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  • Hornets earn Conference and State awards in football

    James Merryfield|Nov 25, 2021

    The 2021 high school football season has come to an end but the Pine Bluffs Hornets continue their winning ways in the conference and state awards. Ten players were chosen to the All-Conference team with four more making Honorable Mention. One player was named as the Eastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year and one was named as the Defensive Player of the Year. One player was also awarded Specialist of the Year. The coaching staff was also recognized. Ten players were named to the 1A East All-Conference team. Ryan Fornstrom, Stu...

  • Lady Hornets fall to the Herders

    James Merryfield|Sep 23, 2021

    The Pine Bluffs Lady Hornets volleyball team played the Glenrock Herders team in a conference match up. They were enthusiastic and energetic but were not able to overcome the Herders. They did take the match to the limit and played all five games but in the end they ended up losing 3 -2. The Hornets lost the first game 16-25. They came back in the second game and won 25-23. The third game would belong to the Herders as they beat the Hornets 19-25. But the Hornets would not let up and beat the He...

  • Burns and Pine Bluffs Football All-Stars

    James Merryfield|Nov 26, 2020

    The 2020 football season has ended and it is time to recognize the outstanding efforts demonstrated by some of our players. The top honor bestowed upon football players in the five classifications around Wyoming High School football has been revealed. These honors are bestowed by a panel of head coaches across the state and unveiled by the Wyoming Coaches Association. To be considered for All-State football honors, a player must have been named First-Team All-Conference. In class 2A, Burns Bronc’s player Mr. Lincoln Siebert received A...

  • Burns Broncs Homecoming Game against Upton-Sundance

    James Merryfield|Oct 15, 2020

    Burns' homecoming football game was held on Friday the 9th of October. Burns welcomed Upton-Sundance to the city. While it was a week of homecoming festivities and celebrations, the Broncs suffered a 54 to 14 loss. Burns had a hard time getting things going on the ground. They rushed 25 times during the game, gaining just 1 yard. In the air they were a bit more successful going 10 for 30 on completions for 130 total passing yards, 4 first downs and 2 touchdowns and 2 costly interceptions. Both...

  • Pine Bluffs Hornets shut out Wright Panthers

    James Merryfield|Oct 15, 2020

    The Pine Bluffs varsity football team played on Friday, 9th October at home in Pine Bluffs and the local crowds were not disappointed. The Hornets ran up another victory against the Wright Senior Boys football team with a 29 to 8 victory. The Hornet's shut out the Wright Senior Boys in the first quarter while scoring a touchdown and a field goal for a 10 to nothing lead. Stu Lerwick #12 ran for a 2 yard touch and #7 Marvin Reza added the point after touchdown (PAT). Then Marvin Reza added a 28...

  • Burns suffers loss to Wheatland

    James Merryfield|Oct 8, 2020

    On October 2nd the Wheatland football team visited the Burns Broncs for a Friday game. The Wheatland team was just too much for the Bronc’s as they played their way to a 53 to 0 victory over the hard playing Broncs. The Bronc’s ran the ball 33 times for a total of 54 yards. They did not have any better success in the air as they passed the ball 11 time completing 4 for a total of 34. The Wheatland defense was just to strong for the Burns offence. Wheatland had better success running the ball than the Broncs with 20 attempts and 108 total run...

  • Lady Hornets win over Lingle

    James Merryfield|Sep 12, 2019

    Volleyball is under way and last week the Lady Hornets had their chance show their stuff.. The Lady Hornets hosted the Lingle Volleyball on Thurdsday 5 Sept. and then traveled to Yuma, Colorado on the Sept 6 to play the Yuma team.. The Lady Hornets won the match with Lingle with a 3 to 2 victory. The match had to be decided with a tie breaker game. Coach Gilbert says, "The Lingle game was ugly. I think we didn't mentally prepare and thought we could come out and walk all over them." The Lingle...

  • Valentine's Day

    James Merryfield|Feb 8, 2018

    As Valentines Day approaches lets look at the symbols that we associate with this romantic day. Of course there are flowers and cupid, rings and dinners and of course hearts. How did this iconic symbol come to be. It doesn’t look like the human heart. Why do we even associate the heart with feelings and emotions? Where did the belief that the heart is at the center of passion come from? Why is it red? Lets start with the color. According to Amy Cunningham, Editor of, in many cultures around the globe, red represents p...

  • Burns Broncs win 1 lose 1

    James Merryfield|Feb 1, 2018

    Southeast against Burns The Burns Basketball team headed out last week to face the Southeast Varsity team. Burns gave a valiant effort but wound up on the short end with a score of 30 to 44. The Southeast team was just a little too tough for the young Bronc's. "We struggled to get our offense in rhythm" Coach Patterson stated. Keeping the game within striking distance for the first half the Broncs went to the locker only down 8 with a halftime score of 18 to 10. The third quarter saw the...

