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www. LovellChronicle.com July 29, 2010 I The Lovell Chronicle I 11 BY DAVID PECK The Lovell Mustangs found the going tough at the North District Ameri- can Legion Baseball tour- nament in Cody last week, dropping both of their games to conclude the sea- son. Lovell had tied with Jackson as the third seed from the Northwest Con- ference but lost a tie-break- er to the Giants and had to face Northeast top seed Gillette in the first round. Lovell lost that ballgame 26-7 on Thursday after- noon. Gillette went on to defeat Powell for the title Saturday night, 12-2. The loss to Gillette placed the Mustangs in a do-or-die situation Friday afternoon, and they fell to Douglas 13-2 to conclude their season. Lovell hung with Gil- lette early in game one and, in fact, led 1-0 after two in- nings as Casey Clawson was sharp on the mound for the Mustangs. Lovell got on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the first when Steven Pickett singled with two out and scored on a double by Andrew Young. Erik Brimhall also singled in the inning. Clawson allowed no runs and only one hit in two innings of work on the mound for the Mustangs, then ran into trouble in the third as two hit batters, a walk and wild pitches al- lowed Gillette to score four DAvm PECK Lovell Mustang second baseman Bryce Dickerson applies a tag to a sliding Gillette Roughrider during Lovell's opening-round game at the district tournament in Cody Thursday afternoon. runs. Young relieved Clawson on the mound in the fourth and allowed three more on a three-run homerun as Gillette led 7-1 after three. After that it was Katy bar the door as the Roughriders scored six in the fifth, seven in the sixth and six in the seventh. Cris Davila threw in relief of Young. "Their defense didn't impress me, but their hit- ting was their strongest suit," Lovell coach Ray Pe- terson said. "They went through our pitchers like paper." Lovell scored three runs in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh. Scott Everheart got the Mustangs going in the three-run fifth with a solo homerun. Davila walked and scored on a single by Shane Dickerson, and af- ter a walk to Steven Pick- ett, Dickerson scored on a ground out by Young. In the sixth, Jordan Mickelson ripped a lead- off double and scored on a single by Everheart. After Dickerson reached base on an error, a double steal left runners at second and third. Steven Pickett then singled home Everheart. In the seventh, Mick- elson singled with two out, and after walks to Ever- heart and Davila, Casey Pickett singled to score Mickelson. Everheart was throw out at the plate at- tempting to score. In Friday's elimina- tion game, Douglas broke open a 1-1 game with three runs in the third, five in the fourth and three more in the fifth to lead 12-1. Mean- while, the Lovell bats were quiet. The Mustangs failed to score in four straight in- nings before plating a run in the seventh when Steven Pickett reached on an er- ror, Casey Pickett singled and Shane Dickerson dou- bled to score Steven. "Our bats were quiet," Peterson said, and added coach Bill Pickett, "They kept biting on his (Douglas pitcher) off-speed pitches. We had eight strikeouts." Steven Pickett started on the mound for the Mus- tangs and took the loss. Casey Pickett threw the fi- nal three innings. Though having seven 19-year-olds, the Mustangs fmished the season with a 12-29 record, and Peterson admitted that he was dis- appointed by the team's re- cord. "I was expecting more wins," he said. "What hurt us was the depth of our pitching. We had a cou- ple of damaged arms with Shane (Dickerson) and Jor- dan (Mickelson), and we had a lot of errors. The er- rors would pile up, and it was also misplayed balls and mental errors. It would just add up." Friday's game was the final game in the career of 19-year-olds Bryce Dicker- son, Casey Pickett, Scott Everheart, Casey Clawson, Jordan Mickelson, Andrew Young and Erik Brimhall. The team will look to this year's 18-year-olds Shane Dickerson and Cris Davila for leadership next year, along with 17-year-old Kyle Peterson. Steven Pickett also shone as a 16-year-old this year. Possibly moving up to the Mustangs are current Babe Ruth 15-year-olds Na- than Ballard, Dylan Hult- gren, Hunter Hinckley, Mc- Kayan May, Cody Savage, Dino Collins and Michael Bernhisel. "We're looking forward to next season," Peterson said. "I hope the players are." BY DAVID PECK Wyoming's small schools proved that they can play with the big boys (or girls) as the North squad vanquished the South in the annual Wyoming Coaches Associa- tion All-Star girls basketball game Saturday after 9o at Casper Col- lege Thunderb{rd (]~. Coached by Bob Geiser of Lovell (head coach) and Sean Shockley of Jackson (assistant), the fast-breaking North pulled away from the South - despite their six Class 4A players - to win 80-54. Two Lovell High School gradu- ates, Katie Walker and Stephanie Green, contributed to the North win, Geiser said. The game was the first bas- ketball game played on the newly- refmished Thunderbird Gym floor, he noted. "We started really slow and were down 6-zip and finally hit a bucket," Geiser said. "After they scored, it went to 8-4 on a Katie Walker bucket. "Then we started getting up tempo and started passing the ball instead of walking it up the floor. It took the girls three or four rain- utes to understand what we want- ed to do in a game situation." Down 11-7, the North went on a 15-1 run to finish the first quar- ter up 22-12. "It was just getting out and up the sidelines without a dribble and attacking before the defense was set," Geiser said. Playing 10-minute quarters, coaches