Wrestling third at state, Lady Panthers regional champs

The Lady Panthers basketball team are the 1A west regional champions for 2021. From left to right, Whytney Murdock, Tana Teichert, Demi Harmon, Harley Harmon, Dakota Bethers, Kallianne Toomer, Rylee Teichert, Kylee Dayton, Bryli Groll, Jordyn Nate, Emmie Barnes, TyLeigh Dayton. // By Karla Toomer

The Lady Panthers were crowned 1A west regional basketball champions on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Lander Valley High School. Their quest began in Farson on Wednesday where they played the Lady Rattlers of Little Snake River in the quadrant semifinals. The Lady Panthers dominated the Lady Rattlers, winning 69-41. Emmie Barnes had 22 points to lead the Lady Panther scoring. Rylee Teichert added 11 more points. Kallianne Toomer, Dakota Bethers and Bryli Groll each had five rebounds. Jordyn Nate had six assists and Kylee Dayton had five. Tana Teichert had five steals. The quadrant championship featured the Lady Pronghorns of Farson and the Cokeville Lady Panthers. Again, the Lady Panthers won big, 65-24. Rylee Teichert led their scoring with 20 points and six rebounds. Emmie Barnes had 12 points and six rebounds. Tana Teichert had seven rebounds and six steals and Kylee Dayton had five assists. This win earned the Lady Panthers a bid for the 1A west regional championship in Lander on Saturday. This game pitched the orange and black Lady Huskies of Burlington against the orange and black Cokeville Lady Panthers. The Lady Huskies were no match for the Lady Panthers as they put up a huge 83 points to the Lady Huskies’ 46. Emmie Barnes had 21 points and six rebounds. Harley Harmon had 15 points, Tana Teichert had 13 points and seven rebounds. Kallianne Toomer added 10 more points for the Lady Panthers. Demi Harmon had seven rebounds. Kylee Dayton had 10 assists and eight steals and Rylee Teichert had five assists. Congratulations, Lady Panthers. The Ladies will take this momentum into the state tournament in Casper on Wednesday, March 3. They will face the Lady Miners of Hanna at 9 a.m. in the Ford Wyoming Center. Good luck, Lady Panthers.

The Panther basketball season came to an end on Thursday, Feb. 25, as they fell in the quadrant semifinals to the Panthers of Saratoga 33-59.

The Panther wrestlers headed to the 1A state tournament in Casper on Wednesday, Feb. 24 for the one-day tournament that began early Thursday morning. Due to COVID-19, quadrants were set up around the state for regional tournaments and only four wrestlers advanced in each weight division for the state tournament creating 16-man brackets. The Panthers had 13 wrestlers who qualified to compete in the tournament. They all went in with high hopes of doing their best. This team did an incredible job of rallying around each other and encouraging each teammate to do his best. There were no Panthers who advanced to the championship match, but an astonishing nine of the 13 placed in the top five. Cael Thompson, Eli Linford and Landon Walker came home with third place honors. Garrett Reece and Matt Thompson earned fourth place honors. Micah Petersen, Ammon Halls, Mike Cook and Connor Viehweg each came home with fifth place honors. This team of outstanding wrestlers also brought home a third place team trophy behind the Kemmerer Rangers and the Wright Panthers. Congratulations to these great athletes for a job well done on and off the mat.