CWC rodeo team promises new talent

Central Wyoming College rodeo team will have a talented lineup for this year’s season. Rodeo coach Drew Schrock has been busy recruiting new members for the team and this year many of them have been National High School Finals qualifiers.

More than ten will be incoming freshman this year and will join the team this fall making a total of 30 rodeo team members. Nineteen are from Wyoming and five are from Fremont County. The five are all return athletes; Piper Naylon, Brooke Hursh, Shana Lyons, Alex Bone and Danny Huxtable are all coming back for their second, third and fourth year of eligibility.

During Wyoming’s high school finals rodeo, Brady Thurston of Lance Creek qualified for Nationals in saddle bronc and steer wrestling; placing second in both events and is an alternate in the tie-down roping. Thurston also won the all-around title. Teigen Finnerty of Wheatland won the reserve all-around; placing second behind Thurston. Finnerty also placed third in the steer wrestling and fourth in the tie down roping.

“As a coach, we are all going for the all-around athletes. A kid who can be in multiple events and do well is good for the team,” Schrock said. “We have a pretty solid team coming in this fall and I look forward to working with all of them.”

Jaden Burnett of Farson is an alternate in team roping for Nationals. Tanner Butner of Pinedale competed in Idaho and was state champion in saddle bronc and Casey Hale from Wash., qualified in team roping; both will be going to Nationals this July. The NHSFR will be in Rock Springs; starting July 12.

Coming back to the team for his last year of eligibility is saddle bronc rider, Colton Miller, who took home the championship buckle at the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo in Abbyville, Kan., May 16. Miller competed for CWC his freshman and sophomore year and during that time was regional champion both years. After his sophomore year, Miller transferred to Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. While there, he received his associate’s degree; he will pursue an additional degree while attending CWC. The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s eligibility for students to rodeo is four years at junior colleges.

Steer wrestler, Coltin Hill will also be returning to CWC after transferring to another college to compete with the team. Last year he qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo and was unable to compete after a knee injury.

“It is neat to have both of them coming back to compete with us,” Schrock said. “Colton Miller will continue to attend PRCA rodeos if he is running for the National Finals Rodeo so it will be a wild fall for him competing at the collegiate level and the pro level.”

“It speaks highly of the program and I’m excited to have that type of leadership and talent coming back on the team,” Schrock said.

Guenther receives Preserve Wyoming Award

Central Wyoming College professor, Todd Guenther, received a Preserve Wyoming Award from the State Historic Preservation office at the 2015 Preserve Wyoming conference in Laramie this past week.

Preserve Wyoming awards are given to those who contribute to the preservation of the history of Wyoming. Guenther, director of Western American studies and professor of anthropology, history and museum studies, was awarded this honor based on his development of CWC’s Western American studies program. This program utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to explore the history, prehistory, anthropology and geography of the people who have lived near or crossed the Continental Divide at South Pass in the central Rocky Mountains.

“I’m very honored to have Todd representing CWC at these types of events,” said Mark Nordeen, dean of liberal arts at CWC. “His program is certainly “second to none” and Todd continues to demonstrate the rewards of genuinely putting student learning at the forefront. His hard work pays huge dividends for our students.”

Guenther is an archaeologist and a former curator at South Pass City and the Pioneer Museum in Lander. In addition, he is an award winning author of articles about Wyoming and regional history.

In a congratulatory letter, Senator Enzi wrote “Your love for our state’s heritage not only inspired you, it challenged you to make a difference. And you have. With your efforts you are helping this and future generations to understand how their world has been shaped and influenced by pioneers who came in pursuit of a dream.”

Guenther is a dedicated professor, who provides his students with hands-on opportunities to work at archaeological digs. Recently, students presented intensive research projects done alongside Guenther at this year’s statewide Wyoming Archaeological Society conference. One of the projects utilized human osteology, archeology, ethnohistory and facial reconstruction techniques to identify skeletal remains of a late 1800s Native American female found near Dubois.

“That’s what’s so cool about this program,” Guenther said. “While student are here, they get to experience doing things that other students only read about in textbooks.”

CWC hosts safety symposium for officers

Central Wyoming College’s Rural Justice Training Center, Fremont County School District and the Lander and Riverton Police Departments hosted the School Safety Symposium June 17-19. The Wyoming School Resource Officers Association and Wyoming D.A.R.E. put this conference on for law enforcement and educators throughout Wyoming and the surrounding states. This year more than 50 people attended the conference.

