After years — more than a decade — of not being able to locate the 1994 Class 1A nine-man all-state team, I finally have it. Thanks to my former coach at Midwest, Mike Good, for the hookup! This team was the last team dating back to 1932 that I had yet to locate. The completionist in me is quite happy right now. The listings are on the 1990s all-state page.

Also, I fixed Kemmerer’s coach for 1999; it was Jason Sleep, not Joe Aimone. Thanks to Chris Wagner for his help with that fix!

–patrick

The 2023 all-state football teams, released Monday by the Wyoming Coaches Association, have been added to the all-state listings.

Five players made their third first-team all-state squads. Dubois’ Wyatt Trembly, Encampment’s Quade Jordan, Meeteetse’s Joseph Pina, Snake River’s Seth Maxson and Wind River’s Cooper Frederick were named all-state for the third time in their careers. Trembly and Jordan are the first three-time all-state selection to come from their respective schools.

Two-time first-team selections included Big Horn’s Kiefer Dunham and Drew Heermann; Big Piney’s Karsyn Gurr and Reuben Stoutenberg; Buffalo’s Will Hammond; Burlington’s Joe Bassett; Campbell County’s Levi Palmer; Cheyenne East’s Kolbe Dierks, Cam Hayes, Drew Jackson, Nathan Mirich and Colby Olson; Dougas’ Trey Rinn and Tegen Seeds; Encampment’s Ryon Miller and Kaben Pickett; Evanston’s Cohen Morrow and Brady Roberts; Kaycee’s Vaun Pierson; Lingle’s Louden Bremer; Lovell’s Jared Mangus; Lyman’s Carter Bradshaw and Morgan Hatch; Mountain View’s Carson Eardley and Jayce Schultz; Powell’s Trey Stenerson; Sheridan’s Dane Steel; Snake River’s Isaiah Skalberg; Star Valley’s Jayden Crook, Jesse Gibson and Clay Merritt; Tongue River’s Colter Hanft and Caleb Kilbride; Torrington’s Ty Bennick and Kaiden Riggs; and Upton-Sundance’s Eli Gill.

All of the two-time selections except for Bassett, Bremer, Riggs and Gill are seniors. Riggs was all-state last year at Lingle.

Two freshmen — Lusk’s Raynce Brott and Newcastle’s Landon Hatheway — were named all-state.

If any names are misspelled among the all-state listings, please let me know and I will update it as soon as I can.

–patrick

Here is a list of Wyoming high schools that will have new head football coaches for the 2024 season. This post will be updated as necessary throughout the offseason as coaches leave or are hired:

Douglas: Drew Hodgs will take over as the Bearcats’ head coach in 2024, Wyopreps.com reported on April 4. Jay Rhoades, Douglas’ head coach since 2006, will make the transition to be Douglas’ activities director, replacing the retiring Doug Hughes. Rhoades helped guide Douglas to three championships and four runner-up finishes in 18 years, and his 136 victories had him third among Wyoming’s active coaches.

Dubois: Dan O’Brien, previously an assistant coach with the Rams, was hired as Dubois’ new head coach during the Feb. 20 meeting of the Fremont County School District No. 2 board meeting. He replaces coach David Trembly, who retired after leading the Rams for 26 years. His Rams won the 1A six-man title in 2012 and were runners-up two other times.

Jackson: Former Jackson assistant Keith Johnson has been promoted to the head coach position, the Jackson Hole News and Guide reported March 13. David White resigned after two years as head coach to take a new coaching job in Oklahoma, the News and Guide reported.

Kelly Walsh: Randy Roden will take over as the Trojans’ new head coach, the school announced on Twitter on Feb. 9. Roden has been the head basketball coach at Kelly Walsh and Natrona and also coached at Wind River. He replaces Aaron Makelky, who is not returning after five years as head coach, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.

Laramie: Jake Chick, previously an assistant with the Plainsmen, has been hired as Laramie’s next head coach, the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reported on April 4. Former coach Paul Ronga resigned after three years as the Plainsmen’s head coach.

Moorcroft: After two seasons, coach and AD Clayton McSpadden has resigned to take another teaching job out of the district. McSpadden confirmed the change via email to wyoming-football.com on March 22. A new head coach has not yet been named.

Pinedale: Coach David Thrash, the Wranglers’ head coach the past two seasons, has resigned to become an assistant principal and the high school athletic director in Pinedale, Thrash verified to wyoming-football.com via email on Feb. 25. A new head coach has not yet been named.

Rock Springs: Kasey Koepplin, recently the head coach at Cibola High School in Yuma, Arizona, was named as the Tigers’ next head coach, SweetwaterNow reported on March 15. Former coach Ted Holmstrom resigned; he coached the Tigers’ first two games but was suspended for the rest of the season, with assistant coach Levi Stephens handling head coaching duties for the remainder of the season.

Saratoga: Coach Todd Weber, who led the Panthers for the 2023 season, resigned to take a position closer to family, AD Greg Bartlett said via message to wyoming-football.com on March 23. A new head coach has not yet been named.

Southeast: Shawn Burkart, who has been with the Cyclones’ football coaching staff for more than two decades as an assistant, will be Southeast’s new head coach, AD Tim Williams said via email to wyoming-football.com on April 11. Longtime head coach Mark Bullington is retiring after 25 years as the Cyclones’ head coach. He won nine state championships in his head coaching tenure in Yoder.

Worland: Worland’s new head coach for 2024 will be former Greybull and Green River head coach Marty Wrage, who was hired at the end of February. Wrage and Worland AD Aaron Abel confirmed the hiring via email to wyoming-football.com on March 15. Patrick Sweeney, the Warriors’ head coach for four seasons, was not retained.

Post last updated 8:10 a.m. MDT April 11, 2024.

–patrick

The conference portions of the 2024 and 2025 Wyoming high school football schedules were distributed to schools this morning by the Wyoming High School Activities Association.

The release of the schedules coincided with the annual statewide scheduling meeting in Casper, where activities directors from across the state meet to set their 2024-25 athletic schedules.

The WHSAA prepares the conference schedules for Wyoming football teams. Nonconference opponents are scheduled by the schools themselves. Class 4A schools play a round-robin conference schedule and do not have nonconference games.

The 2024 and 2025 schedules will bring changes through reclassification, as four schools change classifications. Torrington and Worland will swap spots, with Torrington moving to Class 3A and Worland to Class 2A. Moorcroft will also join Class 2A. Riverside will move into Class 1A six-man.

St. Stephens will play sub-varsity schedules in 2024 and 2025.

Some highlights of the new schedule:

A 4A rivalry week: Three intra-city rivalries are on the 4A schedule for Week 6. Campbell County faces Thunder Basin, Cheyenne Central plays Cheyenne East and Natrona plays Kelly Walsh in a rivalry-stacked week. Other regional rivalry games are scheduled for Week 3 (Worland vs. Thermopolis, Kaycee vs. Midwest), Week 5 (Cody vs. Powell, Jackson vs. Star Valley, Shoshoni vs. Wind River), Week 6 (Lander vs. Riverton, Southeast vs. Lingle), Week 7 (Big Horn vs. Tongue River), and Week 8 (Mountain View vs. Lyman).

Title-game rematches: Three of the championship games from 2023 will be on the schedule for 2024/2025. Two will be in Week 6, as Cody and Star Valley will meet in Week 6 in a rematch of the 3A championship and Wind River and Big Piney will square off to reprise the 1A nine-man title game. Meanwhile, Sheridan and Cheyenne East, who played each other in the 4A championship game, meet in Week 3.

First matchups: At least two new series will start in 2024 as two teams that have never played each other before are now in the same conference. The matchups: Worland facing Cokeville in the 2A West in Week 7 and Riverside playing Midwest in the 1A six-man North in Week 6. Other such games may be added by schools to the nonconference schedule.

Uneven opportunities: With the two Class 1A divisions having an uneven number of programs in each conference — six each in the nine-man West and six-man South and seven each in the nine-man East and six-man North — the programs in the nine-man West and six-man South have the challenge of filling up at least two weeks’ worth of schedules without much of an opportunity to schedule a team from the opposing conference. This will likely mean a lot of games against sub-varsity opponents in Weeks 2 and 3 for teams in those conferences, as long as such games can be secured against larger schools. It will also likely mean lots of suitors for the nine-man East and six-man North teams that have open weeks in Weeks 2 and 3 — Saratoga and Meeteetse in Week 2 and Southeast and Riverside in Week 3.

Full conference schedules, as provided by the WHSAA office, for both 2024 and 2025 are below, broken down by week and by school:

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2024 Wyoming high school football conference schedules

By week
Week 0 (Friday, Aug. 30)
Class 4A

Cheyenne Central at Rock Springs
Cheyenne South at Sheridan
Kelly Walsh at Campbell County
Laramie at Cheyenne East
Thunder Basin at Natrona
Open: All other schools.

Week 1 (Friday, Sept. 6)
Class 4A

Campbell County at Cheyenne Central
Cheyenne East at Cheyenne South
Laramie at Kelly Walsh
Natrona at Rock Springs
Sheridan at Thunder Basin
Open: All other schools.

