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Individuals, team inducted into Bobcat Hall of Fame

 

Donnie Bjorhus

Members of the 2002 girls basketball team inducted into the Bobcat Hall of Fame include, from left: Jamie Hart, Jessica Tonn, manager Sadie Wallingford, Jessica Herdt, Andee Uffelman, Katsie Brown, Kelsey Cowger, Amanda Hart, Mary Brown and coach Serol Stauffenberg with wife Tiffany.

Friday night, the Bobcat Hall of Fame grew by four individuals, as well as the 2002 girls basketball team, at the 2017 induction ceremony in the high school commons. The individuals inducted include Kelsey Redland Tobin, a 2009 graduate. Tobin was a multi-sport letter winner for the Bobcats. She earned one letter in golf, one letter in cross country, three letters in volleyball, four letters in basketball, and four letters in track & field. She received All-Conference honors in volleyball in 2008, was named All-Conference in basketball in 2008 and 2009, and was All-Conference and All-State in track & field in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

She was also the state champion in the long jump and was a member of the State runner up 4x100 relay team as a junior in 2008, and was the State runner up in the long jump and triple jump in her senior season in 2009. In addition to her athletic accomplishments, she was also an excellent student and received the Mower Award in 2009.

After graduating from Thermopolis, she went on to attend Casper College where she received her Associate of Arts in Elementary Ed (2010) and Child Development (2012). She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Wyoming and a Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from Lesley University.

The next inductee, Cody Sinclair, was one of the great all-around athletes in the history of HSCHS and was a 1993 graduate of Hot Springs County High School, where he was a three-year letterman in football and basketball and a four-year letterman in track & field. He received All-Conference and All-State recognition in football in 1991 and 1992, and was a member of the back-to-back to-back State Champion football teams in 1990, 1991 and 1992.

He was named to the All-Conference and All-State basketball teams in 1992 and 1993. He was sixth place in the 110 high hurdles at the State track meet in 1990, fifth place in the 110 high hurdles at State in 1992, and was an All-State Track & Field athlete in 1993, when he was State Champion in the 110 high hurdles. He was a Mower Award winner and Milward Simpson Award finalist in 1993.

Upon graduation from HSCHS, he received an appointment to the US Naval Academy where he was a member of the football team during his freshman year. He received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a Minor in Japanese in 1997. He later earned his Master's in Leadership and Human Resources in 2004, and was a Naval Aviator from 1998-2007.

Colin Herold, another inductee, graduated in 2010 and is one of the most decorated athletes ever to put on a Bobcat uniform.

He was a four-year letterman in football, basketball and track & field. He received All-Conference and All-State honors in football in 2008 and 2009, and was a member of the 2009 State Champion Bobcat football team. He was named to the All-Conference team in basketball in 2008, 2009, and 2010 and to the All-State Basketball team in 2009 and 2010. He ended his basketball career as one of the top five scorers in the history of Bobcat basketball. He earned All-Conference in Track & Field in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, as well as All-State honors in 2009 and 2010.

At the 2010 State Track & Field meet, he recorded one of the best weekends in the history of the Bobcat Track program when he was the State Champion in the 110 high hurdles, State Champion in the 300 intermediate hurdles, the State Champion in the 400-meter run, and finished in seventh place in the Triple Jump. He is the school record holder in the 110 high hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles.

He was a Mower Award recipient in 2010 and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in Finance and his MBA from the University of Wyoming where he competed for the Cowboy Track and Field program. He earned All-Mountain West Conference his senior Year, was All-Academic Mountain West Conference his senior Year, and is No. 3 all-time at UW in 60-meter high hurdle (indoor track) and No. 7 all-time at UW in 400 intermediate hurdles.

The fourth individual inductee is Serol Stauffenberg, who was the head coach of the Lady Bobcat Basketball program from 2000-2004, and compiled arguably the best winning percentage in program history with a record of 86-12 during his four years.

His teams won three regional championships, were State Runner-Up twice, and claimed two State Championships, defeating Star Valley 46-43 in 2002 and again against Star Valley in 2003 by a score of 48-42. He also coached 18 All-Conference players and 11 All-State players during his four-year span.

Serol Stauffenberg

Most recently, he was the Head Coach of the Central Wyoming College women's basketball team and is currently the Activities Director at Lander Valley High School.

The inducted 2002 girls basketball team recorded one of the best seasons in Lady Bobcat basketball history with a season record of 23-2, and were a part of the best four-year run in the history of the program.

They were the 3A East Regional Basketball Champions, and went on to claim the 3A State Championship with their victory over Star Valley. Team members include: Katsie Brown, Mary Brown, Kelsey Cowger, Amanda Hart, Jessica Cordingly, Amber Schauer, Jessica Herdt, Jamie Hart, Jessica Tonn, Andee Uffelman, Brittany Rhynsburger, Jaime Willis. Managers are Sadie Wallingford and Augusta Filman. Assistant Coaches are Tiffany Stauffenberg and Lisa Bomengen. Head Coach is Serol Stauffenberg.

 

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