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  • Bobcats fall in two at regionals

    Tatum Epperson|Mar 9, 2023

    The varsity Bobcat boys basketball team traveled to Mountain View last week for 3A West Regional Tournament action. In their first game, the Bobcats went up against Lyman, losing 51-73 at the final buzzer. “I thought our team came out and played really well in the first half against Lyman. No one was really able to gain an edge in the first half as both teams were trading buckets,” said coach Shane Corpening. He added, “Offensively, we came out and really shot the ball well in the first half. Gavin, Cord, and Kanyon all knocked down some huge...

  • Lady Cats headed to regional tourney

    Tatum Epperson|Mar 2, 2023

    Last Friday, the varsity Lady Cats basketball team played their last home game against Lovell, with Lovell getting the win, 48-27. “It would be our senior night along with our pink out game. The last time we played Lovell we held our own against them. We even came out with an early lead. This time around they had one of their injured players back and would end up helping them quite a bit,” said coach David Villa. For the two seniors, Ruth Johnson and Jayci Basse, this would be their last home game in front of the home crowd. As it is for any...

  • Lady Cats win against Worland

    Tatum Epperson|Feb 23, 2023

    Last Thursday, the varsity Lady Bobcats basketball team played in Worland for their 4th conference game, with Thermopolis coming out with a win, 43-40. “It was a much needed game in just trying to break the streak of losing.” stated Coach David Villa. Both teams would come out swinging with offense and defense. “Worland has some very tall players and knowing we would be outmatched height wise we chose to play man to man and use our speed. It is always a fun time playing Worland in Worland. The crowd gets into it and the overall atmos...

  • Lady Cats told to not overthink

    Tatum Epperson|Feb 16, 2023

    On Tuesday February 7, the varsity Lady Cats took on Lovell in a conference game. Coach David Villa said, “Our goal for the game was to make sure we broke the press and pushed the tempo. We felt we could use our speed against them. Initially we got a 9-3 lead, and the game was going our way. Our defense and offense looked good. Their star player Kallie Owens had been scoring in double digits all season and our defense held her to 3 points.” Coach Villa added that he “Felt our game plan worked well against her, however Lily Edwards would score...

  • Boys lose close battle to Tongue River

    Tatum Epperson|Feb 16, 2023

    The varsity boys basketball team took on Tongue River on Saturday, losing in a close 44-48 battle. Coach Shane Corpening said, “We opened this game in the first quarter with the kind of pace that I wanted to see. We were getting good looks at the basket and stringing together defensive stops. We hit a lull in the second quarter and allowed Tongue River to get back into the game and take the lead into half time. In the second half the game was neck and neck. Neither team could really pull ahead. When it had looked like Tongue River was going t...

  • Bobcats win over Mountain View

    Tatum Epperson|Feb 9, 2023

    Last Friday evening, the Bobcats varsity boys team hosted Lyman for a home game with the Cats falling 48 to 30. "Defensively, I felt like we played really well and did a good enough job to keep us in the ball game (it was a pretty neck and neck game before the fourth quarter). Lyman has some length that gave us some difficulty, but overall, I thought we defended them well. Offensively, on the other hand, we did a lot of good things, but we just couldn't get a shot to fall. For the most part we...

  • Lady Cats struggle against Worland

    Tatum Epperson|Feb 2, 2023

    The varsity Lady Cats basketball team hosted the Worland Warriors last Friday. Both teams would be looking for their first conference win. Worland came in at 0-2 in conference play and the Lady Cats at 0-1 in conference. "The team had been working on facing their zone and full court defense along with their height all week long. Worland would be the tallest team the Lady Cats would face all season. The Cats felt that the use of their speed against them would look to force turnovers," said coach...

  • Boys fall to Warriors at home

    Tatum Epperson|Feb 2, 2023

    Last Friday evening, the Bobcat varsity boys basketball team hosted the Warriors at home. “Defensively I thought we played okay in the half court, but we gave Worland too many easy looks in transition and too many second chance opportunities. Those really are back breakers when you are playing a top team like Worland,” said coach Shane Corpening. He added, “We started the first quarter with the pace that I wanted to see. Worland wanted to speed the game up and take us out of our offensive flow with their press. We didn’t respond to it very we...

  • Bobcats to host Worland Friday

    Tatum Epperson|Jan 26, 2023

    The varsity boys Bobcat basketball team hosted the Powell Panthers at home last Friday with the Cats falling to the #4 ranked Panthers 85-59. "We played really well in the first quarter. We hit a lull in the second quarter where Powell outscored us by 17. We were able to make a few runs in the second half but couldn't make up the ground from getting down by 17 in the 2nd," said coach Shane Corpening. He added, "Offensively I thought we played our best game of the season. We were getting open loo...