Week 2 (Friday, Sept. 13)
Class 4A

Cheyenne Central at Laramie
Cheyenne South at Kelly Walsh
Rock Springs at Campbell County
Sheridan at Natrona
Thunder Basin at Cheyenne East
Class 2A
Burns at Tongue River
Glenrock at Moorcroft
Lyman at Cokeville
Mountain View at Lovell
Pinedale at Kemmerer
Upton-Sundance at Newcastle
Wheatland at Big Horn
Worland at Thermopolis
Class 1A nine-man
Lingle at Lusk
Pine Bluffs at Guernsey-Sunrise
Wright at Southeast
Class 1A six-man
Kaycee at Burlington
Riverside at Hulett
Ten Sleep at Midwest
Open: All Class 3A, 1A nine-man West, 1A six-man South schools, Meeteetse, Saratoga.

Week 3 (Friday, Sept. 20)
Class 4A

Campbell County at Natrona
Cheyenne East at Sheridan
Cheyenne South at Cheyenne Central
Kelly Walsh at Thunder Basin
Laramie at Rock Springs
Class 2A
Burns at Glenrock
Cokeville at Mountain View
Lovell at Lyman
Moorcroft at Tongue River
Newcastle at Big Horn
Thermopolis at Kemmerer
Wheatland at Upton-Sundance
Worland at Pinedale
Class 1A nine-man
Guernsey-Sunrise at Lingle
Lusk at Saratoga
Pine Bluffs at Wright
Class 1A six-man
Burlington at Ten Sleep
Hulett at Meeteetse
Midwest at Kaycee
Open: All Class 3A, 1A nine-man West, 1A six-man South schools, Riverside, Southeast.

Week 4 (Friday, Sept. 27)
Class 4A

Campbell County at Laramie
Cheyenne Central at Thunder Basin
Natrona at Cheyenne East
Kelly Walsh at Sheridan
Rock Springs at Cheyenne South
Class 3A
Buffalo at Rawlins
Cody at Powell
Douglas at Riverton
Green River at Evanston
Star Valley at Jackson
Torrington at Lander
Class 2A
Big Horn at Burns
Glenrock at Wheatland
Kemmerer at Mountain View
Lyman at Worland
Pinedale at Cokeville
Thermopolis at Lovell
Tongue River at Newcastle
Upton-Sundance at Moorcroft
Class 1A nine-man
Greybull at Shoshoni
Lingle at Wright
Rocky Mountain at Big Piney
Saratoga at Guernsey-Sunrise
Southeast at Lusk
Wind River at Wyoming Indian
Class 1A six-man
Burlington at Hulett
Dubois at Hanna
Encampment at Casper Christian
Farson at Snake River
Kaycee at Riverside
Ten Sleep at Meeteetse
Open: Midwest, Pine Bluffs.

Week 5 (Friday, Oct. 4)
Class 4A

Cheyenne East at Kelly Walsh
Cheyenne South at Campbell County
Laramie at Natrona
Sheridan at Cheyenne Central
Thunder Basin at Rock Springs
Class 3A
Evanston at Cody
Jackson at Green River
Lander at Douglas
Riverton at Buffalo
Star Valley at Powell
Torrington at Rawlins
Class 2A
Burns at Wheatland
Cokeville at Thermopolis
Kemmerer at Lyman
Lovell at Worland
Moorcroft at Big Horn
Mountain View at Pinedale
Newcastle at Glenrock
Tongue River at Upton-Sundance
Class 1A nine-man
Big Piney at Greybull
Guernsey-Sunrise at Southeast
Lusk at Pine Bluffs
Shoshoni at Wind River
Wright at Saratoga
Wyoming Indian at Rocky Mountain
Class 1A six-man
Encampment at Farson
Hanna at Casper Christian
Hulett at Midwest
Meeteetse at Burlington
Riverside at Ten Sleep
Snake River at Dubois
Open: Kaycee, Lingle.

Week 6 (Friday, Oct. 11)
Class 4A

Campbell County at Thunder Basin
Cheyenne Central at Cheyenne East
Laramie at Cheyenne South
Natrona at Kelly Walsh
Rock Springs at Sheridan
Class 3A
Buffalo at Torrington
Cody at Star Valley
Evanston at Jackson
Lander at Riverton
Powell at Green River
Rawlins at Douglas
Class 2A
Big Horn at Glenrock
Cokeville at Kemmerer
Moorcroft at Newcastle
Pinedale at Lovell
Thermopolis at Lyman
Upton-Sundance at Burns
Wheatland at Tongue River
Worland at Mountain View
Class 1A nine-man
Greybull at Rocky Mountain
Lingle at Southeast
Saratoga at Pine Bluffs
Wind River at Big Piney
Wright at Guernsey-Sunrise
Wyoming Indian at Shoshoni
Class 1A six-man
Casper Christian at Farson
Dubois at Encampment
Hanna at Snake River
Meeteetse at Kaycee
Midwest at Riverside
Ten Sleep at Hulett
Open: Burlington, Lusk.

Week 7 (Friday, Oct. 18)
Class 4A

Campbell County at Sheridan
Cheyenne East at Rock Springs
Kelly Walsh at Cheyenne Central
Natrona at Cheyenne South
Thunder Basin at Laramie
Class 3A
Douglas at Buffalo
Green River at Cody
Jackson at Powell
Rawlins at Lander
Riverton at Torrington
Star Valley at Evanston
Class 2A
Burns at Newcastle
Glenrock at Upton-Sundance
Lovell at Kemmerer
Lyman at Pinedale
Mountain View at Thermopolis
Tongue River at Big Horn
Wheatland at Moorcroft
Worland at Cokeville
Class 1A nine-man
Big Piney at Wyoming Indian
Guernsey-Sunrise at Lusk
Pine Bluffs at Lingle
Rocky Mountain at Shoshoni
Southeast at Saratoga
Wind River at Greybull
Class 1A six-man
Encampment at Hanna
Farson at Dubois
Hulett at Kaycee
Midwest at Meeteetse
Riverside at Burlington
Snake River at Casper Christian
Open: Ten Sleep, Wright.

Week 8 (Friday, Oct. 25)
Class 4A

Cheyenne Central at Natrona
Cheyenne East at Campbell County
Cheyenne South at Thunder Basin
Rock Springs at Kelly Walsh
Sheridan at Laramie
Class 3A
Buffalo at Lander
Cody at Jackson
Green River at Star Valley
Powell at Evanston
Riverton at Rawlins
Torrington at Douglas
Class 2A
Big Horn at Upton-Sundance
Cokeville at Lovell
Glenrock at Tongue River
Kemmerer at Worland
Lyman at Mountain View
Moorcroft at Burns
Newcastle at Wheatland
Thermopolis at Pinedale
Class 1A nine-man
Greybull at Wyoming Indian
Lusk at Wright
Rocky Mountain at Wind River
Saratoga at Lingle
Shoshoni at Big Piney
Southeast at Pine Bluffs
Class 1A six-man
Burlington at Midwest
Casper Christian at Dubois
Hanna at Farson
Kaycee at Ten Sleep
Meeteetse at Riverside
Snake River at Encampment
Open: Guernsey-Sunrise, Hulett.

2024 schedules by team
List starts with Zero Week; remaining weeks listed chronologically

Class 4A
Campbell County: vs. Kelly Walsh; at Cheyenne Central; vs. Rock Springs; at Natrona; at Laramie; vs. Cheyenne South; at Thunder Basin; at Sheridan; vs. Cheyenne East.
Cheyenne Central: at Rock Springs; vs. Campbell County; at Laramie; vs. Cheyenne South; at Thunder Basin; vs. Sheridan; at Cheyenne East; vs. Kelly Walsh; at Natrona.
Cheyenne East: vs. Laramie; at Cheyenne South; vs. Thunder Basin; at Sheridan; vs. Natrona; at Kelly Walsh; vs. Cheyenne Central; at Rock Springs; at Campbell County.
Cheyenne South: at Sheridan; vs. Cheyenne East; at Kelly Walsh; at Cheyenne Central; vs. Rock Springs; at Campbell County; vs. Laramie; vs. Natrona; at Thunder Basin.
Kelly Walsh: at Campbell County; vs. Laramie; vs. Cheyenne South; at Thunder Basin; at Sheridan; vs. Cheyenne East; vs. Natrona; at Cheyenne Central; vs. Rock Springs.
Laramie: at Cheyenne East; at Kelly Walsh; vs. Cheyenne Central; at Rock Springs; vs. Campbell County; at Natrona; at Cheyenne South; vs. Thunder Basin; vs. Sheridan.
Natrona: vs. Thunder Basin; at Rock Springs; vs. Sheridan; vs. Campbell County; at Cheyenne East; vs. Laramie; at Kelly Walsh; at Cheyenne South; vs. Cheyenne Central.
Rock Springs: vs. Cheyenne Central; vs. Natrona; at Campbell County; vs. Laramie; at Cheyenne South; vs. Thunder Basin; at Sheridan; vs. Cheyenne East; at Kelly Walsh.
Sheridan: vs. Cheyenne South; at Thunder Basin; at Natrona; vs. Cheyenne East; vs. Kelly Walsh; at Cheyenne Central; vs. Rock Springs; vs. Campbell County; at Laramie.
Thunder Basin: at Natrona; vs. Sheridan; at Cheyenne East; vs. Kelly Walsh; vs. Cheyenne Central; at Rock Springs; vs. Campbell County; at Laramie; vs. Cheyenne South.

