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www.LovellChronicle.com May 19, 2011 } The Lovell Chronicle J 9 DAVID PECK Lovell senior Karen Koritnik stands with her parents, Joe and Janet Koritnik, during the presentation of the Wilford Mower Award Saturday afternoon at the 1A-2 A West Regional Track Meet in Lander. Karen Koritnik wins Wilford Mower Award as top athlete BY DAVID PECK Lovell senior Karen Ko- ritnik Saturday was pre- sented with the 2011 Wil- ford Mower Award as the outstanding Class 1A-2A student athlete in the Big Horn and Wind River ba- sins. Koritnik won the fe- male award, and the male award went to Clay Cun- dall of Greybull High School. The daughter of Joe and Janet Koritnik, Karen Koritnik is wrapping up an outstanding athletic career at the state track meet this weekend. She was voted all- state in both volleyball and basketball this season and has been all-state in track and field as a sophomore and junior, with her senior year state track meet still coming up. She is third in her class at Lovell High School with a 3.98 grade point average and was a finalist for the Wendy's Heisman Award this year. In basketball, Koritnik was named the Five Rivers Conference Player of the Year as a senior, and she was named to both the Wy- oming-South Dakota All- Star Team and the Wyo- ming Coaches Association All-Star Team. Her track and field ac- complishments are numer- ous: state champion in the long jump as a sophomore (Class 3A)'; state champion in the 2A long jump, triple jump, 300-meter hurdles and the 400-meter relay as a junior; Wyoming Track Classic champion in the 300-meter hurdles as a ju- nior; WTC champion in the long jump and triple jump as a senior; regional track meet record holder in the long jump (junior year), tri- ple jump (junior), 300-me- ter hurdles (senior) and 1,600-meter relay (senior); Class 3A West region- al champion as a freshman and sophomore in the long jump; 2A West regional champion as a junior and senior in the long jump, tri- ple jump and 300m hurdles; 2A West regional cham- pion in the 400m relay as a junior; 2A West regional champion in the 1,600m re- lay as a senior. Koritnik holds the LHS school records in the long jump, 300-meter hurdles and the 1,600-meter relay. She has signed a letter of intent to compete for the University of Wyoming in track and field. Host Billings Saturday Mustangs, Babe Ruth squads start play this week BY DAVID PECK With Little League Baseball already well un- der way in north Big Horn County, the senior base- ball league teams will take to the field this week, with Babe Ruth and American Legion games scheduled, manager Ray Peterson re- ported this week. The Babe Ruth season begins tonight (Thursday) in Powell when the North Big Horn A's take on the Powell Reds at 6 p.m. Then on Friday, the North Big Horn Rockies host the Powell Royals at 6 p.m. in Cowley. The A's trav- el to Worland next Tues- day for a double-header with  games scheduled at 6 and 8 p.m., and the Rock- ies will host the Powell Gi- ants Thursday, May 26, at 6 p.m. Both Babe Ruth teams will be in action next Fri- day, May 27. The A's will host the Reds at 6 p.m. while the Rockies will travel to Worland for a twin bill at 6 p.m. The American Legion Mustangs, meanwhile, will take to the diamond for the first time this Sat- urday when they host the Billings Halos junior var- sity at 1 and 3 p.m. The Mustangs then travel to Powell Tuesday for a dou- ble-header beginning at 5 p.m., followed by the Halos Tournament May 27-28 in Billings. Peterson said the Babe Ruth program is looking strong, with 24 players divided between the two squads, although two of the 15-year-olds will play almost exclusively on the American Legion team. The A's and Rockies will play an independent sched- ule, with games scheduled against Powell, Worland and Greybull teams, and possibly Cody. Jordan and Devin Pe- terson are coaching the Babe Ruth squads, assist- ed by Joe Bond and Ray Peterson, when needed. Members of the Rock- ies are Bill Despain, Aar- on Monterde, Tristen Sny- der, CJ Murphey, Alex Connour, Payton Hetland, Daniel Strom, Jordan Ar- nold, Tyler Krogh, Kelton Hennrich, Dakota Bond and Dillon Pickett, who will play Legion ball. Members of the A's are Caleb Horrocks, Demitrie Montuy, Lauren Hinckley, Shauna Loman, Zeke Col- lins, Cole Wambeke, Beau Green, Nic Haskell, Paul Montuy, Salimon Nava, Dillon Harvey and Bran- don Dickson (Legion). Bill Pickett, Ray Pe- terson and Jeremy Dick- son are coaching the Le- gion team, assisted by Ray Peterson. Members of the team are Shane Dicker- son, when he returns from shoulder surgery, Steven Pickett, Kyle Peterson, Dy- lan Hultgren, Dillon Pick- ett, Nathan Ballard, Dino Collins, Hunter Hinckley, Brigham Hopkin, McK- ayan May, Brandon Dick- son, Bill Despain, Caleb Horrocks and Alex Con- nour. Peterson said the pro- gram had a good workday Saturday, getting the field ready for the season. Vol- unteers cut all of the sod on the infield including the baselines and home plate. Workers also put unfired clay brick on the pitchers mound and in the batters boxes. "It's a beautiful field," Peterson said. He said the facility is getting a little better each year, noting that the park will