Riverton boys upset Central, Laramie girls stay undefeated, and Kelly Walsh girls lose to Sheridan in Day 1 of the James Johnson Winter Classic

Published: Jan. 6, 2023 at 12:39 AM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The first varsity game of the James Johnson Winter Classic started the tournament with a bang. Riverton’s boys basketball team rallied from a double digit halftime deficit to beat 4A’s second ranked Central 63-58. That was the Indians’ first loss of the season in their first game without sophomore Chase Talich, who suffered a season-ending injury. The team did respond though in their second game with a 61-44 win over Bear Creek (CO).

The Lady Trojans needed the new year to help turn the tide of their season, as they entered this tournament sitting at 1-5. The opposing Lady Broncs though have had an admirable start with a 4-2 record thus far, and they took advantage of the struggling Kelly Walsh team. Sheridan left with a 41-31 victory in their opening contest of the tournament.

One of the most dangerous teams in the state at the moment is Laramie’s girls team; they had a perfect 7-0 record heading into Thursday. Green River gave the third ranked Lady Plainsmen everything they had in a back and forth battle, but ultimately Laramie was able to pull away in the second half to win 50-43. Thanks to Laramie, East, and Central’s girls teams all winning Thursday, the 4A Southeast quadrant continues to boast three undefeated teams.

Thursday, January 5

Boys Basketball Scores


#3 Lander at Rawlins - canceled


Final: 2A St. Stephens 77 1A Dubois 61

Final: 4A Cody 53 3A #2 Worland 43

Out-of-State Opponent

Final: Sugar-Salem, ID 55 4A #4 Star Valley 52

Final: Teton (Driggs, ID) 54 4A #5 Jackson 42

Final: 2A Sundance 55 Newell, SD 34

Final: 1A #4 Little Snake River 59 Hayden, CO 33

Non-Varsity Opponent

Final: Campbell County JV 2 79 1A Arvada-Clearmont 9

Final: Wright JV 43 1A Midwest 41


2A East Boys Smackdown at Big Horn & Tongue River

Final: #1 Pine Bluffs 61 #2 Big Horn 53

Final: #3 Tongue River 78 Burns 44

James Johnson Winter Classic in Cheyenne & Laramie

Final: Riverton 63 #2 Cheyenne Central 58

Final: #1 Douglas 43 Wheatland 24

Final: Kelly Walsh 74 Sheridan 49

Final: Laramie 75 Green River 56

Final: #1 Cheyenne East 74 Rock Springs 51

Final: #2 Cheyenne Central 61 Bear Creek, CO 44

Final: 3A #1 Douglas 62 4A Natrona County 54

Final: Evanston 61 Cheyenne South 45

Girls Basketball Scores


Lander at Rawlins - canceled


Final: 4A #1 Cody 53 3A Worland 24

Final: 1A Dubois 50 2A St. Stephens 40

Out-of-State Opponent

Final: 1A Little Snake River 56 Hayden, CO 29

Final: Teton (Driggs, ID) 63 4A Jackson 17

Non-Varsity Opponent

Final: Campbell County JV 2 61 1A Arvada-Clearmont 26

Final: Wright JV 55 1A Midwest 46


2A East Girls Smackdown at Burns & Pine Bluffs

Final: Burns 43 #3 Tongue River 40

Final: Pine Bluffs 51 Big Horn 25

James Johnson Winter Classic in Cheyenne & Laramie

Final: 1A #1 Southeast 28 3A Wheatland 19

Final: Sheridan 41 Kelly Walsh 31

Final: #3 Laramie 50 Green River 43

Final: #2 Cheyenne East 55 Rock Springs 30

Final: #5 Cheyenne Central 57 Riverton 31

Final: 3A #1 Douglas 63 4A Natrona County 48

Final: Evanston 48 Cheyenne South 37