Help WyoPreps Choose the Top-4 Prep Athletes in the Last Decade [POLL]
Wyoming has seen some terrific athletes over the last 11 years. Which four would you choose as the top ones?
Several great nominations came in from fans across the state. It was difficult, but we’ve narrowed the field down to the top performers based on their prep careers in Wyoming. What someone did after high school doesn’t factor into this decision.
This is where your fan vote comes into play. You can help us decide the top four. The poll to cast your votes is below. Here are your choices and some brief highlights of their prep achievements. These are in no particular order:
Sydney Thorvaldson – 6X Gatorade Award winner (the most in state history); never lost a cross country, indoor track, or outdoor track race in her high school career; holds numerous state and even national records; Milward Simpson Award winner in 2021.
Peter Visser – 4X Gatorade Award winner; 3X Class 3A state champion in cross country; 22 all-state awards; won 15 state championships in his career; Milward Simpson Award winner in 2021.
Robbi Ryan – 3X Gatorade Award winner in basketball and soccer; scored over 1,500 points in her career; led Sheridan to a top-3 finish in hoops her last 3 years; helped Sheridan finish as the 4A runner-up twice in soccer; led Sheridan to fourth-place in volleyball her senior year; 9 all-state awards in basketball, soccer, and volleyball; Milward Simpson Award winner in 2016; went on to play at Arizona State University.
Ricky Faure – Gatorade Player of the Year in cross country in 2013; state record holder in the 800 & 1600 meters; 14X individual state champion track and cross country; two relay state championships; 7 all-state awards in his career; 3 conference titles won; Milward Simpson Award winner in 2014.
Nick Dillinger – 6X individual state champion & 6X relay state champion; 12X High School All-American; 3X Swimmer of the Year in Class 4A; 2X Swimmer of the Meet in Class 4A; Jr. National Champion in the 50 freestyle; still holds 3 individual state records in the 50, 200, & 500 freestyle; part of the record-holding 200 medley relay team from Campbell County High School; led Camels to the state title in 2012. Went on to swim at the University of Cal.
Allyson Fertig – 2X Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year; 10 all-state awards in basketball, track, and volleyball; helped the Bearcats win 3 Class 3A state championships in basketball and a 101-2 record in 4 years; 11 school records in basketball; 1,854 career points; 1,198 career rebounds (3rd); 452 career blocks (3rd); 830 career field goals – most in state history of girls basketball; 2X state champion in the shot put; Milward Simpson Award finalist in 2021.
McKinley Bradshaw – Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year in 2018; 11 all-state awards in basketball, track, and volleyball; 4X all-state in basketball; 3X all-state in volleyball; helped Lyman win the Class 3A volleyball state championship in 2018. 4X state champion in the high jump in outdoor track; 4x all-state in track; 2,098 career points in hoops – 2nd in state history; 1,132 career rebounds – 4th in state history; 538 career steals – 2nd in state history; 734 career field goals – 3rd in state history; 504 career free throws made – 4th in state history; Milward Simpson Award winner in 2019.
Jerayah Davis – 3X Gatorade Player of the Year for track; four-sport varsity letter winner in basketball, indoor track, outdoor track, and volleyball; 7 all-state awards in volleyball and track; 16 individual state championships in track; two relay state championships in track; state record holder in 200 meters; Milward Simpson Award finalist in 2014. Went on to compete in track at UW.
Graedyn Buell – 5 all-state awards in football and basketball; also participated in track and golf; 4A Offensive Player of the Year in 2019 & 2020; 2020-21 Gatorade Player of the Year for football; Shrine Bowl Offensive MVP in 2021; 4X high school football team’s offensive player of the year (Rock Springs & Cheyenne East); led the Thunderbirds to an 11-1 record and the Class 4A football state championship in 2020; holds 4 Wyoming state records in football & 9 school records; only player 2X Super 25 Player of the Year; scored more than 1,500 career points in basketball; holds two school records in basketball; Milward Simpson Award Finalist in 2021.
Logan Wilson – helped Natrona County win football, basketball, and track state championships as a senior in 2015; 4 all-state awards in football and track; all-state at four different positions in football; 9X varsity letter winner in football, basketball, and track; Milward Simpson Award Finalist in 2015; went on to play linebacker at UW.
Avery Madden – 6 all-state awards in basketball, track, and volleyball; 12 varsity letters earned; 9 all-conference awards; 2X all-state in volleyball; led the Trailblazers to the Class 3A championship in 2012 – the 1st in school history; helped Torrington reach the state tournament all 4 years of her prep career; 7X all-state in track; set school records in the triple (5X) and long jump (1X); Milward Simpson Award winner in 2014.