are required to play a dif- ferent group of players every 10 minutes, and that rule seemed to play into the hands of Geiser and Shockley. "I think the South stacked the first squad, whereas we evened it out," he said. "They closed to 24- 20, and then we went on a 13-1 run to lead by 16, 37-21. Then we traded baskets and we led 42-25 at the half. "Sean and I were really pleased with the girls. The key was getting the ball and getting it up the floor in a hurry. We got a lot of quick layups and a lot of wide-open threes." Geiser said Lovell center Stephanie Green did her usual tough defensive job in the paint, noting that although Courtney Patterson of Rock Springs led the South with 19 points, 10 of the points came in transition off steals. "It was typical Stephanie," Geiser said. "In her whole career we put her on the biggest, tough- est girl. It's kind of apropos that she ended her career with the same kind of assignment. She did a really good job." The South cut the lead to 16 in the third quarter, but Walker hit only the second three-pointer of her career to boost the lead to 19. "It was nothing but net," Gei- ser said. The North led 58-37 after three quarters and the margin never got under 20 points again. The North's biggest lead was 78- 49 in the fourth period, and the northern girls went on to win 80- 54. Fallon Lewis of Class 2A Tongue River led the North with 18 points. Savannah Hardeman and Jessica Fischer of Jackson added 13 and 12 points, respec- tively, Ashley Creager of Casper Natrona and Kayla Fakelman of Casper Kelly Walsh 10 each. Ruth O'Neal of Lander scored 8 points, Walker 7, Nancy Garcia of Kaycee and Kelsey Armstrong of Buffalo 1 apiece. "We had five girls in double figures, which was cool," Geiser said. "The South had six 4A girls, the North two, so it was kind of a David versus Goliath thing. The girt anted to show they could: play basketball. They had some- '. thing to prove and really played well together. "It was kind of fun to do. The players loved our Lovell out-of- bounds plays." Even Pete Hoffman of Jack- son, who coached the North boys all-star team, used the girls North team as an example, Geiser said, telling his players, "There were two teams out there, one all-star team and one team." "We became a team," Geis- er said. "We passed the ball and played team defense. That made the difference." BY DAVID PECK Caleb Sanders was in top form Saturday as he cruised to victory in the Pioneer Days Fun Run 5K race. The Cowley Pioneer Day Fun Run and Bike Races event returned to its traditional Main Street and Cannery Road course after being diverted to an "out- and-back" route on Division Street last year due to Main DAVID PECK Tyler Strom was the first runner to cross the finish line in the Pioneer Day Fun Run Saturday morning, winning the mile with a time of 6:11. Street road construction. Sanders won the 5K with a time of 18:52, 50 sec- onds faster than his second- place time of a year ago. Jacob Beck placed second with a time of 20:52. Sisters Kim and Aman- da Robertson ran together and won the women's 5K with a time of 22:13, a min- ute and a half faster than Kim's winning time of a year ago when she won with a time of 23:58. Not far be- hind was Alyson Bernhisel, who ran a time of 22:51. Tyler Strom won the men's mile with a time of 6:11, followed by Ken Cut- ler at 7:36. Susie Robertson placed second overall and won the women's mile with a time of 6:55, followed by Katie James, who finished in 7:07. Morgan Grover cruised to victory in the bike loop, covering the course in 19:04, and April Marchant won the women's bike loop with a time of 24:49. Tarje Grover won the 5K bike race with a time of 10:28, and Lauren Hinck- ley won the women's 5K bike race by completing the course in 13:14. Blake Smith was the oldest participant in the Fun Run and Bike Races at age 76, and Ivy Grover was the youngest at the tender age of 6. Here are the complete results of the Cowley Pio- neer Day Fun Run and Bike Races by event and age cat- egory: Men's mile: 20-29 - Tyler Strom, 6:11; 30-39 - Ken Cutler, 7:36, Brian Stimson, 7:39, Matt Miller, 7:46; 50-plus - Roland Sim- mons, 9:01, Scott Campbell, 12:05. Women's mile: 14 and under -- Patti Sanders, 8:44; 15-19 - Susie Robertson, 6:55, Katie James, 7:07, Sarah Shaw, 9:47; 30-39 - Racheal Simmons, 9:34; 40-49 - Dorine Strom, 9:39, Lorilyn Beck, 9:58; 50-plus - June Minchow, 12:00, Koleen Sponsel, !2:21. Men's 5K: 15-!9 - Jacob Beck, 20:52, Logan Brown, 21:58; 20-29 - Frank Wein- and, 27:52; 30-39 - Ca- leb Sanders, 18:52, Josh- ua Sanders, 20:07, Jesse Crosby, 29:22, Alan Wein- and, 31:19; 40-49 -John Bernhisel, 21:14, Lance Brimhall, 26:01; 50-plus- Terry Niederhauser, 24:30, Blake Smith, 32:17, George Welch, 33:12. Women's 5K: 14 and under - Kim Robertson, 22:13; 15-19 - Mandy Rob- ertson, 22:13; 20-29- Aly- son Bernhisel, 22:51, Lisa Smith, 25:24, Amyntas Leonhardt, 28:16; 30-39 - Vicki Arnold, 26:29, Kandi Christiansen, 32:12, An- nette Moss, 32:12, Elisa Higley, 43:45, Sonja Wam- beke, 51:06; 40-49-Ann Hinckley, 25:30, Laura Varone, 27:53, Julianne Norberg, 27:04, Ronda Yor- DAVID PECX April and Paul Marchant arrive simultaneously at the finish line during the Pioneer Day Fun Run and Bike Races Saturday morning on Main Street in Cowley, having just completed the bike loop. gason, 27:24, Jodi Winland, 32:03, Kelly Bolen, 51:02. Men's 5K Bike: 14 and under - Tarje Grover, 10:28; 30-39 - Rod Win- land, 32:03. Women's 5K Bike: 14 and under - Lauren Hinckley, 13:14, Ivy Gro- ver, 17:14, Lizzy Crawford, 27:11. Men's bike loop: 20-29 - Jeffrey Wilson, 23:52; 40- 49 - Morgan Grover, 19:04, Paul Marchant, 24:49. Women's bike loop: 40-49 - April Marchant, 24:49.