Aug 23, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Riverton High School Wolverines built a seven-stroke lead on Thursday after the first day of the Riverton Invitational golf tournament in the team standings.
RHS freshman Easton Paxton scored an impressive 66 to jump into the top spot in the race for the individual crown.
The tournament is being played at the par-72 Riverton Country Club.
Paxton's score gave him a six-stroke lead going into the final 18 holes.The final round finished Friday afternoon.
Nathan Green from Green River was second after firing a 72.
RHS had a score of 311 in the first 18 holes of the season.
The Kelly Walsh Trojans are second at 318. Kelly Walsh is the defending Class 4-A state champion.
"We had two kids who played very well on the first day," Riverton coach Lars Flanagan said.
Riverton's Jayd Dion finished with a 77.
"A lot of it has to do with familiarity of the golf course," Flanagan said. "The other thing is that they worked hard over the summer."
Alec Richardson (83), Lars Becker (85) and Jordan Yowell (89) were the other scores by the Wolverines. Kendra Miller scored a 103 in the girls field. Final results from the tournament will be published on Sunday.
"Our other three varsity kids were average," Flanagan said. "The three kids that played average felt like they left a lot of strokes out there. I can anticipate that there scores are going improve."
The Lander Valley High School boys are third in the standings after collecting a 323.
"Kelly Walsh is a very good team," Flanagan said. "They didn't play as well as they probably wanted to."
"I think three of the kids played fairly well," LVHS golf coach Terry Berg said.
"I think that a couple of them struggled a little bit, but they will be fine."
Casey Winger paced LVHS coming home in a round of 76.
Teammate Scott Kaufman earned a 78.
"I like how they got prepared for the tournament and how they are trying to compete with the other teams," Berg said.
Trey Massey had an 85 to contribute to the LVHS boys score. Teammate Levi Stuttle scored an 84. Sam Brodie chipped in with a 94.
Natalee Hafer led the way for the LVHS girls on a 108. Janae Hudson scored a 115 and Valerie Morris ended with a 119.
In the team standings, the Tigers are fifth (342).
Casper Natrona is first (261) and Casper Kelly Walsh is second (264).
"The girls are young," Berg said. "They are just trying to put it together."
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