Oct 15, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterSave the dates. Circle them on your calendar. It only happens every so often. Rarer than a blue moon.
Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26, are the days Riverton High School will host the Class 4-A West regional volleyball tournament.
The Lady Wolverines will be there. You should plan to be there too. The tournament promises to be one of the more exciting athletic events we'll see on our home courts the season.
In all reality, the Lady Wolverines hope you just need to save one date. Singular, as in Saturday, Oct. 26.
That is because this Friday, Oct. 18, the RHS girls have a chance to do what they have never done under the tenure of head volleyball coach Adrian McNamee, who will be trying to guide her team to the state tournament for the third time in her six seasons at the helm of the spikers.
The Lady Wolverines will travel to Rock Springs and play one of the few teams who are younger than they are in their last regular season match. The Lady Tigers have no seniors on their roster. Riverton has just two, and with a win this Friday, RHS will clinch second place in the Class 4-A West conference, which would be the best regular-season under McNamee.
A second-place finish will guarantee a state-tournament berth and an automatic advancement to Saturday's seeding play during the regional tournament at Wolverine Gym.
If it's been awhile since you've watched high school volleyball, then you've been missing what represents the true emotion of high school sports and competition. These girls work at their sport almost all year round, and they play it well.
And this season, the Lady Wolverines have beaten every team in their conference at least once and every team in Class 4-A volleyball except for Gillette and Cheyenne South, whom they have yet to play.
Riverton has beaten (and also lost to) Cheyenne Central, which has defeated Gillette, the state's current top team. The moral of the story is that this season's path to the top of the volleyball victory stand at the Casper Events Center during the upcoming state tournament is wide open.
The rest of the season promises to be filled with highs, lows, wins, losses and champions.
The Lady Wolverines, especially at their regional tournament, should be as competitive this year as they have been in awhile.
They deserve our support.
Save the dates. Let's give the RHS volleyball squad our enthusiastic support during their regional tournament.
Have a great sports week. Go Big Red!
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