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10 I The Lovell Chronicle I July 22, 2010 www. LovellChronicle.com in Tournaments are hard to find, but the Lovell Lit- tle League North Big Horn All-Stars have formed both a 9-10-year-old team and an ll-12-year-old team to compete in post-season play this summer. The ll-12-year-olds are coached by Joe Bond and Troy Teter, and the North Big Horn stars went 1-3 at a tournament July 9-10 in Cody. The 9-10-year-olds are coached by John Schneider Jr., Todd Nunn and John Dickerson and went 2-2 at a tournament the same week- end in Powell. Members of the ll-12-year-old team are Dillon Harvey, Nic Haskell, Beau Green, Brandon Teter, Trace Murphey, Cordell McFarlane, Tyler Teter, Ri- ley Abraham, Dakota Bond, Spur Hackney, Salimon Nava, Shawn Mollett and Cole Wambeke. Members of the 9-10-year-old team are Trey Dickerson, Dalton Nix- on, Trevan Lewis, Tristan Johnson, Jeremy Schneider, Juan Rivera, Logan Nunn, Dylan Langston, Colton Christie, Kaelan Snell, Dal- ton Bond and Ethan Hes- senthaler. July 9 in Cody, the ll-12-year-olds fell to Pow- ell 11-1 and to Sheridan 14-0. Then on July 10 the North Big Horn stars fell to Riverton 10-5 but defeated Powell 4-2. Bond said the team "didn't show up" for the first two games but turned jt around to play better on Saturday. "You could tell they weren't playing with each other," Bond said, adding that they team was intimi- dated by the other tough teams in Cody. The team played much better ball on Saturday, Bond said, noting, "The kids never gave up (against Riverton). They came back to score a few runs." Cole Wambeke hit a three-run homerun, helping North Big Horn score four in the bottom of the fifth. The team had momentum on their side but ran out of time to get the win, Bond said, adding that the all- stars started doing better after seeing that they could play close against Riverton. In the losers bracket, North Big Horn was paired against Powell for the sec- ond time in the tournament, but the team played with confidence the second time around, tying the game 2-2 in the top of the fourth and plating two more in the fifth. Pitcher Cordell Mc- Farlane held Powell score- less in the final inning, se- curing the 4-2 win for the DAvm PECK Riley Abraham of the North Big Horn 11-12-year-old all-stars slides into third base in a cloud of dust during a game against the NBH 9-10-year-olds Monday night at the East Little League Field. North Big Horn team. Lovell took fourth place out of six teams in the tour- ney. The 9-10-year-olds played at a tournament in Powell the same week- end, playing to a 2-2 record. North Big Horn beat Pow- ell 12-9 and Gillette 10-3 on Friday, then ran out of pitchers, coach John Sch- neider said, and fell to Riv- erton 8-6 and Gillette 9-5 on Saturday. Schneider noted that Tristan Johnson, Trey Dick- erson and Jeremy Schneider all hit the ball well during the tournament. Dickerson and Schneider pitched well for the all-stars, the coach said. Bond said the league is attempting to put together a tournament in Lovell this weekend, at least a 9-10- year old tourney and pos- 1 sibly some ll-12-year-old games, too, if teams can be found. Most older teams are busy playing at the state i tournament this week. Details of the Lovell tournament were not avail- able by press time. i BY DAVID PECK Two players and a coach from LoveU will participate in the Wyoming Coaches Association all-star games this Saturday in Casper. Katie Walker and Stephanie Green will play for the North team in the girls all-star basketball game, and they will be coached by their high school coach, Bob Geiser. Practice was to begin Wednesday, with two prac- tices on Thursday and Fri- day, as well, Geiser said. He is assisted by Sarah No- vak ofTen Sleep and Laura Pierson of Kaycee. Rod Ty- son of Laramie is the South coach, Geiser said. Following a luncheon to honor the players on Sat- urday, play begins with the volleyba~m~tch at 2 p.m., the girls basketball game at 4 p.m. and the boys basket- ball game at 6. The games will be played at Casper College. Geiser said the north team will include three players the Lady Bulldogs have played against in re- cent years: Fallon Lewis of Tongue River and Savan- nah Hardeman and Jessica Fischer of Jackson. Walker was the player of the year in the North- west 2A Conference, Geiser said, and Green was added to the team after being a first alternate. Walker averaged 8.3 points per game this sea- son, 3.1 assists per game (forth in the 2A West) and 6.1 rebounds per game (10th in the West). She shot 66 percent from the free-throw line, which was ninth in the West. Green was fifth in the 2A West in blocked shots with 33 on the season, sixth in rebounding at 6.4 rebounds per game and eighth in free-throw shoot- ing at 68 percent. She aver- aged 8.1 points per game. "It's kind of nice to have a couple of kids you've coached on the team," Gei- ser said. "It will also be fun coaching Fallon and the two Jackson girls. I've seen them play against us, and now they'll be on our side- line instead of me trying to figure out how to stop them." Coaches can't run a zone defense in an all-star i t game, Geiser noted. "We'll run a man-to- t man defense and try to get out and run and use a motion offense," he said. 1 Hope can u e the girls skilla:::and showcase : what :' ~ " they ve done their whole careers." BY DAVID PECK Having completed a rugged stretch that saw them play 14 games in 12 days, the Lovell Mus- tangs have been gearing up for the North District Tournament, which begins today (Thursday) in Cody. Coach Ray Peterson said the Mustangs played some good ball during the two-week period but also stumbled at times and, with so many games in that time peri- od, struggled with pitching depth and had to dip into the Babe Ruth ranks for players at times. After dropping games to Cody on July 5 and 6 (reported earlier), the