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Wyoming Coaches Foundation All-Star Games take center stage in Casper

Wyoming’s best graduated senior descended upon Casper for the All-Star series to continue for basketball and volleyball inside the gym at Casper College.
Published: Jul. 24, 2021 at 10:20 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - It was an eventful afternoon at Erickson Thunderbird Gym on the Casper College campus. Saturday welcomed family and friends from all over the state to cheer on the Wyoming Coaches Foundation All-Stars for basketball and volleyball.

The All-Star series is for graduated seniors only, and the teams are split up North and South. The afternoon started with the volleyball match.

This year’s South squad featured three girls from Cheyenne high schools. East’s Ashley and Hailey Marshall were joined by South’s Kiley Still.

Natrona County High School’s Anna Fink and Quinci Mooren repped the North squad.

The South squad won four out of the five sets, and it started the momentum for the rest of the South squads.

Next up featured the girl’s basketball game. The South squad was coached by Douglas’ Cody Helenbolt, and he brought with him three girls from his state championship-winning squad.

Future University of Wyoming Women’s Basketball Player Allyson Fertig headlined the trio, which also included Joslin Igo and Kamdynn Townsend.

The Bearcat trio was joined by East’s Cheyanna Alvarado and South’s Riley VanTassell in the starting lineup.

For the North, Fertig proved to be too much to handle. She finished with 25 points and more than 15 rebounds in a 66-51 victorious effort.

Igo finished with 4 points and a number of nifty passes that led to buckets for her team.

In an interview after the game, Igo said it was great to go out one last time playing with Fertig, Townsend and Helenbolt at the helm.

“Playing with Cam and Allyson is always so much fun and to get to play with Coach Helenbolt again was so much fun and a great experience to cap off high school,” said Igo.

One of the cooler moments of the girl’s game was at the end of the game. Natrona County’s Brooklyn Hytrek injured her knee earlier in the week, and she was unable to be a full participant in the game.

This didn’t prevent her coaches from getting her in before the buzzer sounded. She was able to come in following a timeout with less than a minute left in the game, and she scored on an uncontested layup.

“I didn’t know that was coming actually,” said Hytrek after the final buzzer sounded. “I had no idea they were gonna put me in, and it just felt amazing that my teammates were so happy, but also the other team that they were willing to do that for me.”

Hytrek chuckled as she admitted that she was nervous about whether she would make the shot. “I was so nervous I was going to miss it. Everyone was watching, so that would be embarrassing if I missed that,” said Hytrek. “I do miss layups sometimes so.”

After the girls had given the South teams their second victory of the day, it was the boys’ turn to make it a perfect day.

The boys’ game was an absolute barn burner. It took overtime to crown a champion.

The winning bucket came on an out-of-bounds play with 10.6 seconds remaining that saw a pass from East’s Jake Rayl to Central’s Brady Storebo. Storebo rolled to the basket and was able to lay the ball home to give the South team a 1-point edge.

Storebo said he knew the ball could be coming to him in the closing moments. “It was either me or Dalton, and you know, in the huddle, I just told my guys that we’re gonna make this, and we’re gonna win,” said Storebo. “There’s no other option for us. We just gotta win this game.”

The edge held, and the South finished the 3-0 day with a 97-96 victory.

Storebo finished the game with 17 points, and Dalton Peterson led both teams in scoring with 31.

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