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Five WRHS grads to play in college
Wind River activities director and girls basketball coach Justin Walker talked to his team during the regular season. Photo by Wind River High School

WRHS had just 30 graduates, but five will play sports in college

Jun 6, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Three basketball players and two volleyball players made Class 2-A Wind River High School a busy spot for junior college recruiters.

The five Cougar athletes signed national letters of intent to play at colleges in Wyoming and Colorado.

Wind River had a graduating class of 30 on May 27.

"Any time five of those can go on and play at the college level that is amazing," Wind River activities director Justin Walker said. "That speaks very highly of our coaches and what they are doing with their program.

"All of them have different personalities. All of them hold a special place here at Wind River."

Kelsi Davidson inked a national letter of intent to play volleyball for Central Wyoming College coach Tiffany Stauffenberg.

Tyson Lone Bear started the basketball rolling when he signed to play for Central Wyoming College in April. Lone Bear will be playing for coach Curtis Condie. Jesse Brown decided to attend Northwest College in Powell on a basketball scholarship. Brown and Lone Bear were two of the top scorers in the state on the basketball court. Both will be playing in the Region IX North division.

"Jesse and Tyson did a great job of leading the basketball team and football team," Walker said.

Elley Votruba is headed to play volleyball at Colorado Northwestern. Votruba and Davidson were all-conference volleyball players for the Cougars.

"Kelsi and Elley were leaders on the volleyball court," Walker said. Tristan Yellowplume signed a couple of weeks ago to play basketball at Eastern Wyoming College. Yellowplume was the final one of the five to decide where she is going. "Tristan really focused in on the basketball side of things," Walker said.

Brown and Yellowplume will visit CWC one time a year to play against the Rustlers.

"It will be great to see them play at that next level with new teams," Walker said.

Walker said the closest game to Fremont County Votruba will play on the volleyball court is at Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs.

"We hope that people will get down to watch her play as well," Walker said.

Future

"We will continue to progress," Walker said. "Our coaches won't look back. They will look to the future."

Dirk Gosnell and his Wind River track and field coaching staff had a number of underclassmen on the 2012 roster.

"Our track team is very young. We are excited about where they are going to go," Walker said. "Our football team is young as well."

Tony Selph guided the Wind River boys squad to a third-place finish at the 2012 state tournament in Casper.

"The boys basketball program has lost two key valuable players, but they are going to do a good job in replacing them to continue the legacy they have worked so hard to build over the last 10 years," Walker said.

Walker is the head coach of the Wind River girls team.

"The girls basketball program will continue to progress," Walker said.

"We will continue to see good things out of all of our athletic programs."

Troi Larsen will return to coach volleyball for the 2012 season, and Cullen Noffsinger is the head football coach.

James Cunningham is the WRHS wrestling coach.

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