Wyoming Student-Athlete Hometown Reports

Oct. 15, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Following are periodic highlights of selected University of Wyoming student-athletes, detailing recent performances and their contributions to their respective UW teams.

Check out these reports on Cowgirl Soccer player Mercy Adetoye; Cowboy Golfer Eric Baily; Cowgirl Golfer Lindsay Bauknecht; Cowboy Wide Receiver Jovon Bouknight; Cowboy Noseguard Dusty Hoffschneider; Cowgirl Distance Runner Jennifer Thompson and Cowboy Placekicker Deric Yaussi.

Mercy Adetoye, Jr, For, Englewood, Colo. (Littleton)


Junior Mercy Adetoye

Mercy Adetoye, a junior from Englewood, Colorado, has helped the University of Wyoming Cowgirl Soccer Team get out to a great start at 7-3-4 this season. The junior forward had two goals and an assist for the Cowgirls last weekend against Northern Arizona University. What is seemingly more impressive is that the two goals came one minute apart. With those two goals and the assist, Adetoye has move up to fourth all-time in goals with 11 and a tie for second all-time in assists with six. Her five assists this season is a tie for the most in a single season ever for a Cowgirl. Adetoye is also tearing up the Mountain West Conference leaderboard. She is tied for second in several categories: shots (51), shots per game (3.64), points (13), points per game (.93), and assists (5) respectively. Adetoye is third in a few more categories: goals (4), assists per game (.36), and is tied for third in game winning goals (2). Lastly, Adetoye is sixth in the MWC in goals per game (.29). Adetoye and the Cowgirls will travel to San Diego State and UNLV this weekend as they enter their full conference schedule.

Eric Baily, 6-0, 180, Jr., Crofton, Neb. (Crofton)


Junior Eric Baily

Eric Baily, a junior from Crofton, Nebraska, is leading the University of Wyoming Cowboy golf team this season. Although he may not be on the Cowboy leaderboard in all categories, he has been the top finisher in two of the three tournaments for UW this year. The last two events, Baily has stoked the ball very well to the tune of sixth and tenth, at the Nebraska Fairway Club Invitational and the University of Louisville Intercollegiate, respectively. At the University of Louisville Intercollegiate, he also hit his lowest round of the year of 72 and had his best finish at two over par (218). Currently, Baily has the lowest stroke average on the team and is 29th in the Mountain West Conference in that category. Baily and the rest of the Cowboy Golf team travel to Reno for the University of Nevada Wolf Pack Invitational early next week.


Lindsay Bauknecht, 5-7, Fr., Vienna, Va. (Oakton)


Freshman Lindsay Bauknecht

Lindsay Bauknecht, a freshman who attended Oakton HS in Vienna, Virginia, has been playing solidly on the links for the University of Wyoming Cowgirl Golf team. She has finished second on the team behind freshman Laura Mengelkamp at every meet this year except for one. Bauknecht's best finish on the year was at the Front Range Triplay when she finished sixth. In other events, which have been either two or three day tournaments, her best finish is 18th. Bauknecht's best round so far this season is a 75, which came at the Denver University Pioneer Invite. For the season, she has a 79.18 stroke average, good enough for 24th in the Mountain West Conference and second on the team. Bauknecht and the rest of the Cowgirl Golf Team return to play at Lady Aztec Fall Classic in San Diego, early next week.


Jovon Bouknight, WR, 6-1, 189, Jr., 2L, Denver, Colo. (Manual)


