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The Evanston High School volleyball team suffered a pair of tough road losses over the weekend, falling in straight sets to 4A West rivals Cody and Riverton.

The Evanston High School football team entered the home stretch of the regular season Friday with a road trip to Powell, beginning a two-week stretch of games against Top 5 opponents.

The Evanston High School cross country teams made the most of their home-field advantage Friday, with both the Red Devils and Lady Devils earning spots in the Top 10 of their respective races at the annual Evanston Invitational, held at Purple Sage Golf Course.

The knock on the Evanston High School football team this season has been its pass defense — ranked 12th in the state heading into Friday’s Homecoming contest against Jackson, the Red Devils have had a rough go against teams that like to air it out.

The Evanston High School football team opened conference play against one of the 3A West heavyweights Friday, falling to No. 2-ranked Star Valley on the road, 28-9.

The Evanston High School girls’ swimming and diving home hosted the Evanston Invitational Saturday at Davis Middle School, winning eight events, and finishing first as a team.

For the second time in as many seasons, the Evanston High School golf teams came up just short of the overall team titles at the 3A State Golf Tournament, finishing runners-up with some exciting finishes and playing extraordinary golf at the Green Hills Golf Course in Worland. The Red Devils — led by All-State performances from Ryker Lind and Sam Dolezal — finished the tournament in second place with a score of 620; Riverton won the team title with a score of 606. Wheatland (647), Pinedale (663) and Lander (675) rounded out the Top 5.

The novelist Thomas Wolf once wrote “You Can’t Go Home Again,” meaning a place of your past will never be the same when you return. That was indeed the case for former Evanston High School football coach Jim Burton. Now the head coach of the Lander Tigers, Burton returned to Kay Fackrell Stadium Friday night to face a Red Devils team that bares little resemblance to the team he coached just a year ago; many of the faces are the same, but the culture has changed under new head coach Steve Moore and his staff. Evanston carried the momentum of last week’s win over Riverton into Friday’s clash with Burton’s new team, routing the Tigers 40-6 to improve to 2-2 on the season.

A large crowd watches the Wyoming Cowboys football game at the downtown block party on Saturday, Sept. 16. The Cowboys took an early lead against the University of Texas Longhorns — who were ranked No. 4 at the time and are currently ranked No. 3 — but were eventually outmatched, losing 31-10. (HERALD PHOTO/Kayne Pyatt)

The Evanston High School golf teams had a weekend to remember in Green River Friday and Saturday, sweeping the boys and girls’ titles at the 3A West Conference Championships, held at Rolling Green Country Club. All 10 varsity golfers earned All-Conference honors by finishing in the Top 10, with Red Devil Ryker Lind earning medalist honors on the boys’ side, shooting under par for the tournament.

Led by a balanced, methodical offensive attack, and a defense that made the big plays when it counted, the Evanston High School football team took a major step toward its goal of returning to the 3A State Playoffs Friday, beating Riverton 34-27 in front of a packed house at Kay Fackrell Stadium.

The Evanston High School volleyball team hosted the Evanston Border Wars Tournament over the weekend, posting a 3-5 record against some talented competition from Utah and Idaho.

A slow start and turnovers against a strong South Summit team proved to be the Evanston High School football team’s undoing Friday at Kay Fackrell Stadium, falling to the Wildcats 34-17.

Going into last weekend’s Cokeville Invitational, Evanston High School head volleyball coach Tera Lawlar didn’t quite know what to expect from her Lady Devils squad. Sure, they have talent, but with just one senior on the roster — and just three players total with any varsity experience — who’s to say how they’d react once they stepped on the court against some of the tougher teams in the region, regardless of classification? Turns out she needn’t have worried. If the Lady Devils were intimidated, it didn’t show, as they posted a 4-2 record for the tournament, and won the Consolation Championship, turning more than a few heads in the process.

It’s been said that a penalty can be called on any given play in a typical high school football game. The officiating crew working the Evanston High School v. Ben Lomond contest at Kay Fackrell Stadium Friday night seemed intent on proving that theory — the game clocked in at a whopping three hours, with the first half alone stretching well past sundown. When the last flag was tucked safely away, the Scots returned to Ogden with a 39-21 Zero week win, spoiling the head coaching debut of the Red Devils’ Steve Moore, though the game was closer than the score might indicate.

The Evanston High School golf teams continued their winning ways last week, winning both team titles at the Evanston Invitational, held Thursday and Friday at Purple Sage Golf Course. “We started early,” said EHS head coach Jerry Carroll. “The kids did a good job this summer, working hard on their own, and you’re seeing the results – we’ve had a couple of great tournaments, boys and girls.”

Friday night’s practice/controlled scrimmage was a marked improvement on how the day started, according to Steve Moore, Evanston High School’s head football coach; he found it hard to believe that the same group of players he sent off the field following practice Thursday night were the ones that showed up the next morning. “Friday night was much improved,” Moore said, laughing. “Thursday night was really good, but Friday morning? Not so good. Friday night? Better. Then we had a little walkthrough on Saturday, just walking through pregame, getting all that figured out, so that it’s not a mess this week, and that was good. So, yeah — much improved. But Friday morning was not good — compared to the rest of the week, anyway.”

The Evanston High School golf teams opened the 2023 fall season in fine fashion last week, sweeping the team titles at the Star Valley Invitational in Afton, held at the Valli Vu Golf Course. In all, eight Red Devils and Lady Devils finished in the Top 10, led by Ryker Lind, who won medalist honors for the boys. Allison Sanchez-Mackey was the Lady Devils’ top finisher, placing second.

EVANSTON — For two hours, from 5-7 p.m., on Thursday, Aug. 3, children at the Evanston Recreation Center were treated to a visit from Utah Jazz player Ochai Agbaji, who came to answer their questions and play basketball with them. The Jazz group had been traveling to several towns to visit with young people including Soda Spings, Idaho; Jackson; and Kemmerer. Evanston was the group’s last stop before returning to Salt Lake City.

EVANSTON — The 2023 season may not have ended the way the Evanston Legion A baseball team would have liked, but a handful of players were deservedly recognized for their accomplishments on the field. Six Outlaws received postseason honors following the West District Tournament in Lovell last month, with Walker Wilson and Brecken Rich named to the 2023 West All-Conference First Team, and the 2023 All-State Second Team.

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