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Green River High School

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presents the

Class of 2016

 

Jack Evers

Green River High School Student

2016 Inductee

Jack graduated from Green River High school in 1956 where he played football, participated in track, and served as student body president.  Jack Evers has deep roots in Green River dating back to the 1870’s. A maternal great grandfather, Tom Whitmore, has the American Legion here named after him.  Jack's maternal grandfather, Hugo Gaensslen came about 1890 and bought the brewery and completed the present Brewery building in 1900. His father, also Jack Evers, and his uncle, Bill Evers, came to build mine houses in Superior in 1908, moved the business to Rock Springs in 1911 and to Green River in 1913. Evers Brothers Construction (father and uncle) built the first Green River High School in 1922.  His uncle, Bill Evers, was also mayor when the famous Green River Ordinance was passed.

After graduation, Jack enrolled at the Colorado School of Mines where he played varsity football, boxed, and wrestled on a club basis. He was a member of the 1958 RMFAC championship and Hall of Fame Football Team. He received a professional engineering degree in petroleum engineering in 1960 and went to work in Texas and Oklahoma for the Atlantic Company, later known as ARCO and Atlantic Richfield. After a few years which included an army stint, he went to work for Mountain Fuel Supply in Rock Springs as a petroleum engineer. A return to school resulted in a PhD from the University of Kansas in 1970 and a job as an assistant professor of petroleum engineering at the University of Wyoming where he advanced through the ranks to serve as department head from 1980 until 1986. In 1984, petroleum engineering was the largest undergraduate program at the University.
          After his return to teaching, Dr. Evers retired in 1996 and spent ten years traveling the world to teach industrial courses in the US, Canada, Columbia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Hungary, Abu Dahbi, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Sudan, Libya, Trinidad-Tobago India, Hungary and Indonesia. He returned to the University of Wyoming in 2006 on a part time basis and earned the Outstanding Petroleum Engineering Teaching Award in 2008 and the Outstanding Undergraduate Engineering College Teaching Award before retiring in 2015.

             Always a horseman and a competitor, Dr. Evers has spent his life in various horse related competitions starting with rodeo, both roping and bronc riding, horse showing, jumping competitions and finally endurance racing.  At the age of 72, he received his third buckle in the Western States 100-mile race (AKA – Tevis Cup). This race was called one of the top ten endurance events in the world by Time Magazine and the toughest horse race in the world by Outside Magazine. Jack is approaching a 5000 mile race career.
             To compliment his horse interest, Jack became a professional farrier (the first AFA certified journeyman farrier in Wyoming) and has served as farrier for the United States team at three world championships in Barcelona, Spain in 1992, Netherlands in 1994 and the US in 1996, as well as working for the mountain zone team at the Pan American Championships in 2003 and the North American Championships in  2005.
          He has one daughter, Chia Evers, residing in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a foster son, Tom Eikbush, in Denver. Jack now resides on a ranch west of Laramie.

Byron Toone

Green River High School Student

2016 Inductee

Byron Toone was born September 17, 1930 in Green River, Wyoming.  He attended Washington Elementary, Jefferson Jr. High and graduated from Lincoln High School with the Class of 1948.  While in high school, Byron was rated as an all-state quarterback as Green River finished runner-up in football.  He was credited with 11 field goal kicks in a row, the longest being 43 yards.  He also played basketball and was an all-state guard.  He attended Brigham Young University on a basketball scholarship and received a Master’s degree in education administration and was a member of Idaho State University post-graduate class. 

He began teaching and coaching at Mountain View High School for two years and then moved to Kemmerer, Wyoming where he coached and taught school.  In 1954, he moved to Pocatello where he was hired for School District 25 again to coach and teach.  Coach Toone was an assistant for the 1957 State Class A championship basketball team, and a coach for the 1958 state championship track team.  In 1961, his team won the state class AAA basketball championship.  During his four years of varsity coaching, he received 86 victories in 96 games.

In 1963, Byron became the district athletic director for physical fitness and health education for the school system.  He continued in this position until 1993 when it was dissolved at which time he became coordinator of junior high school athletics for the district and vice principal at Franklin Jr. High. 

Byron spent his spare time coaching little league football and baseball. After he finished coaching, he continued to keep involved by officiating at the surrounding area in football and basketball.  He was the commissioner of the basketball officials for the fifth district.

