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.

CROSS-COUNTRY

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Cheyenne East junior standout Mackenzie Marler pulled away from Laramie’s Abigail Whitman to successfully defend her Class 4A East Regional crown. Marler has won every race she has competed in since the start of September and goes into the state meet with one bronze and one silver medal already from the event.

Asefa Wetzel of Star Valley barely edged out teammate Wesley Kallgren to win the Class 3A West Regional title. The reigning state 3,200-meter champion helped the Braves finish first, second and third to win the regional with ease. He finished second at last year’s state meet.

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There are a lot of storylines going into the 2017 Wyoming High School State Cross-Country Championships. The Laramie boys attempt a six-peat while Albert Steiner has overshadowed teammate and reigning champion Philip Henry all season. Pine Bluffs/Burns attempts the eight-peat in 2A girls. Star Valley approaches a repeat in girls and a six-peat for boys. Jackson’s cross-country reign may end in 4A girls as Cheyenne East and Laramie have come on strong. Finally, all eyes will be on Rawlins’ Sydney Thorvaldson to see if she can win the 3A Girls individual title as a freshman.

VOLLEYBALL

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Recovering from a sweep by Lyman, Cody swept both Powell and Lovell last week to improve to 17-7 overall, 4-0 in Class 3A Northwest Conference. The Broncs also survived a five-set thriller with Worland on Tuesday.

In Class 1A, Kaycee swept conference rival Midwest and needed five dramatic sets to beat Ten Sleep, but the Lady Bucs came out of the weekend to lead the Northeast Conference with a 4-0 record.

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Hitting its stride at the right time, Sheridan rides a sweep over Cheyenne East and Central into a big weekend against both Gillette schools. A clean sweep over Gillette and Thunder Basin would put them at least into a tie for third in the East Conference going into regionals.

Friday’s match between Shoshoni and Lovell will determine second place in the Class 2A Northwest Conference. Neither are able to catch Greybull, but they are both 4-2 going into the match. Lovell finishes the weekend with Riverside while Shoshoni hosts Rocky Mountain.

GIRLS SWIMMING

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Sheridan junior Piper Carroll won the 100 individual backstroke and was part of the winning 400 freestyle relay team at the Gillette Invite. Carroll also finished just behind powerhouse Olivia McPherson of Laramie in the 50 freestyle and was the first leg on Sheridan’s second-place 200 free relay team.

In a season that just never came together, Thunder Basin’s Sani Carsrud finally got two big wins last weekend. She cruised to a win in the 500 freestyle and broke the Gillette Invite record with her winning time in the 200 freestyle.

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Another swimming year, another season dominated by those teams in the Class 4A East. Those teams will compete in their regional at Laramie starting Thursday. Some of the best swimmers in the state will go against each other and this is the best barometer to see if Gillette’s reign is in jeopardy.

The Class 3A West Regional in Powell should be highly contested. Powerhouse Lander may be tested by Sublette County or an upstart Riverton squad. Host Powell, as well as Lyman and Kemmerer, will also be in the pool to contend for spots at state.

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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