Led by three members of Kelly Walsh’s Class 4A state championship team, the Wyoming team might finally end Montana’s recent dominance in the annual basketball series.
Montana has won 10 consecutive games in the series, with Wyoming’s last victory coming in 2011.
But the Kelly Walsh trio of Jaxon Hiatt, Manny N’Tula and Cameron Carter hope to change that when the teams meet in the Wyoming-Montana All-Star Basketball series June 9-10.
Joining those three are 6-foot-10 University of Wyoming signee Hunter Thompson from Pine Bluffs, Kylan Shultz from 3A state champ Riverton, Trevor Hautala and Kelby Kramer from 4A runner-up Rock Springs, Cody Baumstarck from 3A runner-up Worland, Buell Robinson from 2A runner-up Wyoming Indian and Eric Jamerman from Douglas.
With Thompson, Kramer (6-8) and Baumstarck (6-8), the Wyoming team should have a decided advantage in the paint against a Montana team that leads the all-time series 53-27.
The Wyoming girls team has a strong Cheyenne East presence as four members of the T-Birds’ 4A state championship team are represented in Cosette Stellern, Sierra Stellern, Katie Loken and Jessie Erickson.
Rounding out the team are Macie Mackey and Kalina Smith from Gillette, Abby Fearneyhough from Cheyenne Central, Maggie Justinak from Rock Springs, Ashley Tehau from Buffalo and Lyndzi Rich from Worland.
The Montana girls lead the all-time series 27-13 after the teams split their two games last year.