Lady Rustlers lose to Snow College

It was a tough home game for the lady Rustlers against Snow College, losing by 32 points. Snow College had a 19 point lead in the first half that the Rustlers couldn’t overcome, resulting in a final score of 65-33.

“It was a second tough game in a row for us,” said Serol Stauffenberg, head coach.

Olivia Ellis scored 12 points for the team and Olivia Thompson had the most rebounds with six. Snow College kept the advantage in the contest with 51 rebounds to the Rustlers 31.

“We had some of the same issues that caused us problems against Bismarck State,” Coach Stauffenberg said. “We need eliminate repeat errors. We will have some growing pains with 11 freshmen on the team, but we can’t continue to make the same mistakes and expect different results.”

The lady Rustlers are traveling to the WNCC Classic in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. The team will play Colby Community College Nov. 20 at 2 pm and Western Nebraska Community College Nov. 21 at 3 pm.

CWC Music Students featured in upcoming performances

The Central Wyoming College Visual and Performing Arts Department presents their “Fall Music Showcase” on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 pm, and “Jazz Night” on Friday, Nov. 20 at 7 pm. Admission for both concerts is free to the public.

The Fall Music Showcase features the Handbell choir, under the direction of Sharon Dalton, the Collegiate Chorale, led by Dr. Adam Kluck, and the Community Concert Band, led by Jason Ogg. The groups will combine for a stylistically varied evening of music both old and new.

The Handbell choir will perform a program of music inspired by dance and the CWC Collegiate Chorale will perform A Sacred Space.

“These pieces express reverence and joy in the sacred,” Dr. Kluck said. “There’s also a raucous folk song complete with drums.”

The CWC Community Concert Band will perform a program of old and new favorites, featuring Norman Dello Joio’s Scenes From the Louvre, and a modern esoteric work by United States Marine Band staff arranger Ryan Nowlin entitled Pressure. The band will also perform an original work for winds composed by Felix Mendelssohn entitled Overture for Winds, one of the first works for wind band by a well-known composer.

CWC’s Jazz Night on the following evening will feature the Chamber choir, comprised of CWC students, and Time’s a Wastin Jazz Ensemble featuring students as well as community members. Directors Adam Kluck and Jason Ogg will present an evening of jazz music as well as popular favorites and music from stage and screen.

Both concerts will be in the CWC Robert A. Peck Arts Center Theater, and all are invited to attend. Please note the time change, as all CWC music performances will be at 7 pm this year to appeal to younger audience members.

Local students cast in lead roles for CWC’s Hamlet

Join a stage full of murder, ghosts, humor and sword fights as Central Wyoming College students and community members perform William Shakespeare’s drama, Hamlet, Nov. 30-Dec. 6 at the Robert A. Peck Arts Center theatre.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Riverton,” said Mike Myers, theatre director. “This is a special event and people should bring their kids to enjoy the show.”

Hamlet will be performed theatre-in-the-round where audience members will be on the stage surrounding the performance area.

“It gives the audience the feel of being immersed with the actors,” Myers said. “It makes the acting seem more natural and it helps the audience understand the play because they catch so much more of what is going on. The audience can be right there in a sword fight.”

Hamlet will be played by Andrew Thornton of Riverton and a freshman at CWC, who said he was happy to be cast for the lead role.

“I can cross that off of my bucket list,” Thornton said. “I wanted the part of Hamlet but I would have been happy with any role. I was honored to be chosen as Hamlet; it’s a benchmark role when it comes to male leads in theater.”

Thornton has familiarity with Hamlet and read it in great depths in high school.

“I’ve done research and watched different versions,” Thornton said. “There are many threads you can take with Hamlet. You just have to make it your own; there is no right way you can take with Hamlet.”

Playing Hamlet’s beloved Ophelia is Courtney Olson, a freshman at CWC and also from Riverton.

“This is the part I wanted,” Olson said. “I wanted to challenge myself and Ophelia is an important character in the story.”

Olson said she has been working on a lot of mental work in trying to figure out the way Ophelia is the way she is. She has been rereading the play and said she always finds something new about her character.

“The choices that she makes changes her personality and affects her, making her a deeper character,” Olson said.

Shakespeare can be nerve raking to portray and can have a terrifying aura of acting it, Olson said.

“You have to try to ignore it and do it anyways,” Olson said. “It’s the only way you can not worry about what people have been writing about it for the past 400 years.”

“We challenge our students right away,” Myers said of having two freshmen in lead roles. “At a bigger college they wouldn’t gain this experience.”

Myers said he chose Hamlet because he thought they could cast it and have an audience for it. And his hope is that most people have some familiarity with it.

“It has an easy plot line to follow and has one of the most famous sword fights in all drama,” Myers said.