Class 3A East
Buffalo
: Open; Open; Open; Open; at Rawlins; vs. Riverton; at Torrington; vs. Douglas; at Lander.
Douglas: Open; Open; Open; Open; at Riverton; vs. Lander; vs. Rawlins; at Buffalo; vs. Torrington.
Lander: Open; Open; Open; Open; vs. Torrington; at Douglas; at Riverton; vs. Rawlins; vs. Buffalo.
Rawlins: Open; Open; Open; Open; vs. Buffalo; vs. Torrington; at Douglas; at Lander; vs. Riverton.
Riverton: Open; Open; Open; Open; vs. Douglas; at Buffalo; vs. Lander; at Torrington; at Rawlins.
Torrington: Open; Open; Open; Open; at Lander; at Rawlins; vs. Buffalo; vs. Riverton; at Douglas.

Class 3A West
Cody
: Open; Open; Open; Open; at Powell; vs. Evanston; at Star Valley; vs. Green River; at Jackson.
Evanston: Open; Open; Open; Open; vs. Green River; at Cody; at Jackson; vs. Star Valley; vs. Powell.
Green River: Open; Open; Open; Open; at Evanston; vs. Jackson; vs. Powell; at Cody; at Star Valley.
Jackson: Open; Open; Open; Open; vs. Star Valley; at Green River; vs. Evanston; at Powell; vs. Cody.
Powell: Open; Open; Open; Open; vs. Cody; vs. Star Valley; at Green River vs. Jackson; at Evanston.
Star Valley: Open; Open; Open; Open; at Jackson; at Powell; vs. Cody; at Evanston; vs. Green River.

Class 2A East
Big Horn
: Open; Open; vs. Wheatland; vs. Newcastle; at Burns; vs. Moorcroft; at Glenrock; vs. Tongue River; at Upton-Sundance.
Burns: Open; Open; at Tongue River; at Glenrock; vs. Big Horn; at Wheatland; vs. Upton-Sundance; at Newcastle; vs. Moorcroft.
Glenrock: Open; Open; at Moorcroft; vs. Burns; at Wheatland; vs. Newcastle; vs. Big Horn; at Upton-Sundance; at Tongue River.
Moorcroft: Open; Open; vs. Glenrock; at Tongue River; vs. Upton-Sundance; at Big Horn; at Newcastle; vs. Wheatland; at Burns.
Newcastle: Open; Open; vs. Upton-Sundance; at Big Horn; vs. Tongue River; at Glenrock; vs. Moorcroft; vs. Burns; at Wheatland.
Tongue River: Open; Open; vs. Burns; vs. Moorcroft; at Newcastle; at Upton-Sundance; vs. Wheatland; at Big Horn; vs. Glenrock.
Upton-Sundance: Open; Open; at Newcastle; vs. Wheatland; at Moorcroft; vs. Tongue River; at Burns; vs. Glenrock; vs. Big Horn.
Wheatland: Open; Open; at Big Horn; at Upton-Sundance; vs. Glenrock; vs. Burns; at Tongue River; at Moorcroft; vs. Newcastle.

Class 2A West
Cokeville
: Open; Open; vs. Lyman; at Mountain View; vs. Pinedale; at Thermopolis; at Kemmerer; vs. Worland; at Lovell.
Kemmerer: Open; Open; vs. Pinedale; vs. Thermopolis; at Mountain View; at Lyman; vs. Cokeville; vs. Lovell; at Worland.
Lovell: Open; Open; vs. Mountain View; at Lyman; vs. Thermopolis; at Worland; vs. Pinedale; at Kemmerer; vs. Cokeville.
Lyman: Open; Open; at Cokeville; vs. Lovell; at Worland; vs. Kemmerer; vs. Thermopolis; at Pinedale; at Mountain View.
Mountain View: Open; Open; at Lovell; vs. Cokeville; vs. Kemmerer; at Pinedale; vs. Worland; at Thermopolis; vs. Lyman.
Pinedale: Open; Open; at Kemmerer; vs. Worland; at Cokeville; vs. Mountain View; at Lovell; vs. Lyman; vs. Thermopolis.
Thermopolis: Open; Open; vs. Worland; at Kemmerer; at Lovell; vs. Cokeville; at Lyman; vs. Mountain View; at Pinedale.
Worland: Open; Open; at Thermopolis; at Pinedale; vs. Lyman; vs. Lovell; at Mountain View; at Cokeville; vs. Kemmerer.

Class 1A nine-man East
Guernsey-Sunrise
: Open; Open; vs. Pine Bluffs; at Lingle; vs. Saratoga; at Southeast; vs. Wright; at Lusk; Open.
Lingle: Open; Open; at Lusk; vs. Guernsey-Sunrise; at Wright; Open; at Southeast; vs. Pine Bluffs; vs. Saratoga.
Lusk: Open; Open; vs. Lingle; at Saratoga; vs. Southeast; at Pine Bluffs; vs. Guernsey-Sunrise; at Wright.
Pine Bluffs: Open; Open; at Guernsey-Sunrise; at Wright; Open; vs. Lusk; vs. Saratoga; at Lingle; vs. Southeast.
Saratoga: Open; Open; Open; vs. Lusk; at Guernsey-Sunrise; vs. Wright; at Pine Bluffs; vs. Southeast; at Lingle.
Southeast: Open; Open; vs. Wright; Open; at Lusk; vs. Guernsey-Sunrise; vs. Lingle; at Saratoga; at Pine Bluffs.
Wright: Open; Open; at Southeast; vs. Pine Bluffs; vs. Lingle; at Saratoga; at Guernsey-Sunrise; Open; vs. Lusk.

Class 1A nine-man West
Big Piney
: Open; Open; Open; Open; vs. Rocky Mountain; at Greybull; vs. Wind River; at Wyoming Indian; vs. Shoshoni.
Greybull: Open; Open; Open; Open; at Shoshoni; vs. Big Piney; at Rocky Mountain; vs. Wind River; at Wyoming Indian.
Rocky Mountain: Open; Open; Open; Open; at Big Piney; vs. Wyoming Indian; vs. Greybull; at Shoshoni; at Wind River.
Shoshoni: Open; Open; Open; Open; vs. Greybull; at Wind River; vs. Wyoming Indian; vs. Rocky Mountain; at Big Piney.
Wind River: Open; Open; Open; Open; at Wyoming Indian; vs. Shoshoni; at Big Piney; at Greybull; vs. Rocky Mountain.
Wyoming Indian: Open; Open; Open; Open; vs. Wind River; at Rocky Mountain; at Shoshoni; vs. Big Piney; vs. Greybull.

Class 1A six-man East
Burlington
: Open; Open; vs. Kaycee; at Ten Sleep; at Hulett; vs. Meeteetse; Open; vs. Riverside; at Midwest.
Hulett: Open; Open; vs. Riverside; at Meeteetse; vs. Burlington; at Midwest; vs. Ten Sleep; at Kaycee; Open.
Kaycee: Open; Open; at Burlington; vs. Midwest; at Riverside; Open; vs. Meeteetse; vs. Hulett; at Ten Sleep.
Meeteetse: Open; Open; Open; vs. Hulett; vs. Ten Sleep; at Burlington; at Kaycee; vs. Midwest; at Riverside.
Midwest: Open; Open; vs. Ten Sleep; at Kaycee; Open; vs. Hulett; at Riverside; at Meeteetse; vs. Burlington.
Riverside: Open; Open; at Hulett; Open; vs. Kaycee; at Ten Sleep; vs. Midwest; at Burlington; vs. Meeteetse.
Ten Sleep: Open; Open; at Midwest; vs. Burlington; at Meeteetse; vs. Riverside; at Hulett; Open; vs. Kaycee.

Class 1A six-man West
Casper Christian
: Open; Open; Open; Open; vs. Encampment; vs. Hanna; at Farson; vs. Snake River; at Dubois.
Dubois: Open; Open; Open; Open; at Hanna; vs. Snake River; at Encampment; vs. Farson; vs. Casper Christian.
Encampment: Open; Open; Open; Open; at Casper Christian; at Farson; vs. Dubois; at Hanna; vs. Snake River.
Farson: Open; Open; Open; Open; at Snake River; vs. Encampment; vs. Casper Christian; at Dubois; vs. Hanna.
Hanna: Open; Open; Open; Open; vs. Dubois; at Casper Christian; at Snake River; vs. Encampment; at Farson.
Snake River: Open; Open; Open; Open; vs. Farson; at Dubois; vs. Hanna; at Casper Christian; at Encampment.

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2025 Wyoming high school football conference schedules

By week
Week 0 (Friday, Aug. 29)
Class 4A

Campbell County at Kelly Walsh
Cheyenne East at Laramie
Natrona at Thunder Basin
Rock Springs at Cheyenne Central
Sheridan at Cheyenne South
Open: All other schools.

Week 1 (Friday, Sept. 5)
Class 4A

Cheyenne Central at Campbell County
Cheyenne South at Cheyenne East
Kelly Walsh at Laramie
Rock Springs at Natrona
Thunder Basin at Sheridan
Open: All other schools.

Week 2 (Friday, Sept. 12)
Class 4A

Campbell County at Rock Springs
Cheyenne East at Thunder Basin
Kelly Walsh at Cheyenne South
Laramie at Cheyenne Central
Natrona at Sheridan
Class 2A
Big Horn at Wheatland
Cokeville at Lyman
Kemmerer at Pinedale
Lovell at Mountain View
Moorcroft at Glenrock
Newcastle at Upton-Sundance
Thermopolis at Worland
Tongue River at Burns
Class 1A nine-man
Lusk at Lingle
Guernsey-Sunrise at Pine Bluffs
Southeast at Wright
Class 1A six-man
Burlington at Kaycee
Hulett at Riverside
Midwest at Ten Sleep
Open: All Class 3A, 1A nine-man West, 1A six-man South schools, Meeteetse, Saratoga.

