The rosters are set for the 2018 Shrine Bowl all-star football game.

The annual game between Wyoming’s best graduating high school football players, organized into North and South teams, will be at 2 p.m. June 9 at Cheney Alumni Field in Casper.

The North has won five consecutive Shrine Bowls and won last year’s game 49-7.

Rosters, as announced via email by Shrine Bowl executive director John Cundall, include:

SOUTH
BIG PINEY: Chancy Hunt; Jake Pape.
CHEYENNE CENTRAL: Riley Boltz; Niko Bostic; Adarius Gallon.
CHEYENNE EAST: Ethan Ashworth; Gunner Bartlett; Noah James; Matt Semler.
COKEVILLE: Rick Nate; Antheny Petersen.
DOUGLAS: Michael Yeaman.
EVANSTON: Blake Overy.
GLENROCK: Richard Harris; Jadon Williams.
GREEN RIVER: Chance Hofer; Devin Love; Cole White.
LARAMIE: Frank Crum; Garrett Worden.
LYMAN: Beaudee Bluemel.
MOUNTAIN VIEW: Jonathan Anderson; Trevon Peterson; Jason Stoddard.
PINE BLUFFS: Haize Fornstrom; Wyatt Fornstrom.
RAWLINS: Bryce Jerome.
ROCK SPRINGS: Bryan Mattinson.
SNAKE RIVER: J.D. Corson.
STAR VALLEY: Hunter Cranney; Josh Dawson; Payton Erickson; Ronnie Kaye; Cosmo Morgan.
TORRINGTON: Nathan Stitt; Jacob Wamboldt.
Coaches: McKay Young, Star Valley (head coach); Nicc Crosby, Star Valley; Jesse Blunn, Cheyenne East; Cody Peacock, Lyman; Brian Anderson, Pine Bluffs; Jack Cobb, Snake River.

NORTH
BUFFALO: Devin Matthews; Ray Rabou.
CODY: Ian Crawford; Jacob Dardorff; Matt Skinner.
GREYBULL: Brayan Castro; Riley Hill.
KAYCEE: Mark Largent; Danny Ramirez.
KELLY WALSH: Joey Geil; Logan Neuroth; Tevita Palepale.
LOVELL: Porter Nichols.
MOORCROFT: Solomon Petz.
NATRONA: Brett Brenton; Jesse Harshman; Wes Rice; Riley Shepperson; Danny Slack.
NEWCASTLE: Cameron Quigley.
POWELL: Max Gallagher.
RIVERTON: Jaren Draper; Brodie Roden.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN: Tristan Jewell; Lathan May.
SHERIDAN: Blayne Baker; Kyle Custis; Conner Jorgenson; Aaron Sessions.
THERMOPOLIS: Noah Schwalbe.
THUNDER BASIN: Austin Clemetson; Trenten Johnson; Coleman Worsley.
UPTON-SUNDANCE: Dawson Butts.
WORLAND: Matthew Sanchez.
WRIGHT: Steven Monson.
Coaches: Marty Wrage, Greybull (head coach); Jeff Hunt, Greybull; Steve Harshman, Natrona; Matt McFadden, Cody; Larry Yeradi, Wright; Boz Backen, Hulett.

–patrick

A total of 99 nominees are in the running for the Wyoming football scholar-athlete of the year award from the Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

An outstanding back and lineman from each classification will be honored at a banquet March 17 in Laramie and awarded a $1,200 scholarship. One player will be named the Wyoming scholar-athlete of the year. Awards are weighted 40 percent football ability; 40 percent academic achievement and 20 percent community service. Several other awards will also be given at the banquet to recognize various contributions to amateur football. Scholar-athletes from the University of Wyoming will also be recognized.

Big Horn’s Nolan McCafferty won last year’s top scholar-athlete award.

The nominees are:

Class 4A
CHEYENNE CENTRAL: Keaton Bell; Riley Boltz.
CHEYENNE EAST: Jordan Baker; Gunner Bartlett; Colton Bell; Tevan Chu; Braedon Davis; Jacob Fogg; Joshua Gross; Jakob Jones; Jamis Lopez; John Miller; Nick Mirich; Tommy Neal; Dylan Reed; Mathew Semler.
KELLY WALSH: Logan Neuroth.
LARAMIE: Daylon Puckett; Garrett Worden.
NATRONA: Ben Acres; Dakota DeArmon; Brett Brenton; Chris Brown; Maeson Gallegos; Kyler Halverson; Jesse Harshman; Wesley Rice; Tanner Smith; Cole Thorpen; Chance Wray.
SHERIDAN: Blayne Baker; Kyle Custis.
THUNDER BASIN: Austin Clemetson; Coleman Worsley.

