State Winter High School Athletics
Written by timanderson on November 29, 2018
Along with alpine skiing as well as wrestling, prep basketball programs here in Wyoming have officially been working out for their such 2018-19 ledgers since back on Monday of Thanksgiving week; the Nordic skiers actually opened practices November 12, followed by boys swimming two weeks afterward, though indoor track can’t truly begin drills until New Year’s Eve. Locally, Cody HS’ now-4A Classification Bronc as well as Filly hoopsters are keeping their preparations going subsequent to the recent holiday weekend.
The reigning specific Class 3A West Conference North Quadrant co-champion, particular 3A West Regional Tournament champ as well as that whole corresponding level’s State tourney runner-up CHS boys roundball team lost eight seniors – four of whom were regular starters, a couple made All-Conference (one was even a two-time all-leaguer), there’s an All-State pick who also got on the Wyoming-Montana all-star game roster, and another graduate who was chosen a Wyoming Coaches Association North All-Star for that summer action – off a 21-player varsity/JV list of names, whose varsity club wrapped ’17-18’s docket with a record of 22-6 overall under second-year head coach Jake Kraft. His respective Broncs had gone 4-2 by their certain quad to share that Northwest crown with those repeat titleist Riverton Wolverines, though Cody lost the tiebreaker for Regional seeding and thus turned out being the division’s No. 2 seed in the event held from Pinedale (those Broncs were 8-2 come each 3A West affair total); CHS qualified for State in Casper, placed atop eight boys squads there at Regionals to win that championship before ending up second among eight over the culminating tournament. Altogether, eight of the remaining 13 varsity/JV kids who could’ve returned this campaign actually did so – featuring the additional regular starter who’s All-Conference and an all-stater, along with 11 off the 14-member freshman group (now, there’s 16 9th-graders).
In terms of these Cody girls: they graduated five 12th-graders – each atop the depth chart, a duo of consecutive all-league selections, one who was All-State, no Wyoming-Montana all-stars, though a WCA North pick – from a 15-player varsity/JV bunch, whose varsity capped the 2017-18 schedule with an overall mark of 12-15 again for veteran bench boss Tim Vannoy. His Fillies were also No. 2 as far as their North Quadrant by going 3-3 (they’d been 5-5 come every 3A West showdown); CHS made its State tourney for the second straight occasion and those Fillies took fourth in their Regional once more previous to another tied for seventh and therefore last-place finish over the culminating event. Combined, five of the ten varsity/JV possibles returned (no first-stringers nor decorated members, however) and half-a-dozen by the ten-kid freshman crew (there are just six 9th-graders now).
Each of these Cody units tip off their calendars by playing a trio of non-conference tilts away come three-day round-robin-type tourneys late next week – the Broncs at Riverton, while those Fillies are in Casper.