HANNAH BEHUNIN, MOUNTAIN VIEW: Behunin earned six all-state awards while competing in cross-country, basketball, and indoor and outdoor track.

In cross-country she was a two-time 3A West regional champion, state runner-up twice, and the 3A state champion this past season.

In outdoor track, Behunin finished third at the state meet in the 1600-meter run as a freshman, sophomore and junior. She also placed third in the 3200 as a freshman and in the 800 as a senior.

This season, Behunin took home top honors in the 800, 1600 and 3200.

She also competed in basketball for two years and indoor track for two years.

Behunin is the daughter of Rhonda K. Behunin and will be attending Northern Arizona University on an athletic/academic scholarship.

ANNA GIBSON, JACKSON: Gibson won 14 individual state titles in Nordic skiing, cross-country and track during her prep career with the Broncs.

In Nordic skiing, she was a four-time state champ in Skate (twice in 5k and twic in 10k) and won state titles in Classic as a junior and senior, while finishing second as a freshman and sophomore. Gibson also was a member of the US Junior National Championship relay team as a freshman and won the US Junior National Championship Classic 10k as a senior.

She won two state titles in cross-country, first as a freshman in Class 3A and then as a senior in 4A.

In outdoor track, Gibson won six individual state titles, was on three state championship 4x800 relay teams and helped lead Jackson to the 3A team title as a junior.

She won the 1600-meter run as a sophomore and the 1600 and 3200 as a junior while competing in 3A. This season, with Jackson in 4A, Gibson won all three distance races (800, 1600 and 3200) and ran the anchor leg on the winning 4x800 relay team. In the 1600, Gibson finished with a time of 4 minutes, 48.14 seconds to break the overall state mark of 4:52.12 set by Gillette’s Alicia Craig in 2001.

Gibson is the daughter of Lee and Maggie Gibson and will attend Brown University, where she will compete in cross-country and indoor and outdoor track.

KALINA SMITH, GILLETTE: Smith starred at Powell her first two years before transferring to Gillette prior to her junior year.

In basketball, she was a three-time all-state selection and helped lead Powell to the 3A state title as a sophomore and Gillette to the 4A title the following year. She was twice named the 4A East Player of the Year and, as a senior, was the 4A Player of the Year as well as the Wyoming winner of the Gatorade Player of the Year.

Smith was a four-time all-state selection in volleyball. She led the Panthers to the 3A state championship as a freshman. Following her senior season, Smith was named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year and was selected to the Prep Volleyball All-America team.

The daughter of Cindi Smith, she will attend Central Michigan University on an athletic scholarship.

COSETTE STELLERN, CHEYENNE EAST: Stellern, who will attend the University of Wyoming on a track and field scholarship, excelled in volleyball, basketball and track and field for the Thunderbirds.

She won the 4A discus and shot put state titles as a junior and the discus gold medal as a senior. She won three 4A East discus championships and holds the school record with a throw of 142 feet, 10 inches.

Stellern was a three-time all-state selection in basketball and helped the T-Birds to runner-up finishes at state as a sophomore and junior before they won it all her senior season. She is the programs all-time leading rebounder.

In volleyball, Stellern was a three-time all-state selection and led Cheyenne East to three state championships. She was twice named the Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year for Wyoming and was selected to the Prep Volleyball All-America team as a junior and as a senior.

Stellern received numerous DI offers in all three sports, but chose to stay in state and play for the Cowgirls.

She is the daughter of John and Sheri Stellern.

JULES WARD, THERMOPOLIS: Ward is only the third girl from Thermopolis to be named a finalist for the award, joining Lorrie Reith in 1976 and 2000 winner Elizabeth Brown.

Ward was a standout in cross-country and on the track for the Bobcats during her high school career, as well as earning accolades for her work on the basketball court.

In cross-country, Ward was a four-time regional champ and won state titles in Class 2A as both a sophomore and junior. She finished second in 2A as a freshman and in 3A as a senior.

She won three individual state titles in track and field and was a member of two state championship relay teams. She won the 3200-meter title her sophomore and junior seasons and the 1600 as a junior. In addition, Ward finished as the state runner-up four times.

The daughter of Paul and Ginger Ward, she will attend the University of Alaska-Anchorage where she will run cross-country and track.


Sports Editor

Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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