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Rivalry takes a back seat as the locals unite for the title

By Shawn O’Brate

SAN DIEGO, CA – Even though the football season has been over for two seasons and the return to the high school level is months away, that doesn’t mean some of Fremont County’s strongest football players are taking a break on the field.

This is the case for two local football players, one from Lander Valley High School (LVHS) and the other from their rival school, Riverton High School (RHS). LVHS senior Delaney Sullivan and RHS junior Savannah Morton traveled down to San Diego with the Gillette Edge U-19 team to participate in the Surf College Cup (SCC).

Not only did two Fremont County football players dominate the field on defense, but the entire team dominated on the field as they went further than any Wyoming team has ever gone in the SCC and went undefeated on their way to the division championship.

The Gillette Edge U-19 girls team emerged victorious from the Surf College Cup thanks to strong play from Riverton’s Savannah Morton (bottom left) and Lander Valley’s Delaney Sullivan (bottom, second from left). (p/c Willa Hockanson)

On Friday, the team took the field early, at 9:10 AM sharp, and defeated the Mustang SC Elite team by a score of 4-1. On Saturday afternoon, the Gillette Edge team defeated the Blues FC team 3:1.

The only other team to win both of their first games was the Colorado Rush, who won 5-0 in the first round and 3-1 in the second. They were the team that Morton, Sullivan and the rest of Team Edge had to put down in the final match of the tournament on Sunday.

With some extra effort from Morton to help the keeper save a couple of goals and keep the ball out of the box and the help of Sullivan’s defense as well as her assist after an outside run down the field, Team Gillette pulled out a 2-1 win to win their U-19 girls division.

Even Coach Hokanson said the girls were integral to the team’s success in their own way, adding that his favorite part was “watching them grow as players and seeing them do Wyoming proud every time they step on the field.” .

From everyone at WyoToday, congratulations on an amazing weekend on the field representing Fremont County and Wyoming as a whole! We can’t wait to see what you bring to the upcoming football season!

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