National Qualifiers from the local area, Cole Ponce from Big Horn, Casey Collins from Sheridan, Bryce Burnell & Faith Carson from Arvada and Cameron Irwin from Buffalo are headed to the 63rd Annual National High School Finals Rodeo - 2011 - at the CAM-PLEX Facilities of Gillette Wyoming from July 18th - 24th.
Colby Wollenman of Big Horn and Kayla Woodward of Sheridan received the highest honor that a Wyoming High School athlete can receive - The 2011 Milward Simpson Award. Colby earned 9 letters, 5 all-conference and 4-all state awards in basketball, football and soccer and is the first Big Horn male athlete to ever win the award.
The State high school rodeo finals started on Thursday at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas. In Thursday morning action Big Horn's Casey Collins led the way in Steer Wrestling with a time of 5.88 - a faster time than the 7.29 he had last Saturday at the Sheridan County High School Rodeo where he makes this smooth transition from his horse "Hookem" onto the steer.
Cole Ponce, from Big Horn, wrapped up a great weekend with a first place 70-point ride on Bull "707" Sunday coming on the heels of this 64-point ride for 3rd place on Saturday and a 4th Place finish in Buffalo on Friday.
Jarred Lepper from Laramie goes down going around the number three barrel during the Barrel Racing event at Saturday morning's Young Riders Rodeo held at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds. Both went down but both walked out of the arena unscathed.
At the Sheridan County High School Rodeo on Saturday Whitney Simmons from Decker scored a fast 3.98 on this run in Breakaway Roping. Whitney currently sits tied for the 21st position in the breakaway roping standings.The rodeo will continue at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds on Sunday at 9:00 am following Cowboy Church that starts at 7:30. For more: http://wyhsra.org/rodeos.htm
Sheridan High School boys soccer coach Kevin Rizer was named 4-A coach of the year this week by the Wyoming Coaches Association.For more:http://www.sheridanmedia.com/sports/shs-boys-soccer-coach-named-coach-year
Just seconds before the start of the Merrell Bighorn Trail 100 local runners Jeff Foster, Curt Schwamb, Anthony Garber, Darci Arsene, Wendell Robison and Josh Fuller looked ready, willing and able for the grueling journey ahead. About 150 runners left the corner of Dayton's Main Street and 2nd Avenue at 10:00 am Friday and headed into Tongue River Canyon.