Nov 9, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Riverton Middle School eighth-grade boys A basketball team has jumped out to an early 4-0 record to begin the 2012 season.
The RMS eighth-grade B team is 3-1. RMS coach Lars Flanagan is working with 21 players this year.
The only loss was to Rock Springs by the B-teamers. The wins have been over Green River, Worland and Cody.
"This is a talented class, and you can tell that because both our A and B teams are winning," Flanagan said. "We do have some quality kids that are playing down at the B level even though in previous years they could be A players."
Players on the eighth-grade team are Alec Richardson, Andre Goodman, Brady Fullerton, Brett Toth, Caleb Amos, Easton Paxton, Evan White, Gavin Settlemire, Jacob Nuss, Jayde Dion, Kasey Rizor, Kobe Amos, Kylan Shultz, Kyren Higgs, Lucas Johnston, Niko Garcia, Quinton Dewey, Reed Axthelm, Shawn Gardner, Teron Doeble, Wayne Steeds, Kaleb Groesbeck, Colton Dudley, Andrew Mitchell, Daniel Gardner, Tyler Hernandez, Eon Lange, Anthony Allen and Gilbert Shotgun.
"We can switch players in the regular season, and we do," Flanagan said. "Our A team basketball knowledge is very good. They understand the game of basketball because they have been playing for a long time."
Flanagan said Worland, Star Valley and Wyoming Indian have good eighth-grade teams this year.
"The kids would like the games to be higher scoring," Flanagan said. "We are spending a lot of time working on our half court offense. That has a tendency to slow down the game. We have worked on increasing the tempo and playing a little tougher defense."
"We are very inexperienced," RMS seventh-grade coach Mike Bradley said. "We only have two players who have played in organized basketball before, so we are really young."
RMS is 2-3 on the season at the A-team level.
"It's a good start," Bradley said. "We won our first one, then we had a couple of tough ones. Last weekend, we played really good against Cody."
In the game with Cody, the Spartans were down by 16 points before coming up just short.
"It was incredible to watch them come back against Cody," Bradley said.
"The biggest thing they have improved on is defense," Bradley said. "We are focusing on everything right now."
Adam Weaver, Logan Alley, De'andre Augstine, Dayne Bradley, Braydon Lone Bear, Casey Chancellor, Cody Chancellor, Levi Coyle, Jaren Draper, Chase Garcia, Castor James, Trenton Landis, Ridge McCoy, Isaiah Monroe, Bryce Murdock, Brodie Roden, Clayton Whiteman, Cody Frazier, Beau Saindon and Brett Lucas are members of the Riverton seventh-grade basketball team.
"I want our offense to be a little more smooth," Bradley said.
"We are having a hard time running through the offense. I'm hoping that more of our players pick up on the defense."
Bradley said he is moving players back and forth between the A and B teams.
"From one week to the next, we are still switching guys from the A team to the B team," Bradley said.
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