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Bulldogs bound for state

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 6th, 2013

Dusty Nipper dodges a Glenrock defender during a regular season game. The Bulldogs went 2-1in 3A regional play to qualify for state play this coming weekend in Casper, beating Torrington and Buffalo but losing to the Rawlins Outlaws. Kyleen Smith aims a shot during a home game earlier this season. The girls had an overtime win agains the Torrington Lady Blazers, but fell to Rawlins and Newcastle to be eliminated during 3A regionals this past weekend.

Lady Dawgs season ends at regionals.

WORLAND-Wheatland High School will have just one team in the Class 3-A State Basketball Tournament this weekend in Casper. The Bulldog boys' team defeated Newcastle 54-39 to take third place at the East Regional held in Worland Thursday through Saturday.

The Dawgs were in great shape following the first round at regional with a 44-31 win over Torrington and moved on to Friday's semi-final. But the Rawlins Outlaws had their own plan and escaped with a 53-46 win to advance to the regional championship game against Douglas on Saturday. The loss sent the Bulldogs to the loser's bracket where they battled back to win 44-49 over Buffalo, assuring themselves a trip to Casper this weekend. The win put them up against Newcastle to decide the final two seeds from the East regional.

The Dawgs (#3E, 16-9) will face first-round opponent Star Valley (#2W, 19-5) at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Event Center. A win would send them to Friday's semi-final against the winner of Douglas/Lander Valley. A loss would put them in a loser-out game against the loser of that same game.

Douglas went on to take the top regional seed, followed by Rawlins, Wheatland and Newcastle.

The 3-A state championship game is set for Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the Events Center.

The Lady Bulldogs'also got past their first-round opponent Torrington by just three, 58-55 and headed to the regional semi-final against Rawlins on Friday. The Lady Outlaws outgunned the Lady Dawgs 50-40, sending them to a loser-out, early-morning game against Newcastle. The Dogies slipped by the Lady Dawgs 44-39 to end Wheatland's hopes for a trip to the state tournament.

Douglas took the top regional seed, followed by Rawlins, Newcastle and Buffalo.

The Lady Dawgs end their season at 8-15.

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