The roles were reversed for the soccer teams as the Braves came away with a one-sided win while the Lady Braves felt the sting of a close loss to Buffalo to put them into the 3rd place game on Saturday.
The Braves will play Cody for the consolation trophy while the ladies will see Worland. The Lady Braves play on Field 1 at 9 a.m while the Braves play at 11 a.m. on Field 4.
In Casper, the track team saw many more athletes qualify for the finals while some scored points in the team race.
After Day Two the Braves are in 4th place with 39 team points while the Lady Braves have nowhere to go but up as they sit in 15th place with 9.33 points heading into Saturday.
Wranglers: 0 Braves: 5
Jared Johnson scored in just the 3rd minute to give the Braves the lead and they never looked back. Trace Haderlie had the assist and has the school’s all-time mark for that category. Dayne Abrams scored the first of his two goals in the 39th for a 2-0 Star Valley lead at halftime. The scoring picked up right after the intermission as Kelton Robinson put one into the net in the 41st minute and Abrams scored in the 64th. Finally, Johnson scored his second goal in the 78th minute for the final. Star Valley will play for the consolation trophy against Cody who survived a 8-7 shootout with Torrington. Star Valley defeated Cody all three times they played this season.
Bison: 2 Lady Braves: 1
The two teams exchanged jabs with the Bison dictating the tempo for the first half. Teneil Shumacher punched one into the high corner in the 31st minute as a result of constant pressure on the Star Valley defense. The game-winner was a sour goal headed into the net by Livi Glassock after the Lady Braves were unable to clear the ball out of the box. It ultimately was too much of a lead to overcome. Star Valley scored in the 43rd minute after a Desa Inskeep pass went through the keeper’s hands. The ladies put pressure on in spurts but could not collect the equalizer. They will play the Worland Warriors who lost in a 3-1 shootout with Lander. Star Valley and Worland split their regular season meetings with each home team winning.
It was a busy day that ultimately ground to a halt because of a lightning delay. The highlights came from the Braves who had three, 4th place finishes. Sam Gertsch threw for a career best 149′ 9″ in the discus for 4th, while Cody Peck gutted out the 800 meter run in 1:58.18, his fastest of the year and within a second of the school record. Finally, the boys 4×100 relay of Jesse Sanders, Tyler Allred, Kellen Hansen and Gertsch ran a personal best of 44.96 seconds.
Other news from the state track meet on Friday included Madison Ashworth placing 8th in the high jump as she cleared 4′ 8″. Jesse Sanders qualified for the finals in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.83 seconds. Aspen Heward and freshman Faith Robbins qualified for the finals in the 300 meter hurdles on Saturday and Lindi Moore qualified for the 400 meter finals with the 5th fastest time. Hansen missed qualifying for the 400 meter finals by a mere .02 of a second.
In the team race, Powell is enjoying first place in the 3A boys and girls standings after Day Two because of their throwers who claimed both the boys and girls discus titles. The Panthers have 59 points to lead the way while the ladies are edging favorite Cody with 68 points to 60.