UW trio earns spot in event with solid performances
LARAMIE, Wyo. (April 3, 2012) Over the weekend, three wrestlers associated with the University of Wyoming program qualified to compete in the2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which take place April 21-22 In Iowa City, Iowa.
Former Cowboys Michael Martinez and Joe LeBlanc, along with current UW assistant coach Chris Pendleton, each earned a spot in the event based on their performance at the final U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Saturday. The trio competed for the Cowboy Wrestling Club, which trains in Laramie at the Wyoming Regional Olympic Training Center. Ernest Rieder, a Cowboy Wrestling Club coach, also competed over the weekend.
The top two athletes in each of the 18 Olympic weight classes who had not previously qualified, earned their spot in the field for the Team Trials, which will be held in Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City.
Martinez, a senior on this season’s Wyoming team, was the runner-up at 55 kilograms (121 pounds), falling to Zach Sanders in the final. Martinezalso wrestled in the Olympic Team Trials in 2008.
LeBlanc, who was a senior this season, was second to New York AC’s Tyrel Todd in the final at 84 kg/185 pounds to earn his trip to the Trials. LeBlanc has experience wrestling in 2010 at the FILA Junior World Team Trials.
Pendleton, who completed his second season as a UW assistant, won the final at 96 kilograms (211.5 pounds), defeating past NCAA champion Max Askren. Pendleton was a 2006 USA National Team member.
The trio will join UW sophomore Tyler Cox at the Trials. Cox, who is using an Olympic redshirt year, will compete in the 55-kilogram Greco-Roman class. Cox qualified in December 2011 in the U.S. Open.
U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier Results
Michael Martinez (Cowboy Wrestling Club) – 55 kilograms/121 pounds
Martinez dec. Cruse Aarhus (Panther Wrestling Club), 2-0, 2-0
Martinez dec. Kidd Gomez (OCU Stars), 4-0, 4-3
Martinez dec. Kyle Hutter (HRWA), 1-1, 0-1, 1-0
Zach Sanders (Minnesota Storm) dec. Michael Martinez (Cowboy WC), 2-0, 2-0
Ernest Rieder (Cowboy Wrestling Club) – 84 kilograms/185 pounds
Jake Kerr (Unattached) tech. fall Rieder, 7-0, 6-0
Rieder fall (1:50) Tyson Campbell (OCU Stars)
Nick Marable (Sunkist Kids) dec. Rieder, 6-0, 4-1
Joe LeBlanc (Cowboy Wrestling Club) – 84 kilograms/185 pounds
LeBlanc dec. Michael Conner (OCU Stars), 7-0, 5-0
LeBlanc dec. Enock Francois (Team Florida), 0-1, 2-0, 2-1
LeBlanc dec. Terry Madden (NYAC), 0-4, 1-0, 3-1
LeBlanc dec. Kurt Brenner (Mountaineer WC), 0-1, 2-0, 3-1
Tyrel Todd (New York AC) dec. LeBlanc, 5-0, 2-0
Chris Pendleton (Cowboy Wrestling Club) – 96 kilograms/211.5 pounds
Pendleton dec. Phil Hawes (Wartburg), 5-0, 6-0
Pendleton tech. fall Michael Grijalba (Team A-Town) , 6-0, 7-0
Pendleton dec. Craig Brester (NWTC), 3-1, 0-1, 3-2
Pendleton dec. Max Askren (NYAC), 1-0, 3-1
Both UW squads went undefeated in pool play
Laramie, Wyo. (April 2, 2012) – The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team had a successful day at the Northern Colorado spring tournament on Saturday, March 31.
With a split squad, each team went 3-0 overall in pool play to finish first. The Wyoming team defeated LCCC, Denver and Regis, while the Cowgirl team earned victories against Colorado School of Mines, Ft. Hays State and Western State.
In cross over matches, Wyoming beat Colorado State and Colorado School of Mines in three sets. The Cowgirl team defeated Denver and Northern Colorado.
