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CHRONICLE Or S May 10, 2012 [The Lovell Chronicle [ 10 Rodeo cowboys survive the elements BY PATTI CARPENTER Rain, wind and cloudy skies didn't deter the Annual Spring Rodeo in Cowley on Saturday. In fact, the unpredictable weather has become almost a tradition. Local cowboys and cowgirls showed off their riding and rop- ing skills and provided specta- tors with an afternoon of ex- citement. The event attracted participation from neighbor- ing Montana, Lovell, Powell, Greybull and Cody. Events this ear included calf roping, ladies arrels, youth barrels, saddle bronc riding, ladies breakaway roping, youth breakaway, steer riding, team roping, the ever- popular mutton busting event and even a wild horse race. The event was organized by the Cowley Riding Club and was held on the rodeo grounds in Cowley. COWLEY RIDING CLUB SPRING RODEO RESULTS: Bareback - Travis Willis, Cowley; calf roping- J.T. Collin- gwood; ladies barrels - 1st Dom- inique Allred, Lovell, 2nd Dani- elle Calder, Cowley, 3rd, Katie McMillan, Huntley, Mont.; ju- nior youth barrels - 1st Abby Hamilton, Cowley, 2nd Abby Eaton, Cowley; youth barrels - 1st Maddison Edeler, Greybull, PATTI CARPENTER Barrel Racer Dominique Allred of Lovell takes a tight turn around a barrel at the Cowley Spring Rodeo held at the Cowley Rodeo grounds last Saturday. 2nd Tatem Edeler, Greybull, 3rd Logan Nunn, Lovell; sad- dle bronc - Jace Salutregui; la- dies breakaway - 1st Kaylene Chaffee, 2nd Bobbe McMillan, Billings; youth breakaway - Ty- ler Steed, Cowley; steer riding - Jose Perez, Powell; team roping PATTI CARPENTER Bull rider Dimas Patina of Lovell takes an unfortunate fall right out of the gate at the Spring Rodeo held in Cowley on Saturday. - 1st Dan Vanek/Mark Aragon, 2nd Shawn Bill/ J.T. Coiling- wood, 3rd Brett Richmond/Clark Hufty, 4th Scott Collingwood/ Shawn Billy; wild horse race - 1st Rafter P Horse Shoeing team, 2nd Cassie's Supper Club team. Winterholler chooses basketball and Northwest College BY DAVID PECK When a high school athlete excels in two different sports, sometimes it's difficult to choose which one to play in college. For Lovell senior Leanne Winterhol- ler, the decision came down to proximity and personal ties. Winterholler, an all-state volleyball player and basketball layer at LHS, was recruited by Eastern Wyoming College, Cen- tral Wyoming College and Willis- ton State for volleyball. She ap- peared to be heading for a college ,volleyball career. ; Then Janis Beal came calling. Beal, the Northwest College vomen's basketball coach and a ovell High School graduate, in- .vited Winterholler to scrimmage with the Lady Trappers in Powell. Given the chance to attend NWC, that's all it took. Winterholler chose basketball, signing a letter of intent to become a Lady Trap- per last Thursday, May 3. "I've idolized Janis since !I was a little kid," Winterhol- ler said: "Janis coached me in .eighth-grade volleyball (while earning her master's degree), and Powell is close to home. I just like the college. "CWC wanted me to play iboth sports, which would have been a lot." Winterholler said she will study elementary education in college, hoping to become an ele- mentary school teacher someday. "I thought she would play volleyball," Beal said, "but at the state (basketball) tournament I talked to Coach (Chris) Edwards and asked what she was doing. She was one of the best players in 2A, and I wanted to give her a chance to play on our team and see how it went." The "tryout" with the Lady Trappers cemented it for Beal. "I knew she could shoot the ball," she said. "But when she came to play what impressed me was how she attacked the bas- ket and ran the floor well. The team enjoyed playing with her. When she played with the team I thought she did a great job in other aspects besides shooting. "We want to get up and down the floor, and she can get up the floor and plays hard. She can also shoot the three, and right now, with our four returners, we only have a couple who can do that. It's a spot we needed to bring in. She can score for us and be an impact player." Edwards said he is pleased to see Winterholler move to the DAVID PECK Northwest College women's basketball coach Janis Beal, left, and Lovell coach Chris Edwards, right, pose with new NWC basketball recruit Leanne Winterholler Thursday at Lovell High School. next level after helping lead the Lady Bulldogs to back-to-back state championships. "From my experience she's taken her athletic ability and worked extra hard to develop the fundamentals of the game," he said. "She commits the necessary off-season time to be a more con- sistent player. She always comes in having put in the work to be ready to go right away, which comes from off-season condition- ing and workouts. "Her coachability is huge. She's willing to take advice from coaches and implement it into her game. She's also worked hard