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3A/4A State Basketball, Saturday KW boys

Kelly Walsh players celebrate the Trojans' victory over Rock Springs in the title game of the Wyoming State High School Class 4A Boys Basketball Championship last year at the Casper Events Center.

ROCK SPRINGS VS SHERIDAN | NOON

Rock Springs Tigers

RECORD: 14-10

HOW THEY GOT HERE: West Regional runners-up; W Jackson 49-47, W Kelly Walsh 49-48, L Evanston 77-58.

POINTS FOR: 67.3

POINTS AGAINST: 64.4

LAST YEAR: Runners-up at state.

STATE TITLES/LAST: 13/1976

HEAD COACH: Jason Buell

RECORD VS FIELD: 4-8

KEY NUMBER: 2001 ... Last year the Tigers had qualified for state three years in a row prior to this year.

Sheridan Broncs

RECORD: 18-7

HOW THEY GOT HERE: Third at East Regional; L Gillette 72-69, W Cheyenne Central 62-51.

POINTS FOR: 61.5

POINTS AGAINST: 53.8

LAST YEAR: Third at state.

STATE TITLES/LAST: 2/2003

HEAD COACH: Jeff Martini

RECORD VS FIELD: 10-5

KEY NUMBER: 4.5 ... The Broncs’ average margin of victory in its two wins over Rock Springs this season.

STAR-TRIBUNE PICK: Sheridan

CHEYENNE EAST VS KELLY WALSH | 1:30 P.M.

Cheyenne East Thunderbirds

RECORD: 18-8

HOW THEY GOT HERE: East Regional champs; W Cheyenne Central 62-59, W Gillette 72-65.

POINTS FOR: 65.5

POINTS AGAINST: 58.3

LAST YEAR: 1-2 at state

STATE TITLES/LAST: 2/2006

HEAD COACH: Jeff Bailey

RECORD VS FIELD: 10-2

KEY NUMBER: 1 ... Time in the past 10 years the T-Birds have advanced to the semifinals (2014).

Kelly Walsh Trojans

RECORD: 10-13

HOW THEY GOT HERE: Fourth at West Regional; L Rock Springs 49-48, L Natrona County 46-41.

POINTS FOR: 48.7

POINTS AGAINST: 51.5

LAST YEAR: State champions.

STATE TITLES/LAST: 5/2017

HEAD COACH: Randy Roden

RECORD VS FIELD: 4-7

KEY NUMBER: 12 ... Games this season in which the Trojans scored fewer than 50 points.

STAR-TRIBUNE PICK: Cheyenne East

GILLETTE VS NATRONA COUNTY | 7:30 P.M.

Gillette Camels

RECORD: 16-10

HOW THEY GOT HERE: East Regional runners-up; W Sheridan 72-69; L Cheyenne East 72-65.

POINTS FOR: 67.7

POINTS AGAINST: 65.4

LAST YEAR: 1-2 at state.

STATE TITLES/LAST: 15/2014

HEAD COACH: Bubba Hladky

RECORD VS FIELD: 4-4

KEY NUMBER: 31 ... Years in a row Gillette has qualified for the state tournament.

Natrona County Mustangs

RECORD: 7-17

HOW THEY GOT HERE: Third at West Regional; W Green River 58-56, L Evanston 68-53, W Kelly Walsh 46-41.

POINTS FOR: 53.2

POINTS AGAINST: 58.3

LAST YEAR: 0-2 at state.

STATE TITLES/LAST: 14/2015

HEAD COACH: Shawn Gillum

RECORD VS FIELD: 1-12

KEY NUMBER: 2015 ... Last year the Mustangs won a game at state, defeating Gillette in the championship game.

STAR-TRIBUNE PICK: Gillette

EVANSTON VS CHEYENNE CENTRAL | 9 P.M.

Evanston Red Devils

RECORD: 19-4

HOW THEY GOT HERE: West Regional champs; W Natrona County 68-53, W Rock Springs 77-58.

POINTS FOR: 62.4

POINTS AGAINST: 54.3

LAST YEAR: Consolation champions.

STATE TITLES/LAST: 5/2013

HEAD COACH: Lex Cornia

RECORD VS FIELD: 8-2

KEY NUMBER: 49.2 ... 3-point field-goal percentage (62 of 126) for the Red Devils’ Chase Critchfield.

Cheyenne Central Indians

RECORD: 14-12

HOW THEY GOT HERE: Fourth at East Regional; W Laramie 74-61, L Cheyenne East 62-59, L Sheridan 62-51.

POINTS FOR: 57.8

POINTS AGAINST: 56.2

LAST YEAR: 0-2 at state.

STATE TITLES/LAST: 25/2016

HEAD COACH: Tagg Lain

RECORD VS FIELD: 5-6

KEY NUMBER: 10 ... More state championships for Central than any other boys program (Gillette, 15).

STAR-TRIBUNE PICK: Evanston

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Sports Editor

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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