Riverton 4-A sports quadrant might change to easier lineup

Jul 26, 2017 By Daniel Bendtsen, Staff Writer

As Riverton High School moves into 4-A athletic competitive, the school is now expected to be grouped in a quadrant with Star Valley, Jackson Hole and Cody high schools. Like Riverton, all have enrollments of less than 1,000.

"That's a good quadrant assignment for us," Riverton superintendent Terry Snyder said.

When the Wyoming High School Activities Association decided to expand the 4-A classification to 16 teams in April, it originally planned to group Riverton with Rock Springs, Natrona County and Kelly Walsh high schools.

Each dwarfs Riverton, and both Kelly Walsh and Natrona have easily more than double the students of Riverton.

"That would not have been good for our kids," said Snyder, who urged WHSAA to reconsider. "I really asked them to consider equity and competitiveness."

Snyder said he's pleased by the change, while noting that it's "not a done deal."

Administrators from Cody High School had also protested their original grouping, which included Sheridan High School and Gillette's two high schools. The second Gillette school opens this fall.

The Class 4-A division is being expanded next year after Riverton was dropped to 3-A in all sports last year. The RHS boys won the Class 3-A basketball state championship in March, the first ever for the school.