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Spartans roll up 14-1 basketball mark
Riverton Middle School eighth-grader Kyren Higgs fired up a shot against Lander. Riverton's Kylan Shultz prepared for the rebound. Lander players on the court Jacob Malesic (33), Noah Knell (11), Sam Rodgers (52), Ryan Connell (2) and Patrick Hickerson (24). Photo by Anne McGowan

Spartans roll up 14-1 basketball mark

Dec 14, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Riverton Middle School eighth-graders finished the boys basketball season putting up a 14-1 record.

The Spartans' only loss was to Wyoming Indian Middle School eighth-graders.

RMS pulled out a 58-57 victory over Wyoming Indian Tuesday night to split the regular season series.

The RMS B team was 9-4 on the year.

"This is a good basketball class, and they have a very good future," RMS coach Lars Flanagan said. "One thing they have to make sure that they do is be consistent."

Players on the RMS eighth-grade team this year were Alec Richardson, Andre Goodman, Brady Fullerton, Caleb Amos, Easton Paxton, Evan White, Jacob Nuss, Jayde Dion, Kasey Rizor, Kobe Amos, Kylan Shultz, Kyren Higgs, Lucas Johnson, Niko Garcia, Reed Axthelm, Shawn Gardner, Teron Doeble and Wayne Steeds.

"They have to know that the competition at the next level is going to get better and better," Flanagan said. "They have to continue to work hard and continue to do things the right way."

Comeback victory

In the game vs. Wyoming Indian, the Spartans were behind most of the contest. RMS took a seven-point lead with two minutes left in regulation.

In the stretch drive, the Spartans had a couple of turnovers to let Wyoming Indian back in the game.

RMS was down by one point with 17 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Paxton hit two free throws. Wyoming Indian missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds.

"Wyoming Indian is very big for a middle school basketball team," Flanagan said.

"They have a couple of guys that are going to be very instrumental for Wyoming Indian High school."

Paxton finished the game with 15 points. Fullerton had 14 points, and Garcia scored 11.

"We were really balanced all year long," Flanagan said.

Flanagan said the Spartans beat Rock Springs by 22 points.

"Rock Springs is a nice little team," Flanagan said. "I was pleased with how we played."

RMS followed up the victory with a closer win over Green River.

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