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State champs and UW baseball

Congratulations! To coach Dianne Moser and the 2A state champion Tongue River Eagles girls basketball team. They capped an undefeated season – 28 and oh – by defeating Thermopolis, 41-30, in the state title game Saturday in Casper. It is coach Moser’s eighth state championship title.
Cue the music (Queen’s, ‘We are the champions’)…..

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The 2013 University of Wyoming club baseball season is underway. They are two-time defending division champions (Division 8) and last year placed seventh in the NCBA World Series. A year ago, they finished 20-11 overall, and 16-2 in conference play.
Nine Cowboys return, including Matt Overton, the starting catcher. He’s from Sheridan and is the son of Dan and Pam Overton. One of the Cowboys’ new additions (11) is Spencer Suddeth, the step-son of L.A. Dodger great, Orel Hershiser. Suddeth is a pitcher. Recently, Matt also caught in practice Suddeth’s brother, Jordan Hershiser, a pitcher in the Dodgers’ farm system. He also was able to meet the paterfamilias, Orel Hershiser, as well.
“He talked with him, checked out his Series ring, everything,” said proud mom Pam. Hershiser won 204 games over an 18 year career, including a 23-8 season in 1988 with the Dodgers when he was the Cy Young Award winner.

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Sheridan Press tidings …
• Former Sheridan Press photojournalist Blaine McCartney stopped in recently after dropping off a slew of medical equipment in Billings where he was hospitalized for many weeks following a snow machine accident Feb 5, a year ago.
His injuries were severe. These days, he’s getting around in one of those boot-like devices.
Also injured in that Super Bowl Sunday accident was sports editor Aaron Atkins, who has relocated to Virginia where he is the editor of a weekly newspaper.
Since Blaine was on that same snow machine, too, he plans to attend the wedding of Aaron and Rachel Frone, who was an interior designer associated with Home Depot. The wedding is in Draper, Va., in April.
Blaine noted that while he was laid up in the Billings hospital, he received many greetings for recovery from Sheridan residents and that connection will always be meaningful.
These days, he’s on the staff of the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle in Cheyenne.

• We audit our news coverage monthly. In February, your Sheridan Press published:
— 642 LOCAL news stories.
— 353 LOCAL photos by staff or donated by readers, which featured:
— 757 LOCAL faces
— 80 LOCAL opinion page pieces – local editorials, local commentary, letters to the editor.
Thanks for reading, in print and online.

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