Winter sports seasons resuming

By: 
Nathan Oster and Marlys Good

The two-week vacation gave Coach Kyndra Goton and the Lady Buffs time to regroup, get healthy and hone a few skills in preparation for the 2021 season opener; the Buffs will be in Burlington today to play the Lady Huskies at 4/5:30.

“Practices over the break were good,” Goton said. “The girls  worked hard. We wanted to get as much time in the gym as possible.”

Due to a COVID-19 quarantine, the girls missed almost two weeks of practice as well their first scheduled games at the annual Coal Miner’s Quad in Wright.

“We battled some sicknesses throughout the Christmas break, but as far as injuries, we are back up and running.” 

The Buffs got “lots of shots up” and some good team bonding while they were in the gym.

The C team had a game Monday night, so Goton said, “We were able to concentrate more on offense and what we need to do for upcoming games.”

The Buffs and Huskies have established a rivalry that goes back many years, so tonight’s game should be competitive and fun to watch.

   The Buffs host Wind River Saturday in games at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The Buff seniors will be honored before the varsity game.  If it seems a bit early, Goton said, “With all the havoc caused by the pandemic, we wanted to make sure we can honor and celebrate our seniors!

 

Boys look to snap skid

While the girls were saddled with COVID-19 problems, the Greybull boys were fortunate enough to play all four of their scheduled games in December.

The results weren’t always pretty as the Buffs slumped to a 1-3 start.  The Buffs split their first two games of the season, losing to Wright before regrouping to beat Glenrock, but then proceeded to go 0-for-Sheridan-County, losing big to Big Horn and Tongue River.

The Buffs play in Burlington tonight, with tipoff set for 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Greybull hosts a 3 p.m. game with Wind River.

Through three weeks, Greybull’s biggest strength appears to be rebound.  The Buffs rank fifth among all 2A teams, averaging 32 per game.

They’re middle of the pack in defense, too, but if you’re searching for reasons they’re 1-3, the scoring and shooting stats tell the tale.

The Buffs averaged 37 points per game in December, which ranks 13th in 2A.  Only Glenrock, at 34.2 ppg, tickled the twin less.

Shooting-wise, the Buffs connected on 33.3 percent of their tries, good for 11th out of the 13 teams and better than only Riverside, at 34.2, and Glenrock, at 30.7.

 

Wrestlers open in Basin, Shoshoni

The 2021 portion of the schedule opens with a bang, as the Buffs are scheduled to wrestle in two duals Friday night in the Big Horn County Dual Championships and three more Saturday in Shoshoni.

G-R faces Cody at 3 p.m. Friday, and after Cody and Lovell square off, they’ll be back on the mat for the nightcap against Nick DeWitt’s Bulldog squad.

On Saturday G-R wrestles Big Piney at 10 a.m., Rocky Mountain at 1 p.m. and Dubois at 5:30 p.m.

G-R wrestlers who are ranked on wyowrestling.com heading into this weekend’s matches included Oscar Martinez, fourth at 145 and Tate Clutter, second at 195.