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May 24, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 13 r i ........ " NATHAN OSTER Rocky Mount' freshman Kirby Winland takes the baton from fellow freshman Cannon Simmons during the 400-meter relay Friday in Casper. Legion, Babe Ruth seasons under way BY DAVID PECK Another American Legion and Babe Ruth Baseball season is under way in north Big Horn County as the Lovell Mustangs begin play Monday and the Rockies and A's Babe Ruthers continue a season that began last week. Senior League Baseball Manager Ray Peterson said this week that, while American Le- gion teams in larger communities have already been playing for a couple of weeks, the Mustangs have had to wait until the track season wraps up in order to field enough players. The Mustangs are scheduled to open the 2012 season Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day), with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. against the Sheridan Jets, the junior var- sity team of the Sheridan pro- gram. "They always give us a good game," Peterson noted. Following the opener, the Mustangs will travel to Billings next Saturday, June 2, to take on the Billings Halos in a double- header at 1 p.m. The conference opener is the following Tuesday, June 5, when the Mustangs trav- el to Powell for a 5:30 p.m. twin bill. The Mustangs will play in a Cody tournament June 8-10 and travel .to Cody for a conference game against the Cubs June 13 at 5:30 p.m. The home-opener for the Mustangs doesn't take place un- til Thursday, June 28, when the Mustangs host Douglas for a con- ference doubleheader at 5 p.m. The Mustangs also host Powell for a pair on Tuesday, July 3. Peterson said there are 10 players out for the team so far this season, with three young players likely to be brought up from the Babe Ruth ranks. The team includes Kyle Pe- terson, the team's lone 19-year- old, at left field and second base, Steven Pickett at pitcher, catch- er and centerfield, Cody King at third base and right field, Jesse Bassett in the outfield, Nathan Ballard at shortstop and pitch- er, Jacob Adey in both the out- field and infield, Dillon Pickett at shortstop and pitcher, Brandon Dickson at first base and pitcher, Demitrie Montuy in the outfield and, expected to come out this week, Hunter Hinckley in the outfield and infield and at pitch- er. Former players who still could join the team are McKayan May, Dylan Hultgren and Dino Collins. Peterson said the team might bring up three players from Babe Ruth: Alex Connour for pitching and infield duties, Daniel Strom for catching and Caleb Horrocks at pitcher and catcher. Peterson is being assisted once again by Bill Pickett, though he said the team could still use some help in the coaching depart- ment. "I'm kind of excited about the players we have," Peterson said. "We've got some good, strong players." BABE RUTH The A's and Rockies Babe Ruth teams began play last week with a game Tuesday, May 15, in Cowley won by the A's 5-4, Pe- terson said. The A's then trav- eled to Powell to take on the Gi- ants Thursday, and the game was called after six innings with the score tied 3-3. Meanwhile, the Rockies were hosting the Powell Royals and won 10-9. A May 22 game was post- poned due to the Rocky Mountain High School commencement cer- emony and will be rescheduled, Peterson said. The Rockies are coached by Jordan Mickelson with assistance from Doug Arnold and Joe Bond, and the A's are coached by Scott Everheart with assistance from Pat Wambeke and Toby Collins. This week's schedule is as fol- lows: Thursday, May 24: Rockies at Powell Royals, 6:30 p.m.; Powell Reds at the A's in Cowley, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26: Rockies vs. Burlington in Otto, 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 29: A's vs. Bur- lington in Cowley, 6 p.m. Thursday, May 31: A's at Powell Reds, 6:30 p.m.; Powell Giants at the Rockies in Cowley, 6:30 p.m. Young Grizzlies build for Moody joins Shrine Bowl roster Lovell High School gradu- ating senior Eli Moody will join the tuture at State meet BY DAVID PECK The young Rocky Mountain Grizzlies track and field squad participated in an abbreviated state track meet over the week- end in Casper, with no ath- letes advancing to Saturday ac- tion, but they did pick up some valuable experience - and a few points - on Thursday and