“I’m proud of the team today,” said head coach Carrie Yerty. “They competed and played well all day. It was exciting to beat Colorado State with a split squad and the competition was tough all day. Rachel (Keyes) and Whitney (Smith) did a solid job along with the liberos. Overall, the team played great all-around.”
The Cowgirls will continue their spring workouts over the next several weeks and compete in two more tournaments. They are at the CSU Tournament on Saturday, April 14, before wrapping things up on Saturday, April 21, at the UNK Tournament.
The Cowboys Will Scrimmage for About 90 Plays Wednesday Afternoon
Laramie, Wyo. (April 3, 2012) – Fans will get an opportunity to watch the Wyoming Cowboys in their first extended scrimmage of spring camp on Wednesday, April 4. Wednesday’s practice will begin at 3:30 p.m., with the scrimmage portion of practice to begin at approximately 4:10 p.m. The Cowboys are scheduled to run 90 plays during the scrimmage. With temperatures forecast in the high 50s, the scrimmage is planned for War Memorial Stadium. In the case of inclement weather, the scrimmage will be moved to the Indoor Practice Facility and fans will be allowed to watch from the west end zone of the Indoor.
The Cowboys will be put in six different situations during the scrimmage: coming out from the offense’s own two-yard line; beginning at the offense’s own 25-yard line; a period starting at the offense’s 35; a period beginning at the defense’s 45-yard line; a red-zone period, beginning at the defense’s 25-yard line; and a two-minute offense period. The No. 1 offense is scheduled to compete versus the No. 1 defense throughout the scrimmage with the No. 2 units facing off versus one another.
“We’re trying to test our players in a variety of scenarios,” said head coach Dave Christensen. “Each of these situations is designed to see how they perform under the pressures of those particular situations. We’re looking to find which players are ready to play right now, and next identify those who are close. Going forward, we will evaluate over the remaining eight spring practices which players we feel can help us win games next year.”
While Wednesday is the first extended scrimmage of the spring, the Cowboys have had two practices in the first six that involved shorter scrimmage periods. Christensen and his staff utilized those earlier scrimmage sessions to evaluate where players were fundamentally.
“We evaluated our live tackling and blocking, and we exposed them to some special situations to see how the kids performed,” Christensen said. “The first six practices have helped us get an early evaluation. These next two scrimmages will be lengthier, with more plays and more opportunity to evaluate kids and how they perform within our offensive, defensive and special forces systems.”
When asked some of the players who have impressed early in spring drills Christensen said he has been encouraged by a number of younger players who are getting increased reps this spring.
“Colby Kirkegaard (quarterback) is a player who I feel improved from the first 50-percent scrimmage to the second one,” said Christensen. “I think he has done some good things. Our offensive line has made improvement through the first six practices. We have a lot of competition there. I think Daniel Fleischman is getting better each day, and he’s finally healthy. Daniel is a smart kid. The same with Travis Bogard, he’s a smart football player. They’re both developing and getting better each practice. Jake Jones is making good progress, as is Austin Traphagan. Connor Rains, our junior-college transfer, is getting better each day. He’s very athletic, but needs to continue to increase his strength as he makes the transition to this level. He’s certainly one of our more athletic offensive linemen. This is really valuable time for those young players.
“From the receiving standpoint, we are starting to come along at that position. There are a number of young guys competing for playing time at receiver. At running back, I think Kody Sutton has been practicing better and better each day. He’s starting to make some improvement.
“From a defensive standpoint, Coach (Chris) Tormey is trying a lot of different personnel groupings to find out which players can play in which schemes, and where we have our best depth: whether it be five defensive backs, two linebackers and four defensive linemen; three defensive linemen, three linebackers and five defensive backs or some other combination.
“Mark Nzeocha is one of the young defensive players who are making nice progress,” added Christensen. “We moved him from linebacker to safety, and he is doing a nice job there. It is good to get Partick Mertens (defensive tackle) back and seeing him out there again. Linebacker-wise we have some experience with Korey Jones, Devyn Harris and Oliver Schober. I think Zack Berg is starting to stand out a little bit for a young guy who is coming along. Both corners return in Blair (Burns) and Marqueston (Huff). In terms of the young guys backing them up, I’ve been pleased with Darren White andDeAndre Jones. They’ve both been doing a nice job.
