The Cowboy basketball team is finally showing some signs of life. After the University fired Heath Schroyer one week ago the Pokes have started to show some signs of playing like a basketball team. On Wednesday the Pokes lost to New Mexico in the infamous Pit in Albuquerque. Amath M’Baye scored a career high of 19 points in the 11 point loss to New Mexico. On Saturday the Pokes cleared a hurdle in the healing process when they slammed the hapless TCU Horned Frogs. Led my Amath M’Baye he again topped his career point total with 21, while Desmar Jackson added 15 and Paco Cruz added 12. The Cowboys will try to keep the momentum going when they head to Salt Lake City to take on the Utes, in what might be the final time the Cowboys and Utes ever face each other, as the Utes are headed to the Pac12.
The Cowgirl basketball team had an up and down week. They started the week by completing the season series sweep of the New Mexico Lobos in Laramie, then ran into a problem when they were swept for the season by TCU in Fort Worth. Aubrey Vandiver led the way vs. New Mexico with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Jade Kennedy turned in a career high in points with 23. Hilary Carlson added another 15 points. The Cowgirls wouldn’t be so lucky against TCU as the Lady Frogs kept on rolling in MWC play. The Cowgirls will next play at home vs. Utah on Wednesday.
The Cowboy wrestlers had a tough week as they traveled to Oklahoma to take on two of the top programs in the country. On Friday night they faced off against the 8th ranked Oklahoma Sooners in Norman. The Pokes started out on a high note with Joe LeBlanc and LJ Helbig securing wins to start the dual, but the Pokes only won one other match after that, a win for Michael Martinez at 125 pounds. The Sooners overwhelmed the Cowboys, with Tyler Cox, Cole Dallaserra both losing, and losing his first match of the year and 25 match winning streak snapped was Shane Onufer. On Sunday the Cowboys didn’t fare any better against the #4 Oklahoma State Cowboys in Stillwater. The lone win for the Cowboys came from #5 Joe LeBlanc. The Pokes were shutout from there. The Cowboy wrestlers will next take on Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, where the Pokes will look to go undefeated in WWC duals for the second season in a row.
The Cowboy basketball coaching search is still underway. No candidate has emerged as the top choice for the head coaching job, but the Casper Star Tribune published a list of candidate who would make sense at UW. Check out the list on the Casper Star Tribune website.
The Cowboy football team announced a couple of coaching moves as well. Offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo is leaving the Pokes for Berkeley and he will assume the QB coaches role for the Cal Bears. Replacing him with be Gregg Brandon, the former head coach of Bowling Green, after Urban Meyer left, and most recently the offensive coordinator for Virginia. Also coming to the Cowboy coaching staff is Danilo Robinson, who will take over the defensive line after Jerry Montgomery left for Indiana. Brandon coached at Wyoming under Paul Roach in the late 80s during what is considered some of Wyoming’s greatest years in football.