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  • Rodeo Roots

    Jim Merryfield|Jun 20, 2024

    If you are from the Midwest you know about riding horses, roping, ranching and such. You may have even participated in the 4H club in your school. As you grew older you may have competed in the Junior Rodeo and then graduated to high school and maybe even went to the professional arena. But did you ever stop to think about who really started it. The origins may surprise you. The modern gold-and-rhinestone, big-money televised sport of rodeo owes just about everything—its traditions, its attitudes, its fashions—to rough-and-tumble Mexican cow...

  • Two Hornets Head to Rodeo Nationals

    Jim Merryfield|Jun 13, 2024

    Ty and Tuf Scarborough, both attending Pine Bluffs Junior/Senior high school have qualified and will attend the Junior and Senior National Rodeo this month. Ty will head to nationals this weekend, which will end on the 9th of June and Tuf will attend Junior Nationals on the 23-29 of June. Ty and Tuf's older brother, Beau Scarborough competed at the collegiate level at Casper State College in bronc riding. Beau is a pro rider now and currently a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys...

  • Helmets and Wheels Rodeo

    Jim Merryfield|Jun 13, 2024

    The Pine Bluffs Community Center hosted a bike rodeo last Friday. The event was attended by more than 22 young riders and their parents. The Recreation Department has been putting this on for about the last 30 years. They may have missed a few years due to money and COVID, but they try every year to give the kids a refresher on safety and just a fun day. The event has a few sponsors including the Pine Bluffs Police Department and the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC). Victoria Ingerle...

  • Pine Bluffs Roping Club Braves Stormy Skies

    Jim Merryfield|Jun 13, 2024

    The Pine Bluffs Roping Club braved the stormy skies last Friday for their second rodeo of the season. The storms held off for the night with only a little rain that kept the arena dust down. The event had 63 teams to start with and roping got underway a little after seven. One of the ropers was Brodie Bates out of Burns. Bates has been riding for about five years and enjoys the competition. Bates ropes as a heeler and says, "I enjoy the challenge of trying to get both legs in the lasso." Bates w...

  • Pine Bluffs Roping Club Kicks off Season

    Jim Merryfield|Jun 6, 2024

    The Pine Bluffs Roping Club kicked off its 2024 season with a Team Roping rodeo last Friday evening. The cows were fast, and the cowboys and cowgirls' ropes were looped and swinging. The event attracts ropers from all over the area, Cheyenne, Bridgeport, Carpenter, Potter and many other cities. It used to be a full rodeo with hundreds of participants and spectators, but as the times changed, they knocked it down to just team roping. There were 76 teams that competed for the cash prizes. There...

  • Broncs end Season on High Note

    Jim Merryfield|Jun 6, 2024

    Safe to say that the Broncs boys’ sports season for 2023-24 has had a rough time. The football team and the basketball team each only won one game in the season. The track and field team came up big bringing home six medals at state. For the football team, their only win would come on homecoming night against the Herders of Glenrock. The Broncs beat the Wolves 14-20 in overtime. The football team went 1-8 last season, but their play was not that bad. They had some really great performances. In their win against Glenrock the Broncs game was t...

  • Lady Broncs head to the Barn

    Jim Merryfield|Jun 6, 2024

    The 2023-24 sports season for the Lady Broncs was a bit disappointing but still very successful. All three teams, track and field, volleyball and basketball made appearances at the state level. The basketball team was looking to defend their state championship title while the volleyball team was looking for another title. Many of the Lady Broncs track and field team qualified for the state tournament and performed well. The basketball team was looking to defend their state title from the 2022-23 season as they made the way north to the champion...

  • Local Area Athletes Prosper at State

    Jim Merryfield|May 30, 2024

    Two local track and field athletes bring home three state titles from the Wyoming 2A State Championship Track and Field Meet, one from Burns and one from Pine Bluffs. There was also a couple of second place and third place finishers. It was a good meet for the athletes, and they brought their "A" game. There were numerous "season best" records set and some really great efforts. Jessica Hoffman from Pine Bluffs defended her discus throwing state title successfully tossing a championship throw of...

