Feb 27, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterEagle scoring leader Lakota Oldman has been cleared to play after state officials reviewed an altercation at last week's 1-A West regional.
It wasn't easy but the St. Stephen's boys qualified for another run in the Class 1-A the state basketball tournament in Casper this week. The Eagles draw the Kaycee Buckaroos in opening-round action at noon Thursday at the Casper Events Center.
Kaycee enters the tournament with a 17-8 overall record and an Eastern 1-A Regional win over Northeast Conference champion Upton.
The Buckaroos are a tall, talented team paced by all-around senior Garrett Kremers. He averages 11 points per game and 10 rebounds, leading Kaycee in both categories.
Markus Koch, a 6-3 senior, trails just behind with10 points and eight boards per contest.
Rounding out the Buckaroo starting lineup is 6-0 senior James Caro, who averages 9 points a game, and juniors Beau Lund and Matthew Tehau who average six and nine points each game respectively.
St. Stephen's enters the tournament with a 7-14 record and a fourth place West 1-A Regional finish. The Eagles didn't play Snake River a third place game on Saturday afternoon in Lander since the regional rules call for a game only if the two teams have not met previously in the tournament. Snake River defeated St. Stephen's in the opening round and took the third seed by default.
St. Stephen's received some good news following the first-round loss to Snake River last Thursday. The Wyoming High School Activities Association ruled that leading scorer Lakota Oldman will be allowed to play in the state tournament. Oldman averaged 19.3 points per game during the regular season. but his eligibility to play in the state tournament was in limbo after an altercation following the Snake River game. He did not play in the qualifying game Saturday morning at Lander.
Also leading the Eagles at state will be Sam Teran, who averages 12 points a game, and Cole Littleshield, who scores and average of 16 per outing.
The duo combined for 60 points in the qualifying game Saturday morning against Dubois, with Littleshield pouring in 34 and Teran 26
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