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i ! , BRnllBIRimLlJmuinmnlnnlnlmimplumnnBenmmnqmuJlnmimunnn www.LovellChronicle.com January 14, 2010 I The Lovell Chronicle 111 Grizzlies improve at Burlington, hammer Shoshoni at home BY DAVID PECK Better...but still not there. That's the assess- ment of Rocky Mountain Coach Michael Simmons as he evaluates his team's per- formance against Burling- ton and Shoshoni over the weekend. The Grizz played bet- ter defense against the top- ranked 1A Huskies Friday than they did in a loss at home on Dec. 19, but they fell to the Huskies 53-35. Saturday, the Grizz pound- ed the outmanned Shoshoni Wranglers 62-17 in Byron. Simmons pointed out that the Huskies had star Eric McNiven back for Fri- day's game in Burlington, whereas the senior missed the game in December. And yet the Huskies scored 53 points, down from the 64 in December. "We worked on lots of things over Christmas - man-to-man (defense) stuff and a little bit of ev- erything," Simmons said, "We're getting into a rota- tion where we can match up with just about anyone. With Eric back, they got a little deeper with their six- plus athletic players. Tim (Davidson), Sam (Davidson) and Eric are around 6-2 and can run and jump and have good hands. They create match-up problems for us. '`we're continuing to work on our man defense. I felt, for the most part, that we did a better job. They scored more before Christ- mas than they did Friday at their place with Eric (in the lineup)." Offensively, Simmons said, the Grizzlies got better looks against the Huskies Saturday than the previous game, but they couldn't find the range. "Three for 15 from be- yond the arc, 11 for 41 from two and four for 13 at the free-throw line isn't going to win you any games, at least not very many," he said. "We had good looks. Austin Leonhardt is not going to go 0 for six from beyond the arc very often." Turnovers were also a problem, he said, as the Grizz had 28, Burlington 17. Overall, he said, the game was one to growon. "There were som good things," he said. "I told the kids afterwards that if we can make strides in the right direction, no mat- ter how small, (the team is making progress). "We did a pretty good job defensively. As coaches we were proud. We felt we continued to work hard as a team and kept fighting all the way to the end. We were right there until that run in the second quarter." Rocky never led, but the Grizz trailed only 7-5 mid- way through the first quar- ter, 11-9 early in the second period and 15-11 midway through the second before the Huskies put together a 14-2 run that helped them lead 29-15 at halftime. A 15-1 Burlington surge to start the second half put the Grizz behind by 28, 44- 16, and while the Grizz out- scored the Huskies 19-9 the rest of the way, they could never fully recover. The Grizz had no scor- ers in double figures. Bran- don Bulanek scored 7 points, Derik Romero 6 and Luke Leonhardt and KJ Blackburn 5 each. Black- burn pulled down seven rebounds, Brandon Foster five. The box score: ROCKY (35) Thomas Troutman 0 1-2 1, Brandon Bu- lanek 3 0-0 7, Logan Friedly 0 0-0 0, Luke Leonhardt 2 1-1 5, Tyrell Humphreys 1 0-0 2, Austin Leonhardt 1 0-0 2, Dedk Romero 2 0-0 6, KJ Blackburn 2 1-6 5, Brandon Foster 1 1-4 3, Martin Consuelos 1 0-0 2, Jeff Sanders 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 4-13 35. BURLINGTON (53) Tim Davidson 3 t-2 7, Matt Christiansen 0 0-1 0, Spencer Jones 0 2-2 2, Sam David- son 4 2-5 10, Eric McNiven 7 1-1 15, Anson George 1 0-2 2, Shawn Christiansen 4 0-0 8, Porter Jones 1 2-3 4, Ammon Howard 2 0-0 5. Totals 22 8-16 53. RockyMtn. 