“I’ve been pleased with where we’re out with our punter, Tim Gleeson, and Daniel Sullivan (place-kicker) has been much more dynamic kicking the ball this spring from a year ago.
“We’re working to develop all areas of our football team right now, and determine who are our best competitors and who performs best under pressure.”
Following Wednesday’s scrimmage and a lighter practice on Thursday to wrap up this week, the Cowboys will have reached the halfway point of spring practice with seven of 15 practices remaining after Easter break this weekend. Christensen’s plan for the second half of spring ball will include two more full scrimmages on Wednesday, April 11 and then the Annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 21.
“We will finish up this week by evaluating the scrimmage tape and then having a light practice on Thursday,” said the fourth-year head coach of the Cowboys. “Next week will be a pretty physical week. Monday will feature a padded practice, with a scrimmage on Wednesday and a padded practice next Friday. The final week, we’ll pad up on Monday and then start tapering back in preparation for the Spring Game that final Saturday.”
Christensen said he had not determined yet whether the Spring Game would be a scrimmage format, or whether they would draft teams like they did a year ago and play an abbreviated game.
Christensen gave a couple updates on the status of some veteran Cowboys who have been limited this spring by offseason injuries or surgeries.
“I’m pleased with how they’re all coming along,” said Christensen. “Brett (Smith) is able to get a lot of throwing in during practice. I feel good about the work he has been able to get done. He’s improving his arm strength, and is doing a nice job. Luke Ruff is getting a lot of reps in coverage at safety, and is getting good quality work in but is limited in his contact.
“Patrick Mertens is not back to wear he was conditioning-wise yet, but he’s certainly shown that he can get through an entire practice and get a lot of work done. It’s just a matter of improving his stamina throughout spring.”
Wednesday, March 21 3:30 p.m. (Non-contact, Practice #1)
Friday, March 23 3:30 p.m. (Non-contact, Practice #2)
Monday, March 26 3:30 p.m. (Shoulder Pads, Practice #3)
Wednesday, March 28 3:30 p.m. (Pads, Practice #4)
Friday, March 30 3:30 p.m. (Pads, Practice #5)
Monday, April 2 3:30 p.m. (Pads, Practice #6)
Wednesday, April 4 3:30 p.m. (Scrimmage #1, Practice #7)
Thursday, April 5 3:30 p.m. (Non-contact, Practice #8)
EASTER BREAK: Friday, April 6 Through Sunday, April 8
Monday, April 9 3:30 p.m. (Pads, Practice #9)
Wednesday, April 11 3:30 p.m. (Scrimmage #2, Practice #10)
Friday, April 13 3:30 p.m. (Pads, Practice #11)
Monday, April 16 3:30 p.m. (Pads, Practice #12)
Wednesday, April 18 3:30 p.m. (Shoulder Pads, Practice #13)
Friday, April 20 3:30 p.m. (Non-contact, Practice #14)
Saturday, April 21 2:00 p.m. (Scrimmage #3, Practice, #15)
The County10 March Madness NCAA Men’s Basketball Bracket has come to a close and our winners have been determined. With Kentucky’s 67 to 59 win over Kansas, three lucky County10 readers bested the field of 60 participants who played the bracket.
First place went to Paul Primrose of Lander who won a Kindle Fire. Second place went to Dennis Christensen of Midvale who gets to spend $100 at Wild Iris in Lander. Our third place winner is Leonard Kosirog of Riverton who received a $25 Gas Card from Bailey’s Pit Stop Travel Centers plus a selection of Bailey outdoor gear.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. Be on the lookout for more chances to win prizes from County10!
The Fremont County Extension Office has set up the following day long schools: April 23, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Fremont County Extension Office Riverton
The schools are free with a break for lunch on your own.
