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10 I The Lovell Chronicle I August 28, 2014 Bulldogs, Grizz prep for 2014 season BY DAVID PECK The Lovell Bulldogs and Rocky Mountain Griz- zlies are hard at work pre- paring for the 2014 season, and both will take part in practice games this week ahead of Sept. 5 openers. With a "week zero" game in Billings against Forsyth, Mont., cancelled, the Grizzlies will hold a Brown and Gold intrasquad scrimmage this Friday, Aug. 29. The controlled scrimmage is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Lovell will play a Week zero game Saturday, Aug. 30, at noon in Buffalo against the Bison. Coach Doug Hazen said the game will be played With modified rules, where contact is lim- ited on special teams but the teams will go full speed on offense and defense. Hazen said the two teams will likely play three varsity periods and two ju- nior varsity periods. ROCKY MOUNTAIN Grizzly coach David Hayes said he has 42 play- ers out for football this fall: nine seniors, nine juniors, nine sophomores and 15 freshmen. Hayes called the high numbers "great!" The Grizz are coming off a 6-3 season that saw them make the 1A playoffs before falling to Lingle-Ft. Laramie in the first round of the playoffs. The Grizz held three days of two-a-day practic- es before school started on Thursday last week. "The first week of prac- tice went well," Hayes said, noting that the team has been working on condition- ing and learning the offense and defense. "Our team has great leadership with a solid and fun-to-coach senior class," he added. "They are com- petitive and ready to win." SAM STH Lovell junior quarterback Beau Green calls signals during the Blue and White scrimmage in Lovell Saturday evening. The Bulldogs will play a "week zero" game Saturday at noon in Buffalo. The Grizz graduated seven seniors last year but return nine this fall in Jor- dan Arnold, Bill Despain, Anthony Estes, Eisaac Flowers, John Higgins, Ca- leb Horrocks, Tyler Lind- quist, Colton Wardell and Kirby Winland. "All players are work- ing hard, eager to learn and eager to grow with the pro- gram," Hayes said. "At this time we have six JV games, which should bring oppor- tunity and experience for the younger players." Hayes will be the defen- sive coordinator and special teams coordinator this fall. He will be assisted by To- bee Christiansen, offensive coordinator; Justin Moss, assistant defensive coor- dinator; Pat Winland, of- fensive and defensive line coach and assistant offen- sive coordinator; and volun- teer Richard Despain, who will assist Winland with the lines. "We are really looking forward to Coach Despain joining our staff," Hayes said. "Coach Despain has been a big part of the Pow- ell Panther success, and we are really excited to have him. We are looking for- ward to an exciting year." The Grizz open the reg- ular season at home on Fri- day, Sept. 5, hosting 1A East foe Tongue River at 7 p.m. LOVELL The Lovell Bulldogs are coming off a Cinderella 9-1 season that saw them com- plete the regular season un- defeated and win a first- round playoff game against Wheatland before falling to Big Horn in the Class 2A semifinals. Lovell graduated six seniors in Morgan May, Hyrum Hopkin, Calin McArthur, Tyler Tillett, Chase Rasmussen and Dil- lon Pickett, but they re- turn 13 seniors and also have eight juniors, 13 soph- omores and 10 freshmen on the roster of 44. There are six starters returning on offense and seven on defense. Start- ers returning on offense in- clude seniors Drake Welch at wide receiver, Aaron Monterde, Daniel Strom and Zeke Collins on the line and Cade Bischoff at run- ning back, and junior Beau Green at quarterback. The team has seven re- turning starters on defense including seniors Welch at defensive end, Monterde at linebacker, Strom on the line, Collins at linebacker (line last year), Bischoff at safety and Nash Jolley at defensive tackle, as well as part-time starter Green at safety. Other seniors are Erik Ferbrache, Dylan See, Ga- ret Fowler, Jaccob Mickel- son, Tristen Snyder, Payton Hetland and Rego Moreno. "Our numbers are big- ger in the senior class and our leadership has come along faster this year than last," Hazen said, "The kids are really enjoying football so far. The guys are really enjoying being around each other." The team has been practicing