Week 3 (Friday, Sept. 19)
Class 4A

Cheyenne Central at Cheyenne South
Natrona at Campbell County
Rock Springs at Laramie
Sheridan at Cheyenne East
Thunder Basin at Kelly Walsh
Class 2A
Big Horn at Newcastle
Glenrock at Burns
Kemmerer at Thermopolis
Lyman at Lovell
Mountain View at Cokeville
Pinedale at Worland
Tongue River at Moorcroft
Upton-Sundance at Wheatland
Class 1A nine-man
Lingle at Guernsey-Sunrise
Saratoga at Lusk
Wright at Pine Bluffs
Class 1A six-man
Kaycee at Midwest
Meeteetse at Hulett
Ten Sleep at Burlington
Open: All Class 3A, 1A nine-man West, 1A six-man South schools, Riverside, Southeast.

Week 4 (Friday, Sept. 26)
Class 4A

Cheyenne East at Natrona
Cheyenne South at Rock Springs
Laramie at Campbell County
Sheridan at Kelly Walsh
Thunder Basin at Cheyenne Central
Class 3A
Evanston at Green River
Jackson at Star Valley
Lander at Torrington
Powell at Cody
Rawlins at Buffalo
Riverton at Douglas
Class 2A
Burns at Big Horn
Cokeville at Pinedale
Lovell at Thermopolis
Moorcroft at Upton-Sundance
Mountain View at Kemmerer
Newcastle at Tongue River
Wheatland at Glenrock
Worland at Lyman
Class 1A nine-man
Big Piney at Rocky Mountain
Guernsey-Sunrise at Saratoga
Lusk at Southeast
Shoshoni at Greybull
Wright at Lingle
Wyoming Indian at Wind River
Class 1A six-man
Casper Christian at Encampment
Hanna at Dubois
Hulett at Burlington
Meeteetse at Ten Sleep
Riverside at Kaycee
Snake River at Farson
Open: Midwest, Pine Bluffs.

Week 5 (Friday, Oct. 3)
Class 4A

Campbell County at Cheyenne South
Cheyenne Central at Sheridan
Kelly Walsh at Cheyenne East
Natrona at Laramie
Rock Springs at Thunder Basin
Class 3A
Buffalo at Riverton
Cody at Evanston
Douglas at Lander
Green River at Jackson
Powell at Star Valley
Rawlins at Torrington
Class 2A
Big Horn at Moorcroft
Glenrock at Newcastle
Lyman at Kemmerer
Pinedale at Mountain View
Thermopolis at Cokeville
Upton-Sundance at Tongue River
Wheatland at Burns
Worland at Lovell
Class 1A nine-man
Greybull at Big Piney
Pine Bluffs at Lusk
Rocky Mountain at Wyoming Indian
Saratoga at Wright
Southeast at Guernsey-Sunrise
Wind River at Shoshoni
Class 1A six-man
Burlington at Meeteetse
Casper Christian at Hanna
Dubois at Snake River
Farson at Encampment
Midwest at Hulett
Ten Sleep at Riverside
Open: Kaycee, Lingle.

Week 6 (Friday, Oct. 10)
Class 4A

Cheyenne East at Cheyenne Central
Cheyenne South at Laramie
Kelly Walsh at Natrona
Sheridan at Rock Springs
Thunder Basin at Campbell County
Class 3A
Douglas at Rawlins
Green River at Powell
Jackson at Evanston
Riverton at Lander
Star Valley at Cody
Torrington at Buffalo
Class 2A
Burns at Upton-Sundance
Glenrock at Big Horn
Kemmerer at Cokeville
Lovell at Pinedale
Lyman at Thermopolis
Mountain View at Worland
Newcastle at Moorcroft
Tongue River at Wheatland
Class 1A nine-man
Big Piney at Wind River
Guernsey-Sunrise at Wright
Pine Bluffs at Saratoga
Rocky Mountain at Greybull
Shoshoni at Wyoming Indian
Southeast at Lingle
Class 1A six-man
Encampment at Dubois
Farson at Casper Christian
Hulett at Ten Sleep
Kaycee at Meeteetse
Riverside at Midwest
Snake River at Hanna
Open: Burlington, Lusk.

Week 7 (Friday, Oct. 17)
Class 4A

Cheyenne Central at Kelly Walsh
Cheyenne South at Natrona
Laramie at Thunder Basin
Rock Springs at Cheyenne East
Sheridan at Campbell County
Class 3A
Buffalo at Douglas
Cody at Green River
Powell at Jackson
Lander at Rawlins
Torrington at Riverton
Evanston at Star Valley
Class 2A
Big Horn at Tongue River
Cokeville at Worland
Kemmerer at Lovell
Moorcroft at Wheatland
Newcastle at Burns
Pinedale at Lyman
Thermopolis at Mountain View
Upton-Sundance at Glenrock
Class 1A nine-man
Greybull at Wind River
Lingle at Pine Bluffs
Lusk at Guernsey-Sunrise
Saratoga at Southeast
Shoshoni at Rocky Mountain
Wyoming Indian at Big Piney
Class 1A six-man
Hanna at Encampment
Dubois at Farson
Kaycee at Hulett
Meeteetse at Midwest
Burlington at Riverside
Casper Christian at Snake River
Open: Ten Sleep, Wright.

Week 8 (Friday, Oct. 24)
Class 4A

Campbell County at Cheyenne East
Kelly Walsh at Rock Springs
Laramie at Sheridan
Natrona at Cheyenne Central
Thunder Basin at Cheyenne South
Class 3A
Douglas at Torrington
Evanston at Powell
Jackson at Cody
Lander at Buffalo
Rawlins at Riverton
Star Valley at Green River
Class 2A
Burns at Moorcroft
Lovell at Cokeville
Mountain View at Lyman
Pinedale at Thermopolis
Tongue River at Glenrock
Upton-Sundance at Big Horn
Wheatland at Newcastle
Worland at Kemmerer
Class 1A nine-man
Big Piney at Shoshoni
Lingle at Saratoga
Pine Bluffs at Southeast
Wind River at Rocky Mountain
Wright at Lusk
Wyoming Indian at Greybull
Class 1A six-man
Dubois at Casper Christian
Encampment at Snake River
Farson at Hanna
Midwest at Burlington
Riverside at Meeteetse
Ten Sleep at Kaycee
Open: Guernsey-Sunrise, Hulett.

2025 schedules by team
List starts with Zero Week; remaining weeks listed chronologically

Campbell County: at Kelly Walsh; vs. Cheyenne Central; at Rock Springs; vs. Natrona; vs. Laramie; at Cheyenne South; vs. Thunder Basin; vs. Sheridan; at Cheyenne East.
Cheyenne Central: vs. Rock Springs; at Campbell County; vs. Laramie; at Cheyenne South; vs. Thunder Basin; at Sheridan; vs. Cheyenne East; at Kelly Walsh; vs. Natrona.
Cheyenne East: at Laramie; vs. Cheyenne South; at Thunder Basin; vs. Sheridan; at Natrona; vs. Kelly Walsh; at Cheyenne Central; vs. Rock Springs; vs. Campbell County.
Cheyenne South: vs. Sheridan; at Cheyenne East; vs. Kelly Walsh; vs. Cheyenne Central; at Rock Springs; vs. Campbell County; at Laramie; at Natrona; vs. Thunder Basin.
Kelly Walsh: vs. Campbell County; at Laramie; at Cheyenne South; vs. Thunder Basin; vs. Sheridan; at Cheyenne East; at Natrona; vs. Cheyenne Central; at Rock Springs.
Laramie: vs. Cheyenne East; vs. Kelly Walsh; at Cheyenne Central; vs. Rock Springs; at Campbell County; vs. Natrona; vs. Cheyenne South; at Thunder Basin; at Sheridan.
Natrona: at Thunder Basin; vs. Rock Springs; at Sheridan; at Campbell County; vs. Cheyenne East; at Laramie; vs. Kelly Walsh; vs. Cheyenne South; at Cheyenne Central.
Rock Springs: at Cheyenne Central; at Natrona; vs. Campbell County; at Laramie; vs. Cheyenne South; at Thunder Basin; vs. Sheridan; at Cheyenne East; vs. Kelly Walsh.
Sheridan: at Cheyenne South; vs. Thunder Basin; vs. Natrona; at Cheyenne East; at Kelly Walsh; vs. Cheyenne Central; at Rock Springs; at Campbell County; vs. Laramie.
Thunder Basin: vs. Natrona; at Sheridan; vs. Cheyenne East; at Kelly Walsh; at Cheyenne Central; vs. Rock Springs; at Campbell County; vs. Laramie; at Cheyenne South.

