The Laramie Amateur Hockey Club’s teams concluded postseason play last weekend with several teams competing in the Wyoming Amateur Hockey League state playoffs.
The Laramie 14U Bantams (15-8-0 overall) competed in the A division state playoffs in Casper, beating Rock Springs (13-9-1 overall) 6-4 and losing 16-3 to Douglas (22-0-0 overall), the eventual WAHL Bantam A champions. Laramie won 7-2 Sunday against Rock Springs to place third in the state’s A-division.
Rock Springs got the scoring started on Friday night with a goal in the first period. Laramie’s Logan Lussier (assist from Kaige Schriner) answered back and Aaron Gallant (from Carson Moniz) helped Laramie take a 2-1 first-period lead. Laramie added four more final goals in the second period; two from Gallant (one from Joseph Eckert), and one each from Ryle Hamilton (from Elijah Hough and Gallant) and Hough (from Seth Becker and Gallant). Goalies Ashton Hepworth (nine saves) and Ethan Rodemaker (10 saves) shared the net for the Laramie.
The undefeated Douglas Ice Cats took a strong early lead Saturday morning. The first Laramie goal came early in the second period from Hough (assisted by Gallant). Gallant added the final two Outlaw goals (one from Eckert) to complete the Outlaws scoring. Hepworth (15 saves) and Rodemaker (22 saves) against shared the net in goal.
The Outlaws then had a rematch with Rock Springs for the third-place game in the A-Division. Laramie surged ahead after a scoreless first period. Gallant got a shot past Rock Springs goalie Richard Barnes on a breakaway to get the scoring started.
Outlaws goals then came from Miller (from Gallant), Becker (from Gallant), Schriner (from Hamilton) and Canon Randall (from Jace Moniz) for a 5-0 lead at the end of the second. Rock Springs scored the next two goals to build momentum in the third, but Gallant (from Miller) and Hough (from Gallant) closed the scoring in the final minute to end the game. Hepworth and Rodemaker made a combined 28 saves.
Both Laramie’s 10U Green (6-18-0 overall) and 10U White (9-14-1 overall) teams competed in the WAHL 10U Squirt C-Division playoffs with Douglas (4-19-1 overall) and Riverton Red (1-23-0 overall).
After round-robin play, the teams were seeded for the championship and third-place games. The Laramie Green team placed third in the C-Division bracket, and the White team became the WAHL 10U Squirt C-Division State Champions.
The Laramie White team defeated the Laramie Green team 13-5 on Friday night. Laramie White took an early 4-1 lead in the first with three goals by Jackson Rehor and one by Talon Moore. Liam Lotzer scored in the first for Green and started the second period with two additional quick goals to narrow the game to 4-3, but White extended the lead behind additional goals by Rehor (six), Moore, Jayden Zhu (from Rehor) and Dane Mueller. Though Lotzer scored two more times for Green it wasn’t enough. Henry Cherrington made 23 saves for Green in goal, and Ethan Candelaria made 10 saves for White.
The Laramie Green lost 13-8 Saturday morning against Douglas. The Ice Cats took a 3-1 lead after the first period and Laramie chased from behind the rest of the way. Lotzer scored seven of Laramie Green’s goals with Beau Schmalz scoring the final tally. Hunter Trefren tended the net. No save data was available.
Laramie Green beat the Riverton Red 5-1 Saturday night for their final round-robin game. With the scored tied at 1-1 after period one on a Laramie goal by Lotzer, he then scored four more to secure the win for the Outlaws. Laramie goalie Henry Cherrington made 13 saves.
Laramie White defeated Riverton Red 5-1 Saturday morning with the lone Riverton goal coming at the end of the third period. Scoring for Laramie was Rehor (four) and Jackson Borjas. Assists were given to Roxy Janzen and goalie Candelaria, who made 11 saves in net.
Laramie White took on the Douglas Ice Cats Saturday afternoon in a 9-5 loss. The Outlaws led the game 3-2 after the first period behind three goals by Rehor. Douglas surged ahead in the second period and despite two more goals by Rehor, Laramie could not recover the lead. Candelaria made 30 saves in the loss.
The Squirt Green team defeated the Riverton Red team 8-1 Sunday for third place in the WAHL C-Division. Laramie started scoring early and cemented the lead with the only Riverton goal coming in the third period after the game was well out of reach. Laramie goals came from Lotzer (four) and Daniel Macclugage (two), Kingslea Anderson and Schmalz. Assists went to Bois Messersmith and Lotzer. Cherrington made 11 saves in goal for the 3rd place win.
The Laramie Squirt White team played the Douglas Ice Cats for a rematch and the C-Division Championship title on Sunday afternoon.