5 10 3 17-35 Budington 11 18 17 7-53 Three-point field goals - Romero 2, Bulanek 1; Howard 1. Fouled out-Foster. Total fouls - Rocky 14, Burlington 12. SATURDAY BLOWOUT It's hard to evalu- ate Rocky's performance against the outgunned Sho- shoni Wranglers Saturday, but Simmons said his squad continued to show improve- ment. Shoshoni had only seven players for the game - total. All seven played in both the junior varsity game (two quarters) and the var- sity contest. Rocky outscored the Wranglers 13-4 in the first quarter, 20-3 in the second, 11-2 in the third and 18-8 in the fourth. All 11 members of the Grizzly varsity squad played and scored. "We knew they were down, probably more than they've ever been," Simmons said. "I give their coaching staff credit for encouraging them to keep playing. "We're starting to get more balanced (in scor- ing). Since we have no obvi- ous five (starting players), we may need to go deeper and deeper. They're pretty scrappy, to the point where it's tough to get into a set offense. They're all over the place. "we improved again. It was small, but we're mov- ing in the right direction." Blackburn and Foster led the Grizz with 12 points each. Austin Leonhardt added 8, Bulanek and Luke Leonhardt 6 apiece. Foster had seven rebounds, Black- burn and Bulanek five each. Foster led the team with four steals and three assists, The box score: SHOSHONI (17) Wright 0 0-0 0, Woodward 0 0-0 0, Watson 0 0-0 0, Logois 0 0-0 0, Steffan 1 1-2 3, Linn 3 2-2 8, Linnon 2 2-4 6. Totals 6 5-8 17. ROCKY (62) Thomas Troutman 1 0-0 2, Brandon Bu- lanek 3 0-O 6, Logan Friedly 2 0-0 4, Luke Leonhardt 2 0-0 6, Tyrell Humphreys I 0-0 2, Austin Leonhardt 3 0-0 8, Defik Romero 2 0-0 5, KJ Blackburn 5 2-2 10, Brandon Foster 4 4-4 12, Martin Consue!os 1 0-0 2, Jeff Sanders 1 1-2 3. Totals 25 7-8 62. Shoshoni 4 3 2 8-17 RockyMt. 13 20 11 18-62 Three-point field goals - L. Leonhardt 2, A. Leonhardt 2, Romero 1. Fouled out - none. Total fouls - Shoshoni 9, Rocky 9. ROAD GAMES The Grizzlies have a pair of tough road games this week, traveling to Powell tonight (Thursday) to meet the Class 3A Pan- thers, then making the long trip to Ethete to take on the top-ranked 2A Wyoming Indian High School Chiefs. Tip-off times are 4 (JV) and 7:30 Thursday and noon and 3 p.m. Saturday. Simmons said the Grizz have played well against the Chiefs over the years but Saturday's game will provide a huge test for his team's young guards. "There will be a lot of things we can take from that game to learn and help us grow," he said. DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain senior Austin Leonhardt fires up a three-pointer in Burlington Friday night as Eric McNiven goes for a block. The Grizzlies travel to Powell (Thursday) and Wyoming Indian (Saturday) this weekend. BRAD DEWRVX Lovell wrestler Ethan Croft fights to avoid a pin against JR Vezain of Rocky Mountain. Croft avoided the pin, but lost 0-16 to Vezain at 145 pounds during the tri-dual in Lovell Friday afternoon.. Rocky grapplers fall to Lovell, Greybull BY DAVID PECK The Rocky Mountain wrestling team won a lot of individual matches during the Lovell-Greybull-Rocky tri-dual Friday afternoon in Lovell, but they came out on the short end of two team scores thanks to giving up points at six open weight classes. Against Lovell, the Grizz won four of the eight matches but gave up