Class 3A East
Buffalo
: Open; Open; Open; Open; vs. Rawlins; at Riverton; vs. Torrington; at Douglas; vs. Lander.
Douglas: Open; Open; Open; Open; vs. Riverton; at Lander; at Rawlins; vs. Buffalo; at Torrington.
Lander: Open; Open; Open; Open; at Torrington; vs. Douglas; vs. Riverton; at Rawlins; at Buffalo.
Rawlins: Open; Open; Open; Open; at Buffalo; at Torrington; vs. Douglas; vs. Lander; at Riverton.
Riverton: Open; Open; Open; Open; at Douglas; vs. Buffalo; at Lander; vs. Torrington; vs. Rawlins.
Torrington: Open; Open; Open; Open; vs. Lander; vs. Rawlins; at Buffalo; at Riverton; vs. Douglas.

Class 3A West
Cody
: Open; Open; Open; Open; vs. Powell; at Evanston; vs. Star Valley; at Green River; vs. Jackson.
Evanston: Open; Open; Open; Open; at Green River; vs. Cody; vs. Jackson; at Star Valley; at Powell.
Green River: Open; Open; Open; Open; vs. Evanston; at Jackson; at Powell; vs. Cody; vs. Star Valley.
Jackson: Open; Open; Open; Open; at Star Valley; vs. Green River; at Evanston; vs. Powell; at Cody.
Powell: Open; Open; Open; Open; at Cody; at Star Valley; vs. Green River at Jackson; vs. Evanston.
Star Valley: Open; Open; Open; Open; vs. Jackson; vs. Powell; at Cody; vs. Evanston; at Green River.

Class 2A East
Big Horn
: Open; Open; at Wheatland; at Newcastle; vs. Burns; at Moorcroft; vs. Glenrock; at Tongue River; vs. Upton-Sundance.
Burns: Open; Open; vs. Tongue River; vs. Glenrock; at Big Horn; vs. Wheatland; at Upton-Sundance; vs. Newcastle; at Moorcroft.
Glenrock: Open; Open; vs. Moorcroft; at Burns; vs. Wheatland; at Newcastle; at Big Horn; vs. Upton-Sundance; vs. Tongue River.
Moorcroft: Open; Open; at Glenrock; vs. Tongue River; at Upton-Sundance; vs. Big Horn; vs. Newcastle; at Wheatland; vs. Burns.
Newcastle: Open; Open; at Upton-Sundance; vs. Big Horn; at Tongue River; vs. Glenrock; at Moorcroft; at Burns; vs. Wheatland.
Tongue River: Open; Open; at Burns; at Moorcroft; vs. Newcastle; vs. Upton-Sundance; at Wheatland; vs. Big Horn; at Glenrock.
Upton-Sundance: Open; Open; vs. Newcastle; at Wheatland; vs. Moorcroft; at Tongue River; vs. Burns; at Glenrock; at Big Horn.
Wheatland: Open; Open; vs. Big Horn; vs. Upton-Sundance; at Glenrock; at Burns; vs. Tongue River; vs. Moorcroft; at Newcastle.

Class 2A West
Cokeville
: Open; Open; at Lyman; vs. Mountain View; at Pinedale; vs. Thermopolis; vs. Kemmerer; at Worland; vs. Lovell.
Kemmerer: Open; Open; at Pinedale; at Thermopolis; vs. Mountain View; vs. Lyman; at Cokeville; at Lovell; vs. Worland.
Lovell: Open; Open; at Mountain View; vs. Lyman; at Thermopolis; vs. Worland; at Pinedale; vs. Kemmerer; at Cokeville.
Lyman: Open; Open; vs. Cokeville; at Lovell; vs. Worland; at Kemmerer; at Thermopolis; vs. Pinedale; vs. Mountain View.
Mountain View: Open; Open; vs. Lovell; at Cokeville; at Kemmerer; vs. Pinedale; at Worland; vs. Thermopolis; at Lyman.
Pinedale: Open; Open; vs. Kemmerer; at Worland; vs. Cokeville; at Mountain View; vs. Lovell; at Lyman; at Thermopolis.
Thermopolis: Open; Open; at Worland; vs. Kemmerer; vs. Lovell; at Cokeville; vs. Lyman; at Mountain View; vs. Pinedale.
Worland: Open; Open; vs. Thermopolis; vs. Pinedale; at Lyman; at Lovell; vs. Mountain View; vs. Cokeville; at Kemmerer.

Class 1A nine-man East
Guernsey-Sunrise
: Open; Open; at Pine Bluffs; vs. Lingle; at Saratoga; vs. Southeast; at Wright; vs. Lusk; Open.
Lingle: Open; Open; vs. Lusk; at Guernsey-Sunrise; vs. Wright; Open; vs. Southeast; at Pine Bluffs; at Saratoga.
Lusk: Open; Open; at Lingle; vs. Saratoga; at Southeast; vs. Pine Bluffs; at Guernsey-Sunrise; vs. Wright.
Pine Bluffs: Open; Open; vs. Guernsey-Sunrise; vs. Wright; Open; at Lusk; at Saratoga; vs. Lingle; at Southeast.
Saratoga: Open; Open; Open; at Lusk; vs. Guernsey-Sunrise; at Wright; vs. Pine Bluffs; at Southeast; vs. Lingle.
Southeast: Open; Open; at Wright; Open; vs. Lusk; at Guernsey-Sunrise; at Lingle; vs. Saratoga; vs. Pine Bluffs.
Wright: Open; Open; vs. Southeast; at Pine Bluffs; at Lingle; vs. Saratoga; vs. Guernsey-Sunrise; Open; at Lusk.

Class 1A nine-man West
Big Piney
: Open; Open; Open; Open; at Rocky Mountain; vs. Greybull; at Wind River; vs. Wyoming Indian; at Shoshoni.
Greybull: Open; Open; Open; Open; vs. Shoshoni; at Big Piney; vs. Rocky Mountain; at Wind River; vs. Wyoming Indian.
Rocky Mountain: Open; Open; Open; Open; vs. Big Piney; at Wyoming Indian; at Greybull; vs. Shoshoni; vs. Wind River.
Shoshoni: Open; Open; Open; Open; at Greybull; vs. Wind River; at Wyoming Indian; at Rocky Mountain; vs. Big Piney.
Wind River: Open; Open; Open; Open; vs. Wyoming Indian; at Shoshoni; vs. Big Piney; vs. Greybull; at Rocky Mountain.
Wyoming Indian: Open; Open; Open; Open; at Wind River; vs. Rocky Mountain; vs. Shoshoni; at Big Piney; at Greybull.

Class 1A six-man East
Burlington
: Open; Open; at Kaycee; vs. Ten Sleep; vs. Hulett; at Meeteetse; Open; at Riverside; vs. Midwest.
Hulett: Open; Open; at Riverside; vs. Meeteetse; at Burlington; vs. Midwest; at Ten Sleep; vs. Kaycee; Open.
Kaycee: Open; Open; vs. Burlington; at Midwest; vs. Riverside; Open; at Meeteetse; at Hulett; vs. Ten Sleep.
Meeteetse: Open; Open; Open; at Hulett; at Ten Sleep; vs. Burlington; vs. Kaycee; at Midwest; vs. Riverside.
Midwest: Open; Open; at Ten Sleep; vs. Kaycee; Open; at Hulett; vs. Riverside; vs. Meeteetse; at Burlington.
Riverside: Open; Open; vs. Hulett; Open; at Kaycee; vs. Ten Sleep; at Midwest; vs. Burlington; at Meeteetse.
Ten Sleep: Open; Open; vs. Midwest; at Burlington; vs. Meeteetse; at Riverside; vs. Hulett; Open; at Kaycee.

Class 1A six-man West
Casper Christian
: Open; Open; Open; Open; at Encampment; at Hanna; vs. Farson; at Snake River; vs. Dubois.
Dubois: Open; Open; Open; Open; vs. Hanna; at Snake River; vs. Encampment; at Farson; at Casper Christian.
Encampment: Open; Open; Open; Open; vs. Casper Christian; vs. Farson; at Dubois; vs. Hanna; at Snake River.
Farson: Open; Open; Open; Open; vs. Snake River; at Encampment; at Casper Christian; vs. Dubois; at Hanna.
Hanna: Open; Open; Open; Open; at Dubois; vs. Casper Christian; vs. Snake River; at Encampment; vs. Farson.
Snake River: Open; Open; Open; Open; at Farson; vs. Dubois; at Hanna; vs. Casper Christian; vs. Encampment.

–patrick

With the close of the fall sports season comes a big update of champions to champlists.com, the source for Wyoming’s state champions and a host of other information for a swath of sports. Some highlights from this fall:

Cross country: Star Valley, Evanston and Burlington won team titles, with Burlington’s championship the first as an independent team. Natrona, Powell and Wright won the girls championships. Star Valley’s Habtamu Wetzel won the 4A boys title for the second time, while Charlie Hulbert (Cody) and Howard McNiven (Burlington) won their first individual titles. The girls champions were all first-time winners — Jackson’s Madison Antonino, Worland’s Zena Tapia and Burlington’s Jessie Michaels.

Golf: Riverton’s Parker Paxton and Lovell’s Erika Cook won the Class 3A boys and girls individual titles, respectively, for the fourth consecutive year, becoming just the fifth and sixth golfers in state history to win four individual state titles in their career. The Upton boys won their first state golf championship by taking the 2A title. Cheyenne East (4A) and Riverton (3A) also won boys titles. Sheridan (4A), Wheatland (3A) and Thermopolis (2A) won the girls team titles. Cheyenne East’s Daniel Meyers (4A boys), Upton’s Logan Timberman (2A boys), Natrona’s Cheyenne Ward (4A girls) and Sundance’s Savanah Peterson (2A girls) also won individual titles, each winning their first.

