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RHS boys, girls both take second at West 4-A golf; Ward runner-up by two

Sep 19, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

The Wolverines will head to the Class 4-A state tournament this Friday, Sept. 21, and Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Three Crowns Golf Course in Casper.

Riverton High School's golf teams grabbed both runner-up positions Friday at the Class 4-A West conference golf meet in Rock Springs.

The RHS boys finished in second with a two-day total of 635. The Wolverines ended six strokes out of first. RHS won the 2011 conference golf title.

"I thought that we had an opportunity to win both of them," RHS coach Lars Flanagan said. "It's nice to be disappointed and still take second."

Evanston claimed the team title after shooting a 635. Green River finished third at 672. Rock Springs placed fourth in 687.

"We had opportunities to win on the second day," said Flanagan about the boys race "In general, we played good golf on the first day. In the second day both Evanston and Riverton didn't play their best."

In the girls team standings, RHS scored a 618. Rock Springs won the meet in a team score of 595. Evanston finished third (641), and Green River was fourth (812).

"We played hard, but sometimes we didn't make the right decisions and we had bad breaks," Flanagan said.

Individual play

Flanagan said Preston Ward was up by one stroke going into the last hole and finished two strokes off the pace.

"Preston found the sagebrush and went south from there on the last hole," Flanagan said.

Ward scored a 72 in the first 18 holes and a 77 for a 149. Green River's Nathan Green won the conference title. Green played to a 71 and a 76 for a 147 total to edge Ward.

Ward's teammate Aaron Nirider placed sixth with rounds of 73 and 83 for a 156. Lars Becker added a seventh (79-83--162). The top 10 on the boys and girls side receive all-conference honors.

After 36 holes, Riverton's Whitney Aschenbrenner and Jordan Pivic from Rock Springs were tied for third in the girls individual standings.

Pivic beat Aschenbrenner in a one-hole playoff. Aschenbrenner had rounds of 93 and 98 for a 191.

Lincoln Horath came in fifth with scores of 110-93--203. Kendra Miller placed seventh (110-114--224).

State next

RHS competes this Friday, Sept. 21, and Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Class 4-A state golf tournament at the Three Crowns Golf Course in Casper.

The golfers tee off in a shotgun start at 10 a.m. on both days.

"It's a difficult golf course," Flanagan said.

"They defend it very well with long stand traps and long grass. Their sand traps are deep.

If you hit into that, then it's almost like a one stroke penalty. It's very important that you keep the ball in the fairways."

The top teams for the boys 4-A state crown are Casper Kelly Walsh and Cheyenne East, while Gillette has the favored girls team.

Flanagan said Riverton and Evanston could battle for a top-three spot in the boys race.

"With the letdown at conference, our kids have challenged each other to make this week the best one of the year," Flanagan said "If they do that, then good things will happen."

Riverton High School results from 4-A West conference meet

Boys

Team standings

1. Evanston, 635; 2. Riverton, 641; 3. Green River, 672; 4. Rock Springs, 687.

Top 10

1. Nathan Green, Green River, 71-76--147; 2. Preston Ward, Riverton, 72-77--149; 3. Jacob Blakeman, Evanston, 74-76--150; 4. Brock Ehlers, Evanston, 75-76--151; 5. Ethan Bozner, Rock Springs, 80-75--155; 6. Aaron Nirider, Riverton, 73-83--156; 7. Lars Becker, Riverton, 79-84--162; 8. Mikah Johnson, Green River, 79-84--163; 9. Jemini Leckie, Evanston, 78-89--167; 10. Will Smith, Evanston, 83-85--168.

Other RHS scores

12. Ryan Axthelm, 90-84--174; 19. Jordan Yowell, 95-103--198.

Girls

Team standings

1. Rock Springs, 595; 2. Riverton, 618; 3. Evanston, 641; 4. Green River, 812.

Top 10

1. Ashlee Leum, Rock Springs, 92-85--177; 2. Kalle Lunsford, Evanston, 95-87--182; 3. Jordan Pivic, Rock Springs, 95-96--191; 4. Whitney Aschenbrenner, Riverton, 93-98--191; 5. Lincoln Horath, Riverton, 110-93-203; 6. Pearl Marquez, Evanston, 111-110--221; 7. Kendra Miller, Riverton, 110-114--224; 8. Makenzie Kroupa, Rock Springs, 112-115--227; 9. Jordan Haws, Evanston, 115-123--238; 10. Kirklin Carroll, Green River, 127-122--249.

Note: Riverton High School didn't have any other girls in the tournament.

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