Stage Stop mushers announced

Organizers of the Stage Stop Sled Dog Race announced Wednesday the first round of participants for this winter’s race. Phase one participants included those who competed in the 2020 race.

Included in the round one of participants is Bruce Magnusson (Cheboygan, Michigan), Randy DeKuiper (Newberry, Michigan), Tim Thiessen (Leadville, Colorado), Austin Forney (Leadville, Colorado), Thad McCracken (Mosier, Oregon), Gwenn Bogart (Boulder), Ryan Bieber (Lily, Minnesota), Chris Adkins (Sand Coulee, Montana), Alix Crittenden (Bondurant), Érick LaForce (Lanoraie, Quebec, Canada), Anny Malo (St Zenon, Quebec, Canada), Diane Marquis (St Medard, Quebec, Canada), Jake Robinson (Bemidji, Minnesota), JR Anderson (Buyck, Minnesota), Lina Streeper (Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada), Doug Butler (Middlebury, Vermont)

Round two sign-ups began on Sept. 8 and are open to all qualified participants. The total cash purse is set at $165,000.

Wilsonite competing for UW

Wilson native Hailey Hardeman is competing to be a points team member for the University of Wyoming rodeo team. With three of the Cowboys points team members returning, Hardeman, a graduate of Jackson Hole High School and CNFR qualifier, is one of three athletes competing for the fourth and final spot.

The Cowboys are three-time Central Rocky Mountain Region champions in both men’s and women’s rodeo and are looking to defend their title.

“All of these girls are talented, and I have a hard time picking one of them for the points team,” head coach Beau Clark said in a press release.

Hoelscher earns Coach of Year

Jackson Hole High School soccer coach Matt Hoelscher was recently named 4A Coach of the Year coming off a state title for boys soccer last season.

Hoelscher’s squad finished the 2021 season ranked 20th in the nation by the United Soccer Coaches poll. After COVID-19 cancelled the 2020 season, the Broncs went undefeated in their spring 2021 regular season, on their way to an 18-2 finish and 2-1 overtime win over Thunder Basin in the state title game.

While in the past Hoelscher had to make cuts during tryouts, this season he worked with coaches around the state to create a second JV program, and find an opportunity for every student to play.

“The new team kept kids involved in a sport they love,” Hoelscher said. “For them and the high school program, being a part of a successful team encourages future success on the field and in the classroom.”

Pocatello hands Broncs a loss

Last Friday the Pocatello Thunder (3-0) handed the Broncs football team (2-1) their first loss of the season, in a 46-20 game on the road.

The Thunder struck first late in the first quarter, with an 85-yard rushing touchdown. Despite an answer from the Broncs to get them within a point, the Thunder offense proved too much for David Joyce’s defense, which allowed 14 points in the second quarter and 18 in the third.

Senior quarterback Sadler Smith was 32 of 47 through the air for 429 yards and two touchdowns, but did throw three interceptions to go with it. Running back Brody Hasenack, who sparked the team’s offense in the second half against Bear Lake, kept up his strong play with 123 yards on 24 carries.

Despite the loss the Broncs will have an opportunity to get back into the win column this Friday, when they host the Riverton Wolverines (0-3). Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

Cross-country runs new course

This past weekend the Broncs cross-country team competed in the Wyoming Indian Invitational in Ethete. Running on a brand new course the Broncs had an opportunity to try it out in a regular season setting before they run on it again in the state meet in late October.

With such a new course, both the boys and girls team were told to run the course cautiously.

The girls were short handed, running three freshmen in their varsity five. According to head coach Jeff Brazil, the girls “nailed the race plan.” Senior Kate Brigham earned her second victory of the season, while the team finished in seventh place overall, and fourth in 4A.

Freshman Maddy Antonino finished in 29th place, followed closely by freshman Lena Poduska, Abby Murphy and senior Jacie Chatham.

On the boys side, senior Mason Wheeler earned his first victory of the season with a time of 16:42. The boys finished in fourth place overall, as well as in 4A.

Senior Roman Goralski finished in 22nd, followed quickly by junior Colby Jenks, who finished in 34th place.

“Like the girls, I like the position we are in as we look to repeat as state champions in six weeks,” Brazil said in a press release. “There is a lot of season ahead, and a lot of improvement open to the boys in the weeks ahead!”

Broncs swimmers split on road

Despite not adding any new qualifiers, the Broncs swim and dive team came out victorious this past Friday in Cody, falling to Lander 107-79, in Saturday’s road dual.

The Broncs finished in first place on Friday, with 338 points, receiving steady contributions all around.

Freshman Colette Danby was able to get her 11-dive qualifying standard, after earning her 6-dive score last weekend; she will compete in both at the state meet in Gillette in early November.

Aside from Danby, head coach Colleen Rossetti highlighted senior Bethany Enriquez, junior Maria Mahood, sophomore Anna Brown and freshman Yocelin Marquina-Cabrera for their contributions over the weekend.

Last week Rossetti challenged her athletes to create goals for themselves unrelated to the clock, while also urging them to get uncomfortable by trying out a new technique, strategy or adding a new dive. Rossetti believes that could pay dividends for her athletes down the line.

“The meets this weekend showed us that there is so much more we are capable of, we just need to set our minds to it,” Rossetti said. “Friday kicked off with some fantastic relay swims that lead to multiple individual season best times. Our divers competed well, doing 6 dives on Friday and then stepped up to 11 dives on Saturday. Both meets ran quickly so there wasn’t a lot of time to rest but we have to get used to that. It was a long two days but both swimmers and divers stepped and showed they can willing and capable to compete at any level.”

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