EHS golf teams win 3A West Conference Championships
The Evanston High School golf teams had a weekend to remember in Green River Friday and Saturday, sweeping the boys and girls’ titles at the 3A West Conference Championships, held at Rolling Green Country Club.
All 10 varsity golfers earned All-Conference honors by finishing in the Top 10, with Red Devil Ryker Lind earning medalist honors on the boys’ side, shooting under par for the tournament.
“Overall, I’m just so pleased with how our kids did,” said EHS head coach Jerry Carroll. “We came home having met just about every goal we had for ourselves — we wanted the boys to be conference champions, girls to be conference champions, I think all our kids were hoping to make All-Conference. And every one of our kids did just that. We also had the goal of a conference individual champion, and Ryker Lind did that, and Sammy [Dolezal] took second. Overall, just a great weekend — can’t put any dampers on it, at all.”
Following in older brother Braxton’s footsteps, Ryker Lind won the conference championship in impressive fashion, firing an opening-round 72, then following that with a 69 on Day 2 for a 141 to earn medalist honors.
Sam Dolezal was just five strokes behind in second place, carding a 75-71-146.
Evanston won the team title, carding a 593; Lander followed with a 640. Pinedale (647), Cody (665), Powell (681), Lovell (701), Green River (705) and Lyman (789) rounded out the field.
“On the boys’ side, I can’t imagine that it could have gone better, honestly,” Carroll said. “I think our boys just played unbelievably good golf. When you look at our scores, we don’t have an 80 on the board — both days, all five kids, all scores were in the 70s. Anytime you get a scoreboard looking like that in Wyoming high school golf, you are a very difficult team to beat.”
Porter Hall, Luke Robinette and Caden Hiatt finished 6th through 8th, respectively. Hall was steady both days with a 76-76-152, while Robinette opened with a 79, then shaved four strokes on Day 2 to shoot a 75, finishing with a 154. Hiatt shot a 79-78-157 to finish in a tie for 8th.
“Ryker shot under par for the tournament with a 141,” Carroll said. “That’s a 72-69 split. Sam takes second overall, with a 75 the first day, and a 71 the second. Porter has been really consistent all year, and he shoots 76-76. Caden Hiatt goes 76-78 — we asked him to improve on the second day, and he did. And then we have Luke Robinette, who always seems to shine the last two weeks of the season — he barely makes fifth man, then comes in and goes 79-75.”
If the Red Devils can put together two rounds next weekend in Worland like they did in Green River, a state title is definitely within the realm of possibility, according to Carroll.
“We always say 320 is a good score for a golf team,” Carroll said. “We shoot 302 on the first day, come out on the second day and shoot 291. If we can play to that level next week at state, we’ll be a tough out.”
On the girls’ side, Allie Sanchez-Mackey led the charge with a 5th-place finish, carding a 89-92-181. Marlee Torres was close behind in sixth, with a 95-89-184.
“Allie was our top shooter on the girls’ side with an 89-92, and All-Conference,” Carroll said. “I think it was a little more difficult of a course for our girls, a little bit longer, so the scores were a little bit higher. But Allie did a great job. Marlee Torres probably had the best weekend — she’s just been showing great improvement. She goes 95 the first day, then goes 89 — her first score ever in the 80s, so that was great.”
Evanston (548) won the team title, followed by Cody (583) and Lovell (594). Lander (598) and Green River (635) rounded out the field.
Maddi Brown, Kalli Fackrell and Hailee Ridenour finished 8th-10th, respectively, also earning All-Conference honors, and putting themselves in a good position for next week’s state tournament in Worland.
“The other two girls, we ham and egged it really well,” Carroll said. “On the first day, Maddi Brown took a 90, whereas Kalli Fackrell took a 103. On the next day, Kalli shoots the 93, and Maddi goes a little bit up with a 99. But all the girls were stepping up.”
“Hailee Ridenour finished out with a 97-101, and makes that Top 10, as well,” Carroll added. “I’m just really happy with how things went for girls and boys both. I just think that course played a little bit longer for the girls, but they still finished in first place over Cody by 35 strokes.”
Asked if he thinks the girls have a shot at a state title, Carroll said he does, though they have some dragons to slay.
“I think the girls have a good shot at state, I really do,” Carroll said. “But it still goes through Wheatland – they have the same girls that beat us last year. We’re gonna focus really hard on the next three days, working on the weaknesses we saw this weekend.”
Carroll named 3A West Coach of the Year for boys and girls
With both teams winning conference championships, Carroll was also honored with 3A West Coach of the Year Awards.
“It’s always fantastic to get honored like that, but the fact of the matter is, when you have good kids like I have, that just makes the coach look good,” Carroll said. “I’m just really pleased that I have the caliber of kids that I have.”