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Troopers cruise to victory in second round at state

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Troopers split the regular-season series with the Gillette Roughriders 2-2, but the Troopers didn’t hesitate to prove they’re the better team in Wednesday’s rubber match. Thanks to an 8-run third inning, Sheridan cruised to a 16-4 victory over Gillette in the second round of the Wyoming AA State Tournament in Jackson… Continue Reading

Cherishing sports memories

My grandmother died Monday morning after a quick but atrocious bout with cancer. That’s redundant, though. All bouts with cancer are atrocious. Cancer sucks. I’ve typed that two-word sentence far too often in this Wednesday column. But man does cancer suck. I tell you this not for your sympathy or kind words and gestures. Although… Continue Reading

Troopers win opener at state tourney

SHERIDAN — It took a bit of a comeback, but the Sheridan Troopers advanced past the first round of the state tournament with a 10-6 win over the Casper Oilers Tuesday morning. The Troopers opened the Wyoming AA State Tournament in Jackson Hole against a Casper team they’d already beaten five times this season, but… Continue Reading

Ritterbusch named ITA Scholar-Athlete

SHERIDAN — Former Sheridan Bronc Reed Ritterbusch received some recognition from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Thursday. Ritterbusch and three Augustana University (South Dakota) teammates were named ITA Scholar-Athletes, and the Augustana men’s tennis team was honored with the 2016 ITA All-Academic Team award. According to a news release from, in order to earn ITA… Continue Reading

Lion Ryan Express Bicycle Ride set for Saturday

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Sundowners Lions Club is hosting the fourth annual Lion Ryan Express Bicycle Ride Saturday in Sheridan. Cyclists will ride from Sheridan to Big Horn and back, approximately a 20-mile trek. Riders also have the option to extend the ride through Big Horn another 9 miles to the Red Grade parking area… Continue Reading

Jets fall in Class B title game

SHERIDAN — The state championship was within reach for the Sheridan Jets, but the team fell just short in a tough 6-5 loss to Gillette. The Wyoming Class B state championship was on the line as Sheridan and Gillette battled it out Monday morning in the second game of the double-elimination championship. Gillette beat Sheridan… Continue Reading

Troopers fall to Cheyenne; AA state tournament begins Tuesday

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Troopers ended the regular season on a rough note Friday, falling 18-7 to Cheyenne Post 6. After a dominating performance against Laramie Thursday, the Troopers just couldn’t carry the momentum into Friday’s matchup with the reigning state champions. The loss placed Sheridan third in the conference with a 1-2 record. The… Continue Reading

Jets playing for state title Monday

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Jets played a lot of solid baseball over the weekend, but they’ll need one more game to take the Wyoming Class B state title. The Jets won two games Friday and Saturday to earn a spot in the state championship, but a loss to Gillette Sunday means a rubber match between… Continue Reading

Bard, Nance close careers with WCA All-Stars

BIG HORN — The 2016 senior class officially closed out its high school season at the Wyoming Coaches Association all-stars event Saturday in Casper. Big Horn graduates Bailey Bard and Morgan Nance played in the event, Bard in the girls basketball game and Nance in the volleyball game. Bard scored 2 points as her North… Continue Reading

Williams, Balkenbush jump in standings at NHSFR Thursday

Williams, Balkenbush jump in standings at NHSFR Thursday

SHERIDAN — It’s the final stretch for riders at the National High School Finals Rodeo, and a couple of local standouts garnered clutch performances Thursday in Gillette. Wheaton Williams and Makenna Balkenbush put together the second-round performances they needed to propel themselves and their team in the standings. Williams, along with team roping partner Jerren… Continue Reading

Local bowler advances at Junior Gold

SHERIDAN — Sheridan’s Kassandra Ralston qualified for the advancers round at the Junior Gold bowling tournament after four solid rounds in the lanes this week. Ralston was one of 43 girls in the 15U age bracket to qualify for the next round out of 302 total competitors. She finished 34th with a 16-game average of… Continue Reading

Brown wins bareback, NHSFR enters round 2

Brown wins bareback, NHSFR enters round 2

SHERIDAN — The first round ended and the second round began Wednesday at the National High School Finals rodeo in Gillette, and things are still looking good for Wyoming riders. Team Wyoming jumped one spot to sixth in the overall standings as cowboys and cowgirls got going on their second rides of the week. Makenna… Continue Reading

Lady Generals soccer hosting two camps next week

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan College women’s soccer team will host two youth soccer camps next week as part of its summer soccer camp series. The youth striker camp will be July 28 at Sheridan College. The full-day camp is open to boys and girls in third through seventh grade and is devoted to teaching proper… Continue Reading

Jets score 10 unanswered to top Laramie

SHERIDAN — After a shaky first inning, the Sheridan Jets came alive to keep their championship dreams afloat at the Wyoming State B Tournament in Casper. The Jets scored 10 unanswered runs to down the Laramie Deputies 10-3 in the opening round of the tournament Wednesday. Laramie came out swinging as starting pitcher Race Johnston… Continue Reading

Wyoming steady at NHSFR, remains in top 10

SHERIDAN — As more and more riders collect scores at the National High School Finals Rodeo, Wyoming has held its ground in the overall standings. The team remains in the top 10, sitting in seventh place after five performances at the competition in Gillette. Wyoming currently has 1,385 points. It was a total team effort,… Continue Reading

SC volleyball hosting one-day camp

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan College volleyball team will host its annual summer volleyball camp next week at the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome. The camp will run all day on July 28 and will be split into two sessions. The first session runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and session two is scheduled to run… Continue Reading

Troopers drop conference game in Gillette

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Troopers kicked off their week of conference baseball with a run-heavy contest against the Gillette Roughriders Tuesday. The two teams combined for 30 hits and 27 runs in the contest, which Gillette won 16-11. The two squads traded runs for most of the game until Gillette (52-23) capitalized on two big… Continue Reading

Wyoming strong in opening days of NHSFR

SHERIDAN — It’s been a strong first couple of days for Wyoming high school cowboys and cowgirls at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette. Wyoming sits in sixth in the overall team standings after three performances at the competition, which began Sunday. Locally, Emmy Ilgen and Makenna Balkenbush led the way in the… Continue Reading

Locals earn 19 medals at Big Sky State Games

SHERIDAN — A number of local athletes competed in the Big Sky State Games over the weekend in Billings, Montana, and there were plenty of medals to go around for the group. Collectively, the Sheridan County athletes earned 11 gold medals, five silver medals and three bronze medals at the competition. The Sheridan Ping Pong… Continue Reading

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