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  • Junior High Hornets back to back Champions

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 22, 2024

    When you think about junior high and high school sports you rarely think about the junior high teams. But the Pine Bluffs Junior High basketball team has just done something amazing. The Pine Bluffs Junior High basketball team has just won the SEWAC championship for the second time in a row. The team is back-to-back Southeast Wyoming Athletic Conference champions. It is hard enough to win once in your junior high season, but this team did it two years in a row. Congratulations to the Pine...

  • Burns/Pine Bluffs Wrestlers send 14 to State

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 22, 2024

    The Burns/Pine Bluffs wrestling team competed in the regional tournament last weekend. The team did very well. According to Coach Will Luna, "We qualified 14 kids who will represent their communities, schools, family and friends at the 2024 Wyoming 2023-24 WHSAA State Wrestling Championships." In addition, several members of the team took top honors in the regional tournament. For the boys: Tagr Holmes is the 3A East Regional Champion in his weight category. Cooper Sanchez is the Regional...

  • Ref Calls Last Game

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 22, 2024

    The one person on the field, court or mat that we all love to hate is the referee. These are the men and women that keep our young athletes in line and following the rules. They make unpopular calls and throw flags and enforce the penalties that irritate us all. Especially when the game is on the line and emotions are high both in the game and in the stands. Still these dedicated people are an integral part of the game and keep our young athletes safe and playing within the rules. A long-time...

  • Hornets Declaw the Tigers

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 22, 2024

    The Hornets took on the 15-6 Niobrara County Tigers last Friday in an in-conference game. The Tigers are currently seated third in the 2A Southeast conference and winning would help the Hornets move on to the Regionals starting this week. Carsten Freeburg took the game seriously and to a whole new scoring level for the Hornets. Freeburg hit over 80% of his shots. The Hornets won the contest 73-48. The Hornets dominated the game and never let the Tigers get into a rhythm. The team stole the ball...

  • Lady Hornets Cage Lady Tigers

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 22, 2024

    The Lady Hornets caged the Lusk Lady Tigers in a conference match-up last Friday. The Tigers are seated fourth in the 2A conference with a 0-6-conference record. Jessica Hoffman of the Lady Hornets put on a scoring display on the night putting up 22 points. Hoffman did all her damage to the Lady Tigers inside the arch putting offensive rebounds back up and finding seams in the defense and hitting lay-ups. It was a solid performance by the Lady Hornets. The first quarter had the Lady Hornets...

  • Lady Hornets can't bulldog win from Lady Doggers

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 22, 2024

    The Lady Hornets came off a convincing win over the Lady Tigers that added to the four-game winning streak they were on. Unfortunately, the streak came to an end when they faced the Lingle-Ft Laramie Lady Doggers last Saturday. The Lady Doggers, who are currently seated number one in the 2A southeast conference and 6-0 in conference play were ready for the Lady Hornets. In this game the Lady Hornets did not have one player that was hitting shots. All of them were. It was a great team effort, but the Lady Hornets lost the in-conference match-up...

  • Doggers rope the Hornets

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 22, 2024

    Coming off the impressive win over the Tigers the Hornets were looking to buzz their way to Lusk and build some momentum heading into the regionals. The Hornets 73-48 victory over the Tigers gave them the morale boost to take on the number two-seated team in the southeastern conference. Unlike the last game where Carsten Freeburg dominated the scoring, the team would pull together and everyone would contribute. Three of the Hornets had double-digit scores and the rest were very close. Although the Hornets never really outscored the Doggers...

  • Broncs get roped by the Doggers

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 22, 2024

    In the Broncs final game of the season, the Broncs were outplayed and out scored by the Lingle-Ft Laramie Doggers 31-60. It was a disappointing game for the Broncs as their play was not that bad. Some of their shots were off and the defense was sometimes slow to get into position, but the Broncs played hard the entire game. The Broncs offense had some great moments. Mason Medley got the ball at the top of the key and drove the lane for the lay-up. Later he got the ball again and drove the left...

