Laramie High School Sports Roundup 10-21-21
A conference champion runner and team, and a victory at a big swim meet highlighted the last week’s action for Laramie High School teams.
The Laramie Lady Plainsmen cross country team won the 4A West Conference meet last Friday in Casper. The Laramie Lady Plainsmen swimming & diving team won the Gillette Invitational.
Laramie Cross Country
Sophomore Addison Forry raced to victory at the 4A West Conference Cross Country meet last Friday at 3 Crowns Golf Course in Casper. Forry completed the 5K course in 18:29.62. Her victory helped the Lady Plainsmen win the team title. Laramie had five more runners finish in the top 14. They scored 36 points as a team and beat Natrona County by eight.
Head coach Greg Schabron said we knew they had that in them.
“They just had to put the pieces together, and really, I think they even surprised themselves, but that win was a nice way the day, Friday.”
Schabron added that Forry’s victory was not a surprise after they learned about Jackson senior Kate Brigham wasn’t running at conference.
“What was a surprise is how fast Addie ran, and she’s been coming off this cold. Hearing her cough, and her lung capacity, we’re probably talking 75-80 percent, and she still dominated.”
The Plainsmen took third place at the meet. They scored 66 points and were behind Jackson and Natrona County (42, 43 team points). Sophomore Dominic Eberle finished third to pace the boys’ team.
Laramie heads to the state championships in Ethete, WY, on Saturday.
Laramie Girls Swimming & Diving
The Lady Plainsmen won the 19-team Gillette Invitational last Saturday at the Campbell County Aquatics Center with 502 team points.
Their margin of victory was 73 over runner-up Cheyenne Central.
LHS won four events. Senior Anna Roesler won her two individual events, the 200 freestyle, and 100 butterfly races. Senior Natalie Six won diving, and Laramie also took first place in the 400 freestyle relay.
Head coach Tom Hudson was very happy they were able to win in a meet that big.
“There were 19 teams, including two pretty good teams from North Dakota, Williston and Dickinson were there. We had some good top speed and girls that placed in the top six or eight, and then a lot of good depth.”
Laramie heads to the 4A West Conference Championships on Friday and Saturday in Evanston at Davis Middle School.
LHS is the favorite to win the team title.
Hudson adds, “The thing I like about that meet is it gives us a taste of the postseason, the prelims-finals format. The two-day meet (like state). There’s also a handful of girls that have a chance to make state qualifying times.”
Laramie has 20 state qualifiers enter this weekend.
Last Thursday, Laramie fell at home to No. 2 Kelly Walsh in four sets. The scores were 25-16, 22-25, 22-25, and 24-26. Alexis Stucky had 17 kills in the loss, while Maddy Stucky added 11.
LHS bounced back last Saturday with a win over Sheridan in three sets. Scores were 25-18, 25-12, and 25-12. Alexis Stucky had 14 kills, while Anna Gatlin added 11, and Noel Jensen finished with eight kills.
Gatlin said, “After our loss on Thursday (to KW), today’s (last Saturday) match gave us a great chance to try new things. I feel we have another level we can get to, and I’m excited to move forward.”
The Lady Plainsmen are finishing conference quadrant play this weekend.
Last night, Laramie swept a match at Cheyenne Central, 25-5, 25-11, and 25-13. They had a balanced attack with eight kills from Alexis Stucky and Halley Feezer, seven from Morgann Jensen, six from Gatlin, and five from Noel Jensen. Gatlin also had 5.5 blocks in the victory.
Morgann Jensen said, “We went back to our fundamental roots. We were able to have a clean game. I’m looking forward to Senior Night.”
That will be tonight when LHS hosts No. 3 Cheyenne East at Laramie High School. The match starts at 6 p.m. There are six seniors who will be honored before the final home match of their Lady Plainsmen careers.
Laramie is 25-2 on the season and 5-0 in conference quadrant matches.
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