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12 I The Lovell Chronicle I January 29, 2015 Improving Bulldogs split weekend pair Jared Fuller qualifies for state in the 500 free Although they are clear- ly improved this year, the Lovell Bulldogs are finding tough sledding in Class 3A so far. Though 3-2 against Class 2A opponents, they are 1-6 against 3A foes after splitting home games over the weekend. Friday, the Bulldogs played well in spurts but ul- timately failed to stop the Powell Panther offense, fall- ing 81-60 in a 3A Northwest conference game at Winter- holler Gym. Saturday, the Bulldogs beat a gritty Ther- mopolis squad in an inter- class battle, 62-57, with clutch free throw shooting in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs gave it a go against the Panthers Fri- day, hanging tough through 2 quarters before Powell gradually pulled away. "We got into foul trou- ble so quickly that we had to go to the bench sooner than normal, and that affected the kids," coach Craig Lund- berg said. "Still, we came out and played with tons of effort. The kids played with their hearts and didn't let it (the foul trouble) affect them." One player who stepped up was junior Jacob New- man, who stepped in for foul-plagued Beau Green and scored 9 points off the bench. "Jacob had to play a lot of minutes and capitalized on it," Lundberg said. "He did a nice job for us." Powell led 7-4 early, but senior Mysen McAr- thur tied the score with a length-of-the-court drive and free throw, then after Matt Sweet scored for Pow- ell, Newman hit a slashing jumper and baseline swoop to put Lovell on top 11- 9. Powell finished the first quarter with a 13-3 run to lead 22-14 after one. New- man's three-pointer was the only basket for Lovell during the outburst. Trailing 32-18 midway through the second quar- ter, the Bulldogs launched a 15-4 run of their own to cut the lead to five points before Zach Heny bombed in a trey in the final seconds to give Powell a 41-33 lead at half- time. Nic Haskell led the Lovell run with 7 points, and McArthur knocked down a trey. Cade Bischoff beat the Powell press to get the ball to CJ Murphey for two, and Trace Murphey also scored inside. The two teams trad- ed baskets for a time in the third quarter as CJ Mur- phey scored twice, Haskell scored in transition and Brandon Teter worked in- side for two. But treys by,' Kalei Smith (two), Heny and Kaden Moore powered a 30-point quarter for Powell, who outscored Lovell 30-20 to lead 71-53 after three. Powell led by as many as 26 points in the fourth be- fore a late 7-2 run for Lovell cut the final margin to 21. Lundberg expressed dis- appointment with his team's defensive play. "We have to be able to defend teams," he said. "Powell came out and hit four threes in the first half and shot 50 percent (from beyond the arc) in the game." Senior Kalei Smith was a difference-maker for Pow- ell, scoring 36 points. "Kalei went crazy in the first and third quarters," Lundberg said. "We wanted the guy guarding him to not help off of him, but when he did drive we tended to over- help. He was able to get into the paint." DAVID PECK Lovell senior Cade Bischoff slashes to the basket for two points against the Powell Panthers Friday night as Kaden Moore defends. The Bulldogs host Jackson Friday at 6 p.m. CJ Murphey finished with 21 points to lead the Bulldogs and grabbed six rebounds. Haskell added 14 points and 10 rebounds, Newman 9 points and McArthur 7 points and six rebounds. POWELL (81) Matt Sweet 2 1-3 5, Kalei Smith/2 9-13 36, Kaden Moore 3 1-3 9, Kristian Stenlund 3 0-2 6, Zach Heny 5 0-0/3, TJ Abraham 0 0-0 O, Carter Baxter 3 6-6 12. Totals 28 17-27 81. LOVELL (60) Jacob Newman 4 0-1 9, Konner Davis 0 1-2 1, Brandon Teter 1 0-0 2, Riley Abraham 0 0-0 O, Mysen McArlur 2 2-3 7, Trace Murphey 2 0-0 4, Cade Bischoff 0 0-0 O, Beau