KWvsJackson Volleyball

Kelly Walsh’s Danilynn Schell (13) Hadley Lloyd (8) and Madison Vinich (5) go up for a block during their match against Jackson on Saturday 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 for the upcoming weekend.

VOLLEYBALL

Higher Than The Rest

It was a big invite for Encampment, which went 3-0 with non-conference wins over Farson and Snake River. In their three matches, the Tigers lost just one set. They are third in the 1A Southwest right now with a 14-2 record and three conference matches left.

With three wins in three days, including conference wins over Lusk and Burns, Pine Bluffs has moved to second in the 2A Southeast Conference to set the stage for Friday night’s clash with conference-leading Southeast.

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It’s a big weekend for Lyman. The week started with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Class 4A Green River before hosting Star Valley and Pinedale.

With regionals just two weeks away this could be a make-or-break weekend for Gillette. The Camels play Cheyenne East and Central this weekend with a chance to gain ground over new rival Thunder Basin while the Bolts host conference-leading Laramie.

CROSS-COUNTRY

Higher Than The Rest

Cheyenne Central standout Austin Stephen was the top-finishing Wyoming runner at the Leroy Sprague Invite, earning second with a time of 17 minutes, 53.85 seconds. This capped a big meet for the Tribe, who had runners finish 2-5.

Sophomore Baylee Stafford of Cody won the Powell Invite by a comfortable margin, over 34 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Stafford also helped lead Cody to the team win with all five scoring runners in the top 10.

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It’s regional weekend. Class 4A will be split between Cheyenne and Jackson, 3A East will be in Thermopolis while the West will be in Mountain View on Friday. The 2A West is running in Lovell on Friday while the 2A East races will be on Saturday in Tongue River. Qualifications for the state meet will be made over the weekend. All classes have a level of intrigue with a lot of talented racers set to make their marks.

GIRLS SWIMMING

Higher Than The Rest

Sheridan sophomore Zoe Robison got a couple of wins at the double dual with Gillette and Thunder Basin. She won the individual 50 freestyle and was part of the winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams. She also took second in the 100 backstroke.

Laramie’s Teryn White won the diving event at the meet that included all Cheyenne schools and Rawlins. Her score of 247.70 places her third in the seeding for the state meet as of Thursday.

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The biggest event of the weekend is the Gillette Invite, which includes all Class 4A schools, as well as Newcastle, Buffalo, Lander, Riverton, Douglas and Worland. This is a great opportunity for the smaller schools to refine their skills and touch the wall against some of the best swimmers in the state.

There’s a double dual in Pinedale that includes Jackson, Evanston and Sublette County. Now, all three have had low points in the season, but should all qualify representatives for the state meet and this could foster some good competition.

Follow sports reporter Brady Oltmans on Twitter @Brady_CST

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Star-Tribune reporter Brady Oltmans covers high school and college sports.

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