Volleyball Invite

Laramie’s Shyann Bastian sets the ball during a game with Cheyenne Central on Sept. 22 at the Casper Invite.

Alan Rogers, 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

While other programs had big weekends at tournaments, Cody topped two Class 3A rivals in Buffalo and Powell last week. The Broncs lead their conference at 11-5 (1-0 West Conference) going into the weekend.

Riding a three-match winning streak that all involve sweeps, Greybull is now 14-3 (2-0) and stands alone as the premier team in Class 2A’s Northwest Conference.

Turn It On

Still one of the top teams in Class 4A, Cheyenne East travels to Phoenix, Arizona, this weekend for three matches on Friday and at least one on Saturday. The Thunderbirds will likely return a tougher team on the other end.

Wednesday, Laramie showed that it’s a serious state title contender with a thrilling 3-2 (25-23, 25-23, 22-25, 23-25, 15-11) victory at Cheyenne East.

Thunder Basin, Gillette, Natrona County and Sheridan all participate in the WY-MT Border War at Sheridan this weekend. That includes matches against high schools from Billings and Bozeman, Montana.

CROSS-COUNTRY

Higher Than The Rest

Still coming back to full health, Natrona County junior Avery Potter got her first win of the year by holding off Kelly Walsh freshman Alize Munoz at the Glen Legler Memorial Meet.

Powell junior Alan Merritt won the Worland Invite by 10 seconds over Cody’s Jonathan Sanchez. Powell finished just behind Worland for third, but Merritt gave the Panthers a point of pride.

Turn It On

In a meeting of Class 3A schools and Cheyenne South, the Wheatland Invitational could allow winners to gain momentum heading into the season’s final month.

On Saturday, Class 2A will converge for the Wright Invitational. Northeastern Wyoming has had a good showing so far this season and each athlete has another chance to prove it.

GIRLS SWIMMING

Higher Than The Rest

Kelly Walsh dominated the Fish Bowl and Grace Lutz was a big reason for that. She won the 100 and 200 freestyle and was part of the winning 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams for the Trojans.

Turn It On

Sublette County has had a successful swim season so far heading into its home meet at Pinedale. Most of the remaining Class 3A schools will also compete.

The remaining 3A schools of Newcastle, Rawlins and Buffalo will travel to the Douglas Invite. Natrona County will be the only 4A team competing at that meet.

Follow sports reporter Brady Oltmans on Twitter @Brady_CST

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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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