Sunday, May 20, 2018

Gunner Erickson - 2018 Recruit

Gunner Erickson a soon to be graduate from Roy High in Roy Utah has signed his National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs WY.
Gunner played his high school soccer for the Royals of Roy High.  Gunner played most of his senior season as a forward and most of his earlier years as a center back. Gunner scored 6 goals during his last year with RHS.  As a junior we received honors for his play as a defender.  In 2017 Erickson was named to the All Area Second Team and the All Region 5A First Team.  Gunner helped the Royals to the UHSAA playoffs during his junior and senior years.  Including a playoff win and a trip to the UHSAA 5A quarterfinals in 2018.  Gunner played his comp soccer with the Rampage Soccer Club.  Erickson was a captain of both his high school and club teams.

Academics are another strong point for Gunner as he has been on the Honor Roll throughout his time at Roy High.  His cumulative GPA is a 3.4.  Gunner pushed himself in his class selection and was enrolled in and passed seven AP courses.
Although Gunner was recruited to fill in a hole as a forward, we are not sure whether Gunner will get most of his playing time as an attacking player or a defender while wearing the Red and Black of Western.  Gunner will be a valuable player for either or possibly both sides of the ball as WWCC has graduated their starting two forwards and their starting two center backs.  We were impressed with not only his versatility as a player but his leadership skills and the type of person and student that he is.  Gunner showed that offensively he can play wide and also in the middle.  He has the speed to stretch the defense and the height to play with his back to goal.
Congratulations to Gunner and welcome to the Mustang Soccer Family and Tradition.  Here is to a successful two years on and off of the pitch.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Western Wyo Welcomes Colton Mathys

A National Letter of Intent has been signed by Colton Mathys from Mountain Crest High School in Hyrum Utah.  Colton is a soon to be graduate of the class of 2018 from MCHS.

Colton is the youngest of 5 children and the third triplet born to Ken and Tanya Mathys.  Colton has played soccer since he was very young.  His older brothers teaching him the ropes.  Being from Logan, Utah Colton has spent many hours skiing, fishing, being in the mountains with his family and of course playing soccer.

As a Mountain Crest Mustang, Colton received many honors including; three varsity soccer letters, being named the MCHS 2017 Offensive Player of the Year and being the 2017 MCHS leading scorer.  As a Junior, Colton was named to the Herald Journal's All-Valley Boy's Soccer team.  Along with the All-Valley recognition, Colton was also names to the All Region team.
In his high school career Colton scored 12 goals.  In his last three seasons he helped the MCHS Mustangs advance to the UHSAA soccer playoffs, reaching the quarterfinals in 2016.  Colton attended a tryout in Rock Springs in the winter months and showed he was capable of using his size and speed to his advantage.  Mathys usually plays as an outside midfielder but can also play as a forward.  We at Western feel he can play at either of these positions but he also has the skill set to be able to play and help out Western at other positions.

Colton is an excellent student and will graduate Mountain Crest High with honors,  Western is privileged to add such a find person, student and soccer player to the Western Wyo Mustang Soccer family.

Colton said, "I am excited to continue my education as well as my soccer experience at Western Wyoming Community College".

Monday, April 23, 2018

Kingdom Wanjoku - WWCC Mustang - 2018 Recruit

Kingdom Wanjoku a soon to be graduate from Rock Springs High School in Rock Springs WY has recently signed his National Letter of Intent to play college soccer at Western Wyoming Community College.

Kingdom attended a tryout on the WWCC campus in the winter months and impressed with his physical abilities and his soccer skills.  Kingdom usually plays in the midfield and often as an outside midfielder due to his speed and pace of play.  We at Western know that Kingdom could help us in any of our midfield roles and even as a striker or an outside defender.

Wanjoku has been an integral part of the RSHS success on the soccer pitch in the recent years.  Currently in the 2018 spring season Kingdom has 5 goals and 3 assists as the Tigers of RSHS are currently ranked #3 in 4A Wyoming soccer.