  • Lady Broncs are Lassoed by Lady Doggers

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 22, 2024

    The Lady Broncs were looking to end the season on a high note. After losing their last game to the Pine Bluffs Lady Hornets they wanted to enter the postseason with a win. Unfortunately, the Lingle-Ft Laramie Lady Doggers had other plans and tamed the bucking Lady Broncs 45-67. Jordan Griess would lead the team is scoring followed by Savannah Kirkbride. The Lady Broncs regular season ended on a sad note. Jordan Griess was able to weave her way through the Lady Dogger defense to score the Lady Br...

  • Lady Hornets Sting Lady Broncs

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 15, 2024

    In the battle across the freeway the Lady Hornets traveled to the town of Burns, Wyoming to face the Lady Broncs. The Lady Hornets are starting to come together as a team and playing some of their best ball of the season. Just in time for regionals. Despite the loss of one of their starters the Lady Hornets are finding ways to win ball games. The Lady Hornets are coming off a very physical game and win against the Southeast Lady Cyclones and want to continue their winning streak. The Lady...

  • Hornets saddle the Broncs

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 15, 2024

    The Hornets were able to saddle the Broncs in their conference game on Saturday. The Hornets had a bit of a problem in the beginning with the Broncs as they were not able to control the ball and sink the shots. The Broncs actually outscored the Hornets in the first quarter. After that the Hornets took over and never looked back. The Broncs did give the Hornets all they could handle, and it was not decided until the second half. Wyatt Carter would score the first points with a tip in from a...

  • Chief versus Chief

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 15, 2024

    During halftime of the Lady Hornets varsity basketball game, the Kimball radio station KIMB sponsored a friendly competition between police departments. It was suggested that the chief of the Kimball police department and the chief of the Pine Bluffs police department compete at center court for a $500 purse. The competition would be a timed event to see who could do the most push-ups. Both chiefs agreed and the stage was set. Unfortunately, Pine Bluffs Police Chief Austin Smith fell ill and was...

  • Cody Hape setting records at UW

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 15, 2024

    Cody Hape, the Burns Broncs track and field star of last season is continuing his rise to the top of his field. Hape, who was the 2A state champion in the 400m run last season has run the third fastest time in the 400m in Wyoming collegiate history. This will put him in the record book in this event. Hape attends the University of Wyoming and had been competing with the track and field team in both the indoor and outdoor meets. Last week Hape beat the collegiate third place record in the 400m...

  • Lady Broncs unable to contain swarming Lady Hornets

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 15, 2024

    In a very close game, the Lady Broncs were unable to contain the potent offense of the Lady Hornets of Pine Bluffs. The two teams faced off against each other in a conference game last Saturday. The Lady Broncs are 9-12 on the season with a 3-2 conference record and seated in the number two slot. Coming off the impressive win against Niobrara County on Friday the Lady Broncs were primed for the Lady Hornets. The Lady Broncs took control early in the game putting on the full court press against the Lady Hornets. Jordan Griess sank a couple of...

  • Broncs overcome by Hornets Swarm

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 15, 2024

    The Burns Broncs fell prey to the Hornets swarming offense last Saturday. The Broncs, with a seasonal record of 1-20 were able to control the Hornets potent offense for the first quarter. After that the Hornets buzzed all around the Broncs. Having watched the Broncs play it is hard to believe their record. The team seemed disciplined, controlled and hustled up and down the court. The only downside would be their shooting and situational awareness. The Hornets took advantage of this and defeated the Broncs in a game that was closer than the...

  • Broncs fall prey to the Tigers

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 15, 2024

    The Broncs were unable to cage the Tigers in their away meeting last Friday. The Broncs were out matched by the Tigers and unable to get around their defense or slow their fast-paced offense. Mason Medley stood out among the Broncs with a valiant effort scoring 23 points on the night. Most of Medley’s points came inside the arch and from the free throw line. Medley had 23 points on the night, hitting eight for 10 from the floor and seven of 14 from the free throw line. Medley also led the team in rebounds with eight. He also had one assist,...

