Crazy week for Cowboy Athletics! The Cowgirls won the Woodland Hills Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Basketbal Classic Championship with wins over Tennessee-Chattanooga and Wichita State. In the tournament Cowgirl  basketball players were selected for honors. Aubrey Vandiver was named to the all-tournament team, while teammate Hilary Carlson was named the tournament MVP. The Cowgirls also had a loss to UC-Irvine last night. The Anteaters defeated the Cowgirls 65-53 in Irvine, CA. The Cowgirls are looking to improve their record this week as they take on Idaho in Laramie.
The Cowboy basketball team is fresh off of an appearance at the Cancun Classic hosted in sunny Cancun, Mexico. The Cowboys started off the tournament facing #11 Missouri. The Tigers full court press proved to be too much for the Pokes, as they lost 72-62. The Pokes made a nice comeback after being down several points, but their upset bid was squashed by the Tigers. In the consolation game the Cowboys were beaten by perennial contender Providence 84-77. The Pokes will try to get back on track this week when they take on South Dakota and Indiana State.
Cowboy wrestler Cole Dallaserra has earned another WWC wrestler of the week award, the second time this year, after a 2nd place finish in the Kaufman-Brand Classic. The wrestler from Butte, America is now 8-1 on the season. The #14 ranked Pokes will get back in action this Saturday as they take on the #22 Nebraska Cornhuskers. Tickets are selling fast, so make sure to get yours early.
Two Cowboy football players have been selected as all Mountain West performers. Junior defensive end Josh Biezuns and senior safety Chris Prosinski were named to the 2nd team of the all-Mountain West teams. Honorable mentions were Tashaun Gipson, Brian Hendricks, Gabe Knapton, Austin McCoy, Alvester Alexander, and Nick Carlson. Wyoming Cowgirl volleyball player Jodi Purdy, a sophomore OH from Winterset, Iowa, was named to the 1st team of the all-Mountain West team this week as well.
In Mountain West news this week, the Texas Christian Horned Frogs accepted an invitation to play all sports in the Big East Conference this week. The Horned Frogs, who joined the Mountain West in 2005, who move on and be a part of a conference that has an automatic bid to the BCS bowl games. The Horned Frogs are 12-0 this season and are looking at a Rose Bowl this season. The Frogs will play one more season in the Mountain West then move to the Big East for the 2012-2013 athletic seasons. The Mountain West presidents will be meeting on December 10th to discuss further expansion plans. No teams are officially being discussed right now, but rumored teams include SMU, UTEP, Houston, and Hawaii. Utah State could also be on the radar. College football movement is very fluid right now, so anything is bound to happen.
Go Pokes!