The Cheyenne Quarterback Club honored the seniors from the Wyoming men’s and women’s basketball teams Tuesday night.
Djibril Thiam was the lone senior for the UW men, while Randi Richardson, Jade Kennedy, Aubrey Vandiver and Cheyenne Central graduate Hillary Carlson were honored from the Cowgirls. The club presented all five with senior rings, and the five also gave a brief speech.
The Cheyenne QB Club has done this for years for UW senior football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball players.
Some notes from the gathering:
–Carlson was the last to be introduced, being the hometown girl. Her high school coach, Chad Whitworth, presented her with her ring. Her dad told me that she has hired an agent and is waiting on opporutnites to play professionally, either in this country or overseas.
–Thiam also is hoping to play overseas and has hired an agent. He played three years for UW and had 82 career dunks, now known as “Thiam jams.”
–Vandiver certainly has a chance to play professionally somewhere. She was part of 96 wins in her career, played in 133 games — all school records — and finished her career in the top 10 in 10 different statistical categories.
–Cowgirls assistant coach Kristin Becker is leaving the team after five seasons to pursue a career away from basketball in Colorado Springs, Colo.
–Kennedy had the only triple-double in Cowgirls history this past season against Colorado State. She also wore jogging shoes when she played instead of regular basketball shoes.
–Thiam already has a degree from UW in communications. Richardson and Vandiver graduate next month. Kennedy has one semester left and Carlson will graduate next year.
–Was told UW has sold 6,500 season tickets for football so far, driven largely by the Nebraska game on Sept. 24. That’s 2,500 more than this time last year, and the school is hoping to reach 10,000 for the first time in school history.
–Extra bleachers will be put in the north and south ends of War Memorial Stadium for the Nebraska game, putting the stadium’s capacity at a little over 31,000.
–War Memorial Fieldhouse will have some work done on it as it will get a new track and infield surface. Both are more than 20 years old. The project should be done in August or September.