NHSFR - The 2009 National High School Finals Rodeo continues in Farmington, New Mexico. Luke Camino from Clearmont, Megan Belus from Buffalo, Nikki Bauman from Sheridan, Jake Gill from Wyola and Taylor Kelly from Sheridan are all competing. The 1st Go continues today with two performances, and will conclude with one tomorrow before moving on to the 2nd Go.
Yesterday, Megan Belus was 3.29 seconds in breakaway roping -- good enough for 8th overall. Nikki Bauman was 10.25 in goat tying, and is in 28th place overall. Luke Camino sits in 2nd place overall in the steer wrestling -- he is only one of two bulldoggers to go under four seconds in the 1st Go. Still to compete in the 1st Go is Belus in pole bending and Bauman in breakaway roping, Taylor Kelly in saddle bronc riding and Jake Gill in tie-down roping. In the state team competition, Wyoming currently sits in 3rd place.
AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL - The Sheridan Jets will be the host team for the State Junior American Legion Baseball Tournament. The tournament opens Thursday with three games. Top-seed Cheyenne gets a 1st-round bye; the first game Thursday will start at noon and will have Gillette playing Cody. Laramie plays Wheatland at 3 o'clock and the Jets will play Casper at 7:30. Tournament director Dan Bilyue says the state's “AA” coaches love to have this tournament in Sheridan because their younger kids get to play at a great baseball facility.
Seven teams will participate, and the competition should be pretty good. The state has done a good job of trying to bring along the younger players by giving the “Junior” teams a chance to play for a state championship.
The state has gone to a district tournament format for all “A” and “AA” teams; it's all one big league with 16 teams. The district tournaments will open Thursday in Casper and Laramie. The Troopers open Thursday at 12:30 against Cody; the other teams in Casper include the host team along with Lovell, Powell, Douglas, Gillette and Jackson.
Laramie will be the host team in the south with Riverton, Cheyenne, Torrington, Evanston, Rock Springs, Wheatland and Green River. The top four from each district advance to the state tournament in Rock Springs next week. Last year, Gillette broke Cheyenne's state championship winning streak at seven in a row.
LOCAL GOLF - Sheridan High School sophomore Kamrin Allen had a great finish at the Wyoming State Amateur Tournament in Gillette last weekend. The 15-year-old finished 6th overall in the field, which included adults. Allen shot rounds of 74, 74 and 72 at the Bell Knob Golf Course. He will be a sophomore at Sheridan High School this fall, and will be on the Bronc golf team that won the state tournament last year. The Broncs and head coach Larry Martoglio have also been invited to play at a national high school team tournament in Tennessee around the Labor Day holiday weekend.
The Sheridan County Junior Golf program held its first tournament of the 3-tournament series yesterday at the Sheridan Country Club. The girls' 8-9-year-old winner was Kayla Allen, Kamrin's little sister. 2nd place went to Peyton Bomar and Jillian Destafano was 3rd. In the 10-13-year-old girls division, Megan Meyers was 1st, followed by Sarah Rawlings, Emily Speigelberg and Jamy Shassetz.
In the boys' competition, Brock Bomar won the 8-9-year- old division. In the 10-12-year-old age group, Jack Mavrakis and Drew Boedecker tied for first, with Mavrakis breaking the tie winning a "chip-off.” Andrew Giorgis won the 13-14-year-old division and Chris Cremer took the 15-and-up division.