Flaming Gorge Classic tipped off Christmas break for high schools

Lady Eagle Ryan Thomas looks for a way to move down the floor in a game last year in a game against the Lady Rebels of Rich County, Utah. HERALD FILE PHOTO/Don Cogger

Games at the Classic closed out competition for local schools

BRIDGER VALLEY — Both LHS and MVHS varsity basketball teams went up against contenders across the class line at the Flaming Gorge Classic last week in Sweetwater.

Games were played around the schools in Green River and Rock Springs. All teams had to be up-and-ready to take on opponents they won’t see during the regular conference season. But, these games give teams a good look at what the talent might be and the skills they need to sharpen to be the one to walk off the hardwood with the W marked on their record.

The teams played a multitude of games and needed to draw on the energy they have been developing during practice. Although these games aren’t the ones that take the teams to the max and sent them into post season, it must be comforting to go up against 4A teams and handled the challenge well or having taking the win.

Athletics Director Tony Beardsley said this year’s tournament was larger than it has been in previous years, with 19 girls varsity teams and 18 boys varsity teams participating in the tournament.

Overall, with JV, sophomore and freshman teams counted, the tournament hosted 45 girls teams and 42 boys teams from Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and Colorado.

Lyman High School

The Lyman Lady Eagles still made marks on the hardwood during the Classic last weekend as the second week of the season played out. Head coach Jason Hansen promotes his team for their skills and ability on the floor. This week was no different Tuesday morning when he said the Lady Eagles went 3-1 this past weekend at the Flaming Gorge Tournament.

As for the boys team, the Eagles didn’t fare as well in the Classic. The went up against three 4A teams, taking one win and two losses.

Mountain View High School also went head-to-head on the hardwood in the Flaming Gorge Classic with teams they don’t normally compete against. Following their play last weekend, the Mountain View Buffalos are currently ranked #2 in the 3A SW Quad and have a record of 4-4. As for the Lady Buffs they are also ranked #2 in the Quad with a 4-2 record.

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