Warriors add two new qualifiers in pool Friday

By Sisco Molina
Sports Writer

BUFFALO – Friday was a big day for a pair of Worland Warrior swimmers.
Burk DeBolt and Josiah Sanchez were the two newest swimmers to qualify for the state meet, bringing the total now to eight out of the total 12 swimmers on the team.
DeBolt qualified in the 200 free while the freshman Sanchez qualified in the 100 butterfly in a dual with Buffalo Friday.
The Warriors ended up winning the dual 122-42 and took first in every event except the 50 free, 100 fly and diving.
A few swimmers who have already qualified for the state meet qualified in new events starting with Mathew Kelton who hit qualifying times in the 200 IM and 500 free.
Zach Green also qualified in the 200 IM and freshman Dalton Jeffries qualified in the 100 backstroke.
Worland coach Kevin Heyer said there were a few DQ’s in the dual, but that’s expected in the early parts of the season.
“This early in the season, it’s bound to happen. As time goes on those will decrease as we keep practicing,” Heyer said after the dual Friday.

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Worland heavyweight Nathan Kern makes really fast work of his Pinedale opponent during the opening day of the Battle of the Big Horns wresting tournament in Worland Friday night.

Worland wrestlers off to quick start at home tourney

By Sisco Molina
Sports Writer

WORLAND – The Warriors are continuing to wrestle well in the beginning of the season, the latest success coming at their home tournament the Battle in the Bighorns. They got off to a fast start on the first day of competition, winning all five of their duals to enter the gold bracket once again on Saturday.
Friday started off with a 60-24 win against Pinedale and followed with 47-28 win against 2A Cokeville. The closest contest of the day came against Billing West in what Worland coach Josh Garcia called a fun dual to watch.
The Warriors narrowed out West for a 39-36 victory.
After that, the Warriors beat Rock Springs 49-18 and ended the day with a 56-22 win over Glenrock as well.
“I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, I’m hugely impressed with how good of shape these guys are in. We had those two-a-days early on and they seem to be helping us early on. We’re just in a lot better shape than most of these teams,” Garcia said Friday. “We’re not necessarily the best team out there, but when your guys are in shape and can go the full six minutes that puts you in a position to win some matches and win duals as well.”
With the bracket round starting at 8 a.m. Garcia knows the competition level will be a lot higher Saturday, but is confident they will continue to find success with how well they’ve been doing.

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Ten Sleep’s Jay Lee finishes off the fastbreak with a layup against Ft. Washakie Friday evening in Ten Sleep. The Pioneers won teh game 64-17 and will face Arvada-Clearmont Saturday at 7 p.m.

Pioneers run past Ft. Washakie at home

By Sisco Molina
Sports Writer

TEN SLEEP – Ten Sleep got off to a hot start Friday night and never looked back as the Pioneers cruised to a 64-17 victory in the first home game of the season against Ft. Washakie.
Though it wasn’t against the highest quality of opponents and Ten Sleep used a lot more of its younger players, coach Ben Schwarz and the Pioneers never faltered and were in complete control for the full 32 minutes.
“We were willing to push the ball right off the start. We’ve been kind of slow (this season) in the first quarter as far as what we wanted to do in transition. (Friday) we came out right out of the gates and we ran our lanes the way we want to run them,” Schwarz said after the win Friday.
Senior Reed Hampton acted as a catalyst for the Pioneers, scoring six quick points on the first three possessions to help fuel Ten Sleep’s 10-0 run to open the game. The rest of the team quickly got in on the scoring act and after the first quarter ended the Pioneers led 31-3 with 10 of those coming from Hampton.
“It’s amazing to see him (Hampton) do. We’ve watched him grow here for three years now and for him to fire off right away with that kind of confidence, that’s huge,” Schwarz said of Hampton’s fast start.
The second quarter went much the same way with Ten Sleep dominating on both ends of the court. The Pioneers outscored the opposition 25-6 and went into halftime holding a 56-9 lead.
With the game well in hand and the running clock in effect for the rest of the game, Schwarz opted to still use a couple of starters but only to help the newcomers off the bench work into the offense and get them going.


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