Class 3A
BUFFALO: Ray Rabou.
CODY: Reece Andrew; Jacob Deardorff; Connor McLeod; Mac Simpson; Matthew Skinner; Jordan Wasia.
DOUGLAS: Collin Barker; Dawson Bratton; Harley Rhoades; Michael Yeaman.
GREEN RIVER: Chance Hofer; Devin Love; Cole White.
POWELL: A.J. Lewis.
RIVERTON: Jaren Draper.
STAR VALLEY: Hunter Cranney; Doug Dickey; Payton Erickson; Noah Hutchinson; Ronald Kaye; Cosmo Morgan; Gavin Patterson; Kaden Robinson.
TORRINGTON: Nathan Stitt; Jake Wamboldt.

Class 2A
BIG PINEY: Tristan Barney; Chancy Hunt.
GLENROCK: Dalton Davies; Richard Harris; Brock Jones; Hezekiah Sexson; Jadon Williams.
KEMMERER: Cyrus Skidmore.
MOUNTAIN VIEW: Harlan Benedict.
NEWCASTLE: Cameron Quigley.
WHEATLAND: Trevor Vaughn.

Class 1A 11-man
BIG HORN: Aidan McCurry.
COKEVILLE: Sterling Murdock; Antheny Petersen.
LUSK: Jake Heil.
PINE BLUFFS: Haize Fornstrom; Wyatt Fornstrom.
SARATOGA: Wyatt Cox.
SOUTHEAST: Brady Fullmer; Tanner Hort; Chase Lovercheck; Sterling Werner.
WRIGHT: Damon Goff; Steven Monson; Tavin Salas; Cole Thomas.

Class 1A six-man
KAYCEE: Mark Largent.
MEETEETSE: Braenn Smith.
MIDWEST: Kayden Best.
SNAKE RIVER: John Corson.

–patrick

The coaching staff rosters have been set for the 2018 Shrine Bowl all-star football game.

For the South squad, head coach McKay Young of Star Valley will have fellow Star Valley coach Nicc Crosby, Cheyenne East’s Jesse Blunn, Lyman’s Cody Peacock, Pine Bluffs’ Brian Anderson and Snake River’s Jack Cobb on staff. Cobb is the only other head coach on the staff.

North head coach Marty Wrage of Greybull will have Greybull assistant Jeff Hunt, Natrona’s Steve Harshman, Cody’s Matt McFadden, Wright’s Larry Yeradi and Hulett’s Boz Backen assisting him.

The staffs will now go about choosing the 36-player rosters for their respective sides. The 45th annual game will be played June 9 in Casper.

–patrick

Here we go: a look at the 2018 Wyoming high school football season, nine months before it’s set to begin.

4A
1. Sheridan: The Broncs don’t return a ton of players from last year’s undefeated team, and they don’t return coach Don Julian, but they do return all-staters Parker Christensen and Garrett Coon. No other 4A team returns more than one all-state pick. And there’s a lot to be said for the momentum of three consecutive state titles.
2. Natrona: The Mustangs were one drive away from potentially upsetting Sheridan in the 4A title game a year ago. And with a trio of returning all-conference picks, the Mustangs should be in better shape than most teams to rebuild quickly.
3. Kelly Walsh: The Trojans return four all-conference selections, more than any other team in 4A this year. Two of those — seniors Kameron Mellon and Connor Shopp — are linemen, giving the Trojans a nice base from which to build.
4. Cheyenne East: Yes, the Thunderbirds lost a bunch of talent from last year’s squad. However, last year showed East has the ability to grow quickly, and the T-Birds have reached at least the state semifinals in 10 of coach Chad Goff’s 12 seasons at the helm.
5. Thunder Basin: The ‘Bolts’ first year was a learning experience for everyone involved. Those growing pains will pay off this year, and with a pair of senior linemen in Marcus Glick and Terren Swartz to lead them, Thunder Basin could be a title contender.

