As fall ends and winter begins, it marks the start of many Laramie High School’s winter athletic teams’ seasons.

“Participating in sports and activities in high school helps you be a more well-rounded person because you must be able to keep up with academics and get your work done when you miss school, while still being a part of a team and competing in an activity,” assistant to the activities and athletics director, Nicole Wilson said.

At LHS there is a variety of sports offered during the winter season for students to participate in. These include Nordic skiing, alpine skiing, boys and girls basketball, wrestling, boys swimming and indoor track.

“I think it’s important that LHS offers such a variety, because it gives everybody an opportunity to participate in sports they like,” Wilson said.

To participate in athletics at LHS, students need to complete four forms: a physical, a code of conduct form, a Wyoming High School Athletic Association eligibility form and a consent to treat form. 

To even be able to practice students need their physical and consent to treat completed, and to travel students need their WHSAA eligibility and code of conduct completed. 

All these forms can either be retrieved from the LHS website or picked up in person in the activities’ office at the high school.

Nordic skiing, coached by LHS art teacher Becca Watson, began on Nov. 18, and they will have their first meet on Dec. 6 in Casper.

Alpine skiing, boys and girls basketball and wrestling all start practice on Nov. 25. Alpine skiing is coached by Jasen Mitchell, and they have their first meet on Jan. 10 in Laramie.

 Boys basketball and girls basketball, coached by Jim Shaffer and Rod Tyson respectively, both have a tournament starting on Dec. 12. The boys’ tournament will be in Casper and the girls’ tournament will be in Riverton. 

Wrestling is coached by Stuart Brinkman, and they have their first tournament on the Dec. 13, in Rapid City, S.D.

Boys swimming at LHS starts on Dec. 2, and it is coached by Tom Hudson, and their first meet is on Dec. 13, in Gillette.

Finally, LHS indoor track, coached by Greg Schabron, starts on Jan. 6, and the date of their first meet is still to be determined.  

Last year both the LHS boys swimming team and the girls indoor track team brought home state championships. This year all of the LHS winter athletic teams are looking to win a state title. 

“I’m excited about winning some championships this season because I think it’s a real possibility for our teams,” Wilson said. 

Students don’t need to have any prior experience in a sport to come out and participate in athletics at LHS. The only sports that cut at LHS are boys and girls basketball, and they only cut at the sophomore, junior varsity and varsity levels, not at the freshman level.