  • Pine Bluffs Indoor Track Senior Night

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 15, 2024

  • Indoor Track Teams rides into Mustang Invite

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 15, 2024

    The Burns/Pine Bluffs indoor track team competed in the Mustang Invite indoor track meet held in Casper, Wyoming. The team did well when you consider the weather and the long trip to Casper. Several of the competitors were able to break the top 10 while the girl’s 4x800m relay team broke into the top three with a third-place finish. Emily Haas finished in ninth place in the girls’ shotput. On the boys’ side the Sprint Medley Relay team finished seventh and the 4x200m relay team finished 10th. Ethan Norris finished ninth in the 55m...

  • Hornets Battle Longhorns

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 15, 2024

    A non-conference match up against the 13-7 Kimball Longhorns had the 7-13 Hornets working hard for every point. The Hornets are definitely saving their best ball for the latter half of the season. This caliber of playing by the Hornets would be championship quality. And both teams were definitely up for the challenge. The Longhorns were able to outscore the Hornets and keep them from getting into their game. Even with the defense of the Longhorns three of the Hornets team were able to score in...

  • Lady Hornets buzz the Lady Longhorns

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 15, 2024

    In a spirited competition at the Hornets Nest the Lady Hornets tipped off against the cross-border Kimball Lady Longhorns. This would be a non-conference game mainly for bragging rights. On a sad note, the Lady Hornets lost one of their starters, Kelsie Bymer to an injury. Looks like she may be out for the rest of the season. The Lady Hornets wasted no time setting the stage for their dominance in the game. Jessica Hoffman would be the first to score with a nice lay-up. Avery Gray got a nice put...

  • Wrestling Team Pinned By Illness

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 8, 2024

    The Burns/Pine Bluffs wrestling team competed in the Southeast Duals meet despite over half of the team being absent for one reason or another. The team competed against Bridgeport, Alliance, Hay Springs and Sidney going 1-3. Bridgeport defeated Burns/Pine Bluffs 60-21 106 - Rutley Hansen (Burns/Pine Bluffs) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf 113 - Kohl Krakow (Burns/Pine Bluffs) over Ron Varner (Bridgeport) Dec 8-3 120 - Taylor Eichthaler (Bridgeport) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf...

  • Lady Broncs can't cage the Lady Bearcats

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 8, 2024

    The Lady Broncs came up against the number one seated Douglas Lady Bearcats last Friday. The Lady Bearcats have a season record of 15-0 and conference record of 3-0. The Lady Broncs were coming off the win against the Lady Cyclones and played hard and fast. The Lady Bearcats were able to slow the Lady Broncs and take the win away from them. The Lady Broncs lost to the Lady Bearcats 33-68. This game would be a total team effort as no one player really stood out. The entire team contributed to...

  • Broncs can't Buck the Bearcats

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 8, 2024

    The Broncs had a rough time with the Douglas Bearcats last Friday. The sliding Broncs could not out-play the Bearcats nor stop their offense. The Bearcats put up 70 points in the game hitting from both inside and outside the key. The Broncs managed to score 20 points on the night with some fine efforts by Mason Medley and Shaw Martin who both scored nine points. Medley and Martin were the leading scorers for the Broncs with nine points each. Medley was able to hit four of nine shots from the...

  • Madison Foley Signs with Trojans

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 8, 2024

    Madison Foley, the Burns Broncs volleyball defensive specialist signs with the Colby Trojans. Foley who set two school records in her tenure at Burns High School signed a "Letter of Intent" with Colby Community College to play volleyball for the Trojans. Colby Community College is located in northern Kansas just a few hours away from Burns. Foley is looking to fulfill the same role with the Trojans. Foley, the teams Libero was selected as WyoSports Prep Athlete of the week, All-Conference award...

  • Tehya Gallegos heads to Montana

    Jim Merryfield|Feb 8, 2024

    Tehya Gallegos has decided to continue her athletic career at Miles City Community College at Miles City, Montana. Gallegos signed a "letter of intent" with the Miles City Pioneers volleyball team last Thursday in the Chute at Burns High School. Gallegos who is the setter for the Lady Broncs volleyball team had a hard time choosing which school to attend. She has been approached by several different teams from across the area for her talents. Gallegos said, "When I visited there and met the...

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