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The postseason honors for the Natrona County football team continued to roll in Sunday night as 11 Mustangs were first-team selections to the Wyoming Coaches Association Class 4A all-state team.

Senior Chase Brachtenbach was named the Defensive Player of the Year while Trevon Smith was chosen the Lineman of the Year. Those two, along with senior Jordan Bertagnole (wide receiver/defensive line) and junior Dante Wallace (running back) also were selected to the Star-Tribune Super 25 team.

Class 4A runner-up Sheridan had six all-state selections, including Offensive Player of the Year Parker Christensen.

Star Valley, the 3A champ, had eight first-team selections, including the West Conference Lineman of the Year in junior Parker Merritt and the West Co-Defensive Player of the Year in senior Will Johnson.

Other 3A award winners from the West were: Jackson junior Jeydon Cox (Offensive POY), Evanston senior Tyus Cornia (Special Teams POY) and Jackson senior Ted McDaniel (Co-Defensive POY). Jackson’s David Joyce and Star Valley’s McKay Young were the West Co-Coaches of the Year.

The 3A East Conference awards went to: Torrington senior Bryan Lemmon (Offensive POY), Douglas senior Dax Read (Defensive POY), Torrington senior Scott Woodruff (Lineman of the Year) and Lander senior Max Mazurie (Special Teams POY). Torrington’s Mark Lenhardt was named the East Coach of the Year.

The all-state honors were the third for Lemmon.

Class 2A state champ Buffalo had eight first-team selections, including Co-Defensive POY senior Aaron Thiele. Glenrock senior Ian Arnold was named the Offensive POY, Mountain View junior Hunter Gross the Lineman of the Year and Mountain View senior Colby Rees shared Defensive POY honors with Thiele. Buffalo’s Rob Hammond was the 2A Coach of the Year.

Class 1A/11-man champ Big Horn had a state-best 13 first-team selections, led by Defensive POY senior Kade Eisele and Lineman of the Year senior Seth Mullinax. Cokeville senior Bentley Johnson was named the Offensive POY and first-year Big Horn coach Kirk McLaughlin was the Coach of the Year.

Eisele, Mullinax and senior teammate Kade VanDyken were named all-state for the third consecutive year.

In Class 1A/6-man, state champ Farson had five first-team selections, led by three-time honorees Lain Mitchelson (Player of the Year) and Clancy Gines (Defensive POY). Kaycee’s Hunter Rouse also was honored for the third time.

In all, there were 50 repeat selections from the 2017 all-state teams.

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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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