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CHR S August 28, 2014 I The Lovell Chronicle 19 LHS girls start their season with depth and experience BY PATTI CARPENTER LHS volleyball coach Stormy Jameson said she has a lot to be excited about this year. With 37 girls on the team, she said she has more girls to work with than the coaching staff has seen in several years. "This year we are very excited about our volley- ball program," said James- on. "Big numbers like this reflect our success on the court and love of the game." The team has seen a great deal of growth under Jameson's leadership. The team will be moving up from 2A to face much stiff- er competition in 3A this year. "Moving up to 3A this year means that the level of our competition will be higher day in and day out," said Jameson. "I beiieve that we will rise to that ex- pectation and compete with all we play against. This is a good year to be moving up because we have a sol- id core of returning players that will bring a lot of suc- cessful experience to the court at the varsity level." Seniors Emilee Reasch, Chayli McArthur and Lau- ren Hinckley will lead the varsity team this year, said Jameson. "Emilee has started on varsity since her fresh- man year and is looking to continue her dominance at the net," she said. "Chayli and Lauren are very versa- tile and will be threats at a number of positions on the floor." She added that juniors Mykelle Nicholls, Char- ri McArthur and Savanna Savage all started on last year's varsity squad, as well. "These girls had good sophomore seasons and I'm expecting great things from them, as well," she said. "It's amazing how much someone can improve in a year's time." She said adding senior Angie Hutzenbiler and ju- nior Madison Harper as de- fensive specialists will help round out the team's "back row." "We have so much po- tential in this varsity group and it's my job to make sure we reach that poten- tial," she said. "We are very motivated to do that." The team currently has 15 girls on the JV team and nine on the freshman squad. "It's good to have those numbers where every day in practice they have to compete for playing time," she said. She said seniors Ivy Abraham and Sami Ste- vens will be added to the roster when they both get PATrl CARPENTER The Lady Bulldogs practice this week in anticipation of their first tournament of the season, the North Big Horn Invitational, which will be held on their home turf. enough practice time to qualify. The two need to make up for lost practice time due to vacations. The Lady Bulldogs are hosting the North Big Horn Invitational on Friday and Saturday, where they will face off with other teams for the first time this sea- son. Varsity matches start at 3 p.m. on Friday and pool play will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday in the Johnny Winterholler gymnasium in Lovell. JV games will be hosted by Rocky Mountain High School on the same days, with the first match for Lovell's JV girls start- ing at 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday. "Were excited for our first tournament this week- end to see what some of the other squads have and how we measure up to them," said Jameson. Rocky girls already fit for the start of their season BY PATTI CARPENTER It's always an uphill battle for the schools with a smaller population, but it's a battle RMHS volleyball coach Jamie Cooley is de- termined to win this year, and the 16 girls on her team share that enthusiasm. Cooley said most of the girls were fit and ready at the start of practice on Aug. 18 after attending a sum- mer long "sports excel" fit- ness camp led by trainer Jessica Campbell, a former RMHS graduate. Though the team lost two heavy hitters to grad- uation (Shauna Loman and Hannah Winland) and their setter (Haley Strom), Cool- ey said she is already see- ing potential for those posi- tions even in early practice sessions. Returning this year are seniors Mikaela Hocker, Maddie Crawford, Jennifer Parker and Laura Fergu- son. Juniors include Ashlei Carroll and Kaitlyn Hayes. Sophomores include heavy hitter Marissa Arnold, along with Summer John- son, Livia Higgins, Brian- na Brumwell and Mikayla McWhirter and freshmen Abby Arnold, Mariah Mad- er, Brenda Timmons, Pep- per Lewis and Maddy Hocker. Cooley said both the newer and more estab- lished players are concen- trating on conditioning and on the fundamentals of the game in early practices. Cooley said she is very impressed with the girls so far. "These girls are not only hard workers but are nice and very kind to each other," she said. "It's really nice to see the more experi- enced girls encourage and motivate the other girls." Assistant coaches this year are once again Kayla Honeyman and Cari May. Cooley said she is very proud of the level of sports- manship the girls are al- ready showing. The varsity girls will start their season this week at the North Big Horn Invi- tational on Friday and Sat- urday, which will be host- ed by the Lady Bulldogs in Lovell. Rocky girls will play their first varsity match at 5 p.m. on Friday and pool play will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday in the Johnny PATTI CARPENTER RMHS head coach Jamie Cooley and assistant coach Kayla Honeyman talk to a group of volleyball players at practice this week. Winterholler gymnasium in Lovell. JV games will be host- ed by Rocky Mountain High School on the same days, with matches starting at 3 p.m. on Friday and Rocky's first match at 11 a.m. on Saturday. "This will be a tough one for a small team like ours since we rely on fill- ing in with JV girls for the varsity team and freshmen girls for the JV team," she said. "It's kind of hard to do that when varsity is held in one town and JV is held in another, but we'll make it work anyway." School begins Monday Crossing guords will be stationed at Shoshone & Main and at 3rd & Shoshone. Please encourage your children to cross streets with a guard! 1 iiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiii!!iii!i!i!iii!iii!!i!!i!iii!i!i!i!iiiiiiii!!iiii!iiiiiiii!!ii!;iii!i!i;i!ii!iii;ii!i!iiiii!!i!iii!ii!!i!i!!!!i!i;!i!!i;!i!!iiiiiii!!!!i!!ii!!!!!!!ill!iii!!i!iill!i!ii Work Areas Thursday, August28 Main Street between Montana Ave" and Idah Ave" is closed. e observe the detour on 3rd Streetorth ih ........................................................................ 3rd Street Detou5 two-way tra_ c on 3rd St. from Idaho Ave. to Montana Ave. i: : i i"