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After last year's COVID-19 cancellations, the NCAA basketball tournaments are back, and one women's team in the Mountain West is making history.

University of Wyoming

The Wyoming Cowgirls basketball team will face UCLA in the first round of the NCAA tournament Monday night.

The 14th-seeded Cowgirls are playing in just their second-ever NCAA tournament, while UCLA is making its fifth straight appearance and was 16-5 on the regular season.

Wyoming High School Activities Association

The Wyoming High School Activities Association (WHSAA) announced it is canceling spring sports this year.

The 3A/4A high school state basketball tournaments were canceled back in March. Now, WHSAA is furthering cancelations, which will affect outdoor track and field, soccer, golf and tennis.

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The University of Wyoming's new men's basketball coach Jeff Linder said he plans on developing a winning program quickly. Linder comes to Wyoming from the University of Northern Colorado where he led the Bears to three straight 20-win seasons.

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Two major actions ​regarding sports ​activities across Wyoming came on Thursday because of concerns over COVID-19. 

Savannah Maher

Wyoming Indian High School's girls and boys basketball teams received a warm welcome back to the Wind River Reservation after​ once again sweeping the 2A state championship.

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Wyoming Indian High School's team colors are red, white and blue. But at Monday's basketball practice, there was a lot of purple and gold on the court. The Chiefs and Lady Chiefs - who swept last year's 2A boys and girls state championships - wore the LA Lakers' team colors to honor the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant. Wyoming Public Radio's Savannah Maher stopped by practice to talk with the players and their coaches about what Bryant meant to them.

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University of Wyoming shooting guard Justin James was selected 40th overall in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. He was the first player selected from the University of Wyoming since the Los Angeles Lakers took Larry Nance Jr. in the first round in 2015.

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This week University of Wyoming women's basketball coach Joe Legerski surprised many by announcing his retirement. Legerski is the winningest coach in program history and was coming off a 25 win season. He tells Bob Beck that a big reason for his choice had to do with family considerations.

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Jason Collins is a retired NBA player and was the first professional player in a major American sport to come out as gay. Since his announcement in 2013, Collins played briefly for the Brooklyn Nets and is now a public speaker and LGBT advocate. He's visiting the University of Wyoming as the keynote speaker for UW's MLK Days of Dialogue, and he joins Wyoming Public Radio's Caroline Ballard to talk about his career.

The event takes place tonight at 7:30 pm in the Wyoming Union Ballroom, and is open to the public.

Fort Washakie Stories Part II: 'We Have A Team'

Jan 16, 2015
Mike Read

This school year, we're following the academic progress of students at Fort Washakie High School—a struggling school on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Academic achievement—like most things at the high school—is on the rise. Thanks to its recent switch from charter to public, there’s a brand new school building in the works here. And students here have just taken a step that seems small, but is key to earning Fort Washakie its stripes as a traditional high school on the reservation. They've put together a basketball team.

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When the renovations to the double A are complete, the main feature of the grand entrance will be a monument to one of Wyoming’s most prominent athletes.

A Swedish shooting guard will join the Wyoming Cowboys basketball team next season.  Alex Aka Gorski was given a scholarship by Wyoming. He's expected to provide an offensive boost to the team right away.  Head Coach Larry Shyatt calls him the kind of deep shooter that UW needs in order to compete in the Mountain West Conference.

“He’s mature, he left home as a 9th grader and went to Stockholm to play at the highest level in his country," Shyatt says. "He’s been extremely well coached, he knows how to play off the dribble as well as within the game.”

The University of Wyoming won the national college basketball championship in 1943. Shortly after their triumph, several Cowboys started training for a bigger fight: World War II.

A new movie about the Cowboys’ epic championship game victory over St. John’s University in fabled Madison Square Garden premieres tonight, March 6, in Laramie at The Wyo Theater at 7pm.

Both the Wyoming men’s and women’s basketball teams open conference play this weekend.  The Cowboys face Nevada on the road, while the Cowgirls host the Wolfpack in Laramie.

The Cowboys have yet to win a road game, and to win in Reno, the Pokes will have to shut down Nevada’s Deonte Burton, who is averaging 22 points a game. 

Wyoming Coach Larry Shyatt (SHY-at) says the entire team can score…

Former University of Wyoming basketball player Luke Martinez has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and is serving a sentence of 45 days in the Albany County Jail. 

 

 

The National Association of Basketball Coaches has named The University of Wyoming’s Leonard Washington to the All-District 17 Second Team.

This is the second year in a row that Washington was named to the squad.  The senior helped lead the Pokes to a 20-14 record and a berth in the College Basketball Invitational. He averaged of 12 and a half points and just over eight rebounds a game.  Washington’s 12 double-doubles ranked second in the Mountain West during the regular season.

NABC member coaches vote on the award and honored 242 student athletes this year.

The Wyoming Cowboys will face a Mid-American Conference team in the second round of tonight’s College Basketball Invitational tournament. 

Western Michigan had 21 wins and 12 losses this year and features two solid inside players in Junior Shayne Whittington and Freshman Darius Paul. 

Wyoming Head Coach Larry Shyatt says they will have to be contained.

Pokes beat Nevada in first round

Mar 13, 2013
University of Wyoming

Wyoming Cowboy’s Men’s Basketball beat Nevada 85-81 in the first round of the Mountain West Championships in Las Vegas last night.

Although the Pokes were down by four in the first half, they made a strong showing in the second, at one point holding a double-digit lead. Sophomore forward Larry Nance led the Cowboys with 19 points. 

Wyoming now advances to the quarterfinals where they’ll face number-one seed, New Mexico, at 7:30 tonight.

While the Wyoming Cowboys Basketball team did not get invited to play in the National Invitation Tournament, players say they are still happy to be playing in the College Basketball Invitational.  Head Coach Larry Shyatt says the key is that the team gets to keep playing and getting better.  Wyoming center Adam Waddell says it’s nice to play in the postseason.

Kenny Sailors to be inducted to Hall of Fame

Mar 9, 2012

Former Cowboys Basketball star and three-time All American Kenny Sailors of Laramie will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Missouri this fall.

Sailors, who is now 91, is the second Cowboy to join. His first college-level coach, Everett Shelton, was inducted in 2006.

“Ev was the greatest coach I’ve ever played for, and I’ve played for about 25, 26 coaches,” Sailor said. “He had a real knowledge of the science and tactics of the game of basketball that I frankly don’t think a lot of coaches have today.”