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  • Cowgirls Give Inspiring Effort Closing Out Mountain West Championship

    Staff Report|Feb 29, 2024

    The University of Wyoming women’s swimming and diving team, a resilient group who’s competing with a heavy heart, wrapped up the Mountain West Championship on Saturday inside the CRWC Natatorium. The program set numerous top-10 times, boasted one individual champion and one relay champion for the week along with four school records. “Our team is struggling to comprehend the reality of losing three of our friends and teammates so suddenly,” head coach Dave Denniston said. “I am proud of the compassion and resilience of every single member of...

  • Panthers take tough losses heading into postseason

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 22, 2024

    For their final games of the regular season, the Saratoga Panthers hosted two conference foes and were dealt two tough conference losses. On Thursday night, Saratoga hosted the Farson-Eden Pronghorns and hosted the Cokeville Panthers on Friday. Saratoga vs. Farson-Eden The last time the Saratoga Panthers faced the Farson-Eden Pronghorns, it turned into a hard-hitting battle which went into overtime. In that game, the Pronghorns dominated almost the entire four quarters until the Panthers were...

  • Saratoga Wrestlers Compete in Regionals, Advance to State

    Jason Campbell|Feb 22, 2024

    The SMHS Panther wrestling team boarded the bus early Friday for the long trek to Regionals, which was held on Saturday in Tongue River. The focus of the coaching staff all season has been the State tournament, and all eight wrestlers who competed qualified for next week’s tournament. Overall, the boys competed well, and it is quite an accomplishment that all of the wrestlers made it to the final weekend. Regional wrestling awards medals to the top four finishers, with the top eight in each w... Full story

  • Saratoga girls go 1-1 to end their season

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 22, 2024

    It has been a rollercoaster ride for the Saratoga Lady Panthers to say the least. As tough as the season has been for the Lady Panthers, they are working hard to make a great seasoning ending. So far, Saratoga is doing just that. Saratoga vs. Farson-Eden The Lady Panthers got their second conference win against the always-tough Farson-Eden Lady Pronghorns in an impressive 54-41 win. The Lady Panthers had a dominant 1st quarter but, in the 2nd quarter, the Lady Pronghorns were able to stay at...

  • Lady Tigers end the regular season on a six-game losing streak

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 22, 2024

    The last time the Encampment Lady Tigers won a game was on February 2 when they beat Valley rival the Saratoga Lady Panthers, 40-38. Since then the Lady Tigers have gone on a six-game losing streak. Encampment lost the last two games of the regular season against Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Lady Rattlers 57-31 on Friday and to Cokeville 66-41 on Saturday. The Lady Tigers have nothing to be ashamed of, after all the 1A Southwest Conference is a powerhouse with Cokeville ranked at No. 1 and t...

  • Panther Wrestlers Show Strong in the Carbon County Invite

    Jason Campbell|Feb 15, 2024

    Saratoga wrestling hosted the Carbon County Invite last weekend with eleven teams competing. Coach Rusty Arnold felt that the team overall wrestled, ‘pretty well. We made some stupid mistakes and lost some matches we shouldn’t have, but we also won some tough ones.’ The wrestling season is coming down to its final two weeks, as the Panthers head to Tongue River this weekend for Regionals. Saratoga’s two seniors, Tuker Carricato and Douglass Campbell were recognized on Friday night for their t...

  • Lady Tigers' troubles continue

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 15, 2024

    The Lady Tigers’ troubles continued to a four-game losing streak. The Encampment girls have not won a game since beating valley rival the Saratoga Lady Panthers on February 2. Since then they lost to the Upton Lady Bobcats and the Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Lady Rattlers, who hold the 2nd top seed in their conference Then they had losses to conference rivals Farson-Eden Lady Pronghorns and the Cokeville Lady Panthers who hold the top seed in the conference. Lady Tigers vs. Lady P...

  • Tigers still trying to find their groove

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 15, 2024

    The Encampment Tigers’ basketball problems have continued, having not won a game since beating Rock River 74-16 on homecoming week. Since then, Encampment has fallen to Valley and conference rival the Saratoga Panthers and a lost non-conference matchup against the Upton Bobcats. The Tigers would lose three more conference matchups against the Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Rattlers, the Farson-Eden Pronghorns and the Cokeville Panthers. So far the Tigers have been winless in conference p...