The cost is $275 for the 16-hour course or $175 for eight hours. For more information or to register, call 1-800-735-8394 or register online athttp://www.regonline.com/neccodeupdate.
The CWC Lander Center is at 427 Main.
Riverton Police Department
There were four arrests made by the Riverton Police Department and reported on Tuesday. There was a total of 44 calls for service. According to Chief Mike Broadhead, these arrests include: Delin Dewey, a transient arrested for theft and pedestrian under the influence at 830 North Federal Boulevard. Dewey allegedly ate at the KFC buffet and left without paying, he was intoxicated and arrested. Jonathan Reyos of Riverton was arrested for for driving while under the influence at South 3rd West and Madison Avenue. Houston Headley of the Wind River Reservation was arrested on warrants for contempt of court at 2100 W. Sunset Drive. Gerald Sittingeagle, a transient arrested for public intoxication at 800 East Main Street.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Department
One arrest was reported, 42-year-old Derek Kelley of Byers Colorado was arrested on a bond revocation. The Fremont County Detention Center currently has 173 inmates it is responsible for. Of these, 159 are being held in the Fremont County Detention Center, 11 are in substance abuse treatment programs throughout the state and out of the facility, 3 are on home detention out of the facility.
There was one call for a motor vehicle accident on the 100 block of Eight Mile Road just before 8:30 a.m. No injuries were reported.
Lander Police Department
The Lander Police Department responded to 118 calls of service over the past week. Seven of those involved alcohol and 11 arrests were made. There were six people arrested on warrants including: Michelle Eagleroad, Antonio Herman, Tosheena Jellous, Claude Duran, Waylon Lajeunesse and Travis Balderston. 18-year-old Justin Rackely, a student at Lander Valley High School was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. According to police reports, Rackely had just over four grams of marijuana on him while at school.
By Ernie Over, County10.com Managing Editor
(Lander) – Fremont County School District #21 at Fort Washakie cleared another hurdle today in their quest to become a unified school district.
The District’s formal application was approved unanimously by the Fremont County Boundary Board meeting at the courthouse in Lander, and it will now be forwarded to the Wyoming State School Board for their review and action. No boundary change is required as the district has submitted its present K-8 boundary as the same for the K-12 district.
FCSD #21 Superintendent Dr. Dick McClements said this morning that the district had met the minimum requirement for unification with a certified student enrollment of 502 students as of today. He said several other students are potential enrollees and he said that number could grow by another one or two this spring. A minimum of 500 students is required to be a unified district.
The Boundary Board’s decision that will be forwarded to the state, however, will include a recap of this morning’s discussion along with transcripts of two public hearings on the issue. At the Tuesday morning session numerous concerns about the unification were raised, first by County Treasurer Scott Harnsberger. Noting that Fremont County already has the most school districts of any county in the state, Harnsberger said, if approved, a new high school in Fort Washakie would be the 11th in the county.
“I’m going to support this,” Harnsberger said, “But I do have some concerns.” Harnsberger said a new high school at Fort Wasahkie would be “five miles from one existing high school and 13 miles from another, which I see as a problem. Consolidation with District 14 is the answer,” he suggested.
FCSD14 is the Wyoming Indian School District, headquartered at Ethete.
“You’d have no additional transportation costs and both tribes are represented there,” Harnsberger said.
Fort Washakie School Board member Clint Wagon said the issues brought up by the Treasurer were not new ones and had already been litigated all the way to the Wyoming Supreme Court when FCSD14 became unified decades ago. “We need to look to the future, and not back to the past,” Wagon said.
McClements said his district had already, on paper, been certified as a K-12 District in all respects by the Wyoming Department of Education. “We have that certification, what we’re seeking is an opportunity to be on the same level playing field as all other school districts, and not just on a piece of paper.”
