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1A Boys State Basketball - Saturday

Burlington's Torey Wardell shoots over Snake River's Trenton Jeannerett during last year's Wyoming State High School Class 1A Boys Basketball Championship title game at the Casper Events Center.

Alan Rogers, Star-Tribune

Party crashers 1 The Rock River boys (6-18), Kaycee girls (10-14) and Guernsey girls (5-16) all enter the state tournament with losing records while the Hulett girls (12-11) went 3-0 at last week’s East Regional to earn the No. 1 seed and get above .500 for the first time since Dec. 9.

Going for five-peat 2 The Burlington boys (20-3) have won four consecutive state championship and are the favorites to make it five in a row. The Huskies’ only losses this season were to Class 2A teams Rocky Mountain (twice) and Wyoming Indian by a combined 15 points.

In search of No. 1 3 Not only have six of the Class 1A teams here — Rock River boys and girls, Hulett boys and girls, Saratoga boys and Guernsey girls — yet to win a state championship, but some are trying to break lengthy semifinal droughts. While it’s been awhile for the Hanna boys (1978) and Rock River boys (1971), the Rock River girls have never advanced to the semifinals.

Southwest flavor

4 Teams from the Southwest Conference grabbed six of the eight state tournament berths at the West Regional last week. Those six teams — Encampment boys and girls, Farson and Snake River boys, and Cokeville and Snake River girls — are a combined 104-42 while the other 10 teams are a combined 123-88.

Head to head

5 The Rock River boys (0-10) and Guernsey girls (0-8) were both winless against the rest of the teams in the field. The Burlington boys, on the other hand, were 4-0. The Farson boys were 5-0 until a double-overtime loss to Burlington in the West Regional championship game.

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Sports Editor

Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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