Laramie Lady Plainsmen Squeak Out Title In Jackson
Team victories from Lady Plainsmen swimming and diving squad and Plainsmen cross country were the most noteworthy from last weekend’s Laramie Olympic Sports.
Swimming and Diving
The Laramie High School girls swimming and diving team used their depth to edge the host Jackson Lady Broncs by three points and take the team title at the Adam Denton Memorial 2-Day Invitational last Friday and Saturday.
LHS finished with 759 points compared to Jackson’s 756. The meet was scored through 20 places and featured three different levels (A, B, C) of event finals.
Laramie won three of the 12 events. The big highlight was junior Ryleigh Kobbe setting a new school record for 11 dives with 465 points. She broke the old record of 456 points set by Emily Williams back in 2011.
The other two wins came from junior Haley Pickard in the 200 individual medley and junior Bailey Butcher in the 100 breaststroke.
The Lady Plainsmen failed to get any new state qualifiers and stay at 15 on the season.
They return to action Tuesday with a dual at Cheyenne East at 5 p.m.
Thanks to two runners in the top seven, the Laramie Plainsmen continued their unbeaten streak with a win out of 14 teams at the John Martin Cross Country Invite in Fort Collins last Friday.
Junior Chris Henry was second, while senior Johnathan Freeman was seven to lead the way. LHS scored 58 points, with their top five runners all in the top 19. They were 58 points better than second place Gillette.
The Lady Plainsmen finished in fifth place out of 13 teams with a score of 164. Senior Ella DeWolf was the top individual. She finished in 13th place.
In their final tune-up before state, the Laramie golf teams were at the Gillette Invite last Thursday and Friday.
The Plainsmen were fourth with a 648, while the Lady Plainsmen wound up fifth with a 607. Riverton (617) and Natrona (483) won the boys and girls team crowns, respectively.
Senior John Murdock IV was the runner-up by one stroke. He carded a 142 over the 36 holes of action, which was one shot behind Riverton’s Easton Paxton.
Junior Ali Starks shot a two-day total of 198 and tied for 11th to lead the LHS girls.
Laramie will host the 4A State Golf Championships this Friday and Saturday.
In their final three duals of the season, Laramie took to the road. The Plainsmen went 3-0 on the weekend, while the Lady Plainsmen were 2-1.
In Rock Springs last Friday, the Laramie boys defeated the Tigers 3-2 and Green River 5-0. The Laramie girls lost to the Lady Tigers 3-2, but bounced back with a 4-1 victory of the Lady Wolves.
In Rawlins last Saturday, the scores of the match were 5-0 and 4-1 in favor of the LHS boys and girls respectively.
Robin Drummond and Dalton Bainer were undefeated in singles action for the Plainsmen, as was the number one doubles team of Andrew Barnes and Matt Moran.
Singles players Lucia Cho and Lea Bergman were 3-0 on the weekend for the Lady Plainsmen.
The regular season concluded with a 10-2 dual record for the Laramie boys, while the Laramie girls went 6-6 this year.
LHS will host the South Regional Tennis Championships this Friday and Saturday in Laramie.
The Lady Plainsmen had just one match last Friday at Riverton. LHS lost in three sets. The scores of the match were 25-12, 25-15 and 25-13.
Laramie fell to 3-12 this season. They return to the court with a 4A East Conference match at Cheyenne South Tuesday at 6 p.m.