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Lander star out for year with knee injury

Feb 17, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets Sports Editor

Lander Valley High School senior basketball player Tanner Simpson is out for the rest of the season with an injured knee suffered in practice this week.

Simpson hurt his knee on Tuesday night and went to get it checked out on Thursday in Laramie to learn the news. Simpson has a torn meniscus and will have surgery on Feb. 21.

Simpson was averaging 18.4 points per game. The average is fourth best in the Class 3-A ranks.

Simpson had a 20-point performance in a 43-39 victory over Jackson last Saturday at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.

"Tanner is a really good basketball player," said LVHS coach Terry Hopkin on Friday morning. "He is probably one of the top two players in the state."

Hopkin said Simpson is hoping to be back before the track season is over. Simpson won Class 3-A state titles in the high jump and the long jump last year for the Tigers.

LVHS begins a three-game road trip sitting in first-place in the Class 3-A West conference with a 10-1 record. The Tigers open the weekend Friday night in Cody and plays Saturday afternoon in Powell.

Powell is No. 2 in the league standings at 9-2. Star Valley is 8-3, followed by Lyman (7-4), Cody (4-7), Mountain View (3-8), Jackson (2-9) and Pinedale (1-10).

"We have to keep playing basic fundamentals," Hopkin said. "We have to keep passing the basketball. We have to pick up our defense."

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