LYMAN — Lyman Eagle Joseph Turner has been named one of the five boys named as a finalist for the prestigious 2021 Milward Simpson Award.
This honor is given to the most outstanding male and female student-athletes in the state. It is considered the most prestigious award a prep athlete in Wyoming can earn in their high school career. This year’s honor will be presented at a luncheon on June 19, in Cody, at the Cody Auditorium Club Room. Finalists include five boys and five girls. This is the 45th year for the award.
The award is named in honor of Wyoming’s 23rd governor, the first born in the state, who also served as a U.S. Senator and a member of the Wyoming House of Representatives. He was born in Jackson, attended school in places like Meeteetse and Cody, and graduated from UW in 1921. While at the University, he was both an athlete and a member of the university's debate team. Simpson served as the team captain for the University of Wyoming football, basketball and baseball teams and earned varsity letters in each sport from 1917-1921. As a halfback in football, he became the first Wyoming native to earn All-America honors. He turned down a professional baseball contract to attend Harvard Law School.
During World War I, Simpson served as a second lieutenant in the infantry, United States Army. From 1921 to 1925, he attended Harvard Law School. He was admitted to the bar in 1926 and practiced law in Cody until 1955 when he became governor of Wyoming. Simpson was inducted into the UW Hall of Fame in 1996.
Joseph Turner, finishing an excellent four-year career at Lyman High School, was one of the five tapped for consideration of this award.
During his high school career, Turner was a multiple letter award winner in football, basketball, and track. In football, he was both an all-conference and all-state selection. He was also selected to the Super-25 second team. Lyman high school finished this past season with a record of 11-1, and they were crowned the 2A state football champions.
Turner will play in the Wyoming Shrine Bowl game tomorrow on the South Team. He was a member of the Lyman High School basketball team, and he was awarded the WHSAA Sportsmanship Award.
This past track season he held the top discus mark in the state with a throw of 182’ 5,” which ranked him 22nd in the nation among high school throwers. He now holds the Lyman High School throwing records in the discus (182’ 5”) and the shot put (61”2”).
At this year’s state track meet Joseph won the discus with a throw of (175’ 10”) and the shot put at (57’ 5.75”). His discus throw earned him the “Best of the Best” award at the state meet.