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Wolverine girls land three on Class 4-A West all-league team

May 22, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Three Riverton Wolverines were placed on the Class 4-A West conference soccer squad.

Senior Karissa Kister and juniors Taylor Paskett-Krause and Maci Evans collected the postseason honors.

RHS didn't have any players selected to the all-state team.

"I'm pleased with the kids that we got on there for all-conference," RHS coach Tanya Santee said. "There were a lot of seniors on the all-state team, and that made it more difficult. It's hard when you don't have as good a state (tournament) as you would have liked."

The Wolverines qualified for the Class 4-A state tournament last weekend in Rock Springs, but lost to Laramie and Casper Natrona.

Senior leader

Kister injured her knee during the Class 4-A West regional tournament in Evanston and missed the state tournament.

"I really felt that Karissa would have gotten on the all-state team had she not been injured," Santee said.

Kister brought leadership to the defensive line with her younger teammates.

"That was very big," Santee said. "She worked really hard in the offseason to improve her foot skills. Her teammates always felt really confident when she was there."

Juniors

Paskett-Krause finished the season with eight goals to lead the attack for RHS.

"She was really competitive and looked to score often," Santee said. "Teams knew that when she got the ball, she was looking to score."

Paskett-Krause came on strong with a late season finish.

"She was willing to make some changes in her game to find more opportunities for herself because we changed our formation when she became the lone forward," Santee said.

Santee said RHS assistant coach Cara McRae primarily worked with the goalkeepers.

"I really think that Maci made huge strides this year," Santee said. "I honestly think Maci is going to improve even more over the next year. I'm excited that we have another year to work with her. She really does look to improve in practice every day."

Bright future

Santee is looking forward to having am experienced team next year on the field.

"I have nine juniors, and I think that they will all be returning," Santee said. "We will have a huge, experienced senior class coming back."

The Wolverines will take a couple of weeks off before they start back with summer workouts.

Class 4-A all-state girls soccer awards

Goalkeepers -- Shayne Carter, Cheyenne East; Kaitlyn Conley, Casper Natrona; Kacee Walsh, Cheyenne Central.

Defenders -- Madison Stumpf, Cheyenne Central; April Taylor, Casper Kelly Walsh; Mackenna Horsley, Cheyenne East; Emily Breeden, Cheyenne East; Aubrie Schneider, Green River; Natalie Davis, Laramie; Ashton Peterson, Gillette.

Midfielders -- Emma Norvelle, Casper Natrona; Sarah Erickson, Cheyenne East; Elsa Froelicher, Cheyenne East; Jacquie Pulley, Laramie; Madi Barber, Cheyenne Central; Brittany Barenz, Green River; Rachel Mullen, Kelly Walsh.

Forwards -- Rachell Erickson, Cheyenne East; Morgan Wyant, Green River; Erin Devault, Casper Natrona; Tristan Tyrrell, Cheyenne Central; Ariel Romero,Laramie; Makenzi Drake, Cheyenne East.

Class 4-A West

all-conference

Goalkeepers -- Kaitlin Conley, Casper Natrona; Maci Evans, Riverton; Zoe Baldwin, Rock Springs.

Defenders -- Tara Fry, Evanston; Aubrie Schneider, Green River; April Taylor, Green River; Rachel Franke, Kelly Walsh; Kailey Richner, Casper Natrona; Karissa Kister, Riverton; Kirsi Anselmi-Stith, Rock Springs.

Midfielders -- Brittany Barenz, Green River; Tayliann Cutler, Green River; Rachel Mullen, Kelly Walsh; Rachelle Zirger, Kelly Walsh; Alex Kahler, Kelly Walsh; Emma Norvelle, Casper Natrona; Peyton Dean, Natrona; Kylie Graney, Natrona.

Forwards -- Morgan Wyant, Green River; Tessa Williams, Green River; Kaitlin Boothe, Kelly Walsh; Erin Devault, Natrona; Sarah Jones, Natrona; Taylor Paskett-Krause, Riverton.

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