Let the winter sports begin, snag a basket, get a pin, hit the water

BRIDGER VALLEY — The winter sports are on tap and athletes began their practice this week to get in tip-top shape and sharpen their skills to take on the new challenges on different courts.

No longer on the turf or at the net, the athletes are lacing their shoes to hit the hardwood or the mat as the winter sports start. And in the water, it is the guys instead of the gals.

This years winter sports kicked off their season with the first practice on Nov. 27. Next year the schools will be able to move their first practice up to the Monday of Thanksgiving week. This change, recently approved by the Wyoming High School Activities Association, gives schools the option of whether they want to start practice the week earlier or wait until after Thanksgiving next year.

The first contest for basketball will be Dec. 7 and this contest starts the clock winding down towards the regional and state tournaments in March. By the time the tournaments roll around the players will have many passes, jumps and steps under their belts as they cruise to the finish line.

The regional tournament for 3A will be held March 1-3 at Pinedale. How teams place at Pinedale will determine if the teams can compete at the state tournament in Casper on March 8-10.

The Bridger Valley Tournament will be held next week on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9, in Mountain View and Lyman. The two Valley high schools will go head-to-head as they check out their cross-valley competition for this year.

Both teams will compete at the Green River/Rock Springs Flaming Gorge Classic on Dec. 14-16, gaining valuable experience playing some bigger schools. Lyman and Mountain View will again face each other on the hardwood after the Christmas break.

Both Lyman’s and Mountain View’s men-on-the-mat will face their first opponents next week in Evanston. The LHS swimmers will compete at Laramie and at Rawlins next week.

Pictured: The Mountain View and Lyman varsity basketball teams battled each other on the hard floor last season, working to claim Valley bragging rights and wins to propel them with good seeds into the regional and state tournaments. PIONEER FILE PHOTO/Virginia Giorgis

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