The event had six guest speakers during the course of three days which covered topics in D.A.R.E, tactical training and room entry, current drug trends and why kids are getting sicker quicker.

“All the speakers were very interesting and had high energy,” said Chuck Carr, CWC’s director of campus security. Four of Carr’s student interns attended the conference; learning procedures on building searches, focuses on mental health, drug and alcohol and more. The students also presented the flag at the start of the conference.

“I wanted them to have the opportunity to see what a law enforcement conference was like and to be around people that are in the career they are pursuing with their degrees,” Carr said. “School officers have a different mentality than most law enforcement; they are more community oriented and like to build relationships with students and work with them.”

“The speakers were upbeat and had so much knowledge it was overwhelming,” said Bridgette McGinness, CWC student intern. “It definitely showed me what I wanted to go into and I would like to work at a police department.”

The students also attended a simunitions course where they experienced real life scenarios. The School Resource Officers had the training for the interns and other participants. Each scenario was a different situation where attendees had roles as either cops or the perpetrator. Each scenario had two, three or four person teams of cops which were given a quick synopsis of the situation and then the teams entered the scene as if it were an actual situation. Team members were coached throughout the scenario but if a mistake was made, they were shot with a simunition round; a non-lethal round made of detergent based water soluble marking compound.

“It was awesome to work with cops and gave me a better direction on a career path,” said Billy Yaracz, CWC student intern. “It made me want to do it even more.”

“Next year the conference will be in Cheyenne and we hope to have a great turn out,” said Cody Myers, school resource officer. “This was our sixth conference and the fourth one CWC has hosted.”

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Nebraska girl signs letter of intent for cross country team

Kate Kling from Harrison, Neb. signed a letter of intent to join the cross country team for Central Wyoming College.

“She’s a great all-around athlete; one who can do any sport and we are so lucky to have her,” said Al Lara, head coach for cross country and track. Lara followed her times in running and said she would be a good for the program and she will most likely do both cross country and track.

Kling said it was between Chadron State College and CWC. After touring the campus she decided to sign the letter of intent on June 11.

This is Coach Lara’s second season as head coach for cross country at CWC. The team has 11 men and three women; three are past season athletes.

The cross country season will start August 1.


Webb signs to play basketball with Sul Ross

Two-point guard for Central Wyoming College, Xavier Webb signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. Sul Ross is a NCAA Division III school where Webb will continue as a two-point guard for the team.

Webb recently graduated from CWC with a degree in secondary education. He will pursue his bachelor’s degree in secondary education while attending Sul Ross.

“I want to teach history or math and I would like to be a basketball coach, so I want to finish a coaching degree as well,” Webb said.

Webb first started his college basketball career at Sheridan College where he played for the team his freshman year before transferring to his hometown of Riverton and attending CWC.

“I was given an opportunity at CWC and I took advantage of that,” Webb said. “I enjoyed playing for CWC coaches and the team was fun; our team actually built a family out of it.”

Sul Ross wasn’t the first school to offer Webb an opportunity to play. Other colleges were Dickinson State University, Pacific University and Whitman College.

“Sul Ross was a good situation for me both with basketball and academically,” Webb said. “The coach seems to know his stuff and his coaching success attracted me to the school.”

“Xavier is an outstanding young man. He embodies everything I want in a player here at Sul Ross,” said Clifton Carroll, head coach for Sul Ross. “He is a high character young man with an unbelievable GPA. He has been extremely well coached by my good friend Pat Rafferty and can shoot the cover off the ball. I am beyond excited that he has chosen to join our team at Sul Ross and I expect that we will win a lot of games together! VIVA LOS LOBOS!”

This season is the first for the head coach at Sul Ross. Webb said that he liked the history of his success and he seemed energetic about moving forward to turn the basketball program around. Carroll was assistant coach for Pat Knight at Lamar University before his position as head coach at Sul Ross.

“He is excited and motivated to win and I want to be a part of that,” Webb said.

CWC head coach, Pat Rafferty helped Webb with the process of continuing his basketball career by contacting coaches at other colleges.

