The Wyoming all-star teams look to end their northerly neighbor’s dominance on the basketball court in the annual Wyoming-Montana All-Star Basketball series this weekend.
Last year’s girls’ series was split, which brought the series advantage to 27-13 in favor of Montana.
Leading the Wyoming girls are four from state champion Cheyenne East: Jessie Erickson, Katie Loken and Stellern twins, Cosette and Sierra. Gillette, last year’s state runner-up, will be represented by Macie Mackey and Kalina Smith.
The remaining four players on the Wyoming roster are Buffalo’s Ashley Tehau, Worland’s Lyndzi Rich, Cheyenne Central’s Abby Fearneyhough and Maggie Justinak from Rock Springs.
On the other side of the court will be three Division I commits, as the Montana team features players who have signed to play at Sacramento State, Idaho and the University of Montana, respectively.
Wyoming’s boys team will be behind the eight-ball in hopes of ending Montana’s 10-game winning streak with 6-foot-10 University of Wyoming signee Hunter Thompson out of the game with a possible stress fracture in his foot.
Even without Thompson, Wyoming still has size with Rock Springs’ Kelby Kramer and Worland’s Cody Baumstauck (both 6-8). Then there are capable guards and swing players from Class 4A state champion Kelly Walsh in Manny N’Tula, Cameron Carter and Jaxon Hiatt. Trevor Hautala is also on the team from runner-up Rock Springs.
Class 3A champion Riverton is represented by Kylan Shultz while semifinal adversary, Douglas’ Eric Jamerman, is also on the team in addition to Wyoming Indian’s Buell Robinson.
Those players will face a Montana team led by two-time state Gatorade player of the year Brendan Howard, who has signed to play at Eastern Washington. Four players on the Montana roster will play collegiate football, two each at Montana State and the University of Montana.
Montana leads the all-time boys series 53-27.
Friday’s games begin at 5:30 p.m. at Sheridan College with the girls game first followed by the boys contest. Both teams will jump the state line and play Saturday at Rocky Mountain College in Billings with the same tip-off times.