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CHRONICLE May 30, 2019 I The Lovell Chronicle 19 BY DAVID PECK A pair of multi-sport athletes who have im- proved greatly during their high school careers to the point of excelling, in various sports were named the senior athletes of the year during the Lovell High School Athlet- ic Awards Ceremony May 21. Megan Cornia and Brenden Lundberg were honored as the top female and male athletes during the ceremony at the LHS Multi-purpose Room, capping a night of honors and awards that is annual- ly the final event of school year for school athletics. Cornia, the daughter of Mary Cornia, has risen to become one of the top track and field athletes in the state. LHS head coach Joshua Sanders said she is one of only three ath- letes he knows of in LHS history to jump 17 feet in the long jump, which she did at the state track meet this year with a personal record leap of 17-2V2, good for second place in Class 3A, just a quarter inch out of first place. She went from jump- ing in the 14-foot range as a freshman to 15-10 as a sophomore, 16-5% as a junior (first at State in 2A) and the 17-21/2 mark two MALE ATHLETE Craig Lundberg noted his Brenden Lundberg, "fierce, competitive spir- the son of Craig and it that was always sim- Tashie Lundberg, has mering right beneath the been a three-sport ath- surface. lete at LHS, running cross "I know when he country in the fall,playing was out there compet- basketball in the winter ing I could only hope that and competing in track an opponent would say and field in the fall. something to fire him Lundberg was a 2A up," Coach Lundberg said. West all-conference se- "If that happened, then lection as a junior and a 3A West player as a senior, leading the team this year with 69 assists, 2.9 per game, and 50 steals, 2.1 per contest. He also aver- aged 5.8 points and 3.5 re- bounds per game. He fin- ished third in the 3A West in steals and seventh in assists. Like Cornia, he has been a jumper and swint- er on the track team. In the long jump he improved from 18-7 as a freshman to 19-41/2 as a sophomore, 20-1/2 as a junior (eighth at State) and 21-4% as a I knew we were going to see him take it to anoth- er level." Quoting other coach- es as well as making his own observations, Coach Lundberg told of Bren- den's role as a student leader and role model, his consistent improvement in track and field and abil- ity to make adjustments during competition, his work ethic, attitude, focus and coachability and in cross country his ability to reach his goal of run- ning under 20 minutes in a 5K. senior at Regionals (sec- "I wish all students/ ond) before placing third athletes could be as ded- at State. In the triple jump icated, genuine, hard- he improved from 40-43A working, reliable, relat- as a freshman to 42-3A as able, coachable and good a sophomore (later fourth natured as Brenden," at State), 42-3 as a junior Coach Lundberg said. "He DAVID PECK (later second at State) and has an amazingly bright Posing with their Lovell High School Senior Athlete of the Year plaques are Megan 43-1 as a senior to place future ahead of him, and Cornia (left) and Brenden Lundberg at the annual LHS Athletic Award Ceremony May 21. third at the 3A West Re-I am excited to see where noted. "She finished as well as an all-class field. She ran Cornia also devel- a senior can," Sanders said cross country earlier in weeks ago at State. She oped into a strong sprint- last week followin,g theher high school career. also improved greatly iner, placing fifth in thestate track meet. 'Were "It's easy to coach her," the triple jump, from the 200-meter dash at State proud of Megan. Some- Sanders said. "We trusted 31-foot- range as a fresh- in Class 2A as a junior times you see a senior lose man to 32 feet as a soph- with a personal best time a little bit of focus, and omore, 33-10 as a junior and 34-101/2 at the state track meet this season, where she placed second in Class 3A. of 27.70 in the state pre- liminaries and running on Lovell's state title 400-meter relay team. As a senior she placed fifth in the 100-meter dash in Class 3A at State on a cold, rainy day after running a personal record 13.01 in the