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CHRONICLE May 3"1,2018 I The Lovell Chronicle 1 9 BY DAVID PECK' A pair of highly suc- cessful, multi-sport ath- letes were named the se- nior athletes of the year at the annual spring Lovell High School Athletic Awards Night last Tuesday, May 22, at the LHS Multi- purpose Room. Mikkel McIntosh and Porter Nichols were hon- ored as the top athletes for the 2017-18 school year. Each has excelled in multi- ple sports throughout their high school career. Mclntosh, the daughter of Keith and Jelli McIntosh, was introduced by Lovell girls basketball coach Chris Edwards, who noted that "this class of seniors had so many deserving athletes for this award, which made it very competitive:' Mcln- tosh has excelled in volley- ball, basketball and track and field at LHS. As the Lady Bull- dog starting libero, McIn- tosh was named to the 2A Northwest all-conference team following the 2017 season, and Edwards quot- ed LHS volleyball coach Ki- sha McArthur as saying, "Mikkel was an intregal part DAVID PECK Porter Nichols and Mikkel Mclntosh pose with their plaques after being named the outstanding senior athletes at LoveU High School during the May 22 Athletic Awards Night at LHS. game (3). Opposing coach- three in football, three in es would always compli- track and one in indoor In track and field, Nich- ols has won numerous medals during his career and holds the school re- cord in the 400-meter dash (2017, 50.49 seconds) and as a member of the 1,600-me- ter relay team (2017, 3:31.11, anchor leg), 3,200-meter relay team (2016, 8:20.83, anchor leg) and the new 1,600-meter medley relay team (2018, 3:38.82, anchor leg, also a state record). He was the state champion ifi the 400-meter .dash as a well. i HS Seniors who had two consecutive semes- ters with a 3.66 - 3.99 GPA were awarded an Academ- ic "L" letter award: Antho- ny Ballard, Mandi Jo Bax- endale, Jessica Caldwell, William DeFuentes, Kaylee Englert, Kendal Rasmussen, Porter Nichols, Brent Sny- der, Ben Cornia and Hud- son Wilkerson. LHS Seniors who had two consecutive semesters with a 4.00 were awarded a Star Pin for their Academ- The coach finished with two individual awards: The Most Outstanding Female Athlete to Megan Cornia, saying she made a huge im- provement from her soph- omore to junior year, and the Most Outstanding Male Athlete to Will Lillard, who started in track as a long-distance runner and shifted to sprints. "I'm glad he did:' Sanders said. Girls basketball - Coach Chris Edwards called the 2017-18 season "one of the junior, ic "L": Ballard, Baxendale, most gratifying years we've Following a two-year Caldwell, DeFuentes, En- had as a coaching staff in mission for the Church of glert and Rasmussen. that the team "proved the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Phoenix, Ariz. (Spanish speaking), Nich- ols plans to attendBrigham Young University. THANKS OFFERED Lovell Athletic Direc- tor Joe Koritnik opened the awards night by thank- ing numerous individuals for their assistance with the athletic program in- cluding LHS principal Scott O'Tremba, school sec- retary Suzie Winterhol- ler, administrative secre- tary Cheryl Bowers, school counselor Tawnya Teter and Bulldog Booster Club Underclassmen's GPAs were not completed yet as the semester had not end- ed for them at the time of this ceremony, so they will be awarded after school starts in the fall, O'Tremba said. Coaches Nick DeWitt, Joshua Sanders, Edwards and Craig Lundberg pre- sented athletic letters to 77 athletes: 16 freshmen, 10 sophomores, 27 juniors and 24 seniors. DeWitt and Edwards presented the weekly Bull- dog of the Week Award winners for the winter and naysayers wrong:' He said the team entered the re- gional tournament in River- ton as the third seed out of the Northwest but knocked off favored Big Piney in the first round while holding down leading scorer Grace Tanner, then beat Greybull in a double-overtime thrill- er. He called the semifinal "one of the most intense games I've been inY At State, Edwards said, the Lady Bulldogs defeat- ed tall and talented - and heavily favored - Pine Bluffs in the first round as Mandi Jo Baxendale used of our third-place finish at ment her abilities and ex- track, presenter Doug Ha- President Tashie Lund- spring seasons, her quickness against tall- State last year (2016) and 15ressed their appreciation zen noted, berg, adding that Lundberg