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Girls capture gold, boys fifth at State

The Lady Punchers snagged gold as a team, beating 14 other schools to secure the 2A Wyoming State Championship with 127 points. The Puncher boys garnered fifth place out of a field of 16 teams with 71 points.

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Punchers post new personal records at BYU

More than 140 teams from Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming and as far away as Alaska entered the meet. Programs ranged in size from urban schools in the Las Vegas and Salt Lake City areas to rural locations like Big Piney. Many preliminary events consisted of well over 200 contestants.

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Big Piney tracksters sweep Regionals

The Puncher girls’ team captured gold, posting 212 points. Kemmerer came in a distant second with 169 points. Tallying 166 points, the Big Piney boys’ team also earned first place, soundly beating Rocky Mountain High School with 137 points.

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Punchers cap off busy week at Thermopolis

More than 20 teams competed in both the boys’ and girls’ divisions at the meet, representing schools in the 1A, 2A and 3A classifications.

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Tracksters hit their marks at Puncher Invite

The weather cooperated to a certain degree and unlike past years, the meet remained snow-, sleet- and wintery mix-free, even featuring the sun on occasion. Runners, jumpers and throwers did contend with a ferocious, sustained wind blasting from the southwest.

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Tracksters round out busy weekend at Riverton

The Lady Punchers bagged sixth place out of 12 teams ranging in size from Dubois to the host school and Lander, posting 51 points. The Puncher boys took eighth place with 36 points.

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Punchers, Lady Puncher tracksters secure third at Pinedale

Both the Lady Punchers and Punchers posted strong performances and new personal records at the meet. The Big Piney girls’ team earned third place out of eight teams, tallying 106.5 points. The boys’ team also achieved third place, posting 84 points.

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Chad Espenscheid named HS Assistant Basketball Coach of Year

“Unlike many coaches, Chad is not a regular employee of the school district, but is a local entrepreneur who constantly adjusts his schedule to meet the needs of the team and athletes,” Strong said.

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BPHS tracksters are sixth at Green River

The Big Piney High School combined boys’ and girls’ track team snagged sixth place out of 12 teams ranging in size from 1A to 4A at the Green River Invitational on April 21 with 106 points.

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Jenks named SW District Student-Athlete of Year

“Colby works hard and puts in the time during the offseason,” Nugent added. “He is supportive of his teammates and is a leader on the team. Colby sticks around at practice until his teammates have completed their workouts, even doing one more set so that they have someone to push them. He is kind to everyone and humble. Colby is a big part of why our team is successful – not just because he scores points for us, but because of his character and how it impacts the rest of the team.”

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Punchers go the distance at Rock Springs

The Big Piney boys captured third place out of 12 teams, posting 90 points. The Puncher girls secured sixth place, tallying 63 points.

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Jenks snags hardware at Arcadia Invite in California

Jenks posted a final time of 1 minute, 52.18 seconds in the event to bag ninth place overall out of 61 of the best runners from across the country. Setting the bar high for the outdoor track season, Jenks crossed the finish line with a new personal record for outdoor track. He beat his 2A state-record breaking time of 1:55.59 at last year’s state championships in Casper.

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Punchers post strong performances at D&D Invite in Worland

Big Piney High School Puncher runners, jumpers and throwers confidently stepped up to the challenge, returning home with multiple ribbons and new personal records after competing against athletes from schools ranging in size from 2A to 4A.

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Jones earns All-American wrestling honors

“I’m humbled and very honored and I’m still questioning, ‘How did I get this?’” Jones said on Saturday after a long day spent battling opponents at the FIRST Robotics Idaho Regional Competition in Boise.

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Howard selected to play in 50th annual Shrine Bowl

Big Piney High School senior and Puncher football starter Thomas Howard was selected to play for the South Team under the leadership of Star Valley Head Coach McKay Young.

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Three Puncher boys capture All-Conference

Totaling 360 points for the season, Stoutenburg shot at 72 percent from the charity stripe, 48 percent from inside the perimeter and 34 percent from outside. Stoutenburg went 7 for 7 from the free-throw line against St. Stephens on Jan. 20. He sunk four of five attempted 3-pointers when the Punchers took on Kemmerer on Feb. 17 – the fifth-highest performance in the 2A West Conference. Stoutenburg scored 28 points against Kemmerer on Jan. 13 and netted 27 points during the Feb. 16 game against Pinedale.

