A stroll down memory lane through 2017-Part 2

Lady Lobo 10U wrap winning season

WHEATLAND — The Wheatland 10u Lady Lobos have officially wrapped up their regular 2017 softball season. Their regular season began May 31 at home against Douglas 12u and finished with Cheyenne Extreme coming here to play a double header on June 30. They had the opportunity to play Douglas 12u, Cheyenne Extreme 10u, Rocky Mountain Rush, Windsor Wizards, Laramie, Torrington and Lander. Their season record for league games is 8-2-4, wins to ties to losses respectively. Their season record for tournament games, which includes pool play and bracket play, is 2 wins to 6 losses.

Lobo 17U top Glenrock in double-header

WHEATLAND — The 17 under Lobos team faced off against Glenrock in two different games on July 9.

The Lobos won the first game 11-9. Ryan Pollock and Luke Anderson pitched. Trevor Vaughn scored four runs, Kobey Preuit scored two, Joel Anderson scored three, Kaleb Peterson scored one and Ethan Read scored one.

In the second game, the Lobos did not let up, defeating Glenrock 10-1. Kobey Preuit pitched with 12 strikeouts. Trevor Vaughn, Kobey Preuit, Kaleb Anderson, Jared Leathers, Luke Anderson and Ethan Read all scored one run each. Joel Anderson scored three runs.

Bulldogs down Bobcats to open conference play

WHEATLAND – The Wheatland Bulldog football team would finally face a team closer in size than their past three opponents. After playing 3 of the top 5 ranked schools in 3A with a combined record of 12-1, the Bulldogs would face a 2A opponent in the Thermopolis Bobcats. Wheatland would score first with almost 6 minutes left in the first quarter as Colton Caves took it in from 7 yards out.  The Bobcats would answer back almost immediately with a 70 yard TD run by freshman Logan Cole. Cole would finish the game with 157 yards on 22 carries. Thermopolis then completed a successful onside kick and would score again to pull ahead of the stunned Bulldogs 14-6.  The Bulldogs would put together a long drive and Caves would score again from 5 yards out to tie the game at 14 after a successful 2 point conversion. The Bulldogs would get the ball back with a little over 3 minutes left in the half. On fourth and goal from the 3, QB Trevor Vaughn would find Trigg Peasley in the end zone as time ran out. Wheatland would head to halftime up 22-14.

Local Youth Golfer Qualifies for Regional Drive, Chip, and Putt Competition

WHEATALND – Eight year old, Tate Nichols, has had a golf club is in his hands since he was two years old. This year, his love for the game and desire to always improve has finally paid off. In early August, Tate qualified to compete at the regional drive, chip, and putt competition being held at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California on September 30th. Torrey Pines is annually rated as one of the top public golf course in the United States and is most known for hosting the 2008 U.S Open where Tiger Woods captured a historic win. The winner of the this competition will move on the national stage to compete in the drive, chip, and putt finals held prior to the Masters in Augusta, Georgia in early April. Tate will be competing against boys aged 7-9 from California, Hawaii, and Nevada.

In addition to competing in the drive, chip, and putt competition, Tate also competes on the Wyoming Junior Golf Tour throughout the summer in the 7-9 age group. This summer he played in four events in Sheridan, Casper, Laramie, and Evanston and came out victorious. His highlights from this summer included a 21 stroke win in Laramie after shooting a round of 76 and winning the Wyoming Junior Amateur Championship for his age group in Evanston.

Bulldogs host CC invite

WHEATLAND — The Wheatland Bulldogs were the hosts of the Bulldog Invite at Lewis Park on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Khayla Otero placed fourth overall in the girl’s varsity with a lifetime best of 21:34 for a full 5K. Danielle Brow placed eighth with a time of 22:26. Both student-athletes placed in the top ten, earning prize t-shirts. Kaesha Davis placed 15th with 23:03 and Katie Currier placed 16th with 23:11. Raylee Buchanan rounded out the team scoring with a 28th place finish and a time of 25:52.

As for the boy’s varisty team, Wyatt Guty placed 19th overall with 19:51. Christian Moody placed 27th with 20:46, as Haiden Moody followed in 28th place with 20:48. Keegan Meyer placed 30th in 21:15, John Sarad placed 34th in 22:14, Jacob Stafford placed 36th in 22:14, Khody Snyder placed 37th in 22:34 and Jorge Burgos placed 38th in 24:36.

“Great atmosphere; great experience all around for Bulldog student-athletes; parents and spectators at the 2017 Wheatland Bulldog XC Invite held at Lewis Park,” WHS Cross Country Coach Joe Wilson said. “We moved the race from the golf course to the park and took advantage of the beautiful facility there. We had a great turnout to support the student-athletes, great volunteer support, great weather and a nice number of participating teams (6).”