SPECIAL AWARDS er opponents to score 19 our state appearance this of how hard she competed Nichols plowed through and the club have done "a Coaches for the LHS points, then gave a valiant year. We wouldn't have had on the floor:' opponents all season as a tremendous job over the winter and spring sportseffort against Sundance in the success we had without McIntosh also becamespeedy and powerful run-last several years" includ- spoke about their seasons the semifinals. her on the court. She is one a strong jumper and sprint- ning back. A team captain, ing raising money, helping and presented individu- Edwards presented of the best liberos in our er for the Lovell track team he gained 1,314 yards on purchase supplies for ath- al special awards for their three individual awards in- class, if not the state. She the last two seasons, plac- 205 carries, with 14 touch- letic programs, providingteams as follows: cluding Baxendale as the is also very versatile and ing seventh at State in the downs, averaging 6.4yardssnacks and drinks and mak- Indoor track - Coach Lovell Offensive Player of played different positions long jump as a junior andper carry and 146 yards per ing senior posters. He also Joshua Sanders thanked the Year for "giving teams when asked, fifth at Regionals as both a game, second in Class 2A.thanked the Lovell Chroni- his assistant coaches Ca- fits" by using her quickness "She also led our team junior and senior. She was He also caught eight passes cle staff for their coverage leb Sanders and Chad Lind- against fellow post players both years in serve-receive also a member of Lovelrs for 85 yards and two touch- of the athletic teams, say and noted that the to outmaneuver them. He and digs, and she was very first-place 400-meter relay downs and averaged 23.1 Koritnik announced team was made up of ath- gave the Blue Blood Award coachable and was willing team atStateasajuniorand yards per kickoff return.Wyoming High School Ac- letes from not only LHS to Mikkel McIntosh, say- to play wherever we need- the fifth-place 1,600-meter As an outside linebacker he tivities Association Aca-but also from Rocky Moun-ing she "got the job done ed her. Her team voted her relay squad a year ago. She also led the team with 122 demi :Achie ement Awards tain High School and Powell on both ends of the floor. as our defensive player of also qualified for State in defensive points on 23 asfor five LHS teams in twoHigh School. He recognized He also named Madison the year last year and our the 400-meter dash as aju- sisted tackles, 29 solo tack- categories: DistinguishedLovell seniors Dalton Nix- Bryson as the Lovell De- MVP this year:' nior with a fifth-place fin- les, three tackles for a loss, Award, with a cumulative on, Porter Nichols, Jessica fensive Player of the Year, In basketball Mclntosh ish at the regional meet.two sacks, two pass break- team grade point average Caldwell, Will Lillard, Logan though she was unable to was a three-year letter win- ner, one of the team cap- tains, all-conference her junior and senior year and all-state her senior year. "She had an attitude that she was going to work hard every day and encour- age her teammates to do the same ' Edwards said. "She led the team in points per game (11.3), steals per game (3.6) and assists per Mclntosh plans to at- tend Northwest College this fall and play basketball for the Lady Trappers un- der new head coach Cam- den Levett. Nichols, the son of Tra- vis and CaMee Nichols, was a punishing football player and a decorated track and field athlete for the Bull- dogs. He was a seven-time letter winner at LHS - ups, two fumble recoveries, one interception and one blocked kick. A first-team all-con- ference and all-state selec- tion, he was voted the team MVP and was third in Class 2A in all-purpose yards. He of 3.0 to 3.49 and the Out- standing Award for a team GPA of 3.50 to 4.0. The fol- lowing teams were hon- ored: boys basketball team, 3.08 GPA; boys track and field team, 3.16; girls in- door track team, 3.24; girls was selected for the W - basketball team, 3.43; girls oming Shrine Bowl a l- track and field team, 3.50. star football game and will Principal Scott O'Trem- play in the game June 9 in ba presented a number of Casper. academic letter awards, as Hitz, Antonio Garza, Dylan Hereth and Frank Minchow. Sanders listed the team's top finishes at the state meet: Lillard sixth in the 55-meter dash, Me- gan Cornia