“That’s what we’re here for; to help young men and women get the chance to go on and continue their education and play ball,” Rafferty said. “He had a successful season and he was an integral part of that on and off the floor. I am proud to have coached him and proud of the opportunity he has; he is incredibly deserving of it.”

“I’m proud of the way Coach Rafferty and Xavier worked with one another for both the success of the team and for Xavier,” said Steve Barlow, athletic director.

“Xavier exemplifies what I want our program to stand for and represent,” Rafferty said.  “He is the type of kid who didn’t fit into another culture but can come here and fit into our culture and blossomed.”

“It’s always nice when one of our athletes can continue to the next level but it’s special when it’s one of our local kids; where we get to watch them throughout high school and college,” Barlow said. “Xavier is a great young man who is well respected by all the team, coaching staff and the community. I am so happy for him.”

Webb will join the team sometime in August and during the summer he is working for the Reach Foundation doing landscaping and is doing basketball workouts in the evening.

CWC Basketball Player Signs with UW

Hayden Dalton

Laramie, Wyo. (June 11, 2015) — University of Wyoming head coach Larry Shyatt announced on Thursday the signing of Hayden Dalton of Central Wyoming College to a scholarship offer.  Dalton is originally from Parker, Colo., where he played at Chaparral High School.  Dalton played one season at Central Wyoming and will have three years of eligibility remaining at the University of Wyoming.

“As we’ve mentioned in the past few weeks, we’ve continued to look for the best fit for our program,” said Shyatt.  “There is no question that we have found that right fit in Hayden Dalton.  He is continuing to develop and grow.  Hayden is currently 6”10” and 190 pounds, having grown nearly four inches since his early days of  high school.  He has all the attributes in terms of family values and academics that we look for when we recruit a young man to our program.”

Dalton started all 27 games he played in his freshman season at Central Wyoming.  He averaged 8.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game this past season, leading the Rustlers in rebounding.  An outstanding shooter for a big man, he shot 48.6 percent (84 of 173) from the field and an impressive 41.7 percent from three, making 25 of 60 three-point attempts.  Dalton also converted 80.4 percent (45 of 56) of his free throws.  He added 1.4 assists per game, and had 18 blocks and 23 steals.

He had 12 double-figure scoring games his freshman season at Central Wyoming, including scoring a season high 18 points on three occasions versus Northwest College, Laramie County Community College and the Utah All-Stars. 

Dalton was part of a Central Wyoming team that posted a 19-9 overall record and finished third in the NJCAA Region IX North Division standings with a 9-5 mark.

He was coached in junior college by head coach Pat Rafferty at Central Wyoming.  Rafferty is a former assistant coach at the University of Louisville, Northern Arizona University, the University of Idaho and Drake University.  Rafferty, a native of Buffalo, Wyo., was named the NJCAA Division I Region IX North Sub-Region Coach of the Year in his second season at Central Wyoming in the 2014-15 season.

He is the son of Mindy and Matt Dalton.  Dalton comes from an athletic family, as his sister, Nicole, was a sophomore on the University of Texas volleyball team this past season.  He is one of seven children.  He has: two older sisters, Karlie and Nicole; two younger sisters, Julianna and Katie; and two younger brothers, Joseph and Levi.

~Courtesy of University of Wyoming Athletics 

CWC Professor Jacki Klancher Completes the Elite Transcontinental Bicycle Tour!

Congratulations to our very own Jacki Klancher who put her body to the test by completing the Elite Transcontinental Cycling Tour. Jacki and a group of  15 riders cycled from San Diego, California to Tybee Island, Georgia in 18 riding days.  2,785 miles total, equaling roughly 160 miles a day!

Jacki said of the tour.. “The ride was all I had hoped for – challenging, exciting, daunting and delightful. My body held up a little better than it did two years ago, and this time around I rode EFI (every freaking inch) of the 2785 miles. We persevered through convective storms that flooded roads and bottom brackets, winds that rattled chakras, and on bottoms with saddle sores – ohhhhh the saddle sores – that can lead a woman to the drink, and the brink. I had two mechanicals – one major, one fixed (like magic) on the fly, and finished one day on a loaner bike. All was resolved, however, and my steed took me to the end of the road, and onto the shores of the Atlantic.”

Congratulations Jacki! CWC is truly inspired by your courage, energy and passionate ways.