There are some trophies, some disappointments and some genuine excitement about next season for the SVHS spring sports.
In the days and weeks to follow there will hopefully be some satisfaction for a job well done also.
The spring sports wrapped their respective seasons on Saturday with soccer and track finishing their efforts.
The Lady Braves soccer team had the top finish with 3rd place, losing only a heartbreaker to eventual champion Buffalo. The Braves bounced back from a first day loss to Lander to finish with the consolation trophy.
The track team was led by the Braves who finished 5th while the Lady Braves climbed from 15th on Day Two to 10th on Day Three. Find track results by clicking here.
Lady Warriors: 1 Lady Braves: 3
These two schools split their regular season meetings and the Warriors claimed first blood in the 20th minute and led 1-0 at halftime. Star Valley controlled the second half with Madi Klein scoring in the first few minutes of the second half to tie the match. The second goal came off a mishandled save attempt from the Worland keeper and Dakota Bateman knocked it in for a 2-1 lead. the final score came late in the match from Bailey Sharpe who closed the door on the third place trophy. It is the third consecutive season the Lady Braves have brought home hardware.
Broncs: 0 Braves 3
Star Valley set a physical tempo all day and grabbed an early lead off the foot of Dayne Abrams who was set up by terrific effort from Robby Smith. In the second half, Aaron Abrams put the Braves up 2-0 before Trace Haderlie scored the final goal in the last 20 minutes of the match. It is the fourth time this season Star Valley has defeated Cody. It is also the second straight year the program has brought home a trophy after winning their first last season.
Track & Field
The Braves finished 5th in the team race with 57.0 points behind the Powell Panthers who compiled 118.0 to take first place. This capped a special school year by claiming football, wrestling and track titles. Star Valley was the last 3A school to do this in 1983. (Credit to wyoming-football.com). According to Patrick Schmidt, who runs the site, Gillette in 2008-09 and Cheyenne Central in 1965-66 are the only other schools in the elite group.
The Braves were led by their distance runners of Nic Demler and Cody Peck as well as senior thrower Sam Gertsch who finished 3rd in the shot put with a heave of 52′ 11.75″. Gertsch is the school record holder in the shot put and has the second longest discus throw behind record holder Aron Martin. Demler & Peck finished 4th & 5th in the 1600 meter run on Saturday with times of 4:30 & 4:35. Both will be back next year. Jesse Sanders ran a personal best of 11.62 in the 100 meter dash to place 6th.
As for the girls, they were led on Saturday with a 3rd place finish from Aspen Heward in the 300 meter hurdles. Freshman Faith Robbins also scored in the event by placing 7th. The 4×400 meter relay team (Caitlyn Turner, Faith Robbins, Madison Ashworth & Hannah Demler) ran the 3rd fastest time in school history to place 5th with a time of 4:13. All four return next season. Finally, Lindi Moore was 6th in the 400 meter run with a 1:01 and Hannah Demler gutted out a 5:35 in the 1600 meter to also place 6th. The team finished with 27.33 points.
With only two seniors on the Braves (Tyler Allred & Sam Gertsch) and no seniors for the ladies, the future of the programs looks bright.