  • Hornets end Season with State Tournament

    Jim Merryfield|May 30, 2024

    The Hornets sports season ended with another trip to the state championship. The Hornets track and field team had several members qualify for the state championship tournament this year. Members like Mitchell Birkhofer, Shawn Shmidl, Carsten Freeburg and Jesus Solis just to name a few. The team did well and made a good showing. The Hornets football and basketball teams also had a good season. The teams were in a rebuilding stage as the 2022-23 graduating class took with them many of the team’s starters and top performers. For the track and fiel...

  • Lady Hornets Queen of the Hive

    Jim Merryfield|May 30, 2024

    The Lady Hornets had a great sports season. The volleyball team went to state for the first time in four years. The team had a winning season and went 1-2 at state. The basketball team had a .500 season going 15-16 overall and 3-3 in conference play. Still with so many great performances from all the athletes there was one athlete that stood out. Jessica Hoffman, a junior last year was a top performer in regionals, conference, and state. In track and field Hoffman defended her state title in the discus throw taking first place with a toss of...

  • Hornets Place 10th at State

    Jim Merryfield|May 23, 2024

    The Hornets track and field team took to the blacktop and headed north to the Wyoming State 2A Track and Field Championship meet last weekend. Eight members of the team qualified for the state meet and did very well. Although there were no state titles won there were seven top eight finishes and the team placed 10th in the meet with 27 points. Mitchell Birkhofer, last year's shot-put champion missed repeating by just a couple of feet taking the runner-up spot with a put of 44ft 11in. Birkhofer...

  • Lady Hornets Claim Two Titles

    Jim Merryfield|May 23, 2024

    The Lady Hornets came home with two state 2A titles this weekend. The Lady Hornets traveled to Casper, Wyoming to compete in the 2A Wyoming State Track and Field Championships last weekend. They did well capturing two state titles and numerous top 8 finishes. The weather on Friday was more akin to a wind surfing event instead of a track and field event. Some gusts were hitting over 40 miles per hour. The pole-vaulting event had to be postponed until Saturday due to the wind. The runners found...

  • Introducing Unified Sports at State Meet

    Jim Merryfield|May 23, 2024

    The Wyoming High School Activities Association (WHSAA) and the Special Olympics have partnered with each other and last weekend their vision came to fruition with the first ever State Unified Sports Championships. The event took place at the state meet and featured some of the special Olympic athletes and some other athletes competing in events in a state meet. The athletes competed in five different events. The 100m dash, 400m run, 4x100m relay race, long jump, and shot put. Teams from all over the state including Evanston, Greybull, and Cody...

  • Broncs Take Third at State Track and Field

    Jim Merryfield|May 23, 2024

    The Burns Broncs boys track and field team accumulated 80 points at the state meet to take home the silver medal in the Wyoming State 2A Track and Field meet last weekend. The team found themselves on the winner’s podium in almost every event to accumulate 80 points for a solid third place. The team had one state champion, six top three winners and 16 top 10 recipients. The Broncs brought home 1 gold medal, 2 silver medals, and 3 bronze medals. Ethan Norris would shine at this meet and lead the Broncs to their third-place finish. Norris c...

  • Lady Broncs Show at State Meet

    Jim Merryfield|May 23, 2024

    The Lady Broncs took their track and field team to Casper, Wyoming to compete in the Wyoming State 2A Track and Field meet over the weekend. The Lady Broncs took 11th place in the meet gathering 34 points over the weekend. The girls only had one top three finish with a silver medal in the pole vault. They did have 17 top 10 finishes in the contest. In the pole vault event, four of the top 10 finishers were Lady Broncs. Brynn Bach brought home the only top three medal with a silver medal in the pole vault. Bach cleared 9-feet 9-inches to...

  • Broncs seek New Corral

    Jim Merryfield|May 16, 2024

    Some of the Broncs seniors are looking for new pastures to enhance their scholastic careers. Seven Broncs seniors have decided that Laramie County Community College (LCCC) has what they are looking for to move on to their next level in life's journey. LCCC representatives were at Burns Junior/Senior High School campus last Wednesday to witness the signing and welcome the students to LCCC and answer questions from students and parents. Those seniors that signed their letters of commitment were...

  • Nine Hornets Fly to New Hive

    Jim Merryfield|May 16, 2024

    Last Tuesday nine Hornets signed their letters of commitment to attend Laramie County Community College (LCCC) for the 2024/25 year. According to Principal Sweeter, "It seems that more and more students are electing to go to a two-year college than a four year one". Principal Sweeter then added, "It seems that the stigma of a 2-year degree verses a 4 year degree is changing. Students are opting for the 2-year degree or trade school rather than a 4-year degree. This way they can get into the...