Off of the soccer field Kingdom is a model student at RSHS - recently Kingdom was named the Rock Springs High Invested Student of the Month for April.  Wanjoku has participated in the RSHS Energy Academy, the student council and National Honor Society.  Kingdom is also been involved in the community through the Boy's and Girl's Club.

The Rock Springs High Soccer coach said of Kingdom, "Kingdom is a very focused young man in all that he does and is a very well rounded person. He is a pleasure to coach and every player on our team looks up to his leadership and respects him.”

Western is certainly lucky to have such a well rounded person and soccer player on our team for years to come.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Winson Ha - 2018 WWCC Soccer Recruit

Winson Ha a soon to be graduate from Karl G Maeser Prep Academy in Lindon Utah has signed his National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Western Wyoming Community College.

Winson plays as a defender on the soccer pitch.  Winson is suited to play as both an outside back with his speed and offensive abilities or as a center back because of his understanding of the game and his soccer intelligence.

Ha plays in high school for the Lions at Maeser Prep in the UHSAA 3A - Region 14. Currently Ha and the Lions are in position to qualify again for the state playoffs.
Along with playing for his high school Winson has also played soccer with comp teams since he was 13 years old.  Some of the successes for Winson and his teams are; a 4th place in State while in 8th grade,  4th place in the Adidas Cup and 2nd place in the Utah Cup.

Off the field Winson Ha is an outstanding student earning his place on the Honor roll nine times and the High Honor roll eight times.  Winson has taken four concurrent enrollment classes while still in High School.  This final semester of his high school career he is doing and internship at Scoreboard Sports.

Winson has participated in many drama productions as well as drama and Shakespeare competitions since 8th grade.   Ha received a 2nd place finish in contemporary in region drama and a 2nd place finish in Shakespeare for ensemble on two separate occasions.
Ha has helped with many service projects over the years, including making blankets to donate to homeless shelters.  Winson is an Eagle Scout.  After playing for WWCC in he fall of 2018 he plans on serving a 2 year LDS mission.

WWCC is pleased to have Winson Ha as a member of their soccer team as we know he will represent himself and the team very well as a soccer player, a student and a member of the community.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Josh Crew from Syracuse High to WWCC

Josh Crew, a soon to be graduate from Syracuse High in Syracuse Utah, has signed his National Letter of Intent to play college soccer at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs WY.
Josh plays as a forward and does so for both the Syracuse High Titans and the Rampage Soccer team.  Josh came to the WWCC campus in the winter for a campus tour and tryout and impress the coaches with his ability to finish in front of net and his great speed.
Crew's club team was ranked #6 in Utah through GotSoccer. At the end of the fall 2017 season Crew and his club team were tied for first place in the Premier 2 division.Some of the success he had with the club team is winning the Avalanche College Showcase, the Utah Surf Cup and the 2016 Dixie State Invitational.  Josh and his team were also 2017 runners up in the same Dixie State Invitational.

Josh has other interests outside of soccer, Crew has won the Syracuse High Movie Making Contest for two years running.  He is very musically inclined and has the ability to play both the ukulele and the guitar.

Josh is a needed addition to the Mustangs as the starting forwards of Josh Abplanalp and Briston Lowell have both used their eligibility and will graduate from WWCC.  We expect Josh to push for immediate playing time his freshman year using his speed and scoring ability to add to the Mustang attack.  Congrats to Josh for continuing his academic and soccer careers at the next level.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Jackson Monk Signs to be a WWCC Mustang

Jackson Monk a soon to graduate senior from Hillcrest High in Ammon Idaho has recently signed his National Letter of Intent to play collegiate soccer at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs WY. 

Jackson is a defender who generally plays as a center back.  He caught Western Wyoming's attention through some of his video clips from high school.  During the winter he came to campus in Rock Springs and cemented his decision to commit to WWCC.

Monk was a captain for Hillcrest High during his senior campaign.  While playing for the HHS Knights Jackson was a three time varsity letter-man and started those three years for the varsity Knights.

While playing for Hillcrest, Jackson was selected for 1st team All Conference, 1st team All Area, and 1st team All Region.  Along with the on the field accolades Jackson has taken care of his responsibilities as a student. He has maintained a 3.8 GPA throughout high school.

