DEFENDING CHAMP: Cheyenne East.
TEAM TO BEAT: Kelly Walsh.
The Trojans (31-4) were undefeated against West Conference teams and have won 20 consecutive matches against 4A competition. Senior Madison Vinich and sophomore Danilynn Schell are the Trojans’ returning all-state selections, but Kelly Walsh has the depth to win its first state title since 2010.
IN THE MIX: Laramie, Cheyenne East.
The Plainsmen (29-4) went 10-0 in the East Conference and handed Kelly Walsh one of their four losses on the season. Senior Shyann Bastian headlines a talented squad that lost only two players off last year’s third-place team. ... The Thunderbirds might not have the firepower they’ve had in recent years, but the three-time defending state champs know what it takes to win and they’ve got one of the better hitters in the state in Duquesne Moratzka.
BEST QUARTERFINAL MATCH: 2W Natrona County vs. 3E Cheyenne East, 2:30 p.m., today.
The Fillies have won eight of their past 10 matches, with both losses coming to Kelly Walsh. The T-Birds, on the other hand, have lost six of their last eight matches entering state, but it’s always tough to take out the champs. Cheyenne East beat Natrona County 2-0 back in the season-opening Cheyenne Invite.