RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – It’s been a long 9 months for Riverton since they last took the basketball court, but they’re as excited as ever to get back into the season.
“I’m so excited and as a senior you know this is our last hoorah, we’ve been playing together forever, and you know it’s all I’ve known the last 12 years of my life. Wintertime is basketball time,” said Parker Paxton.
They didn’t lose much last year, and they’re looking to make the same splash they did last season.
Senior Ty Sheets said, “We did lose a couple of really good play makers last year, but I feel like us other seniors, going to be seniors this year really step forward into that place and kind of filled their spots that they took.”
They finished strong last year with an overall record of 21-6,but for the third year in a row they were eliminated in the state quarters. After seeing the seniors who weren’t able to make it out of the first round, they are more motivated than ever.
“For me, it’s to see the heartbreak that the seniors had to go through last year. Seeing them go through what they did is enough motivation for me to not want to go through that. To push me, myself and my team mates to our limits to get past that burden that seems to be ours,” said senior Darrick Devries
Even with only 2 weeks of practice so far on the year, the players have been going at it every day to push each other.
Sheets said, “We’re all super competitive and when we get split up, we all go at it. So, it we got some just good players who are all like just a good group of guys that are ready to play.”
The Wolverines are bringing back 7 seniors this year, and their most notable was the top scorer in all of 4a last year in Parker Paxton. He averaged 18.5 points last year per game. Even with their potent offense the team hangs their hat on defense as they only allowed teams on average 50 and a half points per game.
The leading 4A scorer said, “I’d like our identity to be just getting after it. Getting after it on the defensive end cause it all starts there, I don’t think we’re going to have a hard time putting up points this year.”
Although there are many steps to breaking through the quarters at states, head coach Beau Sheets knows that it’s those steps that they take throughout the season that matter the most.
“I’m really proud of where the boys have come to do so well in conference and regionals, and so that next step is kind of, hopefully it’s just a product of the season so we’ll see where we get to but I’m confident that these guys will not really worry about that pressure and just enjoy that moment when that comes,” said Sheets
The Wolverines get their season started on December 7th as they take on Sheridan.