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  • Bringing jiu-jitsu to the Basin; Justin Jacobs opens Brazilian jiu-jitsu school

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Jul 4, 2024

    Brazilian jiu-jitsu is an integral part of retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Justin Jacobs's life, and now he's looking to share his knowledge of the art form in Worland and Thermopolis. Starting classes in mid-June at the One Oak Activity Center, Jacobs's enthusiasm and love for Brazilian jiu-jitsu is infectious and apparent the moment you meet him. "What I love about jiu-jitsu is that it doesn't know color, language, religion or nationality. It is what it is, and that's why it's universal....

  • Chiefs show grit in games against Powell and Buffalo

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Jun 27, 2024

    Playing doubleheaders against Powell and Buffalo, the American Legion Post 44 Worland Chiefs Class C played some of their best baseball of the season last week. On June 19, Worland played a road game doubleheader against Powell. Powell won Game 1 13-7, but the Chiefs were winning 7-6 going into the bottom of the fourth inning. After a pitching change to start the bottom of the inning, the Chiefs made too many mistakes, which Powell capitalized on. "In Game 1, Kyston Rollema started and pitched...

  • Roady wins rodeo state championship

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Jun 13, 2024

    Working closer and closer to a state championship each season, Worland's Sydnee Roady got that sought-after state championship from the Wyoming High School State Rodeo Finals. Competing at the State Finals in Rock Springs on June 3-9, Roady won the reined cow horse event, scoring 435 points in the two rounds, along with finishing second in the short-go. "It's taken me four years to do, but it's pleasing to have it done my senior year," said Roady. Battling against a highly competitive field,...

  • Worland Chiefs back on the diamond

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Jun 6, 2024

    Back for another season, the American Legion Post 44 Worland Chiefs got their baseball season underway last week, starting 1-3 in their first set of games. Playing a C-class schedule (15U), Worland opened the season in Buffalo on June 1. The Chiefs dropped the doubleheader, losing 14-5 and 10-5. Braylon Kidgell, Dallon Lara and Canon Tidemann each had two combined hits in the doubleheader in Buffalo. Kidgell also threw a strong four innings for the Chiefs from the mound. On Monday, Worland...

  • Another step forward for Lady Warriors softball in 2024

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|May 30, 2024

    It might not have been the big leap they wanted, but the Worland Lady Warriors softball program took another step forward in the 2024 season. The Lady Warriors won the most games in the program's four-year history, going 3-19 (1-9 in the West conference). Ralley Moreno and Samantha Pierce earned West all-conference honors. Pierce was named to the first-team, while Moreno was second-team all-conference. Pierce led the Lady Warriors in batting average (.465), on-base percentage (.509), runs (14),...

  • Swalstad defends 3200-meter title and wins 1600-meter

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|May 23, 2024

    Lady Warriors finish runners-up at 3A State meet Worland distance runner Trajn Swalstad successfully defended his 3200-meter championship and added the 1600-meter title, too, during last week's 3A State meet in Casper on May 16-18. Swalstad won the 3200-meter run by a good margin, crossing the finish line at 9:47.43. "I won it last year, so I went in thinking, 'Why would I let anyone beat me this year.' I have to go out there to keep my name what it is," said Swalstad about his mindset going...

  • Lady Warriors win 3A West regional

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|May 16, 2024

    For the first time since 2014, the Worland Lady Warriors track and field team brought home the regional championship. Competing at the 3A West regional championship in Mountain View on May 3-4, the Lady Warriors won the 3A West team title scoring 175 points. Second place was Powell with 140 points and third place was Lander with 125 points. "I was happy for the kids. Did they ever show up and perform," said WHS track and field coach Tracey Wiley. "I was super proud of them, boys and girls, they...

  • Lady Warriors pick up first conference win of the season

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|May 9, 2024

    In one of their final home games for the season, the Worland Lady Warriors softball team notched their first conference win last week at Newell Sargent Park in Worland. Playing the Green River Lady Wolves on May 3, the Lady Warriors beat the Lady Wolves 12-7. The bats of Molly Glanz and Oakley Voyles helped power Worland to the conference victory. Voyles had three hits and two RBIs, and Glanz had two hits and four RBIs. WHS softball coach Tim Barrus missed last week's final home games due to att...

  • Worland track closes out regular season in Thermopolis

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|May 2, 2024

    The final week of the track and field regular season is here, and the Worland High School teams are in Thermopolis on Friday in the final tune-up before the postseason. With the Roy Peck Invitational postponed to April 29, Worland had a single meet last week, the Wyoming Track Classic in Casper on April 26. The Classic is a best-of-the-best meet. Regardless of class, the top eight sprinters in the 100-meter through the 800-meter dashes, the top 12 runners in the 1600- and 3200-meter runs and...

