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Inductees named for high school hall of fame

 


A track team, a longtime coach and former professor at the University of Wyoming are the 2016 inductees into the Green River High School Hall of Fame.

The inductees include the 1992-1994 Girls Cross Country Team, as well as graduates Byron Toone and Jack Evers.

The track team was coached by Greg McClure and Dean Bonney and took the state championship three straight years, 1992-1994.The team defeated Campbell County High School each of the years they took state.

Toone, born in 1930, was a 1948 graduate of Green River High School and attended BYU. He received a basketball scholarship from the university and was on the team winning the NIT in 1951. Toone became a teacher, coach, athletic director and assistant principal in Wyoming and Idaho. He coached two state basketball championship teams and one state championship track team. As a basketball coach, his record is 86-10. Toone later developed the Manual for Athletics, which was adopted by school districts in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. He was a long serving basketball commissioner for the Idaho High School Activities Association from 1974-1991. He was the IHSAA Athletic Director of the Year in 1986 and was inducted into the IHSAA Hall of Fame in 1995. He also served on the National Interscholastic Athletics Administrators Association as the Section 8 director from 1988-1992.

Evers, currently a rancher living near Laramie, graduated from Green River High School in 1956, serving as the student council president and as a member of the horseback search and rescue while in high school. He received a football scholarship from the Colorado School of Mines, also competing in boxing, wrestling and rodeo while in college. While playing football, he was on the 1958 RMFAC Football Championship and hall of fame team. After graduation, he worked as a engineer for Atlantic Company, later ARCO, in Texas and Oklahoma. He later worked as a petroleum engineer for Mountain Fuel in Rock Springs. Evers also served as a professor and head of the petroleum engineering department at the University of Wyoming. 

At 72, he completed his third Western States 100 race, a 100-mile endurance horse racing event considered the toughest horse race in the world by Outside Magazine. 

The high school activities office also seeks contact information for the inductees, requesting residents with information about them to send it to Nancy Rider at ridern@swcsd2.org. 

The schedule for the Hall of Fame weekend has already been laid out. A hall of fame social will take place Sept. 8 at 6 p.m., though the location of that event has yet to be determined. The Hall of Fame Football game takes place Sept. 9 between Green River and Rawlins and starts at 7 p.m. at Wolves Stadium.

The Hall of Fame Banquet is also planned to take place Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. at GRHS.

 

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