Riverton’s Austin Patterson and Rocky Mountain’s Joey Jewell have been named to the North team for this summer’s Shrine Bowl.

They replace Cody’s Brandon Hinze and Big Horn’s Connor McCafferty, said John Cundall, the game’s executive director, via email.

The game will be June 14 in Casper.


Sheridan’s Tyler Julian was named the state’s top football scholar-athlete by the Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation during the group’s annual banquet on Saturday in Laramie.

Julian was one of 12 finalists for the award from around the state. Each finalist earned a $1,200 scholarship, while Julian as the top scholar-athlete was awarded an additional $1,200 scholarship.

The group also gave out a handful of other awards honoring fans, coaches, officials and players from around the state.

Julian will be the state’s nominee for regional and national NFF awards.

Previous award winners are available at the group’s website.


Game updates: I added Sunrise’s 18-6 loss to Manville on Oct. 7, 1948, to Sunrise’s team page. It was listed for Manville and in the 1948 year listings, but it wasn’t listed with Sunrise’s listings. I had a typo (“Sunrisde”) that made it easy to skip over…. All the updates have been made on all the relevant pages.

All-state: Added Newcastle’s Rob Bainer to the all-state listings in Class A for 1981. Thanks to Tracy Ragland in Newcastle for catching the omission!

Basketball: Fixed the score for the 1984 Class 1A girls consolation championship: Manderson beat Encampment 47-34. I had it transposed, with Encampment winning. Thanks to former Manderson coach John Tate for the help! … Also, the 2014 state tournament results have been added to the basketball records.


The Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation will honor players, coaches and fans during its 20th annual banquet March 22 in Laramie.

In all, 12 Wyoming high school football players are finalists for the chapter’s scholar-athlete of the year award. Finalists include Dubois’ Sterling Baker and Meeteetse’s Seth Bennett from Class 1A six-man; Cokeville’s Brock Teichert and Lusk’s Matt VandeBossche from Class 1A 11-man; Big Horn’s Miles Novak, Wright’s Stormy Roy and Glenrock’s Devon Parkinson from Class 2A; Powell’s Garrett Lynch and Hayden Cragoe and Douglas’ Logan Barker from Class 3A; and Sheridan’s Tyler Julian and Gillette’s Austin Fort from Class 4A.

From this group, one player will be chosen as the chapter’s top scholar-athlete, who will represent the state at the national level. Each winner will receive a $1,200 scholarship, and the winner will receive an additional $1,200 scholarship.

In addition, Big Horn’s Michael Lamb will be given the group’s Scholar-Athlete Courage Award and Cheyenne East’s Shane Brooks will be awarded the Scholar-Athlete Perseverance Award.

University of Wyoming players Spencer Bruce and Justin Bernthaler will also be honored.

Other special awards will be given to:

Greatest University of Wyoming Football Fans: Jo Ferguson, Cheyenne; Wes and Coleen Metzler, Powell; Tracy Ringolsby Jr., Cheyenne.
Greatest Wyoming High School Football Fans: George Haas, Torrington; Ron Mills, Newcastle.
Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football: Scott Mangold, Powell; Paul Stille, Casper.
Ox Zellner Football Official Career Achievement Award: Dale Boedeker, Gillette.
Football Coach Career Achievement Award: Keith Nate, Cokeville; Steve Oldenburg, Gillette; Rick Scherry, Sheridan (Big Horn).

Former Rock Springs and UW star John Wendling, who plays for the Detroit Lions, will be the keynote speaker.

Douglas’ Ty Etchemendy was named the top scholar-athlete last year.

Previous award winners are available at the group’s website.


Three new players have been brought onto the rosters for the 41st annual Shrine Bowl.

Executive Director John Cundall announced Thursday that Chance Miller of Douglas and Clinton Jaure of Cheyenne East will join the South team. They replace Cameron Johnson and Brian Lopez, both of East.

Hulett’s Story Penning will join the North squad, replacing Worland’s Patrick Hunter.

Cundall also announced the student trainers and managers for each team — Rock Springs’ Madison Overy and Douglas’ Brittney Barker as trainers and Pine Bluffs’ Keenan Cozort and Natrona’s Ben Doyle as managers.

The annual all-star football game is June 14 in Casper.


Now that the boys and girls basketball teams from my alma mater, Midwest, have been knocked out of postseason contention, I’m searching for a team to support during this week’s 1A-2A state basketball tournament.

And I’m going with the Big Piney boys for no other reason than statistical anomaly.

The Punchers have the chance to break one of the state’s longest streaks in the first round of the tournament on Thursday. Big Piney hasn’t been to the state tournament’s semifinal round since 1982, a streak that will end if the Punchers beat Pine Bluffs on Thursday.

