Gillette Pronghorn Basketball tops the list of regional teams

(Gillette, Wyo.) After an incredibly successful 2015-2016 campaign that saw unprecedented success on the pines, the Gillette College Men’s and Women’s basketball teams capped off their seasons with wins against rival Casper College to finish atop the standings in the NJCAA Division I-North Conference. The Men’s team, which has had its most successful season to date, avenged its single loss this season on Saturday by defeating the Thunderbirds 85-73. The win helped them finish the season at 13-1 in their division, 11-1 in Region IX, and an unbelievable 29-1 overall. The Pronghorns are currently ranked #5 in the nation and have earned the top seed in the North at the Region IX Tournament this March. “Our guys never quit, never give up, and always work hard,” said head coach Shawn Neary. “I’m really proud of how they’ve persevered all season.” Not to be outdone, the Lady Pronghorns stunned the 10th-ranked T-birds with a torrential second half on Saturday, downing Casper 65-61. The win left them tied with Casper College for tops in the division, which led to a coin flip on Sunday – which the Pronghorns won. Gillette College will now play host for the Women’s Basketball Region IX Tournament coming up this March 1-5. [image: 20160220_182022.jpg] “These young ladies have put in some tremendous work over the course of the season,” said head coach Will Rider. “For it to come down to a shoot-out with Casper at the end was a storybook ending.” Even more impressive than this unprecedented success is the fact that the Pronghorns have done so without a floor of their own. The brand-new Pronghorn Center is scheduled to open later in 2016, but during construction, this has left the Gillette teams to practice and play at the Campbell County High School South Campus gymnasium. Practices and home games have had to be scheduled around the high school’s use, and much of the teams’ workouts have shifted to the local rec center. “We’re very excited to have our own facility for use next year,” said Athletic Director Jenni Winter. “That said, we are very grateful to our partners like CCHS for giving us the assist this year. The season has certainly been a challenge at times, but I’m beyond thrilled with how our coaches and players have adjusted. They’ve really stepped up to the challenge, and both teams have exceeded all expectations. “It really has been a dream season for the Pronghorns.” #county17 #news *Photo h/t Brendan Diamond // Pitchengine Communities*