MOUNTAIN VIEW — Briggin Bluemel, MVHS(3A/4A), was one of four students to be named Southwest District Senior Student Athletes of the Year for 2019-2020.
The other award winners are: Alyssa Bedard from Rock Springs (3A/4A); Emma Tiechert from Cokeville (1A/2A) and Reid Schroeder from Encampment (1A/2A). These recipients will also be nominated for the Milward Simpson Award, according to Dustin Rees, MVHS AD, Tuesday afternoon.
Each year the best senior student athletes from Southwest Wyoming are nominated for this outstanding award. Athletes are nominated based on their athletic achievements, academic success and leadership in their school and community.
“I would just like to say that I am very honored that I have been selected for this award. I have been working very hard not only in high school, but for my whole entire life,” Bluemel said Wednesday evening. “It means a lot to be recognized for this, and I am thankful for everyone that made it happen.”
Bluemel, the son of Danny and Michelle Bluemel, has turned in an impressive high school career both in the sports arena and the academic arena. He has two older brothers: Bryton, a mechanical engineering student at the University of Wyoming; and BeauDee, a graduate auto-mechanic from Universal Technical Institute. “They have been a big impact and my greatest role-models in life,” Bluemel added.
In addition, Bluemel said, “And of course, I would not be anywhere if it were not for the support of my mom and dad who have pushed me every single day and molded me into the person I have become.”
Bluemel has been a major force for Mountain View as a 3-peat sportster in which he earned recognition in football, basketball and track. He took a state championship last year in the outdoor hurdles. His list of accomplishments reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of high school athletes. Some of his accomplishments are included here.
Bluemel racked up more accolades this year in the sports arena before the state basketball tournament for 3A-4A was cancelled. He was named All State in 2A football for the 2019 season, which means he received this recognition three years in a row. In addition, in football as a junior, Bluemel was named the 2018 2A West Offensive Player of the Year and was All Conference and All State as a sophomore through his senior year. Also, Bluemel was named a 2020 National Football Foundation (Wyoming Chapter) Scholar-Athlete Finalist.
In January, Bluemel signed his National Letter of Intent to play football next season for Dickinson State University in Dickinson, North Dakota. However, Wednesday Bluemel said, “When it comes to sports next year, I have decided to not do football and track for Dickinson State, and instead I will compete in track at the University of Wyoming where I will be doing hurdles. While at Wyoming, I plan to study Business Management and Finance and hopefully start my own business in the future.”
An all-around athlete, Bluemel said, “When it comes to me, I have been playing football, basketball and track my entire life.”
Strong on the field and strong in the classroom, Bluemel has racked up an excellent GPA as he cruised through the halls of MVHS.
“School wise, I have been a 4.0 student my whole life finishing high school with a 3.99 cumulative GPA and a 29 score on the ACT,” Bluemel said. “I have been ranked #1 in my class and will be the salutatorian of the class of 2020.”
In looking back on his accomplishments and impact others have had on his life to this point, Bluemel said, “Lastly, the person that has had the biggest impact on my life and me as a person is my head football coach, Brent Walk. He has instilled many great traits into me and taught me to be the young man I have become. He has taught me that even though sports are a very important part of my life, there are bigger and more important things such as family and friends that you will have in your life forever. He taught me that family always comes before everything and has even allowed me to be part of his own family.”