for- feits at 103, 112, 119, 125, 189, 215 and heavyweight, leading to a 54-21 loss. The Grizz picked up wins from Jake Jones at 119 pounds, Ben Cook at 130, JR Vezain at 145 and Kaleb Hoyt at 160. Jake Jones pinned Na- than Grant in the first peri- od at 119 pounds and Cook stuck Adam Beck in the sec- ond period at 130. After Benjamin Man- cuso fell to Jacob Beck on a second-period :pin at 135 and Ty Wambeke lost to Ben Cuch on a first-period pin at 140, Vezain crushed Ethan Croft 16-0 at 145. Guy Jones fell to Dino Collins 3-1 at 152, and Hoyt defeated Ryan Croft 13-5 at 160. At 171, Hayden Ott fell to Mark Grant 15-11. Against Greybull-River- side, the Grizzlies picked up only two wins in a 64-10 loss. Jake Jones pinned Stephen Kerr in the second period at 119 pounds, and Vezain beat Ben Anson 12-2 at 145. Guy Jones battled Jesse Chesnut at 152 but lost the match 1-0, and Hoyt was tied 4-4 with tough Chayce Goton at 160 but got cramps in both legs and could not finish the match. All other Grizzly grap- plers lost via the pin: Jake Jones to Stephen Kerr at 119 pounds, Cook to Na- than Hetzel at 130, Man- cuso to Luke Zeller at 135, Wambeke to Payton Vigil at 140 and Ott to Clay Cundall at 171. The Grizz also gave up five forfeits. "Obviously, with our lack of kids, I look forward to tournaments rather than duals," coach Josh Collins said. The Grizzlies will trav- el to Pavillion Friday and ' Saturday for the Don Run- ner Invitational, hosted by Wind River High School. Wrestling begins at 2 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Satur- day. Mostly 2A teams will compete at the meet. Next up the Don Runner invitational hosted by Wind River High School Friday and Saturday Rocky JV boys split a pair BY DAVID PECK The Rocky Mountain junior varsity boys bas- ketball squad split a pair of games to open the New Year, falling by five at Bur- lington Friday evening, 39- 34, but topping the Sho- shoni Wranglers 36-14 in a two-quarter game Satur- day in Byron. Friday, the Grizzlies dug themselves a big hole early and trailed 12-1 af- ter the first quarter. They trailed by 12 at halftime, 22-10, then outscored the Huskies 13-3 in the third to chop the lead to two points, 25-23, heading into the fourth. Burlington won by five after a 14-11 fourth- quarter advantage. Bryce Ward led the Grizz with 11 points. Logan Fried]y, Derik Romero and Brandon Altman added 6 each, Caleb Estes 5. Saturday, a short- handed Shoshoni team had a combined total of seven players for both the JV and varsity games, so only two JV quarters were played. Rocky outscored the Wran- glers 23-9 in the first quar- ter and 13-5 in the second. Friedly and Michael Bernhisel scored 8 points each, Tyrell Humphreys 6, Estes 5, Romero, Altman, Ward and Shane Wocicki 2 each and Brady Winland 1. FROSH FALL The Rocky Mountain freshman boys opened the post-holiday portion of their schedule with a 57- 38 loss to the Powell Pan- thers in Powell last Tues- day, Jan. 5. Powell jumped out to a 22-8 lead after the first quarter and rolled from there, outscoring the Grizz 15-12 in the second quar- ter and 15-4 in the third to lead 52-24 after three. The Grizz came back to take the fourth, 14-5. Michael Bernhisel and Bryce Ward scored 13 points each to lead the Grizz. Brady Winland add- ed 6 points, Shane Wocicki, Caleb Estes and Brandon Altman 2 apiece. The Grizzly freshmen are scheduled to travel to Burlington next Tuesday, Jan. 19, for a 5:30 p.m. contest, then host Grey- bull