Sheridan County boasts a plethora of impressive athletes, some of the state’s best in my humble opinion. Record setters and state champions roam the hallways of the schools across the county. Multi-sport athletes become household names by the time they don caps and gowns and head off to college, some to play sports some more.
So, we here at the Press got to thinking. Aside from a few Athlete of the Year awards or general ink throughout the season, how can we showcase all the talent we see from August to May?
On May 2, The Sheridan Press will proudly host the Sheridan Press Sports Awards, a ceremony recognizing individual athletic performances and the overall success of Sheridan County athletes.
Sheridan, Big Horn, Tongue River and Arvada-Clearmont High Schools, along with Sheridan College, see and recognize the success of their student-athletes throughout the school year, but rarely do those athletes get to mingle and recognize each other. With loaded schedules and varying classifications, the athletes from the five schools often get absorbed in their own lives.
It’s time to bring them all together.
The Sports Awards should be a fun-filled evening with food, awards and, most importantly, bonding and mingling among the athletes, their families and their peers.
All are welcome to attend the event, which will be held at the WYO Theater. No need for a tuxedo and ball gown, but the semi-formal event will feature a red carpet and plenty of photo ops. Hey, these kids are local stars. Why not treat them as such?
The highlight of the evening comes by way of keynote speaker Rob Johnson. Johnson was a standout athlete at Tongue River High School before he took off and had even more success on the basketball court at Black Hills State University.
Johnson was a three-time All-State selection in both football and basketball at TR. He was a Casper Super 25 selection and represented Wyoming in both the Shrine Bowl and Wyoming-Montana All-Star basketball game — a rare occurrence that the two did not happen on the same weekend, as is typical. He was also named the state’s Mr. Basketball.
Doors to the event open at 6 p.m. with an hour for meet-and-greet and tailgate food. The program will begin at 7 p.m. with wise words from Johnson before presentations of numerous awards.
Each sport will recognize both its top boy and girl in the county — 11 sports in total; 18 individual awards. The Press will also recognize the overall Male Athlete of the Year and overall Female Athlete of the Year, based on the winners from each season. The fall winners were Colton Williams of Big Horn football and Molly Green, Pippin Robison, Zoe Robison and Piper Carroll of Sheridan swimming. The winter winners were Hayden Hastings of Sheridan wrestling and Emily Blaney and Abby Buckingham of Big Horn basketball. The spring winners will be announced before the event.
Finally, each school will nominate a Coach of the Year candidate, and the ceremony will recognize one of those coaches as the grand winner.
While not all athletes will be nominated, and not all of the nominees will leave with awards, we hope the event is a general recognition for the success of the entire county. The competition will certainly be stiff, just the way we like it.
We invite all of you to attend, and tickets will soon be on sale for the event for $8 (plus taxes and fees) at the WYO Theater box office.
We appreciate the coaches and athletes we have the privilege of working with day in and day out, and we can’t wait to bring them all together for a special evening.
See you there.
Mike Pruden is the sports editor at The Sheridan Press.