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Weekend Sports Wrap: Hardware for State Indoor Track; Braves win 4A West Regionals

The SVHS Indoor Track and Field team made the trek to Gillette for the State competition and both squads bought home some hardware.  

The girls team rolled up 94 points which was good for the State Runner-up trophy. It was a big day for junior Valerie Jirak who won the 200 (25.91)and 400 Meter (59.39) events and also won the long jump (17’ 9.25”). 

The quartet of Grace Collins, Avery Hanberg, Ava Morgan and Kammi Merritt took first place in the 4×200 Relay (1:50.31) and in addition, Morgan won the Triple Jump with a distance of 35’ 6”.  Cody won the team title with 118 points. Rawlins was third with 71. 

The boys team scored 57 points which included a championship in the 4×800 Relay (8:35.90). Jase Burton, Matt Heywood, Habtamu Wetzel and Peter Lorch set a new State record. 

Wetzel added a pair of second-place finishes in the 1600 (4:30.05) and the 3200 Meters (9:48.59). 

3A Girls Team Scores

Cody  118
Star Valley  94
Rawlins  71
Torrington  56
Evanston  44
Buffalo  41
(17 Teams)

3A Boys Team Scores
Cody  113
Torrington  88
Evanston  79
Star Valley 57
Lander 51
Mountain View  47
(17 Teams)

4A West Regional Basketball

Both Star Valley teams will be headed to Casper this weekend for the 4A State Tournament. 

The Braves took full advantage of the home court as hosts and rolled to the 4A West Regional Championship with a 56-53 victory over Riverton. Jacob Hodges rolled up 19 points before fouling out and Taft McClure was a steady force all game long with 14. Star Valley survived some late-game heroics by Parker Paxton who also finished with 19 including a circus-shot three-pointer to cut the lead to a single possession. 

The Braves got to the championship by defeating Kelly Walsh (57-46) in the opening round and Evanston (60-51) in the semifinals. 

On the other half of the bracket, Jackson eliminated Evanston and Cody eliminated Rock Springs to qualify for State. The Jackson then beat Cody 59-51 to claim the #3 seed. 

The Braves will open up their tournament on Thursday afternoon as they face the Campbell County Camels at 1:30 pm from Natrona County High School. 

The Lady Braves had to dig deep after losing in the opening round to Kelly Walsh, 42-37 and getting put into the Consolation Bracket. After getting past Jackson, 48-9, Star Valley steadily pulled away from Rock Springs, 47-28 to eliminate the Tigers.

Their opponent in the third-place game was a familiar one as they faced the Trojans again, this time from Star Valley Middle School. The Lady Braves gutted it out with their second win of the day as they won, 42-39. 

As the #3 seed from the West, the Lady Braves will face the Cheyenne East Thunderbirds in the opening round on Thursday at 4:30 pm. The game will also be played at Natrona County High School. 

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