Nov 28, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterRiverton plays four games in three days, starting with Thursday's 7:30 p.m. home tipoff vs. Worland.
With high expectations, a No. 2 statewide preseason ranking, and their most-experienced boys basketball team in years, the Riverton Wolverines begin their season Thursday night at home against the Worland Warriors.
Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Wolverine Gym.
The Wolverines also play at home Friday and Saturday in a largely Class 3-A early season tournament at RHS. Friday's schedule features a high-interest matchup when Riverton host Lander at 7:30 p.m.
The Wolverines battle Lyman at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, then meets Douglas at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Also participating in the mini-tournament are Lovell and Worland.
While Thursday's home opener is free to the public, Friday and Saturday's tournament games will have a $3 day charge, according to RHS activities director Jeremy Hill.
Riverton head coach Dick Quayle, now in his third season, will have seven seniors including Jordan Belville, Coley Nicholls, Michael Johnston, Wyatt Meyer, Seth Quayle, Kade Salisbury and Xavier Webb.
Last year the Wolverines had a 20-win season and advanced to the state tournament for the first time since 2004 but dropped its first round game to Cheyenne Central before beating Casper Natrona in consolation play. Riverton lost its final game at state to consolationchampion Cheyenne East.
Webb returns as a 2011-12 all-state selection. He averaged 13.8 points per game, third in Class 4-A West scoring and fifth in all of Wyoming Class 4-A basketball.
Seth Quayle, one of Wyoming's top shot-blockers last year -- he was ranked third statewide in that category with 1.8 blocks per game -- also was one of Riverton top rebounders at almost six boards per game despite rarely starting.
Point guard Salisbury will "present matchup problems for a lot of teams," according to Coach Quayle. He can score both inside and outside.
"When we use him in the post and he gets double-teamed he is still a great passer, and we've got kids that can hit that 15-footer," Dick Quayle said.
Belville and Johnston will add to Riverton's inside strength, and Nicholls will add pop from the outside.
Following this weekends games, Riverton will travel to Buffalo and Sheridan and then in two weeks will play a challenging tournament in Green River with games scheduled against both Gillette, the state's top-ranked team in the preseason, and Cheyenne East, also a top-five team.
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