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‘Voice of Big Red’ revels in calling games

'Voice of Big Red' revels in calling games

Mar 12, 2017 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Erick Pauley covered every contest of the Wolverines' historic season.

CASPER -- Erick Pauley traveled from border to border across Wyoming, north to south and east to west, calling every game of Riverton's boys basketball state championship season for KTAK radio and the Wind River Radio Network.

In his second season as the voice of the Wolverines, Pauley also covered each game of the Riverton's Lady Wolverines' winless season.

"You kind of deal with the polar opposites. I almost got more excited when I watched the girls in a close game trying to break that losing streak than seeing the boys in a 40-point blowout trying to protect their winning streak," said Pauley courtside on Saturday night at the Casper Events Center. "It's been a fun ride both ways, but it has been a tale of two teams."

Pauley, a former Wyoming Cowboys football player, came to Riverton from Mountain View and Lyman, where he was the voice of the Buffalos and Eagles for four seasons.

"I enjoyed my time there and I got to call five state championships in four years. You don't see that too often," said Pauley. "It's more fun, the bigger the stakes, the bigger the game."

Pauley was also a news director and field reporter for KUGR, where sports was a small part of his job.

"I came out of college and was a news guy. I thought I was going to work for NPR," said Pauley. "I got a random chance to do play-by-play and knew, from that moment forward, that was what I wanted to do."

But, this season has been special because of the success of the state-champion Wolverines.

"I was telling my fiance I could probably call high school basketball for the next 30 years and might never see another group of kids like this, talent-wise," said Pauley. "Also, they're such great young men."

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