Friday that will help them next season, coach Dave Beemer said. The Grizzlies scored 7 team points at State, and they picked up 4 of their points on Thurs- day when sophomore Joey Jew- ell placed fifth in the long jump with a leap of 20-3, setting a per- sonal record in the process. Also on Thursday, senior Austin Brost ran a personal re- cord in the 200-meter dash pre- liminaries with a time of 24.70, but due to the stiff competition he finished 14th. Freshman Mikaela Hock- er and sophomore Haley Strom nearly qualified for the finals in the 100-meter intermediate hurdles Thursday as Hocker placed 10th in the prelims with a personal-record time of 18 sec- onds flat and Strom was 12th at 18.65. "Mikaela was in second place in her heat and doing great, then on hurdle number eight started four-stepping," Beemer said, not- ing that Hocker missed finals by 14/100ths of a second. "The hur- dlers are fast. The 2A girls are good. Last year Haley ran 18.95 and got ninth. This year Mikaela runs 18 flat and gets 10th." Junior Bryce Ward then ran the ll0-meter high hurdles and missed finals by 8/100ths of a second, finishing ninth in the prelims with a time of 17.64. On Friday, the first event for the team was the girls shot put, and freshman Jennifer Parker knocked on the door of the top eight but ultimately finished llth with a personal-record throw of 30-10. "That was her best throw of the season," Beemer said. "She came in seeded 18th and got llth. She's just a freshman. With more experience she'll im- prove. Brost and Cannon Simmons competed in the 100-meter dash preliminaries and freshman Simmons nearly qualified for the finals, finishing 10th with a time of 12.04 while running in pain. Brost ran a time of 12.60, which left him in 17th position. "Cannon would have placed in the 100 if he was well," Beem- er said. "He injured his hip flex- or and his hamstring. We had to heat him up before his races. He would run normal until 70 me- ters, and then the injury would start to tighten up on him. "He ran 12.04 with the inju- ries. He would have run in the lls and would have placed." The next event for the Grizz was the boys high jump. Fresh- man Kirby Winland finished 10th, clearing 5-8, but he bare- ly missed at 5-10, Beemer said, which would have put him in a placing position. Jewell finished 12th at 5-4. Ward was solid in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles preliminaries but did not quali- fy for the finals, finishing 12th with a time of 44.81. In the boys triple jump later that day, Winland placed 12th with a leap of 37-5. Late in the day Friday, the Grizz earned their final points of the meet in the 400-meter re- lay. The Grizzly foursome of se- nior Derik Romero, Simmons, Winland and Jewell placed sixth with a time of 48 seconds flat. It wasn't a bad time, Beemer said, considering that Simmons was injured and Romero suffered from a hamstring cramp. The day ended Friday with the 400-meter dash, and Beemer said Ward had to suffer through rain delays and cold tempera- tures and ended up 16th with a time of 58.26. Beemer said the Grizzlies lose only four seniors in Brost, Romero, Chase Aagard and Ash- ley Bridges, and they have some strong eighth-graders coming up. "There are some kids who can really help us coming up," he said. teammates Mark Grant and AJ Montanez at the Wyoming Shrine Bowl all-star football game, which will be played on June 9 at Natro- na County High School in Casper. Moody was named to the team by North coach Jim String- er of Powell. Grant and Montanez were named to the North squad in January, and Moody and Collin McArthur were selected as alter- nates. Moody was named to the team to replace Chase Gosney of Kaycee, who has had to withdraw due to an injury. Moody has signed to play at Rocky Mountain College in Billings. Eli Moody North Big Horn Little League Thursday, May 24 T-Ball 6:00 p.m. Paw Sox vs. Thunder @ Lovell West Knights vs. Storm @ Lovell East Sandgnats vs. Volcanoes @ Frannie/Deaver Coach Pitch 5:30 p.m. Hot Rods vs. Rivercats @ Cowley Park 7:00 p.m. Bats vs. Express @ Lovell East Bulls vs. Lugnuts @ Cowley Park Minors 5:00 p.m. Cardinals vs. Otto @ Otto Majors 6:30 p.m. Diamondbacks vs. Otto @ Otto Powell Yankees vs. Twins @ Lovell East Go local ... C vertise now on , V#yoming's #1 rated Call small weekly newspaper' website ... 548-2217 www. Lovel I C h ron icle. com