2017 sports year in review- Part 2

Cooper, USA picks up win

KERROBERT, Saskatchewan – Lingle-Fort Laramie’s Garrett Cooper, a member of the United States six-man football team, found himself on the winning end of the 21st CanAm Bowl, a game between the United States and Canada, 67-49.

Dalton Abarr (Meeteetse) and Reed Stafford (Kaycee) joined Cooper as players representing Wyoming. Matt Jensen, Meeteetse’s head coach, served as an assistant coach for the United States. Abarr scored two touchdowns in the win, one running and one passing.

Tigers take second in state

WHEATLAND – The Torrington Tigers’ rally in Wheatland was halted two runs short in the championship game Sunday against Jackson, placing the Tigers second at the state tournament.

“We really peaked at the same time and came together as a team,” manager Andy Brown said. “We were more of a baseball family than a team. I am 100 percent proud of these young men.”

Torrington came out slow against Jackson’s ace pitcher in the winner-takes-all game Sunday, falling behind 5-0 after four innings. In the fifth, Torrington plated three runs to bring the score to 5-3, before the Giants added three more runs.

In the top of the sixth, Torrington scored two to trim the Jackson lead to 8-5. The Giants scored two in the bottom of the frame, putting the Tigers to the plate in the top of the seventh needing to score five or more runs to keep the game alive. Torrington scored three runs, but were unable to keep the rally alive, falling 10-8.

“If we had one more inning, I think we could have won that game,” Brown said. “When momentum is on your side in baseball, it’s huge.”

Gabe Mitchell and Jackson Jones both scored twice in the second contest, while Caeden Riley, Cameron Murphy, Teddy Carr and Nick Sherbeyn all scored. Murphy paced the Tigers in hits, with three, while Mitchell, Jones and Sherbeyn each added two. Jones and Sebastian Doucette also had two RBIs apiece.

L-FL busts NSI for first win

SHERIDAN – The Lingle-Fort Laramie Doggers picked up a road win by a wide margin Friday in Sheridan, besting Normative Services Institute 75-7 for their first win of the season.

The scoring got started quickly for L-FL, with Ty Mueller scoring on a 23-yard reception. Hayden Hill took a 55-yard run to the house on the first rushing attempt of the game for the Doggers. Brandon Hill got in on the action, scoring a 33-yard touchdown, followed by a tackle for a safety by Brandon Hill and Zane Rising.

Still in the first half, Hayden Hill found the end zone again on a 37-yard touchdown. In the second quarter, Brandon Hill toted the rock for a one-yard score and Mueller scored on both a reception (43 yards) and a 60-yard interception return. Cordell Forkner also scored on defense, with his touchdown coming on a fumble recovery. Gaven Niles found the end zone on a 33-yard run for the final score of the first half.

“The kids came out excited to play – they were really pumped up to play,” coach Matt Cornelius said. “The kids really changed up the pace of things.”

One bite at a time

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – Lingle’s Dani Kinberg and Caren Speckner were two of more than 250 runners to compete in the Monument half marathon in Scottsbluff, including around 15 from Goshen County.

“This year, it was for fun,” Kinberg said. “We both sent our little girls to kindergarten this year, so it was kind of just a fun thing to do… Our goals today were to have fun, to finish and to not be carried off by the medical golf cart. Those were the three goals and we got all of those.”

Kinberg, who completed her fifth half marathon and fourth in Scottsbluff, set a pace of 12:31 minutes per mile and finished with a time of 2:44:01. She finished 158th overall and 20th in her age category. Saturday was Speckner’s second half marathon in Scottsbluff and she finished 188th overall with a time of 2:59:53, putting her 15th in her age division.

Lady Doggers exact sweeping revenge over Lady Cyclones

YODER – Led by 13 kills by Amanda Riley, the Lady Doggers swept the Lady Cyclones in Yoder, getting payback from earlier this season when Southeast swept Lingle-Fort Laramie in Lingle.

“That was amazing,” Riley said. “We knew coming into this game was going to be really hard, but we never gave up on each other. We all played really good together. We have been practicing our digging and that really helped us tonight.”

Despite the Lady Dogger win, Southeast’s Hailey Anderson started the evening off going Southeast’s way, recording three-straight kills. L-FL rallied to tie the game at 5, 6, 7, 8 and nine, before Anderson and Ellie Schmitt combined for three kills over four plays to give the Lady Cyclones a 12-10 lead.

Ashley Riley recorded a kill for the Lady Doggers to tie the game at 12, followed by back-to-back-to-back kills by Southeast’s Anderson, upping the Southeast advantage to 15-12. L-FL patiently chipped away at the Southeast lead and a solid serve by Paige Forkner tied the game at 17. An ace by Amanda Riley a few points later gave the Lady Doggers a 20-18 and they didn’t look back, scoring the next five points to seal the win, 25-18.

Lady Doggers win east regional, advances to state

WHEATLAND – The Lingle-Fort Laramie Lady Doggers swept their way to the championship game Saturday in Wheatland, where they faced some resistance, but eventually won the 1A East Regional Title.

“I’m really proud of our team,” senior Jade Cooper said. “All of the new starters really stepped up and I’m so proud of them, especially at the end of the season.”

Against Rock River in the championship game, L-FL struggled to get out of the gates. The Lady Longhorns rushed out to a 9-4 lead, forcing a Lady Dogger timeout. Following the timeout, L-FL still couldn’t regain its footing, surrendering to a 14-7 lead before chipping away at the deficit.

The Lady Doggers went on a 6-1 run, capped off by a kill from Paige Miller to trim the lead to 15-13, but back-to-back aces later by Rock River upped their lead back to five. After trading several points, L-FL tied the game up at 22 and an ace by Cooper put the Lady Doggers up 23-22 before the Lady Longhorns scored three in a row to win the set 25-23.

L-FL reaches consolation semi-finals

CASPER – The Lingle-Fort Laramie Lady Doggers went 1-2 at the 1A State Tournament over the weekend, reaching the semi-finals of the consolation bracket before suffering their second loss.

“Getting to state was great,” coach Barb Clark said. “I never doubted that we would make it. The game against Dubois was disappointing because I truly feel that we should have won it. However, Dubois had different plans.”

L-FL began the tournament with a thrilling five-set match against Dubois, the fourth seed from the west. The Lady Doggers came to play, running out to a 7-2 lead. Back-to-back aces by Paige Forkner added to the Lady Dogger lead (14-5) and a Jordan Hunt kill continued the hot start, growing the lead to 19-7. Three-straight errors by Dubois ended the first set, 25-12.

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