2014 Wyoming High School Sports Year In Review [POLL]
It's time to say good-bye to another calendar year of High School Sports in Wyoming.
2014 had its share of moments, which would set the stage for 2015.
Scroll down for a poll question on what you think is the 2014 Wyoming High School Sports Story of the Year.
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Winter: (Click on the various links to see stories)
3A: Cody boys won only their second state title in school history. The other one happened back in 1957.
4A: Natrona girls won their first state championship in 14 years.
3A: Douglas girls won their first state championship since 2005 and denied Worland their first ever.
2A: Tongue River girls repeated as champs in overtime, and denied Kemmerer their first ever.
1A: Lingle-Ft. Laramie finally got over Cokeville to win its second title ever.
Coach Jerry Patrick of Burlington retired after 36 years.
Coach Dianne Moser of Tongue River girls, picked up win #700 in December 2014.
Boys Basketball Gatorade Player of the Year: Cody Kelley of Gillette (repeat)
Girls Basketball Gatorade Player of the Year: Kaylee Johnson of Natrona (3-peat)
Gillette 12-peated in 4A, Powell 3-peated in 3A, and Moorcroft repeated as 2A team state champs.
Justin Lewton of Worland and Bryce Meredith of Cheyenne Central, became the 15th and 16th members of the 4-state title club.
Four wrestlers later went on to win All-American status.
Indoor Track and Field:
The Casper Oilers outlasted the Gillette Wild in a shootout, to win the state championship. Click here to see video highlights.
Spring: (Click on the various links to see stories)
3A Boys: Jackson boys completed an undefeated season beating Lander in the championship match. Lander coach Dan Howlett retired after 29 years, and this was the first time he had guided the Tigers to the championship game.
4A Girls: East girls repeated as champs.
3A Girls: Buffalo girls and Lander played 100 minutes of scoreless soccer in the 3A championship game. Buffalo prevailed in the shootout, and denied the Lady Tigers their first ever.
Boys Soccer Gatorade Player of the Year: Tristan White - Riverton
Girls Soccer Gatorade Player of the Year: Rachel Erickson - Cheyenne East (Repeat)
Outdoor Track and Field:
Boys team champs: Natrona (4A repeat), Powell (3A), Thermopolis (2A...first ever), and Cokeville (1A repeat).
Girls team champs: Gillette (4A repeat), Cody (3A 7-peat), Lovell (2A), and Cokeville (1A).
Notable overall state records broken: Hunter Davila of Kelly Walsh in the boys 3200 meter run, Ricky Faure of Rock Springs in the Boys 800 meter run and boys 1600 meter run, Joey Czellecz of Kelly Walsh in the boys 300 meter hurdles.
Boys Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Joey Czellecz - Kelly Walsh (repeat)
Girls Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Jerayah Davis - Kelly Walsh (3-peat)
Summer: (Click on the various links to see stories)
State champs: Gillette Roughriders (AA) and Cody Cubs (A-League...first since 1989).
The Cody Cubs finished as runner-ups in the A-League Northwest Regional Tournament held in Alaska.
Karson Bradley of Big Piney won the Rookie All-Around Cowgirl award, at the High School National Finals Rodeo, held in Rock Springs.
Breanna Reimler finished as National Runner-Up in the Pole Bending, at the High School National Finals Rodeo, held in Rock Springs.
Other summer stories:
The North beat the South in the Shrine Bowl football game. Click here to see highlights.
The Wyoming 6-man football all-stars improved to 3-0 vs. Nebraska. Click here to see highlights.
Seth Bennett of Meeteetse and Sterling Baker of Dubois, became the first Wyoming players to play in the Can-Am Bowl.
The Wyoming vs. South Dakota basketball all-star games, did not take place.
The Wyoming Boys basketball all-star teams went 0-2 vs. Montana, while the Girls basketball all-star teams split with Montana. (Click here to see highlights of the boys game in Sheridan, or Click here to see highlights of the girls game in Sheridan).
Mr. Wyoming Basketball 2014: Cody Kelley - Gillette
Miss Wyoming Basketball 2014: Kaylee Johnson - Natrona
Wyoming Coaches Association All-Star Game Winners:
2-time World Series winner and Kelly Walsh HS grad and former Casper Oiler baseball player Mike Devereaux, became only the 2nd Wyomingite ever inducted into the National Federation of High Schools Hall of Fame.
Kathy Hamer-Smith of Torrington and Mark Campbell from Natrona were inducted into the National Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Mike Curry (Gillette), Brian Toomer (Cokeville), Jerry Patrick (Burlington), Mark Campbell (Natrona), Chuck Giesenhagen (Green River), and Jim Dolezal (Mountain View), were inducted into the Wyoming Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Football: (Click on the various links to see stories)
About one month before practice started, football players and fans in Powell as well as all of Wyoming, were shocked and saddened over the sudden loss of 44-year old Jim Stringer, who died of a heart attack.
Under his tutelage, the Panthers had won the previous three state championships prior to the 2014 season, and had coached the North team in the 214 Shrine Bowl, about one month prior to his passing.
4A: Natrona (2nd 12-0 season in 3 years)
3A: Cody (First since 1991)
2A: Mountain View (First since 1997)
1A: Cokeville (Undefeated...4th title in 5 years...title #22)
6-Man: Guernsey-Sunrise (Undefeated)
Football Gatorade Player of the Year: Christian Mayer - Big Horn
4A: Cheyenne East
1A: Cokeville (4-peat...21st title)
Volleyball Gatorade Player of the Year: Cosette Stellern - Cheyenne East
4A Boys: Riverton (repeat) 3A Boys: Pinedale (First ever) 2A Boys: Thermopolis
4A Girls: Evanston (first since 1988) 3A Girls: Cody 2A Girls: Lusk (3-peat)
John Murdock IV of Laramie, Pax Mitchell of Powell, Denton Shaw of Lusk, and Sydney Gunn of Cody were 4-time All-State selections.
Team Champs: Laramie Boys (repeat) and Cheyenne Central girls.
Junior Julia Fenn of Sheridan, became a 3-time Girls #1 singles state champ. No girl has ever 4-peated.
4A Boys: Laramie (3-peat) 3A Boys: Star Valley (3-peat) 2A Boys: Wyoming Indian (8-peat)
4A Girls: Gillette (3-peat) 3A Girls: Jackson 2A Girls: Pine Bluffs/Burns (5-peat)
Team State Champs:
4A: Gillette (repeat) 3A: Jackson (3-peat)
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Other 2014 Notes:
Wyopreps.com was never called out for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.