Mar. 11, 2015


Five Rustlers Recognized by Region IX



Five students and the men's basketball coach received recognition during the NJCAA DI Region IX tournament last week. 

After the women's team made it to the semi-finals and were beat by Western Nebraska Community College, Region IX recognized outstanding players during the tournament and the season. Three Central Wyoming College players from the team were named; two for All-Region Basketball team and for All-Tournament team and one for All Defensive team. 

Sophomores Jolanna Sazue from Pine Ridge, S.D., and Kiara Skinner from Cody, Wyo., both made the All-Region Basketball team and the All-Tournament team. 

"Both of these athletes are very deserving of this; all year they were consistent and brought that competitive edge, which helped them stand out," Steve Barlow, Athletic Director said.
In the 2014-15 season, Sazue averaged 12.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Skinner averaged 10.2 points and 5 rebounds per game.

Teammate Stephanie Smith from Mountain View, Wyo., made the All-Defensive team. Standing 6'6" this sophomore led the Nation in blocks with 166 overall.

"Her presence on the court changed the dynamics of the game, both offensively and defensively," Barlow said.

One player on the men's team, sophomore Bryce Canda from Portland, Ore., made First Team All-Region IX. Canda averaged 19.3 points and 6 rebounds per game, on the season.

"Bryce is a tenacious competitor, great teammate and respected leader," Barlow said. "He leads with what he does on and off the court and is one heck of a ball player."

"Each of these student athletes are deserving of the recognition they received by other teams in the region," Barlow said. 

The men's head basketball coach, Pat Rafferty, received coach of the year for NJCAA DI Region IX North sub-region. This is Rafferty's second year at CWC. Rafferty, originally from Buffalo, Wyo., started his coaching career in 1981 as an assistant at Eastern Montana. He soon became the interim head coach after the death of the Eastern Montana head coach. Rafferty has coached for other colleges around the United State including University of Louisville, University of Idaho, Drake University, Grayson College, Casper College and Midland College.

"Coach Rafferty did an outstanding job guiding this team to a successful season in a very competitive region in the NJCAA," Barlow said. "Our entire coaching staff is dedicated to helping our students succeed on the court and in the classroom.


Feb. 13, 2015


Both Rustler Teams Victorious on Sophomore Night


(Riverton, Wyo)  In the last regular home season games of the season, both the Men's and Women's basketball teams were victorious over Western Wyoming CC.  Behind a 30 point performance from Sophomore Jolonna Sazue, the Rustler women outscored the Mustangs 62-53. 


The men won 67-59, behind a 30 point performance from Sophomore Bryce Canda.  


Both teams will finish their regular season on the road, this week.  Tuesday they travel to Powell, WY and Saturday they conclude their season against Casper College.


Jan. 29, 2015


Rustler Play Till the End to Defeat Little Big Horn at Home


(Riverton, Wyo.)  The Rustler men got another win in conference, Thursday night, despite being down to the Rams at half-time.  30% field goal shooting in the first half was just one of the struggles the Rustlers faced in the first stanza.  After some half-time adjustments, the Rustlers appeared to enter back onto the court with a different kind of energy.  Behind 23 points from Sophomore Bryce Canda the Rustlers reclaimed the lead early in the second half and never looked back.

Freshman Hayden Dalton had 16 points, 7 rebounds.  Sophomore Xavier Webb had 14 points.

The Rustlers are back in Rustler Gymnasium, tonight, as they take on Miles CC.  Tip of is 7:30pm.


Jan. 21, 2015


Men Fall to Northwest Trappers at Home


(Riverton, Wyo.)  Second half turnovers and missed free throws are two stat columns the Rustlers wish they could replace.  After holding a strong 10 point lead going into half, the Rustlers struggled in the second half only shooting 36% from the field, 29% from 3-point and 64% from the free throw line. 


Freshman Hayden Dalton would lead the Rustlers with 18 points and 5 rebounds.  Sophomores Eimer Lopez and Bryce Canda would each reach double digit scoring as well. 


