The Punchers defeated
Jackson in a close game on Saturday, Jan. 12.
The score stayed close throughout each quarter,
but the Punchers managed to stay ahead
during the final quarter and were victorious
when the clock ticked down, 57-53.
Head Coach Nate Strong said he was proud
of his team's win.
“Each day this season, we have grown as
a team, and the game against Jackson was a
continuation of that development and confidence,”
he said. “I thought each athlete was
focused and played hard. Our offensive execution
was really good for the most part as
we got the shots we wanted. We would have
liked to finish the game with a bit more poise,
but I thought we handled the adversity well.”
Senior Joby Banks started things out for
the Punchers with a 3-pointer early in the first
quarter. Banks dropped in a 2-pointer, followed
by a good free throw by Junior Bryan
Pluid. Sophomore Kaden Raza got defense
going with a steal, turning possession over to
Junior Arye Espenscheid took advantage
of the steal and dropped in his first 3-pointer
of the game. At the end of the first quarter, Big
Piney was ahead, 12-9.
The second quarter was neck in neck. Espenscheid
scored first for the Punchers with
a 2-pointer. Junior Teagan Elliott stepped
in with a 2-pointer, followed by a 3-pointer
dropped in by junior Kolby Bradley.
Junior Hadley Sims, senior Jace Brower
and Banks each pulled off a 2-pointer to round
the score out. Elliott put on the defensive heat
with a successful block near the end of the
The teams went into the locker room at
halftime tied, 25-25.
Jackson edged ahead in the third quarter,
but only by a single point. Sims dominated
scoring during the quarter, dropping in seven
points for the Punchers. Espenscheid scored
another 3-pointer, and Raza shot a 2-pointer.
The score at the end of the third quarter stood
th place at
In the 100-yard butterfly, Toby Covill finished
in third place with a time of 1:19.18.
Day finished fourth at 1:19.72. Ed Gudino
placed sixth with a time of 1:21.99. Roberts
was close behind in seventh place and a time
Moller came in fifth place in the 100-yard
freestyle with a time of 1:07.67. Bing placed
seventh at 1:12.39 and Taylor came in eighth
In the 500-yard freestyle, Kobbe Mitchell
placed third with a final time of 7:33.55.
King came in fourth place at 7:45.15.
Debebe finished third in the 100-yard
backstroke, swimming in at 1:08.61. Lyon
placed fourth at 1:16.68 and Toby Covill
came in seventh place at 1:35.35.
Ness led the Sublette pack in the 100-
yard breaststroke, finishing in fourth place
with a time of 1:19.98. Jessen placed fifth
at 1:20.11, followed by Boespflug in sixth
place at 1:21.47. John Mitchell placed seventh
at 1:22.18, followed by Kobbe Mitchell
in eighth place at 1:24.31 and Gudino in
10th at 1:31.53.
The Sublette County swim team will return
to Lyman on Friday, Jan. 17, to compete
at the Lyman Invite. On Saturday, Jan.
18, the team will be back in the pool at the
Taylor placed second in the event.
Big Piney took the lead early in the fourth
quarter, with another 3-pointer by Espenscheid
and a 2-pointer by Pluid. Raza grabbed
a steal, allowing Espenscheid to drop in another
Pluid and Banks each scored a 2-pointer,
but Jackson kept the heat on, edging closer.
Raza grabbed the ball on defense, and made
good on his steal with a 2-pointer. Pluid followed
with two 2-pointers. The last minute of
the game came down to one free throw scored
by Banks and two by Pluid.
Big Piney managed to hold onto the lead as
the last seconds of the clock ticked down. The
final score stood at 57-53 in Big Piney’s favor.
Coach Strong said the team will put in a lot
of hard work over the week in preparation for
conference games against Lyman and Mountain
View this weekend.
“Our goal continues to be to grind every
day and to get better and play hard for each
other,” he said. “This week will be a huge
challenge for us.”
The Punchers host Lyman on Friday, Jan.
18. The games start at 2:30 p.m. with junior
varsity. On Saturday, Jan. 19, Big Piney will
travel to Mountain View to take on the Buffaloes
starting at 1 p.m.