Apr 12, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThree juniors, two sophomores and six Riverton High School freshmen make up the 2012 spring golf squad.
The Wolverines won the Class 4-A West conference title in the fall. RHS finished eighth at the state tournament held at the Riverton Country Club.
"We had very large numbers in the fall, but five out of the top eight fall kids are either in drama, soccer or track" for the spring season, RHS golf coach Lars Flanagan said.
RHS opens the spring campaign by hosting the Riverton Invitational Friday at the Riverton Country Club. Start time is 10 a.m.
Teams taking part in the 18-hole tournament are Rock Springs, Evanston, Star Valley, Cody, Powell, Green River, Thermopolis, Kemmerer and Lander.
The team leader for the RHS boys is junior Preston Ward. Ward finished the fall golf season placing 11th at the state tournament with rounds of 81 and 75 for 156.
Teammate Aaron Nirider finished sixth (75-77--152) at state. Nirider, a junior, is playing soccer for RHS in the spring.
"Every tournament that Preston plays in he needs to have the mind set that he has the opportunity to win it," Flanagan said. "He needs to become a pressure player so when he is in the fall he understand what that feeling is."
The other boys on the spring roster after Ward are freshmen.
"I have six freshmen boys, and they all have a background in golf," Flanagan said. "I'm hoping their skills will improve so they can compete for varsity positions in the fall."
The freshmen boys are Isaiah Valerio, Jaden Nyberg, Deyton Henry, Anthony Vail, Chris Quayle and Jordan Yowell.
Valerio and Yowell played in the junior varsity division at the conference meet in the fall.
"Our focus in the spring is always toward our young people," Flanagan said.
"Three of my four girls letter winners are back for the spring," Flanagan said.
Juniors Lincoln Horath and Whitney Aschenbrenner should be in the No. 1 and No. 2 positions for the RHS girls.
"They have both been around golf for a long time," Flanagan said. "I've seen both of them this year have a bigger desire to improve than in the past."
Sophomore girls out are Shaylee Cunningham and Rachel Rapp.
The two LVHS seniors boys on the team are Joe McGowan and Loren Palmer. The junior is Tyson Sollars.
"The rest are sophomores and freshmen," LVHS coach Terry Berg said.
LVHS finished the fall golf season placing fourth in the boys team standings at the Class 3-A state tournament in Rawlins.
The two LVHS junior girls are Jordan Hitshew and Lacey Morris.
"I'm feeling good about them," Berg said. "Jordan is swinging club fairly well. We have a few little things that we need to work on with her."
Hitshew finished second at the state tournament in the individual standings.
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