Girls swimming: Kelly Walsh’s girls won the 4A title, the program’s first state championship, while Green River won the 3A girls championship. Green River’s Tanith Smith joined a small group of swimmers to have ever won six individual titles, winning the 50 freestyle for the third consecutive year and the 100 freestyle twice to go with the 100 backstroke title she won in 2021. Smith, a junior, would become just the sixth girls swimmer in state history to finish with eight individual championships if she can win two more next year. The 4A team chase ended close, with the top four teams separated by just 13 points, the closest finish among four teams in state history.

Tennis: Laramie (boys) and Cheyenne Central (girls) won team titles; Central’s girls won their 17th team championship, extending a state record. Cheyenne South’s Andrew Lock won the boys No. 1 singles title for the second consecutive year. Kelly Walsh’s Taylor Nokes won the girls No. 1 singles title. Both are seniors. Meanwhile, sophomore Hailey Mathis-Breitkopf of Cheyenne Central won the No. 2 singles title for the second consecutive year.

Volleyball: Laramie (4A), Mountain View (3A), Big Horn (2A) and Cokeville (1A) won state championships. Laramie and Mountain View both won titles for the third time in four years, while Big Horn won for the second time in three years. Cokeville, meanwhile, won its first title since 2020 but won its 26th state championship overall, more than double any other program in the state. Laramie’s Maddy Stucky and Big Horn’s Saydee Zimmer were named all-state for the fourth consecutive year, becoming just the 15th and 16th players in state history to be so recognized. Big Horn’s Emme Mullinax and Emma Prior and Powell’s Addy Thorington were named all-state for the third consecutive year, while two-time all-state selections included Buffalo’s Cassidy Bessler and Tess Rule, Burns’ Brooke Hansen, Campbell County’s Aubrey Dewine, Cody’s Molly Hays, Greybull’s Kelsie McColloch, Lingle’s Natalie Speckner, Lyman’s Hailey Eldredge, Mountain View’s Kate Walker, Rock River’s Mikayla Alexander, Sundance’s Jaylin Mills, Thunder Basin’s Piper Martin, Upton’s Sophie Louderback and Wright’s Jazmin McOmber.

As always, if you see anything that looks incorrect or weird on the site, let me know!

–patrick

The 2023 state football championships — and the 2023 season — are done. Here’s a quick look at how the championship games turned out:

Class 1A six-man: Snake River’s 30-game winning streak came to an end after Burlington stopped the Rattlers four times inside the 10-yard line — including a fourth-and-inches play — in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter to preserve its 42-39 victory. The Huskies won their third state championship and their first since 1994 and thwarted Snake River’s three-peat attempt. Joe Bassett’s receiving touchdown in the fourth quarter gave the Huskies the lead for good in a game that was tight throughout; after a quick Burlington start, the game was tied at 26 at halftime.

Class 1A nine-man: In the Class 1A nine-man title game, the first quarter belonged to Wind River. The rest of the game belonged to Big Piney. The Punchers rallied from a 14-0 deficit and scored the game’s next 39 points to win going away, 39-14. Big Piney won its ninth state title in program history and its first since 2006.

Class 2A: The 2A game — for the third straight year — came down to extra points. Torrington made all four of its, while Big Horn missed two of its four (one kick and one two-point), and the Trailblazers won 28-26. The Trailblazers never trailed and won their first state championship since 1990 after several close calls, finishing as runners-up in 1992, 1996, 2017, 2018 and 2020. Big Horn was playing in its 15th state championship game since 2000 and was denied an opportunity to repeat as state champion. Torrington will head to Class 3A next season.

Class 3A: The 3A championship was anticlimactic, as Star Valley never let Cody into the game and won going away, 27-0. The Broncs did have opportunities, making it inside Star Valley’s 20-yard line four times, but the Braves held each of the four times, including a block field goal in the first half. The Braves rode Smith McClure’s offensive production, as the quarterback ran for three touchdowns and threw another. Star Valley won its 14th state championship and its sixth title in the past nine years.

Class 4A: Speaking of anticlimactic, Sheridan absolutely had its way with Cheyenne East to win the Class 4A title, with the Broncs winning 31-3. In winning yet another championship — the program’s 30th — the Broncs finished their second three-peat of the decade. Along the way, the Broncs finished 2023 with 608 points, a new state 11-man record.

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Here are the results of my picks from last week and this season:

Last week: 3-2 (60 percent). This season: 266-49 (84 percent). 19-year overall mark: 4,621-1,092 (81 percent).

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And with that, the 2023 season has come to a close. Site updates will be coming over the next week or so, with individual team pages getting the 2023 season data added to them as soon as I can.

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–patrick

I think I’ve used this simile before on this site, but it’s so apt that I’m going to use it again. I have heard the championship game of a season is like the ending of a great mystery novel. It brings closure, resolution, a sense of certainty to all the twists and turns you’ve seen transpire before you.

This weekend, we have some opportunities to see something special in each of the five games. Two teams — Sheridan and Snake River — enter Laramie with 30 consecutive victories apiece behind them. In 3A, the two most dominant programs of the decade meet yet again in a rivalry that, despite the familiarity, never seems to get old. Class 1A nine-man will deliver a champion from two teams, neither of which have ever played in War Memorial Stadium. And 2A could deliver us the best game of the weekend, just as it has each of the past couple years.

You ready?

Class 4A, 4 p.m. Saturday
Cheyenne East (2, 10-1) vs. Sheridan (1, 11-0)
Series record: Sheridan leads 33-15.
Last meeting: Sheridan beat Cheyenne East 44-37 on Sept. 29 in Cheyenne.
Last playoff meeting: Sheridan beat Cheyenne East 34-23 on Nov. 12, 2022, in the Class 4A championship game in Laramie.
State championships: Cheyenne East five, most recently in 2020. … Sheridan 29, most recently in 2022.
Previous title game record: Cheyenne East, 5-4. … Sheridan, 19-7.
The path to the title game: Cheyenne East topped Rock Springs 42-14 in the quarterfinals and outlasted Natrona 17-10 in the semifinals. … Sheridan rolled over its first two playoff opponents, beating Kelly Walsh 59-0 in the quarterfinals and Thunder Basin 62-7 in the semifinals.
The case for the Thunderbirds: In almost every statistical measure, East’s offense may be the best we’ve ever seen. In total yards, attempts per game, touchdowns — East leads it all, by wide margins. Cam Hayes is piling up huge numbers at quarterback; Drew Jackson is one of the state’s top rushers and receivers; a variety of receivers force teams to cover the whole field. The defense, ranked No. 2 in the state, has shown up, as well — and for as fast as East’s offense moves, the fact that its defense has kept up is astonishing.
The case for the Broncs: A huge chunk of the recipe that works for Sheridan is that the Broncs never, ever beat themselves. They’ve had just six turnovers this season, fewest in 4A, while forcing 28, the most in 4A. That’s why teams with more efficient offenses or better defenses on paper struggle when they go up against the Broncs — because if you want to beat Sheridan, you have to be basically perfect in every aspect of the game. That’s the recipe that has led to 30 consecutive victories, eight titles in 14 years and the chance for a three-peat.
The pick: The past seven Class 4A championship games have all been decided by at least nine points. This might be the year that breaks the streak. Couple Sheridan’s 44-37 victory against the Thunderbirds back in Week 5 in Cheyenne with both teams’ dominance against the rest of the 4A field, and you have a game that could be one of Wyoming’s all-time classics. Sheridan 38, Cheyenne East 35.

Class 3A, 3 p.m. Friday
Cody (2W, 10-1) vs. Star Valley (1W, 10-1)
Series record: Star Valley leads 27-13.
Last meeting: Star Valley beat Cody 41-14 on Oct. 6 in Cody.
Last playoff meeting: Star Valley beat Cody 14-7 on Nov. 11, 2022, in the Class 3A championship game in Laramie.
State championships: Cody seven, most recently in 2021. … Star Valley 13, most recently in 2022.
Previous title game record: Cody, 7-6. … Star Valley, 12-10.
The path to the title game: Cody blasted through both of its first two playoff opponents, defeating Douglas 42-14 in the quarterfinals and Evanston 52-14 in the semifinals. … Star Valley ran roughshod over Worland 62-0 in the first round and knocked off Buffalo 30-19 in the semifinals.
The case for the Broncs: Find me a more consistent team than Cody over the past four seasons. I’ll wait. Already, Cody is guaranteed its fourth consecutive double-digit victory season, its fourth consecutive title game appearance. Cody’s offense fits its strengths, and now the Broncs are No. 1 in 3A in rushing, by a lot, and have the No. 1 offense overall. Moreover, the Broncs are 41-3 over the past four seasons. The only worry? All three of those losses have been to Star Valley.
The case for the Braves: It’s almost scary how efficient the Braves have bene this year. Their only loss came to Idaho powerhouse Sugar-Salem, and aside from Powell (24-21), every victory has been by double digits. Their offense is diverse and keeps opposing defenses guessing. And if defense wins championships, as the old cliche goes? Then look no further than Star Valley, which has 3A’s No. 1 defense.
The pick: I mean, here we are again. Dynasty vs. dynasty. Which one is extended, and which one is delayed? Class 3A’s two most dominant programs will extend to a decade of dominance, either way, as one of these two teams will have won the 3A title in each of the past 10 years. For now, I think the way the Braves handled the Broncs in Week 6 is the decider, but, hey — you never know. Just look at last year. Star Valley 30, Cody 20.

