498
9. Big Horn, 2012, 484
10. Natrona, 2010, 482

Most average points scored, season
1. Guernsey-Sunrise, 2009, 68.22
2. Meeteetse, 2013, 66.92
3. Guernsey-Sunrise, 2014, 65.00
4. Dubois, 2013, 64.11
5. Snake River, 2011, 63.10
6. Dubois, 2012, 62.91
7. Snake River, 2010, 60.70
8. Cowley, 1973, 60.11 (eight man)
9. Kaycee, 2010, 58.22
10. Midwest, 2011, 58.18

Most average points scored, 11-man season
1. Kemmerer, 1924, 51.40
2. Lusk, 2010, 47.50
3. Cokeville, 1969, 47.38
4t. Lusk, 2000, 47.20
4t. Rocky Mountain, 1998, 47.20
6. Douglas, 2009, 47.00
7. Lusk, 1999, 46.60
8. Mountain View, 2014, 46.45
9. Glenrock, 1968, 46.22
10. Torrington, 1969, 46.00

Fewest points allowed, season
1t. Byron, 1939, 0
1t. Sheridan, 1917, 0
3t. Buffalo, 1926, 6
3t. Kemmerer, 1924, 6
3t. Saratoga, 1974, 6
3t. Sheridan, 1921, 6
3t. Torrington, 1974, 6
3t. Worland, 1927, 6
9t. Green River, 1931, 7
9t. Powell, 1938, 7
11. Upton, 1971, 8
12. Green River, 1927, 9

Fewest average points allowed, season
1t. Byron, 1939, 0
1t. Sheridan, 1917, 0
3. Torrington, 1974, 0.67
4t. Saratoga, 1974, 0.75
4t. Worland, 1927, 0.75
6. Sheridan, 1921, 0.86
7. Green River, 1931, 0.88
8t. Buffalo, 1926, 1
8t. Upton, 1971, 1
8t. Worland, 1925, 1

Fewest total points scored, season
1t. Basin, 1931, 0
1t. Buffalo, 1935 0
1t. Cheyenne Central, 1917, 0
1t. Gebo, 1934, 0
1t. Guernsey, 1938, 0
1t. Lander, 1928, 0
1t. Lingle, 1926, 0
1t. University Prep, 1920, 0
1t. Upton, 1938, 0
10t. St. Mary’s, 1942, 2
10t. Sundance, 1934, 2

Fewest average points scored, season
1t. Basin, 1931, 0
1t. Buffalo, 1935 0
1t. Cheyenne Central, 1917, 0
1t. Gebo, 1934, 0
1t. Guernsey, 1938, 0
1t. Lander, 1928, 0
1t. Lingle, 1926, 0
1t. University Prep, 1920, 0
1t. Upton, 1938, 0
10. Sundance, 1934, 0.29

Most total points allowed, season
1. Midwest, 2014, 573
2. Hanna, 2012, 562
3. St. Stephens, 2013, 561
4. Meeteetse, 2012, 542
5. St. Stephens, 2014, 541
6. Guernsey-Sunrise, 2010, 528
7. Meeteetse, 2003, 525
8. Cheyenne South, 2011, 521
9. Farson, 2010, 517
10t. Farson, 2012, 515
10t. Wyoming Indian, 2014, 515

Most total points allowed, 11-man season
1. Cheyenne South, 2011, 521
2. Wyoming Indian, 2014, 515
3. Rawlins, 2002, 476
4. Cheyenne South, 2012, 444
5. Saratoga, 1967, 438
6. Rawlins, 2009, 422
7. Newcastle, 2002, 421
8. Kemmerer, 1967, 418
9. Basin, 1951, 413
10. Wyoming Indian, 2004, 409

Most average points allowed, season
1. St. Stephens, 2013, 70.13
2. St. Stephens, 2014, 67.63
3. Farson, 2010, 64.63
4. Ten Sleep, 2014, 64.43
5t. Farson, 2012, 64.38
5t. Wyoming Indian, 2014, 64.38
7. Hanna, 2012, 62.44
8. Meeteetse, 2011, 62.38
9. Normative Services, 2013, 62.29
10. Farson, 2009, 60.38

Most average points allowed, 11-man season
1. Wyoming Indian, 2014, 64.38
2. Cheyenne South, 2011, 57.89
3. Cheyenne Central, 1917, 55.80
4. Normative Services, 2010, 54.71
5. Rawlins, 2002, 52.89
6. Rawlins, 2009, 52.75
7. Wyoming Indian, 2004, 51.13
8. Burns, 2003, 51.00
9. Glenrock, 1992, 50.57
10. Hanna, 1928, 50.20

In the process of compiling these records, I’ve also removed all references to “1-0″ final scores for forfeited games. Instead, all forfeited games are now noted with a text notation next to the game rather than a score notation.

–patrick

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.

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