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www. LovellCh ronicle.com March 18, 2010 I The Lovell Chronicle I 7 Lovell dance team places fourth at State BY DAVID PECK .It may have been a rebuilding year, but the Lovell High School dance team brought home some hardware from the Wyo- ming State Spirit Competi- tion held last Wednesday, March 10, at the Casper Events Center. The dance team tied with Kemmerer for third place in the Class 3A compe- tition with 78 points, coach Sharla Parks said, then was awarded the fourth-place trophy after a tie-breaker was used based on the tech- nique score. Lander upset defend- ing champion Jackson to capture the 3A crown with 86.667 points to Jackson's 83.667. After Kemmer- er and Lovell at 78 points, Wheatland was a close fifth with 77.667 points. Powell was sixth, Lyman seventh, Douglas eighth and Chey- enne South, the new Chey- enne high school, ninth. "It was a very, very close competition this year," Parks said. "All of the teams were very good. We were re- ally happy with our fourth- place finish." Parks said she was pleased with her young squad. "They did very well. We had a few mistakes, but I was pleasantly surprised because we are so young," she said. "They were able to go out and do their best. I was very proud of them. There were a lot of really strong routines this year. "We should have a real- ly strong year next year." The Lovell squad in- cludes junior Katelyn Jew- ell, sophomores Tiana O'Tremba, Melissa Ellis and Tracy Jolley and fresh- men Maddison Baxendale, Cheyenne Brightly and Shay Kite. Also competing in Casper March 10 were the Lovell and Rocky Mountain cheerleading squads, each competing in the non-stunt category. Rocky Mountain placed 12th out of 15 teams in Class 3A with 75 points, Lovell 13th with 74.667. Mountain View won the 3A competition with 90.333 points, followed by Powell at 87.333 points and Lyman with 84 points. Cody was fourth with 83.667 points. CnDY ASAY The Lovell High School dance team placed fourth at the State Spirit Competition in Casper last Wednesday night. Pictured here during their state performance are (l-r) Melissa Ellis, Cheyenne Brightly, Maddison Baxendale, Shay Kite, Tracy Jolley, (in front) Tiana O'Tremba and Katelyn Jewell. Six area girls named to all-conference hoops team BY DAVID PECK AND BRAD DEVEREAUX Showing the strength of the north Big Horn County programs, six cagers from Lovell and Rocky Moun- tain high schools were named to the 2A North- west Girls All-Conference basketball team last week following a vote of confer- ence coaches. Three of the six were named to the 2A All-State team, and three more earned honorable mention all-conference rec- ognition. For Lovell, seniors Ka- tie Walker and Stephanie Green, junior Karen Korit- nik and sophomore Alyssa Geiser were named all-con- ference, with senior Mykel Anderson named honorable mention all-conference. Walker and Green made the all-state squad, as well. Lovell coach Bob Gei- ser was named Northwest Coach of the Year, and Walker was named player of the year. For Rocky, junior Eli- za Higgins and freshman Kallee Jo Hernandez were named all-conference, with juniors Leslie Blackburn and Lauren Peterson re- ceiving honorable mention notice. LOVELL SELECTIONS Walker received all- conference and all-state recognition for the second time, earning the same honors a year ago in Class 3A. "Katie played the off guard for us," Coach Geiser said. "She could bring the ball up the court but was more comfortable running the floor and attacking the defense from the wings. She could score in double digits when needed but was more comfortable feed- ing the ball to open team- mates for assists. "A very quick first step made her tough to handle on the perimeter. She was our lock-down perimeter defender and had the size, quickness and strength to shut down almost every top guard that we played. She always drew the toughest defensive assignment on the perimeter." Walker averaged 8.3 points per game this sea- son, 3.1 assists per game (forth in the 2A West) and 6.1 rebounds per game (10th in the West). She shot 66 percent from the free-throw line, which was ninth in the West. Walker was selected to playin the Wyoming Coach- es Association North/South All-Star game on July 24. Green earned all-con- ference honors for the sec- ond time (3A West in 2009) and all-state recognition for the first time. She was an honorable mention all-con- ference selection in 2008 as a sophomore. She was also named as an alternate for the WCA All-Star game. "Steph played the pow- er forward or center po- sition for the Lady Bull- dogs," Geiser said. "She has worked on her post moves and became quite comfort- able attacking the basket either left- or right-hand- ed. She overcame her lac] of size with quickness and footwork. "Stephanie didn't care about scoring or stats. She wanted to do the lit- tle things that make teams successful; she would re- bound, play defense and set screens to open up