Posts from August, 2021

EWC wins first tournament of the season; Sprecher brings home individual win

Russel Sprecher

Russel Sprecher

The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer golf team began their season in Riverton, Wyoming, August 26-27 with a tournament hosted by Central Wyoming College. The Lancers won the two-day tournament with a team score of 572. Northeastern Junior College placed second with a score of 593.

“It was a great way to start our season, especially when we came out with an opening round of -7 as a team on Thursday,” said Coach Zach Smith. “Region IX golf looks very good this year, so we’ll have to play solid golf each week if we want to compete for another Region IX championship. Russel played great both days to bring home the individual win, which is how he opened the season last year too. I think we have a great group of students and I can’t wait to work together as a team this year.”

Leading the Lancers with an individual win was sophomore Russel Sprecher, Casper, WY, who shot 69 on Thursday, and 70 on Friday for a 139. Other Lancer scores were as follows:

Brendan Thomas, sophomore, Farmington – UT, 67, 73 – 140, 2nd
Oscar Behle, freshman, Hjarup, Sweden – 71, 73 – 144, tied 3rd
Johannes Lindstrom, sophomore, Falkoping, Sweden – 75, 75 – 150, 8th
Conrado Chozas, sophomore, Madrid, Spain – 78, 73 – 151, tied 9th
Joshua Wiese, freshman, Cape Town, South Africa – 74, 78 – 152, tied 11th

The Lancers will play in McCook, NE September 2-3.

PSA – EWC games canceled

The following Eastern Wyoming College volleyball games have been canceled due to EWC players with Covid exposure:

Friday, September 3, 12 pm vs Hutchinson Community College
Friday, September 3, 4 pm vs Dodge City Community College
Saturday, September 4, 8 am vs Iowa Western Community College
Saturday, September 4, 2 pm vs Garden City Community College

All games were scheduled to be played at McCook Community College. These games will not be rescheduled. Following EWC protocols, symptomatic players have been tested and isolated and through contact tracing other players have been quarantined pending test results.


The following Eastern Wyoming College volleyball games have been canceled due to EWC players with potential Covid exposure:

Friday, August 27th, 5 pm vs NJC and Saturday, August 28th, 10 am vs Otero

Both games were scheduled to be played at LCCC. These games will not be rescheduled. Following EWC protocols, symptomatic players have been tested and isolated and through contact tracing other players have been quarantined pending test result.

PSA – Labor Day Closure

Eastern Wyoming College will be closed Monday September 6th in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The Fitness Center will be closed September 4-6th. Offices and the Fitness Center will reopen on Tuesday September 7th.

PSA – Labor Day Closure – Douglas Campus

Eastern Wyoming College in Douglas will be closed Monday September 6th in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Offices will reopen on Tuesday September 7th.


Andersen to take over the reins of EWC men’s basketball

The athletic department at Eastern Wyoming College has announced that long-time women’s basketball coach and athletic director, Tom Andersen, will take over as head coach of the men’s basketball team, for one-year, following the resignation of Coach Tim Moser. Moser has resigned his position, effective immediately to pursue other opportunities in Tyler, Texas where he will be teaching and coaching. Alicia Hawkins, who has served as an assistant coach for the Lancers will lead the women’s team this season.

“I would like to thank Coach Moser for the tremendous job he did in returning EWC Men’s Basketball as a power in Region 9.  Tim is a great coach and has been a great mentor to the young men he has coached,” said Andersen, who will also manage the Fitness Center in Moser’s absence.

Hawkins played at Northeastern Junior College and then went on to play at Colorado State University where during her senior season, they won the Mountain West title. She coached for 1 year at Brush High School and Montana Tech for a year as an assistant. She has been helping the EWC program for 3 years.

“Alicia has been helping us for years and I am excited to see what she can do with the team this year,” added Andersen.

