Panthers to state championship

The Panthers pose for a team photo. Back row: Cydney Brown, Tana Teichert, Abby Johnson, Demi Harmon, Rylee Teichert, Harley Harmon, Whytney Murdock. Front row: Kylee Dayton, Michea Petersen, Emmie Barnes, Sydney Nate, Dakota King. By Jan Moody

The Lady Panthers competed in the West Regional Volleyball Championships on Thursday, Oct. 29, and Saturday, Oct. 31. This year, due to COVID-19, the tournament was set up a little differently. Thursday, the top four teams from the southwest competed in Cokeville while the top four teams in the northwest competed in Meeteetse. These eight teams would have gathered in Lander on a normal year and the top four teams would have gone on to the state tournament in Casper. The top two teams from each quadrant competed in Cokeville on Saturday.

The Lady Panthers competed against the Lady Pronghorns of Farson and won easily 25-9, 25-19 and 25-13. Their next opponents were the Lady Rattlers of Snake River who defeated the Lady Panthers of Saratoga to advance to the quadrant championship. The Lady Panthers won again in three sets 25-14, 25-9 and 25-18. The Lady Panthers and the Lady Rattlers advanced to the cross-quadrant tournament on Saturday with the two teams from the Northwest, Burlington and Meeteetse. This tournament determined the placing for the state tournament in Casper. The Lady Panthers defeated the Lady Huskies of Burlington in three quick sets, 25-11, 25-6 and 25-12. This win advanced them to the championship against the Longhorns of Meeteetse. Again, the Lady Panthers came away victorious in three sets, 25-12, 25-16 and 25-15. Congratulations, Lady Panthers.

They will compete in the “one day” 1A State Volleyball tournament in Casper on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Their quest for the state title will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Casper Events Center where they will take on the Lady Miners of Hanna. Good luck, Lady Panthers.

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