KW vs. NC Girls Soccer

Kelly Walsh’s Kylie Spangler, left, and Ashley Sanchez, right, embrace Bailey Neff after Neff scored the first of the Trojans’ four quick goals against Natrona County on April 7 at the Tom Staffileno Activities Complex in Casper.

Alan Rogers, Star-Tribune

As Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett said on her 2015 song “Pedestrian At Best,” “Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint you.”

Well, undefeated no more, three times the No. 1 team was knocked off its pedestal in the last week.

The Gillette boys were upset by Cheyenne Central over the weekend, clearing the way for Rock Springs to take the top spot after winning the Pinnacle Challengers Cup in Worland.

The Gillette girls were upended by Cheyenne East, 3-0, which paved the way for the presumptive new No. 1 Thunderbirds before the T-Birds lost to Laramie on Wednesday. After the massive shuffle at the top, Kelly Walsh stands alone, still undefeated, with the big match against Laramie looming next week.

In an overtime classic, the Natrona boys pulled off an upset of cross-town rival Kelly Walsh, but the Mustangs miss the new rankings due to a 2-1 loss to Green River on Tuesday.

Class 3A received a major shakeup between the Pinnacle Challengers Cup and the Southwest Invite last weekend.

The Cody boys retained the top spot despite 1-0 losses to Rock Springs and Rawlins. Losing to the Outlaws does hurt, but some of that may have been the remaining sting from dropping a close contest to the Class 4A Tigers.

Worland jumped to the spot just behind those Broncs after winning two and losing two matches to Class 4A opponents, both in shootouts. The only other loss the Warriors have came in overtime to Cody.

Meanwhile, the Cody girls have firm control over Class 3A and Star Valley only dug its feet further into the runner-up position. Douglas is a new face to the rankings after wins over Powell and Torrington before forcing a shootout with Pinedale.

This story originally ran in the Casper Star-Tribune and on


Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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