Longtime assistant Lee Kremers will be the new head coach at Kaycee this fall.

Dustin Sipe, who has been the only coach Kaycee has ever had, recently resigned. Sipe coached the Buckaroos since their inception in six-man in 2009 and stepped down after compiling a record of 32-24.

The Buckaroos’ best finish under Sipe came in that first year when Kaycee finished as state runners-up.

Kremers, too, has been with the program since it started. He will take over a program that finished 6-3 last season but lost in the six-man quarterfinals to Meeteetse.

Sipe verified the change in an email to wyoming-football.com on Wednesday. Sipe said he will stay in Kaycee to teach and coach other sports.

Kremers will be the sixth new head coach in Wyoming this fall, joining Todd Weber in Worland, Jason Ferrarini in Kemmerer, Ryan Nelson in Lusk, Mykah Trujillo in Wind River and Aaron Papich in Burlington.

–patrick

For the first time in 2015, Wyoming may have a high school football coach reach 300 career victories.

Cokeville’s Todd Dayton, who has been the Panthers’ head coach since 1980, enters this season with 294 career victories, six short of the 300-victory milestone.

Only 27 active coaches nationwide enter 2015 with at least 300 victories, the NFHS Record Book says. Only 115 coaches nationwide have ever reached 300 victories, and only 60 have ever reached 300 at one school like Dayton is poised to do at Cokeville.

Dayton is one of only two coaches in the state to crack 200 victories; John E. Deti, the older of the two Detis and a longtime coach in Laramie, had 205 in his Wyoming career, records here show.

After Dayton, Wyoming’s other active members of the 100-victory club are Natrona’s Steve Harshman (166), Sheridan’s Don Julian (131), Southeast’s Mark Bullington (123) and Glenrock’s Ray Kumpula (101).

Kumpula, who has led Glenrock’s football team for 20 seasons, entered the 100-victory club last season, becoming the 24th coach in state history to do so.

This year, only one coach — Gillette’s Vic Wilkerson — has the chance to crack the in-state 100-victory barrier. Wilkerson, Gillette’s coach since 2004, has 90 victories entering the 2015 season. The next-highest active victory total in the state belongs to Douglas’ Jay Rhoades with 78, although Dubois’ David Trembly (76), Tongue River’s John Scott (75) and Wright’s Larry Yeradi (73) are close behind.

Here’s a look at Wyoming’s 100-victory club entering 2015:

Wyoming's all-time football coaching leaders

CoachWLTWin %Games
Todd Dayton, Cokeville294520.850346
John E. Deti, Meeteetse/Shoshoni/Laramie205948.681307
John R. Deti, Cody/Sheridan/Laramie1881022.647292
Jerry Fullmer, Lusk174820.680256
Steve Harshman, Natrona166700.703236
John McDougall, Dubois/Cody1561152.575273
Okie Blanchard, Glenrock/Cokeville/Rock Springs/Natrona/Cheyenne Central148568.717212
Joel Eskelsen, Big Piney148810.646229
Dallas Hoff, Superior/Midwest1461016.589253
Walter Gray, Tongue River140870.617227
Mike Moon, Buffalo136791.632216
Rick Scherry, Big Horn133841.612218
Art Hill, Glenrock/Riverton/Natrona132923.588227
Don Julian, Riverton/Sheridan131420.757173
Harold Bailey, Shoshoni128920.582220
Carl Mirich, Goshen Hole/Moorcroft1241011.551226
Mark Bullington, Southeast123380.764161
Bruce Keith, Sheridan/Kelly Walsh117820.588199
Pete Petronovich, Douglas1141025.527221
Kay Fackrell, Goshen Hole/Lyman/Evanston111790.584190
Don Dinnel, Mountain View/Rawlins/Evanston109650.626174
Doug Bartlett, Torrington102730.583175
Ben Smith, Rocky Mountain101330.754134
Ray Kumpula, Glenrock101790.561180

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Top winning percentages

With a winning percentage of .850 (294-52), Dayton is the only coach in state history with more than 100 games coached to have a winning percentage above .800. But Douglas’ Rhoades has a winning percentage of .813 in his 96 games in Wyoming and could join Dayton in the exclusive club this season.

Bullington (.764) and Julian (.762) are the active coaches with 100-plus games coached closest to Dayton; former Star Valley coach Robert Linford (.776) is the closest retired coach with 100-plus games coached to Dayton’s .850 mark.

