2016 WY SPORTS YEAR IN REVIEW

2016 WY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS YEAR IN REVIEW

Boys Basketball:
4A: Cheyenne Central defeated Cheyenne South to win their first state title since 1998.
3A: Worland beat Douglas to win their first state title since 1921, ending a 95 year drought.
2A: Pine Bluffs beat defending champ Wind River for their first title since 1983.
1A: Burlington defeated Upton to 3-peat as State Champs.
Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Hoyt Nicholas – Worland
4-Time All-State Boys Basketball Honors: Trey Schroefel – Buffalo

Girls Basketball:
4A: Gillette beat Natrona to repeat as State Champs and win their 16th in 26 years.
3A: Worland defeated Star Valley to win their first title ever.
2A: Pine Bluffs beat Southeast to win their first title since 1994.
1A: St. Stephens defeated Kaycee to win their first title ever.
Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Robbi Ryan – Sheridan (repeat)
4-Time All-State Girls Basketball Honors: Robbi Ryan – Sheridan
Natrona County High School grad Kaylee Johnson helped Stanford get to the Elite 8, of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Wrestling:
4A: Green River would win their first title since 2002, and stop Gillette’s run at 13.
3A: Star Valley would win their first title since 2007.
2A: Moorcroft would 4-peat as state champs.
Kye Catlin of Powell would become the newest member of the 4-state title club.
Hayden Hastings of Sheridan put together an unfeated season.
Hasting would place 4th at nationals and Terren Swartz of Gillette was national runner-up. Both would win All-American status.
4-Time All-State Wrestling Honors: Kye Catlin of Powell, Chance Karst of Powell, Nic Urbach of Powell and Connor Wilkinson of Shoshoni.

Boys Swimming:
4A: Gillette won the State Championship.
3A: Lander 20-peated as State Champs.

Nordic Skiing:
Jackson would win both the boys and girls team state titles. The boys would 7-peat and win their 12th in 13 years. The girls would 5-peat.

Alpine Skiing:
Jackson would win both the boys and girls team state titles. The boys would 5-peat and win their 8th in 9 years. The girls would 7-peat and win their 15th in 17 years.

Indoor Track and Field:
Cheyenne Central boys and Gillette girls (5-peat) were State Champs.

Spring:
Boys Soccer:
4A: Laramie defeated Riverton in the state championship match. It was their 3rd title in 4 years.
3A: Jackson beat Lander to 3-peat as champs and win their 4th state title in the last 5 years.
Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Cameron Campbell of Laramie
4-Time All-State Boys Soccer Honors: Robert George – Kelly Walsh

Girls Soccer:
4A: Laramie defeated Gillette for their first title since 2010.
3A: Jackson held on vs. Worland to repeat as State Champs, and win their 7th in 9 years.
Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year: Robbi Ryan – Sheridan

Boys Outdoor Track and Field:
4A: Kelly Walsh would win their first title since 1985.
3A: Star Valley would win their first title since 1983.
2A: Pine Bluffs would win their first title since 2011.
1A: Lingle-Ft. Laramie would win their first title since 2007.
Gatorade Boys Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Brody Smith – Cody

Girls Outdoor Track and Field:
4A: Natrona would win their first title since 2009.
3A: Jackson would win their first title ever.
2A: Big Horn would repeat as champs.
1A: Cokeville would win their 2nd title in 3 years.
Gatorade Girls Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Lauren Taubert – Natrona
4-Time All-State Honors: Anissa Warner of Powell, Bailey Bard of Big Horn, Zariah Tolman of Burlington and Brytnee Streeter of Kaycee.

Summer:
Legion Baseball:
Cheyenne Post 6 defeated the Sheridan Troopers to win their 14th AA State Championship in 16 years.
The Cheyenne Hawks beat the Douglas Cats to win the A_League State Championship.
Cheyenne East grad and Post 6 alumnus Brandon Nimmo, a 2011 MLB first pick of the New York Mets, got the call to play in the big leagues.

Rodeo:
Team Wyoming won 5 National Runner-Up Awards at the 2016 High School National Finals Rodeo..

Other summer events:
Zach Taylor of Gillette and Robbi Ryan of Sheridan won the 2016 Milward-Simpson Award.
The North beat the South 41-26 in the 2016 Wyoming Shrine Bowl Football Game.
The Nebraska 6-Man Football All-Stars won their second game in a row in the annual Shootout vs. Wyoming.
The Wyoming Boys and Girls Basketball All-Stars went 1-3 vs. Montana.
Mr. Wyoming Basketball 2016: Hoyt Nicholas – Worland
Ms. Wyoming Basketball 2016: Robbi Ryan – Sheridan
Wyoming Coaches Association All-Star Games: The South won the Volleyball game, while the North won both basketball games.

Fall:
Football:
4A: Sheridan beat Natrona to repeat as champs.
3A: Star Valley defeated Powell to repeat as champs.
2A: Big Horn beat Greybull to win their second title in 4 years.
1A: Pine Bluffs defeated Tongue River to win their first title ever.
6-Man: Kaycee beat Farson-Eden to repeat as champs and go undefeated.
Gatorade Football Player of the Year: Coy Steel – Sheridan

Volleyball:
4A: Cheyenne East defeated Kelly Walsh to 3-peat as state champs and win their 4th in 5 years.
3A: Star Valley beat Douglas to win their first title since 2005.
2A: Wright defeated Sundance to 3-peat as champs.
1A: Little Snake River beat Cokeville to win their first title since 2004.
4-Time All-State Volleyball Honors: Kalina Smith – Gillette

Golf:
4A: Behind 4-time state champ Easton Paxton, Riverton boys would 4-peat as state champs. Kelly Walsh girls would win their first title ever.
3A: Wheatland boys would win their first title since 1991, while Lander girls won their first title since 2009.
2A: Wright boys would win their second title in 4 years, while the Tongue River girls won their first ever.
4-Time All State Golf Honors: Easton Paxton – Riverton and Dallas Millin – Wright

Tennis:
Team State Champs: Gillette boys (repeat) and Laramie girls (first ever).
4-Time All-State Tennis Honors: Rachel Phillips – Cheyenne Central

Cross-Country:
Anna Gibson of Jackson placed 4th nationally.
4A: Laramie boys would 5-peat as state champs, and Jackson won the girls state title (won the previous 2 in 3A).
3A: Star Valley boys and girls won the state title. For the boys, it was a 5-peat.
2A: Saratoga/Encampment boys won their first title since 2006, and Pine Bluffs/Burns girls would 7-peat.
4-Time All-State Cross Country Honors: Sydney Wendt – Gillette, Anna Gibson – Jackson, Jules Ward – Thermopolis and Charlene Brown – Wyoming Indian

Girls Swimming:
4A: Gillette would 4-peat as State Champs and has won 11 of the last 12, and 19 of the last 25.
3A: Lander won their first title since 2011.
4-Time All-State Girls Swimming Honors: Rylie Pilon – Gillette


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