Green 1 0-0 2, Nic Haskell 4 6-7 14, CJ Murphey 9 2-3 21. Totals 23 11-16 60. Powell 22 19 30 10-81 Lovell 14 19 20 7-60 Three-point field goals - Smith 3, Heny 3, Moore 2; Newman 1, McArlur 1, '(3. Mur- phey 1. Fouled out - McArthur, Green. Total fouls - Powel1191Lovel123. WIN OVER THERMOP Thermopolis came into Saturday's game with a 5-7 record after falling to Greybull on the road Fri- day night, 63-57, but the Bulldogs found themselves in a battle as the Bobcats knocked down 10 three= points and nearly pulled the upset. In fact, the Bobcats took an early 12-6 lead before a 10-0 run put the Bulldogs on top 16-12 early in the second quarter. "We knew they were scrappy and would get after you," Lundberg said. "It's a credit to Thermop's kids that they came out ready to play. We shot ourselves in the foot a lot, but a lot of it was due to Thermop's de- fense and the way they at- tacked us. They have to be- cause they're small. They put so much pressure on our guards that we didn't get into the flow arid get the ball inside to our bigs." Leading 16-14 in the second, Lovell launched an 11-3 run to lead 27-17 before a pair of late treys helped Thermop cut the deficit to four points at intermission, 29-25. Thermopolis continued to scrap and led 37-36, but a slashing drive by Cade Bischoff sparked a 9-2 out- burst that put Lovell up 45- 39 before Tyler Cornwell's three-pointer halved the deficit to 45-42 after three. Lovell lived at the foul line in the fourth quarter and won the game by hit- ting 13 of 14 free throws in the quarter including 13 in a row at one point. CJ Mur- phey and Nic Haskell also scored inside as Lovell won the fourth 17-15 to win by five. Thermop drained three deep treys in an attempt to win. "They were 10 of 20 from beyond the three-point line," Lundberg said. "We can't al- low teams to do that. We've got to close out hands high and contest the shot. For some reason, fundamental- ly, it's not transferring (from practice) to the game." On a positive note, Lovell hit 19 of 23 free- throw attempts in the game including 16 of 17 in the sec- ond half. "That's huge," Lundberg said. "Our free throws are what won the game." Haskell finished with 17 points, CJ Murphey 13, Beau Green 11 and Bischoff 10. Cornwell led Thermop with 25 points. THERMOP (57) Jackson Roling 2 3-4 8, Dominic Jensen 4 0-0 11, Tyler Comwell 8 4-4 25, N. Schwalbe 1 0-0 2, Dillon Matheson 3 0-0 6, Eric Herold 2 0-0 5. Totals 20 7-8 57. LOVELL (62) Jacob Newman 1 0-0 2, Brandon Teter 12-2 5, Riley Abraham 0 0-0 O, Mysen McArthur 0 0-0 O, Trace Murphey 2 0-0 4, Cade Bischoff 4 2-2 10, Beau Green 3 4-7 11, Nic Haskell 5 7-8 17, CJ Mur- phey 4 4-4 13. Totals 20 19-23 62 Thermop /2 13 17 15-57 Lovell 11 18 16 17-62 Three-point field goals - Comwell 5, Jen- sen 3, Roling 1, Heroid 1; Teter 1, Green 1, C. Murphey 1. Fouled out - none. Total fouls - Thermop 19, Lovell 9. HOME GAMES The Bulldogs will be home for a pair of games against 3A Southwest op- ponents this weekend, host- ing Jackson Friday and Star Valley Saturday. r Jackson game is an l{our earlier than usu- al, with the junior varsity games beginning at 3 p.m. followed by the girls varsi- ty at 4:30 and the boys var- sity at 6. This schedule was done to accommodate Jack- son's travel plans to Lander following the Lovell games. Jackson is 6-5 on the season but has won three of four games over the last three weekends, defeating Mountain View, North Fre- mont, Idaho, and Pinedale, losing only to Class 4A Evanston. "Jackson has a bunch of kids who play hard and play good fundamental basket- ball," Lundberg said. "Their coaches always have them prepared and they are capa- ble of beating anybody. It's 3A basketball. You've got to buckle up and come ready to play four quarters of basket- ball every night." Star Valley's games have been moved up by an hour and a