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Red Devils place three on All-Conference teams

Class 4A All-Conference basketball selections were announced earlier this month, with four members of the Evanston High School boys’ basketball team receiving postseason recognition. Red Devil senior Bryton Smith was named to the 4A West All-Conference first team, sophomore Clayton Cook was named to the 4A West All-Conference second team and junior Kai Barker was named 4A West All-Conference Honorable Mention.

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Strong numbers bode well for EHS Track and Field teams

By Don Cogger Herald Sports Editor Old Man Winter has so far had other plans, but the Evanston High School track and field teams are practicing like there will, indeed, be a spring sports season, with strong numbers turning out for the Red Devils and Lady Devils – over 120 kids in all. “Things are going well – the numbers are good, and the kids are working hard,” said EHS head coach Roy Barker. “There’s just nowhere to go right now, that’s the problem. We want to get outside and compete – we’re supposed to go to Utah this week for two meets, but it looks like there’s going to be bad weather again this weekend. It’s frustrating.”

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Red Devils 3rd, Lady Devils 5th at State Indoor Track

The Evanston High School indoor track and field teams wrapped up their seasons earlier this month at the State Indoor 3A Track & Field Meet in Gillette, with the Red Devils placing third as a team; the Lady Devils finished in fifth place. “The kids did really well,” said EHS head coach Roy Barker. “Being 3A, there were more opportunities to score and place, so that was very beneficial. But I think we would have done well, regardless of class — we had some great times. I thought the boys might have a chance to win it going in, but we had a couple of things not go our way.”

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Classics win big at State Spirit in Casper

As the Evanston High School Classics dance team sat on the floor in the middle of the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper last Wednesday, anxiously awaiting results in the 4A Jazz Dance category at the 2023 State Spirit Competition and holding hands in nervous excitement, the team began to realize they may have accomplished something special. “We’re sitting there, waiting for awards, and as the awards are being read off and the second-place team is announced for Jazz, we knew the reaction from the crowd when we performed that we were probably a top contender for that first-place spot,” said first-year head coach Candice Spivey. “I told the girls going in, ‘At the end of the day, there are no tears — I don’t care if it’s a second place, a first place, wherever we finish — there’s no tears.’” It would prove to be a tough promise to keep.

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Red Devil grapplers 3rd at 3A State Tourney

The Evanston High School boys’ wrestling team made their first state tournament in Class 3A count at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper last weekend, taking third as a team, with 10 wrestlers earning a spot on the podium. Junior Brady Roberts led the charge for the Red Devils with a second-place finish at 160 pounds, while six of his teammates followed with fourth-place finishes: Sophomore Kolby Hamilton at 113 pounds, senior Walker Wilson at 126 pounds, junior Kyson Hamilton at 138 pounds, junior Aiden Liechty at 182 pounds, sophomore Tarrin Haws at 195 pounds and senior Carson VanGieson at 285 pounds. On the girls’ side, the history-making Lady Devils finished 12th in the inaugural WHSAA Girls State Wrestling Championships, with two wrestlers — Marty Dick and Aaliya Martin — earning a spot on the podium.

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Red Devils fall to Cody, Riverton on road

The longest road trip of the season for the Evanston boys’ basketball team also proved to be one of its most demanding, as losses to Cody Friday and No. 2 Riverton Saturday have the Red Devils thankful to be back home for two of their remaining three games this season. Evanston (4-14, 1-2 in 4A SW Quadrant) opened the weekend against the Broncs (8-8, 1-3 in 4A NW Quadrant), a team that’s been difficult to get a read on this season. A slow start doomed the Red Devils early in this contest, as Cody cruised to a 76-43 win.

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Lady Devils split road swing against Cody, Riverton

The Evanston High School girls’ basketball team was back on the road last weekend, running into a buzzsaw against top-ranked Cody Friday, but rebounding Saturday with an all-around team

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Red Devil swimmers 3rd at 3A South Meet

The Evanston High School boys’ swimming and diving team competed at the 3A South Conference Meet in Lander over the weekend of Feb. 4, placing third as a team, with seven podium finishes in individual events.

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Red Devils fall to KW in heartbreaker, 48-46

Looking to right the ship after a two-game road stumble, the Evanston High School boys’ basketball team welcomed Kelly Walsh to Red Devils Gymnasium with an eye toward getting back into the win column.

