Postseason pride

Oct 25, 2012 By Steven R. Peck

Fremont County uniforms and faces are scattered statewide this weekend

What a fall sports season we've had in Fremont County -- and it's not over yet.

Our county fields teams in four Wyoming football classifications -- 4-A, 3-A, 2-A and 1-A 6-man -- and this year we have a representative in the postseason for all four.

Also competing for Fremont County this week are the Riverton and Lander girls swim teams at the state meet in Gillette, and the Lander, Shoshoni and Dubois volleyball contingents at the all-class state tournament in Casper. Last week in Douglas, the Wyoming Indian High School Chiefs won their sixth -- yes, sixth -- state cross country championship in a row. Fremont County buses, uniforms and faces are scattered statewide as the fall seasons reach their peaks.

In football, the Riverton Wolverines carry the county standard into the Class 4-A playoffs. Lander does the same in Class 3-A. In Class 2-A it's the Shoshoni Wranglers, and in Class 1-A the other playoff teams have the undefeated Dubois Rams to contend with.

The smartest bets to last the longest in the postseason are Riverton in Class 4-A and Dubois in 1-A 6-man. Each team, thanks to its excellence in the just-concluded regular season, has earned the right to host its playoff games.

Both Lander and Shoshoni must take long bus trips to meet powerful teams on the opponent's home field. These are tall orders to fill, but the games will be played on grass (or its plastic facsimile), not paper. A sudden change in weather, the unexpected unavailability of a key man, an uncharacteristically hot hand for a player or players, and/or a crazy bounce of the oblong ball can turn a game. There are favorites and underdogs, but no one can be certain what will happen.

So we'll play all four games, not just talk about them. The young people who represent our schools and our communities wear their uniforms with pride, whether the attire is for sports competition, team management, cheerleading, dance, band or pep club. The rest of us can honor that commitment by attending the games in person if possible. Luckily, it's a lot of fun to do.

Good luck and congratulations to the fine Fremont County playoff and tournament contingent. You are memory-makers of the first order. Already, before the culminating contests have even started, you have done your communities proud. That won't change, no matter what happens this weekend in the arena.

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