fourth in the triple jump and the four- some of Lillard, CJ Lindsay, Nixon and Nichols third in the sprint medley relay and sixth in the 800-meter relay. attend the event to accept the award. He noted all-state play- ers Baxendale and McIn- tosh and all-conference picks Paige Bischoff, Bax- endale and Mclntosh, Cheerleading team -- Coach Renae Miller noted that the team placed third SEE 'SENIOR ATHLETES' page tt Variety of keys to BY SAM SMITH Depth, talent, hard work and overcoming ad- versity. All of these factors played a big role in helping the Lovell Bulldog boys track and field team capture their second straight team title at the Class 2A State Track and Field Meet May 17-19 in Casper. The Bulldogs won the team title with 134.33 points, 51.33 points ahead of Big Horn with 83. Pine Bluffs was a close third with 82 points. A strong senior group of seven combined for 90.33 points in a variety of events for the Bulldogs. Help from younger athletes placing high in their events also add- ed to the team total and most importantly to the state title. "We overcame a lot of adversity and had a lot of jumpers, sprinters, throwers and long distance runner ' Nixon said. Nixon placed seventh in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.81, sixth in the 800-meter run, coming in at 2:00.75, and was a member of the winning 1,600 meter and 1,600 sprint-medley re- lay teams. "It's pretty important because we were seniors ' Nixon said. "It was cool to finish on a high note:' Logan Hitz placed eighth in the high jump, clearing 5-8, fourth in the long jump by jumping 20-91/2 and sev- enth in the triple jump by jumping 40-9. "I think our coaching staff was one of the keys" success helped Lovell peat as track champs Ben Comia Dylan Hereth Logan Hitz Will Lillard Hitz said. "They worked a lot with us this year and made sure we had the technique and were not going into a meet blind. "I think as a senior it's pretty cool, because not very many people can say they've won a state championship their senior year." Dylan Hereth took sixth in the shot put with a throw of 44-8, and fourth in the dis- cus with a throw of 136-10. "I think everyone com- ing together and doing their best regardless of the con- ditions ' Hereth stated as a Porter Nichols Dalton Nixon or team champion ' Hereth 1,600-meter relay team and said. the third-place 3,200-meter Ben Cornia placed relay team. fourth in the 300-meter "I think just having a lot hurdles, coming in at 40.95 of depth in a lot of events ' seconds, and fifth in the high Cornia said of the key to jump, clearing 6-0. He was the title. "We had a lot of a member of the winning kids that were good in their key component of the Lovell championship. Hereth has signed with the Rocky Mountain College track and field team to throw the hammer and the shot. "This title means that, no matter what kind of ath- lete you are, with hard work and determination you can become a state champion Brent Snyder events. "It's really cool to be able to repeat as state champs. It's something I've always wanted to do since middle school. We got our first ti- tle my junior year and to be able to repeat was an amaz- ing experience:' Brent Snyder won the pole vault, clearing 13-0, and placed fourth in the triple jump by jumping 41-7. Asked the key to suc- cess, Snyder replied, "I think everyone who participated in their events whether they scored points or prevented others from scoring points helped us win State. I'm glad to end on a bang and on a good note:' Will Lillard won the 100-meter dash, zipping the straightway in 11.67 seconds, and he placed third in the 200-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 23.58 sec- onds. He was also a mem- ber of the 1,600 medley re- lay team. "I think the key to our success was showing up to practice, working hard and learning to improve in our events;' Lillard said. "Since we won last year, it was just another thing we wanted to win this year and we finally got it:' Porter Nichols placed third in the 400-meter dash, finishing the lap in 50.89 seconds, and second in the 800-meter run, finishing the two-lap race in 1:58.34. Nich- ols was also a member of the winning 1,600-meter and the 1,600 medley relay teams. Nichols said hard work was the key to the team's success this year. "It's like a dream that became a reality because to do it once is luck but to do it twice it takes talent, hard work and skill;' Nichols said.