Wyoming’s top scholar-athletes pose for a photo during the National Football Foundation’s Wyoming Chapter banquet recognizing them on Saturday in Laramie. Photo courtesy Ernie Over.

Big Horn’s Kade VanDyken was named the top football scholar-athlete in Wyoming by the National Football Foundation’s Wyoming Chapter during the group’s annual banquet Saturday in Laramie.

VanDyken was one of 15 different players recognized during the banquet. A total of $19,200 in scholarships was awarded, including $1,200 for each finalist and an additional $1,200 for VanDyken for being selected for the top spot.

Eight other special awards were given at Saturday’s banquet.

For a full list of award winners and more info on the banquet, click here.

–patrick

Evanston head football coach Pat Fackrell has resigned after nine seasons leading the Red Devils.

Fackrell confirmed his resignation via email Monday with wyoming-football.com. The resignation was listed last week on the Football Scoop website.

A replacement has not yet been named, Fackrell said.

Fackrell took over the Red Devils in 2010. He led the program to six consecutive Class 4A playoff berths from 2010-15. Evanston transitioned to Class 3A in 2017; last year, the Red Devils finished 6-4 and made the 3A playoffs.

In nine seasons, Fackrell’s teams went a combined 32-55. His nine-year stay as Evanston’s head coach is tied for the second-longest tenure in school history behind the 18-year tenure of Kay Fackrell, Pat Fackrell’s father.

Fackrell teaches physical education at Evanston High School.

Evanston is the first Class 3A football program to make a change at its head coaching position this offseason. Other programs seeking new coaches for 2019 include Gillette, Kelly Walsh, Rock Springs and Wyoming Indian. Additionally, Glenrock and Lovell have named new head coaches for 2019. If you know of other head coaching changes statewide, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

The Wyoming rosters have been set for the 2019 Wyoming-Nebraska Six-man Shootout all-star football game, which will be played June 15 in Chadron, Neb.

The game has moved to Chadron permanently after rotating between various locations in Wyoming and Nebraska the past seven years, a press release sent out by team Wyoming head coach Trip Applequist of Farson. The game will be on the campus of Chadron State College.

Wyoming leads the all-time series 4-3.

Coaches for the Wyoming team include head coach Applequist and assistants Curtis Cook (Guernsey), Scott Reed (Farson) and Tony Rouse (Kaycee).

The roster for team Wyoming includes:

BURLINGTON: Jacob Cook, Dontae Garza.
FARSON: Cortland Barker, Clancy Gines, Michael Gribowskas, Hagan Jones, Lain Mitchelson, Cody Sloan.
GUERNSEY: Austin Albrecht, Dylan Rose.
HANNA: Tylor Goodro.
HULETT: Ethan Dykes.
KAYCEE: Hunter Rouse.
MEETEETSE: Nick Anderson, Kirwin Johnson.
MIDWEST: Kaleb Smith.
ST. STEPHENS: Vincent Brown.
SNAKE RIVER: Thomas Duncan.

Applequist said he was not sure when the Nebraska roster would be released.

–patrick

The Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation has named 10 Wyoming high school football players as finalists for the state’s top football scholar-athlete award.

The winner of the award will be announced at the chapter’s annual banquet, which will be March 16 in Laramie, a release from event organizers sent out Friday said.

In addition, two University of Wyoming football players will be honored as scholar-athletes, while three other high school players will receive other awards from the chapter. Nine others will receive awards recognizing contributions in coaching, officiating and supporting football across the state.

Finalists include Natrona’s Jordan Bertagnole; Sheridan’s Parker Christensen; Pine Bluffs’ Hunter Jeffres; Farson’s Clancy Gines and Lain Mitchelson; Buffalo’s Luke Glassock; Wheatland’s Clayton Iacovetto; Riverton’s Treyton Paxton; Lander’s Conrad Swenson; and Big Horn’s Kade VanDyken. One player will be chosen to win the state’s top scholar-athlete award and represent Wyoming with a chance to win national recognition.

In all, 130 players were nominated for the award.

The banquet will include three speakers — NFF Director of Membership Ron Dilatush and former scholar-athlete award winners Dr. Justin Hopkin of Burlington (now Lander) and Gavin Mills of Powell.

Now in its 25th year, the Wyoming Chapter has awarded almost $370,000 in scholarships since its inception, with $19,200 in scholarships scheduled to be awarded March 16, the release said.