Thursday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. Basketball Standings leas Grevbull IIockv Mtn. Riverside Lovell Shoshoni BOYS 2  NORTHWE T Conf. Overall W L W L 2 0 !1 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 7 0 1 4 3 0 2 0 !1 RESULTS Friday, January 8 Burlington 53, Rocky Mtn. 35 Greybul161, Shoshoni 7 Saturday, January 9 Rocky Mtn. 62, Shoshoni 17 Lovell 66, Tongue River 60 Burlington 44, Greybul141 Wyo. Indian 106, Riverside 30 SCHEDULE Thursday, January 14 Rocky at Powell, 4, 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 16 Greybull at Riverside, 4, 7 p.m. Shoshoni at Lovell, 4:45, 7 p.m. Saturday, January 16 Rocky atWy. Indian, 12, 3 p.m. Riverside at T. River, 2:30, 4 Greybull at Lovetl, 2, 5 p.m. Thursday, January 21 Cody at Loveli, 4:45, 7 p.m. GIRLS 2, ream Lovell Inckv Mtn. $hositoni Riverside Grevbull NORTHWE: ;T Conf. Overall W L W L I 0 7 3 I 0 3 1 t 8 3 0 0 2 0 2 5 6 RESULTS Thursday, January 7 Gillette JVs 56, Riverside 42 Friday, January 8 Burlington 54, Rocky Mtn. 37 Shoshoni 31, Greybul127 Saturday, January 9 Rocky Mtn. 62, Shoshoni 36 Lovell 59, Tongue River 55 Burlington 44, Greybull 26 Wyo. Indian 65, Riverside 33 SCHEDULE Thursday, January 14 Rocky at Powell, 4, 5:45 p.m. Friday, January 15 Shoshoni at Lovell, 4, 5:30 p.m. Greybull at Riverside, 4, 5:30 Saturday, January 16 Rocky at Wyo. Indian, 12, 1:30 Greybull at Lovell, 2, 3:30 p.m. - T. River at Riverside, 1,2:30 Thursday, January 21 Cody at Lovell, 4, 5:30 p.m. Sports Calendar Thursday, January 14 MS girls basketball- Cloud Peak at Rocky, 4 p.m. HS girls basketball - Rocky at Powell, 4, 5:45 p.m. HS boys basketball - Rocky at Powell, 4, 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 15 HS wrestling - Lovell, Rocky at WR Tourney, Pavillion, 2 p.m. HS indoor track - Lovell at Shine Invite, Laramie, 4 p.m. HS girls basketball- Shoshoni at Lovell, 4, 5:30 p.m. HS boys basketball - Shoshoni at Lovell, 4:45, 7 p.m. Jr. college women's bb - EWC at NWC, 5:30 p.m. Jr. college men's bb - EWC at NWC, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 16 HS wrestling - Lovell, Rocky at WR Tourney, Pavillion, 9 a.m. MS girls basketball- Powell, Thermop at Lovell, 9 a.m. 7th grade at middle school, 8th grade at high school MS wrestling - Lovell, Rocky at Greybull, 9:30 a.m. HS girls basketball- Rocky at WIHS, 12, 1:30 p.m. HS boys basketball - Rocky at WIHS, 12, 3 p.m. Men's college bb - New Mexi- co at Wyoming, 1:30 (The Mtn.) Women's college bb - Wyoming at New Mexico, 2 p.m. HS girls basketball - Greybull at Lovell, 2, 3:30 p.m. HS boys basketball - Greybull at Lovell, 2, 5 p.m. Jr. college men's bb- LCCC at NWC, 5 p.m. Monday, January 18 Freshman girls basketball- Lovell at Powell, 5 p.m. Freshman boys basketball- Lovell at Powell, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 19 MS girls basketball - Wodand 7th at Lovell, 4:15 p.m. MS girls basketball- Lovell 8th at Worland, 4:15 p.m. Freshman boys basketball- Rocky at Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Women's college bb - BYU at Wyoming, 6 p.m. (The Mtn.) Jr. college women's bb - Sheri- dan College at NWC, 5:30 p.m. Jr. college men's bb - Sheridan College at NWC, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 20 Men's college bb - Wyoming at BYU, 6 p.m. (The Mtn.) Thursday, January 21 MS girls basketball - Burlington at Rocky, 4 p.m. Freshman boys basketeball- Greybull at Rocky, 7 p.m. HS girls basketball - Cody at Lovell, 4, 5:30 p.m. HS boys basketball - Cody at Lovell, 4:45, 7 p.m.