The 2017 calendar year has ended, and here's a review of what took place in Wyoming High School Sports.

2017 had its share of moments, which would set the stage for 2018.

If we overlooked something, email: scores@wyopreps.com

Winter:

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Winter Season Coaches of the Year: Click here

Boys Basketball:

4A: Kelly Walsh defeated Rock Springs to win their first title since 1981.

3A: Riverton defeated defending champ Worland to win their first title in school history.

2A: Wind River defeated Wyoming Indian to win their 2nd title in 3 years.

1A: Burlington defeated Little Snake River to 4-peat.

Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Trey Hladky - Campbell County

4-Time All-State: Hunter Thompson - Pine Bluffs

 

Girls Basketball:

4A: Cheyenne East defeated Campbell County to win their first title since 2010.

3A: Star Valley avenged their 2016 loss vs. Worland.

2A: Big Horn beat Wyoming Indian by 1 point to win their first title since 2009.

1A: Encampment beat defending champ St. Stephens in OT to win their first title since 2005. The Lady Tigers were the #4 seed out of the west.

Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Kalina Smith - Campbell County

Photo Courtesy: Mark Mahan. Reuse or republication of this photo without the consent of Stanford University Athletics is prohibited.

Natrona County High School grad Kaylee Johnson helped Stanford get to the Final 4, of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.

 

Wrestling:

4A: Green River repeated as state champs.

3A: Star Valley repeated as champs.

2A: Moorcroft 5-peated as champs.

4-Time All-State: Hayden Hasting of Sheridan AND Cole Reiner of Buffalo

Dan Beaudrie of Cody recovered from a serious injury (which forced him to miss his sophomore season), to win a state title. 

5 Wyoming wrestlers ended up winning All-American status in Folkstyle wrestling.

 

Boys Swimming:

4A: Campbell County would repeat as champs.

3A: Lander would 21-peat as champs.

 

Nordic Ski:

Jackson boys and girls sweep the team titles. The boys would 8-peat and win their 13th in 14 years, while the girls would 6-peat.

4-Time All-State: Anna Gibson of Jackson AND Kit Kat Gruner of Natrona

 

Alpine Ski:

Jackson boys and girls sweep the team titles. The boys would 6-peat and win their 9th in 10 years, while the girls would 8-peat and win their 16th in 18 years.

4-Time All-State: Isabelle McLoughlin of Pinedale

 

Indoor Track and Field:

Campbell County would win the boys and girls team titles. For the girls, it was a 6-peat.

 

Spring:

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Spring Season Coaches of the Year: Click here

The Wyopreps App launched.

Boys Soccer:

4A: Cheyenne East entered the state as the bottom seed out of the East, and stunned Cheyenne Central in OT, to win their first title since 2004.

3A: Cody won their first title since 2011, and denied Torrington their first.

Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Ross Elliott of Cheyenne Central

 

Girls Soccer:

4A: Campbell County avenged their 2016 loss vs. Laramie.

3A: Cody bested Worland to finish a 1-loss season.

4-Time All-State selections: Taylor Stoeger of Green River AND Hannah Bailey of Cody

Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year: Lexi Pulley of Laramie

 

Boys Outdoor Track and Field:

Click here to see results from the state meet.

Team State Champs:

4A: Kelly Walsh (repeat)

3A: Star Valley (repeat)

2A: Lovell

1A: Lingle-Ft. Laramie (repeat)

4-Time All-State: Hunter Woodard of Upton

Notable State Records Broken: Logan Harris of Torrington sets new overall state record in the shot put with a throw of 63 feet 8 1/2 inches, breaking John Godina's record of 63' 1" set in 1990.

Gatorade Boys Outdoor Track and Field Athelte of the Year: McCade Johnson of Laramie

 

Girls Outdoor Track and Field:

Click here to see results from the state meet.

Team State Champs:

4A: Campbell County (4 in 5 years)

3A: Star Valley

2A: Big Horn (3-peat) by 2 1/2 points ahead of Big Piney

1A: Cokeville (repeat)

4-Time All-State: Georgia Wollert of Lingle-Ft. Laramie

Notable State Records Broken: Anna Gibson of Jackson sets new overall state record in the 1600 meter run. Leila Martinez of Evanston sets new overall state record in the triple jump.

Gatorade Girls Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Anna Gibson of Jackson

 

Summer:

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Legion Baseball:

Cheyenne Post 6 defeated the Sheridan Troopers to 3-peat as AA State Champs and win their 15th in 17 years.

The Cody Cubs defeated the Riverton Raiders to win their 3rd A-League State Title in 4 years, and for the third time in 4 years, finish as A-League Northwest Regional Runner-Ups.

