KW Volleyball

Kelly Walsh sophomore Danilynn Schell dives for a ball during the Trojans’ game against Green River on Sept. 14 in Casper.

Josh Galemore, Star-Tribune

This is something new from the Star-Tribune. We’ll look at some of the top performers from the previous week and give you a brief preview on what athletes and teams to keep an eye on over the upcoming weekend.

VOLLEYBALL

Higher Than The Rest

If any team in the state had a great weekend it was Lyman. The Eagles went 6-0, including two wins over Class 3A defending state champion Star Valley at the Braves’ home invite. Lyman is now a West Conference best 12-3.

During its home invite last weekend Lusk went 4-0 in addition to a regular-season win over Lingle-Ft. Laramie. This included wins over Moorcroft, Upton and Hulett, as well as another win over the Doggers. The Tigers are now 13-2 overall.

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A number of Class 4A teams, along with Rawlins, Big Horn, Riverton, Douglas, Mountain View and Lander will be competing at the Casper Invite. The tournament at the Casper Events Center, the site of the state tournament, runs Friday and Saturday.

A big Saturday looms in the Southwest corner of the state for the Cokeville, Encampment and Saratoga Triangular. Those matches should all be quite a treat and could do wonders for teams going into the final month of the season.

CROSS-COUNTRY

Higher Than The Rest

Racing against bigger competition all year paid off for Thermopolis’ McKenna Bomengen. She won the Lander Invite and has hit her stride after finishing 23rd at both the Beartrap Invite and the Billings (Mont.) Invite.

Mountain View sophomore Travis Harmon furthered his legend by taking the boys title at the Lander Invite. Harmon won by 51 seconds after medaling in the 1600- and 3200-meter runs at the state track meet last year.

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The biggest teams in the state once again converge on Casper for the Glen Legler Memorial Earlybird. It gives teams another chance to prove themselves a month before the state meet.

Smaller schools up north will compete at Powder Horn in the Big Horn Invite. As competitive as Class 2A has been so far, that one should go down to the finish line.

GIRLS SWIMMING

Higher Than The Rest

It’s just the right time for Sydni Sanders to hit her stride. She took home the gold in the 100 freestyle for Green River and was third in the 200 free at the Green River Invite. She was also the anchor leg on the winning 200 free relay team and second leg on the silver-medalist 400 free relay team.

At the Newcastle Invite, Cody finished second in the 200 medley relay as well as the 400 freestyle relay. Marissa Rosenbaum was a member of both those teams in addition to winning the 500 freestyle.

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All of Class 4A will be at the Sheridan Invite, which gives swimmers another chance to set their marks only a few weeks away from state.

The other big meet of the week takes place in Northwest Wyoming as Class 3A converges on Worland for the Lady Warrior Invite.

TENNIS

Higher Than The Rest

At the state meet in Gillette, Jackson’s Nate Fairbanks pulled off two upsets in No. 1 singles to set the stage for a semifinal match against Gillette’s Dawson Miessler.

In the biggest upset of state tennis’ first day, Gillette’s Tatum Zickefoose beat Sasha Bentley from Rock Springs in No. 2 singles. Bentley was the No. 2 seed.

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The state tennis meet wraps up with the semifinals Friday and championship matches Saturday.

Follow sports reporter Brady Oltmans on Twitter @Brady_CST

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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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