With the Class 2A and 1A state basketball tournaments scheduled this week, and the Class 4A and 3A regional tournaments also set, now is a good time to look at some interesting patterns, like Big Piney’s, that have emerged the past few years in Casper — or, in some cases, have emerged during past few decades.

Oddly enough, Big Piney’s opponent, Pine Bluffs, has a similar semis-less streak going. The Hornets haven’t been past the quarterfinals since 1995, a mark that’s just outside the state’s top 10.

Whoever wins, I officially promise to join the winner’s bandwagon and celebrate the end of the streak. After all, the boys team with the longest semi-less streak — outside of Glendo, Cheyenne South and Normative Services, which have never made it past the first round — is my hometown Midwest Oilers. The last time Midwest made it to the semis was 1953, more than 60 years ago. Midwest has made 22 state tournaments since then, and has even won a few games, but has never made it past the quarterfinals.

The Kemmerer girls have a chance to break a streak that’s similar to Big Piney’s boys; the Ranger girls haven’t advanced past the quarterfinal round since 1986. Kemmerer faces Southeast in the first round of the 2A state tournament on Thursday.

Meanwhile, in Class 4A, Gillette has the opportunity to continue streaks that have been decades in the making. The Camel boys, by virtue of their No. 1 seed at the East Regional, have already qualified for their 27th consecutive state tournament, while the Camel girls will need to beat Cheyenne South in a play-in game to make it to state for the 25th year in a row. Both streaks are the longest active streaks in the state.

The Camel girls, once in Casper (provided they beat South), will also be trying to make it to the semifinals for the 22nd consecutive year — by far the longest such streak in the state. On the boys’ side, Burlington needs to beat Lingle in the first round of the 1A state tournament on Thursday to make the semifinals for the eighth year in a row, which would continue the longest such active streak in the state regardless of classification.

Meanwhile, Rock River’s boys and girls both lost in state play-in games at last week’s 1A East Regional tournament, continuing long state-less streaks for the Longhorns. Rock River’s girls haven’t been to state since 1987, while the boys haven’t been since 1971 — the longest such active streaks for schools that have qualified at least once for state. The Cheyenne South and Normative Services girls are the only two active programs that have not qualified for a state tournament.

Here’s a quick look at some interesting state tournament streaks: The longest droughts, the longest qualifying streaks, the longest semifinal droughts and the longest semifinal qualifying streaks:

Basketball state tournament droughts
None since 2002
Rock River: 1971
Glendo: 1979
Meeteetse: 1990
Glenrock, Shoshoni: 1997

NSI, Cheyenne South: Never
Rock River: 1987
Glendo: 1988
Pinedale: 2000
Dubois: 2001


Basketball state tournament qualifying streaks
Four-plus years (since at least 2010)
Year indicates start of streak
Gillette: 1988
Evanston: 2000
Burlington: 2006
Snake River, Wyoming Indian: 2008
Lovell: 2009
Big Horn, St. Stephens, Star Valley, Wheatland: 2010
(Lovell, St. Stephens boys did not qualify for state this year)

Gillette: 1990
Natrona: 1998
Sheridan, Cheyenne East: 2000
Tongue River: 2003
Lovell: 2005
Cokeville, Kaycee: 2006
Burlington: 2007
Powell, Rock Springs: 2008
Douglas, Evanston, Laramie, Snake River, Star Valley: 2010


Basketball semifinal state tournament droughts
None since 2000
Cheyenne South, NSI, Glendo: Never
Midwest: 1953
Rock River: 1971
Hanna: 1978
Big Piney: 1982
Meeteetse: 1990
Glenrock, Upton: 1991
Pine Bluffs: 1995
Worland, Burns: 1996
Shoshoni, Lingle: 1997

Cheyenne South, Moorcroft, NSI, Chugwater, Glendo, Rock River: Never
Ten Sleep: 1979
Kemmerer: 1986
Pinedale: 1993
Big Piney, Midwest: 1994
Lyman: 1995
Cody, Riverside: 1996
Shoshoni, Dubois: 1997
Green River: 1998


Basketball semifinal state tournament streaks
At least three straight
Burlington: 7 (2006-13)
Snake River: 5 (2009-13)
Gillette: 4 (2010-13)
Lovell: 3 (2011-13)

Gillette: 21 (1993-13)
Cokeville: 5 (2009-13)
Tongue River: 4 (2010-13)
Lovell: 4 (2010-13)
Snake River: 3 (2011-13)

Remember, every state tournament basketball score in state history is archived here.