Class 2A, noon Friday
Torrington (2E, 8-3) vs. Big Horn (1E, 9-1)
Series record: Big Horn leads 3-1.
Last meeting: Big Horn beat Torrington 33-27 on Sept. 22 in Torrington.
Last playoff meeting: First playoff meeting.
State championships: Torrington four, most recently in 1990. … Big Horn eight, most recently in 2022.
Previous title game record: Torrington, 2-12. … Big Horn, 8-10.
The path to the title game: Torrington won a pair of close ones, beating Cokeville 21-14 in the first round and previously unbeaten Mountain View 25-19 in the semifinals. … Big Horn had little trouble with a pair of West Conference foes, beating Lovell 49-28 in the quarterfinals and Lyman 34-14 in the semifinals.
The case for the Trailblazers: At the halfway point of the season, Torrington was 2-3 and, let’s face it, not a very attractive title contender. Then, just like in the movies, Torrington took off its glasses. Since then, it’s been six straight victories, including two gritty playoff victories against some of the best teams the West Conference had this season. The ‘Blazers’ defense has been stout all season — six of seven conference opponents couldn’t get past single digits — and the offense has been consistent, if not flashy. This is a group that certainly is more confident now than when it first played Big Horn, and even then it was a down-to-the-wire 32-27 loss. That team, but confident? Look out.
The case for the Rams: Remember when Big Horn was 0-1 after a double-overtime loss to Lovell? Yeah, no one else does either. Because nine straight victories have boosted the Rams to Laramie. That run included a 7-0 East Conference mark and suspiciously easy victories against that aforementioned Lovell team and last week’s 20-point win in the semis against consistent contender Lyman. The Rams’ offense is 2A’s best, and the defense — which often sees the field a lot due to its offensive efficiency — does enough to keep the Rams’ W-train a-rollin’.
The pick: The 2A title game the past two years has more or less come down to one play. This game has similar markings, although I’d wager that the scoring will be more robust than those two (which finished 8-6 and 8-7, by the way). Get ready for another thriller, probably pretty similar to the first, with a fourth-quarter break benefitting the team that eventually takes it all. Big Horn 34, Torrington 30.

Class 1A nine-man, 1 p.m. Saturday
Big Piney (2W, 9-1) vs. Wind River (1W, 8-1)
Series record: Big Piney leads 6-2.
Last meeting: Wind River beat Big Piney 28-21 on Sept. 21 in Pavillion.
Last playoff meeting: First playoff meeting.
State championships: Big Piney eight, most recently in 2006. … Wind River one, in 1997.
Previous title game record: Big Piney, 8-2. … Wind River, 1-1.
The path to the title game: Big Piney ousted Pine Bluffs 28-14 in the first round and beat previously unbeaten Lingle on the road 51-27 in the semifinals. … Wind River blasted Lusk 68-6 in the first round and scraped past Southeast 32-30 in the second round.
The case for the Punchers: In these kinds of games — Wind River the No. 1 offense in nine-man, Big Piney the No. 1 defense — it’s easy to get hung up on looking at that matchup. But usually, when these kinds of matchups happen, it’s the other one — Big Piney’s offense vs. Wind River’s defense — that ends up making or breaking the game. That’s where the Punchers may have an advantage, with the No. 3 offense in nine-man that has shown both diversity and consistency. Moreover, Big Piney’s only loss was to Wind River in Pavillion; put them on a neutral field, and things just might be different.
The case for the Cougars: Wind River started slow, through no fault of their own. Their first two opponents (Saratoga and St. Stephens) canceled on them. Entering Week 3, they could have easily been called the least experienced team in the state. But a deep senior class overcame the challenge that might have sunk other teams, and together they’ve won eight in a row. With eventual three-time all-state pick Cooper Frederick leading the state’s No. 1 rushing offense (and No. 1 offense, total), the Cougars have been unstoppable so far.
The pick: Wind River won the first matchup between these two teams this season, and in watching the highlights, I keep coming away with the feeling that the Cougars had fortune on their side. In a 28-21 victory, Wind River got a kick return touchdown and a pick-six to augment their efforts. I keep feeling like game will come down to something similar; whoever creates the unexpected play creates the championship. Big Piney 32, Wind River 27.

Class 1A six-man, 10 a.m. Saturday
Snake River (1S, 9-0) vs. Burlington (1N, 9-1)
Series record: Snake River leads 7-1.
Last meeting/last playoff meeting: Snake River beat Burlington 55-8 in the Class 1A six-man championship on Nov. 12, 2022, in Laramie.
State championships: Snake River five, most recently in 2022. … Burlington two, most recently in 1994.
Previous title game record: Snake River, 5-1. … Burlington, 2-3.
The path to the title game: Snake River stayed unbeaten with two playoff victories, topping Hulett 74-20 in the quarterfinals and beating Dubois 47-22 in the semifinals. … Burlington beat Farson 64-20 in the quarterfinals and needed a ton of points to outlast Encampment 80-73 in the semifinals in the highest-scoring playoff game in state history.
The case for the Rattlers: It’s simple. In 30 consecutive games, the Rattlers have come out on top in every single one. Snake River has the talent, the tradition and the momentum. In that streak, only two games have ended with one-possession differences; in the past two years, only one team has stayed within 16 points; and this year, the Rattlers’ closest game has been a 25-point victory. As long as the Rattlers continue to look at Saturday as a competition and not a coronation, they should be fine.
The case for the Huskies: Maybe last year, the stage was just a little too big, the lights a little too bright, and losing 55-8 in the championship game was an awakening to just how hard it can be to win a title. The Huskies won’t have such problems this year. No Wyoming team has beaten the Huskies, their lone loss coming to Custer, Montana, and only one game — last week’s 80-73 shootout against Encampment — resulted in a scoring difference of less than 21 points.
The pick: Back in July, I called for a Snake River-Burlington title game. And I even gave a score prediction. Why change that now? Snake River is still at the top of the class, and Burlington, while still a formidable opponent, is still the underdog this weekend. Snake River 49, Burlington 33.

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Here are the results of my picks from last week and this season:

Last week: 8-2 (80 percent). This season: 263-47 (85 percent).

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Well, we’re here. Another season nearly at an end. What are your big takeaways from 2023 — at least so far? Leave a comment here, or hit me up on the Facebook page or on Twitter.

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No superfluous intros this week. We’ve got too much to talk about. So let’s get into the picks, with projected winners in bold, for this week’s semifinal playoff round of Wyoming high school football:

Friday
Class 4A
(5) Thunder Basin at (1) Sheridan: The number 29 looms large in this game. It’s the number of consecutive victories Sheridan has had, and it’s also the margin of victory Sheridan had in its 41-12 Week 4 victory against the ‘Bolts in Gillette. Sheridan has been the most consistent program in 4A for years now — this is their 16th consecutive semifinal trip — and barring what would be one of the larger 4A playoff upsets we’ve seen in a while, I don’t think that will stop this week.
Class 3A
(2E) Buffalo at (1W) Star Valley: Don’t get me wrong. Buffalo has been solid this season. But I don’t know that anyone outside Johnson County has them as title contenders. Then the Bison go and beat Powell in pretty commanding fashion in the first round. I still like the Braves here, but they better be on their toes. Because now, everyone’s putting “Bison” and “title contention” in the same sentence.
(4W) Evanston at (2W) Cody: As I mentioned in last week’s picks, Evanston is now 3A’s Cinderella story. After 15 seasons without a playoff victory, the Red Devils finally have one. And I think this game will be closer than the 48-13 victory Cody put on Evanston in Week 7… but not a lot closer.
Class 2A
(2E) Torrington at (1W) Mountain View: Even with all the parity in the 2A ranks this year, no one has been able to figure out Mountain View. But Torrington has won five straight, and its only loss since Week 1 was a nail-biter to Big Horn. The Trailblazers will be ready for that challenge, and that could make this one close late.
(2W) Lyman at (1E) Big Horn: Both teams showed a pretty amazing resiliency last week. Lyman rallied from a 13-0 deficit to win; Big Horn only led by seven entering the final quarter and won by 21. They’ll both be ready for late-game challenges. I’m only picking Big Horn because of home field — in Lyman, I would have taken the Eagles. Best game of the week?
Class 1A nine-man
(2E) Southeast at (1W) Wind River: I really, really think if there’s a coach in 1A nine-man who can prepare his team for this kind of challenge, it’s Southeast’s Mark Bullington. The Cyclones will absolutely be prepared for what the Cougars bring. I think it’ll be close, and I think the Cougars will need to be playing their best to come out of this with their first trip to a championship game since 1997. But I think they will be up for it. As you can tell, I’ve thought about this game a lot. Best game of the week?
Class 1A six-man
(3S) Dubois at (1S) Snake River: What the Tremblys — coach David and son Wyatt — have helped Dubois accomplish in their final seasons in their roles leading the Rams have been memorable. Those emotions might be enough to help the Rams hang with the Rattlers, who have proven time and again to be the state’s best six-man team this year. Ultimately, though, the Rattlers have won 29 in a row for a reason.
(2S) Encampment at (1N) Burlington: No. Don’t make me pick. I’ve seen this game coming for weeks now, and I’ve tried to parse out what might give one of these teams an advantage over the other. I’ve come up with nothing. Both teams have consistent offenses, solid defenses and winning traditions. They’re both coached well and play disciplined. And they both are deserving of a spot in Laramie. I think Encampment has a slight edge, but don’t be surprised to see the Huskies make it back to the War for a second consecutive year, especially at home. Best game of the week?
Saturday
Class 4A

(3) Natrona at (2) Cheyenne East: The Mustangs have been a bit frustrating — they’ve played well against lesser competition but have struggled to play up to that next level. That included a 45-7 loss to East in Week 1. The Thunderbirds, meanwhile, are on an offensive hot streak. All they have to do is score 32 points against the Mustangs this week to break the state 11-man record for points in a season. The record is 577 (Big Horn in 2018), and East has 546 already this season.
Class 1A nine-man
(2W) Big Piney at (1E) Lingle: Both of these teams should enter this game with every reason in the world to feel confident. Lingle hasn’t lost yet this season, while Big Piney is 8-1 and comes in off a quarterfinal victory where they vanquished the defending state champions. While Lingle has shown a lot of resolve and hasn’t lost yet, I think Big Piney has been more consistent this year, and that might be the difference.

