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www. LovellCh ronicle.com April 22, 2010 I The Lovell Chronicle I 9 Golfers improve with the weather; look good in Thermop, Lovell BY DAVID PECK The weather turned nice for the Lovell High School golf team last week, and after shaking off the winter rust in Worland the week before, LHS golfers im- proved their performances - and their scores - at tournaments in Thermopolis Friday and at home in Lovell Saturday. "We played a lot better Fri- day," coach Ben Fowler said. "The rweather was fantastic,, and the :kids played good golf." Fowler said team scores for ithe boys teams were much closer :Friday and the Bulldogs were :competitive. Cody won the Ther- mop tournament with a 320 score, :followed by Powell at 330, River- ton 341, Lander 344, Lovell 350 land Worland 396. Senior Evan Frost placed !sixth with a final score of 82, im- proving from the 85 he shot in Worland one week earlier. "He felt better about himself," Fowler said. "Each week he keeps cutting a couple of strokes." Number two golfer Cody King :shot an 86 at Thermopolis, slash- ing 27 shots from his score at Wor- land the week before. "What a great improvement!" Fowler marveled. "He worked on his irons last week. I'll take an 86 Srom Cody King at every tourna- Jordan Frost putts on the ninth green during the spring Lovell Invitational Golf Tournament Saturday at Foster Gulch. She finished 15th with a score of 135. ment." Third golfer Jared Minchow shot a 92 at Thermop, and Fowler said he was glad to see the junior staying in the low 90s. "That's where we're hoping to be," Fowler said. "There are a few parts of his game he needs to work on, and the biggest part is confidence." Junior Jeff Lewis competed in his first tournament of the spring, having missed the Worland tour- ney, and shot a 90. "That was his first outing and he picked up where he left off in the fall," Fowler said. "We want to keep him there (in the low 90s). If he can control his driver and im- prove his putting stroke he'll be in the 80s." Lovell's fifth golfer was Ka- leb Hitz. The freshman improved from a 113 in Worland to a 98 in Thermop. "Good for him," Fowler said. "He's looking up as a freshman. He's looking to improve every week." Lovell took one female golfer to Thermop, and junior Mason Fowler placed fifth with a score of 103. Father/coach Ben said Ma- son is consistently competing ev- ery week and is very competitive in Class 2A. LOVELL TOURNAMENT Lovell welcomed six schools to the Lovell Invitational Saturday. Cody won the boys division with a score of 309, but Lovell was a strong second at the familiar Fos- ter Gulch course with a score of 363, finishing ahead of Moorcroft with a score of 408, Wright at 415 and Sundance at 437. Also com- peting but not fielding a full team were Worland and Hulett. - Fowler said he was extremely pleased, noting, "Cody is (Class) 3A, but the rest are 2A. We fin- ished ahead of Moorcroft by 45 strokes. That's a lot of strokes. That's fantastic going into Re- gionals. We're excited we did that well. That boosted our kids up." Frost finished fourth, and Lewis and King were knocking on the door of a top-10 finish. Lewis finished llth, King 12th. "That's fantastic," Fowler said. "We do compete well with teams that are in 2A. We match up well. It was a great day. You couldn't ask for better weather and a bet- ter booster for the team." DAVID PECK PHOTOS Lovell junior Jared Minchow blasts his way onto the green during the Lovell golf tournament Saturday at Foster Gulch. The Bulldogs compete in Northeast Wyoming this weekend. Frost shot under 80 for the first time this spring, shooting 36- 43=79 to place fourth. "He improved his game Fri- day and it showed even more on his own home course Saturday," Fowler said. "He's got the swing. He's slowly coming back (from last fall's crash) a stroke at a time. He's a senior leader and we'll look to him for a lot of leadership at Regionals in Moorcroft." King struggled on the front nine with a 49, then improved to 43 on the second nine for a Score of 92, two strokes from the top 10. Minchow shot 47-53=101 for 16th place out of 31 golfers, and Fowler said he was still strug- gling with his confidence, noting, "If we can get confidence out of Jared Minchow, we can get a good score out of him." Lewis shot 47-44=91, one stroke from the top 10, "Jeffis showing a lot of consis- tency," Fowler said. "If he keeps it up and shaves a stroke here and there he'll be in the 80s, too, and that's where we want him." GIRLS COMPETE Lovell fielded a complete girls team (three golfers) for the first time Saturday, Fowler noted, and finished fourth with a score of 376 behind champion Moorcroft with 312, Sundance at 327 and Wright at 345. Mason Fowler placed fifth with a score of 55-49=104, and Coach Fowler noted that there were only two 2A golfers ahead of her. "She's showing huge consis- tency," he said. "She just needs to work on her short game and her putting stroke, some small things to improve on. I'm proud of her for being right there. She's sitting where she needs to sit and is lead- ing our girls team." Jordan Frost shot a