07/24/09 Sports for Friday

AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL - The Sheridan Jets and Troopers opened post-season baseball tournaments yesterday. The Jets began with a great opening round win over Casper. Paul Geisey threw a complete game shut-out and got great defensive play behind him in the 2-0 victory over the Drillers. Tonight they head into the Winners' bracket against Gillette.

Gillette beat Cody yesterday to advance, and Laramie advanced, beating Wheatland. Games today at Thorne-Rider have a loser-out game at noon with Cody playing Casper. Then Cheyenne plays Laramie at 3, and the Jets take on Gillette and 6 o'clock.

The Troopers lost in their 1st Round game at the North District Tournament in Casper yesterday. The Troops had Cody down 3-0 after the 4th inning, but the Cubs came back, taking the lead in the 8th inning by scoring two runs and went on to beat the Troops 5-3.

Today the Troopers play an elimination game against Lovell, who lost to Casper yesterday. Other games had Powell beating Douglas, and Gillette knocked off Jackson. The Troopers must win their next two games to advance to the State Tournament.

NHSFR - The 2nd Go is under way at the 2009 National High School Finals Rodeo in Farmington, New Mexico. Jake Gill made his second run in the tie-down roping and had a time of 19.986 seconds; he is currently 26th in the average and will miss the Short Go tomorrow.

Megan Belus sits in 18th place in the pole bending average; she has a chance to make the finals in breakaway roping and she's up today in her second run, with the 12th fastest time from the 1st Go. Nikki Baumann went 3.695 seconds in her breakaway run yesterday and still has her second run to go.

Luke Camino had the second fastest 1st Go time in the steer wrestling and is up for his second run today. Taylor Kelly has his second ride in the saddle bronc event today and Maggie Boyle has her 2nd run today in the barrel race. There will be two performances today and one more tomorrow morning. The Championship round will be tomorrow night.

LOCAL GOLF - The Kendrick Golf Course Club Championship will be played tomorrow and Sunday. You can still sign up today; the fee to enter is $35.

Next week the Sheridan “City” Championship will be played. It's a 2-day event, with one round at Kendrick and the other at the Sheridan Country Club. Registration is being taken at either course.

NCAA FOOTBALL - The Mountain West Conference media has been polled and have picked the Wyoming Cowboys football team to finish last in the league this fall, which is okay with first-year head coach Dave Christensen. Christensen begins a new era in Cowboy football in 2009, and the no-nonsense head Cowboy says the Pokes have to go out and earn respect from the other teams in the league. The Cowboys open the 2009 season September 5th at home against Weber State.

PRO POLO - At the the Flying “H” Polo Club, team “Bend-About" defeated team “BTA” 9-8. They have more action this afternoon at 4 o'clock as the 4th Annual “Archie MacCarty” Kids Cup is being played today. Tomorrow they will host the “Bob Tate” Memorial Cup with “Bend-About” again playing “BTA” Admission is free, but bring blankets and chairs.

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