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Beyond the Game

Beyond the Game

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Welcome to SweetwaterNOW's Beyond the Game Podcast with Brayden Flack. The podcast will seek to look at athletics in Sweetwater County in a new light that is thought provoking, interesting and personal.
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The Tale of Two Friends
For Art Castillo and Bill Hodges, coaching and friendship go hand in hand. The two WWCC wrestling coaches share the story of their journey together. 
September 29, 2020
Facing the Unknown
For Rock Springs High School Head Football Coach, Mark Lenhardt, preparing for the opposing team each week is something he's done for quite some time. However, this upcoming season he also has to prepare for the unknown as a result of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
July 29, 2020
Creating a Positive Experience
We invited Annette Ice, head coach of the Rock Springs High School Lady Tigers softball team on the show this month to talk about her motives for taking the job and what her plans are with the program moving forward.
June 23, 2020
Home Sweet Home
In this episode, Brayden chats with new Green River Wolves head football coach Kevin Cuthbertson. Cuthbertson shares insight into his goals for the football program and how he landed back with the team he once played for. 
April 15, 2020
"It's Not About Us"
Rock Springs High School Track and Field Head Coach Casey Walker joins Brayden on the show for a unique perspective on the status of local athletes in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Walker reminds listeners that our trying circumstances shouldn't be about us but about others around us.
March 19, 2020
"What an Opportunity"
The 2020 NJCAA Wrestling Championships begin this weekend in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Ten Mustang wrestlers will be heading to the championships to bring back the national title. Head coach Art Castillo and three of his national qualifiers sit down in this episode of the podcast to talk about preparing for the tournament.
March 3, 2020
Trey Marble, Jalen Blaize, Sindou Cisse and Manel Ayol discuss how they've helped change the culture for the WWCC Men's Basketball team this season as they move into the postseason with the hopes to make school history.
February 26, 2020
Building Blocks
In episode nine, the conversation with Jeff Atkinson narrows in on some of the principles he learned and implemented while building the men's soccer program at WWCC. His reflection provides sound advice for anyone who may be building a company, relationship or career from the ground up. Music Credit: LAKEY INSPIRED Track Name: "Alone" Music By: LAKEY INSPIRED @ "LAKEY INSPIRED" YouTube Channel HERE: Music Credit: LAKEY INSPIRED Track Name: "Chill Day" Music By: LAKEY INSPIRED @ upload HERE - "LAKEY INSPIRED" YouTube Channel HERE -
February 5, 2020
Summiting Your Mountain
Eric Aanerud and Dave Tanner join the Beyond the Game Podcast to chat about their extreme outdoor adventures that have given them a unique perspective on life. From a bear encounter to summiting three peaks in one day, there isn't any adventure too challenging. The duo share their deep feelings for Wyoming's beauty and what they have learned during their runs. Seeking out a challenge is at the heart of what these two best of friends do. Whether great or small, find your mountain and take the challenge to summit it.
January 16, 2020
One Team, One Fight
DOWNLOAD AND SUBSCRIBE TO BEYOND THE GAME Rock Springs YAFL president, Teno Trujillo, and former league president, Mel Carlson, join the podcast to discuss their incredible win down in Las Vegas, Nevada that put Rock Springs YAFL on the map and crowned them national champions. The conversation also delves into the 50th anniversary of the YAFL and what changes the league has seen during the last few decades. Lastly, Trujillo and Carlson share their thoughts on what they have learned and what kind of influence the league has on local youth.
December 10, 2019
Growing Pains
This episode features WWCC Wrestling head coach, Art Castillo, who talks about how personal growth comes as a means of putting yourself in uncomfortable situations — a feeling that the sport has always provided him. Whether you're a teenager or adult, personal growth and success only comes as a result of seeking new challenges and learning through growing pains. Success isn't easy, but it begins with being a good person. And that has been part of the reason behind a bright coaching career for Castillo and his program. Music Credit: "LAKEY INSPIRED - Chill Day" is licensed under a Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) Music provided by BreakingCopyright.
October 1, 2019
Fighting for Equality
Wyoming softball has faced it's fair share of challenges throughout the years. However, softball players in the "Equality" state are fighting for the state's nickname and the dream to play softball as a sanctioned sport. Heather Anderson and Annette Ice, two of the biggest supporters of girls softball in Sweetwater County, join the podcast to discuss the failed efforts to sanction the sport over the last 45 years and their current efforts to help fulfill the dreams and opportunities of many high school girl softball players in Wyoming. Here's to fighting for what you believe in and doing the right thing. Music Credit: Finally by Loxbeats Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download: Music promoted by Audio Library
August 6, 2019
The Good Parent
Athletics allow youth to learn valuable lessons, develop strong characteristics and establish an identity. The process can be rewarding if done properly, however, youth's experiences can be dramatically negative if that process is interrupted. While there are many voices and influences around youth, sometimes parents can become their own worst enemy. Counselor, Chris Clark, shares his thoughts on parental involvement in youth sports and what parents can do to give their kids positive experiences and lasting memories. Music Credit:  Track: The Perpetual Ticking of Time — Artificial.Music [Audio Library Release] Music provided by Audio Library Plus Watch: Free Download / Stream:
July 12, 2019
Support and Success
A handful of studies have shown the correlation between support systems and an athlete's success on game day. Whether you are on the sideline, in the game or behind the scenes, you play an important part in the success of athletics and individuals in the community. Ann Rudoff is a prime example of what it means to support someone. When she isn't teaching Communications at Western Wyoming Community College, she is fulfilling her role as a supporter outside of the classroom. With a wealth of knowledge in human communication and interaction, Ann firmly believes in the importance of relationships.
June 18, 2019
The Perfect Storm
When failure at a young age seemed overwhelming, a strong support system allowed Matt Hanson to cope with ADHD. Running serves as that coping mechanism on a daily basis for Hanson. From running The World's Toughest Mudder to the Death Race, Matt competes in races most people wouldn't consider to be possible. When he isn't carrying boulders over a mountain, he focuses on helping children at Eastside Elementary overcome their weaknesses and turn them into strengths, just like he has.
May 22, 2019
In the debut episode of Beyond the Game, Brayden sits down with WWCC Wrestler Jake Thompson at the end of his sophomore year. Jake's obsession for wrestling started in his youth and has led him to earn status as an All-American during his collegiate career. Obsession isn't just about work ethic, it goes much deeper.
April 15, 2019