Cokeville, Cody and Lovell each won just one state championship during the fall season, but solid showings in other state-culminating events has those schools on top of the Star-Tribune All-Sports awards combined standings in their respective classes.
Laramie, on the other hand, won three state titles — boys cross-country, boys tennis and girls swimming — to take the early lead in the Class 4A combined standings.
The Star-Tribune has honored high school sports programs for their year-round success since the 1999-2000 academic year. Schools earn points based on how they finish at state-culminating events.
In addition to winning three state championships, the Plainsmen earned at least one point in all nine fall sports to finish the season with 77 points. Laramie has never won a combined title.
Kelly Walsh, which won state titles in volleyball and boys and girls golf, was the only other school to earn points in every sport. The Trojans are second with 67.5 points.
Cheyenne Central is third with 58 points, with Sheridan and Natrona County tied for fourth with 55.
Gillette, which has won the last 10 combined titles and 17 of 18 overall, is 12th with 20 points. Thunder Basin, the first-year school in Campbell County, is ninth with 30.
Natrona County leads the boys standings thanks to runner-up finishes in both football and cross-country. The Mustangs totaled 35 points to sit just ahead of Laramie and Sheridan with 31.
The Laramie girls not only won state swimming but placed second in cross-country and third in volleyball to finish the fall season with 46 points.
Cheyenne Central took home titles in both cross-country and tennis and has 41 points, putting it just one-half point ahead of Kelly Walsh.
Cody’s only state championship this fall came on the gridiron — a 20-0 shutout of Torrington — but both cross-country teams finished second to help the Broncs/Fillies total 67 points.
Cody, which last won a combined title in 2011-12, is 12 points clear of Star Valley, last year’s winner. The Braves won both cross-country championships.
Worland (51) and Lander (49) round out the top four.
Cody also has a slight lead over Star Valley in the boys standings, with the Broncs totaling 38 points to 34 for the Braves. Mountain View, which won the Class 2A state football championship, is third with 29.
In the girls standings, Lander and Worland are tied for the top spot with 32 points. The Tigers won state titles in both golf and swimming while the Warriors finished second in swimming and third in cross-country.
Lovell’s only state title came in boys golf, but the Bulldogs finished second in girls cross-country and fourth in boys cross-country to set the pace with 38 points. Lovell’s last combined title came in 2013-14, the last of five in a row.
Sundance, which won state volleyball and placed third in boys cross-country is right behind with 37.5 points.
Big Horn leads the boys standings with 28 points, followed by Lovell with 23 and Pine Bluffs with 21.
On the girls side, Wright won state golf and was the runner-up in volleyball to stand with 28 points. Sundance is second with 20 and Moorcroft third with 19.
Cokeville’s lone state championship in the fall was in volleyball, but with the football team advancing to the semifinals the Panthers lead the pack with 31 points.
Cokeville won last year’s combined title despite its only state championship coming in girls track and field.
Snake River, which finished third in volleyball and saw its football team advance to the semifinals, was second with 24 points. Kaycee is third with 22 points, with most of those points a result of the Buckaroos winning the 1A/6-man state football championship.
Kaycee leads the boys standings, with Cokeville holding down the top spot in the girls standings.