The winter athletic programs at Sheridan High School added state champions, school record holders, All-Staters, and many “personal bests” for our Broncs and Lady Broncs. Many of those athletes finished their sports seasons by performing on the stage with the hit musical “Grease” last weekend.
The season was full of highlights. The varsity wrestling program finished their best season since 2003 with 23 athletes going to state and a JV program that had 18 wrestlers. The Bronc basketball program had a great season too. It may have ended with a heartbreaking loss but the team has high expectations for the future with a state champion ninth-grade team and a JV team that posted a 7-3 conference record.
Indoor track turned out the highest number of athletes in the team’s history and saw 47 members compete at last week’s state meet.
The boys swimming program also finished with a lot of momentum for the future with eight swimmers competing at the state meet. And the teams were cheered on by 14 cheerleaders. Of course the big news this week is that the Lady Broncs are heading to the state tournament in Casper and don’t forget the outstanding season put in by the JV Lady Broncs who finished 19-3.
A lot is happening at SHS this week. After classes end each day, the hallways are packed with students gearing up for spring competitions and hoping for a break in winter-like weather. More than 185 athletes showed up to practices on Monday for the start of their spring seasons.
The Bronc and Lady Bronc soccer teams play their first games on March 21 with the Lady Broncs at home against Riverton and the Broncs away against Riverton. SHS will once again look forward to hosting the state 4A and 3A soccer tournament in the 2016 and 2017 seasons. This year the soccer season culminates in a home doubleheader for the Broncs and Lady Broncs teams against Gillette on May 9.
The outdoor track team also has some great events coming up for the Sheridan community. The highlight this season will be the Gary Benson Invite on April 22 and the Dan Hansen Invite on April 26. Both of those meets will be held at the track at SHS. Show your Bronc and Lady Bronc pride and plan on cheering on the teams this spring.
If you have followed the recent discussions on facility improvements at SHS, you are no doubt aware of the need to once again engage in a community conversation about how best to meet the needs of students. One of the most pressing issues, and very apparent this week, is the need to update the locker and training room facilities. The expectations of parents and needs of students has dramatically changed over the last 30 years and so should these areas of the building.
If you are the parent of a spring athlete or simply an interested community member and want to learn more about the great programs at SHS please come to the spring sports meeting on Monday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sue Henry Auditorium at SHS.
And, as always, go Broncs and Lady Broncs!
Tyson Emborg is a social studies teacher at Sheridan High School.