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By Stephanie Thompson
People Editor 

Lady Wolves overcome setbacks, learn lessons


December 27, 2017

2017 for Green River Lady Wolves sports was filled with ups, downs, excitement and heartbreak as the teams battled for a chance at state. Some succeeded and others failed, but all learned valuable lessons along the way.

In January, the Green River Lady Wolves basketball team started conference play with a win and a loss.

They then went on to beat the Rock Springs Lady Tigers for another boost to their season.

Throughout the season, the Lady Wolves basketball team had their ups and downs. The Lady Wolves struggled at the free-throw line sometimes and didn’t play with the consistency head coach Rick Carroll wanted to see.

The Lady Wolves ended their season with a loss to the Evanston Lady Red Devils; and their hopes of making it to state were shattered with the loss.

They ended their season 10-12. Four seniors, Mallory Seymour, Taylor Stoeger, Grace Johnson and America Zarate, said goodbye to their teammates.

In Lady Wolves soccer, the team started off the season with a rough start, after losing two games. The Lady Wolves got their first win of the season at home against the Red Devils. They followed that win with another couple of wins at home.

During one of these games, Taylor Stoeger picked up her first hat-trick of the season, which is when a player score three or more goals in one game.

Weather also played a role in the soccer season, as the Lady Wolves adjusted from 80 degree temperatures one weekend to mid-December like temperatures the next weekend.

The Lady Wolves powered through the changes and secured themselves a state spot after beating Natrona County.

Even though the Lady Wolves advanced to state, they lost their first game to Cheyenne Central. This loss sent them to the consolation round where they lost to Jackson.

Lady Wolves Chezney Mamalis, Alisha Sing and Taylor Stoeger to be named to All-Conference. Stoeger was also named All-State.

As for Lady Wolves swimming, the Lady Wolves were not shy about setting a goal to finish in the top three in the state. Despite the obvious talent on the team, the fell short of that goal and finished fifth overall. Head coach Colleen Seiloff was still proud of her team knowing they gave it their all and had they had one or two divers on the team they may have secured that third spot. Some of the Lady Wolves came home with honors. Wyoming High School Athletic Association named Avery Otto to All-State, while the Wyoming Swimming and Diving Coaches Association named Ashley Jensen, Lauren Jensen, Jesse Lauze and Avery Otto to All-State.

The Lady Wolves volleyball team continued to improve throughout the season and with a lot of hard work and dedication, the team won two important games when they needed it the most and not only locked their spot for state, but became the No. 2 seed in the west.

The team ended their season at state with two losses, the first to Thunder Basin and the second to Campbell County. Even though the team lost and the season didn’t end the way they wanted it to, head coach Rikki Shantz said the team learned what it like to play at state and that’s something not every team will learn.

Those named to All-Conference were Katie Banks, Andri Dewey, Hannah Hix, while Banks and Dewey were also named All-State players.


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