  • With a new lineup, No. 2 Warriors pick up wins over Rawlins and Buffalo

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Apr 25, 2024

    After falling to Torrington on April 12, the Worland Warriors soccer team made a few changes before last week's games. The Warriors took to the changes well and played some of their best soccer of the season in their two home victories. With both games at Warrior Stadium, Worland beat Buffalo 2-1 (4-1 penalties) on April 19 and Rawlins 1-0 on April 20. The Warriors picked up two big 3A East conference wins to keep pace with 1-seed Torrington. Against Buffalo, Tyshon Swalstad converted on a free...

  • Lady Warriors looking to bounce back after tough weekend

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Apr 18, 2024

    Playing two Casper schools, the Worland Lady Warriors softball team is determined to bounce back from an 0-4 weekend. The Lady Warriors (1-8) lost to Natrona High School 8-1 in the conference game and 6-3 in the non-conference game on April 12 at Newell Sargent Park. On April 13, Kelly Walsh beat Worland 20-3 and 19-4. "Natrona had a good pitcher. She wasn't an overpowering thrower, but she had great control. Defensively, we played well but struggled with our bats," said WHS softball coach Tim...

  • Lady Warriors pick up another win, and Warriors finish second at home meet

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Apr 11, 2024

    There’s nothing like home cooking, and the Worland High School track and field team made the most of hosting their annual meet, the D&D Invitational, on April 4. The Lady Warriors won their home meet with 209.50 points; Powell was second with 196 points, and Lovell third with 55 points. The Warriors finished second with 121 points, Powell won the meet with 162.5 points, and Thermopolis was third with 107 points. The D&D Invitational also enjoyed nice weather. While there was some wind, it was s...

  • Ten Sleep track opens season in Cody

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Mar 28, 2024

    Competing at the Cody Invitational on March 21, the Ten Sleep track and field teams got their 2024 season underway. Lady Pioneer Izzy Fox was among the highlights for Ten Sleep in Cody. The senior finished sixth in the high jump, clearing 4-9 and qualified for the 1A State meet. Pioneer Jacob Holiday finished fifth in the 800 meters running a 2:08.90. With 15 athletes out this season, this season's Ten Sleep team is one of the larger teams in recent memory. "We have 15 kids on the team this...

  • Lady Warriors start season by winning the Glen Legler Early Bird meet

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Mar 21, 2024

    Wasting little time, the Worland High School track and field team opened their season with a great showing at the Glen Legler Early Bird meet at Natrona High School in Casper on March 16. The Lady Warriors not only won their opening meet of the season but did so convincingly. Worland scored 140.50 points to finish first, 4A Natrona County was second with 111 points, and Lander was third with 90.50 points. Even down a few athletes, the Warriors finished fifth with 45 points. 4A Natrona County won...

  • Warriors go 0-2 at 3A State Tournament

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Mar 14, 2024

    After a pair of tough losses, the Worland Warriors had a sudden end to their time at the 3A State Boys Basketball Tournament in Casper on March 7-9. In the quarterfinals, the Warriors faced Buffalo, the 2-seed out of the East, at the Ford Wyoming Center. The Warriors held a 25-21 lead at the break, shooting 50% from the field. Worland lost 10-9 to Buffalo in the third quarter but still had a 34-31 advantage. With a spot in the semifinals up for grabs, the Warriors played great defensively by...

  • Lady Warriors bring home fourth-place plaque from 3A State indoor meet

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Mar 7, 2024

    Every point mattered for the Worland Lady Warriors indoor track team, which brought home the program's first-ever state placing hardware and had an individual state champion at last week's 3A State indoor track meet. The Lady Warriors finished fourth and had Anna Richardson win the high jump at the 3A State indoor track meet in Gillette on March 1-2. Worland scored 60 points to finish fourth, Evanston was third with 61 points, Torrington finished second with 74 points, and Cody repeated as the...

  • Carrell wins first girl state championship for Worland

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Feb 29, 2024

    Making history at the state girls wrestling tournament last week in Casper, Worland's Rivers Carrell became the first-ever girl state champion for the Worland High School wrestling program. "It's the best feeling I've ever had," said Carrell after winning the 125-pound weight class state championship. On her way to becoming a state champion, Carrell pinned Star Valley's Malia Allred in the first round. In the quarterfinals, she won a 6-2 decision over Jordan Nielsen of Lander Valley. Advancing...