3A
1. Torrington: No 3A team returns as many all-state players (three) or all-conference players (six) as the Trailblazers do. Last year’s 3A runners-up will be led by running back Bryan Lemmon, who showed last year he can be the centerpiece of an offense; every other 3A team is just a little freaked out about that.
2. Cody: With three returning all-staters, the Broncs will be in good position to defend their championship. Seniors Jared Grenz and Jackson Morris and junior Charlie Beaudrie give Cody a solid, experienced base, but how less experienced players fill in around them will determine the Broncs’ success.
3. Douglas: The Bearcats get back four all-conference players this year, second only to Torrington in the 3A ranks. And three of those (juniors Cody Pinkerton and Dawson Stinson and senior Dylan Hime) are linemen. That gives the Bearcats a chance to dominate games up front.
4. Star Valley: The Braves will be a complete mystery this season. They lost all eight of their all-state picks and all nine all-conference selections. But the past few years have show that if anyone can overcome losses like that, it’s Star Valley.
5. Rawlins: Coming off their best season in more than a decade, the Outlaws will be in a critical year for building their program. With some key players coming back, 2018 will be Rawlins’ chance to show last year’s success was more than just a flare-up.

2A
1. Mountain View: The defending 2A champs won the title last year with a lot of seniors and a lot of sophomores. Of Mountain View’s five returning all-state players this year, four of them (Hunter Gross, Briggin Bluemel, Kimball Madsen and Braeden Walk) will be juniors in 2018. No team in 2A can match that experience.
2. Buffalo: The Bison are moving from 3A to 2A right about the time they’re ready for a title run. The squad returns three all-state picks in seniors Luke Glassock, Cody Milmine and Aaron Thiele, putting them in prime position for a deep playoff run immediately.
3. Glenrock: No squad in 2A has the backfield experience the Herders do with returning all-state picks Tucker Bopp and Ian Arnold, who combined for 3,495 rushing yards (yes, 3,495). The young line will need to develop, but the backfield pair should help the early growing pains.
4. Wheatland: The Bulldogs return a pair of all-state selections in seniors Colton Caves and Clayton Iacovetto and six total all-conference picks, more than anyone in 2A. And they’re buoyed by the confidence of a semifinal appearance a year ago. A coaching change always comes with difficulty, but the Bulldogs should adjust quickly.
5. Pinedale: The Wranglers this year feel like Big Piney last year — coming off a forgettable season but loaded with returners. All five of Pinedale’s all-conference choices are back, giving the Wranglers a wealth of talent from which to build.

1A 11-man
1. Big Horn: One of the state’s best young teams last year, the Rams return all six of their all-state selections from 2017. No team in 1A can match that, and it’s not often a returning runner-up can say that. With that kind of experience, Big Horn will be the prohibitive favorites from day one.
2. Pine Bluffs: The two-time defending 1A 11-man champions return four all-state selections and a ton of program momentum. With Andrew Fornstrom, Hunter Jeffres, James Merryfield and Brad Shmidl anchoring the returners, the Hornets will be big-time threats to win their third consecutive title.
3. Upton-Sundance: The Patriots get back four all-state picks from a team that was a possession away from reaching the state title game. All-staters Tanner Hofland and Jayden Caylor were US’s top two tacklers a year ago, giving an already strong defense the opportunity to be even better.
4. Cokeville: The Panthers lose a huge senior class full of talent, but it’s never a good idea to count out a Todd Dayton-coached team. The Panthers return all-state senior Bentley Johnson and all-conference pick Brayden Johnson to anchor this year’s squad.
5. Wind River: No team in the West can match what Wind River has back in terms of numbers of key players returning. With six returning all-conference selections, including five seniors, the Cougars may be in line for a breakout season.

1A six-man
1. Farson: Farson’s advantage comes in pure talent. The Pronghorns return two of six-man’s most dynamic players in Lain Mitchelson and Clancy Gines, and the pair of seniors have enough talent returning around them to be favorites for 2018.
2. Burlington: The Huskies showed last year that they’re not afraid of anyone. With all-state selection Jacob Cook leading them, the Huskies should stack up well against any team in six-man.
3. Snake River: The Rattlers return Riggen Myers, an all-state pick, and Trenton Jeanerett, an all-conference selection, to anchor the team this year. They have some talent to replace, too, but the returning core should keep the Rattlers competitive.
4. Kaycee: The three-time defending champs lost half of their 18 players to graduation, so rebuilding will be the priority. The Buckaroos still have all-stater Hunter Rouse to lead the team, but filling the holes around him will be challenging.
5. Hanna: The Miners were young last year — three sophomores made the all-conference team — and it showed early. But they came on late and showed huge potential. That experience should help Hanna challenge for the East crown.

Which teams do you think are ready for breakthroughs in 2018? Who do you think will be hauling trophies back from Laramie at the end of the season? Leave a comment and let’s talk about the 2018 football season way before it’s probably logical to do so.

–patrick