Big Horn head coach Michael McGuire has resigned to take on the role of offensive coordinator at Dickinson (N.D.) State University.

The school announced the hiring in a press release Tuesday, and McGuire acknowledged the move on Twitter.

McGuire took over a Big Horn program that was successful prior to his arrival and turned it into a juggernaut. The Rams went 56-8 in McGuire’s six years, winning Class 2A titles in 2013 and 2016; they also finished as 2A runners-up in 2014 and as Class 1A 11-man runners-up last season.

McGuire was also the head coach at Riverside from 2006-09, winning the Class 2A title in 2007 and finishing as runner-up in 2006.

In all, McGuire was 84-21 in 10 years as a Wyoming head coach. In between his stints at Riverside and Big Horn, he was an assistant coach at Sheridan.

The Rams finished 9-2 last season and will return all six of their all-state selections from 2017 this fall. A replacement for McGuire at Big Horn has not yet been named.

Other Wyoming schools with new head coaches, or with vacant head coaching spots, include Class 4A Cheyenne Central and Sheridan, Class 3A Green RiverLander, Powell and Rawlins, and Class 2A GreybullLovell and Wheatland. If you know of other coaching hirings or resignations statewide, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

The Rawlins Daily Times has reported that Corey Wheeler has resigned after four seasons as head coach of the Rawlins football program.

The Outlaws finished 7-3 last year, their first winning season since 2000. Wheeler, in his four years, went 17-19 with the Outlaws, taking the team to the Class 3A playoffs in 2014 and 2017.

A replacement has not yet been named, the Times reported.

Other Wyoming schools with new head coaches, or with vacant head coaching spots, include Class 4A Cheyenne Central and Sheridan, Class 3A Green River, Lander and Powell, and Class 2A Greybull, Lovell and Wheatland. If you know of other coaching resignations statewide, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Here’s a quick breakdown of former Natrona football player Taven Bryan’s selection in Thursday’s NFL draft, courtesy of the @wyomingfootball Twitter feed:

–patrick

Two players from the Class 3A West Conference have been added to the Wyoming Shrine Bowl all-star football game rosters for this year’s game.

Powell’s Brooks Asher and Star Valley’s Noah Hutchinson have been named to the North and South squads, respectively, executive director John Cundall announced via email Thursday.

Asher will replace Rocky Mountain’s Lathan May, while Hutchinson will replace Star Valley teammate Cosmo Morgan.

The game will be June 9 in Casper.

–patrick

Marty Wrage, who helped lead Greybull to the brink of a championship, will move to Green River to take over the Wolves’ program.

The Radio Network and KUGR on Facebook first reported Wrage’s change. Additional information on the change is available from a Casper Star-Tribune story.

Wrage was 27-12 as Greybull’s head coach, leading the Buffaloes to a Class 2A runner-up finish in 2016. The Buffs made the playoffs in each of Wrage’s four seasons as head coach.

In Green River, he replaces Don Maggi, who resigned after seven seasons. Green River went 7-3 last season, bowing out of the Class 3A playoffs in a 17-13 semifinal loss to Torrington.

Previously, Wrage was the head football coach in Ogallala, Nebraska. He will teach physical education in Green River.

Other Wyoming schools with new head coaches, or with vacant head coaching spots, include Class 4A Cheyenne Central and Sheridan, Class 3A Lander and Powell, and Class 2A Lovell and Wheatland. If you know of other coaching resignations statewide, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

The Powell Tribune reported on Tuesday that Powell coach Chanler Buck has resigned after four years as the Panthers’ head coach.

Buck will stay in Powell and will be an assistant principal and the athletics director at Powell’s middle school, the Tribune reported.

Buck went 18-22 in his four years leading the Panthers. The team’s best finish came in 2016, when Powell finished as the Class 3A runner-up to Star Valley.

The timing was a little sooner than I anticipated, but it was a great opportunity for us to jump in,” Buck told the Tribune about moving from coaching and teaching to administration.

A replacement has not yet been named. At least two other Class 3A programs, Lander and Green River, will also have new coaches in 2018.

For more on the changeover in Powell, read the Powell Tribune’s story.

