BHMS volleyball earns third straight district title
BIG HORN — The Lady Rams have done it again.
For the third year in a row, the Big Horn Middle School volleyball team took home the Northeast Wyoming Middle School Volleyball District Champion trophy.
The Lady Rams traveled to Clearmont for this year’s tournament, and thanks to an undefeated regular conference season earned the top seed and a first-round bye.
The second round paired Big Horn with rival Tongue River, which utilized outstanding serving to force three sets against the reigning champs. Big Horn squeaked out a first-set win before dropping the second. They bounced back in the third set to win the match (28-26, 17-25, 25-20).
The win put the Lady Rams into the championship match against the home team and No. 3 seeded Arvada-Clearmont.
Any momentum that the Lady Panthers carried over from beating No. 2 Holy Name was quickly squandered by Big Horn, who proved to be too much for AC to handle. All 12 Lady Rams saw the floor in the championship match, and the total team effort meant a two-set sweep for Big Horn (25-21, 25-20).
“Every single young lady on this team contributed to this win, whether it was outstanding serving, great serve receive and floor coverage, setting up every play or putting that ball down with precise attacks,” head coach Morgan Stalick said. “I’m proud to have been a part of the this Big Horn Middle School team and all they’ve accomplished.”
Harvest Moon sees largest number of players in history
SHERIDAN — It was hot. It was windy. It was action-packed.
Sheridan High School and the Sheridan County Tennis Association hosted the sixth annual Harvest Moon doubles tennis tournament over the weekend, and the weather was as tricky as some of the 48 players who participated.
It was the largest draw in the event’s history, which was formatted to pair one adult with one student for the two-day doubles event.
Between battling a beaming sun and 90-degree temps Saturday and Casper-like wind gusts Sunday, the team of SHS senior Jaxon Porterfield and his partner Arlie Johnson fought through the varsity bracket to win the tournament.
Porterfield and Johnson took down the team of Sheridan junior Noah Gustafson and former SHS player Robert Meixsell in the championship (6-3, 2-6, 10-7).
In the consolation bracket, the teams of Darryl and Julia Kutz and Paul Hurley and Lennon Dregoiw both earned spots in the consolation finals.
The final match was postponed due to the grueling wind. It will be played Sunday at the Powder Horn at 1 p.m. It will be part of the Powder Horn Wind Down, a potluck, social tennis event to celebrate the end of the fall tennis season. The event is open to anyone and will feature lunch and lots of tennis.
RSVP Huntley McNab at 314-302-5078 if you have interest in playing.
The Harvest Moon FUNraiser raised $1,400 for the Sheridan High School tennis team.
Former Bronc earns RMAC Player of the Week
SHERIDAN — Chadron State sophomore Collin Eisenman was the Wilson-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week following his performance against Adams State on Saturday.
The former Sheridan Bronc had two sacks, six tackles and forced a fumble to help Chadron State blank the Grizzlies 26-0.
He moved up to second in the conference in sacks (5.5) and leads the Eagles with 8.5 tackles for loss.
Eisenman cracked the starting lineup as a freshman a year ago, and the linebacker is already earning praise in his second year.
“Collin has everything you need — including desire — to play about any place,” CSC defensive coordinator Jeff Larson said. “I’m sure this won’t be the last time we hear about him.”