We are very excited about our team winning the Carbon County Tournament. In 2002, the administrators in our schools decided to have a “traveling trophy” that goes to the winning team of the tournament. This is the first time that HEM has won it, so we are all very excited for our team.
We had a good turnout this year for basketball. We started off with 17 and ended with 15, so we were able to play some “C” games with Saratoga and Baggs. The “B” team did pretty well this year with a record of 4-5, the “C” team was 2-2. We capped off the regular season against Baggs and had a wonderful day, beating Baggs in all three games. The kids did an amazing job of playing as a team and getting the victory. As far as the “A” team, we had a very successful year. Our record before the tournament was 9-2, having lost by 2 point in the first game against Baggs and by 1 points against Rawlins. So, losing only two games by a combined score of 3 points is pretty amazing. The kids really bought into Mr. Soto’s system of the “Run and Gun” which he has had in place for many years.
The tournament was held in Baggs and is seeded according to the record of each team. This year HEM was the first seed followed by Baggs at #2, Encampment at #3, Saratoga #4, Wamsutter #5. The Baggs B team got to participate in it, so they was seeded #6. Since we were the first seed, we had a bye the first round and got to play Saratoga in the second round, as they beat Wamsutter. The final score for our game against the Saratoga Panthers was 44-14. Shane McGraw lead the way with 20 points. That game took us right into the championship where we faced off with Baggs. It was a close throughout the game, but we came out on top 37-32, Shane McGraw leading the way again with 18 points. The starting lineup at the Carbon County Tournament was Johnathan Moniz, Conor McGraw, Shane McGraw, Brendon Reeves, and Basil Phillips.
A parent came into our locker room at the tournament and asked Mr. Soto when he started coaching. He said he first started coaching in 1966. Forty-eight years of coaching, that is unbelievable. Also, he is in the Wyoming Coaching Hall of Fame, which is awesome. I have had the privilege with coaching with him five years now and am amazed how much energy he has. He is a great role model to our kids and to me as well.
Head Coach: Dario Soto
Assistant Coach: Travis Ward
|Joshua Lee||3||6th grade|
|Jacob Grangruth||4||8th grade|
|Devon Grosstick||5||6th grade|
|Taylor Kennedy||10||6th grade|
|Caleb Bradford||13||8th grade|
|Conor McGraw||20||7th grade|
|Alexander Claice||21||7th grade|
|Ura Schmidt||22||6th grade|
|Basil Phillips||23||7th grade|
|Tylor Goodro||24||8th grade|
|James Wentz||25||8th grade|
|Brendon Reeves||32||7th grade|
|Shane McGraw||33||7th grade|
|Jacob Jeorgesen||43||8th grade|
|Johnathan Moniz||44||8th grade|
by Travis Ward, 12/17/2014