–patrick

In Week 4 of the 2016 season, Rocky Mountain picked up a milestone victory when it beat Cokeville 26-0 in Cokeville.

It marked the first time in 12 tries that Rocky Mountain had beaten Cokeville, and (obviously) the first time the Grizzlies beat the Panthers in Cokeville in seven trips to Lincoln County.

That victory got me thinking: Which teams always lose on the field of one particular foe? I quickly realized the Grizzlies’ ability to put an end to those streaks pales to another home winning streak Cokeville has against another foe — Shoshoni.

Cokeville has beaten Shoshoni 17 consecutive times in games in Cokeville, tied for the largest advantage of any series between active schools in any one location; Cheyenne Central has beaten Torrington 17 times in games in Cheyenne, while Rock Springs beat Superior 17 straight times at home before that series ended in 1947.

Shoshoni gets its 18th chance to beat Cokeville in Cokeville on Sept. 21 this season.

The tougher list — winning every time against a certain opponent on the road — is topped by Natrona. The Mustangs have beaten Riverton all 12 times the two teams have played in Riverton. Torrington holds down second in this category with 10 victories without a loss on the road against St. Mary’s, a streak that will never be stopped due to St. Mary’s closing. Cokeville and Kelly Walsh split third place; Cokeville’s beaten Dubois all nine times that the Panthers have made the trip to Dubois, while Kelly Walsh is 9-0 in games against Lander in Lander.

Meanwhile, the overall series that’s been the most one-sided is Torrington-St. Mary’s, in which Torrington holds — and will always hold — a 21-0 advantage. The biggest shutout streak between currently open schools is in the 20-game series between Cokeville and Dubois, in which Cokeville has won all 20 games.

The longest overall streaks that have a chance of falling in 2018 are a pair of 8-0 streaks: Riverside’s 8-0 record against Ten Sleep and Lovell’s 8-0 mark against Wind River. Lovell hosts Wind River in Week 1 (Aug. 31), while Riverside faces Ten Sleep in Week 3 (Sept. 15).

No unbeaten road records of six games or greater are on the schedule in 2018.

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Here are the series in which one team has never lost to (or tied) the other (in-state programs only, at least six games, series involving at least one closed school in italics, games on the 2018 schedule noted with an *):

Home series
Cheyenne Central: 17-0 at home against Torrington
Cokeville: 17-0 at home against Shoshoni*
Rock Springs: 17-0 at home against Superior
Big Piney: 13-0 at home against Saratoga
Cokeville: 11-0 at home against Dubois
Torrington: 11-0 at home against St. Mary’s
Burlington: 10-0 at home against Wyoming Indian
Cokeville: 10-0 at home against Burlington
Cheyenne Central: 9-0 at home against Douglas
Sheridan: 9-0 at home against Midwest
Big Piney: 8-0 at home against Hanna
Byron: 8-0 at home against Manderson
Newcastle: 8-0 at home against St. Mary’s
Byron: 7-0 at home against Morton

Cheyenne Central: 7-0 at home against Wheatland
Glenrock: 7-0 at home against Manville
Hanna: 7-0 at home against Farson
Lusk: 7-0 at home against Saratoga
Meeteetse: 7-0 at home against Worland Institute
Torrington: 7-0 at home against Guernsey (not Guernsey-Sunrise)

Cokeville: 6-0 at home against Pine Bluffs
Jackson: 6-0 at home against Big Piney
Lander: 6-0 at home against Gebo
Lingle: 6-0 at home against Manville
Lusk: 6-0 at home against Guernsey (not Guernsey-Sunrise)
Lusk: 6-0 at home against Manville

Meeteetse: 6-0 at home against Hulett
Sheridan: 6-0 at home against Sundance
Southeast: 6-0 at home against Hanna
Star Valley: 6-0 at home against Thermopolis
Star Valley: 6-0 at home against Torrington
Thermopolis: 6-0 at home against Gebo

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Road series
Natrona: 12-0 on the road against Riverton
Torrington: 10-0 on the road against St. Mary’s
Cokeville: 9-0 on the road against Dubois
Kelly Walsh: 9-0 on the road against Lander
Big Horn: 7-0 on the road against Ranchester
Byron: 7-0 at on the road against Morton

