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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.





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 (except the March 2011 and the Dec. 9, 2014, updates).


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.


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.