8/12/09 Sports for Wednesday

SHS FOOTBALL - The Sheridan Broncs are looking good at the skill positions from a year ago. Austin Woodward returns at Quarterback to start for his third year, plus top Wide-Outs Will Hendrickson and TJ Stender are back as well. Coach Don Julian says that's a great start. If the Broncs have any holes to fill, it will come on the offensive line. Julian says it's an area they'll just have to deal with. Pre-season practice runs through the 27th. The Broncs will open their season at home Friday the 28th against Casper Kelly Walsh.

BIG HORN FOOTBALL - The Big Horn Rams are coming off a runner-up finish in 2-A Football. They lost three Shrine Bowl players from last year; however, Head Coach Bert Dow says they return some good skill players from last year and will have to rely on some younger players to fill the gaps. The numbers look good, and Dow's confident the Ram's will get off to a good start. Since the Rams don't have a field or practice facility at the school, they will practice at the softball complex at Sheridan College and play their home games at Sheridan High School and NSI.

TONGUE RIVER FOOTBALL - The Tongue River Eagles went 0-8 a year ago with a young team. They return a good group this fall, and Head Coach Chuck Walters feels they are still untested in many areas. The Eagles look to be much improved from last year, but changes in the 2-A league have made it even tougher on teams like Tongue River and Big Horn.

GOLF - Big Horn and Tongue River Golf Coach Sandy Michelena will have his Big Horn Golf meeting this afternoon at 4 o'clock at Big Horn High School, then he's off to Dayton for the Tongue River meeting at 7 pm.

POLO - The Flying “H” Polo Ranch has some action coming up this week, as they play tomorrow and Saturday afternoons at 1 o'clock, hosting the “Skeeter Johnston” Memorial Cup. Admission tomorrow and Saturday is free.

TENNIS - The Sheridan Bronc and Lady Bronc Tennis Team camp continues through tomorrow. The camp runs tonight from 6 to 8 o'clock at the Sheridan High School Tennis Courts.

MLB ROCKIES - Ross Ohlendorf pitched solidly into the seventh inning, and Andrew McCutchen stole three bases and scored three runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Colorado Rockies 7-3 last night. That ended the Pirates' eight-game losing streak. Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki homered in his first at-bat. Carlos Gonzalez also homered for the Rockies. Todd Helton tripled for Colorado and singled to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. Ohlendorf gave up three runs on six hits, walked two and struck out three in six-plus innings. Game 2 of the series is set for tonight at Coors Field. With last night's loss by the Giants, the Rockies remain in the lead for the National League Wild Card spot.

NFL BRONCOS - Brandon Stokley is preparing to carry a heavier workload than he is used to. The Denver Broncos' slot receiver has had several outstanding practices at camp, and is clearly the one receiver who has best adjusted to new quarterback Kyle Orton and the team's intricate new offense. Stokley said he spent the off-season working out with Orton, and now it's paying off.

Stokley has been lining up in the slot with Eddie Royal and Jabar Gaffney on the outside with Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall sidelined after pulling up lame in practice earlier this month. The Broncos will play their first pre-season game this Friday night on the road against the San Francisco 49ers. We'll have the action for you live on our sister station AM 1410 KWYO. The broadcast will start at 7 pm with the kickoff set for just after 8 pm.

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