The Lady Braves will get the chance to defend their 3A volleyball title from a year ago after competing in the 3A West Regionals. The Braves advanced to the semifinals for the third straight season and a former SVHS football player had quite a day at the next level.
The Lady Braves opened up the 3A West Regionals in Riverton with a sweep over the Powell Panthers with scores of 26-24, 25-21 & 25-11. It advanced the squad to the semifinals where they facd the top seed out of the Northwest, the Cody Fillies. CHS was looking to avenge a sweep at the hands of the Lady Braves at the 3A Conference Duels and jumped out to a 2-0 lead with scores of 20-25, 19-25. The Lady Braves bounced back with wins in sets three and four, 25-15 & 25-22 to force the game five. Star Valley then completed the comeback with a 15-9 win to qualify for the state tournament in Casper and avance to the Regional Championship.
On the other side of the bracket, top-seeded Lyman was upset by the Riverton Wolverines who took advantage of their home court with a four-set win. The Eagles went on to place third, defeating the Mountain View Buffalos.
Star Valley played from behind for virtually the entire championship, but managed to rally and take the first set, 25-23 before falling to the red-hot Wolverines, 16-25, 17-25 & 22-25.
The results of the weekend will now pit the Lady Braves against the Worland Warriors on Thursday with a start time of 2:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. A win would set up a potential rematch of the 2016 3A championship with the Douglas Lady Bearcats in the semi-finals.
The Braves opened up the postseason of their quest for a third state championship by demolishing the visiting Rawlins Outlaws, 62-0. Star Valley rolled up over 340 yards on the ground led by Wyatt Moore who finished with 136 yards and three touchdowns on just four carries. The team also got a punt return touchdown from Gavin Patterson and a defensive touchdown from Dean Shaw.
The win advances the Braves to the semi-finals for the third straight season. They will face the Cody Broncs who shut out the Buffalo Bison, 27-0. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Braves Field. The two teams met in the regular season; a 16-6 Star Valley win.
On the other side of the bracket, the Torrington Trailblazers defeated Worland and Green River beat Douglas. The Wolves now travel to Torrington in the other semi-final tilt. The two winning teams will face off on November 10 in Laramie at War Memorial Stadium.
• Carroll College
Star Valley’s all-time leader in passing yardage collected his first collegiate win as Reese Hiibel passed for 111 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 145 yards and a touchdown as Carroll College beat Montana State-Northern, 59-7.
The win improved the Saints to (3-5) overall on the season. Hiibel took over the starting job a week ago due to injury. He quarterbacked the Braves to the 2015 3A state championship.
The Saints have a pair of games remaining on their schedule as they now return home to Helena, Montana where they will face Montana Western.