Wyoming Sports Recap: Hill Semifinalist; BB tonight; VB tops FSU, Wrestler recruits

*Brian Hill Selected as One of 11 Semifinalists for 2015 Doak Walker Award* Laramie, Wyo. (Nov. 18, 2015) -- The PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced on Wednesday the 11 semifinalists for the 2015 Doak Walker Award. Among the 11 semifinalists is University of Wyoming sophomore running back Brian Hill. The Doak Walker award is presented annually to the nation’s premier college running back. Hill, who currently ranks No. 4 in the nation in total rushing yards with 1,399 yards on the season, joins 10 of the nation’s other top running backs as semifinalists for this year’s honor. Hill is the only running back from a Group of Five school to be named a semifinalist for this year’s Doak Walker Award. The other 2015 semifinalists are (listed alphabetically): Devontae Booker (Sr., Utah); Alex Collins (Jr., Arkansas); Dalvin Cook (So., Florida State), Ezekiel Elliott (Jr., Ohio State); Leonard Fournette (So., LSU); Royce Freeman (So., Oregon); Derrick Henry (Jr., Alabama); Shock Linwood (Jr., Baylor); Christian McCaffrey (So., Stanford); and C.J. Prosise (Sr., Notre Dame). *Wyoming Men's Baskerball Welcomes New Mexico Highlands tonight* LARAMIE, Wyo. (Nov. 18, 2015) – Head coach Larry Shyatt and the University of Wyoming men’s basketball team return to the friendly confines of the Arena-Auditorium tonight when the Cowboys hosts New Mexico Highlands at 7 p.m. MT. The Pokes (1-1) are looking to rebound from a 70-55 setback in their road opener last Monday, while Highlands (1-1) is coming off an exhibition loss at UNLV last Monday. Thursday is the first meeting between Wyoming and New Mexico Highlands The Pokes travel to Billings, Mont., on Sunday for a neutral-site contest with Montana State at Rimrock Auto Arena. Tip is set for 2 p.m. MT. *Cowgirls Rally Past Fresno State* *UW will welcome UNLV on Saturday* FRESNO, Calif. (Nov. 18, 2015) – Reed Copeland posted a career-high 13 blocks, while Kayla Slofkiss recorded a team-high 12 kills to lead Wyoming to a four-set victory over Fresno State on Wednesday night. Despite dropping the first set, UW (22-6, 12-4 MW) rallied to claim the last three and win 3-1 (18-25, 25-22, 29-27, 25-20) against the Bulldogs (14-16, 6-10). Wyoming has won six-consecutive matches and it was the third-straight in the Save Mart Center for the Cowgirls. UW returns home for its final two MW matches. The Cowgirls host UNLV on Saturday at 1 p.m. MT before closing out the regular-season with the senior night match at 6:30 p.m., against Border War rival Colorado State on Tuesday in the UniWyo Sports Complex. *Branch and UW Wrestling Add Four Prep Standouts, including Wyoming native* LARAMIE, Wyo. (Nov. 18, 2015) – The University of Wyoming wrestling team will receive an infusion of young talent as head coach Mark Branch announced Wednesday the addition of four prep student-athletes to next year's lineup. Montorie Bridges, Jaron Jensen, Hunter Mullins and Trent Olson will begin their UW academic and athletic careers in the fall of 2016-17. "Our recruiting this fall was really focused on finding the guys we were looking for and to be honest we got the guys we wanted to get," Branch said. "We put a lot of time to court these student-athletes and sell them what we have to offer and I’m very pleased with this group.” • Montorie Bridges | Altus, Okla (Altus HS) | 125-133 pounds • Jaron Jensen | South Jordan, Utah (Herriman HS) | 141-149 pounds • Hunter Mullins | Puyallup, Wash. (Orting HS) | 285 pounds • Trent Olson | Gillette, Wyo. (Wyoming Seminary Prep School, Kingston, Penn.) | 125-133 pounds #county10 #news