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RHS boys are West 4-A golf champs
Sep 22, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The Wolverines are one of the favorites for the state championship starting Friday in Rock Springs.
Five boys and one girl earned all-conference golf honors, and the Riverton Wolverine boys won the Class 4-A West conference boys team title Friday at the Riverton Country Club.
The Wolverines finished the first 18 holes on Thursday on a score of 307. RHS followed it up by shooting a 304 for a total of 611.
Evanston finished a distant second at 672. Rock Springs was third in 723.
"I was really happy with how our kids played," RHS coach Lars Flanagan said. "I thought that our kids played smart. I think all of our kids played good golf. Every one of them helped us on either of the two days. It was a really good tournament all the way around. They all deserved all-conference. "
Green River didn't complete a team score the second day because of disciplinary action that took place Thursday night.
Flanagan took his RHS golfers Saturday to practice on the Class 4-A state tournament course in Rock Springs. The state tournament starts Friday.
"We wanted to make sure that the kids are comfortable on the golf course," Flanagan said. "We learned about the greens and where not to hit it."
The state tournament is Sept. 27-28 at the White Mountain Golf Course.
RHS golfer Easton Paxton had a 74 on the first day, and came back for a 71 for a 145 to claim the runner-up spot.
Paxton, a freshman, won tournaments during the regular season in Riverton, Green River and Worland.
Senior Nathan Green of Green River took home the individual title after putting a two-day score of 137 for his championship. Par for the Riverton course is 72.
Jayd Dion climbed to third in the Class 4-A standings with rounds of 78 and 76 for a 154. Teammate Lars Becker placed fifth after collecting rounds of 81 and 74 for a 155.
"Lars just hit fairways and greens on the second day," Flanagan said. "That just made golf easy."
Alec Richardson finished seventh (76-84-160), and Chris Quayle came in eighth (79-83-162).
Riverton's Kendra Miller finished third in the Class 4-A West girls standings
Miller posted scores of 106 and 107 for a 213. Miller is the only girl playing this year for Flanagan.
Class 4-A West
1. Riverton, 611; 2. Evanston, 672; 3. Rock Springs, 723.
1. Nathan Green, Green River, 137; 2. Easton Paxton, Riverton, 145; 3. Brock Ehlers, Evanston, 151; 4. Jayd Dion, Riverton, 154; 5. Lars Becker, Riverton, 155; 6. Eric Ward, Rock Springs, 159; 7. Alec Richardson, Riverton, 160; 8. Chris Quayle, Riverton, 162; 9. Will Smith, Evanston, 172; 10. Braeden MacDonald, Evanston, 173.
Easton Paxton, 74-71; Lars Becker, 81-74; Chris Quayle, 79-83; Jayd Dion, 78-76; Alec Richardson, 76-84.
1. Evanston, 619; 2. Rock Springs, 641; 3. Green River, 713.
1. Kalle Lunsford, Evanston, 161; 2. Lyndzie Kroupa, Rock Springs, 208; 3. Kendra Miller, Riverton, 213; 4. Kaylen Taucher, Rock Springs, 215; 5. Calie Cox, Rock Springs, 218; 6. Makenzie Kroupa, Rock SPrings, 222; 7. Taryn Mayer, Evanston, 225; 8. Jordan Haws, Evanston, 233; 9. Sidney Mandros, Green River,. 234; 10. Vivianne Hanneman, Green River, 238.
Kendra Miller, 106-107.