to improve her defensive ability, and that tied right into her re- bounding, as well. Winterholler will be the sec- ond North .Big Horn County play, er on the Lady Trappers squad and the fourth overall at NWC. Leslie Blackburn of Cowley, a 2011 graduate of Rocky Moun- tain High School, played signifi- cant minutes for Beal's squad this season, and fellow RMHS graduate Eliza Higgins walked onto the squad mid-season, though she will not be back next season. On the men's squad, LHS graduates Jonathan Wakelin (2010) and Jeff Lewis (2011) are members of the Trapper basket- ball team. Wakelin saw a lot of playing time as a redshirt fresh- man, and Lewis was a member of the squad, though he did not play due to a knee injury he was reha- bilitating. "If a kid is from around the area and can come in and com- pete and play, it's a good oppor- tunity," Beal said. "It brings fans to the game. We've got some good talent here." Bad weather ,makes unpleasant golfing in Cody BY PATTI CARPENTER ', It was prom weekend in Lovell. As a result, nly five of Lovell's golf team members were able to attend the tournament held in Cody on Sat- urday. Those attending endured yet another wet and cold day. According to Coach Devon Parks, the weather threw off many scores because it is hard to get a good swing with cold hands. Parks was "most impressed" with Journee Burton, who shot 56-63=119 and took 11th place ,4n the tournament. This was on the second meet of the season for Burton, and Parks thought she } ..... khd well m spite of the conditions. l The only other female golfer to attend, Cassie Colvin, shot 82-70=152. i "She struggled that day," said Parks "It was vet, cold and the conditions were windy, which is hot the best weather for golfing." Justin Mickelson shot 77-78=151. "His stroke is coming along, but he needs to ork on his shortening," said Parks. McKay Baxendale shot 63-46=109. "He's done better in 'the past," said Parks. 'The 46 was low for him, and he should be proud of that. He's never shot that low before. He's com- ;ing along, with more frequent good holes. I'm roud of the progress he is making." i CJ Murphey shot 50-48=98. "He's shot better than this," said Parks. "I ink he struggled due to the weather. Golf is a ental game, so when you're miserable and cold t's hard to get hold of that mental aspect." i The team will board the bus on Thursday for he long ride to Lusk to participate in the 2A Re- I glonal Tournament, that will be held on Friday hnd Saturday. Parks is confident the team will do ell against other teams in its class and has high xpectations for the team's success at the tourna- Vaent. PAIWI CARPENTER McKay Baxendale watches his ball after a second shot at the Lovell Invitational Golf Tournament earlier this season. Rain ends Mustangs' track season Rainy weather washed out the Big Horn Basin Conference track and field meet for the Lovell Mustangs and other area middle school squads Saturday, and that happenstance ended the Mustangs' season. The meet was rescheduled for Monday, but the decision was made to not take the stu- dents out of school Monday, a day that also included a middle school band and choir concert that evening. The Rocky Mountain Griz- zlies were able to compete at their conference track meet Fri- day in Basin. Coach Mike Hig- gins said he will provide final results when he receives them. Little League opening day rescheduied for Saturday BY DAVID PECK Cold, rainy weather forced the postponement of the North Big Horn Little League opening cere- monies and hit-a-thon Saturday at the Northeast Little League Park in Lovell. The event has been resched- uled for this Saturday, May 12, when weather is forecast to be much better, Little League board president Doug Arnold said. As with last Saturday, team pho- tos and a hit-a-thon are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and continue until opening ceremonies at 10:30 a.m., which will include a flag-raising cer- emony, the pledge of allegiance, the singing of the National Anthem, the recitation of the Little League pledge and welcoming remarks. Four games are scheduled Sat- urday, the major league Twins and Diamondbacks at AMCOL Field and the minor league Phillies and Dodgers at Coach One Eye Field, both games at 11 a.m., then at 1 p.m. the minor league Cardinals vs. the Red Sox at Coach One Eye Field and the major league Dia- mondbacks vs. the Braves at AM- COL Field at 1:30. An opening-day carnival will take place at the park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring a dunk tank, face painting, a jump house, pop toss and a speed gun to test pitch- ing speed. UMPIRES NEEDED Arnold said more umpires are badly needed for the 2012 season. Anyone interested is asked to call Arnold at 307-254-0140. He said the umpires work on a volunteer basis, but he noted that with the Little League player and parent code of conduct that all must sign, harassment is kept to a minimum.