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Lady Devils shine at home against Kelly Walsh, 65-51

The Evanston High School girls’ basketball team played host to Kelly Walsh last Friday and were anything but gracious, outplaying the Lady Trojans in every facet of the game in a 65-51 win, the first of the season at home.

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Red Devil grapplers edged by Green River

The Evanston High School wrestling team gave the top-ranked program in 3A all they could handle in the final home dual of the season Wednesday night, falling to Green River 36-33.

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Red Devils fall to Lyman at home, 35-29

Unable to overcome a slow start, the Evanston High School boys’ basketball team dropped its final non-conference game of the season on its home court, falling to Lyman 35-29. The loss dropped the Red Devils to 3-9 on the season, with the start of 4A Southwest Quadrant play scheduled to begin Thursday at home against Green River. “We played a really good defensive game – we held them to 35 points, which is below our team goal,” said EHS head coach Rob Watsabaugh. “They didn’t hit a three on us, which was also very good. I thought we did a good job keeping a couple of their scorers in check. We lacked some offense, which ended up hurting us – we struggled from the free throw line, as well as executing some of our sets. Ultimately, our offense is what hurt us – I thought our defense played great. We have to get some more guys in position, and knowing what we need to do offensively to be successful.”

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Lady Devils come up short against Lyman, 48-45

The Evanston High School girls’ basketball team closed out the non-conference portion of its schedule last Friday by giving one of the top teams in 3A all it could handle at Red Devil Gymnasium, taking No. 5 Lyman to the wire before running out of steam, 48-45. “I thought we played well – we gave it a good performance, as far as moving the ball, and trying to be aggressive, not sitting back and letting Lyman dictate their game plan,” said EHS head coach Steven Neal. “Unfortunately, we had too many turnovers and too many missed free throws to come away with a win. We still have mistakes that we need to fix, things we need to get better at, but the girls gave a really good effort against a really good team.” The Lady Devils (2-10) matched Lyman’s aggressiveness from the jump, not allowing the quicker team to use their speed to their advantage. The Lady Eagles (11-1) led 10-8 after a quarter of play, though Evanston outplayed the visitors in the second quarter, and led 24-22 at the half.

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Red Devil grapplers 3rd at Thoman Duals

The Evanston High School wrestling team had a solid showing at the Thoman-Jackson Invitational in Green River over the weekend, third in the Gold Division. The Red Devils went 6-1 in the dual-meet format, beating Worland 57-18 in the 3rd-place match. Uintah, Utah won the team title, followed by Green River in second; Pinedale rounded out the Top 5. “It was good competition,” said EHS head coach Larry Wagstaff. “We competed well against some good schools, then we wrestled Vernal [Uintah High School, Vernal, Utah], and got a lesson taught to us. But we’ll move on from there, continue to work, take some of those lessons and move forward, continue to get better.” The Red Devils opened the tournament Friday with a 66-11 win over the Renegades – a team made up of wrestlers from various schools – followed by a 68-12 drubbing of Campbell County. Evanston received a bye in round three, then narrowly defeated Rawlins 39-37 in round four. The Red Devils closed out the first day of competition with a 73-6 rout of Grantsville.

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Lady Devils shine in Pink Out home finale

t was a busy weekend for the Evanston High School volleyball team, who split a pair of matches with Cody and Riverton at home Friday and Saturday, then began the week Tuesday with a loss at Star Valley. The Lady Devils (7-25, 1-5 in 4A Southwest) closed out the home portion of their schedule in impressive fashion Saturday afternoon, beating Riverton (10-13, 0-3 in 4A Northwest) 3-1 in the annual Pink Night match. Evanston welcomed in No. 3 Cody (18-1, 2-1 in 4A Northwest) the previous night, playing the Fillies tough in a 3-0 loss; Tuesday, the team traveled to Star Valley (22-8, 5-0 in 4A Southwest), losing another tough contest to the Lady Braves, 3-0.

