It was a memorable Friday night for Star Valley sports with fall teams beginning to close out their regular seasons.
• Cross Country
Both the Braves and Lady Braves claimed regional championships on Friday afternoon at the Snake River Athletic Club, hosted by Jackson Hole High School. It was the fourth consecutive regional championship for the Lady Braves (two in 4A and two in 3A) who edged defending champion Cody by the score of 26-33. All five varsity runners finished in the top ten, earning all-conference honors. Hailey Ricks and Hannah Demler finished first and second overall to pace the field. Full results from the meet are not yet available.
The Braves claimed their first regional championship since 2006, finishing in front of second-place Lander by 13 points. Star Valley will have the opportunity for a rare double-championship next weekend after finishing as state runner-up last year.
After losing the first game to visiting Mountain View, 20-25, the Lady Braves won three straight games to wrap up their regular season home schedule with a win, 25-7, 25-19 & 25-12.
Ranked #2 and #3 respectively by the Wyopreps.com Coaches and Media Poll, the Star Valley Braves dominated the home field Green River Wolves in a 42-0 victory Friday night to improve to 6-1 on the season. The team rolled up nearly 500 yards of offense while the defense shut down the classification’s most prolific rushing team in the program’s fourth shutout of the season.
Ryan Brough finished with 138 yards and two touchdowns, bringing his season total to over 1,000 yards and 12 scores on the year. Kohl Battleson had 95 yards rushing and a touchdown and Anthony Galloway finished with 74 yards as the Braves had 326 on the ground overall. Quarterback, Trace Haderlie, passed for 150 yards and two touchdowns and ran for one more in the win. Both passing scores went to Dillon Hunt in the first half for 14 and 16 yards respectively. Battleson also picked up his fifth interception of the season as he and Bryan Burton each collected a pick in the game. Burton’s theft stopped a Green River drive just before the half deep in Star Valley territory and eventually led to a Braves touchdown with just ten second remaining in the second quarter and a 28-0 halftime lead.
The Wolves will now try and regroup as they head to #1 Powell (7-0) next weekend while the Braves travel to Jackson (3-4) for the 2012 version of the Fall Brawl.
Game Notes: Brough is just the fourth Star Valley player to eclipse 1,ooo rushing yards in a season, joining Jason Cazier (1,083 in ’90), Joe Linford (1,444 in ’93) and Clint Nicholes (1,452 in ’05). His rushing touchdown total in a season of (12) ranks him fifth in the record book, joining Tyson Luthi (’98) and Andy Johnson (’02). The school record for rushing touchdowns in a season is Mel Olson with 18 (’62). Haderlie’s passing touchdown total on the season of (11) ranks the junior fourth on the single-season list, joining Wally Stock (’66), Todd Luthi (’75), Jeff Lowe (’83), Jason Sanderson (’93) Chris Jenkins (’08) and Ridge Hillyard (’11) The record for passing touchdowns in a season was set just two years ago by Logan Abrams with 17.