Other award recipients will include:
UW Scholar-Athlete Awards: Nico Evans, Adam Pilapil
Courage Award: Wes Eyre, Lyman
Perseverance Award: Roberto Hernandez, St. Stephens; Kolby Pisciotti, Newcastle
Greatest UW Football Fan: Roy C. Miller, Laramie/Cheyenne
Greatest High School Football Fan: Deb Jacobs, Powell; Doug Potter, Green River
Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football: Pete and Linda Haman, Douglas; Eric Worden, Laramie
Ox Zellner Football Official Career Achievement: Bryon Mowry, Casper
Coaching Career Achievement: Tyrone Fittje, Casper; Bill Pentland, Wheatland

–patrick

Nicc Crosby, a Lovell native who has been an assistant coach at Star Valley for more than a decade, has been hired as Lovell’s new head coach.

Lovell AD Joe Koritnik confirmed the hire via email with wyoming-football.com on Friday.

The Star Valley football Facebook page posted a tribute to Crosby on Friday (screencap below).

Crosby has taught and coached at Star Valley for 13 years, with 11 years devoted to the high school football program and two to the middle school. With the Braves, Crosby coached the quarterbacks and later the defensive backs.

He was also an assistant coach for the South team for the 2018 Shrine Bowl.

Crosby said via email with wyoming-football.com on Saturday that he and his family faced a difficult decision to leave Star Valley.

“I really don’t have words to describe how much I have enjoyed teaching, coaching, and living in Star Valley,” Crosby said. “It is such an amazing community. Working with the football players, Coach Chris Howell (previous head coach), Coach McKay Young (current head coach), and the other assistant coaches has been a blessing and privilege that I’ll treasure the rest of my life.”

Ultimately, a desire to be close to his hometown of Lovell and to his family roots in the Bighorn Basin pushed Crosby to apply for the opening. Crosby also said Lovell as a community and school district provides good support for athletics.

“My roots to Lovell and nearby Cowley go back a couple of generations on both sides of my family, and I know Lovell is a great place to raise a family,” Crosby said. ” … I am grateful for the opportunity that I have to take what I have learned with me to teach and coach in Lovell, and I am especially grateful for a wife and kids who have supported me along the way.”

Crosby replaces Jeny Gardner, who went 1-8 in her lone season as head coach.

Crosby teaches math at Star Valley High School. Crosby also played in the 2000 Shrine Bowl representing Lovell.

Other programs seeking new coaches for 2019 include Gillette, Kelly Walsh, Rock Springs and Wyoming Indian. Additionally, Glenrock has named its new head coach for 2019. If you know of other head coaching changes statewide, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Updated 9:48 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, with comments from Crosby.

Thanks to former Midwest coach Mike Good (my football coach through most of high school), I’ve added to the Midwest game tape archive I have on YouTube. Previously, I published 84 Midwest game films, and then later eight more, throughout the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. This new pack of games includes 22 games between 1990 and 2000, bringing the total of Midwest game films on my YouTube playlist to 114.

This batch includes games against Big Horn, Dubois, Encampment, Hanna, Hulett, Moorcroft JV, Saratoga, Ten Sleep and Wright JV.

These are the new uploads:

1990 season
Saratoga
Hanna
Encampment

1991 season
Dubois

1992 season
Ten Sleep
Dubois (low quality)
Big Horn

1993 season
Moorcroft JV

1994 season
Moorcroft JV

1995 season
Ten Sleep
Big Horn
Wright JV

1996 season
Big Horn
Ten Sleep

1997 season
Ten Sleep
Hanna
Hulett

1998 season
Dubois

1999 season
Big Horn
Hanna
Hulett

2000 season
Big Horn

As previously noted: If you’ve got Wyoming varsity high school football game tapes around that you’d like digitized and posted to YouTube, let me know! I’m happy to help. I love seeing the game in its previous eras.

–patrick

The rosters of 36 players have been set for both the South and North squads in advance of the 46th annual Shrine Bowl all-star football game.

The game will be June 8 in Casper.