For a full schedule including kickoff times, click here. You can click on “Semifinals” at the top of the page to take you directly to this week’s schedule.

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Here are the results of my picks from last week and this season:

Last week: 18-2 (90 percent). This season: 255-45 (85 percent).

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It’s long been the case that the strength of Class 3A has been in the West Conference.

The past 12 3A champs have come from the West, and seven of the past eight 3A title games have matched up two West teams.

So far, we’ve seen no indication that 2023 will be the year for such streaks to end.

The East went 3-12 against the West this year, and none of those three victories came against a playoff qualifier — two were against Green River (Lander and Rawlins), one against Jackson (Douglas).

When the playoffs get underway on Friday, the East Conference teams are likely underdogs in all four 3A playoff games. West Conference leaders Star Valley, Cody and Powell — a combined record of 23-4, with three of those four losses to each other — have proven themselves a cut above the rest of the classification. Together, they’re a combined 7-0 this season against the four playoff qualifiers from the East.

And that brings us to Evanston against Riverton, what might be the most interesting playoff game out of the 20 scheduled this week.

Evanston, despite being a No. 4 seed heading up against a No. 1, has every reason to believe it’s the favorite. Most importantly, the Red Devils have already beaten the Wolverines once this season, 34-27 in Week 2 in Evanston. Moreover, Evanston has played competitively in losses to the West’s top three. All of it has led to the Red Devils’ first playoff berth in four seasons, the longest playoff drought broken by any playoff-qualifying team this season.

Meanwhile, Riverton might be the most transformed team in the state from the first half of the season to the second half. After starting 0-4 (against the four West playoff qualifiers, by the way), the Wolverines have since won four of five, including what might have been the biggest win in recent program memory by beating Buffalo 25-14, a game that eventually clinched the top seed in the playoffs for the Wolverines by breaking a three-way first-place tie with the Bison and Douglas.

That said, it’s easy to root for whoever wins this game to be this year’s 3A Cinderella. Both teams are led by a first-year coach who isn’t really a “first-year coach”; Riverton’s Mark Lenhardt has had success as a head coach at both Torrington and Rock Springs, taking them both to state championship games, while Evanston’s Steve Moore has spent two decades on the sidelines with the Red Devils before moving into the top spot heading into this season. Both teams are 4-5 entering this game; it’s simply an odd quirk of the schedule that two of the three teams in the 3A playoffs with losing records ended up facing each other in the first round. And one of these teams will break a long streak without a visit to the semifinals: Riverton hasn’t reached the second round in eight seasons, and for Evanston, the drought has been 15 seasons.

The candle on the Cinderella cake is that Evanston has been the lone team in the West not to benefit from the conference’s dominant run. Across that eight-year stretch of mentioned earlier — the one where in seven of the past eight years, it’s been two West teams playing each other — Evanston is the only one of the West teams that has failed to make it to the championship game.

For now, I like Evanston to win this week.

Truth be told, though, I like whoever wins this game.

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As much as I love the Riverton-Evanston game, by far the most interesting 2023 playoff bracket, top to bottom, belongs to Class 2A.

The only predictable game seems to be Wheatland visiting Mountain View; the Bulldogs did that trip in Week 1 and came back as victims of a 38-0 dissection. The other three games, though, look like they could be all-time classics.

With Mountain View surviving as the only undefeated team in Class 2A this season, the remainder of the classification has been an exercise in parity.

The remaining three games give us six teams who are all legitimate title threats: Tongue River (7-2) at Lyman (7-2), Cokeville (5-3) at Torrington (6-3), and Lovell (6-2) at Big Horn (7-1).

Immediately, Big Horn as the one-loss team stands out from the rest. The only problem? Big Horn faces Lovell in the first round, and the Bulldogs were the only team to hang an L on the Rams’ tally this season. Of all the teams and all the possibilities Big Horn could have gotten in the first round, they got the team that’s already shown they can beat them this year.

Meanwhile, Cokeville has sorted its way through some early struggles to emerge as one of the West’s best teams. Replace “Cokeville” with “Torrington,” and “West’s” with “East’s” in that sentence, though, and you have a perfect description of their first-round opponent.

And finally, the Eagles are 7-2, talented and eager for a bit of redemption after losing games to regional rivals. Wait: Are we talking about Tongue River or Lyman? The answer: Yes.

Combined, these matchups should make the 2A bracket an absolute crapshoot, the most intriguing set of first-round games in any of the five brackets.

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Now, that said, intrigue DOES exist in other brackets, it’s just not as common:

Thunder Basin and Campbell County meeting in a cross-city rivalry renewal was not necessarily something I had on my 2023 preseason bingo card, but here it is — and I’m thrilled. I’m really interested to see how the aftermath of the Camels’ 49-17 victory in Week 5 manifests a month later, and how much closer this game might be considering that Thunder Basin hasn’t lost since, while the Camels are 1-2 since then. …

Lingle has been living a charmed life. The Doggers have won three consecutive one-point games: 29-28 against Southeast, 31-30 in overtime against Pine Bluffs and 21-20 against Saratoga. According to research I did in 2016, I have reason to believe that this year’s Lingle team is the first Wyoming team to ever win three consecutive one-point games. We’ll see if the run continues against Rocky Mountain in the first round. …

Wind River is hosting the program’s first playoff game since 2009, the longest such streak broken this season. …

Natrona is in the playoffs for the 32nd consecutive year, Cokeville the 31st, Big Horn the 25th, Douglas the 22nd. … 

It’s a bit weird, but none of the first-round playoff games are new matchups. Every matchup we have already exists on each team’s series records. Maybe that’s the nature of expanded nonconference schedules and eight-team playoff brackets; eventually, everyone sees everyone.

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Picks, where bold means projected winner and non-bold means projected upset-maker:

Class 4A
(8) Kelly Walsh at (1) Sheridan
(5) Thunder Basin at (4) Campbell County
(7) Rock Springs at (2) Cheyenne East
(6) Cheyenne Central at (3) Natrona
Class 3A
(4W) Evanston
at (1E) Riverton
(3E) Douglas at (2W) Cody
(4E) Worland at (1W) Star Valley
(3W) Powell at (2E) Buffalo
Class 2A
(4E) Wheatland at (1W) Mountain View
(3W) Cokeville at (2E) Torrington
(4W) Lovell at (1E) Big Horn
(3E) Tongue River at (2W) Lyman
Class 1A nine-man
(4W) Rocky Mountain at (1E) Lingle
(3E) Pine Bluffs at (2W) Big Piney
(4E) Lusk at (1W) Wind River
(3W) Riverside at (2E) Southeast
Class 1A six-man
(4S) Farson at (1N) Burlington
(3N) Meeteetse at (2S) Encampment
(4N) Hulett at (1S) Snake River
(3S) Dubois at (2N) Kaycee

For a full schedule including kickoff times, click here. You can click on “Quarterfinals” at the top of the page to take you directly to this week’s schedule.

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Here are the results of my picks from last week and this season:

Last week: 24-6 (80 percent). This season: 237-43 (85 percent).

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Here are the unofficial 2023 playoff pairings for Wyoming high school football teams:

Class 4A
(8) Kelly Walsh at (1) Sheridan
(5) Thunder Basin at (4) Campbell County
(7) Rock Springs at (2) Cheyenne East
(6) Cheyenne Central at (3) Natrona

Class 3A
(4W) Evanston at (1E) Riverton
(3E) Douglas at (2W) Cody
(4E) Worland at (1W) Star Valley
(3W) Powell at (2E) Buffalo

Class 2A
(4E) Wheatland at (1W) Mountain View
(3W) Cokeville at (2E) Torrington
(4W) Lovell at (1E) Big Horn
(3E) Tongue River at (2W) Lyman

Class 1A nine-man
(4W) Rocky Mountain at (1E) Lingle
(3E) Pine Bluffs at (2W) Big Piney
(4E) Lusk at (1W) Wind River
(3W) Riverside at (2E) Southeast

Class 1A six-man
(4S) Farson at (1N) Burlington
(3N) Meeteetse at (2S) Encampment
(4N) Hulett at (1S) Snake River
(3S) Dubois at (2N) Kaycee

–patrick