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RHS girls hoops up against a challenge

Dec 9, 2015 By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

The Riverton Lady Wolverines open their 2015-16 campaign with three home games in three days as part of the Bill Strannigan East vs. West Challenge.

The tournament runs Thursday through Saturday in Riverton.

Thursday night, the Lady Wolverines take the floor against a highly-regarded Sheridan Lady Bronc squad at 5:30 p.m. in Wolverine Gym. The Wolverine boys also battle Sheridan, following the girls game at 7 p.m.

"Our first five out of six games we play this season are against quality opponents," said Riverton head coach Ron Porter. "You don't get much better than Sheridan in Class 4-A. We have a long way to go. We lost about 93 percent of our offense (from last season). We've talked about it a lot. We want to improve daily."

Riverton's girls team also takes on Laramie at 5 p.m. Friday and Cheyenne South at 3 p.m. Saturday as part of the three-day season-opening event.

Seven seniors are listed on Riverton's roster including returning varsity players Deni Lou Nicholls and Kaylee Lewis.

"Deni is really the only returning varsity player that has played a lot," said Porter. "She is our biggest threat from the perimeter and will have to do an awful lot for us. What I like about Kaylee is she has worked hard in the weight room and came to every open gym. I wouldn't want to guard her. She is all elbows and plays hard. We look for good things from her."

Ryann Stassinos, Kelsie Wells, Sierra Hernandez, Christie Wildcat and Jancy Sorenson also are seniors out for the Lady Wolverine squad. Porter believes juniors Nancy Webb and sophomores Leighanna Shoulderblade, Shelby Watson and Jordan Lewis will see varsity time.

"They will all be thrown into the mix. We need to attach ourselves to that blue collar mentality," said Porter.

Derek Watson, Travis McIntosh and Amy Mason are assisting Porter with coaching duties this season.

There is an admission charge to attend games in the Bill Strannigan East vs. West Challenge. Daily passes are $5, and a tournament pass is $10. Teams from Sheridan, Laramie, Cheyenne South, Kelly Walsh, Laramie and Evanston will be attending the tournament, and admission fees cover entrance at all venues, including Wolverine Gym, Central Wyoming College and Riverton Middle School.

2015 Bill Strannigan East vs. West Challenge Schedule

Thursday

5:30 p.m. Riverton vs. Sheridan Girls Varsity at Wolverine Gym, South vs. Kelly Walsh Girls Varsity at CWC, Laramie vs. Evanston Girls Varsity at Riverton Middle School.

7 p.m. Riverton vs. Sheridan Boys Varsity at Wolverine Gym, South vs. Kelly Walsh Boys Varsity at CWC, Laramie vs. Evanston Boys Varsity at Riverton Middle School.

Friday

5:30 p.m. Riverton vs. Laramie Girls Varsity at Wolverine Gym, Sheridan vs. Kelly Walsh Girls Varsity at CWC, South vs. Evanston Girls Varsity at Riverton Middle School.

7 p.m. Riverton vs. Laramie Boys Varsity at Wolverine Gym, Sheridan vs. Kelly Walsh Boys Varsity at CWC, South vs. Evanston Boys Varsity at Riverton Middle School.

Saturday

3 p.m. Riverton vs. South Girls Varsity at Wolverine Gym, Evanston vs. Sheridan Girls Varsity at CWC, Kelly Walsh vs. Laramie Girls Varsity at Riverton Middle School.

4:30 p.m. Riverton vs. South Boys Varsity at Wolverine Gym, Evanston vs. Sheridan Boys Varsity at CWC, Kelly Walsh vs. Laramie Boys Varsity at Riverton Middle School.

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Riverton High School basketball player Ryan Stassinos and the lady Wolverines worked on shooting techniques under the direction of Coach Porter during practice at Wolverine gymnasium last week. Photo by Tibby McDowell

Riverton High School basketball player Ryan Stassinos and the lady Wolverines worked on shooting techniques under the direction of Coach Porter during practice at Wolverine gymnasium last week. Photo by Tibby McDowell


Riverton High School basketball player Ryan Stassinos and the lady Wolverines worked on shooting techniques under the direction of Coach Porter during practice at Wolverine gymnasium last week. Photo by Tibby McDowell

Riverton High School basketball player Ryan Stassinos and the lady Wolverines worked on shooting techniques under the direction of Coach Porter during practice at Wolverine gymnasium last week. Photo by Tibby McDowell

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