Apr 27, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorFive Riverton High School freshman boys are making progress during the spring golf season.
The Wolverines finished second-place in the team standings last Friday at the Thermopolis Invitational.
"Four of the freshmen did their best career tournament scores last time out," RHS coach Lars Flanagan said. "That was huge."
RHS ended the tournament with a team score of 361. The Powell Panthers won the tournament (331).
"The competition was primarily against 3-A teams, but our kids still did a really good job in the tournament," Flanagan said.
Freshman Jordan Yowell led the young Wolverines with a 18-hole round of 82 to place fifth.
"Everything that we do in spring golf is to prepare for the fall season," Flanagan said.
The conference and state championships are contested in the fall.
Rounding out the RHS scores in Thermopolis were freshmen Isaiah Valerio (90), Chris Quayle (92), Jayden Nyberg (97) and Deyton Henry (110).
The top two golfers for the 2012 fall season are likely to be juniors Preston Ward and Aaron Nirider.
Ward is playing spring golf but was busy during the Thermopolis Invitational with other activities. Nirider is on the RHS soccer team this spring.
"We are going to have really solid Nos. 1 and No. 2 in the fall," Flanagan said.
Flanagan wants to create depth for the Wolverines in the spring.
"Our goal is to really develop a No. 3, 4 and 5 guy," Flanagan said. "Right now, i think that we have a large group of freshmen that are going to have the ability to compete there and have success there."
Juniors Lincoln Horath and Whitney Aschenbrener continue to be the two leaders for the girls squad. The pair didn't play in the last tournament.
"Lincoln broke her wrist, and she should be back next week," Flanagan said.
RHS played on Friday afternoon at the Powell Invitational. The tournament is for 18 holes.
"It's going to be poor weather, and it's a tougher course," Flanagan said. "It will be interesting to see how the young kids react to that."
Ward will join the team for the Powell Invitational.
"The freshmen have set scores that they want to get the rest of the spring season," Flanagan said. "The way they are working, I think that most of them will get there."
The Wolverines close out the spring golf season on May 11-12 at the Lander Invitational. The tournament is a 36-hole event.
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