Mustangs dropped a pair at home against Green River on July 7, 10-1 and 8-5, then traveled to the Billings Halos tournament in Billings on July 8-9, where they dropped four games to complete a stretch that saw them play eight games in five days. In Billings the Mustangs fell to Billings Select 24-6 and the Halos 15-2 on July 8, then fell to Laurel 12-1 and the Billings Blue Jays 11-2 on July 9. The Mustangs were scheduled to play Cody in Billings on July 10, but they opted to travel to Sheridan instead, but the bus overheated on the way over the mountain. That double- header was rescheduled for the following Wednesday, July 14. SHERIDAN SPLIT In Sheridan, the Mustangs de- feated the Jets 13-3 but dropped a wild second game 26-24. In game one, Lovell jumped on the Jets for four runs in the top of the first inning. Casey Pickett singled and scored on a double by Andrew Young. After Shane Dick- erson walked~ Cris Davila hit a two-run double, then scored on a passed ball. After Sheridan got one back in the bottom of the first, Lovell plated three more in the top of the second to lead 7-1. A two-run dou- ble with two outs by Shane Dick- erson scored Pickett and Young, and Davila singled home Dicker- son. Lovell continued the on- slaught, scoring four in the third to lead 11-1. Shane Dickerson ripped a two-run double to cap the inning. The Mustangs added single runs in the fourth and fifth, while Sheridan plated two in the bottom of the fifth to fall 13-3. Casey Pickett started on the mound and was the winning pitcher for the Mustangs, allow- ing three runs in five innings on six hits and a walk, striking out six. "Ue's one of our more accurate pitchers, and we hit the ball well," Peterson said. In the crazy nightcap, Love]l led 7-4 after one, 10-7 after two, 15-14 after three and 21-19 after four, then failed to score in the fifth, while Sheridan scored five to lead 24-21. Lovell scored three in the top of the sixth to tie the game at 24, although a controversial in- terference call halted the rally, Pe- terson said. Sheridan scored two in the bottom of the sixth to win the game, which ended around 11 p.m., Peterson said. After the late night com- ing home over the mountain, the Mustangs had to turn around and play Laurel Thursday afternoon in Cowley, dropping the double- header 17-6 and 11-1. JACKSON PAIR The Mustangs hosted the Jackson Giants Friday for a chance to clinch third place in the Northwest Conference. Lovell needed one game to guarantee a tie with the Giants, and a second win would have clinched third outright. Lovell edged Jackson 11-10 in the first game. Jackson scored two in the top of the first against Lovell starter Casey Clawson, but "The Claw" shut down the Jack- son bats in the second and third as Lovell took the lead with four in the bottom of the first and two more in the third to lead 6-2. Shane Dickerson, Bryce Dick- erson and Scott Everheart had DAVID PECK Casey "the Claw" Clawson fires a pitch for the Lovell Mustangs during a recent contest. The Mustangs will take on Gillette today (Thursday) at 4 p.m. in Cody at the District Tournament. RBIs in the first inning, and Ever- heart ripped a two-run homerun in the third. Each team scored one run in the fourth, but Jackson ex- ploded for five in the fifth to lead 8-7 as Lovell relieved with Erik Brimhall on the mound. The Mustangs answered with three in the bottom of the fifth to lead 10-8, but Jackson tied the game with single runs in the sixth and seventh. Lovell won the game in the bottom of the seventh when Davila singled with one out and scored on a sharp single by Claw- son. In game two, Lovell jumped on top with two runs in the bottom of the first inning but only scored one run the rest of the game in a 9-3 loss. In the first, Casey Pick- ett led off with a single and Shane Dickerson singled. Bryce Dicker- son doubled to score Pickett and Young reached on an error that scored Shane Dickerson. Walks hurt Lovell starter Steven Pickett as Jackson plated four runs in the second. Pickett settled down to blank the Giants for four innings, but Jackson ral- lied for five runs in a sloppy sev- enth, Peterson said, noting, "It was a mess." Trailing 9-2, Lovell pushed across one run in the bot- tom of the seventh, but it was too little, too late. The loss left the Mustangs in a tie-breaker with Jackson, and the Giants got third place based ] on records against common oppo- nents. DISTRICT TOURNEY The Mustangs head into the district tournament in Cody today with a 12-27 record. They play the top seed from the Northeast - the Gillette Roughriders - at 4 p.m. Peterson said the Mustangs will give it their best shot. "We'll throw our best and hope to stay with them," he said. "We'll see if the kids come to play or fold. We have enough pitchers to go two good games. We'll see what happens." If the Mustangs pull the up- set, they'll play the winner of the Cody-Douglas game at 7 p.m. Fri- day. If they lose to Gillette, they'll play the loser of the Cody-Doug- las contest Friday at 1 p.m. If they survive that game, they would play at 10 a.m. Saturday for a chance to go to the state tourna- ment. BABE RUTH REPORT Peterson didn't have details but said the North Big Horn Rockies Babe Ruth team forged a 1-2 record at their district tour- nament in Worland last week. On Thursday, NBH crushed the host Worland team 15-0, he said, then met Powell on Friday, falling 10- 2. They lost to Cody Saturday to be eliminated, but Peterson said Wheatland can't field a team for the state tournament this week so the Rockies were asked to take their place. The state Babe Ruth tourna- ment began Wednesday in Powell. NBH is a member of Pool B and was scheduled to play Douglas Wednesday at 4 p.m. The Rockies will then play Green River Thurs- day at 10 a.m. and Cody Friday at 7 p.m. The top two teams from each pool will play in a bracketed tour- nament beginning Saturday at 9 a.m.