  • Pokes in the Pros: Super Bowl

    Feb 15, 2024

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (2/13/24) – Tashaun Gipson competed in his first career Super Bowl on Sunday night. The 12-year National Football League veteran started at safety for the San Francisco 49ers. Gipson represented the first former University of Wyoming football player to compete in a Super Bowl since Logan Wilson did for the Cincinnati Bengals two seasons ago against the Los Angeles Rams. Unfortunately for the two former Pokes, neither brought home a title. Tashaun Gipson, San Francisco 49ers Gipson made his presence felt in the 49ers’ 25-22 ove...

  • Wrestling Closes Out 2023-24 Dual Schedule Against Beavers

    Feb 15, 2024

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (2/8/24) – The University of Wyoming wrestling team closes out its 2023-24 dual schedule this week. The Cowboys will celebrate Senior Day by hosting No. 21 Oregon State on Saturday at 4 p.m. inside the UniWyo Sports Complex. The Pokes have caught fire during the last month of the season. They’ve won four of their last five duals – all by double figures – to improve to 7-6 on the season and 5-4 in Big 12 action. The late-season push has positioned Wyoming to have its best season, in terms of win percentage, since 2018-19. And whi...

  • Lady Tigers roar again in a 40-38 win over Saratoga

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 8, 2024

    The Encampment Lady Tigers dominated the first three-quarters of their rematch with the Saratoga Lady Panthers. Saratoga attempted to steal the game with under two minutes left in the 4th quarter. At the end of the 3rd quarter, the Lady Tigers had a 15-point lead but the Lady Panthers turned it into a catfight. They reduced the deficit to 12 points midway through the 4th quarter and, in the final minutes, Saratoga was down by 2 points but it was too late the Lady Panthers could not make their...

  • Panthers victorious in Valley rematch

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 8, 2024

    Saratoga Panthers freshman Griffin Barlett made his return to the Panther Den for the first time since January 5th. It could not have happened at a better time as the Panthers got a 70-52 win over their valley rival the Encampment Tigers. Bartlett had been battling with an illness but joined the team on the road against Cokeville and Farson-Eden. He received a loud cheer from the home crowd when the announcer called out his name. “It is so amazing to be back and to play on our home court,” Bar...

  • Basketball is a Pantle Family Affair

    J. Hemenway|Feb 8, 2024

    The Pantles have been an integral part of Encampment basketball over the years and now a new generation of Pantle family members are excited to uphold the tradition. Currently there are four members of the Pantle family involved in basketball in Encampment. Kevin Pantle, first year head coach for high school girls basketball, coaches with his daughter Micaiah, a 2018 Encampment graduate and player. Luke Pantle, assistant coach for boys high school basketball and 2015 Encampment graduate and...

  • Panther wrestlers face off with 3A & 4A schools at Ron Thon tourney

    Kaitlyn Campbell|Feb 1, 2024

    The Ron Thon wrestling tournament in Riverton was as tough as expected. Over forty schools and 1,000 wrestlers competed for the top spot at the podium, and Panther wrestling had a weekend highlighted by some ‘great wins and tough losses,’ according to head coach Rusty Arnold. Four wrestlers returned from injury to compete in the tournament, and were understandably not in top form. The majority of the competition were from 3A and 4A schools, which made the hill a harder than normal one to cli...

  • Lady Tigers take a split on Homecoming week

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 1, 2024

    The Encampment Lady Tigers went 1-1 during homecoming week as they lost a hard fought game to the Southeast Lady Cyclones on Friday night and took down the Rock River Lady Longhorns on Saturday afternoon. Lady Tigers vs. Lady Cyclones The Lady Tigers were handed a tough loss by Southeast, 44-30. The Lady Cyclones simply outplayed Encampment in the second half of the game and the Lady Tigers had no answers to stop Southeast’s high power offense. In the 1st quarter, both the Encampment and the L...

  • Cokeville ends Saratoga's winning streak

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 1, 2024

    It has been said that streaks were meant to be broken and the Saratoga Panthers unfortunately were reminded of that quote on Friday while on the road. Saratoga faced another breed of Panther in Cokeville, who came out on top in a 76-60 win. In many ways it was no surprise to Jason Williams, Saratoga Panther head coach, that a trip to Cokeville is never an easy ride. However the Panthers took a split the following day as they beat the Farson-Eden Pronghorns 67-66. “The Cokeville/Farson road t...

  • Lady Panthers finally get a conference win

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 1, 2024

    It has been a tough season for the Saratoga Lady Panthers and a lot had to do with injuries and illness. The Lady Panthers also had to face some tough competition in their schedule and the Cokeville Lady Panthers are no exception. Saratoga fell to Cokeville 60-37 on the road Friday night. However, the Lady Panthers got redemption when they finally got their first conference win of the year against Farson-Eden Lady Pronghorns 54-45. Heather Bartlett, head coach of the Saratoga Lady Panthers,...

