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CASPER COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Casper College basketball teams host Thanksgiving Classic

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Casper College's Rashaun Agee dunks in the T-Birds' game against Northeastern Junior College on Monday at Swede Erickson Thunderbird Gym in Casper.

The Casper College men’s and women’s basketball teams welcome three teams to town this weekend for the Thanksgiving Classic. The 19th-ranked women’s team hosts Lake Region State College on Friday and No. 13 Western Nebraska Community College on Saturday while the men’s team hosts Lake Region State on Friday and Lamar Community College on Saturday.

The women’s team (5-2) went 2-1 at the Pizza Hut Invite at Swede Erickson Thunderbird Gym this past weekend. The T-Birds sandwiched impressive victories over Northeastern Junior College (92-40) and the Wyoming All-Stars (77-57) around a last-second loss to Snow College (69-68).

Sophomore Joseana Vaz leads the team in scoring at 14.7 points per game, with sophomore Kate Robertson (Natrona County) pitching in 12.0 points and a team-leading 5.6 rebounds per game.

The T-Birds have also been getting contributions from sophomores Dejaan Schuler and Rosalinda Gonzalez and freshmen Joslin Igo (Douglas) and Julia Palomo. The four are averaging a combined 32.0 points per game.

The men’s team (4-4) fell to 1-3 at home with a 69-62 loss to Northeastern Junior College on Monday.

Redshirt freshman Rashaun Agee is averaging a double-double for the T-Birds at 15.1 points and 10. 5 rebounds. The 6-7 forward had 14 points and 15 boards in Monday’s loss.

Casper College is also getting double-digit scoring from PJ Ngambi (11.4 ppg), Dwayne Walker (11.2), Jaren Harris (11.1) and Peter Turay (10.1).

The men’s team hosts Colorado Northwestern Community College on Monday before playing on the road the rest of December. The women’s team, meanwhile, will play their next nine games on the road after Saturday and won’t return to The Swede until Jan. 19

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Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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