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Sheridan's Abraham Ross pushes his way through a group of Natrona County players on his way to the basket during their game Dec. 9 in Casper.

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CLASS 4A PREVIEW CAPS

East Conference

Cheyenne Central Indians

COACH: Tagg Lain (4th year)

LAST YEAR: 11-15 (0-2)

THIS SEASON: 5-5

RETURNING STARTERS/LETTERWINNERS: 4/4

KEY RETURNERS: F Riley Fraley (6-5, sr); G Niko Bostic (5-11, sr); F Willie Jones (6-5, sr); G Daniel Shumway (6-0, sr).

Cheyenne East Thunderbirds

COACH: Jeff Bailey (5th year)

LAST YEAR: 13-15 (1-2)

THIS SEASON: 7-4

RETURNING STARTERS/LETTERWINNERS: 4/4

KEY RETURNERS: G Erik Oliver (6-2, jr); G Xavier McCord (6-4, soph); F Matt Semler (6-0, sr); F Noah James (5-11, sr).

Cheyenne South Bison

COACH: Jim Shaffer (8th year)

LAST YEAR: 11-11 (did not qualify)

THIS SEASON: 5-4

RETURNING STARTERS/LETTERWINNERS: 1/4

KEY RETURNERS: F Marc Beasley (6-1, sr); G Tanner Weinberger (5-9, jr); F Kobe Floyd (6-4, sr).

Gillette Camels

COACH: Bubba Hladky (5th year)

LAST YEAR: 17-10 (1-2)

THIS SEASON: 7-2

KEY RETURNERS: None provided

Laramie Plainsmen

COACH: Travis Brown (2nd year)

LAST YEAR: 5-17 (did not qualify)

THIS SEASON: 6-4

KEY RETURNERS: None provided

Sheridan Broncs

COACH: Jeff Martini (2nd year)

LAST YEAR: 14-12 (third place)

THIS SEASON: 7-2

RETURNING STARTERS/LETTERWINNERS: 3/6

KEY RETURNERS: P Blayne Baker (6-5, sr); F Aaron Woodward (6-4, sr); F Parker Christensen (6-2, jr); G Aaron Sessions (5-10, sr).

Thunder Basin Bolts

COACH: Rory Williams (1st year)

LAST YEAR: N/A/

THIS SEASON: 2-7

RETURNING STARTERS/LETTERWINNERS: N/A

West Conference

Evanston Red Devils

COACH: Lex Cornia (2nd year)

LAST YEAR: 16-12 (consolation champs)

THIS SEASON: 6-3

RETURNING STARTERS/LETTERWINNERS: 1/4

KEY RETURNERS: G Chase Critchfield (6-2, sr); C Chandler Anderson (6-7, sr); F Braxton Hiatt (6-4, sr).

Green River Wolves

COACH: Laurie Ivie (3rd year)

LAST YEAR: 8-13 (did not qualify)

THIS SEASON: 8-1

RETURNING STARTERS/LETTERWINNERS: 4/9

KEY RETURNERS: F Devin Love (6-0, sr); G Cameron Morris (5-7, sr); G Gavin Heiser (5-11, sr); F Chance Hofer (6-0, sr).

Jackson Broncs

COACH: Sam Lunz (2nd year)

LAST YEAR: 6-16 (did not qualify)

THIS SEASON: 3-5

RETURNING STARTERS/LETTERWINNERS: 3/9

KEY RETURNERS: G Matt Ellingson (5-11, jr); G Will Geraci (6-2, sr); G Ian Renkes (6-2, sr); G Gus Armijo (5-11, jr).

Kelly Walsh Trojans

COACH: Randy Roden (7th year)

LAST YEAR: 21-3 (state champs)

THIS SEASON: 3-7

RETURNING STARTERS/LETTERWINNERS: 0/3

KEY RETURNERS: F Davion McAdam (6-1, jr); G Ross Padilla (6-0, sr); G Sage Coventry (6-2, jr).

Natrona County Mustangs

COACH: Shawn Gillum (9th year)

LAST YEAR: 4-21 (0-2)

THIS SEASON: 2-7

RETURNING STARTERS/LETTERWINNERS: 2/7

KEY RETURNERS: G Jesse Harshman (6-5, sr); F Brennan Hagar (6-4, sr); F Brett Norvelle (6-2, sr); P Ben Acres (6-5, sr).

Rock Springs Tigers

COACH: Jason Buell (2nd year)

LAST YEAR: 16-8 (state runner-up)

THIS SEASON: 5-4

KEY RETURNERS: None provided

— Compiled by Brady Oltmans, staff writer

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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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