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State Champs!

Encampment Netters take it all by working as a team


Ryan Dorgan, Casper Star-Tribune

From left to right, Alyssa Barkhurst (crouched), Hailey Barkhust, Paige Powell, Cassidy Little, McKenzie Powell (No. 15) and Sierra Loftice, the Lady Tigers' starting lineup, celebrating their win over Kaycee which earned them the 1A state championship.

Freshman Paige Powell hit a well-placed spike in the championship match against Kaycee that grabbed the final point for the Encampment Lady Tigers, securing the 1A state title for the first time since 1977.

Head coach Robin O'Leary said the final play represented the selfless sportsmanship that the players have shown all season. "Every single person on the floor-all six girls-touched the ball during that point, and so they were all a part of getting that final point in the championship match.

"It seemed like we were more grateful than we were proud or accomplished," O'Leary said, pointing t...

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