  • Tigers take two wins over homecoming

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 1, 2024

    The Encampment Tigers were down by 8 points at the end of the 3rd quarter on Friday against the Southeast Cyclones. Then, they let out a huge roar. In the 4th quarter Kaben Pickett and Gunner Henrie both made some key defensive plays to get to the free throw line to win the game against the Southeast Cyclones. Both the Tigers and Cyclones gave it all they got where both teams either took the lead back and forth or tail from behind. In the end, the Encampment found a way to slow down Southeast in...

  • Panthers win Valley showdown with Encampment

    Richard Espinoza|Jan 25, 2024

    The Saratoga Panthers put on a dominant performance against the Encampment Tigers on the road. Everything went right for the Panthers both on offense and defense and it showed. Saratoga stepped up when they needed to and got a 73-65 win. For the majority of the game, the Panthers were leading as high as 15 points. But Encampment for most of the game was playing catch up but was able to make the game close late in the 4th quarter. In the end, it was Saratoga freshman Griffin Barlett who, despite...

  • Lady Tigers takedown Saratoga in Valley scrap

    Richard Espinoza|Jan 25, 2024

    After a tough loss against the Farson Lady Pronghorns, the Encampment Lady Tigers got redemption and did it at the right time as they defeated their Valley rivals, the Saratoga Lady Panthers by a score of 45-31. Saratoga took an early lead but the Lady Tigers quickly tied the game at 2-2. Less than five minutes into the 1st quarter, both teams turned it into a slug fest. “I couldn’t be more proud of my girls,” said Kevin Pantle, head coach of the Encampment Lady Tigers. “I knew they had it in th...

  • Lady Panthers feel the snake bite of Little Snake River

    Richard Espinoza|Jan 25, 2024

    Things did not go right for the Saratoga Lady Panthers as they fell to the Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Lady Rattlers, 44-23, giving them their second straight league loss. The visiting Lady Rattlers came into Friday night’s contest confident and determined as they dominated Saratoga. The LSRV defense kept the Lady Panthers in check for three of the four quarters, although the Lady Rattlers had a slow start in the 1st quarter and their free throws could have been better. The Lady Rattlers we...

  • Depleted Panther wresting team competes in Lander

    Jason Campbell|Jan 25, 2024

    The SMHS wrestling squad traveled to Lander last weekend, missing much of it’s squad, to compete in both a varsity and JV tournament. According to coach Rusty Arnold, ‘Injury has been following us around the last couple weeks. We only traveled with five kids due to injury.’ The team should have more wrestlers return for this weekend’s Ron Thon tournament in Riverton, dependent upon medical clearance. Two wrestlers were entered in the Lander varsity tournament, Ace Arnold at 106, and Josiah Stockwell at 113. Both wrestlers brought home a 6th p...

  • It's a Dodge party!

    Richard Espinoza|Jan 25, 2024

    Local enforcement, teachers, and the principal had a fun day of dodgeball at the Platte Valley Community Center. The special occasion was for students who are rewarded for their hard work in the classroom Saratoga Elementary School students from kindergarten through 6th grade must meet their goals by the end of each semester to be eligible to participate in any fun activity. These activities encourage students to work hard to keep their grades up. “Our older kids get to set their own g...

  • Panther wrestlers have full weekend slate, tough out the weather

    Jason Campbell|Jan 18, 2024

    The Panther grapplers began the wrestling weekend by competing in Walden on Thursday against Soroco and North Park. It was a tune-up for the upcoming weekend tournament, and the Panthers had a good showing. Ace Arnold, Josiah Stockwell, and Douglass Campbell all were 1 – 0. Tuker Carricato was 2 – 0, Chase Brown went 1 -1, and both Ben Miller and Atom Linsey were 0 – 2 on the evening. The team then traveled to Pavillion on Friday for the Don Runner Memorial, and had a long day of wrest...

  • A note about this week's local sports coverage

    Jan 18, 2024

    The big blast of Winter weather that settled in last week put a freeze on the high school sports schedule for Encampment and Saratoga schools. The SMHS wrestling team did have a full weekend, participating in a three-team match in Walden on Friday, then in a tournament in Pavillion on Saturday. See Jason Campbell’s outstanding coverage and photos on page B1. The Saratoga boy’s and girl’s basketball games scheduled for Saturday were not played. No details on rescheduling were available when we went to press. Although the Encampment game on Fr...

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