Timeline: 2013 Sports Year in Review
Date posted: December 30, 2013
SHERIDAN — Here are some of the highlights, listed chronologically, in another busy year for Sheridan County sports.
Jan. 26: Bronc senior guard Anthony Newlon hit a game winning 3-pointer to beat Cheyenne Central at home.
Feb. 16: Cody Delk and Tory Music won 4A East regional wrestling championships, going on to finish runner-up at the 4A state tournament. In June, the two wrestled in Virginia Beach, Va., where Delk earned All-American status for the second year in a row. Delk is in his senior season for the Broncs this year while Music is a junior.
March 1: Sheridan boys basketball failed to reach the 4A state tournament, falling to Cheyenne South in Gillette at the East regional. It was South’s first ever trip to state.
March 8: The Lady Broncs fell in the 4A semifinals, eventually beating Natrona for the 4A third-place trophy. The team finished 24-3.
April 16: Del Acker recounted the Boston Marathon bombing to the Press. The tragic day was Acker’s 12th consecutive Boston Marathon, finishing in three hours and 40 minutes.
April 20: Sheridan Bronc soccer overcame a 2-0 deficit to Laramie, scoring five goals in 20 minutes to earn a 5-2 win at home in an instant classic.
May 7: Sheridan College rodeo sent three to the CNFR, Zeke Thurston, Taygen Schuelke and C.J. Davidson. This spring, Thurston and Schuelke compete in their sophomore seasons for SC, which resumes in March.
May 12: Ethan Hoopes homered twice in a 9-7, back-and-forth win over Cheyenne Post 6.
May 18: After two state title wins in three years, Sheridan boys soccer fell for the second-straight year in a shootout 4-3 to end their 4A state soccer hopes. “It’s the nature of soccer, sometimes it can be harsh,” coach Kevin Rizer said.
May 24: As of Memorial Day, the Sheridan Troopers schedule had been ravaged by weather as they played just seven games of the 20 scheduled. They finished 3-2 at a holiday weekend tournament in Gillette to jumpstart the season.
June 7: Montana teams swept the annual Wyoming-Montana boys-girls All-Star series held at Sheridan College. Sheridan’s Hailey Ligocki scored eight points in the girls game, and Riverton’s Xavier Webb scored 20 points to lead the Wyoming boys. Webb plays for Sheridan College this year. Ligocki is a freshman for the Wyoming Cowgirls.
June 11: Sheridan High School graduate Devan Reilly’s successful trip to the College National Finals Rodeo as a part of the Gillette College rodeo team hit a high-note as he sat fourth in bareback standings securing a 77-point ride. In an interview with the Sheridan Press, he explained his fast rise into the sport, not competing until after high school, where he played for SHS’s 2011 state title winning football team. “What I like about bareback riding, it’s aggressive,” he said. “It’s almost like boxing, wrestling and football all put into one. It’s brutal.”
June 22: Local runner Marta Ostler completed the “Big Horn Grand Slam” finishing the 30K, 50K, 50-mile and 100-mile races offered at the annual summer-held Big Horn Trail Run.
Aug. 5: Going with the ups and downs of small town baseball, after a record-breaking 49-win season in 2012, the Sheridan Troopers rebuilding year came to an end in the consolation bracket at state.
Aug. 30: The new-look Sheridan Broncs football team opened their 2013 season with a 27-7 win in Laramie at Deti Stadium.
Sept. 21: Broncs pummeled No. 1 Cheyenne East, 42-21. Senior WR/KR Nick Gill amassed 366 all-purpose yards as the Broncs throttled the eventual 4A state champs.
Sept. 28: The Tongue River Eagles football team snapped a three-year losing streak, winning 12-0 over Moorcroft in Dayton. The Eagles, led by second-year coach John Scott, grow from years of struggles that hit a low-point with a forfeited 2011 season due to low participation.
Facing a move to 1A 11-man class in 2014 due to enrollment numbers, they finished with two wins in 2013, earning another emotional victory over Wright, 14-6, during homecoming week Oct. 12.
Sept 30: Heavy rainstorms produced an entertaining and muddy 53rd edition of the Sheridan College Pat Hamilton Memorial Rodeo. Friday night’s event was moved back to Saturday, forcing SC organizers to cram in three days of competition into Saturday and Sunday.
Oct. 5: Gillette won the Energy Bowl 39-10 in a matchup of 4A’s only remaining 5-0 teams after the game was delayed from Friday to Saturday in Gillette due to heavy snowstorms across the state. A physical game took its toll on Sheridan, but the Broncs bounced back the following week with a win at Cheyenne Central, 47-7.
Oct. 8: Sheridan College reported at its fall booster club luncheon that they are up to 120 student-athletes from 70 a year ago, due largely to the addition of the two soccer teams on campus in the fall of 2013.
Oct. 30: Tongue River and Big Horn play out the final Thunder Bowl for the forseeable future with the Eagles set to move to 1A next fall. With the two rival programs visibly in opposite states of development, Big Horn won, at home, 46-0.
Nov. 4: Sheridan High school placed third at the 4A Girls State Swim Meet, it’s the highest the Lady Broncs have finished in years. Brent Moore is named 4A coach of the year.
Nov. 8: Dropping a 28-27 classic to Cheyenne East, Sheridan’s football season came to an end in the 4A semis for the second-straight year. It was their sixth-straight semifinal game under head coach Don Julian. Across town that same night, the Wyoming Cowgirls opened their season with a win over Montana State-Northern in a unique game held at Sheridan College.
Dec. 14: Tongue River’s 33-game win streak was snapped in Lovell. The Lady Eagles streak spanned back to March of 2012.
Dec. 21: Sheridan basketball teams entered the holiday break each with just one loss. Teams resume Jan. 9 in Riverton.
Staff’s favorite sports stories of 2013
1. Ed Arzy “Broncs Brotherhood”
2. Deven Reilly “Walk-On Cowboy”
3. Julia Fenn state championship repeat
4. Sheridan football postseason banquet
5. Marta Ostler “Motivation personified: Big Horn Grand Slam”
6. Column: Flat-billed are awful, but youth baseball will survive
7. Sheridan Broncs state championship reunion
8. Sheridan-Wyo-Rodeo coverage
9. Column: Bohl a good hire for Wyoming
10. Sheridan College soccer signees, “Back with the Boys”
Tongue River Lady Eagles basketball
Big Horn Rams football
Lady Rams state spring golf
Lady Broncs tennis player Julia Fenn