Wheatland Bulldogs secures No. 2 seed in east 2A conference

WHEATLAND — In the 2A state game of the week this past Friday, the No. 5 ranked Wheatland Bulldogs faced the No. 4 ranked Newcastle Doggies with a home playoff game on the line.

It would be hard to top last year’s nail bitter when the Bulldogs stopped a two-point conversion at the end of the game to come out on top 28-27. In a series that has historically been dead even, Newcastle held a slight edge in the all-time record, 23-22-2. This year’s game would be just as evenly matched as the Bulldogs would tie the all-time series with a win.

Wheatland would come out of the locker room with two scores: A six-yard TD pass from Trevor Vaughn to Trigg Peasley and a two-yard run by Colton Caves to jump out to a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Caves would finish with 150 yards rushing and four touchdowns to lead the Dawgs. Cam Quigley would find Dylan Tidyman in the end zone to pull back to 14-7.

A turnover by the Bulldogs would set up Newcastle for a two-yard TD run by Lyle Whitney to tie the score 14-14. Vaughn would find Zac Gunter for a 35-yard pass to go up 20-14 after the missed conversion. The Bulldogs would have trouble containing the Doggie’s kick returns all night. A 45-yard return near the end of the half would set up the Doggies to score again at the end of the half to put Newcastle up 21-20 at halftime.

Bulldogs Advance to 2A Semifinals

WHEATLAND – After a 1-4 start to the season, the Bulldog football team looked to be in a rebuilding year.

Losing to 3A powers Torrington, Douglas, Rawlins and the no. 1 2A Glenrock team, the Bulldogs were left looking at what appeared to be a long season. Since then, the Bulldogs have regrouped, and have quietly run off 3 consecutive wins to finish the season.

On Friday, they faced the resurgent Greybull Buffalos, also winners of 3 straight, who manhandled the Bulldogs last year 61-22 to end Wheatland’s season. Wheatland was again the underdog against the no. 4 ranked Buffs. The Bulldog’s offense continued their great play of late and took the opening drive 71 yards, highlighted by a beautiful sideline pass from Trevor Vaughn to Zac Gunter for the score to go up early 6-0. Greybull would face a relentless pass rush all night from the Bulldog defensive line.  Greybull all-state quarterback, Riley Hill was under pressure all night and was sacked on consecutive plays by Clayton Iacovetto and Wyatt Crane on the Buff’s first possession, forcing them to punt. The Bulldogs put together another long drive at the end of the first quarter highlighted by a 30-yard TD run by Colton Caves. With Caves converting the 2-point PAT, the Bulldogs jumped out 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Lady Bulldogs finish season at regionals

NEWCASTLE - The Wheatland Lady Bulldogs finished up the 2017 season at the 3A East Regionals, after two hard-fought games against the Buffalo Lady Bison and the Thermopolis Lady Broncs on Saturday.

In their first game, the girls played three sets against Buffalo. The first match ended 20-25 Buffalo, followed by a second win for the Lady Bison 25-14. In the final match, the Lady Bulldogs came up short 25-16.

In the second game, Wheatland faced off against Thermopolis. The Lady Bulldogs were two points shy of a win in the first match, which ended 25-23. Thermopolis managed to stay ahead in the second match 25-18, and won the final set 25-11.

Cali Moody and Faith Scheller led with 29 attacks each, followed by Rachel Battershell with 19, and Loren Mann with 16.

Bulldog Boys take Coal Miner Classic

WRIGHT – The Wheatland High School boys basketball team opened the season last weekend in Wright at the Coal Miner Classic and went 3-1 to lead the field.

“The Wright tournament was a chore for our club,” coach Mich Cochran said. “We played the first four games of the day, back to back, both days. I was really proud of the way our team responded. We played through some adversity and fatigue.

“Getting out of there with the three wins was great for our kids,” he added. “We have some work to do, as we are still trying to find our identity and establish our rotations. Our lineup is far from set. Playing five games Friday through Monday is a chore, really no time to prepare or scout, so we are just focused on our execution and adjusting to what our opponents present.”

On Friday, Wheatland took on the Wright Panthers and were down 23-22 at halftime. In the second half, coach Mick Cochran’s team-first philosophy shined with balanced scoring, good ball movement and aggressive team defense.

WMS girls win division

NEWCASTLE – On Dec. 2, the Wheatland Middle School girls’ ‘A’ and ‘B’ seventh grade basketball team traveled to Newcastle to compete in the Conference Tournament.

Both teams made their way to the championship games for their division.

The WMS ‘A’ team finished as the runner-up, beating Buffalo 28-21, followed by a loss to host Newcastle 46-22 in the Championship round. The ‘B’ team beat out Newcastle in the semi-finals, and then went on to take a win over Buffalo 24-6 to earn the championship for their division.

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