TORRINGTON – I can’t believe it, but fall sports are already here again. Golf is in action right now and tennis kicks off their season this weekend, with all the other sports starting practices Monday.
Like I said, I can’t believe it either. That being said, I can’t wait. I have been here at the Torrington Telegram covering Goshen County sports for more than a year, and it has been a great time. I have seen some amazing accomplishments.
Starting last summer, I saw the Twisters blaze through their competition each weekend, racking up the tournament medals. The Tigers also picked up a runner-up finish at the state tournament. In the pool, the Torrington swim team continually broke meet records on their way to bringing home some hardware. Speaking of hardware, Goshen County was well represented at the Senior Games last year. The Torrington Youth Series Rodeo (TYSR) never failed to entertain. The unpredictability of both animals and humans kept things interesting.
During the fall, I got to witness three playoff football teams (yes, I count Lingle-Fort Laramie a playoff team, although they were ineligible). I was introduced to six-man football last year and I can’t wait for it to come back around. The more offense the better, that’s what I always say. I followed the Lady Doggers up to the state volleyball tournament for my first, and not last, trip to a state tournament in Casper.
In tennis, several Goshen County kids made all-state and all-conference. State golf had several Blazers toward the top of the leader board and cross-country put together a solid season.
The biggest story to me in the winter was witnessing two Goshen County wrestlers win state titles. It’s not every day you get to witness a kid you have followed all winter win an individual state title, and I got it twice. Outside of those two champions, the three high schools combined for solid wrestlers across the board.
Of the six high school basketball teams in Goshen County, four of them reached the state tournament. Three out of those four teams were consolation champions, which is no small feat. The wrestling and basketball state tournaments led to many more trips to Casper for me, which I didn’t mind.
Call me biased because I used to play soccer, but the Torrington boys soccer team’s run to and in the state tournament was one of my top memories of the past year. Seeing those kids leave everything on the field up in Sheridan in the semi-final game reminded me of why I do what I do.
The three local track teams were nothing to sneeze at, with several state champions between the schools. I got to witness a state record being broken by a local athlete in the shot put. The whole time in Casper, I wish I was athletic enough to do half of the things all of you athletes do.
This summer was some of the same. The Twisters and Tigers put together solid seasons. The Tigers finished second at the state tournament again after a hard-fought weekend. The Twisters continuously racked up the wins, giving the Goshen County area a name in the softball world.
Again, Goshen County residents piled up the medals and awards at Senior Games, this summer around the region. The Sharks and youth rodeoers continued to strut their stuff in the pool and on the dirt, filling their summer with hard work and effort.
Let’s not forget about Eastern Wyoming College. The volleyball team packed gyms and gave the powerhouses around the area a run for their money. The two basketball programs competed all winter long, with the women making a run to the district finals game. Coming from a non-rodeo athlete, EWC had some top-notch competitors throughout the year.
The golf team – oh the golf team. Making it to the national tournament (again) is a huge feat. The golfers continue to bring recognition to the Lancers.
This is my long-winded way of saying, thank you for being you Goshen County athletes. You make me fall in love with what I do time and time again. I would love covering any teams, but the winning just makes it all the better.
To those who graduated, thank you for providing me with compelling stories over the past year and giving it your all. Now its up to this year’s seniors all the way down to freshman to create memories of you own.
With the start of the new school year, it’s time to lace up those cleats or shoes and get back to giving it your all on the gridiron, court, links, track, mat and arena. You go get ‘em Goshen County and keep me busy covering your athletic feats.