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KHS relay team takes state!

Girls 2nd, Boys 8th; Burnett, Walker win multiple events

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KHS track and field enjoy busy week on road

The Kemmerer High School track and field teams enjoyed their busiest four-day road stretch of the season last week, and the weather finally decided to cooperate, providing optimal conditions for meets at Evanston, Pinedale and Riverton. The road swing began Wednesday with the Rick and Wendy Schuler Invitational in Evanston, the first track and field meet held at the newly-renovated Kay Fackrell Stadium. The teams then traveled to Pinedale Friday for the Mountain Man Invitational, with the Lady Rangers finishing fourth as a team, while the Rangers finished sixth. The KHS track and field teams ended the weekend Saturday at the Roy Peck Invitational in Riverton, with the Lady Rangers once again placing fourth, while the Rangers finished fifth.

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KHS track and field enjoy busy weekend

The Kemmerer High School track and field teams continued to make the most of the spring-like weather over the weekend, competing at the Strata Invitational in Roosevelt, Utah, Friday, then heading over to Rock Springs Saturday for the Ted Schroeder ‘Meet of Hope.’ The Lady Rangers placed sixth overall at the Strata Invite, while the Rangers finished 10th in the 14-team field. In Rock Springs the following day, the Lady Rangers finished in the top spot at the Meet of Hope, while the Rangers finished ninth.

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Lucky Dogs AMOW 8-Ball State Champions

The Lucky Dogs from Kemmerer won the 29th Annual AMOW 8-Ball State Championships held in Casper March 22-26. Last year the Lucky Dogs won the C Division in the VNEA pool tournament. This year there were five divisions in the BCA pool league in which Lucky Dogs placed first in the Silver Division. The tournament was put on by Cue Sports International and took place at the Ford Wyoming Center. The Wyoming State Pool Tournament starts with singles play on Wednesday and Thursday preceded by team play Friday through Sunday.

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Rangers 20th, Lady Rangers 24th at Alpha Invite

After weeks of indoor training and canceled meets, the Kemmerer High School track and field teams finally had the opportunity to compete outdoors over the weekend, taking part in the 2023 Alpha Invitational in Orem, Utah. The Rangers placed 20th in the 30-team field, while the Lady Rangers placed 24th. Owen Burnett was the Rangers’ top finisher, winning the 3200 meters in a time of 9:33.25, while Laynee Walker was the top finisher for the girls, placing seventh in the pole vault, clearing a height of 8 feet, 6 inches.

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Forget Cowboys; the world needs more Sams

It was a lousy night for a drive. My wife Aimee and I had gotten a late start to begin with, as we lit out in the eye of a winter storm, heading for the 2023 Wyoming Press Association Annual Convention in Cheyenne. This year’s event was scheduled for mid-January at the Little America Hotel and Convention Center, and after white-knuckling it the entire trip, we finally rolled into the parking lot around 2 a.m., well after the rest of our colleagues at the Uinta County Herald (and probably every other paper in the state) had called it a night. As we lugged our bags up the icy outdoor staircase that led to our room on the second floor, the glass door at the top of the stairs suddenly flew open, and a figure stepped out, holding the door against the bitter wind and ushering us inside. I turned to thank whoever it was, and found myself face-to-face with the smiling mug of Sam Smith, sportswriter and photographer for the Lovell Chronicle. What he was doing up at that hour, I have no clue; probably waiting for members of his own party to arrive. But I remember thinking I’d never been happier to see Sam in my life.

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Kemmerer cheer team shines at State Spirit

With a talented mix of returning athletes and new faces, the Kemmerer High School cheer team performed well at the 2023 State Spirit Competition in Casper earlier this month, placing fifth in 2A Game Day Cheer and sixth in 3A All Girl Cheer (Stunts). “The girls did a really good job,” said KHS head coach Sheril Slater. “They hit their stunts, and did really great – it was a good showing for them. It was the first time they had done all girls stunt in a long time, so they did really, really well.” This year’s state squad was made up of 12 girls, led by four seniors and Slater, who returned to coaching after a seven-year break.

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Burnett wins 1600, 3200 at 3A State Indoor Championships

Competing for the Mountain View High School indoor track and field team, Kemmerer’s Owen Burnett continued his assault on the record books, breaking a pair of records at the 2023 WHSAA 3A State Indoor Track and Field Championships in Gillette, March 3-4. Burnett won the 1600 meters in a blistering time of 4:21.70, and the 3200 in a time of 9:41.57, setting new state standards in both.

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Solid numbers turn out for KHS track & field

Old Man Winter has so far had other plans, but the Kemmerer High School track and field teams are practicing like there will, indeed, be a spring sports season, with solid numbers turning out for the Rangers and Lady Rangers as they make the move to Class 2A for the 2023 campaign. “Things are looking pretty good — I think we’re at 39-40 kids this year,” said KHS head coach Phil Thatcher. “I think we’re about even as far as boys and girls go, which is good for us — last year, we only had about eight or nine boys; this year we have 18. We have around 21 or 22 girls, so it’s a lot better mix for us.”

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KHS girls fall to Sundance, Rocky Mountain at state

The young but scrappy Kemmerer High School girls’ basketball team — well-versed in overcoming adversity this season — went 0-2 over the weekend at the 2A State Basketball Tournament in Casper, though, in typical Lady Rangers fashion, fought hard until the very end. The Lady Rangers (15-10 opened play Thursday against Sundance, losing to the Lady Bulldogs 38-28. In Friday’s elimination game against Rocky Mountain, Kemmerer struggled to find a scoring rhythm, falling to the Lady Grizzlies 33-16.

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Rangers 0-2 at 2A State Basketball Tourney

The Kemmerer High School boys’ basketball team saw their season come to an end Friday at the 2A State Basketball Tournament in Casper, but not before providing a few memorable moments for Rangers fans to hang their hats on. The Rangers (14-12) opened the tournament Thursday against eventual champions Pine Bluffs, losing to the Hornets 70-48. In Friday’s elimination round against Wright, the Rangers battled back from a 20-point first-half deficit to pull within two points late in the contest, eventually running out of steam in a heartbreaking loss to the Panthers, 71-62. The loss ended Kemmerer’s season, as well as the high school careers of seniors Jake Kampman, Wyatt Peternal, Chase Bowen, Mason Riding, Eric Wiswell and Ciris Kominsky.

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Junior High Lady Rangers beat North Rich

The Junior High Lady Rangers beat North Rich Middle School Sept. 20 (25-14) (25-21) (25-8).