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PHOTO GALLERY: Buffalo boys take third at state

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Buffalo's varsity boys basketball team fought through three state tournament games with a record of 2-1, ultimately bringing home the third place trophy and a final victory over Lander Valley. The varsity team includes seven seniors whose final high school basketball game was a state tournament win in Casper after losing the year prior to COVID-19. The team finished with a 62-52 win over Lander Valley on Thursday, March 11, 2021. 

Jason Bennett looks through songs

Buffalo High School’s band director Jason Bennett looks through songs with members of the band to figure out what to play on Thursday at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. The band spread throughout the stands and played a number of songs including a few with the band from Lander Valley.

BHS's pep band spread out

Buffalo High School’s pep band spread out to appropriately social distance while performing on Thursday at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. Everyone in the band wore “sixth man” t-shirts to support the group.

Danielle Zimmerschied, left, and Kaydence Foust wait

Buffalo cheerleaders Danielle Zimmerschied, left, and Kaydence Foust wait on the edge of the court before the start of Buffalo’s game on Thursday at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. The cheerleaders traveled to the state tournament to cheer on the boys basketball team on both days of the tournament.

Tanner Hart talks with the starters

Buffalo High School head coach Tanner Hart talks with the starters before they are announced for the third-place game on Thursday at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper.

Kollen Milmine grabs for a ball

Buffalo High School senior Kollen Milmine grabs for a ball in an attempted steal on Thursday at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. Milmine shot 100% from the free throw line and scored four points.

Hyrum Hatch dribbles

Buffalo High School senior Hyrum Hatch dribbles around Lander Valley’s Tisso Guina on Thursday at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. Hatch finished the game with six points and a 100% field goal percentage.

Hunter Stone jumps for two

Buffalo High School senior Hunter Stone jumps for two in the first quarter overtop Lander Valley’s Brenon Stauffenberg on Thursday at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. Buffalo started the game trailing Lander, but was able to recover the lead before the end of the first quarter.

Calvin Rule jumps for two

Buffalo High School senior Calvin Rule jumps for two after rotating around Lander Valley starter Bryan St. Clair on Thursday at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. Rule finished the game with six points and nearly 30 minutes of court time.

Kaydence Foust celebrates Buffalo points

Buffalo High School cheerleader Kaydence Foust celebrates Buffalo points during Buffalo’s first quarter comeback on Thursday at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper.

Taylor Swanston pulls back and dodges

Buffalo High School senior Taylor Swanston pulls back and dodges under the arm of Lander Valley’s Kellon Donahue on Thursday at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. Taylor got the ball out to a teammate successfully.

Coy Johnson reaches to save a long pass

Buffalo High School senior Coy Johnson reaches to save a long pass while in a dead sprint to the basket in the first half against Lander Valley on Thursday. Coy was one two Buffalo players named to the All State team as well as All Conference.

Colby Bessler dribbles quick before moving into center court

Buffalo High School senior Colby Bessler dribbles quick before moving into center court toward the basket on Thursday at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper.

Hannah Southerland looks down to her teammates

Buffalo High School cheerleader Hannah Southerland looks down to her teammates as she falls into the arms of her teammate on Thursday at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper.

Madison Billings, center, laughs with a neighboring bandmate

Madison Billings, center, laughs with a neighboring bandmate on Thursday at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper.

Kollen Milmine, center, stands in anticipation of a throw

Kollen Milmine, center, stands in anticipation of a throw in as the team takes their positions after a timeout in the second quarter on Thursday at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. Buffalo finished the first half leading 37-18 over Lander Valley.

Tanner Hart walks back and forth

Buffalo High School head coach Tanner Hart walks back and forth across the locker room, talking with the team in the locker room during half time on Thursday at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. Hart talked about what was working offensively and what they planned to adjust defensively in the second half.

Hunter Stone stretches back as head coach Tanner Hart talks

Buffalo High School senior Hunter Stone stretches back as head coach Tanner Hart talks with the team during half time on Thursday at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. They finished the half with a reminder to seniors to enjoy the last 16 minutes they had left on the court in high school basketball.

Eli Patterson jumps through two defenders

Buffalo High School freshman Eli Patterson jumps through two defenders on his way to the basket on Thursday at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. Patterson finished the game with 15 points.

Hunter Stone fights to recover the rebound

Buffalo High School senior Hunter Stone fights to recover the rebound through the foul by Lander Valley’s Jonas Calvert during the second half on Thursday at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. Stone finished the game scoring six for six on free throws and a total of 16 points, making him the highest scorer for the Bison.

Calvin Rule, left, and freshman Eli Patterson stretch

Buffalo High School senior Calvin Rule, left, and freshman Eli Patterson stretch over the Lander Valley shooter to attempt a block on Thursday at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. Rule finished the game with two blocked shots and Patterson with four.

Trophy team photo

Buffalo High School’s varsity boys basketball team won over Lander Valley 62-52 to take home the third place trophy from this year’s state tournament on Thursday at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper.

Alivia Hatch performs the National Anthem

Buffalo High School freshman Alivia Hatch performs the National Anthem before the start of the 3A State girls championship game on Thursday at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper.

Calvin Rule wanders out of the locker room

Buffalo High School senior Calvin Rule wanders out of the locker room on his way to find his family after the game on Thursdayat the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. The team went back to the locker room immediately after the game only to return in uniform upstairs to see their parents and other Buffalo fans who traveled down to watch them play.

A collage of celebration

Players celebrated their win with each other and their families following their post game huddle. Left: Hunter Stone and Coy Johnson. Top: Calvin and Lexi Rule. Middle: Colby Bessler, Taylor Swanston and Kollen Milmine. Bottom: Kollen Milmine. 

Buffalo High School parents hover in a group

Buffalo High School parents hover in a group to take group photos of the team on Thursday at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper.

The trophy is handed off to senior Taylor Swanston

The trophy is handed off to senior Taylor Swanston to hold for a while after they finished their group photo upstairs on Thursday at the Ford Wyoming Center in Casper. The trophy was handed off between players to carry between photos and while walking to and from the locker room.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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