  • Durrant and Thomas swim their best at 3A State

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Feb 22, 2024

    The Worland Warriors swimming and diving team only had two swimmers compete at the 3A State meet in Laramie last weekend, but both swimmers cut time and gave it their all. Senior Joey Durrant and junior Scott Thomas were the Warriors to compete at the season's culminating event. Durrant swam the 100-yard backstroke (100-yard backstroke) and 100-yard butterfly (1:08.98) at state and Thomas the 100-yard breaststroke (1:11.83). "Joey and Scottie both cut time, you can't ask for more than that....

  • Caballero's buzzer-beating 3 downs No. 3 Lovell

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Feb 15, 2024

    4 seconds is all the Warriors had, but it was all the time they needed to beat No. 3 Lovell on Feb. 10 at Worland High School. In a matchup between 3A Northwest rivals, the Warriors (9-10) were trailing 41-39 with 3.1 seconds against Lovell. The Warriors ran the same play that forced overtime and eventually beat Lovell last season during the semifinals at the 3A West regional tournament. This time, it was a different Warrior crew running the play. Warrior Owen Page inbounded the ball and hit...

  • Worland wrestling wraps up regular season in Buffalo on Friday

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Feb 8, 2024

    Last week was a good teaching moment for the young Worland wrestling team as they dropped two duals. The Warriors lost to Hot Springs County 47-24 in Thermopolis on Feb. 1 and Cody 49-24 at the Warrior gym on Feb. 2. "Those were duals against two tough teams," said WHS wrestling coach Josh Garcia. "Thermop, being a 2A school, is going to have success at the state tournament. The biggest thing for us was on our feet, giving up takedowns early against Thermop. Then not sticking to our bar-arm...

  • Pioneers determined to break out of rough patch

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Feb 1, 2024

    Going 1-2 in three games last week, the Ten Sleep Pioneers basketball team has lost four of their last five games but focused on breaking out of this slump. The Pioneers (5-8) lost to the Shoshoni JV on Jan. 25, beat the Worland freshman team on Jan. 26 but lost to 1A Northwest rival Riverside 48-35 on Jan. 27. "Although we lost to Shoshoni, we had seven players put points on the board in both games [against Shoshoni and Worland]," said TSHS boys basketball coach Chad Fox. "I think this is a...

  • Worland's Baumstarck signs LOI to play volleyball for Northwest College

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Jan 25, 2024

    Worland High School senior Ellianna Baumstarck has signed her letter of intent to play volleyball for the Northwest College Trappers next fall. Signing that letter of intent was years of hard work coming to fruition for Baumstarck. "I'm so excited because that's been my goal ever since I started playing volleyball. I've always wanted to go on at play at a higher level," said Baumstarck. "It's a dream come true." Baumstarck had considered playing for other colleges, but something felt right about...

  • Warriors do well in home meets

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Jan 18, 2024

    Hosting two boys swimming meets last week, the Worland Warriors took another step forward in their progress this season. "Our younger swimmers are starting to see what it takes," said WHS boys swimming and diving coach Justin Howe. "I got some guys that are practicing in the morning now. They're starting to see that being fast in USA and middle school is different from the high school level." Hosting the Warrior Quad on Jan. 12 and the Warrior Invitational on Jan. 13, and each Warrior had...

  • Warriors close out weekend with two wins

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Jan 11, 2024

    Big Horn Basin Classic Friday games: Worland vs. St. Stephens 1:30 p.m.; Worland vs. Rocky Mountain 7:30 p.m. After opening last week with two losses, the Worland Warriors basketball team closed out the week with two victories. The Warriors lost their home opener to 4A Cody on Jan. 4, 45-41, and lost the opening game at the Winter Classic in Pinedale on Jan. 5 vs. Lander Valley, 55-49. But the team rallied and closed the week with wins over Lyman 48-45 and Pinedale 62-59 on Jan. 6. WEEKEND "The...

  • Lady Warriors ready for tough set of games to open 2024

    ALEX KUHN, Sports Editor|Jan 4, 2024

    The New Year brings new beginnings and new challenges, and for the Worland Lady Warriors girls basketball team, three of their next four games are against ranked opponents. Tonight, in their home opener, the Lady Warriors play the 4A No.2 Cody Fillies at 5:30 p.m. Following that game, the team travels to Rawlins for the Winter Classic on Friday and Saturday, where they'll face No. 3 Mountain View, No. 5 Pinedale and Lander. Preparing for this stretch of games, the Lady Warriors spent the...

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