team- mates. She was our lock- down defender in the post and would always draw the toughest post player on op- posing teams. Her strength and tenacity made up for her lack of physical size." Green was fifth in the 2A West in blocked shots with 33 on the season, sixth in rebounding at 6.4 rebounds per game and eighth in free-throw shoot- ing at 68 percent. She aver- aged 8.1 points per game. Koritnik received all- conference recognition for the first time after receiv- ing honorable-mention no- tice the previous two years in 3A. "Karen is a 5-9 player who would play all five po- sitions on the floor if need- ed," Geisesr said. "She has the speed and quickness to play on the perimeter and also the size and strength to play in the paint. She is known for her quick moves to the basket that often re- sulted in three-point plays the old-fashioned way. Her strength allowed her to fin- ish at the hoop while also being fouled in the process. "Karen also has the strength and touch to hammer down a three the new way, from behind the arc. This double whammy caused teams lots of prob- lems because not many could stop both threats. Her size also allowed her to rebound defensively in traffic, which had the bo- nus of having the ball in the hands of a guard to BRAD DEVEREAUX Members of the Rocky Mountain High School Lady Grizzlies receiving post- season honors were (l-r) Leslie Blackburn, Kallee Jo Hernandez, Eliza Higgins and Lauren Peterson. DAVm PECK Members of the LHS Lady Bulldogs who received post-season honors include (l-r) Alyssa Geiser, Katie Walker, Karen Koritnik, Stephanie Green and Mykel Anderson. start the fast break." Koritnik led the 2A West in scoring at 16.9 points per game, she was fifth in assists at 3 per game, fifth in rebounding at 6.6 per game, fourth in steals at 3.1 and fifth in three-point shooting at 34 percent. Point guard Alyssa GeYser was named to the all-conference team for the first time after earning honorable mention recogni- tion as a freshman in 3A a year ago. "Alyssa learned the job (point guard) under fire last year in 3A," Coach Geiser said. "It helped this year as few teams chose to pressure Lovell for fear of the quick offensive attack often initiated by Alyssa with her long down-court passes. She sees the court very well and is a very good passer, which helps set up her teammates for easy, point-blank shots. "She shot only 18 per- cent from three-point range over the first half of the season but warmed up with a 42 percent average over the last 14 games. She helped open up the floor as she stretched the oppo- nents' defense." Geiser led the 2A West with 4.1 assists per game, and she was second in free-throw shooting at 74 percent, seventh in three- point shooting at 33 per- cent and eighth in steals at 2.9 per game. She had an outstanding assist-to-turn- over rate at 2.28 to 1. Anderson received hon- orable mention recogni- tion for the second straight year. "Mykel is a victim of a system where it is almost impossible for a team to place more than tour inc- viduals on the all-confer- ence team," Geiser said. "In the last 15 years Lovell has had some dominant teams, with this team being one of them. We have never had more than four players se- lected all conference, even though on four occasions, with this year one of them, I thought it was likely - even warranted. "Mykel was at her best offensively when she was squared up to the basket and within 15 feet. She was deadly with her jump shot from that range as the Lady Chiefs found out in the first half of the regional championship game. Anderson was also fearless on the fast break, Geiser said, often finishing the break with a layup and "getting clobbered," then finishing with an old-fash- ioned three-point play. "Mykel was a tall and long player and she used her size advantage to snare rebounds and cause prob- lems defensively by jump- ing quickly into passing lanes for a game-changing steal," Geiser added. Anderson averaged 8.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. Geiser was named Northwest Coach of the Year for the fifth time - 1994, 1995, 2005, 2006 and 2010. He was named State 2A coach of the year 2()00. He was recently selected to coach the north squad in this year's Wyo- ming Coaches Association All-Star Game on July 24. Geiser has compiled a record of 226-135 (63 per- cent) during 15 years at the helm of the Lady Bulldogs. His Lovell teams have been to the state tournament 12 times, finishing first once, second twice, third once, fourth once and as consola- tion champions once. Under Geiser, the Lady Bulldogs have been confer- ence champions nine times and conference runners-up four times. They have been regional champions five times and runners-up six times. In the last 11 years, Lovell has had seven con- ference players of the year, 38 all-conference winners, 19 honorable mention play- ers and 15 all-state honor- ees. SUPERB SEASON The Lady Bulldogs had an amazingly tough sched- ule in 2009-10, playing See 'GIRLS,' page 9