by nathan oster
Greybull High School forensics coach Ted Menke got some good news before he and his Grey Ghosts went on Spring Break. In an email, he learned that his Ghosts had placed third in 1A/2A at their recent state meet in Rock Springs — not fourth, as he had initially been led to believe.
While it was a move of just one place, it was significant nonetheless because as a top-three finisher, GHS earned a trophy. Even after the recalculations, Thermopolis held onto the top spot, winning 1A/2A. Saratoga finished second in the revised final standings, followed in third by Greybull and Wright, which tied.
The Ghosts were led by Aftin DeRosa, who took first in Poetry. Samantha Stewart and Brittany Cheatham finished second and fifth, respectively, in Drama.
Menke said the email made his day.
“We went a long time (at GHS) where we were very successful with whoever we had on the team — but then we had a run there of about four years where we just couldn’t get anything going,” he said.
The Ghosts ended that drought last year when they finished third — and as it turns out, they built on that this year with their second straight top-three finish. “We had a young team this year, but we had a lot of talent,” he said. “We only lose one senior (Brittany Cheatham) … so I’m hoping next year we can take another step up and place first or second.”