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Three Lady Punchers earn All-Conference honors

“Our seniors played basketball all four years of high school,” Espenscheid said. “That is a testament to their commitment – it’s a lot to get through four years of any sport. The seniors are each stellar and hardly missed a practice over four years. They were super coachable and I’m proud of the way they handled the (2022-2023) season. Sharianne, Rayne, Hannah and Shelby all represented Big Piney with class.”

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Going the distance

“My strategy is always the same for each race,” he said. “I try to get out really fast and stay up front and then basically kick the last 200 meters, going as fast as my legs can carry me.”

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An emerging leader

“I love the game,” Munoz said. “It’s easy to work hard at something you love. When I saw myself succeeding, or even failing, at basketball, it made me hungrier to improve. In life, and athletics, you’re going to be put up against adversity all the time. How you react to that adversity is important. It takes a lot of discipline and a good work ethic.”

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BPHS cheerleading team snags second at State!

Big Piney competed against eight other teams and secured silver with 76.2 points.

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BPHS indoor track athletes go the distance at State

Senior Colby Jenks shattered the all-class state indoor track record in the 800-meter run in the finals for the event on Saturday, March 4. Jenks captured gold in the 800-meters, hitting the finish line in under 2 minutes at 1 minute, 53.92 seconds.

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Howard and Meador capture All-State wrestling honors

“I had (Longwell) broken down on bottom,” Meador said. “I saw the towel tapper run right behind the ref. The ref was right in front of me, and I heard him start to count down the last 5 seconds of the match. That’s when I started to get excited because I knew I was the state champion.”

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Big Piney scores comeback win over Cokeville

Cokeville led by a single touchdown early in the final quarter against conference rival Big Piney on Friday, Oct. 15.

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Swimmers win home meet, compete in Jackson

The Sublette County combined girls’ swim team won the Big Piney Meet on Thursday, Oct. 14, beating Kemmerer and Evanston with 112 points.

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Sublette swim team makes I-80 weekend duet

Hitting the pool for a busy weekend, the Sublette County combined girls’ swim team competed in Rock Springs on Thursday, Oct. 7, followed by the Rawlins Invitational on Oct. 9.

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Big Piney volleyball stays perfect in conference

A decisive victory over Wind River High School on Saturday, Oct. 9, maintained the Lady Punchers’ position as the top seed in the 2A Southwest Quadrant with an undefeated conference record.

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Punchers score momentous win over Mountain View

Mountain View punted the ball deep into Big Piney territory early in the second half as the conference rivals squared off at Puncher Stadium on Oct. 8.

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Energized second half not enough for Punchers to overtake Lovell

The Punchers chewed up yards with multiple pass plays and quick feet during the Oct. 1 match against Lovell, yet were unable to overcome their conference rival on the scoreboard.

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Sublette swimmers host Pinedale Invitational

The Pinedale Aquatic Center echoed with the sound of competition on Saturday, Oct. 2. The Sublette County girls’ swim team hosted the day-long Pinedale Invitational featuring eight teams from across the region.

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Punchers win their bracket at Bobcat Invitational

Big Piney finished the weekend with two wins, two draws and two losses.

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Punchers find success in the air after Lyman's big first half

Touchdown passes by the Punchers in the fourth quarter saved the game against Lyman from turning into a rout.

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Sublette swimmers claim close second at home triangular

Sublette County’s young girls’ swim team proved its mettle at the Sublette County Triangular hosted by the Pinedale Aquatic Center on Thursday, Sept. 23.

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Punchers improve perfect conference record

Scoring a second win against St. Stephens on Sept. 23, the Puncher volleyball team rose to the top of the 2A Southwest Quadrant, boasting an undefeated record.

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Big Piney notches another conference win after 5-set thriller

Fighting through five sets to pull out a win against Wind River High School on Friday, Sept. 18, the Lady Punchers proved they are a team to be reckoned with this season.