 

Rodeo:

Video highlights of the 2017 High School National Finals Rodeo Short-Go

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Shay Hough of Gillette finished as the 2017 High School Cowgirl All-Around National Champion, and was National Runner-Up in the Pole Bending.

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Kasen York of Saratoga finished as the 2017 High School Rookie Cowboy All-Around National Champion.

 

Other Summer Events:

Left to Right: Logan Harris (Torrington) and Anna Gibson (Jackson) - Photo Courtesy: Kevin Koile - wyopreps.com

Milward-Simpson Award Winners 2017: Logan Harris of Torrington and Anna Gibson of Jackson

2017 Wyoming Shrine Bowl: The North defeated the South 49-7.

Wyoming-Nebraska 6-Man Football Shootout 2017: The Nebraska All-Stars defeated Wyoming 58-38, to win their third straight, and even up the series at 3 wins each.

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Mr. Wyoming Basketball 2017: Hunter Thompson of Pine Bluffs

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Miss Wyoming Basketball 2017: Kalina Smith of Campbell County

2017 Wyoming Coaches Association Hall Of Fame Inductees:

Brick Cegelski - Cheyenne Central

Dan Barent - Buffalo

Jim O'Connor - Sundance

Tim Gonzalez - Mountain View

Wyoming Coaches Association All-Star Games:

Boys Basketball

Girls Basketball

Volleyball

 

Fall:

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Fall Season Coaches of the Year: Click here

Thunder Basin officially joined the Wyoming High School Sports scene.

Football:

4A: Sheridan defeats Natrona to 3-peat as champs and go undefeated.

3A: Cody shuts out Torrington.

2A: Mountain View scores with 7 seconds to go, to defeat Glenrock.

1A: Pine Bluffs defeats Big Horn to repeat as champs and go undefeated.

6-Man: Kaycee defeats Farson-Eden to 3-peat as champs and go undefeated.

Other notes: Kemmerer ends a state record 36-game regular season losing streak.

Football Gatorade Player of the Year: Brett Brenton - Natrona

 

Volleyball:

4A: Kelly Walsh ends Cheyenne East's 4-peat bid.

3A: Douglas defeats Rawlins

2A: Sundance defeats Wright to win their first title since 2006, and end the Lady Panthers 4-peat bid.

1A: Cokeville defeated Encampment.

 

Golf:

State Golf Meet results.

Team State Champs:

4A: Kelly Walsh boys defeated Cheyenne East in a playoff to win the state title., while the Kelly Walsh girls repeated as champs.

3A: Lander boys and girls win state titles. For the girls, it was a repeat.

2A: Lovell boys and Wright girls (first ever) win state titles.

4-Time All-State: Hudson Roling of Thermopolis and Macy Jacobson of Lander.

 

Tennis:

State Tennis Tournament results.

Team State Champs: Laramie boys (3rd in 5 years) and Cheyenne Central girls (3rd in 4 years)

4-Time All-State: Dawson Miessler of Campbell County

 

Cross Country:

State Cross Country Meet results

Team State Champs:

4A: Laramie boys 6-peat as champs. Cheyenne Central girls win their 2nd in 3 years.

3A: Star Valley boys 6-peat as champs, while the Star Valley girls repeat by 1 point over Cody.

2A: Wyoming Indian wins their 10th in 11 years. Pine Bluffs/Burns girls 8-peat as champs.

4-Time All-State: Aubrey Frentheway of Cheyenne Central

Three Wyoming girls cross country runners competed at the Nike National Meet. Sydney Thorvaldson of Rawlins places 9th, MacKenzie Marler of Cheyenne East places 22nd, and Aubrey Frentheway of Cheyenne Central places 25th.

 

Girls Swimming:

State Girls Swimming Meet results.

Team State Champs:

4A: Laramie (first since 2001)

3A: Lander (repeat champs)

4-Time All-State: Samantha Geyer of Cheyenne Central, Avery Otto of Green River and Sani Carsrud of Thunder Basin

 

Miscellaneous Stories from 2017:

The Wyoming High School Activities Association addressed the reclassification issue for the 2018-19, and 2019-20 school years. Volleyball, basketball, and outdoor track and field will have a 16-16-16-rest format, compared to the 12-16-20-rest format that's been in use in the past.

Once reclassification was set, coaches and AD's determined which school will be in which quadrant/conference.

Chuck Coon
Townsquare Media

Brody Cress finished as Runner-Up in the World Standings in Saddle Bronc. He graduated from Cheyenne East in 2014.

Photo Courtesy: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Cheyenne East grad and Miami Heat basketball player James Johnson, got one of the top 10 dunks of the 2016-17 NBA season, when he postered Stephen Curry.