Brandon Nimmo – helped Cheyenne Post 6 win three straight state championships from 2009-2011; highest draft pick from Wyoming in MLB history at No. 13 in 2011 MLB Draft; holds career records in home runs and walks for Cheyenne Post 6; state tournament MVP in 2011; 4X all-state in baseball; had committed to play baseball at the University of Arkansas before signing with the New York Mets.
Kalina Smith – 2X Gatorade Player of the Year – winning the award in volleyball and basketball her senior year in 2017; 9 all-state awards across basketball, volleyball, and track; 4-year varsity letter winner in volleyball, basketball, and track at Powell and Campbell County High School’s; helped Powell win the Class 3A volleyball state championship in 2013; Class 4A Volleyball Player of the Year in 2016; 2X Conference Player of the Year in volleyball; Prepvolleyball.com All-American in 2016; 3x all-state in basketball; named Miss Wyoming Basketball in 2017; Milward Simpson Award finalist in 2017; went to Central Michigan for volleyball.
Tristan White – 2X Gatorade Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015 for boys soccer; 3x all-state in soccer; all-state in football in 2014; participated in hockey, where he was top 3 in goals scored for 4 seasons; 34 goals and 14 assists over last 2 years.
Lauren Taubert – Gatorade Player of the Year in track in 2016; 14 all-state awards in track and volleyball; 11 state championships won in volleyball, basketball, and track; 3X state champion in 300-meter hurdles & high jump; state record holder in the high jump as a freshman; state record holder in 300-meter hurdles; 11 school records in track at Natrona County High School; 5X USA Track and Field Junior Olympic All-American; 2 national championships; led NCHS in kills and blocks in volleyball on 2013 state championship team; missed her junior season due to an injury; Milward Simpson Award finalist in 2016; went on to compete at Kansas State in track as a multi-event athlete.
Kayla Woodward – 4X all-state in basketball, track, and volleyball; 5X all-conference; 8 varsity letters earned; co-Conference Player of the Year in 2011 for basketball in the 4A East; helped the Broncs finish top 3 twice in her prep career in basketball; set Sheridan’s all-time scoring record when her career ended (passed by Robbi Ryan); set school records for kills in a season and career at that time for SHS; Milward Simpson Award winner 2011; went on to play basketball at UW.
Dino Collins – 6 all-state and 3 more all-conference awards in football, wrestling, and track at Lovell; helped the Bulldogs to the Class 2A state championship and 11-0 record in 2011; Class 2A runner-up in 2012 (10-2); Class 2A Player of the Year as senior in 2012; averaged 10.9 yards per carry and scored 28 TDs in 2012 season; Super 25 Offensive Player of the Year in 2012; went 72-0 and won state wrestling championships in 2012 and 2013 on the mat; won 2 track state championships in the long jump and triple jump in 2013; played in the 2013 Shrine Bowl; Milward Simpson Award winner in 2013; walked-on for football at BYU.
Tevis Bartlett – Gatorade Player of the Year for football in 2013; helped Cheyenne East win the Class 4A football championship in 2013; 6 all-state awards in football and wrestling; 2x all-state in football; 4x state champion in wrestling; 2x national champion in wrestling; prep career record on the mat was 189-5 (2 of those losses were to Dino Collins); Milward Simpson Award winner in 2015; played college football at the University of Washington.
Rylee Hladky – Gatorade Player of the Year in basketball in 2019; 6 all-state awards in basketball and volleyball; 2x conference player of the year in basketball; helped Campbell County to the 4A state basketball championship in 2016 and 2018; 8 letters earned in basketball and volleyball; Milward Simpson Award finalists in 2019; playing volleyball at Metro State College in Denver.
Easton Paxton – 4x state champion in golf in Class 4A; 5 all-state awards in golf and basketball; helped Riverton to 4 state championships as a team in Class 4A; 4X U.S. Junior qualifier; 2015 runner-up at Junior America’s Cup; 2015 North-South Junior Champion; helped the Wolverines win the Class 3A state basketball title in 2017; Milward Simpson Award finalist in 2017; playing golf in college at North Carolina State University;
Logan Harris – 7 all-state awards in football and track; 3 more all-conference awards; 2X state champion in the shot put in indoor track; hold the state indoor record in the shot put with a toss of 61-2.50; state champion in the shot put in outdoor track in 2017; broke John Godina’s record in the shot put with a toss of 63-8.50 at the state meet in 2017; 2x state runner-up in discus; playing football at UW.