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SEMIFINAL PREVIEW?: Last year's Class 4A semifinalists face off on Friday with Natrona County playing at Sheridan and Thunder Basin playing at Cheyenne East. ... In the last nine years, Natrona County and Sheridan have been to the semis every year while Cheyenne East and the Gillette/Thunder Basin combo have advanced that far eight times.

STREAKING: Gillette has lost a school-record 20 consecutive games, a skid that spans three coaches. ... Riverton's losing streak reached 14 games with a 28-6 loss to Cody. ... Farson and Big Horn have each won 12 in a row, while Star Valley and Buffalo have 11-game winning streaks. ... Dubois snapped an eight-game skid with a 70-10 rout of Midwest.

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NEW BEGINNINGS: First-year coaches have had mixed results so far, compiling a 5-12 record, albeit with some impressive wins. ... Lovell grad and former Star Valley assistant coach Nicc Crosby had the most impressive debut as Lovell rolled to a 78-0 win over Wind River. ... Kaycee's Dave Largent and Torrington's Russell Steinmetz also won their openers, while Rock Springs' Mark Lenhardt and Big Piney's Ryan Visser saw their teams win after losing in Week 0.

ON THE ROAD: A handful of teams have to travel at least 250 miles for games this weekend, but Burns and Burlington earn the distinction of being this week's road warriors. ... Burns has to go 318 miles for a 2A East showdown at Moorcroft while Burlington has a 349-mile trip for its 1A/6-man West battle at snake River on Saturday in Baggs. ... Torrington, meanwhile, crosses state lines but only has to go 35 miles to Gering, Nebraska.

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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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