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The 100-loss club

No active coaches have the chance to enter the even somewhat more “exclusive” 100-loss club in 2015. While 24 Wyoming coaches have reached 100 victories in the Equality State, only seven coaches have ever reached triple-digit losses (John R. Deti (John Jr.), John McDougall, Dallas Hoff, Carl Mirich, Pete Petronovich, Rich Steege and Yeradi). Yeradi enters the season with exactly 100 losses in his career at Wright. Of course, to coach long enough to get 100 losses, you have to be a pretty dang good coach; the bad coaches are discovered long before they have the chance to reach 100.

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Longevity milestones in 2015

Several coaches have the chance to reach longevity milestones in 2015. Only two active head coaches in Wyoming — Dayton and Harshman — have more than 200 total in-state games to their credit; Dayton is the state’s all-time leader with 346 and is one of only two past 300 games. Eight others (Kumpula, Julian, Yeradi, Bullington, Trembly, Wilkerson, Scott and Upton-Sundance’s Andy Garland) have cracked 100 games coached in Wyoming. Cheyenne East’s Chad Goff (98) and Rhoades (96) are on pace to top 100 Wyoming games coached in 2015.

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The unbreakable coaching record

One record that’s guaranteed never to be broken is career ties. That honor rests with Wheatland’s Glenn Rogers, who coincidentally finished his Wyoming coaching career almost perfectly even — 35 victories, 34 losses and 10 ties. No other coach has double-digit ties to his credit, although three coaches (Fran Gillette, who coached at Jackson, Green River and Powell from 1960-73; Glenn Burgess, who was at Riverton from 1959-69; and Bert Melchar, who coached at Green River and Rock Springs off and on from 1930-47) have nine ties on their Wyoming records.

Rogers coached Wheatland from 1927 to 1937; he had tie games in eight of his 10 seasons with the Bulldogs (no team in 1933) and twice had two ties in a season.

No active Wyoming coach has a tie on his in-state record. The last coach to have a tie on his record was Big Horn’s Rick Scherry, who retired in 2000. His tie came from the infamous Big Horn-Riverside triple-overtime tie in 1987, the state’s only tie game since 1975.

–patrick

Using updated yearbook availability on classmates.com, I was able to make the following updates:

Big Horn’s 1943 season: Added the Rams’ 66-6 victory against Dayton on Oct. 8; added the Rams’ 40-12 victory against Lodge Grass, Mont., on Oct. 22; added the score for Big Horn’s 27-20 victory against Lodge Grass, Mont., on Nov. 5; added the Rams’ 27-24 victory against Ranchester on Nov. 18.

Big Horn’s 1948 season: Found the date (but not the location) for Big Horn’s game on Oct. 1 against Clearmont.

Big Horn’s 1950 season: Noted that the Nov. 10 game against Ranchester was not played.

Big Horn coaches: Updated the 1955 coach to be Al Flanigin, NOT Glen Blackburn. … Updated the 1961 coach to be F.R. Smith, NOT John and Mike Flanagan.

Clearmont’s 1946 season: Added the score for the Panther’s 26-0 victory against Dayton on Oct. 2; added the Panthers’ 24-7 loss to Lodge Grass, Mont., on Oct. 25.

Clearmont’s 1945 season: Noted that Ranchester beat Clearmont on Sept. 28 (score not available).

Clearmont’s 1940 season: Added the date and location for Clearmont’s victory against the Buffalo JV on Oct. 11 (the game was in Buffal0).

Clearmont’s 1938 season: Added results for the Panthers’ 32-6 loss to Dayton on Sept. 24 and their 38-6 loss to Dayton on Oct. 8 (and corrected location for this game to Clearmont); added the Panthers’ 6-0 victory against Dayton on Oct. 1 in Dayton.

Clearmont’s 1935 season: Added two games, a 14-6 victory against Ranchester on Oct. 19 in Sheridan and a 6-0 victory in Clearmont (added to missing games because I couldn’t locate a date).

Clearmont coaches: Updated the 1962 coach to be Frank Sannes. … Updated the 1952 coach to be William Opitz, NOT Bob Opitz. … Updated the coach for 1936, 1945 and 1948 to be Alfred Anderson. … Updated the spelling of the name of the coach in 1946-47 to be Frank Mathew, NOT Frank Mathews.

Upton’s 1938 season: Added the score for Upton’s 42-0 loss to Custer, S.D., on Oct. 14.

Newcastle’s 1944 season: Fixed the score for Newcastle’s 7-0 loss to Gillette on Oct. 6; I had Newcastle winning 9-7.

Newcastle’s 1943 season: Noted that the Oct. 19 game with Douglas was not played.

In all, I added seven games to the database and removed seven from the missing games list.

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

–patrick

Aaron Papich will be the new head football coach in Burlington this fall.

He replaces Mike Aagard, who steps down with more victories (41) than any other coach in school history.

