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  • Basketball is thick as blood

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 29, 2024

    Snowdon and Rhiwan Williams are a brother and sister who play varsity basketball for Saratoga Middle High School. The Williams family has a passion for basketball and has an interesting journey that has led them to where they are today. Snowdon is a freshman playing for Saratoga Panthers and Rhiwan is a junior playing for the Saratoga Lady Panthers For the Williams, there is more to their basketball family background than their competitive nature. It all started with their father, mother, and...

  • Panthers take 3rd place at Regionals

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 29, 2024

    The Saratoga Panthers secured three out of four wins in Lander. and as a result, got a 3rd place finish to the 1A/2A State Tournament The Panthers trip to Lander was not an easy one. In the first round Saratoga faced a tough and determined Burlington Huskies into overtime. The Panthers were able to walk off with a 82-76 win. On Friday Saratoga faced their longtime conference rival, the Cokeville Panthers who did not make things easy for Saratoga. Cokeville took a 62-35 win over the Panthers....

  • Panther Wrestlers Finish Strong Season at State

    Jason Campbell|Feb 29, 2024

    The first thing a wrestling fan notices when entering the Wyoming State Wrestling Championships at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper is the sheer magnitude of the event. It is three days of choreographed madness taking place over eight wrestling mats crammed together on the floor. One is constantly bombarded with whistles and announcements and furious action. First year SMHS Coach Rusty Arnold reflected that he is ‘very proud of all of our boys. We had a good year. We lost some unfortunate...

  • Lady Panthers take an early exit at regionals

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 29, 2024

    The Saratoga Lady Panthers took an early exit from the regionals after two tough losses. Saratoga lost the first game against a tough Burlington Lady Huskies team, 56-40. The Lady Huskies are ranked No. 1 in the 1A Northwest Conference with a 7-0 conference record and a 19-6 record overall. The Lady Panther got a second straight defeat against the Dubois Lady Rams, who are ranked No. 3 in the 1A Northwest Conference. Saratoga gave it their all but, in the end, the Lady Rams were able to hold on...

  • Encampment eliminated by Little Snake River Valley

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 29, 2024

    The Encampment Tigers season came to an end in a heartbreaking loss to the Little Snake River Valley (LSRV) Rattlers 55-47 on February 19 in Rawlins. This was not Encampment and LSRV’s first rodeo together and they are not strangers to one another. In their first meeting of the season, the Tigers lost to the Rattlers on the road on February 6 in a 65-53 overtime thriller. The Tigers and Rattlers squared off again on February 16 but, this time, Encampment captured the win on their home court...

  • Lady Tigers Eliminated at Regionals

    Richard Espinoza|Feb 29, 2024

    It has been a rough roller coaster ride for the Encampment Lady Tigers, coming into the 1A West Regional Tournament with a six-game losing streak. Encampment was able to win one game but they ended up losing two games that sent them to an early exit out of Lander. The Lady TIgers lost their first round game to the Riverside Lady Rebels, who were ranked 2nd in the 1A Northwest Conference. Kevin Pantle, head coach of the Encampment Lady Tigers, said his team just was not there in that game. He sai...

  • 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...

  • 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... 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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