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THE WRIGHT WAY: Wright hasn’t qualified for the playoffs since 2009, but the Panthers put themselves in position to end that streak with last week’s win over Lusk. Wright is currently one game back of Lusk in the 1A/11-man East, but finishes against Tongue River (1-5) and Southeast (0-6) while Lusk has to face Big Horn (6-0) and Pine Bluffs (4-2).

STREAKING: With St. Stephens’ victory over Dubois last week, the state’s longest losing streak belongs to Gillette, which has lost 17 in a row. ... The state’s longest winning streak is shared by Big Horn, Cokeville, Torrington, Farson and Hanna at a modest six games. ... Sheridan has won 13 in a row over Laramie, while Kaycee has won nine consecutive against Hanna.

COACHING MILESTONE: Douglas coach Jay Rhoades can get win No. 100 on Friday if the Bearcats beat visiting Lander. Rhoades, now in his 13th season, is 99-31 overall. The man on the opposite sideline, Lander’s John Scott, is 94-45 in a career that includes stops at Gillette, Kemmerer and Tongue River in addition to the Tigers.

ROAD TRIPPIN’: As always, there are a number of teams that have to spend a few hours on the road Friday. This week there are five teams that have to travel 300-plus miles (one way) to get to their destination. The long-haul winner is Buffalo, which has to go 341 miles to play Big Piney. With the Bison having already clinched the 2A East, though, their next road trip would be to Laramie for the state championship game.

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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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