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4 I The Lovell Chronicle [ March 7, 2013 CHRONICLE Pardon the Lovell Bulldogs if they .... scratch their heads when members of the statewide media or others, ask if they were disappointed that they didn't meet the Wyoming Indian Chiefs for the state title Saturday night in Casper. After all, the Bulldogs have certain- ly proven themselves against the de- fending state champions this season, beating them three times including a 56-50 win in the regional champion- David Peck ship game a week earlier. Observations IEs natural for fans and media types to want a classic matchup, but the Lusk Tigers had estab- lished their credentials by handling the second-ranked Chiefs 51-40 in the first round Thursday and crushing third- ranked Big Horn 70-58 in Saturday,s semifinal. The fourth- ranked Tigers came into the Lovell game with a 23-4 record - no slouches they. In fact, the 2A championship game was a classic match- up between two teams who are perennial contenders. Lusk won the title as recently as 2008. This was Lovell ninth state title. The Bulldogs first won State in 1953 - exactly 60 years ago. Do you remember the players from that squad? (Answer below.) The Bulldogs won this year title the way the Lady Bull- dogs won the last two championships: with teamwork and defense. The Bulldogs had inside-outside versatility and if one player had an off game, another would step up. When leading scorer Cody Savage was hampered by foul trouble in the Burns game, Dylan Hultgren shot lights out and scored 20 points. Ryan Clark added 16 and Kade Nicholls 1 2. When Hultgren cooled off in the Thermopolis game, Savage poured in 22 points, Clark 15. In Saturday night championship game, Clark had a qui- et night ofensively, but Savage scored 17 points and Austin Ellis went for 10 points :and 14 rebounds. Hultgren added 12 points. It takes a team to win a title, and though a senior-d0m- inated squad, the Bulldogs got solid contributions off the bench and valuable play in practice from substitutes who don't get much credit, Coach Brian May pointed out. Many have marveled at how the Bulldog "stars" share the ball. Rather than relying on one-on-one moves, the Bull- dogs pass the ball to teammates and delight in doing so. They had 17 assists against Burns, 18 against Thermop and 13 in the lower-scoring championship game. And defense? The Bulldogs held opponents to 39.6 points per game during the postseason, and thaEs not too shabby. Lusk scored 70 points in the semifinal against Big Horn but only 35 against the Bulldogs the next night. The Bulldogs were just too big, too talented and too physical. Saturday night finale was kind of like watching a really good 3A team play a really good 2A team. It is satisfying to see this team rewarded for this kind of hard work and team play, and Cody Savage said after the game Saturday that he felt the Bulldogs won it for all of the other recent Lovell teams who have come close. Lovell has won two games at State in each of the previous three years after returning to Class 2A, beating Moorcroft for the con- solation championship in 2010, defeating Kemmerer in the third-place game two years ago and beating Sundance and Wind River to advance to the title game last season, where they fell to Wyoming Indian. Hats off to a team well-deserving of the state crown that they will proudly wear. Oh, and the members of the 1953 Class A championship team coached by Dean Larsen were Chuck Wagner, Hugh Frame, Larry Felt, RoD Morrison, Bill Hovis, Alvin John- son, RoD Bergslien, Ellis Brinkerhoff, Dee Cozzens and Dan Bischoff. There some rich basketball tradition around here, to be sure. BUS Letters to the editor Wi 'VI GOTTA PAY FOR OUR SCHOOLS RANCHER BILLIONS SATISFIED SALES & SERVICE HAT COMPANY MILES CII~ IT WORKS FOR NASCAR! in Dear Editor, Greybull/Thermopolis game and and grandparents applaud you. We want to thank the Lovell the Greybull/Kemmerer game. Thanks from all the basket- cheerleaders and dance group You all showed exceptional ball fans in Greybull. for all of your support during the sportsmanship and we as parents Sherri Winkler Dear Editor, to see a thundering herd of wild some of the prime advocates for Promoting the wild mustangs mustangs with manes and tails the wild mustangs. Wild horse is a good way to develop a so- flying in the wind. advocates from other states called brand for Lovell to increase Actually, it was a small band would head to the Tillett ranch tourist traffic in the area. This of about15, a stallion, mares and on Crooked Cr, eek, Names such .has been suggeted several times a few 'foals. They were not thuD- as Hope Ryden, Bob Brislon and before but has never been fol- dering, just grazing peacefully wild horse Annie (forgot her last lowed through. Maybe this time it in a meadow on Pryor Mountain name) all visited the Tillett r nch may work. just off then-called Tillett Ridge and wrote about the Pryor Moun- I believe that great care must road. I was in the back of a pick- tain mustangs. be taken in the marketing of the up with a cameraman. The pickup The Tillett family and all wild wild mustangs. Why do I say was driven by my father-in-law, horse advocates had envisioned a this? It is because I believe most Lloyd Tillett, and the passenger refuge where the wild mustangs tourists will expect to see herds was Hope Ryden doing research could roam free and live natural- of wild horses thundering across for one of her several books on ly as they had for several hundred the plains as they see on televi- the wild horses. Lloyd eased the years prior, and not a government sion western movies. Should the pickup to within 20 yards of the run operation as now is the case. tourists see just a few wild mus- horses before they bolted and took In nature, the strong survive tangs grazing peacefully instead off at a high run. Lloyd followed and the weak die. However, those of thundering herds they may be with me holding on to the camera- that die are not wasted as they disappointed and disappointment man's belt to keep him from fall- provide food for many other wild may spread when they return ing out until the horses went over animals such as mountain lions, home and talk about their vaca- a bluff where the pickup couldn't coyotes, bears and even birds and tion with friends, go. If a person tried that today buzzards. Nature has survived About 40 years ago when the they would probably be arrested, for centuries without government wild horse refuge was in its infan- The Tillett family, Lloyd, interference. cy stages, I had the good fortune Royce and mother Bessie, were Jim Szlemko Dear Editor, It took eight years to get the 5 ming voters approved "term limits" The people have spoken in percent state sales tax offfrom gro- for politicians by 70 percent of the their rejection of the one-cent sales ceries (food). vote. We are telling the Big Horn tax for communities' projects. We The Wyoming legislators (over COunty Fair Board we do not want hope that promoters are listening residents' objections) have ap- to fund a new indoor complex nor who would review this dead horse, proved a 10-cent a gallon tax on its maintenance. (EditoFs note: The belief that rural areas gas on top of the present state and The fair project is not, nor was it should fork over more help for'federal gas tax that we pay. Wy- being discussed as a project for the towns is not practical. Examples: oming has had to renew schoolssixth cent.) a woman that lives in her house that once were kept up locally. Are they listening? Communi- in the country pays $1,900 a year These funds should now be freed ties must balance their own bud- property tax to the county for vari- to maintain roads and responsibil- gets and solve their own financial ous projects, ity for school buildings be assumed problems. Once taxes are put in place, locally, instead of another tax on The people have spoken. Alegal even if they have a limit of 13 individuals, vote should not be circumvented. years, voters must vote to stop Politicians overturned a le- Nora Marie Lewis them or they continue, gal vote of the people when Wyo- Basin They may be The LoveU Chronicle welcomes letters f:'om its readers and will make every effOr't to p:'int them. Letters longer than 400 words may not be printed. 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