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Sublette swimmers go up against top competition

Homecoming weekend opened with the Sublette County combined girls’ swim team challenging Lyman to a duel at the Big Piney High School pool on Thursday, Sept. 16.

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Punchers overwhelm rival Pinedale in Homecoming win

Showing no mercy, the Punchers trounced the rival Wranglers and secured the county trophy for a fifth year on Friday, Sept. 17. Eager Homecoming crowds packed the Puncher stadium and lined the field with red and white proudly on display.

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Hibbert, Wrangler golfers punch State ticket

Group of golfers headed to Lander for State Meet.

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Punchers score second conference win

Bump, set, spike, victory! The Puncher volleyball team scored its second conference win against Wyoming Indian High School on Saturday, Sept. 11, before an ecstatic home crowd.

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Piney picks up first win by stomping Evanston JV

The Punchers held the line through most of the second half and scored another touchdown in the fourth quarter to seal the victory, 26-6.

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Punchers start conference season with win

Starting the weekend off with a bang, the Big Piney volleyball team trounced St. Stephens in the first conference game on Friday, Sept. 3. The Punchers dominated the first set with an 18-point margin and never looked back, scoring a 3-0 victory.

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Swimmers compete at Green River

The Sublette County girls’ swim team entered its second week of competition at the Green River Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 4.

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Fourth quarter gets away from Big Piney in opener

Pulling off several impressive surprise plays, Big Piney trailed by only 14-6 when the halftime buzzer sounded during the season-opener on Friday, Aug. 27.

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Puncher volleyball runs gauntlet to start season

The Puncher volleyball team squared off against top teams in the 3A and 4A divisions at the first tournament of the season hosted by Riverton. The two-day event, Aug. 27-28, featured teams from all four classifications.

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Team ropers Ride of Reid

Team ropers converged on the Pinedale Rodeo Grounds over the weekend for the annual Lance Koppenhafer Championship, which also served as the Ride For Reid fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 28.

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Karson Bradley finishes top 10 at CNFR

Big Piney High School alumna Karson Bradley, riding for the University of Wyoming rodeo team, took sixth place in barrel racing at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper.

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Big Piney duo headed to rodeo National Championship

Jaspur Brower and Jade Espenscheid of Big Piney punched their tickets to the 2021 National High School Finals Rodeo after qualifying at the Wyoming High School Rodeo State Finals in Douglas on June 10-11.

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2021 EnduroCross races shred in Cora

Paul Sylvester of Hudson, Wyo., won the pro race. Max McGinnis of Big Piney placed second and Darin Taylor of Bedford, Wyo., came in third place.

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Piney trio ends spring on All-State track list

Spring sports returned this year and the Puncher track and field team took full advantage of the opportunity to compete.

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Punchers bring home hardware from State Track

Both the girls’ and boys’ team placed fourth with 56 and 59.5 points respectively.

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Soccer closes season out against Bridger Valley

The spring soccer season came to an end for the Wranglers and Lady Wranglers with a doubleheader against Lyman and Mountain View on Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15.

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Girls win track Regionals, boys take silver

Puncher track and field athletes took the opportunity to show what they are made of and dominated the competition at the 2A West Regional Track Meet.

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Punchers host mid-week track meet

Big Piney runners, jumpers and throwers defied strong, sustained wind gusts and threatening gray clouds to compete at the Puncher Invitational on May 4.

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Big Piney track spends weekend in Pinedale and Riverton

Punchers highlight weekend with fourth-place finish in Pinedale.

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Martinez, Gonzalez see tough weekend for PHS soccer

The Big Piney duo play for Pinedale soccer.

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Big Piney's Davis plays during 0-1-1 soccer weekend

Davis plays in doubleheader weekend.

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Big Piney track and field stays busy with doubleheader

The Puncher track and field team grappled with wind, storm clouds and even a few snowflakes during an action-packed weekend.

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Big Piney's Maggie Davis plays in Pinedale soccer's split

The girls’ won Saturday’s match against Powell, 2-0.

