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Evanston refuses to play RHS on Saturday; games moved to Monday

Feb 28, 2014 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Riverton's boys and girls basketball regular-season finales against Evanston have been postponed from Saturday evening to Monday because of pending weather conditions, the Riverton High School activities office announced Friday morning.

"Evanston made the decision out of safety, and I have to respect that. They called (Thursday) morning to move varsity games to 3 p.m. (girls) and 4:30 p.m. (boys) Monday," RHS activities director Jeremy Hill said.

Only varsity games will be played Monday. Scheduled junior varsity and sophomore games have been cancelled. Hill said Thursday night that conditions were to be reviewed Friday morning with the Evanston activities office, but the decision to play Monday was affirmed.

Riverton boys coach Dick Quayle was disappointed with the early decision Thursday evening.

"I've never been in a situation where they have cancelled two days in advance. I guess if you live long enough, you'll see it all. I think it would be terrible to play Monday because the other teams are getting ready for us (for the Class 4-A West regional tournament) and we are not getting ready for them. If the roads are open, they should be here," Quayle said.

The regional tournament begins Thursday in Casper for both the RHS boys and girls teams, hosted by Kelly Walsh High School.

If the Rock Springs boys beat Evanston on Friday, Monday's boys game won't matter for regional seeding, as both Riverton and Evanston will have the fourth and fifth seeds and play each other again Thursday with a state tournament berth on the line.

But if Evanston prevails against Rock Springs Friday, and if Riverton beats Evanston on Monday, both Riverton and Evanston will end the regular season with identical 5-5 league records. Riverton would end with the third seed ahead of Evanston because of a head-to-head tiebreaker (Riverton beat Evanston 44-42 earlier this year). The third seed will open regional tournament play against winless Green River, the sixth seed.

Coach Ron Porter's girls team will have much to gain from a win against Evanston Monday if Evanston prevails against Rock Springs on Friday. Then, like the boys, a win would give the girls a third seed and a first-round regional tournament game against Green River with a state tournament berth on the line.

Should Rock Springs beat Evanston, then Riverton will likely turn around and play Evanston again in the first round of the regional tournament Thursday.

"We'll be ready to play. We hope our great students and fans can find a way to come and support both our girls and the boys teams Monday afternoon," Porter said.

There is no admission charge for regular season games at Wolverine Gym.

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