High School Stories and Moments of the Year for 2010
Stories and events are listed in no particular order:
Gymnastics was declassified as a varsity sport, after the state meet in February, due to not enough teams. Gillette won the last team title.
Rawlins girls basketball broke a 76-game losing streak. Meanwhile, the Mountain View and Meeteetse boys basketball teams, ran the table in reverse.
After botching a 23-point lead at Kemmerer, the Wyoming Indian boys basketball team escaped with a win, after Caleb Her Many Horses, scored on a putback at the buzzer. Kemmerer got their revenge a few weeks later in Ethete, becoming the only team to beat the Chiefs...yet the Rangers didn't qualify for the state tournament.
Southeast almost knocked Wyoming Indian off the top of the 2A boys basketball mountain, with their own buzzer beater in the state championship game...however the referee ruled (and video later confirmed) that the Cyclones did not get the shot off in time. The Chiefs would repeat as state champs.
After starting the season 3-8, the Natrona County boys basketball team, won their last 16 straight, and beat then undefeated Gillette for the 4A title.
3 Basketball teams entered the state championship basketball game with undefeated records (Gillette boys, Southeast boys, Big Horn girls)...they all lost. The Lady Rams were blown out by arch-rival Tongue River, in the teams' 4th meeting in 2 months.
Jackson and Powell girls basketball teams went through 2 overtimes, before the Lady Broncs came out on top, to 4-peat as 3A state champs.
Burlington boys and girls basketball teams, took home 1st place 1A hardware. The girls team repeated as state champs.
Torrington boys basketball won its first state title since 1983, while Cheyenne East girls basketball won its first state title since 1984.
Among the notable coaches to resign/retire was Paul Prosinski, the boys basketball coach of Buffalo (29 years).
Douglas wrestling won the 3A state title by 1 point over Powell, winning their final match via pin to secure it.
Gillette wrestling 8-peated as champs, while Greybull-Riverside won the 2A title.
Auston Carter of Powell wrestling, joined the 4-state title club.
Andy McCulley of Rock Springs placed as an All-American in freestyle, folkstyle, and Greco-Roman wrestling (Triple Crown winner).
Jackson swept the alpine skiing titles, and the boys nordic ski crown. Lander took the girls nordic ski title.
Lander boys swimming 14-peated as 3A state champs.
Thomas Harrison of the Jackson boys soccer team decided to audition for the school choir as a male soprano, right in the middle of a game.
Laramie boys and girls swept the 4A soccer titles for the 2nd time in 3 years. The girls had to go into double OT with Gillette, after losing both regular season games vs. the Camels.
Buffalo boys soccer won its first title since 1997.
Jackson girls 3-peated as 3A state soccer champs, but not before Buffalo took them into a shootout, for all the marbles.
Among records to be broken at the state Track and Field Meet, was Baillie Gibson of Natrona, who easily crushed the girls 4A discus and shot put records. She was named Milward Simpson Female Athlete of the 2009-2010 school year.
Austin Woodward of Sheridan was named Milward Simpson Male Athelte of the 2009-2010 school year.
The Wyoming Boys Basketball All-Star Team suffered its worst offensive output ever, in a 114-53 loss vs. the Montana all-stars.
The North beat the South 28-27, in one of the closest Shrine Bowl football games in quite sometime.
Cheyenne Post 6 and the Powell Pioneers won the "AA" and "A" state Legion Baseball championships. Powell placed as runner-ups in the "A" league Northwest Regionals.
Hulett had to cancel its 11-man football season after not enough players came out for the team. The Red Devils played a 6-man exhibition season, and will officially join 6-Man in 2011, along with Dubois who will downgrade.
Aaron Lapkin of Cheyenne East became the first ever 4-time state champ in tennis.
The reclassification cycle was announced, which meant several football rivalries would end. Among the notables are Rock Springs vs. Green River, Wheatland vs. Douglas, and Wheatland vs. Torrington. South was moved up to 4A in everything, meaning Star Valley would go back to 3A.
The WHSAA board of directors voted unanimously on no live video streaming of state championship events.
Rocky Mountain (2A) and Kaycee (1A) won their first volleyball state championships ever. 4A and 3A champs were Kelly Walsh and Cody.
Gillette won all but 1 event, to easily win the 4A girls swim title.
Natrona boys won its first cross country state title since 1982.
In only its 2nd year of having a team, Little Snake River ran the table, to win the 6-man football state title.
Douglas (3-peat) and Cokeville won the 3A, and 1A state football titles with undefeated seasons. Thermopolis repeated as 2A state champs, while Natrona won the 4A state championship.
Cokeville Football Coach Todd Dayton surpassed the 250-win mark.
Golf Team Champs were Sheridan, Cody (repeat), and Kemmerer (repeat) boys, while Central (repeat), Cody, and Moorcroft (repeat) won on the girls side.