Cheyenne East: 7-0 on the road against Rawlins
Mountain View: 7-0 on the road against Jackson
Riverside: 7-0 on the road against Wyoming Indian
Cheyenne Central: 6-0 on the road against Wheatland
Cheyenne East: 6-0 on the road against Wheatland
Cokeville: 6-0 on the road against Rocky Mountain
Greybull: 6-0 on the road against Wyoming Indian
Jackson: 6-0 on the road against Big Piney
Meeteetse: 6-0 on the road against Wyoming Indian
Pine Bluffs: 6-0 on the road against Huntley
Riverton: 6-0 on the road against Wheatland
Sunrise: 6-0 on the road against Huntley
Torrington: 6-0 on the road against Lingle

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Total series
Torrington: 21-0 vs. St. Mary’s
Cokeville: 20-0 vs. Dubois
Byron: 14-0 vs. Morton
Cheyenne Central: 13-0 vs. Wheatland
Jackson: 12-0 vs. Big Piney
Pine Bluffs: 11-0 vs. Huntley
Torrington: 11-0 vs. Guernsey (not Guernsey-Sunrise)

Sheridan: 10-0 vs. Midwest
Lovell: 9-0 vs. Wyoming Indian
Evanston: 8-0 vs. Thermopolis
Glenrock: 8-0 vs. Saratoga
Riverside: 8-0 vs. Ten Sleep*
Southeast: 8-0 vs. NSI
Lovell: 8-0 vs. Wind River*
Big Horn: 7-0 vs. Wheatland
Cheyenne Central: 7-0 vs. Midwest
Cokeville: 7-0 vs. Pine Bluffs
Cokeville: 7-0 vs. Wyoming Indian*
Kelly Walsh: 7-0 vs. Cheyenne South*
Lingle: 7-0 vs. NSI*
Natrona: 7-0 vs. Cheyenne South*
Rawlins: 7-0 vs. St. Mary’s
Sheridan: 7-0 vs. Cheyenne South*
Superior: 7-0 vs. Hanna
Big Horn: 6-0 vs. Dubois
Big Horn: 6-0 vs. Rocky Mountain
Big Horn: 6-0 vs. Wind River
Big Piney: 6-0 vs. Wind River
Glenrock: 6-0 vs. Goshen Hole
Guernsey-Sunrise: 6-0 vs. Bow-Basin
Hanna: 6-0 vs. Encampment

Lander: 6-0 vs. Basin
Lander: 6-0 vs. Gebo

Laramie: 6-0 vs. Worland
Lingle: 6-0 vs. Bow-Basin
Lovell: 6-0 vs. Wright
Pine Bluffs: 6-0 vs. Bow-Basin
Sheridan: 6-0 vs. Sundance
Thermopolis: 6-0 vs. Gebo
Wheatland: 6-0 vs. Manville

–patrick

Winners of the 2017 football scholar-athlete awards presented by the Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation pose for a photo Saturday, March 22, 2018, during the awards ceremony in Laramie. Photo courtesy Ernie Over.

Upton’s Dawson Butts and Newcastle’s Cameron Quigley earned the honor of the state’s top football scholar-athletes from the Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

The pair shared the honor during a ceremony Saturday in Laramie. Other finalists for the award included Sheridan’s Blayne Baker; Natrona’s Brett Brenton; Snake River’s J.D. Corson; Sheridan’s Kyle Custis; Pine Bluffs’ Wyatt Fornstrom; Green River’s Chance Hofer; Kaycee’s Mark Largent; Glenrock’s Hezekiah (Kia) Sexson; and Torrington’s Jake Wamboldt.

UW’s Dalton Fields and Drew Van Maanen were also honored.

Other award winners were:

Courage Award: Kaden Malm, Southeast; Kaiden Burk, Wind River.

Perseverance Award: Clayton Auzqui, Buffalo.

Greatest UW Football Fan: Warren Benson, Laramie; Tom and Jill Bramlet, Wheatland.

Greatest High School Football Fan: Stan Thompson, Cokeville.

Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football: Trish Williams, Casper; David Anderson, Lingle.

Ox Zellner Football Official Career Achievement Award: Joe Doak, Thermopolis; Joe White, Lovell.

