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10 I The Lovell Chronicle I January 19, 2012 Indoor track team opens season at Laramie BY A. JAY MONTANEZ The LHS indoor track and field team competed in their first meet of the sea- son last Friday at the Shine Invitational in Laramie. Though they had a long 7- hour trip directly prior to the competition, a number of the LHS athletes placed and obtained personal bests at the meet. Senior Susie Robertson led the Girls team with 10 points by winning the high jump. Robertson was un- able to compete in any run- ning events due to injury. "Susie jumped really well," said head coach Josh Sand- ers. "We are really looking forward to having her back to run when she recovers from her injury." Also placing in Laramie was junior Meryk McAr- thur, who placed sixth in the triple jump. "Meryk has really good form" said Sand- ers. "Now she needs to work on her speed and she should continue to do well for us." Lovell had male plac- ers in the jumps, as well. Sophomore Kade Englert placed second in the high jump and freshman Drake Welch placed second in the triple jump. "Drake had a very good start for a fresh- man" said Sanders. "We're looking forward to what he can bring to our team in the future." The LHS throwers ex- perienced success last Fri- day also. Senior AJ Mon- tanez placed first in both the shot put and the weight throw, earning him Athlete of the Week status. Senior Schuylar Davis placed fifth in the shot put, her first time at an indoor meet. Da- vis also placed third in the weight throw, an event in which she holds the school record. Sophomores Ka- tie Hoover and Jacob Price both placed in the throws, too. Hoover placed third in the shot put and fourth in the weight throw, whereas Price placed sixth in the weight throw. Although the field as- pect of the LHS track and field team was the most represented this past week, that doesn't mean there wasn't any excitement on the track. Freshman AJ Dickson and sophomore Brandon Dickson put on quite a show during their heat of the 1,600m race. Brandon Dickson had a comfortable lead on his teammate for most of the race and just before the end of the last lap his freshman counterpart edged him out for the better time. "It was really exciting for our team to cheer for," said Sanders. "It will make for good competition and a friendly rivalry." The LHS track and field team will compete this week in Gillette at the Campbell County Recreation Center on Saturday. Field events will start at 10:30 a.m., and running events will start at 11 a.m. OFFICIAL RESULTS Mackenzie Jue: 800m 3:26.35 ..... Meryk McArthur: 1600m 6:25.73, Triple jump 29-5.75 Susie Robertson: High jump 5-0 Schuylar Davis: Shot put 29-3 Weight 23-7 Katie Hoover: Shout put 29-4.5 Weight 23-7 Paige Davis: Shot put: 22-8.5 Drake Welch: 55m 7.27 Long jump 17-10.75 40-7.5 Kaleb Hitz: 55m 8.04 Long jump 15-4.25 DAVID PECK Lovell senior Susie Robertson easily clears the bar during the high jump competition at the Shine Invitational Friday in Laramie. Robertson captured first place in the event. Brandon Dickson: 800m 2:20.10 1600m 5:43.01 AJ Dickson: 800m 2:57.35 1600m 5:42.28 Derek Phelps: 800m 2:57.35 55m Hurdles 12.04 Michael Steiner: 1600m 6:19.42 Isaac Schroeder: 55m Hurdles 10.74 Long jump 15-10.5 Kade Englert: High jump 5-6 Long jump 17-4.75 AJ Montanez: Shot put 50-10 Weight 55-3 Tanner Rohrer: Shot put 39-5 Jacob Price: Shot put 32-5 Weight 34-3 McKay Mayes: Shot put 30-1 Tyler Tillet: Shot put 29-6 Payton Hetland: Shot put 22-7 Sloan Colvin: Shot put 17-6 Split in Cody: Lovell Lady Mustangs get good start to season girls fall, boys win BY DAVID PECK The Lovell Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs had mixed results in their non- conference games at Cody Tuesday night. The Lovell girls struggled against a physical Cody defense and fell to the Fillies 30-24, but the Lovell boys hung close, then blitzed the Cody Broncs in the fourth quarter to win the night- cap, 54-42. In the girls game, the Lady Bulldogs came out strong and outscored the Fillies 11-4 in the first quarter, but the Lovell girls found a lid on the basket in the second peri- od and suffered through a 12-0 shutout that put the home team up 16-11 at the half. "We had some missed opportunities at the bas- ket," coach Chris Edwards said. "They challenged ev- erything. Their defense is stiff. They make you earn everything." Lady Bulldog outside shooters Leanne Winter- holler and Alyssa Geiser