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State High School Football Championships in Laramie Nov. 11-12

November 9, 2011
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Little Snake River High School of Baggs is among teams competing for state football championships this weekend at War Memorial Stadium at the University of Wyoming. The Rattlers attempt to defend their state title against Dubois for the 1A 6-man state championship. (UW Photo)

The Wyoming High School Football Championships will be in Laramie for the third consecutive year Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12. Three teams will attempt to defend titles won last season.

All five Wyoming High School Activities Association (WHSAA) classifications will play on Jonah Field in War Memorial Stadium at the University of Wyoming.

The 2A state championship game features Lovell and Lyman at noon Friday, followed by the 3A matchup at 3 p.m. with Powell taking on three-time defending state champion Douglas.

Three games will be featured Saturday. At 10 a.m. Little Snake River High School of Baggs attempts to defend its state title against Dubois for the 1A 6-man state championship; the 1A 11-man title game at 1 p.m. will be Southeast High School of Yoder against Cokeville High School, which is seeking its 19th title; and the 4A state championship game at 4 p.m. features Sheridan High School against Cheyenne East High School.

The Albany County Tourism Board, Laramie High School and UW host the games in conjunction with the WHSAA. Weather for championship weekend in Laramie is favorable: sunny, breezy and a high of 42 degrees Friday; and Saturday's forecast calls for mostly sunny, breezy with a high of 41.

Tickets to all championship games can be purchased online at the WHSAA website at Fans also may purchase tickets through the UW Athletics website at by clicking the "Buy Online" selection under the "Ticket" menu at the top of the page and scrolling down to the "Wyoming High School Football Championships" link.

All-session tickets cost $16 for adults and $11 for youth (ages 3-18). Single-day tickets are $11 for adults and $8 for youth. All tickets are general admission. Tickets also will be on sale game days at the stadium at the booth near Gate 8; south of War Memorial Fieldhouse near Gate 1; and the east ticket booth near Gate 4. All will call tickets will be at the Arena-Auditorium main ticket office.

Gates will open at 11 a.m. Friday and at 9 a.m. Saturday. Programs will be on sale at each game for $2.

A limited number of seats are available in the Wildcatter Stadium Club and Suite area in the stadium for $50, which includes all-sessions. For reservations, call Sarah McCance, Cowboy Joe Club development officer, at (307) 766-6168.

Seating in War Memorial Stadium will be in the lower levels on both the east and west sides. The home team (higher seed) in each classification will be located on the east sideline of the stadium and the visiting team (lower seed) will be on the west side.

Free parking is available in all the lots around War Memorial Stadium, except the "D" Lot (south of the Fieldhouse), which requires a WHSAA permit.

Visiting football fans also have the opportunity to watch UW's athletics teams in action this weekend. The UW Cowgirls basketball team opens the regular season at 7 p.m. Friday in the Arena-Auditorium against Utah State University. At 5:30 p.m. the same day, the UW wrestling team will host its annual Brown and Gold matches in the UniWyo Sports Complex.

UW hosts the 39th annual Cowboy Open wrestling tournament beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday in War Memorial Fieldhouse. At 8 p.m. that evening, the UW Cowboys basketball team opens the regular season against Western State College (Gunnison, Colo.) in the Arena-Auditorium.

People who park in the "AA" and "D" lots must move their cars before the women's and men's basketball games because of reserved parking. The "Brown" and baseball lots, located east of the stadium, will be open for public parking for both basketball games.

Contact the UW Athletics Ticket Office at 1-877-WYO-Fan 1 (996-3261) or email for ticket prices for all weekend events. Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more people.

Friday, Nov. 11, a free Vocal Jazz and Jazz Combo performance is at 7:30 p.m. in the Arts and Sciences auditorium. Saturday, Nov. 12, a free concert featuring Balinese music and dancers is at 4 p.m., and at 7 p.m., radio host Ira Glass, producer of "This American Life," performs at 7 p.m. in the Arts and Sciences auditorium.  Tickets cost $5 for students and $20 for the public.

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