SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Broncs dropped two spots in the team scores Tuesday on the final day of 4A state golf in Rock Springs.
While the team shot 19 strokes better than their Monday score, the rest of the field moved up as well. Riverton won the tournament with a 655 ahead of Cheyenne East’s 656 and defending champion Kelly Walsh’s 658.
Individually, Riverton freshman Easton Paxton shot a two-day 142 to win the tournament by 11 strokes over Quinton Pope of Cheyenne East.
For Sheridan, Jack Mavrakis shot a 171, shaving five strokes off his Monday score.
Mavrakis was the only SHS golfer who had any varsity experience at a state tournament.
“Six out of the seven kids we took to state, it was their first time, so for an experienced squad I was pleased with their performance,” head coach Larry Martoglio said. “The future looks bright for the ladies and men Bronc golf teams.”
On the girls side, Natrona defeated Kelly Walsh in a playoff. Sheridan’s freshmen golfers each had better second days. Kayla Allen bettered her day one score with a 101 after a 112 Monday, while Victoria Owings shot 103 after her 112.
Sheridan 371-352— 723
Jack Mavrakis 83-88—171
Bailey Bonnet 95-87—182
Brock Gransbery 106-91—197
Jacob Belus 94-91—185
Logan Johnson 94-97—191
Kayla Allen 112-101—213
Victoria Owings 112-103—215
Rams fourth, Eagles sixth
SHERIDAN — The Big Horn boys golf team moved up a spot to finish the 2A state golf tournament Tuesday in Hulett.
The Rams (436-381—817) shot 55 strokes lower than Monday, passing Sundance/Hulett to finish fourth behind Thermopolis (413-396—809).
“All of the boys improved scores from the first day which was great,” Big Horn head coach Mila Stender said. “Devil’s Tower was a difficult course to play but a fun one and the kids were thrilled to be able to compete at such a phenomenal venue.”
Wright, 378-360—738, won the tournament.
Individually, Tongue River’s Wyatt Main jumped up the field as he cut 16 strokes off his opening round score, 96-82—178. He was seventh.
“The season didn’t end as well for us as we’d have hoped, but it was a great season,” Tongue River head coach Pete Kilbride said. “Wyatt Main rallied from a slow start on Monday to move into 7th and finish as an All-State golfer. As a team, we finished the year in 6th place. It’s a great group of kids to work with.”
Jack Roberts of Big Horn finished right behind him in ninth place as he shot an 87 after a first-day 94. The Rams Nick McAdoo was 15th and Tongue River’s Wyatt Main was 21st. Roberts and Main, finishing in the top 10, earned All-State honors.
The Lady Rams began the final day just four strokes behind Lusk and one stroke behind Sundance/Hulett but stayed in third Tuesday.
Top 10 placers individually earn All-State honors, and four of the 20 across the boys and girls field were Big Horn golfers.
The Lady Rams had three All-State finishers. Big Horn ended with 342-349—691 behind Kaleigh Anderson, who finished in third place. She shot a 110 Tuesday to follow her 106 from Monday.
Taylor Nance moved up, shooting nine strokes better than her first-day and placing seventh. Madison Pehringer took ninth place and Jamie Kitterman was 11th.
The team will graduate five seniors, but still has spring golf ahead of them.
Tongue River has a host of young golfers including Kylee Kobloch, who cut 26 strokes off her Monday score on Tuesday.
“It’s such a pleasure to travel with them and see them improve each week,” Kilbride said. ” I know the kids will look forward to the spring season and a chance to perform up to their level. Kylee Knobloch will be encouraging some girls to give golf a try in the Spring. She showed dramatic improvement this season and is anxious to have enough girls to be able to post a team score in the Spring.”
1. Wright 378-360—738
2. Lovell 378-360—738
3. Thermopolis 413-396—809
4. Big Horn 436-381—817
5. Sundance/Hulett 433-394—827
6. Tongue River 441-396—837
1. Denton Shaw Lusk 81-79—160
7. Wyatt Main Tongue River 96-82—178 (All-State)
9. Jack Roberts Big Horn 94-87—181 (All-State)
15. Nick McAdoo BH 106-93—199
21. Wyatt Schumacher TR 109-96—205
23. Casey Caywood TR
25. Matt Hansen BH 113-97—210
28. Ty LaMeres BH 123-104—227
34. Brody Bard BH 135-112—247
35. Dylan Patterson TR 120-128
1. Lusk 338-315—653
2. Sundance/Hulett 341-334—675
3. Big Horn 342-349—691
4. Wright 459-445—904
1. Kacie O’Connor Sundance/Hulett 90-82—172
3. Kaleigh Anderson Big Horn 106-110—216 (All-State)
7. Taylor Nance BH 122-113—235 (All-State)
9. Madison Pehringer BH 114-126—240 (All-State)
11. Jamie Kitterman BH 126-130—256
13. Kylee Knobloch Tongue River 156-130—256
Madeline Craig BH 180-165—345