Though Douglas scored first, Laramie’s Rehor scored the next four goals to put the game out of reach. Quintyn Petruso and Dane Mueller recorded assists. Candelaria made 21 saves to seize the championship. It was the first WAHL 10U Squirt age banner for Laramie since 2015.
The Laramie Swim Club came out on top when it hosted the Wyoming State Club Swimming Championships last weekend at the Laramie High school Natatorium.
It was the first overall team title in almost 20 years for the Laramie Beavers, which scored 3,963.5 points. Lander Swim Club was runner-up with 3,424 points and Capital City Athletics of Cheyenne was third with 2,702. Seventeen other teams competed in the meet that featured three divisions based on team size.
The Beavers had 358 total swims as a team, including an entry in every relay event for every age — the only team to compete in 28 relays.
Overall, the Beaver’s scored points in 145 of the 164 possible events with the Laramie swimmers’ time drops moving them into the top 16, point-eligible places. As a club, LSC won 42 of the 164 events, swept the top three spots in four events, and placed in 27 of 28 relays.
Individual event winners for Laramie were Max DeYoung (winning six events), Kody Mathill (five), Sage Morton (five), Olivia McPherson (five), Therese Richardson (four), Katie McPherson (two), Josh Liu (two), Cameron Turf (two), Matt Kelly (two), Loden Ewers, Addie Graves and Libbie Roesler.
The team also had six champion relay teams. High-point awards were given to three swimmers on LSC for achieving more points in their age groups than any other swimmers in the meet. They were DeYoung and Olivia McPherson, and 11-12 age group swimmer Mathill.
LSC seven-year coach Scott Cronk had the team gather for a pep talk before each session.
“I know you’re tired,” Cronk said Sunday morning before the final day. “It’s the third long day of this swim meet, and we are all exhausted. But I am asking you to go out there and give it your all in each of your races today. You have trained for this, working hard, pushing through every practice, getting up all those mornings ... all to be here as a part of this team and this championship event.”
Before the final session of the meet, the team scores showed the Beavers they would be the champions, but that didn’t change the message from Cronk.
“Go out there and swim your last race with everything you have. And afterwards, we are going to be champions.”
The team cheered at that statement and forgot about how long the meet was and how tired they were.
A total of 14 gymnasts from the Wyoming School of Gymnastics-Laramie team competed at a meet in Casper.
The following are the results of the meet for the Laramie girls:
Keira Gerdes, level 6, age 12-13, vault (7.45), bars (7.1), beam (7.8), floor (8.825, third) and all-round (31.17, fifth). Savannah Berry, level 5, age 9-11, vault (7.65, fifth), bars (8.35, fourth), beam (8.55, fourth), floor (7.7) and all-around (32.25, fourth). Emily Stevens level 5, age 12 and over, vault (7.9, third), bars (6.4, fifth), beam (8.5, fourth), floor (8.5, fourth) and all-around (31.3, fifth). Kadyn Weitzel, level 4, age 9, vault (6.85, third), bars (8.2, fifth), beam (7.350, sixth), floor (7.85, fourth) and all-around (30.25, fifth). Shirley Nordberg, level 4, age 6-8, vault (6.75), bars (7.45), beam (8.0), floor (6.9) and all-around (29.1).
Hayle Hamilton, Xcel Silver, age 8, vault (9.05, first), bars (9.6, first), beam (9.15, first), floor (9.2, first) and all-around (37.0, first). Brynlee Enevoldsen, Xcel Silver, age 11, vault (8.75, fourth), bars (9.5, second), beam (9.2, first), floor (9.0, second) and all-around (36.45, second). Emma Henry, Xcel Silver, again 12 and over, vault (9.1 fourth), bars (9.1), beam (8.9), floor (7.9) and all-around (35.0, sixth). Nadia Buchanan, Xcel Silver, age 11, vault (8.8, third), bars (8.6, fifth), beam (8.35 fifth), floor (8.35, fifth) and all-around (34.1, fifth). Hannah Coxbill, Xcel Silver, age 11, vault (8.5), bars (8.4), beam (8.25), floor (7.9) and all-around (33.05).
Kendall Teini, Xcel Bronze, age 12 and over, vault (8.5, second), bars (8.65, second), beam (8.95, second), floor (8.3, third) and all-around (34.4, third). Abi Anderson, Xcel Bronze, age 9-11, vault (9.1, second), bars (8.8, fourth), beam (8.3), floor (7.75) and all-around (33.95, fifth). Brinley Teini, Xcel Bronze, age 9-11, vault (8.45), bars (8.8, fifth), beam (8.8, fifth) and all-around (26.05). Kate Jacobsen, Xcel Bronze, game 14 and over, vault (8.05, fifth), bars (8.15), beam (8.15, fifth), floor (8.4, fifth) and all-around (32.75, fifth).