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Golf title, VB success highlight fall RHS sports
Riverton High School volleyball players celebrated a point during their opening-round match with Gillette at the Casper Events Center. From left, Jacee Shultz (13), Jill Smartt (12), Jensyn Pettit (12), Sierra Hernandez (16) and Haley Snell (4). Photo by Bruce Tippets

Golf title, VB success highlight fall RHS sports

Nov 13, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Wolverine boys won the state golf title, the first Class 4-A championship in RHS history in any sport.

Excitement for the winter is at a high level after a successful fall sports season for the Riverton Wolverines.

School history was made when three freshmen and a junior lifted the Wolverines to the Class 4-A state golf title in Rock Springs.

RHS edged runner-up Cheyenne East by one stroke.

The title was the first 4-A championship in any sport for the Riverton boys.

"I thought the teams did very well in the fall," RHS activities director Jeremy Hill said. "Golf stands out, as does volleyball, both with strong finishes at state, cross country, tennis and swimming are very young. I look for them to continue to improve."

All the fall sports teams at Riverton compete on the 4-A level except for football.

On the football field, the Wolverines play in the Class 3-A East conference.

"Football made some major gains in the last few games even though the scores don't verify that," Hill said.

Golf reaction

Freshmen Easton Paxton, Alec Richardson and Jayd Dion, plus junior Chris Quayle, were members of the winning golf team.

RHS coach Lars Flanagan directed the team.

"This was a huge feat," Hill said. "I'm proud of the boys and know that they will continue to get even better. We anticipate three more years where they will be tough to beat."

Paxton fired an opening round 73 in strong winds and followed with a 69 on the second day to win the individual title by 11 strokes.

"My favorite part about Easton is that he is a team player," Hill said. "He spends time working with others on their short game or drive. He's just a well-rounded student athlete that we are proud of in the classroom and on the course."

Volleyball

The Wolverines recently placed fourth at the Class 4-A state tournament under the coaching of Adrian McNamee.

"Two crucial senior players will be hard to replace but the rest are all back," Hill said.

The two seniors for the Wolverines were Haley Snell and Kailtin Koehn.

New coach

RHS football coach Pat Patterson completed his first season for the Wolverines with a 4-5 mark.

"I felt coach Patterson did a phenomenal job of working through the distractions from last spring," Hill said, referring to the resignation of former coach Jeremy McCormick.

The Wolverines finished third in the East conference behind Douglas and Lander.

RHS lost to Star Valley in the opening round of the playoffs.

"The football team looks to continue to improve under his leadership," Hill said. "He is a solid communicator and holds his players to a high standard. The coaches support his philosophy as well."

Other sports

At the Class 4-A state swim meet in Gillette, RHS swimmer Jordan Settlemire placed fifth in the 100-yard butterfly.

Settlemire, a junior, had a time of 1:04.44 in the finals.

For the RHS runners, Olivia Thompson paced the Wolverines with a 12th place finish at the Class 4-A state meet in Douglas.

Thompson covered the 3.1-mile course in a personal record of 20:13.88. The top 10 runners earn all-state honors. Two years ago, Thompson won the Class 4-A individual title.

On the tennis courts, the Wolverines battled against some of the best players in the state all year. In Wyoming, all tennis teams play on one level.

New season

Winter practices for RHS boys basketball, girls basketball and wrestling start on Monday, Nov. 18. "Watch for our basketball teams to continue to do well, even with the loss of last year's seniors," Hill said.

Boys swimming for the Wolverines begins on Monday, Dec. 2. Indoor track starts on Monday, Jan. 6.

"Our wrestlers will enjoy the infusion of a few new athletes, including a New Mexico state champion from last year," Hill said.

The first big event for the winter sports teams is Thursday, Nov. 21. A free pancake dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. at the James H. Moore Career Center, served by Fremont County School District No. 25 leadership. Following the dinner, the RHS wrestlers are introduced at 6:30 p.m. at Wolverine Gym, followed by the RHS cheerleaders at 6:45 p.m., the boys and girls basketball teams at 7 p.m., and the RHS dance team at 7:30 p.m.

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