Rock Springs Girls Basketball teams made a name for themselves in the late 70’s and early 80’s. What started as a team with good talent and a will to win, turned into a team that paved a path for women’s athletics in Rock Spring and all over Wyoming. With hard work and determination, that team conjured up an amazing streak of three state championships.
The team was led by Head Coach Brent Carter and Assistant Coach Lori (McCurtain) Grube.
During the 1979 season, with each game, the team could see growth. Hard work and commitment was demanded of the players by their coaches and in turn the girls demanded it of each other and of themselves. History was in the making and they had no idea what was to come. At the State tournament, a long shot in the final seconds of a game against Lander changed the course of history for these coaches, players and women’s athletics in Rock Springs from that point forward. The championship game that year was almost anticlimactic compared to the win over the high ranked Lander Tigers. The Rock Springs High School Girls Basketball Team were State Champions this year and it was an extraordinary feat considering this was the first time that they had ever been to the state championship. They had a season consisting of only seven losses. Two members, Jaime Carter, a sophomore, and Leisha Lee, a junior, made the state and district all tourney teams. The team consisted of all sophomores and juniors.
The following year, the gyms went from being sparsely sprinkled with parents and grandparents during the games, to being a packed house for the Lady Tiger games. Players were known all through the community and girls basketball was even broadcasted on the radio. The Girls’ basketball team obtained an undefeated season in 1980 by winning the regional tournament in Cody and their second State Championship. Leisha Lee- Dixon and Jamie Carter made the all-state team. Senior Melanie Pecolar made a huge impact on defense.
State Champion Boulevard is the place made up of champions where the RSHS girls ended their 1981 season in style with their third state championship in a row! Their conference record was 20-1. They were Regional Champions and that one loss was to their nemesis….the Lander Tigers. After this loss, there was no stopping the Lady Tigers and the teamwork they possessed.
Those individuals that received post season accolades in 1981 included:
Brandy Brown- Nutt—All conference Regional tournament team and the All-State team.
Jamie Carter—Sophomore, Junior, and Senior year award for All Conference Regional Tournament team and on the All-State team her Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years. Jamie was also named Player of the year.
Donna Evans—Junior and Senior Year All Conference Regional Tournament team selection and All-state team selection her Senior year.
Other members of the three teams were Rhonda Macy-Friel, Cindy Jo Fritzel, Deanna Kilgore, Susan Carter-Johnson, Adrienne Auble-Plemel, Tonya Allen-Norwood, Missy Rosette-Allen, Leslie Blalock-Taylor, Donna Hamilton-Sandry, Julie Briggs, Coleen Bertagnolli-Fisher, Debbie Muniz- Kimsey, Brenda Pomrenke, Mary Page, Patty Morrison-O’Lexey, Jeanne Wisniewski-Moore, and Shawna Willmore.
These teams will have a lasting impact on generations to come and will always have the distinct honor of knowing that their banner is displayed in Tiger Arena for all to see. That banner represents dedication, family, friendship, great work ethic and commitment to TEAM and leaves a lasting legacy forever. We Are the Champions My Friends and We’ll Keep on Fighting ‘til the End!