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Frequently asked questions -- Wyoming High School Football History

What is this site?

This site was created and is maintained by Patrick Schmiedt, a former sports reporter at the Casper Star-Tribune who now teaches journalism at North Dakota State University. The site is open for use by all members of the media, fans, coaches, players, parents and passers-by. My only request is that you don't take this information and use it in any way to make money. I make very little money off this site -- in fact, I have to pay for my web space, so I'm actually losing money by having this up here -- so my only request is to give credit to my sweat equity when it's due.

How do I read pages that contain results?

Each game has six (or seven) aspects to it. The data are listed in this order: Date (A for August, S for September, O for October, N for November, D for December, J for January), Away team, Away score, Home team, Home score, and the source (see below for more details on sources). Sometimes, between the home score and the source, I will have notes on the game, such as if it went into overtime, what the neutral site was or a note to say I'm not sure about a certain aspect of a game (loc. unk. for an unknown location, etc.).

OK, so a win is a win and a loss is a loss. Other than that, how are records compiled?

Playoff records include state playoffs only. This doesn't include consolation playoffs, consolation championship games, 1/2 playoff games or conference championship tiebreaker playoffs. Overall records count 1/2 playoffs as whole games. Ties count as half a win and half a loss in computing winning percentage.

Do you have the data in any other format than Web-based HTML?

I have Excel pages for each school and each year. Some are available on the site. Please email me (my address is pschmiedt@yahoo.com) if you would like anything that's not posted here already. If I don't have the info in Excel already, I can surely create it.

How did you do this?

Most of this database was compiled using the microfilm materials at Coe Library, University of Wyoming. Parts of this research were also conducted at the Natrona County Public Library with its microfilm.

What are your sources?

Most of the scores listed throughout this site were first printed in a newspaper, compiled first by countless journalists throughout the state. My eternal gratitude is extended to those who helped with the creation of this site simply by doing their jobs. My sources are coded with capital letters after each game; a full list of what those letters mean is available on the paper codes page.

Is the research complete? Are team records full?

No way! Please note that this is a work in progress! I will be adding/improving this site to best suit you and to make the site and the information you want easy to find and access. Records start in 1894 and continue through the end of last season.

Aren't all your records a year off?

No. Records are compiled using actual dates, not graduation dates. For example, if your high school won the state title with the "Class of '95," their games and subsequent title will be listed in the year those games were played, in this case 1994.

How can I get in touch with you?

You can email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.