JHHS volleyball vs. Lander

JHHS volleyball coaches and players wear masks and fist bump during a time out last week in a match against Lander.

After falling into an 0-2 start to the season, the Broncs volleyball team has ripped two straight wins to pull back to .500.

Jackson hosted Teton (Idaho) High School on Tuesday evening, and came away with a 3-0 drubbing of the Timberwolves. Jackson won the sets 25-15, 25-10 and 25-15.

Bella Santomauro paced the Broncs with 13 kills, while both Karsen Breeding and Johanna Smits recorded eight. Rachel Klemmer notched seven aces and nine digs, Shilah May had 25 assists and 11 digs, and Ashlyn Funk had 16 digs to lead the Broncs in the scorebook.

Jackson won’t have much rest before hitting the court again. Big Piney is in town Thursday for an interclass matchup. That game gets underway at 6 p.m.

Golfers defend home course

Even an early return of snowfall was unable to put the freeze on Jackson’s golf teams Tuesday afternoon.

The Broncs hosted their one-day home tournament at Snake River Sporting Club, coming away with team victories on both the boys and girls sides. Vivian Herr claimed the individual title on the girls side, shooting an 88.

The Broncs girls cruised to victory, as they’ve done all season. After Herr, Jacqueline Neishabouri and Marena Herr tied for second at 89 to round out the Jackson scorers. Martha Olson placed fifth on 94 strokes and Sara White was ninth at 107.

As a team, Jackson outshot Star Valley for the win, 266 strokes to 314.

On the boys side, Adam Russell led the charge, dipping below the 80-stroke benchmark with a 79 for fourth place. Ridge Kling and Hayes Millham shot 87s to tie for fifth, and Max French shot an 89 for 10th place. The Broncs’ fifth golfer, Mason Evans, tied for 12th at 92.

The team competition was much tighter for the boys, with Jackson just clipping Evanston, 345-349. The Red Devils were led by Braxton Lind, whose 74 was good for second place. Riverton’s Parker Paxton notched victory at 70, two strokes under par for the course.

The Broncs get a slight break before the season culminates at state Sept. 18 and 19 in Casper.

Football takes No. 1 spot in poll

Following Jackson’s 50-21 victory over Bear Lake (Idaho) on Friday, the Broncs have taken the top spot in the WyoPreps.com 3A Wyoming football coaches and media poll.

Jackson usurps defending state champion Star Valley, which dropped from first to fourth in the poll following its 0-2 start to the season. Jackson received 207 total points, with six first-place votes, six second-place votes and four third-place votes. Star Valley still nabbed the most first-place votes with seven, but accumulated only 168 points.

After Jackson, Powell takes the No. 2 ranking with Cody ranking third. Lander is the fifth-ranked team, Douglas is sixth and Evanston seventh.

The Broncs (2-0) will play their third-straight Idaho team Friday, this time hosting Pocatello at 7 p.m. Jackson hits the road again Sept. 18 to play Riverton, before meeting Star Valley at home Sept. 25.

The last time the Broncs and Braves met was in the 3A state championship semifinals last season, where Star Valley ran away with a 42-21 win to advance to the state title game.

Contact Chance Q. Cook at 732-7065, sports@jhnewsandguide.com.

Sports Editor Chance Cook has lived in rural Pennsylvania, upstate New York and Butte, Montana. He is no stranger to spending time in the woods chasing animals. If you see him out, challenge him to a game of pool. Send tips and questions.

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