If this spring was any indication, the main story of what most Cody High School sports teams will struggle with this weekend as they venture to their respective state events will be the weather.
Activities director Tony Hult recently said he’s never had a spring where he’s had to scramble so much to get games and fixtures postponed due to inclement weather across the state.
It’s nothing new that the annual track and field meet at Kelly Walsh in Casper is delayed due to rain, snow, lightning, hurricane force winds, El Nino and other weather events. drastic that permanently invades the center of Wyoming and the oil town.
The forecast doesn’t look good again this year and could be another state track meet where athletes will have to hope to survive instead of succeed.
With the boys and girls soccer teams heading to Cheyenne this weekend, they shouldn’t expect anything better in terms of weather.
Thursday is forecast for highs of 80 degrees with a slight chance of rain.
On Friday, it looks like all the teams there might be happier staying in their motel rooms watching reruns of Hee Haw.
The Fillies softball team is heading to Gillette and, well, Gillette is Gillette.
It’s never going to be anyone’s favorite vacation destination, and there are certainly times when the wind makes locals doubt the sanity of living in Wyoming.
The fillies have already played one of the coldest and windiest pairings of games on record earlier this season on home soil, but have held on like champions in a way few athletes could have.
So off we go for different parts of the State from the Cowboys to the CHS teams. Loved ones should say goodbye and hug if they are not with them.
The way things are going, a spring blizzard will likely lock them all out until June.
Cody’s girls’ soccer team has appeared in the last four consecutive state championship games, winning three of them.
The fillies lost to Lander last season, so they are hungry to regain the top spot on the podium, and if they play like they have all season, they have a good chance of doing so.
Cody (14-0, 12-0) finished the season ranked No. 3 in 3A and secured the first seed in the No. 1 West region. They will face No. 4 East seed Newcastle. , to open the tournament on Thursday.
One of the reasons Fillies have been so dominant this season is because of the number of guns they have. Autumn Wilson and Natalie Wenke have been a force up front, but the midfield includes Ally Boysen, Aspen Kalkowski, Jessa Lynn, Kennedi Niemann, Molly Hays, Hattie Robbins and Maddie Christler. Each has scored at least one goal this season.
The defense, which includes Tayleigh Hopkin, Gillian Growney, Reece Niemann and goaltender Izzy Radakovich, has held up well over the season, allowing two or fewer goals in every game this season and shutting out several teams.
A win over Newcastle means they would see either Mountain View or Buffalo in the semis. Cody beat the Lady Buffalos 5-0 and 2-0 during the season and beat the Lady Bison 3-0 in their last home game last week.
If the top two teams in the state prevail, it would lead to a rematch of last year’s state championship between Cody and Lander. And the fillies are said to be looking for a little revenge after falling 2-1 in the title match last year.
The Fillies capped a 19-game season winning streak against Rock Springs and Green River over the weekend, and won in convincing fashion.
Fashion-wise, however, they were largely beaten by both teams.
The Lady Tigers and Lady Wolves got off the bus with premium baseball bags featuring their school colors, logos, player numbers and enough room for bat mitts, an entire wardrobe, a medium-sized dog and all their homework. .
Maybe after winning a conference title this year and representing CHS with exceptional play, attitudes and sportsmanship, a nice reminder will shell out the dough to help these girls look as good on the court as they look. make.
Softball moms are likely to glance at their daughters’ well-worn baseball backpacks they’re using now and shout, “Those are outdoor backpacks. They don’t come to this house.
As the No. 1 seed in the West, the Fillies (19-3, 10-0) will face No. 4 seed Laramie on Thursday.
They faced Laramie in a tournament to start the season and narrowly lost to the Lady Plainsmen. However, that was with the Fillies’ JV playing the majority of positions.
With starting pitchers Ellie Ungrund and Violet Wollschlager and others throwing lights into the circle, a dynamic infield that can make every pitch with precision and speed, plus a deep batting lineup that can really swing wood, a win over Laramie could help start a thrilling softball weekend for fillies and fans alike.
The Fillies track teams have had their share of ups and downs throughout the year, but as the state approaches, things are definitely looking up for the young team.
Holly Spiering is as healthy as she has been in a long time and has the speed to stand out in the sprints and the strength for a strong finish in the long jump.
Sophomore Allie Broussard has proven all season that she’s the kind of versatile athlete who could replace her brother at linebacker on the Broncs football team if he wasn’t careful.
Fellow sophomore Ada Nelson runs as if chasing someone who just stole her cat. It’s something to see.
Lake Harrison made a strong comeback from a leg injury to qualify for the state in the high jump regionals.
The distance runners are almost guaranteed to represent with all their talent.
Pitchers are making progress, hurdlers can compete, and Hailey Holman is as consistent at putting in strong performances as anyone in the state at the pole vault.
The Broncs track teams have a 4×100 relay team that can fly, anchored by junior Luke Talich who has the third fastest 4A time in the 100-meter sprint.
He also broke the school record in the long jump and had the longest 4A jump this year of 8 inches.
AJ Baustert can absolutely blaze, and Graidin Arnold can jump and blaze through the hurdles.
These sophomores have had exceptional seasons.
Junior Robby Porter nearly broke the CHS high jump record this season. There may be one or two jumpers in the state who can match that 6-foot-6 mark, but maybe none can beat it.
Sophomore Dillon Brost could possibly break pole vault records, but he’ll certainly have his hands full with 4A jumpers statewide who have been playing some high points recently.
He will join that 4×100 relay team with Talich, Baustert and Blake Beardall who replaced Nathan Wilson if he cannot go to state due to injury.
The main thing for both Casper teams is layering. Prepare for any type of weather.
The Bronc football team should have consulted with the CHS physics department to try and come up with some sort of formula for throwing a ball into a 50 mph wind with rain, snow, injuries, young people and more wind.
The Broncs finished third in the 3A West behind No. 1-ranked Worland and No. 2-ranked Powell in a bit of a tough schedule.
Cody was tied with Lander overall (8-6, 7-5), but a stellar Bronc defense allowed fewer conference goals and won the tiebreaker and all three seeds.
Tade Geving, Remy Broussard and Owen Peterson have been stingy throughout the season and just keep getting better.
Senior Jackson Gail and junior Matt Nelson could be the best players on the court when they take on second seed Douglas to start things off Thursday afternoon.
With help from senior CJ Dominick’s ball handling and the emergence of freshmen like Colby Balyo and Carter Gail, a win over Douglas certainly isn’t out of the question.
Unfortunately, they will more than likely face No. 1 Worland on Friday if they beat the Bearcats. A win over the Warriors can be a daunting task, but getting that first win over Douglas is key to a solid weekend at State.