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The Pinedale Glaciers “B” Division high school team captured second place at the Wyoming Amateur Hockey Association’s (WAHA) 2024 State Tournament in Gillette following an epic cliffhanger game for the championship against Laramie that went into an overtime 5-man shootout with Laramie prevailing by a single point.

The Punchers started off the tournament strong, winning 8 in the boys and 1 in the girls.

A successful season for Pinedale High School grapplers culminated with both the boys’ and girls’ teams capturing second place at the 2024 State Wrestling Championships in Casper over the weekend.

The Wranglers took second overall following two giant slalom races on Friday and both slalom runs on Saturday, posting 91 team points. The Pinedale boys beat Kelly Walsh, Natrona County, Cody and Laramie, with only Jackson scoring more points to take first place.

The Pinedale High School Nordic ski team rounded out a successful season with strong performances at the Wyoming Nordic Skiing State Championships on Casper Mountain from Feb. 23-24.

The Lady Wranglers’ decisive victory cemented Pinedale’s position as the No. 1 team in the 3A Southwest Quadrant at the conclusion of an exceptional regular season that saw the Lady Wranglers post a 5-1 conference record.

An overwhelming 63-46 home victory by the Pinedale High School Wranglers against the Mountain View Buffaloes secured the Wrangler’s position as the No. 1 team in the 3A Southwest Quadrant as the regular season passed into the rearview mirror.

The Pinedale High School girls’ varsity team snagged second place following two days of competition featuring a 4-kilometer skate race on Friday followed by an 8-kilometer classic course on Saturday. Pinedale tallied 131 points overall to beat Lander, Kelly Walsh, Sheridan and Jackson.

The victory against Thermopolis cemented Pinedale’s position as the No. 1 seed in the 3A Southwest Quadrant with a 4-1 record.

Pinedale rounded the regular season out with two games against Rock Springs earlier this month. The Glaciers fell to Rock Springs, 6-4, in a close game on Feb. 9. Rebounding the following day, the Glaciers achieved an 8-2 victory against Rock Springs.

The Lady Punchers will enter the 2A West Regional Tournament this weekend in Riverton as the No. 2 seed and will play Rocky Mountain on Feb. 22 at 3:30 p.m.

A fast and furious Puncher offense netted 20 points in the opening quarter while a tenacious Big Piney defense held Kemmerer to 12 points, laying the foundation for the Punchers’ success at the end of regulation.

The Lady Wranglers left it all on the court at an away game against the Thermopolis Lady Bobcats on Feb. 17, scoring their seventh consecutive win and fourth conference victory by an overwhelming 71-38 margin. Pinedale remains in the No. 1 spot in the 3A Southwest Quadrant with a 4-1 record as the final week in the regular season approaches.

Shaving more than 2 seconds off its preliminary time, the 200-freestyle relay team garnered ninth place in the finals. Freshman Jared Hacklin, sophomore Kaden Day, senior John Ruby and senior Andy DeClue clocked the race in at 1 minute, 40.42 seconds.

Junior Madison Antonino qualified for the finals in the girls’ 3200-meter relay and captured seventh place with a time of 11 minutes, 07.57. Antonino not only set a new personal record but shattered the Pinedale High School indoor track record she set the previous year in the event at 11:25.08. Junior Emma York placed 97th in the 1600-meter preliminaries, clocking in at 6:00.19. In the 200-meter girls’ prelims, senior Anna Lehr came in 76th place at 30.15 seconds with junior Addison Losik placing 81st at 30.29 seconds.

The Lady Wranglers defeated 24 teams to achieve second place with 112 points.

The boys in Shoshoni placed third as a team, just missing out on second place by 20 points. We just needed a couple of matches to go the other way for us and we would have been right there with them.

The Glaciers competed in the “A” Division and kicked off the tournament with victories against both Cody and Jackson. The back-to-back wins secured the No. 1 seed for Pinedale in the “A” Division championship game on Sunday, Feb. 11.

Big Piney pulled ahead of St. Stephens by 10 points, 56-46, in the fourth quarter following a 3-pointer by junior Cole Walton.

The Lady Punchers battled back following a tough first quarter that saw WIHS outscore Big Piney, 16-4, to close WIHS’ lead to a single possession, 26-24, at the end of the third quarter.

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