Beartrap

Rawlins freshman Sydney Thorvaldson competes at the Kelly Walsh Beartrap Invitational on Aug. 25 on Casper Mountain.

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 for the upcoming weekend.

VOLLEYBALL

Higher Than The Rest

In the span of two days Lingle-Fort Laramie outlasted Burns and went 3-0 against teams from Nebraska. The Doggers are now firmly in the driver’s seat of the Class 1A Southeast Conference (12-6).

Laramie recovered from getting swept by Cheyenne East by beating the Thunderbirds in five sets last weekend. Standing at the top of the Class 4A East Conference (21-4, 6-0), the Plainsmen have won 13 of their last 14.

Turn It On

This weekend is the 3A West Conference Duals. That means Lyman, Star Valley, Powell, Cody, Lander, Pinedale and Riverton will converge on Mountain View for an intense two-day grind to help determine which teams are in the driver’s seat with the regional tournament just three weeks away.

Class 1A teams, including the majority of the dominant Southwest Conference will compete at the Farson Invite. If any non-Southwest Conference team wants to win the state title for the first time since 2010, that squad needs to have a strong showing this weekend.

CROSS-COUNTRY

Higher Than The Rest

Douglas senior Jacob Smylie ran away with the Wheatland Invite last week, winning with a time of 17 minutes, 36.6 seconds. His performance was enough to give the Bearcats a win as Saratoga dominated the team standings.

Rawlins freshman sensation Sydney Thorvaldson continues to impress. The Lady Outlaw won the Moffat County Invite in Craig, Colorado, defeating a trio of Steamboat Springs runners by 1 minute, 50 seconds.

Turn It On

The biggest meet of the weekend is the Cheyenne Invitational, which includes numerous Class 4A teams as well as some from other classifications. The course will give runners a taste of something different with just a few short weeks before the regional meets.

Programs in the northwest part of the state will meet for the Powell Invitational. Most of the talk ahead of that meet surrounds runners in Thermopolis and the recent successes of both Cody teams.

GIRLS SWIMMING

Higher Than The Rest

It was a big home meet for Douglas, but no one had as a good of a day as did Rhylee Ramsey. The Bearcat senior won the 200 individual freestyle while also swimming as part of the winning 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams.

Over the course of the weekend Addy Fernandez of Rock Springs earned gold in the individual 100 backstroke and 200 IM in addition to the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams. The Tigers competed against Laramie, Cheyenne East and Cheyenne Central last week.

Turn It On

There’s really just one notable meet this week and that is the Buffalo Invite on Saturday. With only a few short weeks before conference meets, time is winding down for swimmers to register state-qualifying times.

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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