  • University of Wyoming gains Seven Broncs

    Jim Merryfield|May 16, 2024

    Seven students from the Burns Junior/Senior High School signed their letters of commitment last Wednesday. Dawn Sanchez from the University was there to help welcome the students and answer questions. Mrs. Sanchez's son, Cooper Sanchez, is a student there at Burns. Signees were Summer Kinkade, Jesse Tarango, Grace Yearout, Sadie Barrett, Jordan Griess, Saria Eklund and Shelby Clark. Jesse Tarango is the recipient of the Daniels Fund Scholarship. He was awarded this scholarship a couple of...

  • Young Hornets fly away to University of Wyoming

    Jim Merryfield|May 16, 2024

    Two students from the Pine Bluffs Junior/Senior High School have decided on the next step in their scholastic journey. They both have decided to attend a university. Last Wednesday, Jasmin Garcia and Jace Pierantoni both signed letters of commitment to the University of Wyoming for the 2024/25 year. Daiton Lemmon and Dawn Sanchez from the university were both there to welcome the students and to answer any questions that might arise. Both are in the student development office. Garcia would like...

  • Broncs Gallop into Regionals

    Jim Merryfield|May 16, 2024

    The Broncs track and field team is riding high as they head into Regionals. The team has won four meets over the season and has some great athletes who have been dominating their sports. The Broncs finished the regional meet in eighth place last weekend and had four top three finishes and 17 top 10 finishers. Additionally, 18 Broncs set new personal records during the meet. Cooper Sanchez took silver in the 3200m run in a time of 11min 3.42 seconds. Ethan Norris claimed the silver medal in the...

  • Lady Broncs Score at Regionals

    Jim Merryfield|May 16, 2024

    The Lady Broncs took to the road and headed north to Sundance to compete in the Wyoming 1A-2A East Regional track meet. The Lady Broncs did well as a team finishing fourth in the meet. Four of the Lady Broncs managed to finish in the top three while as a team they had 28 top-10 finishes. Some of the athletes saved their best for last and set new personal records in the meet. Brynn Bach set the bar as she took top honors in the pole vault. Bach vaulted over 8ft 9in and stood atop the podium to receive her gold medal. Peyton Perez vaulted over...

  • Hornets Stumble at Regionals

    Jim Merryfield|May 16, 2024

    The Pine Bluffs Hornets boy's track and field team had a tough time at regionals. The team managed an eighth place finish and only had two athletes that finished in the top three positions. They did have 13 athletes that finished in the top 10. Seven of the Hornets were able to beat their season record at the meet. Mitchell Birkhofer continues to be strong in the discus placing second in the sport with a toss of 132ft 6in. The 4x100m relay team took the bronze medal in their race. Tanner Long...

  • Lady Hornets Fly into Regionals

    Jim Merryfield|May 16, 2024

    The Lady Hornets bussed north to the city of Sundance, Wyoming to compete in the Wyoming 1A-2A East Regionals Track and Field meet. The team has been doing well this season and wanted to qualify more members for state. The team managed an eighth place finish in the meet and had four top three finishers and 17 top 10 finishers. Reese Graves set a new season best for her self in the 100m dash with a time of 13.51 seconds in the prelim race and just missed her new mark in the finals finishing...

  • Hornets Defend Their Home

    Jim Merryfield|May 9, 2024

    The Hornets boy's track and field team hosted the Pine Bluffs Field Event Extravaganza in Pine Bluffs last Thursday. The event consisted of field events only with no track events. The Hornets were dominant in the meet taking five first-place finishes out of the six events. The also took two second place and three third place finishes. Although not as cold as the previous event held here the temperature was still cold and forced the contestants to bundle up. Carsten Freeburg qualified for state...

  • Lady Hornets Defend Their Home Hive

    Jim Merryfield|May 9, 2024

    The Lady Hornets defended their home turf against the Burns Lady Broncs and the Lady Cyclones in the Pine Bluffs Field Event Extravaganza. There were only three teams that competed, but numerous contestants and they were ready and able. The Lady Hornets had only two top three finishes. Kailen Martinez and Reese Graves each finished second in their events. There were numerous others that made the top 10 like Lauren Chechuck who finished sixth in the high jump. Martinez finished sixth in the long...

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