Hawkins added, “I’m excited for this opportunity to coach the women’s team. I hope to push these girls to finish high in the region. I would like to thank Tom and Tim for preparing me for this opportunity.”

Both appointments, Andersen and Hawkins, are one-year, interim positions.

EWC College and Career Readiness Center offering workforce training opportunity

The Eastern Wyoming College College and Career Readiness Center, in partnership with the Department of Workforce Services, is offering a workforce training opportunity. Eligible individuals will be paid $10 per hour to be part of a project management team experience that will:

  • Develop social media skills
  • Enhance business and entrepreneurial skills
  • Re-enforce workforce and soft skills for employment

Interested individuals should contact Liz Ryall at 307.532.8268 or to schedule a test that determines eligibility for this opportunity.

Eligible candidates will be required to participate in a one-day workshop on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

EWC Foundation golf tournament accepting registrations

Eastern Wyoming College Foundation Golf Tournament 2021The Eastern Wyoming College Foundation is now accepting registrations for the annual golf tournament to be held on August 22nd. It is a four person scramble with an 8:30 am shotgun start. The registration deadline is Friday, August 20th at 6 pm.

Entry fee is $300 per team which includes one mulligan. Men use the blue tees and women use red tees. Teams must use each team member’s drive at least once per 9 holes. The maximum individual handicap of men is 36 and 44 for women. Team handicap is equal to sum of member’s handicap divided by 8. Players are eligible to win gift certificates and hold prizes.

A steak dinner, Calcutta and auction will be held on Saturday, August 21st at 6 pm. Funds raised benefit the EWC Golf Program and the EWC Foundation in support of students.

This year’s tournament will also feature a $20,000, 50’ putting contest. Qualifications will take place from 1-7 pm August 18th, 19th, and 20th or on Saturday, August 21st from 8:30 am – 2 pm. Tickets are $5 per chance or 5 chances for $20.

Players can register online at or entry forms are available at Platte Valley Bank, Cottonwood Pro Shop and the EWC Office of Development. For more information, contact the EWC Office of Development at 307.532.8304 or Joe Guth at 307.532.2111.

EWC receives funds for Ellbogen Scholarship

John P. Ellbogen Foundation | Doing Good for WyomingEastern Wyoming College has been selected by the John P. Ellbogen board of directors to receive $100,000 to support adult learners with the newly created Ellbogen Opportunity Scholarship: All Students Successful.

The Ellbogen Foundation has committed $500,000 to the scholarship. All community colleges in the state were asked to apply for an amount no larger than $100,000. “We recognize and value the critical partnerships that are necessary for this scholarship to be successful,” noted Becca Steinhoff, executive director of the Ellbogen Foundation.

According to the foundation, the funding is being provided to community colleges in the state to “…increase the number of new adults and returning adult students in Wyoming who attend a Wyoming community college, to increase the number of adults in Wyoming with a valuable post-secondary credential, and to advance the self-sufficiency, well-being and economic and civic contributions of the Wyoming workforce.”

The funding is eligible only for students who enroll in courses starting in the fall of 2021 and meet the following qualifications: are 24 years of age or older; have demonstrated Wyoming residency for not less than three years immediately preceding the application; and have completed and filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the academic year for which they are applying for a scholarship and have an unmet financial need. Preference will also be given to those who have not already earned an associate or higher degree.

Scholarships are limited to no more than $1500 per student per semester and may be awarded for up to a maximum of two academic years.

The John P. Ellbogen Foundation is a private, not-for-profit family foundation that was funded from the life earnings of John P. “Jack” Ellbogen through his estate in 2001. The vision and mission of the foundation are a testament to Jack’s ethos and guide grant awards to entities within the state that work diligently to make the quality of life better for Wyoming citizens.

Students wishing to apply for the scholarship at EWC can do so at the following link: Additional information about the qualifying programs of study can be found on the EWC website under Financial Aid and Scholarships. For questions please contact Shanna at 307.532.8327.