Broncs speech and debate competitors pose for a photo following the Rock Springs Tiger Classic this past week.

Six Broncs earn All-State honor

 Coming off a 9-3 finish and second consecutive trip to the state title game, six members of the historic 2021 Jackson Broncs football team were named to the 3A All-State team.

 Out of the six Broncs honored, four came from the offensive side, while three came from defense. On offense, senior quarterback Sadler Smith, senior running back Brody Hasenack and senior wide receivers Nate Keipert and Sam Scott were all named to the list.

 With impressive seasons to cap on their high school careers, both Smith and Keipert broke Wyoming state football records on their way out the door. Smith broke the record for most passing yards in a season with 3,459, previously held by Dalton Holst, of Campbell County, while Keipert broke the record for most single-season receiving yards with 1,210, passing Chance Aumiller, of Cheyenne East.

 On defense, senior lineman Matt Carney, senior linebacker Colter Dawson and senior defensive back Alexei DiDonato earned honors as well.

 With seven selections, the Broncs finished second in 3A for the most representatives behind Cody, who saw 11 of their players on the list.

Learn about avalanche safety

 Teton County Search and Rescue is hosting a virtual avalanche awareness seminar on Friday, Dec. 3.

 The event will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

 As backcountry use is expected to rise this winter, TCSAR urges community members to sharpen their knowledge of safe back country practices. The event will feature a keynote presentation from American Avalanche Institute co-owner Sarah Carpenter.

 Registration is available online at the Jackson Hole Avalanche Foundation website, with a $5 recommended donation for participants.

Speech and debate starts strong

 The Jackson Hole speech and debate team earned a second place finish at the Rock Springs Tiger Classic this past week, competing in the team’s first event of the season.

 The team finished just behind Cheyenne East, who earned a first-place victory, but ahead of Cheyenne South, who finished in third.

 In public forum debate, senior captains Lily Briggs and William Aepli secured a first-place finish. In the same event, juniors Alexis Hernandez and Jheili Montiel Huerta finished in fifth place.

 With a strong group of up and coming competitors, head coach Londe Gagnon is excited about the potential of the team moving forward.

 In other events, Sarah Schweitzer earned a fourth place finish in Impromptu Speaking, while Briggs finished third in the Congressional Debate event.

 “We are thrilled to have opportunities to compete in person again,” Gagnon said in a press release. “Varsity and novice worked together in seamless fashion to bring home numerous top awards. It’s going to be an adventurous season.”

 Up next for the team is a trip to Green River on Friday, December 3, where the Broncs will look to continue their strong start to their winter schedule.

Skiers, mark your calendars!

 Nordic enthusiasts are encouraged to come out to the Jackson Hole Nordic Alliance’s 5th annual Free Nordic Ski, Fat Bike and Snowshoe day at Turpin Meadow Ranch on Sunday, January 9.

 The event will be socially distanced, and will feature a raffle to benefit Friends of Pathways.

 Other Nordic events this winter include the Jackson Hole Ski & Snowboard Club Betty Woolsey Classic, Teton Ridge Classic, Pole-Pedal-Paddle and the Sandbag Series Nordic ski races.

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