combined for 7 points in the first half but scored just two over the follow- ing two quarters. Cody led 25-15 after outscoring the Lovell girls 9-4 in the third. "They pressured our guards," Edwards said. "They were physical with the post players, too. As a coach I've got to do a bet- ter job simulating that in practice. "I felt good going in knowing we had experi- ence with that type of play last year against Cody. Unfortunately, we didn't make the plays we needed to at crucial times." Edwards said he felt good about his team's de- fensive effort, holding the Fillies to 30 points at home, but the shot simply would not fall at the oth- er end of the court for the Lady Bulldogs. "We had a lot of shots falling off the rim, and physically, they really got into us," Edwards said. Lovell cut the deficit to eight in the fourth but could not get closer than six points until late in the game when the Lady Bulldogs reached the final margin. "We had opportuni- ties and a few steals in the fourth quarter, but we weren't able to convert them," Edwards said. "The girls fought hard all the way to the end, but things didn't fall our way." The box score: LOVELL (24) Alyssa Geiser 2 0-0 5, Jodi Walker 1 2-2 4, Leanne Winterhol- ler 2 0-0 5, Kim Shumway 1 0-0 2, Amanda Shumway 0 0-2 0, Chelsey Ellis 1 0-0 2, Erin Robert- son 3 0-2 6, Miranda Griffis 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 2-6 24. CODY (30) A. Prosceno 1 1-2 3, M. O'Dell 0 3-6 3, B. Schumacher 5 1-5 11, T. Morton 2 0-2 4, K. Skinner 3 0-0 6, B. Nordberg 1 1-2 3, L. Place 0 0-2 0. Totals 12 6-19 30. Lovell 11 0 4 9-24 Cody 4 12 9 5-30 Three-point field goals - Geiser 1, Winterholler 1. Fouled out- Geiser. Total fouls- Lovell 13, Cody 8. BOYS PREVAIL In the finale, the Iyell boYS batt.led the homet0wn Broncs tooth arll nail for three quar- ters, then pulled away from the frustrated home team in the fourth. "In the first half I thought Cody really did a nice job playing to their tempo," coach Brian May said. "They were methodi- cal in the half court, which created some really good looks. We started follow- ing some kids and they would make a nice cut to the basket and we'd end up on the trailing end. "As for our half-court offense in the first half, we were just impatient. We didn't stick with our offen- sives like we really need- ed to...We forced some shots." Cody outscored Lovell 10-5 in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs outscored the Broncs 16-14 in the second to cut the halftime deficit to three, 24-21. "In the second half I thought we did a much better job running through our offenses, and in the fourth quarter we did a much better job defensive- ly stopping what they were doing," May said. "We had bounced into a pess during the game, and it seemed like they turned the ball over more in the fourth quarter - traveling and throwing the ball out of bounds." Lovell outscored Cody 15:13 in the third quar- ter to trail by one point af- ter three, 37-36, and the Bulldogs exploded in the fourth, outscoring Cody 18-5 to win going away. Colin May and Cody Sav- age each scored 8 points in the crucial quarter. "Cody really stepped it up strong," May said. "Our whole group contest- ed shots. Morgan (Baxen- dale) got two (blocks) in a row. We had some nice, easy baskets at the other end. The kids were cutting and coming free. "Defensively, we were on our toes a lot bet- ter, challenging kids. We weren't really getting caught on screens and we were closing out better on the weak side." BY SAM SMITH The Lovell Middle School girls' basketball team caught their first glimpse of basketball ac- tion in the 2012 season Sat- urday as the seventh- and eighth grade teams host- ed a home opener against Thermopolis. The eighth grade A team started their sea- son off strong by defeating Thermopolis 30-14 as Char- ri McArthur led the lady Mustangs with 16 points and Savanna Savage added 8, Miranda May 4 and Mad- ison Harper 2. The B team also defeated Thermopolis 23-9 as Makaela Averett.led the Mustang iWith8 poitS:, and Masey Tippetts added 5, Emilee Bryson and Sara Clark 4 each and Ashleigh Chambers 2. The Mustangs "played pretty good for the first game of the season" Mus- tangs head coach Stormy Jameson said after the game. Coach Jameson men- tioned that the Mustangs need to work on "more blocking out and our post girls need to be more effec- tive." On Tuesday, the Mus- tangs had a home match against their rivals, the Rocky Mountain Lady Griz- zlies. The A