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Weekend Sports Wrap: Wrestling teams claim regional titles heading into State


Starting off with regional wrestling, it was an extremely successful weekend at Kelly Walsh High School as both the Braves and Lady Braves handily claimed the regional championships. 

First for the boys, Star Valley finished with 244.5 team points, well out in front of second place Rock Springs who compiled 180.0. Laramie was third with 152.0. 

Individually, Kimball Parry (106), Tel Parry (132), Porter Merritt (150) and Kooper Burk (157) all too their respective weight brackets. 

Malachi Patterson (126), Kolbe Merritt (138), Damien Burgess (175) and Grant Thomson (190) all advanced to the finals and placed second. In all, 25 boys qualified for the State tournament next weekend at the Ford Wyoming Center. 

106: Kimball Parry 1st

106: Hudson England 8th

113: Kayden Crookston 4th

120: Maxwell Jirak 4th

120: Peyton McMurdo 6th

126: Caleb Morrison 4th

126: Malachi Patterson 2nd

132: Tel Parry 1st

132: Jason McGrath 4th

138: Darrell Hunting 8th

138: Kolbe Merritt 2nd

144: Ty Thompson 3rd

144: Charlie Sessions 5th

150: Hazen Hess 8th

150: Porter Merritt 1st

157: Tristan Jensen 8th

157: Kooper Burk 1st

165: Jayden Kunz 7th

165: Kal Burk 3rd

175: Carson Clapp 6th

175: Damien Burgess 2nd

190: Thomas Beck 7th

190: Grant Thomson 2nd

215: Ryan Talbot 4th

285: Easton Smith 8th

The Lady Braves used some superior depth to pile up a team total of 189.5 to win the Western regionals which took place over two days at Kelly Walsh High School. Pinedale was second with 112.0 and Kemmerer was third with 86.0. A total of 24 teams competed in the girls West regionals. 

Star Valley got a first place finish from Remington Aullman (135). Kenna Merritt (105), Paisley Smith (115) and Shaely Kunz (170) who all finished second. The Lady Braves are taking 18 qualifiers to the State tournament next week where they will try and defend their state title from a year ago. 

100: Sage Smith 3rd

100: Makayla Bird 6th

105: Kenna Merritt 2nd

105: Carlee Angell 8th

110: Hallie Robertson 4th

110: Brianna Benstine 6th

115: Paisley Smith 2nd

115: Kaia Allred (0-2)

120: Keston Johnson 4th

120: Alexis Angell (2-2)

125: Malia Allred 8th

130: Lynsey Lawson 3rd

135: Remington Aullman 1st

140: Settelly Roberts 6th

140: Oakley Hepworth (0-2)

145: Cara Andrews (4th) 

155: Brooke Schwab 3rd

155: Kodee Johnson 6th

170: Shaely Kunz 2nd

170: Payzli Nield 5th

235: Cashlee Hepworth 8th

2A West Regionals (@ Shoshoni)

The Kemmerer Rangers rolled up 193.5 team points and had three champions with Roany Proffit, GraisonKelley and Owen Barton. 

3A West Regionals (@ Riverton)

Green River won with six first-place finishers and 246.5 points. Pinedale was second and Cody was third. 


Many Wyoming athletes competed at the Simplot Games in Pocatello. The top finishes from Star Valley came from Valerie Jirak who placed fourth in the long jump, sixth in the high jump and eighth in the 60-Meter dash. 


The Lady Braves picked up a pair of wins and cemented first place in the 4A Southwest with a 50-14 win over Jackson and a 46-20 win over Evanston on Saturday. Those wins, combined with an unexpected 49-47 Evanston win over Green River means this week’s game against the Wolves will have no bearing on the Lady Braves’ seeding for the 4A West Regional. 

  • @ Jackson

The Lady Braves methodically pulled away from the Lady Broncs for their 28th consecutive win in the series dating back to 2010. Bailey Erickson led the team with 14 points. 

  • Vs Evanston

The program honored their seniors as they played their final home game of their careers. The Devils kept things close in the first half but Star Valley allowed just one point in the second half in the win. Emily Dana put up a big game with 17 points and nine rebounds. Makayla Christiansen scored nine points and had eight rebounds. 

The Braves saw their 11-game winning streak snapped in Jackson in a 74-71 overtime finish in favor of the Broncs. Max Jensen led the team with 19 points while Cooper Lancaster finished with 18. Kash Lancaster scored 12. The Broncs erased a ten-point lead in the game twice.

On Saturday, Star Valley found themselves in a battle with Evanston, trailing 42-39 to start the fourth quarter. It was at that point the Braves defense absolutely turned the game around as Star Valley started the final quarter on a 20-0 run and put the game away, 61-53. Cooper Lancaster scored 19 and Jensen had 18. Kash Lancaster finished with 10. 

With a win at Green River on Thursday, the Braves would claim the top spot in the 4A Southwest heading into the 4A Regionals which will also take place at Green River. 

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