Junior Jovon Bouknight

Jovon Bouknight, a junior wide receiver from Manual High School in Denver, has helped lead the Wyoming Cowboy Football team out to a 4-1 start. Whether it is returning kickoffs, catching balls over the middle, or throwing for touchdowns, this junior has done it all this season for the Cowboys, and they are off to their best start since 1999. Bouknight's play has gotten the attention of many people this season. Last week against San Diego State, he caught six passes for 87 yards and one touchdown. One catch, at a pivotal point in the game, was a 29 yard scoring strike from Corey Bramlet. This type of play earned Bouknight the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week. The former high school quarterback has also thrown for a 69 yard touchdown against Ole Miss, which was recognized by ESPN and Pontiac as the Performance Play of the Week. For receiving the award, the University of Wyoming was given $5,000 towards their general scholarship fund. Bouknight, with all of his brilliant play, is moving up the All-Time record board for the Cowboys in several categories. Bouknight is tied for seventh all-time for receiving touchdowns (13), eighth in catches (134), and ninth in receiving yards (1,787), in only three years at Wyoming. He also currently has caught at least two passes in 29 consecutive games, which includes every game he has ever played at Wyoming. For the season, Bouknight has caught 24 passes for 362 yards. The Cowboys return to the gridiron this Saturday against the BYU Cougars looking to extend their winning streak to four games and win their first game in Provo since 1987.

Dusty Hoffschneider, NG, 5-10, 250, RJr., RS, Littleton, Colo. (Northern Colorado)


Junior Dusty Hoffschneider

Dusty Hoffschneider, a redshirt junior noseguard, who transferred to Wyoming from Northern Colorado, is plugging up the middle for the Wyoming Cowboys Defense. Even though he is smaller than most offensive lineman and many running backs, the 5'10", 250 pound defender is proving that he belongs in middle. Hoffschneider has been anchoring down the defensive line for most of the season, with senior Zach Morris injured or limited in his minutes this season. With Hoffschneider involved in many run stopping plays, the defense has turned itself around this season and has been a major reason the Cowboys are 4-1. The defense is second in the Mountain West Conference in scoring defense and defense against the rush. They are first in turnover margin, +6 for the season and +1.20 turnovers per game. Hoffschneider on the year has 30 tackles (nine solo, 21 assisted), seven tackles for loss, three sacks, and has recovered two fumbles for the Cowboys. Two of his stats have placed him among the top 10 in the Mountain West Conference Defensive categories. He is tenth in the conference in sacks and tied for second in fumbles received. As soon as he's done with football he returns to the mat with the Cowboy Wrestling team where last year he was an NCAA qualifier and nationally ranked most of the season. Hoffschneider and the rest of the Cowboys travel to Provo this weekend to take on their bitter rivals, the BYU Cougars, hoping to break the losing streak there which dates back to 1987.

Jennifer Thompson, Sr., Cheyenne, Wyo. (Cheyenne Central)


Senior Jennifer Thompson

Jennifer Thompson, a senior from Cheyenne Central High School in Cheyenne, Wyoming, is proving that she is one of the best runners in the region for the University of Wyoming Cowgirl Cross Country team. Thompson has finished no lower then seventh in any of the meets she has competed in this fall. The only race that she finished seventh in was the Rocky Mountain Shootout where she finished behind six young women that were either All-Americans last year or pre-season All-Americans in their respective divisions this year (Colorado and Western State, a Div. II school). For the year, Thompson has finished second, fourth, and seventh at the Wyoming Invite, the Colorado State University Invite, and the Rocky Mountain Shootout, respectively. The team also finished well during these meets with Thompson leading the way. They have finished first, second, and third at all of these meets. Look for Thompson and the rest of the harriers on the University of Wyoming Cross Country teams to return to the course at the Chile Pepper Invite at Fayetteville, Arkansas this weekend.

Deric Yaussi, K, 5-11, 181, Jr., 2L, Fort Collins, Colo. (Poudre)


Junior Deric Yaussi

Deric Yaussi, a junior from Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, is having a great year for the University of Wyoming Cowboy Football team. He kicked two field goals, 38 and 42 yards respectively, against San Diego State for the Cowboys in their 20-10 victory in Laramie. His great kicking game netted him his second career Mountain West Conference Player of the Week award. Yaussi is leading the conference in scoring at 8.6 points per game. For the season, the junior place kicker (who is also handling kick off duties) is 9 of 11 on field goals and 16 of 16 in point after attempts. He is currently ranked seventh in the NCAA in field goals made and 30th in scoring. With Yaussi solidifying the kicking game, the Cowboys are out to their best start since 1999 at 4-1 and have even received votes this week in both College Football polls. Look for Yaussi and the rest of his Cowboy teammates to return to the field against the BYU Cougars in Provo this Saturday at 8 P.M.