Bartlett, Evans named Prep Athletes of the Year

Cheyenne East grad Tevis Bartlett and Cheyenne Central alum Emily Evans were named NewsChannel 5's Prep Athletes of the Year, it was announced Tuesday.

Bartlett, preparing to start his schooling and football tenure at the University of Washington, was the quarterback for a Thunderbirds' football team which went 8-3 and reached the Class 4A semifinals. He amassed 2,419 total yards and 18 touchdowns - through the air and on the ground - in 11 games for East.

It was during the wrestling season which saw Bartlett rise to the level of Athlete of the Year. He rolled through his season, ending with becoming the 18th wrestler in Wyoming prep history to finish as a four-time state champion.

"You know, it's quite an honor when other people recognize your athletic accomplishments and they feel that it's necessary to award you even further than your accomplishments already," Bartlett told NewsChannel 5 on Tuesday.

For Evans, the girls basketball season proved to be her chance to become a leader for Lady Indians athletics. The point guard averaged 15.7 points a game last season and powered Central to the 4A playoffs.

It was during the Lady Indians' quarterfinal matchup against Kelly Walsh where Evans truly earned her Athlete of the Year honor. The senior was fouled as time expired and proceeded to hit two free throws for the 33-32 playoff win.

"To me, with the Prep Athlete of the Year award, it means that I did everything that I could and that I exceled in all three of my sports and I was able to have three great seasons and put my name out there and be recognized," Evans told NewsChannel 5 on Tuesday.