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Star Valley's Gerson Lozano dribbles the ball up the field against Green River in the championship game of the Class 4A West Regional on Saturday at Cheney Alumni Field in Casper.

The fields are set and the hotels have been booked. Next stop, Jackson.

Matches for the 2019 Wyoming State High School Soccer Championships are set following results from Class 4A regionals and the last remaining Class 3A matches.

Class 4A Cinderella Star Valley earned a date with East No. 4 Gillette in the quarterfinals. The No. 1 seed Braves will take on the Camels at 11 a.m. on Thursday, starting at roughly the same time as the other 4A boys quarterfinals. Thunder Basin’s thrilling win over Cheyenne Central in that regional title gives the Bolts the No. 1 seed and a match against Kelly Walsh. Cheyenne Central, meanwhile, took the loss and will face hosting Jackson. That leaves the final match between West No. 2 Green River and scrappy Cheyenne East.

Undefeated Rock Springs and defending champion Cheyenne Central enter as the No. 1 seeds of this year’s girls state tournament. Could this be the first time in a decade that a team from the West Conference wins a quarterfinal? If so, it will be among one of these four matches.

Defending champion Central will play newcomer Star Valley in one of the 9 a.m. quarterfinals that begins state tournament action on Thursday. Rock Springs will take its unblemished 18-0 record to Jackson against Cheyenne East, which lost the East Conference consolation match on Saturday in a penalty shootout. Laramie, the No. 3 seed that beat East in that shootout, will face West No. 2 Kelly Walsh. Hosting Jackson returns to the state tournament as the West’s No. 3 seed with the tall order of East second seed Thunder Basin in the quarterfinal.

The Class 3A field finalized with the last remaining games of the regular season on Saturday. Unlike in years past, there were no qualifying games to determine non-quadrant winning teams. Instead, the 3A was split between East and West Conference and qualifying teams, as well as seedings, were determined by where each team finished in the conference standings.

All quarterfinal matches for the Class 3A girls are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. in Jackson. That will involve two-time defending state champion Cody facing the fourth seed from the East Conference in Newcastle. East top seed Buffalo will face Lander, Worland and Douglas will square off and Riverton takes on Rawlins.

The Class 3A boys matches will follow the girls’ matches with 4 p.m. scheduled kickoffs. East Conference top seed Torrington will play the West’s last qualifier, Riverton. Powell and Rawlins will square off and Cody moved up into the West’s No. 3 seed, meaning the Broncs will play Buffalo. Undefeated defending champion Worland, the top seed from the West, discovered its opponent on Saturday. Newcastle could have advanced with a win over Rawlins but ultimately lost, allowing Douglas to capture the East’s No. 4 seed.

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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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