County Assessor Tara Berg and County Commissioner Pat Hickerson both said they supported submitting the application, and echoed some of the concerns expressed by Harnsberger. Commissioner Travis Becker did not comment, and Commission Chairman Doug Thompson, while supporting the application, noted that the Jeffrey City School District had also met minimum requirements when it became a unified district, but that enrollment later slipped until the district was finally consolidated with Lander. “There’s no converse to the approval. I’m concerned about fluid enrollment.”
Thompson noted that Fremont County’s open enrollment means a student from any district can attend school in any other county district. “There are 56 Fort Washakie students who now go to high school in Lander. Do you have support from the other districts in the county?” he asked. McClements said he had made that request, but had not heard back.
Berg made the motion to approve submitting the application to the state school board, Becker provided the second and the vote was unanimous.
The Lander City Council meets in a work session tonight at 5:30 at Lander City Hall with two items on the agenda, 2012-13 Financial Planning and the annual municipal wage survey from across the state in connection with setting wages for 2012-13.
In Riverton, tonight is a regular city council meeting night, with a full agenda. Included on the agenda is a council discussion on the possibility of establishing term limits on city board. According to City Administrator Steven Weaver, the item was included on the agenda at the request of a councilmember who requested to see how long people had been serving on the various boards. “The reason we started to look at this issue was a citizen had requested to be on a certain board and We had no procedure for rotating people off the board. The only Way a vacancy occurred was from a resignation,” he said. The city’s boards are the Planning Commission, Board of Appeals, Airport Board and the Tree Board.
Weaver said if any changes are made, it would be for the next cycle of appointments in 2013. Nominated to serve on the boards, with action expected Tuesday night, are: Planning Commission: Debbie Blumenshine, Chairman; Michael Bailey, Vice Chairman; Garth Yeates, Vice Chairman; plus Dan Moline, Shawn Tessman, Pat Lawson, Lee Martinez, Kim Johnson, Mark Sehnert, Fred Craft, Alternate and Steven Beazley, Alternate. Board of Appeals: Garry Burnett – Chairman, John Detimore, Terry Betts, Gary Pfsterer, Dave Lehto, Bryon Wilczewski and Eric Raymond. Airport Board: Jim Matson, Bob Steen, Cindy Olsen, Dean Peranteaux and Rich Gard, Ex-Offico. Tree Board: Bill Urbigkit, Gregg Schaub, Jim Brodle, Paul Morency, Ron Hammer, Rosie Albright, Sherry Shelley, Tom Johnson and Kim Johnson.
As reported by County10.com earlier, bids for a new Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) building at the Riverton Regional Airport exceeded a grant award by nearly $125,000 from an engineering estimate. Low bidder on the project was Sehnert Systems of Riverton, who bid $398,782 for the project. The city’s grant award from the Wyoming Aeronautics Division was $375,000. The council will review a staff recommendation to approve the low bid contingent upon approval of several “value engineering” decisions to reduce the cost of the building. The recommendation would also eliminate, at this time, a paved parking for the building, which was bid at $94,400. “Staff does believe that the project can be brought within budgetary limitations,” Weaver wrote to the council in a memo on the bid details.
The Council will also hold a public hearing on a rezoning request, and then consider two ordinances on first reading dealing with zoning issues. The first ordinance concerns the aforementioned rezoning of a parcel of agricultural land into a light industrial use just off of North Federal Boulevard in Spencerville for a proposed welding shop. The second ordinance would zone a parcel of land north of Riverview Road and West of Major Avenue to Residential B.
Council will also be presented with a resolution to support efforts to raise the statewide tax on malt beverages to the national average of 28 cents per gallon with the funds be dedicated to alcohol abuse programs state wide. The current Wyoming tax on malt beverages is a half-cent per gallon.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Riverton City Hall Council Chambers.
(Lander) – The Fremont County Commissioners Tuesday will review the Fort Washakie School District Unification Proposal in its morning session today, Tuesday, April 3. The FCSD#21 discussion is set for 10:30 a.m. and the item has been given 30 minutes on the agenda.
Other agenda items include a preliminary budget hearing and, after a lunch break, the setting of county commission districts to account for population shifts noted in the 2010 Census.
The complete agenda: