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Wolverines return for Bill Strannigan East-West Classic
Coley Nicholls (32) and the Riverton High School boys basketball team will play three straight home games this week at Wolverine Gym. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Wolverine boys and girls return for Bill Strannigan East-West Classic

Jan 2, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Twelve varsity teams, including both the Riverton Wolverines boys and girls, return to the hardwood this Thursday through Saturday in Riverton for the Bill Strannigan East-West Challenge basketball.

The tournament has been named in honor of former Riverton High School teacher, coach and administrator Bill Strannigan, who died last year after being inducted into the the National Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

"It's a nice gesture. Mr. Strannigan was an educator who loved Riverton High School. He devoted a lot of time and energy to improving activities at Riverton High School, and his imprint still is there today," RHS head girls basketball coach Ron Porter said.

Strannigan was Porter's coach for all three of his high school basketball seasons.

"I think it's a great idea to name the tournament after Coach Strannigan," RHS boys head coach Quayle said.

Riverton, Evanston and Kelly Walsh will represent the West in the tournament, and Sheridan, Laramie and Thermopolis will represent East teams.

Both Riverton's boys and girls teams play all of their varsity and junior varsity games in Wolverine Gym. Games also will be played in Rustler Gym at Central Wyoming College and at Riverton Middle School.

The Lady Wolverines varsity (2-7) opens against Thermopolis at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, and the Wolverine boys (8-1) follow at 7 p.m., also against Thermopolis. Friday, both Riverton teams play Laramie at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., with the girls varsity preceding the boys.

The Riverton teams battle Sheridan at noon and 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Riverton's boys and girls junior varsity games precede varsity contests all three days of the tournament at Riverton Middle School.

"We are getting awful close to conference season starting. We only have two weeks and we are trying to finalize some things. It will take us awhile to get better at them. We put in a few new set plays, and we have to work to get more solid defensively," Quayle said.

The Riverton girls will wear a patch on their uniforms to honor Strannigan.

"I don't think there is any community that has more guys that have gone into coaching than Riverton and we were influenced by him (Strannigan). We were pretty blessed in that generation of all of the coaches that we played for," Porter said.

Daily passes are $5, and an all-tournament pass is $10. Admission is good at any venue.

Bill Strannigan

East-West Challenge

Varsity schedule

Thursday

5:30 p.m. Riverton girls vs. Thermopolis girls (Wolverine Gym), Evanston girls vs. Laramie (CWC), Kelly Walsh girls vs. Sheridan girls (RMS).

7 p.m. Riverton boys vs. Thermopolis boys (Wolverine Gym), Evanston boys vs. Laramie (CWC), Kelly Walsh boys vs. Sheridan boys (RMS).

Friday

5:30 p.m. Riverton girls vs. Laramie girls (Wolverine Gym), Thermopolis girls vs. Kelly Walsh girls (CWC), Sheridan birls vs. Evanston girls (RMS).

7 p.m. Riverton boys vs. Laramie boys (Wolverine Gym), Thermopolis boys vs. Kelly Walsh boys (CWC), Sheridan boys vs. Evanston boys (RMS).

Saturday

Noon, Riverton girls vs. Sheridan girls (Wolverine Gym), Thermopolis girls vs. Evanston girls (CWC), Kelly Walsh girls vs. Laramie girls (RMS).

1:30 p.m. Riverton boys vs. Sheridan boys (Wolverine Gym), Thermopolis boys vs. Evanston boys(CWC), Kelly Walsh boys vs. Laramie boys (RMS).

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