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Fornstrom looks forward to UW


February 22, 2018

Pine Bluffs Post Files

No 10 Haize Fornstrom runs with the ball.

Haize Fornstrom grew up attending University of Wyoming football games at War Memorial Stadium.

Next year, he'll be on the field as a UW player.

"Growing up, we always went to the UW game as kids, got to see all of that cool stuff," he said. "It was real special when I was little. I've always had a thing for UW."

Last week the Pine Bluffs High School senior signed a letter of intent to join the Cowboys as a preferred walk-on, meaning he is guaranteed a spot on the team but no scholarship.

Accomplished on the gridiron and basketball court, Fornstrom said football is where he feels the most comfortable. He intends to play wide receiver.

"It took about two weeks (to decide which sport to play)," Fornstrom said. "When it came down to it, football is just better for me."

Growing up, UW wasn't the up-and-coming program that it is today for Fornstrom.

But he can relate to that as a player. His freshman year at Pine Bluffs, the team went 0-8 and failed to win a single game.

His junior and senior years, however, PBHS won it all.

"It was pretty hard my freshman year to get into football," Fornstrom said. "But then to go 11-0 my senior year -that was pretty special."

"It's exciting to see UW is on the uprise, that they're starting to excel," he added. "That's why I want to play football there."

Playing for state titles, Fornstrom has already experienced play at War Memorial in a Hornets uniform, but he knows it's going to be different in brown and gold.

"I'm excited to experience (a college game) compared to state games," he said. "I'm excited to see the atmosphere and what it's like playing in a UW game."

He's going to miss playing with the Hornets both on the court and football field. Over the past year, the teams have spent more time together outside of sports just hanging out.

As for the underclassmen, Fornstrom said the one thing they will regret is not trying or pushing themselves hard enough.

While at UW, Fornstrom plans to study animal sciences before attending graduate school to become a veterinarian.


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