  • TMS boys basketball scoreboard

    Tatum Epperson|Jan 26, 2023

    Thermopolis Middle School boys basketball teams have been busy. The following is a recap of scores and coaches comments from their recent games. Eighth A & B teams Thermopolis A (48) v. Powell A (29) Both 8th A and 8th Bteams traveled to Powell to take on the Panthers. Coach Ryan Shaffer said, “This was a good game for us as we started out with a big lead in the 1st quarter and never looked back. Brody Welch and Anthony Cheatham gave us some much needed post work as well Ty Simeral and Jordan Garrison working it in from the outside.” The Bobcat...

  • TMS boys basketball season starts

    Tatum Epperson|Jan 19, 2023

    The Thermopolis Middle School eighth grade boys basketball teams kicked off their season with two games this past week. Starting off, the B team traveled to Worland on Tuesday, and the A and B teams hosted Cody at home on Thursday. Since the game on the road to Worland was a B only game, the team was able to get some good minutes for some of the players that have been working hard on their development. "Overall, we played fairly well for the first game of the season and came out with a win in...

  • Lady Cats travel to Pinedale

    Tatum Epperson|Jan 12, 2023

    The Lady Cats varsity basketball team traveled to Pinedale last weekend for tournament action. On Friday, the Lady Cats played the Lyman Eagles, ranked #2 in 3A. “Lyman has a strong program and has always had great shooters on their team” said coach David Villa. For the first quarter the Lady Cats played well. The score was Lyman 13 and Thermopolis 12. The second quarter Lyman started to get hot and never looked back. The team would go into halftime with the score 31 Lyman and Thermopolis 17. The Lady Cats had only scored 5 points the sec...

  • Lady Cats fall in close game against Glenrock

    Tatum Epperson|Dec 22, 2022

    On Friday, December 16, the Lady Cats varsity basketball team traveled to Glenrock High School. “Our scouting report would be to focus on stopping #23 Sarvey who had been averaging over 22.7 ppg and clearly their best player. She would end up with 28 points that night,” said coach David Villa. He added, “We came out the best we had all year. The game against Burns was an initial look as to how good we could be but against Glenrock our offense and defense were spot on. We would lead after the 1st quarter 10-9 and the momentum was going our w...

  • Bobcat basketball season opens at Burns Classic

    Tatum Epperson|Dec 15, 2022

    The Bobcat varsity basketball team had their first competition of the season at the Burns Classic last week. Coach Shane Corpening stated, "The boys played really hard. From a defensive standpoint, we were flying around and forcing turnovers. I thought we did an okay job of rebounding the ball. We certainly have some room for improvement there, but for the first weekend, it wasn't bad. Offensively, we really struggled to make shots. We got plenty of open looks at the basket and we just missed a...

  • Lady Cats heading to Glenrock and Buffalo

    Tatum Epperson|Dec 15, 2022

    The Lady cats started their season last week at Torrington High School. Coach David Villa said, “We knew we would be facing a feisty team from last year. Torrington came out fast with an 8-0 run on us. We looked anxious playing and forced some early turnovers. After we got through the first quarter things started to settle down for the team. At halftime it was 18-14. We felt we were in a good spot and just needed to take care of the ball and not rush our shooting. We would end up falling to them 50-39. We shot 7-19 from the free throw line. I...

  • TMS wrestlers earn third at conference

    Tatum Epperson|Dec 8, 2022

    Last Saturday, the Thermopolis Middle School Bobcats hosted the Big Horn Basin Middle School Conference Wrestling Tournament at the high school gym. Of the 10 Conference teams and 215 wrestlers, seven "A" division TMS wrestlers battled their way through the all-day tournament and earned a 3rd place team victory. With the fewest number of wrestlers in the "A" division, Thermopolis filled only 7 of 18 weight classes and still managed to send 6 grapplers into the finals. There were four Bobcat...

  • Wrestlers perform well at home, on the road

    Tatum Epperson|Nov 17, 2022

    Last Thursday, the Thermopolis Middle School wrestling team hosted a quad duel with Lander, Riverton and Worland. To start the night out, the Bobcats won thirteen out of twenty-two matches against Lander. The team then dueled Riverton and won seven out of eleven matches to finish the night. “The team ended the night winning roughly 60% of our matches; not too bad. The team wrestled well overall. It’s always fun being able to wrestle in front of our home crowd,” stated coach Toby Emery. On Saturday, November 12, the team traveled to Worla...