half, also for travel reasons. The JV games will begin at 11 a.m. now, with girls varsity at 12:30 and boys varsity at 2 p.m. Star Valley is 7-4 on the season and is on a six-game winning streak, during which the Braves have de- feated 4A Green River and Evanston, Bear Lake, Ida- ho, Pinedale and Mountain View twice. "They're a good 3A team," Lundberg said. "They've got some good, solid players. We're going to have to play well defensively. We need to get some stops." Rocky wrestlers take second at Moorcroft tourney BY PAI CARPENTER The Rocky Mountain grapplers have a lot to be proud of this week, with 10 placing in Moorcroft and an overall finish of second place at a wrestling tournament held this week. In the 106-pound weight category Brian Crawford took second place and Mal- achi Cook took fourth place. Dylan Langston took sec- ond place in the 120-pound class. Justin Smith took first place in the 132-pound class and Shay Bond placed third in the 138-pound class. Michael Bowman took sec- ond place in the 145-pound class and Tyler Lind- quist took second place in the 145-pound class. Tris- ton Rusch took first in the 182-pound class and Garrett Vezain took second place in the 220-pound class. Wes Homewood wrestled heavy- weight, taking second in his weight class. "I was pretty proud of the wrestlers at this tour- nament," said Coach Josh Collins. "They wrestled hard and I am seeing some im- provements in every wres- tler that we have. "The two outstand- ing wrestlers are Triston Rusch and Justin Smith. It is the first time that ei- ther one has placed first at a tournament in their high school wrestling career. I am very proud of them and the whole team. "Many of them have without a doubt improved in their wrestling. One great wrestler this week was Tre- van Lytle, who won three of his four matches. This is a great improvement from last year's wrestling ca- reer. I am excited that many of them are improving their wrestling. Good job RMHS wrestlers." The team will host Sho- shoni on Friday at RMHS starting at 2 p.m. and will wrestle Greybull at the me- morial tournament on Sat- urday, starting at 10 a.m. BY SAM SMITH Jared Fuller, a fresh- man from Rocky Mountain High School, set a person- al-best time in the 500-yard freestyle Saturday for the Powell High School boys swim team at the Worland Invitational. The person- al-best time also qualified him for State in that event. Fuller finished the event with a time of 6:23.87 to place 11th. He also com- peted in the 200-yard freestyle and finished in 2:22.67 and participated on the 400-yard freestyle re- lay team that placed llth with a time of 4:32.96. Full- er also participated on the 200-yard medley relay that finished in 12th place with a time of 2:06.92. Seth Fuller, a junior at Rocky, set two season-best times in the 200-yard indi- vidual medley with a time of 2:17.36 to place sixth and in the 100-yard free- style with a time of 54 sec- onds to place third. Fuller also participat- ed in the 200-yard freestyle relay that placed second with a time of 1:37.96 and in the 200-yard medley re- lay that placed second with a time of 1:52. Powell finished second at the meet with 212 points behind champion Lander with 365 points. "It was a great meet for us to swim against most of the other 3A teams in the state," coach Jerry Rodri- guez said. CODY DUAL Seth Fuller set a per- sonal-best time in the 100- yard butterfly Friday in a dual meet with Cody at the Powell Aquatic Center. Fuller's time of 1:02.42 won him the event. He also competed in the 100- yard backstroke and placed third with a time of 1:05.14. Fuller participated on the 200-yard medley relay team that won with a time of !:53.7 and on the 400- yard freestyle relay team that finished the race with a time of 4:09.57. Jared Fuller placed fourth in the 100-yard but- terfly with a time of 