prelims. She also ran on Lovelrs second-place 400-meter relay team. their junior year is better. But she saved her best for last. She performed the best of her career in all four of her events. Who can say that?" Cornia excelled in in- door track and field, as well, placing eighth this year in the long jump at 16-41/2 and eighth in the triple jump at 33-5 against gional (then fourth at State). He placed eighth in the 200-meter dash at the state track meet this sea- son after running a per- sonal record 23.07 in pre- lims, and he is a member of two school record re- lay teams, the 400-me- he goes." Lundberg plans to at- tend the University Of Wyoming and major in bio!ogy as a pathway to medical school or den- tal school. He may serve a mission after a year of college. Asked about his fa- ter relay team that placed vorite sport, Lundberg second at both Region- said it's hard to decide between basketball and track and field. As for Competitive sports in the future, he said it's "defi- nitely an option" but said he hasn't decided wheth- er he will play in college or not. als (44.31) and State, and the 2018 state champion 1,600-meter relay team that ran a school record 3:31.11 at State. In introducing his son as the top senior athlete, LHS boys basketball coach During Cornia's soph- omore year in indoor track, coaches questioned her, and she could coach herself because she knew her events so well." Cornia said she plans to attend the Universi- ty of Wyoming and major in business management. She said she might decide to Walk on the UW track and field team but was undecided. Sanders said she has had many smaller schools interested in re- cruiting her. her focus and preparation as a young athlete, Sand- ers said, but now she's one of the best in that area, he + SAM SMITH Lovell Dental Braves baserunner Falcon Dannar reaches second base during the Braves' 10-0 win over the Wilson Brothers Construction Cubs Tuesday at the Northeast Complex. Making the catch is Lafe Files as Halen Strom backs him up. BY SAM SMITH The Lovell Dental Braves defeated the Otto Rattlers' Major League team 5-0 Thursday at Constitution Park to stay undefeated at 5-0 on the season. Alex Hedges and Owen Edwards led the Braves with two hits apiece. Ed- wards also led the team with two RBIs. Matthew Newman pitched four innings for the Braves, striking out five Otto batters. Walker Files pitched the final inning for the Cubs, fan- ning two batters. For the Phillies, Hud- son May pitched 4 1/3 in- nings for the team, strik- ing out 10 Cubs batters In Minor League play, shut out the Cubs 10-0 at the Northeast Little League Complex to im- prove to 6-0 on the sea- son. Owen Walker led the team with three hits and three RBIs. Newman and William Watts had two the Synergy Construction hits apiece. Hedges had Dodgers defeated the Otto two RBIs and Randon We- Rattlers' Minor Leaguegner one. team 14-3 at Constitution Park. Mason Moss led the Dodgers with two RBIs. Cooper Winland pitched 2 1/3 innings for the Dodgers, striking out Walker started on the mound for the Braves and pitched four innings, strik- ing out 10 Cubs batters. For the Cubs, Cash Wassmer pitched three in- pitched two innings, fan- five. ning six Otto batters. The Wilson Brothers Construction Cubs de- feated the Air Butler Heat- ing and Cooling Phillies 6-2 at the Northeast Little League Complex. Tucker Jackson and Lafe Files led the Cubs with two RBIs apiece. Kyle Wil- son started on the mound The Vision West As- tros defeated the Big Horn Federal Rays 13-10 at the Northeast Complex. Ham- ilton led the team with two hits and three RBIs. Wil- son Hendershot pitched two innings for the Astros, striking out five Rays bat- ters. Travis Asay pitched one inning, fanning three nings, striking out seven Braves batters. A scheduled game be- tween the Phillies and Greybull Pathfinder Cred- it Union Majors team was cancelled. The Astros defeated the Greybull Minors team 15-10 in Greybull. The Rays faced a Pow- ell Minors team at Home- and pitched five innings batters steader Park in Powell for the Cubs, striking out TUESDAY S GAMES Tuesday. No score was 12 Phillies batters. Tuesday, the Braves available. pick up BY DAVID PECK The Lovell