  • TMS wrestlers host duel Thursday

    Tatum Epperson|Nov 10, 2022

    TMS Wrestling on the road to Glenrock and Riverton. The TMS Wrestling team had a busy week with multiple matches in multiple locations. On Friday, Nov. 4, the team traveled to Glenrock for a team dual tournament. The team went 3-2 and placed 2nd in their pool and 4th overall out of 9 teams competing. The team also traveled to Riverton for the Spartan Invite on Saturday, Nov. 5. The Team placed 6th overall out of 11 teams and crowned three champions including Lilly Quintanilla (105 lbs.), Cannon Boren (120 lbs.) and Mack Buckner (155 lbs.). In...

  • Lady Cats end season at regionals

    Tatum Epperson|Nov 3, 2022

    The varsity Lady Cats finished off their season at the 3A Regional Volleyball Tournament last weekend. The girls went up against Mountain View and Lander. Coach Shannon Hill commented,” Every year the inevitable morning after the last match comes. This year as with many years before, I feel like we needed more time, that we weren’t quite finished, that we had so many more gains to make, but unfortunately our season has to come to an end. I truly enjoyed every moment of coaching these amazing athletes and to see them fight with pure grit and...

  • Lady Cats host Worland Friday for senior night

    Tatum Epperson|Oct 20, 2022

    The Lady Cats both hosted games and traveled this past week. They started off by hosting Lovell on Thursday. Coach Shannon Hill commented, “Our girls played so well Thursday vs. Lovell. They were fun to watch and played really well as a team. We are struggling with finishing and playing to win.” The Lady Cats fell in three 17-25, 23-25 and 22-25. Player highlights from the Bobcat/Bulldog game: Hanna Hill with 9 kills, 1 ace and 9 digs; Ina King with 9 kills, 4 blocks; Lexi Garrison had 24 assists and 1 ace. On Friday the team traveled to Pow...

  • Lady Cats compete in Lander at conference duals

    Tatum Epperson|Oct 13, 2022

    The Lady Cats traveled to Lander for their conference duals. Teams included were Mountain View, Lyman, Pinedale and Lander. Coach Hill said, “Our girls made some huge gains this weekend, even though we didn’t come out with a win, we set a goal to be more competitive and the girls did that. We started to really mesh as a team vs. Lyman and Pinedale and proved to ourselves that we can compete and now the task is playing to win. Right now, we are comfortable being 2-3 points behind instead of being 4-5 points a head. Our focus is now becoming mor...

  • Bobcats fall to the Eagles

    Tatum Epperson|Oct 13, 2022

    The Varsity Football team headed to Lyman last Friday to take on the Eagles. The Bobcats fought hard but came up short, losing 58-25. “The Bobcats got into a shoot-out with the two-time defending state champion Lyman Eagles this past Friday. The team came up short, yet did some good things in the game. Lyman hadn’t given up more than 14 points to an opponent all season, and the Bobcats were able to score 25,” said coach Matt McPhie. The Lyman offense was clicking, and the Bobcat team was unable to stop them from finding the endzone. Defen...

  • Lady Cats host home volleyball tournament

    Tatum Epperson|Oct 6, 2022

    The Lady Cat volleyball team had a busy weekend hosting several teams on their home turf, including Big Piney, Little Snake River, Burlington, Encampment, Shoshoni and Riverside. The varsity girls went 6-4 in pool play and were seeded 4th in the Gold Bracket. “We saw a lot of improvement throughout the weekend and felt we really started to mesh as a team,” said coach Shannon Hill. “The team started out a little rough, not really bringing any energy to the court, but by the end of Friday night, the girls were playing together and compe...

  • Bobcats win on the road

    Tatum Epperson|Oct 6, 2022

    The varsity Bobcat football team hit the road last Friday to take on the Pinedale Wranglers, coming home with a 34-6 win. Coach Matt McPhie said, “The team had a great win on the road at Pinedale Friday evening. The defense had a great game holding Pinedale to a single score in the first half. Mason Reese and Brody Sorensen led the way on the defense, each having 11 tackles. Roedy Farrell had 10 tackles, including 2 tackles for loss. Zane Stam added another interception to his growing collection. Jessen Basse was busy on defense ripping off 8...

  • Bobcats get win at homecoming

    Tatum Epperson|Sep 29, 2022

    The Varsity Bobcat football team claimed a homecoming victory against Rich County, Utah for their homecoming game last Friday. Coach Matt McPhie said, “In a back-and-forth game, Roedy Farrell scored the go-ahead touchdown with just over a minute left in the 4th quarter.” Farrell plunged into the endzone from 2 yards out to give the Bobcats a 27-24 lead. Owen McCumber nailed the point after and went 4 for 4 on the night for PAT’s. Gavin Shumway had a big day for the Bobcats throwing and scoring on a 56-yard touchdown run. Del Dukes had anoth...

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