2013 Wyoming High School Sports Year In Review [POLL]
As the calendar flips itself over to 2014, here's a look back at what happened in Wyoming High School Sports in 2013.
Scroll down for a poll question on what you think was the story of the year.
Tongue River girls were the only team to go undefeated...putting together a 28-0 record en route to the 2A State Championship. (Click here to see highlights of their championship win)
Little Snake River boys 3-peated as 1A Champs. (Click here to see highlights of their championship win)
Kohl Battleson hit a running bank shot buzzer beater to allow Star Valley to claim the 3A boys crown. (Click here to see highlights of their championship win) (Click here to see the buzzer beater by itself)
Star Valley girls made it a Brave sweep in 3A basketball, and gave Douglas their one and only loss of the season. (Click here to see highlights of their championship win)
Coach Mike Curry stepped down after 30 years as the Gillette boys coach. He had 605 wins...the most of any coach. Click here for more.
Gillette grad Jordan Kelley announced she was transferring from Washington State to play women's basketball at the Univ. of Wyoming. Click here for more.
Sheridan grad Kayla Woodward of UW women's basketball, named Mountain West Conference, Pre-Season Player of the Year. Click here to read more.
Natrona County High School senior Kaylee Johnson signs with Stanford. Click here to read more.
Gillette 11-peated as 4A state champs, while Powell won the 3A, and Moorcroft/Hulett won 2A. Click on the links to see various state championship highlights: Lower Weight Classes or Higher Weight Classes
Dani Fischer of Gillette became the 14th member of the 4-state title club.
Dino Collins of Lovell completed his 2nd straight undefeated season.
Tevis Bartlett of Cheyenne East won his 2nd straight folkstyle wrestling national championship. 5 wrestlers placed as All-Americans. Click here for more.
Bartlett also placed 3rd nationally in Greco-Roman wrestling.
Kelly Walsh grad Jesse Hillhouse won a NCAA Division 2 National Championship at CSU-Pueblo. Click here for more.
Cheyenne Central won its first title ever, while Lander 17-peated in 3A. Click here for more.
Jackson boys and girls swept the Nordic and Alpine ski titles (Boys Nordic and Girls Alpine were 4-peats, while Boys Alpine and Girls Nordic were repeat champs) Click here for Nordic results. Click here for Alpine results.
Indoor Track and Field:
Kelly Walsh boys and Gillette girls won team titles. Click here for more
Both 4A state championship games were decided in shootout mode. State titles were claimed by: Laramie boys, East girls, Buffalo boys, and Jackson girls (Click on various links to see championship highlights)
Jessica Freeze of Jackson was named a 4-time all-state player.
Outdoor Track and Field:
Team state champs: Natrona boys, Douglas boys, Lovell boys (repeat), Cokeville boys, Gillette girls, Cody girls (6-peat), Burns girls, Lingle-Ft. Laramie girls (repeat). Click here for more.
Cheyenne Post 6 5-peats as AA State Champs (won 12 of last 13) and placed 3rd in the AA Northwest Regional Tournament. Click here to see highlights of their state championship win.
Laramie won its first A-League State Championship since 1986.
Wheatland hosted the A-League Northwest Regional Tournament. The Lobos went 0-2, while Laramie went 1-2.
Bryce Burnell of Arvada won the High School National Championship in Bull Riding. Click here for more.
Chloe Ashenhurt of Wheatland placed 5th Nationally in Pole Bending.
Tanner Butner of Daniel place 7th Nationally In Saddle Broncs.
Lusk grad Jordan Thurston-Miller won her 2nd College Goat Tying National Championship.
Dino Collins (Lovell) and Madison Legerski (Laramie) won the 2013 Milward-Simpson award. Click here for more
The Wyoming Boys Basketball All-Stars went 0-2 vs. South Dakota and 0-2 vs. Montana.
The Wyoming Girls Basketball All-Stars went 2-0 vs. South Dakota and 1-1 vs. Montana.
Xavier Webb of Riverton and Hailey Ligocki of Sheridan were named Mr. and Miss Wyoming Basketball.
Kevin Williams of Kelly Walsh named National Girls Track Coach of the Year, while Wendy Schuler of Evanston was named Assistant Girls Coach of the Year. Click here to read more
The North beat the South, 34-6 in the Shrine Bowl. Click here for more.
The Wyoming 6-man Football All-Stars kept Nebraska out of the end zone, in the second half, to win the 2nd Annual 6-Man Shootout. Click here for more.