score of 64-66=135 to place 15th out of 21 golfers Saturday, which Fowler said was good for her first tourna- ment. "She had some first-outing jit- ters, but to finish 15th is fantastic. I see nothing but improvement and improved confidence from her." Melissa Ellis was right behind her teammate in 16th place at 66- 71=137. "I'm proud of them both for stepping up," Fowler said. "Me- lissa probably tired on the back nine, and she broke her favorite 5 wood. That might have come into play." IFFY WEATHER The Bulldogs are scheduled to compete in Sundance Friday and Moorcroft Saturday, weather per- mitting, Fowler said. He said the "whole goal for the weekend" is to see the Moorcroft course, since that's where the regional tourna- ment will be held. But although the weather has been great for practice in Lovell this week, Fowler said there was an 80 percent chance of snow in Moorcroft on Saturday. He said the team will be shorthanded with Evan Frost and King attending the music festival in Thermopolis Friday and Saturday. Rocky thinclads thin at Riverside, Powell meets held Friday night, the team was short several athletes for the two meets. Only a handful of thin- clads attended the Riverside Invitational Friday in Basin, but the Rocky boys scored 26 team points to place sixth BY DAVID PECK The short-handed Rocky Mountain Grizzlies put to- gether the best team they could for the Riverside and Powell track meets Friday and Saturday, but with the RMHS Junior Prom being DAvm PECK Rocky Mountain sophomore Caleb Estes flies through the air while competing in the triple jump Friday at the track meet in Basin. out of eight teams. The girls scored just 5 points and fin- ished eighth. It wasn't much better at the larger L.A. Kohnke Invitational in Powell Sat- urday. The Rocky boys fin- ished 10th with 2 points and the girls 10th with 3.5 points. Several RMHS ath- letes competed in the junior varsity division Saturday. Rocky runners were solid and scored most of the Grizzlies' team points Fri- day in Basin. The 1,600-me- ter relay team of Michael Bernhisel, Bryce Ward, Ethan Strom and Bra- dy Winland captured first place with a time of 4:03.46, and the foursome also com- peted well individually. Winland placed third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.72, and Ward was eighth at 1:01.66. Ward was also seventh in the JV division Saturday at Powell with a time of 1:01.33. Bernhisel placed fourth in the 3,200 meters Friday with a season-best time of 11:37.08. Saturday in Pow- ell, he placed third in the JV 1,600 meters with a time of 5:19.19, his best time of the season. Strom placed seventh in the 200-meter dash Friday with a time of 25.75 and ran his season-best time of 12.57 in the 100, finishing 14th. Derik Romero placed eighth in the 100 Friday with a time of 12.13. Caleb Estes fmished 12th in the 100-meter dash Friday at 12.53, and sec- ond in the JV division in the 200-meter dash Satur- day with a time of 26.02. Ward was ninth in the JV 200 Saturday at 27.32. Dal- ton Banks finished 18th in the 100 Friday in Basin at DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain runners (l-r) Hannah Parker, Kellie Schmidt and Brianna Hocker keep the pace with each other while running the 100-meter race Friday at the track meet in Basin. 12.90. In field events, senior Jeff Sanders missed Fri- day's meet but came back to place seventh in Powell Sat- urday in the discus, tossing the disc a season-best 122- 1. Estes placed eighth in the triple jump Friday at 33-6, and in the long jump, Romero finished 12th Fri- day by jumping 16-2, and Winland was 17th at 14-8. In throwing events, Tra- vis Hatch finished 14th in the shot put Friday with a throw of 29-7, and he was 17th in the discus at 73-6. Adam Larsen was 17th in the shot put Friday at 26-8 and threw 24-4 Saturday in Powell. He threw the dis- cus 72-11 Friday and 65-1 Saturday. Jake Bose threw the shot 21-9 Friday. Allred finished 10th in Only five female ath- the triple jump Friday at 25- letes competed Fridayin Ba- 6, and Hocker was 14th in sin, four Saturday in Powell. the long jump at 11-6 1/4. Kallee Hernandez did not Only AshleyBridges compete Friday but won the competed in the throwing junior varsity triple jump Saturday in Powell with a leap of 31-7. Senior Leslie Blackburn also came back Saturday in Powell to clear a season-best 4-11 in the high jump, plac- ing in a tie for fifth. Rachel Allred won the junior varsity 800-meter run Saturday with a time of 2:57 and running 2:57.17 Friday in Basin, placing fourth. In the sprints, Brianna Hocker finished 16th in the 100-me- ter dash on Friday with a time of 15.37. Hannah Park- er ran 15.81, Kellie Schmidt 15.88. events Friday and Saturday. She placed seventh in the JV shot put Saturday with a throw of 20-9 after throwing 21-3 Friday for 17th place. She threw the discus 49 feet on Friday and 39-1/4 Satur- day, placing ninth in the JV division. The Grizzlies and Lady Grizz will compete in Lovell Saturday at the Lovell Invi- tational. Field events begin at 10 a.m., running events at 11:30. Attempts to reach coach Dave Beemer for comment this week were unsuccess- ful.