Besides individual success Jackson has helped his team do very well on the field.  At Hillcrest High he helped the team achieve 2016 and 2017 District Champions and a 3rd place finish at the 5A Idaho State Tournament in 2017.

Jackson possesses great speed along with the soccer skills to play at the NJCAA level.  Monk is also a member of the Hillcrest High track team. 

Monk also played club soccer for Fusion FC.  As a member of Fusion FC he has played, placed, and won numerous tournaments over the last 6 years.

WWCC is so excited to welcome this fine young man and know he can help us as we will be graduating our starting center backs from 2017, Danny Becerra and Matthew Ochoa.  Congrats to Jackson as we know he will be a great representative of the Western Wyoming Soccer program.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Jaymin Carroll Joins WWCC for 2018

Jaymin Carroll from Rock Springs WY and a soon to be Rock Springs High graduate has signed his National Letter of Intent to continue playing soccer while he attends Western Wyoming Community College.

Jaymin plays as a center mid and does a great job as a defensive midfielder.  Carroll attended a tryout for WWCC soccer in November and showed that he has the necessary skills to excel at the next level of soccer.  Western plans to utilize his talents at that center defensive mid role for the Mustangs but we know that he could even be utilized as an outside midfielder, attacking midfielder or even an outside back.

As a student for Rock Springs High Jaymin has been involved in many areas besides just soccer.  Carroll is a member of the RSHS Student Council and involved in the Fire Law Leadership Academy.  He volunteers his time to be a member of Athletes for Literacy and is consistently on the Honor Roll after each grading term for RSHS.

For the Tigers, Jaymin is a 3 year letter winner in Soccer and received 4A West All Conference Soccer recognition twice, 2016 and 2017.  Carroll with his RSHS Tiger Soccer teammates were 2017 conference and regional champions.  In his high school career Jaymin has helped the Tigers of RSHS to win the Pinnacle Cup on two separate occasions.

Besides playing high school soccer with the RSHS Tiger, Jaymin has also played with; the Rock Springs Avengers, Park City Extreme and the Wyoming ODP team.

Jaymin is the younger brother of recently graduated WWCC Mustang Kamden Carroll.  Jaymin plans on attending Western for a semester before serving an LDS mission.  After his 2 year church mission Jaymin expects to return to Western to finish his degree and soccer playing career.  Western is happy to have added such a fine student, young man and soccer player.  We look forward to Jaymin adding to Western's team both on and off of the field.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Net-minder Nick Kautzman signs with WWCC

Nick Kautzman from Rock Springs WY and a soon to be RSHS graduate has signed his National Letter of Intent to play collegiate soccer for the Western Wyoming Community College Mustangs.

Nick has been a multi-sport athlete for the Tigers.  He has lettered three times in indoor track and as a member of the RSHS Football team.  Kautzman holds the school record for the 4 x 200 relay.  Along with also excelling in multiple sports at Rock Springs High Nick is also a member of the Student Council and Athletes for Literacy.

Nick will soon be a four year letter winner for Tiger soccer.  As a part of the RSHS Soccer team he was a 4 year starter in the net for the Tigers.  His freshman year he helped the Rock Sprinsg High Soccer team advance to the Wyoming State Soccer Semi-finals.

In 2017 Kautzman was third in 4A Wyoming soccer in saves and was second in 4A Wyoming soccer for goals allowed.  Along with good stats in 2017, Nick was named to the 1st Team Keeper of the 4A West and was a 2nd Team Keeper of 4A Wyoming State Soccer.  Last spring was also a banner year for RSHS soccer as they finished as the 4A West Conference Champions and also won 1st place in the 4A West Regional Tournament.

Nick attended a tryout for Western Wyoming in the fall of 2017.  He showed good shot stopping ability and displayed his athletic ability.

Kautzman joins the strong and proud tradition of WWCC Mustang Keepers.  Nick will join Joe Venhaus as the keepers for the 2018 season for the Mustangs.

We are so excited to add Nick, to the Mustang Soccer Family, who is a wonderful person, exceptional student and phenomenal soccer player.