Shrine Bowl executive director Frank Selby announced the teams in a release on Monday. Rosters include:

NORTH
Big Horn: Kade Eisele, Seth Mullinax, Kade VanDyken.
Buffalo: Luke Glassock, Cody Milmine, Aaron Thiele.
Burlington: Dontae Garza.
Cody: Jackson Morris, Brayden Polley.
Greybull: Dade Greene, Zack Keisel.
Jackson: Keegan Butler, Rodolfo Jimenez, Ted McDaniel.
Kelly Walsh: Davion McAdam, Connor Shopp, Brock Spiegelberg.
Lander: Max Mazurie, Conrad Swenson.
Meeteetse: Kirwin Johnson.
Natrona: Jordan Bertagnole, Chase Brachtenbach, Tehl Campbell, Trevon Smith, Yahav Shraiber.
Powell: Carson Heinen.
Riverton: Treyton Paxton.
Sheridan: Parker Christensen, Quinn Heyneman, Eli Johnston.
Thermopolis: Chandler Maddock.
Thunder Basin: Marcus Glick, Lathem Hodges, Dayton Porter, Terren Swartz.
Upton-Sundance: Tanner Hofland.

SOUTH
Big Piney: Asencion Pelham, Justin Seemann.
Cheyenne Central: Blain Dilly, Val Herd.
Cheyenne East: Zach Alexander, Jacob Fernandez, Dakota Merritt, Eric Zastoupil.
Cokeville: Bentley Johnson.
Douglas: Dylon Case, Kanyon Cecil, Dax Read.
Evanston: Tyus Cornia, Rylie Griggs, Kody Smith.
Farson: Clancy Gines.
Glenrock: Ian Arnold, Tucker Bopp.
Green River: Anthony Johnson, Anthony Mitchell.
Kemmerer: Hayden Walker.
Laramie: Ben Kruzich, Jason Upton.
Mountain View: Colby Rees.
Pinedale: Joey McCulloch.
Rawlins: Damon Taylor.
Rock Springs: Levi Huffman.
Saratoga: Sam Schneider.
Star Valley: Will Johnson, Tanner Thompson.
Torrington: Brandon Bennick, Casey Britton, Josh Kingsley, Scott Woodruff.
Wheatland: Colton Caves, Clayton Iacovetto.

–patrick

A new season recap — the 1942-43 Wyoming high school basketball season — has been added to the Season Recaps area of wyoming-basketball.com. “Stat Rat” Jim Craig’s research on this year is full of interesting pieces of information from one of the most difficult years of basketball in the state. Check it out!

–patrick

The assistant coaches have been chosen for the 2019 Wyoming Shrine Bowl.

A release from Shrine Bowl executive director Frank Selby on Tuesday said the staffs were set by the head coaches of the respective teams. Together, the staffs will pick players for their rosters, which should be set in the next few weeks.

The South team, with head coach Aaron Makelky from Big Piney, will have Matt Cornelius (Lingle), Dustin Gochenour (Cheyenne Central), Mark Lenhardt (Torrington) Jeff Makelky (Big Piney) and Ryan Nelson (Lusk) as part of its coaching staff.

Meanwhile, North team head coach Rob Hammond of Buffalo will have Matt Jensen (Meeteetse), Kirk McLaughlin (Big Horn), Aaron Papich (Powell), Trent Pikula (Thunder Basin) and Ross Walker (Buffalo) on his staff.

The 46th annual all-star football game is June 8 in Casper.

–patrick

Rock Springs head football coach David Hastings has resigned after five years leading the Tigers.

News reports from Sweetwater Now, Wyo4News and the Rock Springs Rocket-Miner said Hastings resigned and “looks forward to the new transition in his life and career.”

Rock Springs AD Tom Jassman said via email Wednesday morning that a replacement had not yet been named. He said a hire would be sought for “the time that is needed to establish an effective hire for the program.”

Hastings did not immediately reply to an email sent by wyoming-football.com on Tuesday seeking more details.

Hastings went 21-29 in his five seasons with the Tigers. The team’s best season came in 2016, when Rock Springs went 8-3 and reached the Class 4A semifinals, securing the program’s first winning season since 2003 in the process. Rock Springs was 3-7 last season.

Hastings was previously the head coach for programs at Lehi, Utah, and Sugar-Salem, Idaho.

Other Class 4A programs seeking new coaches for 2019 include Gillette and Kelly Walsh. Additionally, programs at GlenrockLovell and Wyoming Indian either are searching or have found a new coach for the 2019 season. If you know of other head coaching changes statewide, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Updated 9:38 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, with comment from Jassman.

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