The Braves wrestlers ran away with the 19th annual Buhl Invite in Twin Falls, Idaho and the boys and girls basketball teams had no problems with visiting Pinedale on the first successful Saturday in 2013.
Buoyed by seven grapplers in the semi-finals, the SVHS wrestlers won the Buhl Invite by more than 70 points on Saturday with strong performances on both sides of the bracket. Carbon Kennington (138), Marshall Watkins (182), Jordan Semadeni (195) and Colton Trisler (285) all won their respective weight classes. In addition, Derek Wolfley (220) advanced to the finals and finished second. Other top finishes included Jake Thompson (106), Austin Hoopes (152) and Kris Beech (160) battling back from a mid-tourney loss to finish third. Chris Erickson (170) also finished fourth in his first action of the season.
Star Valley finished with 218.5 points, pulling away from second place Declo with 145.0. Snake River was third with 141.5. Spring Creek out of Nevada was fourth with 131.5. Up next for the wrestlers is the Box Elder Tournament in Utah next weekend.
While the wrestlers continued to be road warriors, the SVHS basketball teams defended the home court for the second consecutive weekend and rounded out a double-header by hosting conference foe Pinedale. The Lady Braves scored the game’s first 22 points before the Lady Wranglers got onto the scoreboard. Star Valley led 38-7 at the half. The Wyoming High School Activities Association (WHSAA) new rule this season regarding a 40-point deficit or “mercy rule” was in effect in the second half as the lead surpassed the required 40 points. Coach Erickson emptied his bench for what eventually became a 56-23 Lady Braves victory.
Lexi Erickson continued her hot-shooting weekend as she finished with 16 points and ten rebounds. Jessica Woodford had 15 points and four assists. Shay Schwab and Cortland Jenkins had nine and eight points respectively.
The 40-point rule was utilized in the boys game as well in a 62-18 Braves victory. The Wranglers scored the game’s first basket but the Braves went on an 18-0 run to close out the first quarter. All ten varsity players saw significant time with Wyatt Shinaver and Dalton Passey leading the way again with 15 and 14 points respectively. It was a balanced scoring output with Byron Anderson, Trace Haderlie and Paxton Hokanson scoring eight points apiece. The basketball programs will be on the road the next two weeks in Evanston and Jackson respectively.