In an overtime thriller, Powell 3-peated as 3A champs, besting Douglas in matchup of undefeated teams. Click here to see highlights.
Cheyenne East did not pickup a first down the entire second half, but managed to hang on to beat Natrona in the 4A state championship game, thanks to 2 missed 4th quarter field goals. Click here to see highlights.
Cheyenne South finally won the program's first varsity football game, after an 0-25 start.
Austin Fort of Gillette committed to play for the Univ. of Wyoming
Taven Bryan of Natrona committed to play for the Univ. of Florida.
Brick Cegelski of Central, stepped down as football coach after 18 years. Click here to read more.
Powell entered the 3A state tournament as a 4-seed and walked out with the title. Click here to see highlights.
Kemmerer won its first 2A title in 30 years. Click here to see highlights.
Natrona swept Gillette for the 4A crown. Click here to see highlights.
Cokeville won its 20th 1A state title. Click here to see highlights.
Team Champs: Gillette (4A) and Jackson (3A repeat). Click here to read more.
Team Champs: Laramie boys (first since 1981) and Gillette girls. Click here to read more.
4A Boys: Riverton (First ever)
4A Girls: Natrona
3A Boys: Lander
3A Girls: Buffalo
2A Boys: Wright
2A Girls: Lusk
4A Boys: Laramie
4A Girls: Gillette
3A Boys: Star Valley
3A Girls: Cody
2A Boys: Wyoming Indian (7-peat)
2A Girls: Pine Bluffs/Burns (4-peat)
9 former Wyoprep Athletes helped the Laramie County Community College women's soccer team, reach the Junior College National Semi-Finals.
The WHSAA announced that starting with the 2014-2015 school year, the volleyball season will be extended by 1 week, while wrestling, and basketball will be shortened by 1 week, and start one week later. The soccer season will remain the same length, but start and end 1 week later. Click here to read more.
Reclassification will also take effect in the 2014-2015 school year. There will be some minor shuffling in football, while in all other sports, the only big change is that Lovell will move up to 3A and Lyman will move down to 2A. Click here to read more.
The WHSAA signed an agreement with the National Federation of High Schools for broadcasting rights of various state championship events. Click here to read more.
2013 Wyoming Gatorade Players of the Year: Click on the links to read more
Football: Tevis Bartlett of East.
Volleyball: Sydney Matheny of Gillette.
Boys Basketball: Cody Kelley of Gillette.
Girls Basketball: Kaylee Johnson of Natrona.
Boys Soccer: Will Horstmann of Jackson.
Girls Soccer: Rachel Erickson of East.
Boys Track and Field: Joey Czellecz of Kelly Walsh.
Girls Track and Field: Jerayah Davis of Kelly Walsh.
Boys Cross-Country (2012): Ricky Faure of Rock Springs.
Girls Cross-Country (2012): Hailey Ricks of Star Valley.
Top 10 Most Watched Videos Highlights In 2013: (Click on various links to view)
10. Thermopolis at Lyman Football on October 4th (Tui Magalogo ran for 332-339 yards)
9. East at Natrona Football on September 6th (The triple-OT game)
8. Lovell at Wyoming Indian Boys Basketball on January 26th (1 vs. 2 at the time)
5. Matt Johnson's Buzzer Beater (4A Boys Basketball State Semi-Finals: Evanston vs. Kelly Walsh)
1. Kohl Battleson's Buzzer Beater (3A Boys Basketball State Championship: Star Valley vs. Powell)
Our Best Video Moments: (Click on the various links to view)
Football Highlight of the Year: Mikky Heward of Burns rips the ball loose from Braden Douglas of Wheatland, and returns it 74 yards for a TD. (Go to 1:43 in the video)
Basketball Highlight of the Year: Kohl Battleson's Buzzer Beater (3A Boys Basketball State Championship: Star Valley vs. Powell)
Wrestling Match of the Year: Tevis Bartlett of East vs. Dino Collins of Lovell (Ron Thon Final...go to 3:37 in the Higher Weight Class video)
Soccer Highlight of the Year: Goalie Brandon Toudt of Central blocks Alex German of Gillette on a breakaway. (Go to 1:16 in the video)
Baseball Highlight of the Year: Greg Ashley of Cheyenne Post 6 avoids the tag at first in the AA State Championship Game. (Go to 0:10 in the video)
Our nominee for Story of the Year: Bryce Burnell of Arvada wins High School Bull Riding National Championship.