team got out to a great 20-0 run to start off the game and went on to defeat the Grizzlies 41-14 as May led the Mustangs with 11 points and Mykelle Nichols added 10, McAr- thur, Savage and Harper 6 each and Tori Aiken 2. "It was a good win. We needed to get prepared for DAVID PECK Lovell eighth-grader Miranda May works against a trio of Rocky Mountain defenders during the Lovell- Rocky middle school girls basketball game Tuesday afternoon in Lovell. Rocky defenders are (l-r) Sierra Scott, Kelsea Mayfield and Olivia Higgins. In the background right is Charri McArthur of Lovell. Powell and Worland on the road," Coach Jameson said after the game. The Mustangs were "better at spreading out the offense," she said. The seventh grade team also opened up the 2012 season Saturday, at home, against Thermopolis. The A team fell to a tough Thermopolis team 23-13 as Emily Snell led the Mus- tangs with 7 points and Kaitlyn Mickelson, Shelby Wardell and Trysa Flood added 2 points each. The B team also fell to Thermop- olis 24-6 as Miranda Iver- son led the Mustangs with 4 points and Flood added 2. Mustangs' head coach Tobee Christiansen said af- ter the game, "It gave us an idea of where we are at as a team. This is the first time for them playing organized basketball." On Tuesday, the Mus- tangs also had a match at home against Rocky Moun- tain. The A team defeated Rocky 22-17 as Snell led the Mustangs with 8 points and Midiron and Jazm. See ad4 each, Alysi; Schneide Wardell and Elizabeth Price 2 each. "The girls worked hard and improved from last week. I was proud of their effort on the court," Coach Christiansen said after the game. The Mustangs' next scheduled games will be to- day (Thursday), as the sev- enth-grade team will host Worland and the eighth- grade squad will be on the road to meet the Lady Braves. On Friday, the sev- enth grade will be home to host Powell and the eighth grade will be on the road once again to meet up with the Lady Cubs. On Tues- day, the seventh grade will be on the road for the first time in the season to meet up with Cody, as the eighth grade will be at home to host the Lady Cougars. Basketball action is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m for each date. A rare feat Lovell High School se- nior Alyssa Geiser has ac- complished something quite rare in high school athlet- ics, a feat never before ac- complished in the history of the school. She has lettered in five different sports during her high school career: volley- ball, basketball, track and field, cross country and golf. As a freshman, Geiser lettered as a libero on the LHS volleyball team. As a junior, she lettered in cross country and helped the Lovell girls' squad to their first state trophy, a third-place finish. As a sophomore and ju- nior, she lettered in track and helped the Lady Bull- dogs win back-to-back state titles. She received all-con- ference and all-state recog- nition both years and was a member of the 1,600-meter relay team that set a new school record in 2011. Sport number four is basketball, where Geiser has excelled, lettering as a freshman, sophomore and junior as the starting point five letters for Alyssa Geiser Alyssa Geiser Class 3A. Her team has net- ted two conference champi- onships, one regional title, a third-place finish at state and last year's state cham- pionship. She has helped lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 70- guard for the Lady Bull- dogs. She is also starting as a senior and will letter in her fourth straight year. Geiser has helped lead Lovell to three straight ap- pearances in the state tour- nament, including one in 22 record so far during her career, a stretch that ranks number one in winning percentage (.761) at Lovell High School, according to former head coach Bob Geiser. Geiser was voted honor- able mention all-conference as a freshman in 3A, all- conference as both a soph- omore and junior and all- state as a junior. Finally, Geiser lettered in golf as a senior last fall. After playing the game for only about seven weeks, and with borrowed clubs, she placed fourth at the Class 2A Golf Tournament in Kemmerer, earning all- state honors with the best- ever state finish for a Lovell female golfer. Had Geiser and Jordan Frost, who placed fifth, had only one more solid golf- er to compete with them, they would possibly have brought home the first girls golf title in LHS history. Geiser has a 3.57 grade point average and is a mem- ber of National Honor Soci- ety.