Newlin's number to be retired from RHS

Aug 15, 2012 By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Kristen Newlin, the Riverton Lady Wolverine basketball team's all-time leading scorer, leading rebounder, leading shot blocker and two-time Wyoming Gatorade Player of the Year, will have her jersey number 43 retired in ceremonies Aug. 28, Riverton High School activities director Jeremy Hill announced Wednesday.

Newlin was a three-time Class 4-A all-state player and four-time Class 4-A West all-conference selection.

Recruited by every top collegiate program in the nation, she signed with Stanford University, where she was part-time to full-time starter for four seasons.

Drafted by the Houston Comets of the WNBA, the 6-foot-5 Newlin plays professionally in Turkey, where she also has played for the Turkish National Team under a special arrangement that permits a certain number of American players to earn Turkish citizenship.

As a senior, Newlin, a 2003 graduate of Riverton High School who was also a class valedictorian, was one of 20 of high school basketball players invited to participate in the 2003 L'Adidas High School All-American Game.

At RHS Newlin also was a two-time Class 4-A state swim champion in the backstroke.

She also held the RHS girls shotput record at the time of her graduation in 2003.

Newlin's brother, Brett Newlin, a two-time Olympic athlete just home from the 2012 London Olympics, also will be recognized and will speak during the ceremony scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. at Wolverine Field.

Brett Newlin was graduated from RHS in 2000.

"RHS activities is excited about the opportunity to recognize the Newlin family on Aug. 28. Kristen and Brett are two outstanding alumni who know the importance of giving back to their community. Raised by their parents to understand the value of extracurricular and community activities, these two kids are role models for our younger generation. I couldn't be prouder of the adults they've become," Hill said.

Brett Newlin began his rowing career while attending Michigan State University and, with his teammates in the men's eight boat, finished just off the medal podium in fourth place at the London Olympics.

The Americans were .30 second behind the third-place boat.

Kristen and Brett Newlin's parents are Mick and Pat Newlin of Riverton.

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