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Big Piney junior Martinez features for Pinedale soccer

The Wranglers fell to Cody in a close match, 2-1, and lost to Powell on Saturday, 4-0.

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Puncher track team travels to consecutive meets

The Big Piney track team dove right into the second week of competition with back-to-back meets on April 9 and 10.

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Davis hits pitch with Pinedale in recent games

Lone Puncher Maggie Davis features for Lady Wranglers.

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Puncher duo helps Pinedale split recent slate

Gonzalez and Martinez feature for Pinedale soccer.

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Smaller Big Piney squad competes at Mountain View

Spring Break did not stop the Punchers from putting in another week of practice and competition.

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Punchers finish 4th in season-opening meet

Let the spring season begin.

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Successful Drift brings community pride

Nervous energy built and finally erupted with the starting call. The Drift 100 was on.

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Munoz and Hibbert earn student leader scholarships

Proud to Host the Best is a nonprofit organization in Casper.

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Eight Punchers make All-Conference list

The Wyoming Coaches Association released its annual All-Conference and All-State honors list last week following the conclusion of successful seasons for the Puncher boys’ and girls’ basketball teams.

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Espenscheid receives All-State honors

The Punchers girls’ basketball team entered the fourth quarter against Moorcroft trailing by 12 points.

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Three silver-medalist Punchers make All-State

The Punchers entered the court for their semifinal match against Sundance at the 2A State Basketball Championships.

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Howard named to All-State list in wrestling

Puncher wrestler Thomas Howard is already making waves in 2A wrestling as a sophomore.

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Puncher girls demonstrate grit at State

An excited crowd pressed against head girls’ basketball coach Brian Espenscheid and his team following a 63-59 double overtime upset against Moorcroft at the 2A State Girls’ Basketball Championship.

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Punchers finish historic 2nd at State

Big Piney squared off against Sundance in a historic semifinal match at the 2A State Basketball Championships in Casper on March 5.

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Big Piney Vipers heat up Sublette Ice Arena

The Big Piney Vipers hockey team had its annual bout against Pinedale on Saturday, Feb. 27.

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Puncher girls make it to State Tournament

The Puncher girls’ basketball team has every reason to be proud.

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Wrestlers compete at State

Big Piney took 14th place and had three wrestlers place in the top six.

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Puncher boys take second at Regionals

The Puncher boys’ basketball team is the second seed going into the 2021 2A State Basketball Championship.

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Girls' hoops head into regionals as two seed

Punchers fall to Wyoming Indian going into postseason.

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Big Piney boys finish regular season undefeated in conference

The Punchers run the table in the 2A Southwest Quadrant.

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Punchers sending 11 qualifiers to State

Big Piney finished fourth out of six schools as it hosted 2A Southwest Regional over the weekend.

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Sublette swim finishes ninth at State

Twelve qualified to swim in the championships.

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Puncher wrestlers close out regular season

Grapplers prepare to host new regional quads.

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Puncher girls trounce Wind River

Big Piney scores quadrant victory over Cougars.

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Swimmers make most of Last Chance Meet

Sublette taking 12 to State Meet.

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Puncher boys stay undefeated in conference

Big Piney overcomes Wind River in double overtime.

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Big Piney's Raza picked for Shrine Bowl

Raza played quarterback and defensive end.

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Punchers go 2-1 during busy week

Boys take on 4A, 3A and 2A competition.

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Punchers battle through busy week

Girls take court against quadrant rival, Bridger Valley duo.

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Puncher girls trounce Wind River

Espenscheid, Hansen finish in double figures.

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Sublette swim takes 2nd at Lyman Invite

Hacklin, Day add more State qualifying times.

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Puncher boys take down Wind River

Punchers' big second quarter powers latest win.

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Another winning weekend for Sublette County swim

Combined team scores two wins over weekend.

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Punchers make strong showing

Girls score their first home season in memory over weekend.

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Big Piney boys score weekend sweep

Win over rival Pinedale highlights perfect week for Punchers.

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Swim team wins at home, in Cody

Handful also punch tickets to State with qualifying times.

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Rollercoaster weekend for Puncher girls' basketball

Girls pull off victory against Kemmerer.

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