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Red Devils fall to 3A West rival Powell, 35-20

Still searching for a win in the newly-renovated Kay Fackrell Stadium, the Evanston High School football team came up short Friday against visiting Powell, falling to their 3A West rivals, 35-20. The loss drops the Red Devils to 1-6 on the season (0-3 in the 3A West), and with top-ranked Cody on tap this Friday and a resurgent Green River squad set for next week, Evanston will have their work cut out for them if they hope to still qualify for the postseason.

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Red Devils fall to Jackson in double-OT thriller, 34-33

Looking to spoil Jackson’s Homecoming festivities, the Evanston High School football team battled back from a 20-0 second-half deficit with 27 unanswered points, taking the stunned Broncs to overtime before falling 34-33 in a double-OT classic. “The kids played hard – they work hard, they play hard, now we just have to get to where we get in the win column,” said EHS head coach Jim Burton. In what quickly became a Tale of Two Halves, Jackson owned the first two quarters of play, while the Red Devils stumbled out of the blocks. On the strength of a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Janssen to Jack Jenkins, and a pair of Braden Hills field goals, the Broncs held a 13-0 lead at the break; Evanston was moving the ball well, though a pair of untimely interceptions negated any first-half threat.

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Lady Devils volleyball back on track with 3-0 sweep of Jackson

A highly-anticipated return to form was just what fans of the Evanston High School volleyball team were hoping for last Saturday, and with a healthy roster for the first time since the start of the season, that’s exactly what the Lady Devils provided in a 3-0 sweep of visiting Jackson.

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EHS cross country teams win Evanston Invite

he Evanston High School cross country teams made the most of their home-field advantage last Friday, with both the Red Devils and Lady Devils winning the team titles at the Evanston Invitational, held at Purple Sage Golf Course. “It was a good day,” said EHS head coach Nate Conrad. “We made some tweaks to the course, to make it a little faster, something the kids could enjoy a little bit better. The kids responded well to it. It was a little bit easier – times were a little quicker than last year – but not by much. Purple Sage is such a hard place to find a flat area where you can get three miles worth of running. But it was awesome, it was a lot of fun.”

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Davis wins diving; Pinedale Invitational this weekend

The Evanston High School girls’ swimming and diving team hosted the Evanston Invitational last Saturday at Davis Middle School, and made the most of the opportunity, placing second as a team against some strong competition. “It went really well – we haven’t placed second at a meet in a really long time, especially one with a large amount of teams being there,” said EHS head coach Teri Wilt. “Our girls swam well, they finished well – our divers had a bit of a rougher day, although we had one take first. But our swimmers were quick, they did really well.”

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Living with large carnivores

KEMMERER — People come from all over the world to witness the diverse wildlife Wyoming has to offer, but Wyoming has predators as well as herbivores, and predators can be a problem for people, cattle and pets (although it’s rare for people to be attacked)

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Red Devils come up short against Natrona and Rock Springs

At this point in the season the Red Devils are improving with every game, both in their skills and their conditioning, and it’s showing.

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Additional Articles

  • Lady Devils rout Jackson on Senior Night, 58-19

    The Evanston High School girls’ basketball team celebrated its seniors last Saturday with a 58-19 dismantling of visiting Jackson, with three Lady Devils scoring in double figures. With the win, Evanston finished the regular season with a 6-15 record (2-4 in the 4A Southwest Quadrant), with the 4A West Regional Tournament set to begin Thursday in Star Valley. The Lady Devils honored their six seniors — Halle Brady, Brinkley Francom, Ellie Asay, Autumn Hansen, Kendall Fessler and Emily Sawyer — after the game for their hard work and dedication to the program the last four years.

  • Red Devils honor seniors with 51-40 win over Jackson

    The Evanston High School boys’ basketball team said goodbye to the regular season (and their seniors) in style, handing visiting Jackson a 51-40 loss in Saturday’s regular-season finale.

  • EHS cross country teams take on Utah Border Wars

    The Evanston High School cross country teams had the opportunity to run against some of the best cross country teams in the region Saturday, Sept. 24, competing at the Utah Border Wars, in Taylorsville. “It was a large event – there were close to 50 teams that were there from Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada,” said EHS head coach Nate Conrad. “We saw some really good competition, and it was a really awesome experience for our kids.” Despite the insane level of competition at the meet, the Red Devils and Lady Devils did well, with most of the runners setting new seasonal or personal bests.