Despite the loss, the Rustlers are still near the top of the conference with their 4-1 record, only trailing Northwest, who now holds the top spot.  The Rustlers are on the road this weekend to play Western Wyoming, Saturday.


Nov. 22, 2014


Men Nearly Hit Century Mark in Win Over Utah All-Stars


(Riverton, Wyo)  In a late add to the Rustler Schedule, the Men's Basketball team came away with another win, defeating the Utah All-Stars out of Salt Lake, Utah.  In a game that began with a few lead changes, the Rustler Men pulled away in the second half capture a 96-74 victory.  Local athlete Xavier Webb was 4 of 6 from the 3-point range, scoring 12 points and being named the Gatorade player of the Game.


Sophomore Bryce Canda had 17 points, 8 rebouds and Freshman Khalid Washington had 13 points.  


Nov. 19, 2014


Rustlers Defeat Colorado Northwestern on the Road


(Rangely, CO) In their second matchup against the Spartans this season, the Rustler men refused to hold back as they defeated Colorado Northwestern 82-35.  They held the Spartans to just 7 points in the first half. Sophomore Bryce Canda was 100% from the field and the free throw line, raking in 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists.  Eimer Lopez scored 18 for the Rustlers, as well. Sophomore Xavier Webb was the third leading scorer for the Rustlers with 14 points.


The Rustlers will play at home Saturday vs the Utah All-Stars at 3:00pm in Rustler Gymnasium.


Nov. 15, 2014


Rustlers Fall to LCCC, Bounce Back to Defeat Eastern Wyoming


(Cheyenne, Wyo) 28 turnovers hurt the Rustler men as they fell to Laramie County CC on the road. Freshman Hayden Dalton and Khalid Washington led the team with 11 points each. Sophomore Eimer Lopez had 10 points. Turnovers and foul trouble plagued the Rustlers, who were unable to take recover.


The Rustlers returned the next day defeating Eastern Wyoming College 74-62.  Washington led the Rustlers with 22 points.  Dalton and Sophomore Bryce Canda each scored 16 and Lopez came in with 11. 


The Rustler men return to the road November 19th to take on Colorado Northwestern.


Nov. 8, 2014


Men's Basketball Splits in Home Opening Weekend


The Rustler Men fell to Utah State University – Eastern in their home opener, 76-74.  The game was close through its entirety with the largest lead for Central being 10 points with 15 minutes remaining in the game.  Sophomores Eimer Lopez and Bryce Canda led the team with 19 and 15 points.  Freshman Khalid Washington ended with 11.


In the second game of the tournament, the Rustler men defeated Colorado Northwestern CC 64-46.  The Rustlers shot 50% from the field and 100% from the free-throw line, taking the lead early and never looking back.   Canda led the team with 20 points.



Oct. 8, 2014


Rustler Basketball Debut October 15 at Wyoming Indian High School

(Riverton, Wyo.) A free, public Central Wyoming College men's basketball inter-squad scrimmage is on the 
schedule for Wyoming Indian High School Gymnasium for October 15, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. "We are pretty excited about the upcoming season," said Coach Pat Rafferty. "The kids have been working hard in practice and they are looking forward to playing for a crowd."
The Rustlers have three returning sophomores and eleven new freshmen on the team this year.
Rafferty expressed his excitement about the season and said he has a great group of kids. "I have some returning players who have bought into the culture and they are doing a great job of transitioning the new kids into the program and to CWC – that has put us so much farther ahead than we were at this time last year," said Rafferty. "Our returning sophomores have really helped with the learning curve, the new guys and their leadership are really going to make a difference."






Online Basketball Form

Athletes interested in more information on the CWC Men's Basketball Program should complete an online Basketball Form and email it or send a printed copy to the CWC Athletic Department, attn: Athletic Director, 2660 Peck Avenue, Riverton, WY 82501.




Head Coach

Patrick Rafferty

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