In 1974, Byron developed the “Manual for Athletics,” dealing with the organization of all phases of athletics, the do’s and don’ts of athletics, which was adopted by School District 25 in Pocatello and used in Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon, Washington and Montana.    He was the Idaho High School Activities Association basketball commissioner in Pocatello from 1974-1991.  He was named State of Idaho Athletic Director of the Year in 1986.  In 1988, he was honored with the Dick Fleischmann Memorial award.  Also beginning this year, he served a four year term as the director of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Western Section 8.  In 1995, he was inducted into the Idaho High School Activities Association Hall of Fame.

Byron Toone passed away on August 11, 2009 in Boise, Idaho.  He is missed by all who knew him, and he would be pleased and honored with the acknowledgement of his life’s work.

Girls’ State Champion Cross Country Teams

1992-1993-1994

Greg McClure, Head Coach

Dean Bonney, Assistant Coach 

Green River High School Team

2016 Inductees

After many years of Wyoming high schools sending only boys cross country teams to state, in 1975, the first girls’ teams participated at a state level, with only two teams Lander and Worland.  In 1979, Green River sent their first team to state competing with only five other teams from around the state.  At this time, all schools competed together without separation of divisions, but by 1988, the girls’ teams grew to 14 at the state level.  One year later, the WHSAA split it into two divisions with five teams in 3A and eleven teams in 4A which Green River participated.  In 1992, there was another split with two teams in the 2A, four teams in the 3A, and Green River and ten other teams in 4A.  As of 2015, the team participation has jumped to seven for 2A, thirteen for 3A, and eleven for 4A. 

            The Green River High School girls’ cross country teams earned an impressive state championship title three years in a row from 1992 to 1994, a feat that still stands alone today.

In 1992, the girls’ team won the south 4A conference held in Laramie. Cheyenne East’s Coach Woodard was heard saying that he did not think that anybody was going to touch the Green River girls at the conference meet and felt that state would be a dogfight between the Lady Wolves and the Lady Camels from Gillette.  Green River scored 31 and second place Laramie scored 68 points at the 4A south conference meet in which Coach Greg McClure was voted Southwest Wyoming coach of the Year.  Alissa Hardy-Nathan, Tiffany Gebs-Lantz, Laurel Harmon-Piccolo, Vicki Hyde-Lewis, and Holly Peterson-Steed, were all honored with All-Conference accolades. State was held in Cheyenne at the end of October, and the Lady Wolves earned the state title making this the first state title in GRHS history for the cross country girls. Green River beat the second place Campbell County girls by 8 points with a score of 44.  All state honors went to Laurel Harmon-Piccolo, Holly Peterson-Steed, and Alissa Hardy-Nathan. Coach McClure had stated that it was an exciting day to see the girls win.

The following year in 1993, the team ran with determination.  Conference was held in Rock Springs, and the team took first place by 26 points over 2nd place Cheyenne East.  All-conference runners were Tiffany Gebs-Lantz, Vicki Hyde-Lewis, Holly Peterson-Steed and Trace Gilmore-LaOrange. At state, the Lady Wolves pulled ahead of Campbell County by 7 points taking honors for the second year.  Peterson-Steed finished with a time of 19:22.12 placing 3rd a mere 14 seconds behind the number one runner.  All-State honors were awarded to Holly Peterson-Steed, Tiffany Gebs-Lantz, and Traci Gilmore-LaOrange.

In 1994, the Green River Lady Wolves took first place in all but three meets, including conference and state.  GR entered conference and came home with an 8th place finish.  All-conference awards were presented to Holly Peterson-Steed, Tiffany Gebs-Lantz, Traci Gilmore-LaOrange, Laurel Harmon-Piccolo, Amber Carroll-Feller, and Maurgan Warren-Porter.  This placing did not stop the Lady Wolves when they entered the state meet in Douglas.  Green River hit an astounding three-peat with a score of 35 and Campbell County falling by 50 points to second place with an 85.  All state honors were awarded to Holly Peterson-Steed placing third, Tiffany Gebs-Lantz placing 4th, and Traci Gilmore-LaOrange placing eighth.

1992 to 1994 GRHS Cross Country Team Members:

            Niki Anderson

Alissa Hardy-Nathan

Tia McDaniels-Desirena

            Veronique Anderson-Sillitoe 

Allison Harsha

Cayde Terry- O’Brien

            Sarah Beck

Laurel Harmon-Piccolo

Holly Peterson-Steed

            Amber Carroll-Feller 

Alice Hodges

Jessica Peverley

            Andrea Davidson 

Vicki Hyde-Lewis

Holly Pope

            Sarah Davidson

Ruth Jackman

Maurgan Warren-Porter

            Tiffany Gebs-Lantz

Stephanie Lewis

Vicki Young-Lake

            Tracy Gilmore-LaOrange

Michelle Mansfield