UW Midweek Sports Digest: Diver wins MW Award; VB back home for two; Yarbrough on watch list; Runners to MW Championships and more

​Bishop Earns MW Diver of the Week COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — University of Wyoming junior Keely Bishop was named the Mountain West Diver of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. This marks the first time Bishop has won the award and first for a Wyoming diver since Derek Campbell won in 2013. Bishop was an All-MW honoree in the 1-meter springboard and platform dive a season ago. The junior has twice qualified for the NCAA Zones. The Cowgirls continue their season this weekend when they travel to Flagstaff, Ariz., to compete against Northern Arizona and Louisiana State. ​Cowgirl Volleyball Hosts Nevada, San Diego State Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 2.50.23 PMLARAMIE, Wyo. (Oct. 27, 2015) – After two weeks on the road, the Wyoming volleyball team will return to the UniWyo Sports Complex for five of its last seven matches. The Cowgirls host Nevada on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., before welcoming San Diego State on Saturday at 1 p.m. Wyoming has a 12-1 record at home this season and currently sports an eight-match winning streak. The last time UW held a streak of eight-straight wins in the UniWyo came in 2012. Only three times has Cowgirl volleyball won at least nine-consecutive matches at home in program history. Eddie Yarbrough One of Only 32 Candidates on Watch List for 2015 Ted Hendricks Award Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 1.35.07 PMLARAMIE, Wyo. (Oct. 27, 2015) — The 2015 Ted Hendricks Award Committee announced this week its Midseason Watch List, and Wyoming senior Eddie Yarbrough is one of 32 candidates for this year’s award. This is the second consecutive season that Yarbrough has been named to the Hendricks Watch List. The award is named for former University of Miami defensive end Ted Hendricks, who was college football’s first three-time First Team All-American. Yarbrough earned First Team All-Mountain West Conference honors as a sophomore in 2013 and a junior in 2014 in voting by conference head coaches and media members. In this, his senior season, he ranks third among all Mountain West defensive linemen in tackles, averaging 4.4 tackles per game. Yarbrough leads the Cowboys in sacks this season, with 3.0. He ranks No. 2 on Wyoming’s career tackle for loss list, with 33.5 for his career. Yarbrough has recorded 35 tackles this season, 5.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and one pass breakup. Cowboys and Cowgirls Head to Reno for MW Cross Country Championships Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 2.54.41 PMLARAMIE, Wyo. (Oct. 27, 2015) – The University of Wyoming men’s and women’s cross country teams begin their postseason Friday at the Mountain West Championships in Reno, Nev. The Cowboys race an 8-kilometer course at 11 a.m. MT, while the Cowgirls compete in the 6-kilometer run at 11:45 a.m. at Montreux Golf Club. Live results and live video will be available at Wyoming will rely on the talents of senior Amos Bowen and sophomore Kerry White, as both are seeking their second-straight All-Mountain West honors. ​Wyoming and Utah State Renew Rivalry That Began in 1903 Screen-Shot-2013-11-26-at-3.55.05-PM-300x150A new tradition was incorporated into a century-old rivalry in 2013 when the Wyoming Cowboys and Utah State Aggies introduced a new Bridger’s Battle” tradition to the football series between the two schools. As part of the new tradition, a traveling “Bridger Rifle” will be awarded to the winner each year. The rifle is a .50-caliber Rocky Mountain Hawken rifle that was popular among mountain men of the 1800s, and is widely-considered to be the rifle carried by the legendary Jim Bridger. “Bridger’s Battle” was chosen as the name for the new series due to Bridger’s ties to the Wyoming-Utah region. The score from each year’s contest will be recorded on the maple stock of the new “Bridger Rifle”. Wyoming and Utah State first played in 1903, and this year’s meeting will be the 66th in the series. Wyoming has won 24 of the previous 65 meetings, while Utah State has won 37 times and there have been four ties. Wyoming plays at Utah State this Friday night at 8:15 p.m. in a game to be televised by ESPN 2. -h/t Wyoming Athletics Media Relations #shortgo