The play has a cast of more than 20 and the show will be about two hours with one intermission. Nov. 30 will be the opening night gala celebration starting at 7:30 pm. Other show times are Dec. 1-4 at 7:30 pm, Dec. 5 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm, and a final showing on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2:30 pm. Tickets in advance are $8 for adults and $6 for youth and seniors. Prices at the door are $10 for adults and $8 for youth and seniors. To reserve seats, call 855-2002 or order online at

Men’s basketball split at LCCC Classic

The men’s basketball team had one victory this weekend and one loss. The Rustlers played Northwest Kansas Technical College on Friday Nov. 13 and won by a nail biter, 74-73.

“We earned a nice win against Northwest Kansas Tech,” said Pat Rafferty, head coach. “They’re a solid, athletic team with good size.”

Northwest Kansas had a seven point lead in the first half but the Rustlers came back in the second half with an eight point lead.

Three players scored in the double digits. Nicholas Anderson took the lead for points with 21 and six assists. Brannon Cresanto scored 16 points for the team and Justice Augmon added 14.

The Rustlers had 34 rebounds during the contest just two points less than their contenders.

“I thought we did a good job of adjusting as the game went on while still playing hard and with good energy and purpose,” Rafferty said. We were also put in some late game situations that will be good for us to have experienced down the road in future games.”

In their second game of the weekend, the Rustlers lost to Laramie County Community College. It was a close match for the Rustlers, only losing by three points, 77-74.

“We did a good job of competing and putting ourselves in position to get a good road win but couldn’t quite close the deal late in the game,” Coach Rafferty said.

Justice Augmon was on top of his game scoring 20 points for the team and battled ten rebounds in the contest. Nicholas Anderson and Marcus Nolan both contributed with 11 points each.

Travonta Maddox had six assists. Overall the team had a total of 34 rebounds and 17 assists.

“We need to sharpen up some of our decisions and do a better job executing…but I was pleased to see how hard our guys played.”

The Rustlers will travel to Snow College Nov. 20 for their next game.


Cross country runner Johnson finishes top half at championships

Rustler cross country runner Clay Johnson finished the championships in the top half of the race. Johnson finished 128 out of 287 runners with a time of 28:24.

“This was a great experience for Clay and me,” said Al Lara, head coach. “I am very pleased how Clay performed and it was a good experience for him to run against the best.”

Johnson was the only runner from the team that qualified for NJCAA DI Cross Country Championships in Fort Dodge, Iowa from Central. First place runner, Gilbert Kigen from Central Arizona College had a time of 23:55. The championship race was 8 kilometers.

“He is already talking about going back next year and running even better,” Lara said. “He wants to make all-American and he has great work ethic and never misses a day of practice.”

Lady Rustlers Defeat Eastern

The lady Rustlers defeated Eastern Wyoming College today by 20 points, 64-44.

Two players shot double digits for the Rustlers. Olivia Ellis scored 21 points for the team and teammate Kyla Paulus scored 18 points.

“It was a great team effort,” said Serol Stauffenberg, head coach.

Ellis was the top contender in rebounds with 10. Paulus had a 3-3 conversion at the line. On the mark for free throws were Loveeda White, Heather Townsend and Alexis Pickerd, all with a 2-2 conversion.

Paulus had 3 steals in the game and fellow teammates White and Olivia Thompson each had 2.

“I was pleased with the defensive side,” Stauffenberg said. “We held a good team to 44 and took some charges. We continue to make the hustle-plays.”


Student Ambassadors give back to the community

Student ambassadors helped community members Wednesday by raking leaves and applying weather resistant stain to a church’s playground equipment.

As part of a requirement to be an ambassador students must participate in community service, the students picked two service projects this semester. The first service project was a “rake and run” to help a family in need of yard work. After the community member suffered from a heart attack and later had to undergo surgery, they needed help with their large yard.

“We raked leaves and helped them pile wood,” said Abbey Morales, student ambassador. “It was a huge help to that family and other community members helped as well. It was so pretty to see all those people working together.”

There were more than 30 ambassadors and community members that helped the family yesterday.

“I was proud of them,” said Maygen Cassity, ambassador advisor. “It was so windy but none of them had a second thought of whether the event would be cancelled. They went in and got the job done.”

The ambassadors’ next project was to apply a weather resistant stain to the Methodists church’s new playground equipment.

“It didn’t take us long with all of us working together,” Morales said.

“The students focus on giving back to the community, not just the CWC community,” Cassity said.

Cassity said the students brain storm different projects and decide as a group which ones they want to do. Each ambassador must complete 30 service hours a semester. They complete those hours by doing both group projects and individual projects. Some individual projects include helping usher during college plays, giving campus tours and conducting workshops with children at local schools.

“We are the kind of people that like to do volunteer work,” Morales said. “We don’t look at it as a requirement; we just like to do it.”

Student ambassadors will be helping with the blood drive next Thursday, Nov. 19 from 11 am to 3 pm at ITECC room 125.