1:22.87 and placed fifth in the 100- yard breaststroke with a time of 1:31.94. He also participated on the 200- yard freestyle relay team that swam in with a time of 1:57.83 and on the 400- yard freestyle relay team that finished the event at 4:09.57. The Panthers will trav- el to Riverton Friday for a quad meet at 4 p.m. On Saturday, Powell will trav- el to Lander for the Land- er Invitational with swim- mingbeginning at 11 a.m. Cowboy Joe Club launches drive The University of Wy- oming Cowboy Joe Club, the main fundraising arm of UW athletics, has launched a membership drive in North Big Horn County. Former UW center Adam Waddell,. the North- west Wyoming represen- tative for the organiza- tion, has been meeting with a core of local boost- ers and, with them, started the membership drive on Tuesday. Waddell said there are only a handful of Cowboy Joe Club members in Big Horn County but believes there to be great potential for membership growth locally. The drive runs through Feb. 19, and a rally lun- cheon is tentatively sched- uled for April 23. Memberships start at $100, and benefits in- clude invitations to special Adam Waddell events, priority seating, ac- cess to pre-game and oth- er events, priority parking and more. To sign up, contact any member of the North Big Horn County central committee: Dan Coe, Nick Lewis, Jim Minchow, Jeff Pearson, David Peck and Craig Sorenson. Bulldog thinclads place five at Gillette invite BY SAM SMITH The Lovell High School indoor track team placed five athletes in the top 10 at the Gillette invitational Saturday. "We had five athletes place," coach Joshua Sand- ers said. "Placing in indoor track is difficult so that was a huge success." Senior A.J. Dickson placed sixth by finish- ing the mile in a time of 4:49.47. "A.J. placed for the first time in his indoor track ca- reer," Sanders said. Junior Jaclyn Cald- well finished the girls mile with a time of 5:38.42. "Ja- clyn cut 10 seconds off her mile time and placed as well," Sander said. "We don't have a meet this week so coach Caleb Sand- ers will bump up the prac- tice miles." Senior Drake Welch placed third in the long jump with a jump of 20- 10. "He was two inches from winning the event," Sanders said. Welch also competed in the 55-meter dash and placed 16 th with a time of 7.04 seconds. Junior Caitlyn Lund- berg placed fifth in the long jump with a jump of 15-2, one foot farther than her previous jump last week in Spearfish. Lundberg also competed in the 55-meter dash with a time of 8.17 seconds. "Some point between now and May, we want her to jump 16 feet and this meet she jumped 15- 2," Sanders said. "She gets good height on her jump, but she is not finishing it." Senior Garet Fowler also placed in the top 10 in the shot put with a throw of 42-11 and senior Aar- on Monterde placed 25 th with a throw of 37-4. "He didn't throw as well as he did last week, but he placed seventh," Sanders said. Aaron pulled a New England Patriots stunt and accidentally threw a girls shot put. They didn't count those throws and al- lowed him to re-throw with the guys shot put." Other shot put throw- ers were senior Sloan Col- vin with a throw of 31-10, sophomore Lane Hoover with a throw of 30-7, Ben Bates from Rocky Moun- tain High School with a throw of 30-5 and senior McKay Baxendale with a throw of 26-9. Other Bulldogs track- sters were senior Eston Croft, who ran the 55-me- ter hurdles with a time of 8.71 seconds to place ninth, Bates in the long jump with a jump of 15-10 and Andrew Mayes in the mile with a time of 5:29.11. The Bulldogs will be off from competition un- til they travel to PocateUo, Idaho, Feb. 19-21 for the Simplot Games. "We'll just take the op- portunity to train hard," Sanders said. "The kids ar- en't rewarded with a meet so the practices will be in- tense, but we will give them some time off."