3A/4A State Basketball, Saturday Riverton win

Riverton players celebrate after their victory over Worland during the Wyoming State High School Class 3A Boys Basketball Championship last season at the Casper Events Center.

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East Conference

Buffalo Bison

COACH: John Hepp (8th year)

LAST YEAR: 11-12 (did not qualify)

THIS SEASON: 8-3

RETURNING STARTERS/LETTERWINNERS: 4/10

KEY RETURNERS: G Hayden Peterson (5-8, sr), G Luke Glassock (5-9, jr), G Aaron Thiele (6-2, jr), F Ray Rabou (6-2, jr).

Douglas Bearcats

COACH: Lee Toldson (4th year)

LAST YEAR: 20-5 (third place)

THIS SEASON: 2-7

RETURNING STARTERS/LETTERWINNERS: 1/3

KEY RETURNERS: G Harley Rhoades (5-11, sr); G Dawson Bratton (6-2, sr); G Michael Yeaman (5-10, sr).

Newcastle Dogies

COACH: Allen Von Eye (12th year)

LAST YEAR: 5-17 (did not qualify)

THIS SEASON: 6-1

RETURNING STARTERS/LETTERWINNERS: 4/9

KEY RETURNERS: F Lyle Whitney (6-0, sr); G Cade Ostenson (5-11, jr); F Sawyer Roberson (6-0, jr); G Jake Lacey (6-2, jr).

Rawlins Outlaws

COACH: Denver Allard (10th year)

LAST YEAR: 16-11 (0-2)

THIS SEASON: 6-3

RETURNING STARTERS/LETTERWINNERS: 4/7

KEY RETURNERS: G Bryce Jerome (6-4, sr); F Malakai Olson-Green (6-4, sr); C Hunter Pixler (6-7, jr); F Gabe Murry (6-2, jr).

Thermopolis Bobcats

COACH: Kevin Gerber (3rd year)

LAST YEAR: 2-21 (did not qualify)

THIS SEASON: 1-5

RETURNING STARTERS/LETTERWINNERS: 2/2

KEY RETURNERS: F Noah Schwalbe (6-2, sr); G Hudson Roling (5-9, sr); F Cade Zupan (6-3, sr).

Torrington Trailblazers

COACH: Neil Baker (3rd year)

LAST YEAR: 16-10 (consolation champs)

THIS SEASON: 4-5

RETURNING STARTERS/LETTERWINNERS: 4/10

KEY RETURNERS: G Jordan Malm (6-1, jr); G Nathan Stitt (5-10, sr); G Bryan Lemmon (6-1, jr).

Wheatland Bulldogs

COACH: Mick Cochran (13th year)

LAST YEAR: 9-14 (did not qualify)

THIS SEASON: 3-6

KEY RETURNERS: None provided

Worland Warriors

COACH: Aaron Abel (5th year)

LAST YEAR: 20-7 (state runner-up)

THIS SEASON: 2-3

RETURNING STARTERS/LETTERWINNERS: 1/5

KEY RETURNERS: G Jadon Swalstad (sr); G McCoy Molzahn (sr); F Luke Mortimer (soph).

West Conference

Cody Broncs

COACH: Jake Kraft (2nd year)

LAST YEAR: 13-10 (did not qualify)

THIS SEASON: 8-3

RETURNING STARTERS/LETTERWINNERS: 3/7

KEY RETURNERS: C Zech Todd (6-8, sr); F Reece Andre (6-5, sr); G Elijah Leyva (5-8, jr).

Lander Tigers

COACH: Stu Mullins (1st year)

LAST YEAR: 10-13 (did not qualify)

THIS SEASON: 4-5

RETURNING STARTERS/LETTERWINNERS: 1/5

KEY RETURNERS: G Christian Lopez (5-9, sr); G Antonio Coando (6-0, jr); F Mason Cronk (6-2, jr).

Lyman Eagles

COACH: Kevin Lueck (5th year)

LAST YEAR: 17-9 (1-2)

THIS SEASON: 1-8

KEY RETURNERS: None provided

Mountain View Buffalos

COACH: Dustin Rees (1st year)

LAST YEAR: 9-18 (1-2)

THIS SEASON: 3-5

RETURNING STARTERS/LETTERWINNERS: 0/3

KEY RETURNERS: G Braedan Walk (soph); G Jason Stoddard (sr); P Briggen Bluemel (soph).

Pinedale Wranglers

COACH: Eric Oram (1st year)

LAST YEAR: 15-13 (0-2)

THIS SEASON: 5-5

KEY RETURNERS: None provided

Powell Panthers

COACH: Chase Kistler (5th year)

LAST YEAR: 3-19 (did not qualify)

THIS SEASON: 3-4

KEY RETURNERS: None provided

Riverton Wolverines

COACH: Beau Sheets (1st year)

LAST YEAR: 28-1 (state champs)

THIS SEASON: 6-4

KEY RETURNERS: Jaren Draper (sr); Ridge McCoy (sr); Treyton Paxton (jr); Soloman VanDellen (sr).

Star Valley Braves

COACH: Paul Kabonic (1st year)

LAST YEAR: 5-18 (did not qualify)

THIS SEASON: 2-6

RETURNING STARTERS/LETTERWINNERS: 1-2

KEY RETURNERS: F Kambel Jenkins (6-4, sr); F Payton Erickson (6-2, sr); G Andrew Jeske (5-9, jr).

— Compiled by Brady Oltmans, staff writer

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High School Sports Reporter

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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