Mustangs crept closer to their first wins of the 2019 season with close losses in Bill- ings Saturday, then after a rain-out Monday at home, the Mustangs returned to Montana Tuesday and split a doubleheader in Glendive, picking up their first "W" in the first game. Saturday in Bill- ings, the Mustangs fell to the Billings Cardinals 13-8 and 10-8 to drop the 'Stangs to 0-9. Lovell led Billings 4-0 the fifth off Lovell starter Tyson Christiansen, then plated six unearned runs with two out in the sixth off Christiansen and Ca- son James to lead 10-7 be- fore Jess Wambeke came in to slam the door. The Mustangs scratched out one more run in the top of the sev- enth on a James double to fall 10-8. Mangus and James had two hits each to lead the Mustangs, and Pick- ett drove in two runs. James took the loss on after two innings in gamethe mound in relief of one but sawthe Cardinals Christiansen. rally to take the lead and FIRST WIN eventually pull away. Jess Wambeke had an RBI sin- gle in Lovelrs three-run top of the first, and two other runs scored on an error and a passed ball. The Mustangs added a run in the second. Billings got to Lovell starter Ezra Harlow for three runs in the bot- tom of the third, then tied it with a run in the fourth off reliever Nathan Minemyer. With the game tied 5-5 after the top of the sixth, Billings exploded for eight runs off Mine- myer and CJ Pickett to lead 13-5. Lovell plated three runs in the top of the seventh but fell short of a complete rally. Cason James ripped a two-run A Memorial Day dou- bleheader in Cowley against the Billings Blue Jays was rained out and has yet to be rescheduled, manager Michael James- on said. The Mustangs then traveled all the way to Glendive, Mont Tues- day and split with the home team. Jess Wambeke twirled a gem for the Mustangs in game one Tuesday as the Mustangs won 7-2 for their first win of the sea- son. He allowed five hits and two unearned runs in seven innings of work, walking two and striking out eight. "Jess threw a heck of a game," Jameson said. "It was his best outing of the year. Our hitters did a double for the Mustangs great job of having quali- in the seventh, ty at bats and did a much Dallen Mangus, Warn-better job stickingto their beke, Bishop Trainor and approach at the plate." James had two hits apiece Cason James blast- in Montana Bishop Trainor and Satchel Ginest singled home runs in the third, and Pickett rapped a two- run double in the fourth. Pickett finished the game 3-4 with three runs and two runs batted in. Mangus, Trainor and Gin- est had two hits each. Game two was a see- saw affair as Lovell fell 13-12. Lovell led 5-1 and 7-6, only to see Glen- dive plate six runs in the fourth to lead 12-7. Lovell scored three in the fifth and two in the sixth to tie the score 12-12, and Glen- dive scored one more in the eighth for the walk- off win. "Game two was back and forth," Jameson said. "We did a good job 'scor- ing runs. Dallen (Mangus) scored five runs from the lead-off spot, and our de- fense made several clutch defensive plays in ex- tra innings to extend the game. "We had opportuni- ties to win it in extras and didn't get it done, but overall we saw more im- provement. Ginest hit well in both games, as well as James and Trainor." Lane Herman start- ed on the mound for the Mustangs, and Pickett threw in relief. Now 1-10, the Mus- tangs will travel to Riv- erton for the Roy Peck Wood Bat Tournament this weekend. The Mus- tangs will face Green Riv- er Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and Riverton at 4:30 p.m to lead the Mustangs. ed a two-run double in followed by a seeded Lovell led Billings 7-0 the top of the first to get schedule on Sunday. in game two following the Mustangs going, and Lovell will play in the a five-run third. Pickettafter Glendive tied the Buffalo Wild Wings Tour- slashed a two-run triple score with single runs innament in Billings June during the outburst, the first and second, the6-9 before hosting the Billings scored a pair Lovell nine scored two inPowell Pioneers for a in the bottom of the the third and three more conference doubleheader fourth and two more in in the fourth to pull away. Tuesday, June 11, at 5 p.m. +