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Buffalo boys win over Wheatland, Burns

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Tanner Hart hypes up his varsity team

Buffalo High School head coach Tanner Hart hypes up his varsity team before the start of their home game against Wheatland on Friday. The boys varsity team remained huddled right until starters were announced.

Following in suit with the girls varsity team at Buffalo, the boys finished the weekend with two wins over Wheatland and Burns to increase their season record to 4-8. Buffalo hosted Wheatland on Friday night, Jan. 15 to kick off the weekend. They came out of last weeks Wyoming/Montana Border Wars tournament strong, winning both of this weeks games as they prepare for the next home game against Douglas on Friday, Jan. 22.

Fans spread out in the stands during the singing of the National Anthem

Precautions remain in place for COVID-19 as basketball season progresses in Buffalo. Fans are asked to spread their groups out in the stands and wear masks at all times when in the gym.

Hunter Stone looks toward the basket

Buffalo High School senior Hunter Stone looks toward the basket after receiving a pass on Friday. Stone was fouled on his way to the basket.

Coy Johnson jumps through a Wheatland defender to attempt a layup

Buffalo High School senior Coy Johnson jumps through a Wheatland defender to attempt a layup on Friday night. Coy was fouled on the play and made one of his two free throws.

Eli Patterson holds tight defense against Wheatland junior Rodee Brow

Buffalo High School freshman Eli Patterson holds tight defense against Wheatland junior Rodee Brow during the first quarter on Friday. Wheatland’s head coach called a time out before Rodee was able to get away from Eli.

Hyrum Hatch stretches to defend against a 3-pointer

Buffalo High School senior Hyrum Hatch stretches to defend against a 3-pointer during the first quarter on Friday. Wheatland completed five 3-pointers.

Calvin Rule dives to steal the ball away from Wheatland junior Rodee Brow

Buffalo High School senior Calvin Rule dives to steal the ball away from Wheatland junior Rodee Brow during the second quarter on Friday. Wheatland came up with the ball.

Hyrum Hatch looks for a layup against Wheatland defenders Ned Hageman

Buffalo High School senior Hyrum Hatch looks for a layup against Wheatland defenders Ned Hageman, left, and Adam Suko on Friday. Hatch scored on the shot.

Buffalo’s pep band is spread out throughout an entire section

Buffalo’s pep band is spread out throughout an entire section of the stands in order to promote safety and COVID-19 precautions on Friday. Additional members of the brass and woodwind sections are stationed around the edge of the track above the band.

Adam Suko winces as he takes an elbow to the face from Buffalo senior Calvin Rule

Wheatland High School senior Adam Suko winces as he takes an elbow to the face from Buffalo senior Calvin Rule during an offensive rebound on Friday. Buffalo senior Colby Bessler also had a hand on the ball.

Coy Johnson asks head coach Tanner Hart a question about a play

Buffalo High School senior Coy Johnson asks head coach Tanner Hart a question about a play explanation in the locker room during half time on Friday. Questions came from almost every starter as they talked through what to improve in the second half.

Anthony Peters and Hunter Stone watch

Buffalo High School junior Anthony Peters and senior Hunter Stone watch from the back of the locker room as head coach Tanner Hart draws plays out on the white board on Friday.

Coy Johnson and Hunter Stone laugh together after a timeout

Buffalo High School seniors Coy Johnson and Hunter Stone laugh together after a timeout during the third quarter on Friday. Both seniors are regular starters on varsity.

Hyrum Hatch stretches for a shot while being fouled

Buffalo High School senior Hyrum Hatch stretches for a shot while being fouled by a Wheatland player in the fourth quarter on Friday. Hyrum scored a total of 11 points during the game, including three free throws.

Coy Johnson jumps for a layup after a breakaway down court

Buffalo High School senior Coy Johnson jumps for a layup after a breakaway down court on Friday night. Buffalo came into the second half up 35-13.

Taylor Swanston moves under the basket

Buffalo High School senior Taylor Swanston moves under the basket before passing the ball to a teammate on Friday. Buffalo scored on the possession.

Hyrum Hatch looks for an open teammate

Buffalo High School senior Hyrum Hatch looks for an open teammate while surrounded by Wheatland defenders on Friday. Buffalo did not score on the possession.

Colby Bessler stretches over the top of Wheatland junior Khai Johnson

Buffalo High School senior Colby Bessler stretches over the top of Wheatland junior Khai Johnson as they fight for possession of the ball on Friday night. Colby played in all four quarters of the game.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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