RHS Hall of Fame inducting first group

Aug 28, 2015 From staff reports

The first inductions to the new Riverton High School Hall of Fame are set for Saturday night at the RHS Commons.

Dinner tickets for the 6:30 p.m. banquet and induction ceremony are sold out, but RHS activities director Jeremy Hill said the public is welcome to attend the rest of the ceremony free of charge.

"We have gotten a great response, and it should be a phenomenal evening," Hill said.

Ten people will be inducted to the inaugural class of the Hall of Fame:

- Carl Andre, longtime high school and middle school teacher and coach;

- Everett Befus, multi-sport RHS athlete as well as longtime teacher and coach;

- Sherry Douglas, a Riverton High School teacher for many years and four-time state champion volleyball coach for the Wolverines;

- Leora Kennedy, a retired high school teacher and coach who was a pioneer of girls athletics in Wyoming so Michael

- Brett Newlin, an all-state musician and swimmer for RHS who rowed for the United States in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic games;

- Robert A. Peck, an all-state Riverton athlete and musician in the early 1940s who served as publisher of Riverton Ranger Inc. for 58 years, founded Central Wyoming College, and was elected to five terms in the Wyoming Senate;

- Lois Sackman, legendary high school speech coach and drama director who earned national recognition in both fields;

- Bill Strannigan, well-known RHS basketball coach, teacher and the school's first activities director;

- Ron Thon, popular Riverton Middle School instructor, Riverton High School guidance counselor, and golf and wrestling coach;

- Members of the 1984, 1985 and 1986 RHS girls track team, which won three consecutive state championships in addition to multiple titles in girls basketball and volleyball.

Inductees or their surviving representatives also will be recognize during the football RHS football scrimmage Friday at Wolverine Field against Worland.

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