The Fall season came to an end for the SVHS sports teams over the weekend as fans may have been wishing they could push the reset button.
After entering the 3A state tournament with a bit of momentum at (20-10) for the season and a second-place finish at the 3A West Regional tournament, the Lady Braves ran into a tough blocking Worland team who swept Star Valley (23-25, 19-25 & 17-25).
The loss dropped the Lady Braves into the consolation bracket where they faced off against a familiar foe in Mountain View. Despite defeating the Buffalos multiple times during the regular season, Star Valley could not find their rhythm as Mountain View eliminated them (13-25, 13-25, 25-23 & 21-25).
The 3A East dominated the tournament and eventually it was the Douglas Bearcats who won the title in five games over the Rawlins Outlaws.
The volleyball team will be transitioning into the 4A classification next season with all but two seniors eligible to return.
Riding a 16-game winning streak, things seemed to be going well for the Braves as they led the visiting Cody Broncs 14-0 late in the first half. The Broncs capitalized on a big play just before the half to cut the lead to 14-6 at the intermission. This was less of a singularity and more of a trend as the Broncs came out and scored again to start the third quarter. After dominating the first half with four forced turnovers, the Braves could not keep possession of the ball in the second half and the Broncs outscored Star Valley 25-7 to stun the top-rated squad in 3A and earn a trip to the state championship game against Torrington.
The Braves finished the season at 10-1 but will miss out on attempting the championship three-peat.
The Winter sports season begins practice on November 27.
College Football Roundup
CSU: 13 Wyoming: 16
A steady rain turned into a blizzard in Laramie as the Wyoming Cowboys used a huge fourth quarter effort to stun Colorado State, 16-13 to keep the Bronze Boot in Laramie in the 2017 version of the Border War. Josh Allen passed for 130 yards and rushed for another 60 as the Cowboys reached bowl eligibility and improved to (6-3)(4-1) for the season. Wyoming travels to face another Front Range foe next week as they take on the Air Force Academy.
BYU: 13 Fresno State: 20
The Bulldogs reached bowl eligibility after winning just one game last season as they handed BYU their eighth loss of the season. Tanner Magnum passed for 163 yards before going down awkwardly in the fourth quarter and was carted off after what appeared to be an Achilles injury. Beau Hoge filled in but was picked off on a deflected pass that sealed the Fresno victory.
Utah State: 24 New Mexico: 10
LuJuan Hunt rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries as the Aggies evened their overall record to (5-5) in Albuquerque. The Utah State defense forced four turnovers as the team moved to within one game of bowl eligibility with the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors visiting Logan on November 18.