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State Volleyball Finals - Snake River

Snake River players celebrate a kill in their match against Cokeville in the Wyoming State High School Class 1A Volleyball Championship last season at the Casper Events Center.

Hard to believe, but the 2017-18 high school sports season is upon us.

Tennis matches and golf tournaments have already been played, but the ceremonial start to the season comes with the first football game, which kicks off Thursday as Class 1A/11-man Upton-Sundance travels across the border to play Lead-Deadwood, South Dakota.

By the time Saturday rolls around, the volleyball, girls swimming and cross-country seasons will have held their first competitions in addition to the formal start to football.

Some question marks will be answered by the end of the weekend. What will Cheyenne East’s volleyball team look like? Will the Gillette girls dominate the swim season? Can the Laramie boys’ cross country team keep up its pace?

Then there’s the questions that inevitably appear out of nowhere during the season. Who will shock and surprise their teammates and the rest of the state?

While fans await the answer to the rest of the other questions the weather will undoubtedly change. The sun fades quicker, the leaves flutter to the ground and the temperature plummets.

Who knows how the rest of the world and the landscape of fall sports will change by November and the final state titles for the fall season are handed down? If history has taught us anything, though, it’s that it will be an enjoyable night every step of the way.

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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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