have working re- strooms this season and that the retaining walls for bleachers down both baselines are finished, giv- ing spectators a raised po- sition from which to watch games. In the plans, as well, is finishing electrical work for the concession stand and the scoreboard. Con- crete work is planned for sidewalks and steps. More players are be- ing accepted. If interested, call Peterson at 548-6405. Practices, except on game nights, are held at 5:30 p.m. weekdays. New head coaches at LHS BY DAVID PECK There are some coach- ing changes in the works at Lovell High School fol-  lowing action by the Lovell : School Board at the May 9 regular meeting. Most notable are two !i!i head coaching chang- i es. Newly-hired science iiiii teacher Daniel Robertson, ,. a 2000 graduate of LHS, ::i:.:i;.:i will be the new head wres- :iiiii tling coach, replacing Dane i Mickelson, who will remain :: as the LHS instrumental  music director. Robertson will also , move into the track and i field coaching ranks as an i! assistant to Joshua Sand- ii ers, who takes over as head coach for Joe Koritnik, who : will remain as the LHS JOE SOVA Taylor Winland fakes out a defender while playing for the Grizzlies at the Thermopolis 3-on-3 Shootout Saturday and Sunday in Thermop. athletic director. Most other high school coaching staffs remain the same: Doug Hazen as head football coach with as- sistants Craig Lundberg, Brandon Jolley and Craig Winterholler; Ben Fowl- er as head golf coach with Danny Wolvington as his assistant; Stormy Jame- son as head volleyball coach with assistants Dana Christiansen and April Nicholls; Brian May as head boys basketball coach with assistants RJ May and Lundberg; Chris Edwards as head girls basketball coach with assistants Dave Scheffler and Bruce Morri- son; Caleb Sanders as head cross country coach; Josh- ua Sanders as head indoor track coach and assistant outdoor track coach Caleb Sanders. One vacancy is left on the list of coaches provided by School District No. 2 - a high school assistant wres- tling coach position. Sponsors include Min- da Ohman, cheerleaders; Cindy Asay, yearbook; Mickelson, instrumental music; Linnea Dickson, vo- cal music; Alana Thack- eray, FCCLA; Deb Fink, speech; Katie Hernandez, student council; Sharla Parks, dance team; Carissa Camp, honor society. The high school list shows five open sponsor po- sitions: FFA, Skills USA, broadcasting, knowledge bowl and drama coach. iiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii LOVELL TRACK 16th, 25.51, Calin McAr- thur 29th, 27.35; 800 me- ters - Darren Ballard 10th, 2:10.95 (PR), Adam Beck 16th, 2:15.19 (PR), Kenneth Moncur 17th, 2:15.53; 1,600 - Jacob Beck 17th, 5:30.67; 300m hurdles - Calin McAr- thur 10th, 48.50 (PR); 400m relay - Lovell fifth, 47.42 (Wilkerson, Mark Grant, Nathan Grant, Savage). In field events, the Bull- dogs had four champions in Lander and 14 state quali- fying finishes overall. Junior AJ Montanez won the discus with a throw of 144-11 and placed second in the shot put at 49-4. Sophomore Tanner Rohrer advanced to State in the discus with a fifth-place throw of 121-1. Both throwers uncorked their best throws in the dis- cus on the final throw of the day, Montanez passing Sam Middlestadt of Wind Riv: er for the title and Rohrer qualifying for State. "That's the mark of a real champion," Koritnik Continued from page 7 said of Montanez's effort, "to dig down and win." Three Bulldogs placed in the top five of the pole vault competition. Sopho- more Nathan Grant won the event with a vault of 12 feet, and freshman Kade Englert was third with a season-best 11 feet. Kenny Grant placed fifth at 10-6. Englert will also go to State in the long jump and high jump jump, placing fourth in the high jump at 5-8 and seventh in the long jump with a leap of 18-4. Cody Savage won the tri- ple jump at 41-7 and placed third in the long jump with a jump of 18-9. Similarly, Dino Collins placed fifth in both jumps, sailing 18-8 in the long jump and 39-8 in the triple. Junior Morgan Baxen- dale won the high jump by clearing 5-10, and he placed sixth in the triple jump at 39-6, a personal record. Nathan Ballard almost advanced to State in the triple jump, finishing ninth with a personal-record jump of 38-5, and he was also close in the long jump, finishing 10th at 17-7. Other field-event re- sults include: Shot put - Mark Grant 15th, 35-10, Tanner Rohrer 17th, 32-11, Tyler Tillett 19th, 31-11 (PR); discus - Tillett 20th, 70-9. STATE TRACK The Lovell Lady Bull- dogs will defend their state title and the Lovell boys will hope to challenge for their own title at the state track meet this Thursday through Saturday at Kel- ly Walsh High School in Casper. Action begins today (Thursday) at 11 a.m. with the 3,200 meters and vari- ous field events includ- ing the 2A boys long jump and girls shot put, followed by the girls long jump at 1 p.m. Friday's competition be- gins at 9 a.m., and the meet continues Saturday, also at 9 a.m. n Want to cut Dr. Hoffman's hair? Enter the drawing today for a chance to lop it off at high noon on May 27! s5 for one, s25 for six tickets ,._,. Tickets available at Drawing will be held May 25, 2011.  .t % ',n'ff, l.tr:t NORTH BIG HORN HOSPITAL CLINIC