Dec 4, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterBoth teams are set for three games at the Cheyenne Invitational.
A frosty trip to Cheyenne will mark the beginning of the basketball season for the Riverton Wolverines and Lady Wolverines.
Both teams play three games at the Cheyenne Invitational tournament beginning Thursday.
Under head coach Dick Quayle, the Riverton High School boys squad will begin the process of rebuilding after one of the most successful seasons in school history that saw Riverton lose Class 4-A the state championship game to Evanston. The Wolverines ended their season with a record of 24-5, tops in school history.
They lost their entire starting lineup, plus two other seniors, to graduation.
The Riverton boys open the Cheyenne tournament against Thompson Valley, Colo., Thursday at 5 p.m. and play Cheyenne East Friday at 8 p.m. and end the tournament against Cheyenne Central on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
Riverton's varsity roster includes Chris Quayle, Eion Meyers, Brandon Fullerton, Caleb Richmond, Jordan Yowell, Isaiah Valerio, Keeton Zancanella, Triston Ortiz, Caleb Ogg, Bo Patterson, Easton Paxton, Brady Fullerton and Austin Patterson.
"We are real inexperienced, and we are young. It's going to take some time to develop this year," Quayle said.
Meyers, Ortiz, Ogg and Austin Patterson are Riverton's seniors. Quayle said Patterson, who is slated to be one of Riverton's top guards, is still recovering from a knee injury sustained in Riverton's football playoff loss at Star Valley. Quayle is not sure when Austin Patterson will be able to return.
Quayle's assistant coaches are Stuart Mullins, Beau Sheets and Jesse Cornejo.
The Lady Wolverines finished last season with a 5-20 record under head coach Ron Porter and lost to Evanston at their regional tournament to end their year. Riverton has not qualified for the state basketball tournament since 2003.
The girls battle Windsor, Colo., at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Cheyenne to open their season and are scheduled to play Fossil Ridge, Colo., at 12:30 p.m. Friday and Cheyenne Central at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Porter has missed practice this week because of jury duty and has left preparation for the Cheyenne tournament to assistants Derek Watson, Adrian McNamee and Bob Cogdill.
"Our practices have gone pretty well. I think we have a chance to be pretty decent. Our first three weeks, we play an unbelievably difficult schedule. We don't shoot the ball well yet, and that needs to improve," Porter said.
The Lady Wolverines have 42 players out for basketball and return several players with varsity experience, including senior Maci Evans and underclassmen Jensyn Pettit, Kiley Ridgway, Savannah Salisbury, Camey Fegler, Jaycee Shultz, Hannah Hauck and Camille Whiteman.
Porter said Pettit is battling knee injuries, won't play this weekend, and could be out for three to four weeks.
Both RHS teams will be on the road next Saturday at Sheridan. Neither team has a home game until January.
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