Football Coach Career Achievement Award: Jeff Barnett, Douglas; Pat O’Connor, Torrington; Bruce Keith, Montrose, Colorado (formerly of Wyoming).

Together, more than $20,000 in scholarships was awarded Saturday. Keynote speakers were UW defensive line coach Pete Kaligas and former Sheridan coach Don Julian.

–patrick

Fourteen Wyoming high school football scholar-athletes, including 11 in the running to be named the state’s top football scholar-athlete, will be honored Saturday during the Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation’s annual banquet in Laramie.

The finalists for the chapter’s award recognizing Wyoming’s top football scholar-athlete are Sheridan’s Blayne Baker; Natrona’s Brett Brenton; Upton’s Dawson Butts; Snake River’s J.D. Corson; Sheridan’s Kyle Custis; Pine Bluffs’ Wyatt Fornstrom; Green River’s Chance Hofer; Kaycee’s Mark Largent; Newcastle’s Cam Quigley; Glenrock’s Hezekiah (Kia) Sexson; and Torrington’s Jake Wamboldt. These 11 were chosen from a group of 99 nominees from across the state.

One winner from this group will represent Wyoming for regional and national honors. Each wins a $1,200 scholarship for being a finalist, while the winner wins an additional $1,200 scholarship. Awards are weighted 40 percent football ability; 40 percent academic achievement and 20 percent community service.

Three other players — Southeast’s Kaden Malm, Wind River’s Kaiden Burk and Buffalo’s Clayton Auzqui — will also be recognized. Malm and Burk will be recognized with the chapter’s Courage Award, while Auzqui will be recognized with the chapter’s Perseverance Award.

UW’s Dalton Fields and Drew Van Maanen will also be honored with scholar-athlete awards.

–patrick

A hidden stash of yearbooks from Ranchester uncovered these gems, which I’ve added to the site:

1940: Fixed the score of Ranchester’s game with Big Horn on Oct. 16, as Big Horn won 26-6, not 69-6; added a 69-6 loss to Lodge Grass, Mont., on Oct. 22 in Lodge Grass; added a 32-0 loss to Lodge Grass, Mont., on Oct. 29 in Ranchester; added a 54-7 loss to Dayton on Nov. 18 in Dayton.

1941: Changed the result of the Dayton-Ranchester game on Oct. 1. The game was originally noted as canceled; however, the game actually was played, and Ranchester won 40-0. Added Dwight Burch as Ranchester coach.

1942: Added Ranchester’s 32-6 victory against Lodge Grass, Mont., on Oct. 9 (added to the missing games list because I couldn’t find a location); added Ranchester’s 69-16 victory against Dayton on Nov. 13 in Dayton.

1943: Added the date for Ranchester’s victory against Lodge Grass, Mont., on Oct. 8; added Ranchester’s 45-0 victory against Dayton on Oct. 1 (added to missing games list because I couldn’t find a location); added Ranchester’s 8-7 victory against Lodge Grass, Mont., on Oct. 29 in Ranchester. Added Dwight Burch as Ranchester coach.

1944: Previously, this was listed as an unplayed season for Ranchester. But that wasn’t true, as they played two games: Beat Big Horn 66-22 on Oct. 13 in Ranchester and beat Lodge Grass, Mont., 61-20 on Oct. 27 in Ranchester. Added U.J. Korhonen as Ranchester’s coach.

1945: Added the score to Ranchester’s 60-6 victory against Clearmont on Sept. 28; added U.J. Korhonen as Ranchester’s coach.

1948: Added two missing games with Big Horn, one on Oct. 8 in Big Horn and one on Oct. 22 in Ranchester; added a Nov. 11 game at Clearmont, a game Clearmont won (added to the missing games list because no score was available). Noted that Ranchester’s coach was Silas Lyman.

1950: Noted that Ranchester’s coach was Levi Ironhawk, not Silas Lyman.

1951: Noted that the last two games of the season, against Big Horn and Dayton, were canceled because of polio.

I also added a game between Deaver-Frannie and Meeteetse on Nov. 4, 1949, in Meeteetse (added to missing games list because a result couldn’t be found).

In all, 13 games were added to the database. The updates have been made on all the relevant pages.

–patrick