Wyoming to hoist Championship Banner Saturday; Wrestlers host Cowboy Open, and more

Here is a digest of Wyoming Cowboy and Cowgirl Sports news for the end of this week:

Cowboys Set to Raise MW Championship Banner on Saturday

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (Nov. 5, 2015) – Fans of University of Wyoming Athletics have a chance for a unique experience on Saturday, as the Cowboy basketball team will raise a Mountain West championship banner prior to its exhibition game with Fort Lewis. The Pokes won the conference tournament last March for Wyoming’s first MW tournament title in any sport. This MW banner will join the Cowboys’ two others in the rafters of the Arena-Auditorium after regular-season titles in 2000-01 and 2001-02. After the festivities and the 7 p.m. MT tip, the Pokes will seek a 25th-consecutive exhibition victory to add to a 45-6 overall exhibition record.

Head coach Larry Shyatt guided Wyoming to a historic 2014-15 season at 25-10 overall and 11-7 in the conference. That record included the program’s most wins in 27 years, a Mountain West tournament title and a berth in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002.  Fort Lewis went 20-9 overall and 15-7 in league play in 2014-15 for fifth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. First-year head coach Bob Pietrack welcomes back four starters and nine letterwinners from that squad, as the Skyhawks were picked to finish sixth in the conference in the preseason coaches poll. Saturday will be FLC’s first game of the season as well.

Cowgirl Swimmers Set to Host CSU on Senior Day

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (Nov. 3, 2015 ) — The Cowgirl swimming and diving teams will return to the pool Friday evening to host Border War rival Colorado State. UW will dual with the Rams as both the swimming and diving events will be at Corbett Pool beginning at 5 p.m., MT.  Cowgirl seniors Kari Campbell, Keara Chang, Molly Coonce, Emma Dow, Sarae Dydo, Nicole Hlavacek, Lauren McClure, Emily Ridout and Emily Stucky will be honored before the racing begins. UW holds a 42-8 overall record against Colorado State after a 183-110 win over the Rams last season. Wyoming won 15 of the 16 events in last year’s dual. Ridout and Maria Harutjunjan combined to win seven events a year ago.


Cowboy Grapplers Host 38th Annual Cowboy Open 

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (Oct. 27, 2015) – The University of Wyoming wrestling team opens their home schedule with the 38th annual Cowboy Open on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. in War Memorial Field House. The Pokes will be joined by 27 other teams in this season’s field.Tickets for the event will be sold at the southeast and northwest corners of War Memorial Fieldhouse and will be $17 for adults and $10 for children.

This tournament has been a staple of the Cowboy Wrestling program, taking place over the span of five different decades. The first Cowboy Open took place in 1974 under head coach Joe Dowler, and the Cowboys have hosted it every year since then, with the exception of four seasons. This season marks the 26th-straight season that Wyoming has hosted the event, every year since 1990-91.


Beach Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (Nov. 5 2015 ) – Wyoming Soccer’s Laura Beach has been named to the 2015 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSida) Academic All-District team that was announced today. Beach was voted to the second team of District 7 in the NCAA Division I.

Beach, who has started in all 24 of the team’s matches this season, holds a 3.94 grade-point average studying kinesiology and health promotion. The junior middle blocker has tallied 219 kills this season, as well as 109 blocks. She currently ranks sixth in the Mountain West in hitting percentage with .348 (219-56-469) and 90th nationally.


Cowboys preparing for the Border War Saturday in Laramie against CSU


Two words say it all “Border War”.  It is the week veteran Cowboy and Ram players know will be more intense than normal as their fan bases prepare for a rivalry that is the longest for both the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University.  Saturday’s game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. kickoff in Wyoming’s War Memorial Stadium.

This year’s meeting will be the 107th meeting in the “Border War” series between the Cowboys and Rams.  A series that has been played in three centuries dating back to the first meeting in 1899.  It will also mark the 70th consecutive season the two schools have played.  That streak dates back to the 1946 season after the end of World War II.

For the 48th time, the two schools will be battling for possession of the Bronze Boot traveling trophy, which was introduced into the series in 1968.  The Bronze Boot trophy was created from an actual boot worn in Vietnam by Dan Romero, a former CSU ROTC instructor.

Wyoming leads by one game in the Bronze Boot series, winning 24 times since 1968 to CSU’s 23.  In the last 69 consecutive meetings since the series was resumed in 1946, the Cowboys have won 39 times to the Rams’ 30 wins.

Toys For Tots to be Collected at Wyoming-CSU Football Game on Saturday


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Laramie, Wyo. (Nov. 4, 2015) – With the Holiday season approaching, the University of Wyoming Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Laramie Detachment #777 of the Marine Corps League will team up to collect Toys For Tots at this Saturday’s Wyoming-Colorado State football game.  New unwrapped toys, checks or cash may be donated at the Cowboy Football game on Saturday.

UW student-athletes will begin collecting toys and donations at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.  They will be stationed at entrances around War Memorial Stadium and will also be walking throughout parking lots and tailgating areas to accept donations.  Saturday’s Wyoming-Colorado State football game will kick off at 1 p.m.

Toys For Tots is a program that has been coordinated for years by the United States Marine Corps Reserve.  All toys donated at this week’s games will remain in Albany County.


Cowgirls End Season Falling to Colorado College 1-0 in the MW Quarterfinal Match

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2015) – The University of Wyoming Cowgirl soccer team ended its season falling to Colorado College 1-0 on Wednesday in the Mountain West quarterfinal match in San Diego, Calif. The Cowgirls ride away with a 10 6-4 overall mark on the season. Wyoming had trouble getting its offense started as they tallied only five shots during the match. UW totaled three corner kicks, having two of them come in the first stanza. The Cowgirls were led by sophomore Shaina Ashouri with two shots, both of which came on goal. Forwards Kaitlyn Lomsnes, Jessie Gentle and midfielder Annika Clayton each had one shot in the contest. Lomsnes’ and Clayton’s shot were both on goal.

The Cowgirls end the season with a lot to celebrate. Wyoming broke its single-season shutout record, posting eight on the year. They have set the longest home winning streak in history with 10, continuing from the 2014 season. Also, they have matched the top spot for tied matches with four and tied for third in wins with 10 in a single-season. UW accomplished all of these feats without having any seniors on the squad.