Aagard finished with a 41-42 record in his nine seasons as Burlington’s coach. The Huskies’ best season with Aagard at the helm was a Class 1A runner-up trophy in 2008.

Papich was an assistant coach with Burlington last year. He previously coached in Casper and in Bozeman and Great Falls, Mont.

Aagard notified wyoming-football.com of change via email Friday.

Papich will be the fifth new head coach in Wyoming this fall, joining Todd Weber in Worland, Jason Ferrarini in Kemmerer, Ryan Nelson in Lusk and Mykah Trujillo in Wind River.

–patrick

Only a couple records were set in the 42nd annual Shrine Bowl, a game won by the North squad 40-14 on Saturday in Casper.

Cheyenne East’s Tevis Bartlett set a Shrine Bowl record with 46 passing attempts, while the North tied team records with five offensive touchdowns and six total touchdowns.

Natrona’s Stevann Brown was the game’s offensive MVP and Dillon Matuska of Gillette was the defensive MVP. Both played for the North.

The North now leads the all-time series 21-18-3.

For a full listing of previous Shrine Bowl records and results, click here.

–patrick

The 42nd annual Shrine Bowl all-star football game will kick off at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cheney Alumni Field in Casper.

This is the first time in at least a decade that the Shrine Bowl will be played during the day.

The North team won last year’s game 41-13 and has won four of the past five Shrine Bowl games. The North leads the all-time series 20-18-3.

For records and past results of previous Shrine Bowl games, click here; for an interactive Shrine Bowl player database, click here.

Rosters for this year’s game will be:

NORTH
Big Horn: Mason Lube, Christian Mayer, Kerry Powers.
Buffalo: Kasen Filbert.
Burlington: Trevor Wardell.
Cody: Brayden Feusner, Cap McClure, Carter Myers, Noah Rivera.
Dubois: Rowan Hawk.
Gillette: Jordan Fischer, Dillon Matuska, Talon Nelson.
Greybull: Calder Forcella.
Jackson: Joey Caffaro, Mark Ford.
Kelly Walsh: Josue Munoz.
Lovell: Cade Bischoff.
Natrona: Peter Bergman, Stevann Brown, Parker Franzen, Josh Harshman, Logan Wilson.
Newcastle: Dillon Ehlers.
Powell: Carter Baxter, Riley Stringer.
Riverton: Brandon Fullerton, Bo Patterson, Casey Savage.
Rocky Mountain: Caleb Horrocks.
Sheridan: Colbey Bruney, Joe Shassetz.
Thermopolis: Choc Maddock.
Tongue River: Pierce Jardine.
Upton-Sundance: Jett Materi.
Wright: Michael Yeradi.
Head coach: Matt McFadden, Cody.
Assistant coaches: Andy Garland, Upton-Sundance; Steve Harshman, Natrona; Matt Jensen, Meeteetse; Michael McGuire, Big Horn; Randy Smith, Cody.
Trainer: Chellsie Johnson, Kelly Walsh.
Student trainer: Makayla Pzinski, Gillette.
Manager: Rylee Maya, Worland.

SOUTH
Cheyenne Central: Cooper Mirich, Tayton Montgomery, Rhett Muchmore.
Cheyenne East: Tevis Bartlett, Bryan Bell, Chandler Haukap, Nathan Taylor.
Cheyenne South: Jake Brown.
Cokeville: Jace Petersen, Macen Petersen, James Teichert.
Douglas: Tanner Gamble, Hunter 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.
Lusk: Martin Fitzwater, Zane Hladky, Derick VandeBossche.
Lyman: Clayton Peden.
Mountain View: Cade Covington, Caleb Flake, Isaac Kampman, Logan Lupher.
Rawlins: Isaac Jefferson.
Rock Springs: Koltin Legerski.
Star Valley: Jessie Sanders.
Torrington: Trey Faessler, Juan Gomez, P.D. Miller.
Head coach: Brent Walk, Mountain View.
Assistant coaches: Pat Fackrell, Evanston; Chris Link, Guernsey-Sunrise; Ken Petersen, Mountain View; Jay Rhoades, Douglas; Matt VandeBossche, Lusk.
Trainer: Jenna Walker, Douglas.
Student trainer: Riley Dolezal, Mountain View.
Manager: Lanie Troughton, Mountain View.

–patrick

Thanks to the listings posted on the Wyoming Shrine Bowl website, I have created an interactive database of Shrine Bowl players from 1974 to 2014. This database is searchable. For example, if you want to see a certain team, just type in the year and team into the search bar (e.g. searching 1985 South returns that team). Or search for a certain school to see all players selected from that school.

The database is available here.

–patrick

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