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East Boys and Girls Basketball grateful heading into state tournament

Published: Mar. 11, 2021 at 12:57 AM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The East Thunderbirds and Lady Thunderbirds are two of Cheyenne’s four teams playing in the 4A Basketball State Tournament.

Both East teams are playing the same school, Star Valley, but on very different areas of the bracket.

The girls are the 4A Southeast Quadrant and 4A East Regional Champions and therefore hold the East Region’s number one seed.

“We just want the opportunity,” said East Head Girls Basketball Coach Eric Westling. “I think we’ll all sigh a big sigh relief once we pass Douglas, that’s where we were turned around last year. Our kids last year, our seniors last year, I just felt horrible for them.”

The boys on the other hand are the last seed out of East Region after losing to Central in the SE Quadrant Championship and Sheridan in a State Seeding game.

When talking with these two teams there was an air of thankfulness.

“It’s just a blessing,” said East Boys Basketball Senior Jordan Codner. “It really is to be able to be able to play this year and especially with Covid going on and just in general it’s just a blessing.”

Both squads had their chances for a state title ripped away from them last year when COVID-19′s outbreak canceled the 2020 state tournament.

Now they’re just looking forward to the opportunity to be together for a chance at a state championship run.

“Really it makes you think a lot more about what you’re giving as an athlete,” said East Boys Basketball Senior Jordan Codner. “Because last year we thought we had everything and it all got taken away quick and this year we’ve been a lot more appreciative of just all the practices we’ve had, all the game we’ve had and just kind of having a lot more fun with it.”

The girls tip off the first round of states on Friday at 9 a.m. at the Ford Wyoming Center.

The boys play same place and day at noon.

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