  • Lady Broncs win 1 lose 1

    James Merryfield|Feb 1, 2018

    lady Broncs against Southeast The Burns Girls Varsity Basketball team was also saw action last week as they opened up on the 23ird against Southeast. Game time was 1130. The Lady Broncs gave it a valiant effort but came up short at the end losing 32 to 46 against Southeast. The Broncs only managed to score 6 points in the first quarter to 14 by Southeast. But they managed to out score the Southeast team in the second by 2 with a 12 to 10 run. They went into the locker room down by 10, 28 to 18....

  • Hornets sting the Doggers

    James Merryfield|Feb 1, 2018

    The Pine Bluffs boys continued to dominate the southeastern conference with a score of 74-22 against the Lingle Doggers. The Hornets entered the gym to "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses but, that didn't stop them from taking over the game. Although the Lingle team was bigger and taller the Hornets were able to stop them. At times it seemed more like a football game than a basketball game. Lingle ran into foul trouble and had 10 fouls before the end of the first quarter. Pine Bluffs...

  • Bison Bonanza Tournament

    James Merryfield|Jan 4, 2018

    Last weekend the Burns/Pine Bluffs wrestling team competed in the Bison Bonanza Tournament. The Burns/Pine Bluffs wrestling team had a rough tournament. Losing all 5 matches to the much stronger and experienced wrestling teams. Although they had a less than stellar performance for the team there were some shinning spots for the Burns/Pine Bluffs group. In the first match Burns/Pine Bluffs (B/PB) faced off against Rock Springs. Although a mighty effort was displayed by the young B/PB team they...

  • A Holiday Tradition...

    James Merryfield|Dec 21, 2017

    As Christmas day draws closer many of us are planning the traditions that we grew up with. Whether it be the Christmas dinner, Christmas Eve festivities or the way that we open and give presents. These traditions keep us intertwined with our families and past. It may be a tradition that was started generations ago or something that you just started a couple of years ago but these traditions keep bringing families together. For the Merryfield family it started many years ago when the Nerf gun first came out. All six children got one from Santa.... Full story

  • Wrestlers grapple at Charlie Lake Invite

    James Merryfield|Dec 14, 2017

    Wrestling season is finally here and the team is pumped up and ready to go. Pictured above is the 2017/18 Burns Pine Bluffs Wrestling Team. December 8 started the Charles Lake 2 day wrestling tournament in Cheyenne. This meet was attended by numerous teams from across the area. Burns Pine Bluffs, Glen Brook, Sidney, East, South Torrington and Sidney just to name a few. It looks to be a very exciting tournament. This is just the start for this young team. Coach Dan Clayson is looking forward to... Full story

  • Female wrestler grapples for second year

    James Merryfield|Dec 14, 2017

    Diana Sanchez is the lone female wrestler on the Burns Pine Bluffs wrestling team. This is her second year on the team. She wrestles in the 150 lb category. When asked how she did last year Sanchez said, "I think I did ok". She too was looking forward to the season but had some concerns. "I think that the other wrestlers were a bit bigger this year" she stated. Sanchez is the first female wrestler with the Burns/Pine Bluffs team. Her performance at the Charlie Lake Tournament gave her 5th in... Full story

  • Burns Winter Classic

    James Merryfield|Dec 14, 2017

    The Burns Bronc Basketball Varsity team started the tournament with a bang. Taking the first 2 games but losing the last 2. Coach Patterson said, "We learned a lot about ourselves this weekend, this was another great learning experience for our team". The first game pitted the Bronc's against Moorcroft. At the end the Broncs came out on top with a score of 54 to 41. Tyler Norris, number 22 was the leading scorer with 19 total points. Tyler shot 6 for 9 from the field. He was 1 for 1 in the 3... Full story

  • Hornets Football stay undefeated to the playoffs!

    James Merryfield|Oct 26, 2017

    In a close game between our Pine Bluff Hornets and the Upton/Sundance Patriots, the Hornets proved again that they are still and will be the team to beat. With an all out team effort the Hornets beat the Patriots by a score of 28 to 14. However the game was not as lopsided and the score would seem to indicate. Neither team was able to take the advantage in the first quarter as it came to an end with neither team able to reach the end zone. The second quarter showed the Hornets offence scoring... Full story

  • Hornet's Homecoming Game Victory!

    James Merryfield|Oct 19, 2017

    The Hornets entered the game huge underdogs. Having lost the last 22 home games between these two teams. It seemed that things were not on the side of the Pine Bluffs Hornets. However this time was going to be different. This time the Hornets had their stinger primed, ready and sharpened to razor sharp perfection. Revenge was in the air and the Hornets were not to be denied. The Hornets wasted no time in showing Southeast who was king of this field. Scoring 14 points in the first quarter and... Full story

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