Aug 8, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterIt didn't take long for Riverton High School activities director Jeremy Hill to get busy after getting to Riverton over the weekend to begin his new job.
On Monday, Hill hit the ground running with meetings with fall sports coaches and, later, he hosted a parent meeting of athletes who will be participating in sports this upcoming fall season.
"We had a great turnout (Monday night). Everybody is completely on board with pushing Riverton to the top. I've been very pleased with that," Hill said.
Hill, along with assistant activities director Tim Bell, have RHS ready to welcome fall sports athletes when they officially begin practices next Monday, Aug. 13.
During the fall season, RHS competes in six different athletic activities in including football, volleyball, girls swimming, cross country, golf and tennis.
All sports except football compete with the largest schools in Wyoming at the Class 4-A level. Wolverine football competes in the smaller Class 3-A classification.
Even if parents could not attend Monday's parent meeting, students are still welcome to come out for fall sports, but Hill emphasized that the required athletic physicals must be completed before students can participate.
"We want to make sure those kids get their physicals by Monday when we start those two-a-day practices," Hill said.
Hill, a Riverton High School graduate and former assistant principal at Lamar Consolidated High School in Rosenberg, Texas, said he hasn't encountered many surprises in his new position.
"This is still a community that cares about its kids. It is still a community that shows up and supports. It is nice to come home. If I'm surprised about anything, I'm surprised at how easy it has been to transition into this job," Hill said.
Hill said his initial focus is to make sure RHS is ready to host events including the large McDonald's volleyball tournament Aug. 24-25 before school officially starts the following Monday.
Hill also is working to better connect RHS sports and activities with the Riverton community.
"We're going to roll out more community involvement.
You are going to see our kids in the community representing Riverton High School. We are going to be celebrating wins with other people in the community that are supporting Riverton High School. We're looking for ways for the community to really get involved," Hill said.
Hill said the rest of his family will be getting to Riverton in the next couple of weeks.
"I'm waiting for her (wife Courtney) to come so we'll have furniture," Hill said.
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