The community of northeastern Wyoming and western South Dakota suffered a great loss with the death of Campbell County High School (CCHS) graduate and Black Hills State (BHS) student Nicholas (Nick) Bazemore on Sunday. According to a media release, on Sunday October 28, 2012, at approximately 9:48 pm, the Spearfish Police Department responded to Black Hills State University in regards to a deceased student.
Upon arrival, a BHSU student from Gillette, Wyoming, Nicholas Bazemore, 18-years-old, was found deceased in his dormitory room. There is no foul play suspected, based upon the preliminary indications from the investigation. The investigation is continuing.Bazemore was not only attending BHS as a student, but he was also a member of their football team. Before graduating from CCHS with the class of 2012 he was top notch student athlete. Bazemore was an integral member of the Camels football team and the indoor and outdoor track and field teams.
Bazemore was CCHS's leading rusher in 2011 as he racked up 1,339 yards and scored 19 rushing touchdowns. Overall in his senior season for the Camels he scored 20 times to finish as the 3rd highest scoring player in 4A football. He also had the longest scoring play in 4A football when he scored on a 98-yard TD run against Cheyenne East on September 9, 2011 to help Gillette to their 30-21 win over the T-Birds. In his career Bazemore totaled 2,579 yards of total offense and 26 touchdowns. As a junior for the Camels he averaged 10.6 yards per carry to lead the team. Defensively for Gillette in his 2 season's playing regularly at the varsity level he totaled 64 defensive points with 13 solo tackles, 2 pass break ups, 3 interceptions, a fumble recovery and 2 tackles for loss.
Bazemore was also a very important member of the CCHS indoor and outdoor track and field teams. He was a member of the 2011 State Indoor track and field championship team as he came in 2nd place as a junior in the 55 meter dash and 200 meter dash and he was a member of the 5th place 4x400 relay team. In his senior year Bazemore ran with Tichun Aipperspach, Bradlee Larson and Dom Allegretto as they won the state title in the 4x200 relay. He also finished 5th in the 55 meter dash and 8th in the 200.
He was also part of the outdoor track and field team's run to the 2012 East Regional Championship. He finished 2nd in the 100 meter dash and 3rd in the 200. Then at state in his senior season he helped Gillette to their 3rd palce finish as a team with his 4th place finishes in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes. As a junior and senior he was the anchor on the 4x100 relay team where along with Allegretto, Aipperspach and Taylor Bigelow in his junior season they took 2nd at the state meet as the Camels ended up in 4th place as a team. Some other track and field highlight's from his career with the Camels include his 2nd place finishes in both the 100 and 200 at the 2011 East Regional Meet and his 2nd place finish in the 100 meter dash at the 2011 State Meet.
If there are any students from CCHS and the surrounding area that need to talk to someone Associate Superintendent for Instruction of Campbell County Schools Boyd Brown said that counselors have been aware of the situation and are standing by to help kids with whatever their needs might be. Kip Farnum, Director of Student Support Services added that there is also a referaal program inplace for those kids who might need more intensive counseling. Original report courtesy Basin Radio Network here: http://www.basinsradio.com/index.php/sports/2012-08-18-04-14-59/218-community-mourns-the-loss-of-nick-bazemore