May 31, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorJohn Soundingsides was a basketball scoring machine for Wyoming Indian High School. Now he brings his sharp-shooting abilities to the Wyoming all-stars for a two-game series against South Dakota.
Soundingsides averaged 23.8 points per game in his senior season for WIHS. The Chiefs captured their third Class 2-A title in four years in March at the Casper Events Center, with Soundingsides the standout on offense.
The Wyoming team is coached by Gillette College men's basketball assistant Joe Kittell.
"I think John will be just fine," Kittell said. "He comes highly recommended from a lot of people that know basketball in the state of Wyoming. He had a great season, and a great career for Wyoming Indian."
Soundingsides was a member of the Class 2-A all-state list. He was the Fremont County boys basketball player of the year.
"His scoring sets him apart from the rest," Kittell said. "He will be able to come in and give us some points. That's what all-stars games are about."
Soundingsides and his Wyoming all-star teammates face South Dakota at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D.
The two teams play the second game of the series at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Campbell County High School in Gillette.
The girls from the two states open the doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. both days. There isn't a Fremont County girl on the Wyoming team.
Gillette boys on the Wyoming team are Cody Anderson and Westin Hinkel.
The Sheridan players are Hunter Reece and Riley Ryan.
"With the two Sheridan players and the Gillette players they have a lot of experience playing at a high level of basketball," Kittell said.
Corey Peck of Casper Natrona is the other 4-A player on the team.
"It's a good mixture with a lot of good basketball players," Kittell said.
Class 3-A players are Torrington's Jason McManamen and Ryan Madsen from Wheatland.
McManamen has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball next year at the University of Wyoming.
Madsen is headed for Casper College.
Wright's Timmy Benedict is the other 2-A player on the team.
"We just have to get them to know each other and share the ball a little bit," Kittell said. "They need to score when they are open."
The Wyoming all-stars practiced for the first time on Thursday before playing on Friday.
"South Dakota is always very talented," Kittell said. "We have had the upper hand the last couple of years."
In 2011, the Wyoming boys swept South Dakota 77-76 and 88-80.
The sweep evened the all-time series at 20 games apiece.
"Last year, we thought that we had a high-scoring team, but and it was the least scoring all-stars there ever was," Kittell said. "It's just one of those things. It depends on how well they come together, but hopefully they will have fun and show off for the fans."
Wyoming all-star girls roster vs. South Dakota
Cheyenne Balster, Casper Natrona; Madison Browning, Casper Natrona; Ali Beckler, Laramie; Kyleigh Hiser, Laramie; Regan Wilson, Laramie; Mikayla Brower, Torrington; Madison Forney, Rawlins; Dacia Lyman, Gillette; Christie Schiel, Cheyenne Central.
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