Dec 16, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorLars Flanagan, Terry Berg and Chico Her Many Horses coached their Fremont County teams to state titles in golf and cross country this fall.
Each won the coach of the year award for his sport, as announced by the Wyoming High School Activities Association.
Flanagan won his award for golf in Class 4-A. Berg took the honor for golf in Class 3-A.
"To get any coaching honor you need to be working with high-quality kids and athletes," Flanagan said. "Our program is having some success, and hopefully it will continue."
Berg praised the job Flanagan did with the Wolverines.
"They have had some great teams and great kids," Berg said. "I think that it was unexpected for coach Flanagan. They came through."
Her Many Horses was the top cross country coach in Class 2-A. His boys won their seventh straight state championship.
RHS assistant coach Jay Galey won the assistant award for 4-A golf.
The golf title won in September was the first 4-A boys championship of any kind for RHS, which has won four Class 3-A football titles and a track title in 1963 in the old AA division (the equivalent of today's 4-A).
The Wolverines beat runner-up Cheyenne East by one stroke for the golf crown.
Freshmen Easton Paxton, Alec Richardson and Jayd Dion and junior Chris Quayle were members of the winning team.
RHS played the state tournament with four players, while the other teams had five. The top four scores are used in the team standings.
Paxton won the individual championship by 11 strokes.
"It has been a whirlwind tour so to speak," Flanagan said. "The kids got the opportunity to get some well-earned recognition and lot of pats on the back from people they may not have met before."
The Wolverines also had a fire truck ride up Main Street after returning home from the Class 4-A state tournament in Riverton.
"It has been fun for them," Flanagan said. "Hopefully, we will see the biggest impact next summer with the growth of all our golfers, especially the girls."
Flanagan has plenty of respect for Berg and what he has done for the Lander program.
"We play golf together during the season, and I have had the opportunity to get some great advice from him throughout the last four years," Flanagan said. "I really appreciate it. The best thing about it that Terry has taken an interest in our Riverton golfers and has gone out of the way to influence them in a positive way."
Berg has been a mainstay for years in Lander golf.
"It's always an honor to be recognized like that by our peers," Berg said. "So much of it is earned by the past four years, because it's about what you have done with them at the early stages."
Berg said the Lander players were great to be around.
"They had a good work ethic on the golf course, and that was fun," Berg said. "I didn't have to get on them."
Berg has been with the Lander program for 37 years.
He has been a part of seven boys state titles and three girls titles.
"It's great," Berg said. "We have some other chances to do it."
Lander won the title with upperclassmen Casey Winger, Scott Kaufman and Levi Stuttle. Sophomore Trey Massey was the other player on the team.
"Being competitive during the winter season is just as important," Berg said.
The Tigers finished the one-day tournament in Buffalo with a winning team score of 324. Jackson finished second at 326.
Her Many Horses has built a dynasty at WIHS after winning the last seven Class 2-A state boys titles.
The Chiefs kept the streak alive and well in October in Sheridan, scoring just 20 points.
The team with the fewest points wins in cross country.
"Winning seven in a row means being awfully lucky or working really hard," Her Many Horses said. "We have just outworked everybody."
The Chiefs have a strong following when it comes to the cross country meets.
"We had good parent support," Her Many Horses said.
WIHS swept the boys and girls individual races in Sheridan.
Wyoming Indian's Wilson Clifford won the boys individual title, and Charlene Brown took the girls title.
"The boys did a really good job," Her Many Horses said.
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