The Worland High School basketball teams are looking to stay towards the top of Class 3A in the upcoming 2021-22 season.

The second stop on the WyoPreps preseason basketball tour to the northwest part of the state, our David Settle had an opportunity to stop and chat with players and coaches in the Warriors’ programs.

The Worland girls took third place at the state tournament last season. They finished last year with a record of 17-6. The Warriors went 5-1 in the 3A Northwest conference quadrant, which tied them for first. As the third seed from the West Region, Worland beat Torrington in the first round at the state tournament, lost to Lyman in the semis, and then defeated Lander, 45-36, for third place.

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A new season brings with it a new coach and roster change. Gone are one all-state and three all-conference seniors. Mark Mortimer takes over as the new head coach. WyoPreps spoke with sophomore Nayeli Aguayo and senior Carley Yule, two of the veterans on the roster, as well as coach Mortimer to see how preparation for the new season is going.

The Warriors are the defending 3A state champs. Worland finished last season with an overall record of 20-3. They went 5-1 in conference quadrant games and won the 3A Northwest. Two all-state seniors have departed from that team, but there’s quite a bit back for the Warriors.

WyoPreps had a chance to talk with juniors Cort Gonsalez and Brock Douzenis, plus head coach Aaron Abel about how things are going for the champs as they get ready for a new season.

The Warriors have an extra week of preparation, as they don’t make their 2021-22 season debut until the second weekend of the season. The girls will be at the Douglas Classic, while the boys head to the Lander Classic on Dec. 17 and 18.

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