Jan 8, 2014 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterRiverton's varsity boys and girls play Sheridan, Laramie and Cheyenne South.
After nearly two weeks of a holiday break, the Riverton High School boys and girls basketball teams return to action this Thursday through Saturday in the Bill Strannigan East vs. West basketball tournament.
It will be the home debut both for the Wolverines (3-5) and Lady Wolverines (2-6).
The tournament features Class 4-A West teams bracketed against Class 4-A East teams. All of Riverton's games will be played in Wolverine Gym. There is a $5 per day admission charge, or fans can purchase a tournament pass for $10.
Riverton's teams open against Sheridan on Thursday, when both the boys and girls will try to avenge losses to the Broncs and Lady Broncs prior to Christmas. Game times are 5:30 p.m. (girls) and 7 p.m. (boys). Both the Sheridan boys and girls teams sport a 6-1 record and are ranked in statewide media polling.
Friday, the Wolverines and Lady Wolverines will try to complete a season sweep against Laramie, with girls and boys games again scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cheyenne South faces the RHS teams in Wolverine Gym. Saturday's games are set for 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Evanston and Casper Kelly Walsh are the other Class 4-A West teams participating in the tournament. Their games will be played in both Rustler Gym at Central Wyoming College and at Riverton Middle School.
"It's been pretty good over the break. Kids have been working pretty hard. We just need to get back to playing games, but it was nice for the kids to have a break. We are one-third of the way through our schedule," RHS boys head coach Dick Quayle said.
The Lady Wolverines will try to continue their pre-holiday momentum after stringing together two consecutive wins prior to Christmas against Star Valley and Laramie.
"It was a strange schedule, and it affected a lot of things. We needed some time off away from each other, time to heal and time to re-energize. Hopefully we accomplished those things," Lady Wolverine head coach Ron Porter said.
After the Bill Strannigan East vs. West tournament, both Riverton squads will look forward to their final two non-conference games against Class 3-A Lander at home on Jan. 16 and at home against Class 3-A Powell on Jan. 18.
This won't be the only time this calendar year that Riverton will host the Bill Strannigan East vs. West tournament. Next season's tournament is set for the first week of the 2014-15 campaign. Riverton's tournament will change dates with the Cheyenne McDonald's basketball tournament next year, according to Quayle.
5:30 p.m. Riverton vs. Sheridan Girls (Wolverine Gym)
5:30 p.m. Laramie vs. Evanston Girls (CWC)
7 p.m. Riverton vs. Sheridan Boys (Wolverine Gym)
7 p.m. Laramie vs. Evanston Boys (CWC)
1:30 p.m. Cheyenne South vs. Evanston Girls (CWC)
3 p.m. Cheyenne South vs. Evanston Boys (CWC)
5:30 p.m. Riverton vs. Laramie Girls (Wolverine Gym)
5:30 p.m. Sheridan vs. Casper Kelly Walsh Girls (RMS)
7 p.m. Riverton vs. Laramie Boys (Wolverine Gym)
7 p.m. Sheridan vs. Casper Kelly Walsh Boys (RMS)
4 p.m. Riverton vs. Cheyenne South Girls (Wolverine Gym)
4 p.m. Evanston vs. Sheridan Girls (CWC)
4 p.m. Casper Kelly Walsh vs. Laramie Girls (RMS)
5:30 p.m. Riverton vs. Cheyenne South Boys (Wolverine Gym)
5:30 p.m. Evanston vs. Sheridan Boys (CWC)
5:30 p.m. Casper Kelly Walsh vs. Laramie Boys (RMS)
Current Class 4-A
(records are all
Class 4-A East
Cheyenne East 9-0
Cheyenne South 3-7
Cheyenne Central 2-5
Class 4-A West
Casper Kelly Walsh 4-2
Rock Springs 4-5
Casper Natrona 3-7
Green River 0-8
Class 4-A East
Cheyenne East 8-1
Cheyenne Central 5-4
Cheyenne South 3-4
Class 4-A West
Casper Natrona 7-0
Green River 4-6
Rock Springs 3-6
Casper Kelly Walsh 2-4
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