at the middle school field with the high school practice field await- ing a new sprinkler system and the field at Robertson Stadium off limits while new sod gets established. Hazen will be the defen- sive coordinator for varsity games and also works with quarterbacks and defensive backs. Bob Weber returns as the offensive coordinator for the varsity squad and coaches the wide receivers and linebackers. He is also the associate head coach, Hazen said, noting, "He has stepped up and done a ton for the team (with Hazen's responsibilities as mid- die school principal taking time)." Daniel Robertson re- turns as the JV offensive coordinator and works with the offensive and defensive lines, while Craig Lundberg is back as the JV defen- sive coordinator and coach- es the running backs and linebackers. The Bulldogs will open the regular season at home on Sept. 5, kicking off with 2A East opponent and de- fending state champion Big Horn at 7 p.m. LHS golfers tee off at Sheridan Invite BY SAM SMITH The Lovell High School golf team opened the 2014 season by sending five members to the Sheridan Invitational Tournament last Thursday and Friday. The Bulldogs shot two consistent rounds of 394 for a 788 total, 18 strokes ahead of Casper Natrona for an eighth-place finish. Senior CJ Murphey was the top placer for the Lovell squad, shooting a 94 on Thursday and a 92 Fri- day for a two-day total of 186, tying for 38th place. Senior McKay Baxendale shot a 94 Thursday and a 100 Friday to finish the meet with a 194, tying for 46th place. Also golfing for the Lovell squad in Sheridan were senior Justin Mick- elson, junior Hunter Tip- petts and sophomore Lane Hoover. The Bulldogs were scheduled to travel to the Worland Invitational this Thursday and Friday, but with a transition taking place in the coaching po- sition (see related story), the Bulldogs will wait un- til the Lander Invitation- al Sept. 4-5 for their next competition. Fall practices under way for middle school athletics BY SAM SMITH Lovell Middle School and Rocky Mountain Mid- dle School sports teams have started their practices for the fall season. The Lovell Mustangs football squad began their fall practice Thursday, Aug. 21, as they prepare for their season opener in Pow- ell on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 4:30 p.m. Kevin Walker will coach the eighth-grade squad again this year, and assisting him will be Mi- chael Jameson. Once again, RJ May will coach the sev- enth-grade team, assisted by Will Zollman. The Rocky Mountain Grizzlies started practice Monday, Aug. 25, and will travel to a jamboree on Sat- urday, Sept. 6, at 9:30 a.m. Rod Winland will coach the eighth-grade squad and Ryan Boettcher will assist him. Josh Collins will coach the seventh-graders with Joe Davis assisting. VOLLEYBALL The Lady Mustangs also started fall practice Thursday and will trav- el to Cowley for the Rocky Mountain Triangular Sat- urday, Sept. 6, at 9:30 a.m. Kim Bernstein will coach the eighth-grade squad, and Aryn Tip- petts will coach the sev- enth-grade team. Assisting both coaches will be Kristin Warner. The Lady Grizzlies also started practice Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at the RMMS/ HS Auxiliary Gym. The Lady Grizz will start the season Friday, Sept. 5, in Manderson squaring off with Cloud Peak at 1 p.m. Rocky will host a triangular Sept. 6 at 9:30 a.m. Jenny Christiansen will coach the eighth-grade squad for the Lady Grizz and Ashlee Blackburn will coach the seventh-grade team. Haley Sorenson will coach the sixth-grade team. CROSS COUNTRY The Lovell Middle School and Rocky Moun- tain Middle School cross country teams started prac- tice Monday Aug. 18. Lovell and Rocky will start their season at the Rocky Mountain Middle School Invitational Thurs- day, Sept. 4, at 4:30 p.m. Caleb Sanders will coach the Mustangs, and Tim Jones will coach the Grizz. Lovell harriers step up to the challenge of 3A BY DAVID PECK Meeting the challenge of moving up to Class 3A head on, the Lovell cross country team has a record number of runners in the program this season with 36 out for the squad be- tween the high school and middle school squads. And while the num- bers are pleasing to Coach Caleb Sanders, the move to 3A is bittersweet for Coach Sanders as he and assistant Bret George were building a boys team that could challenge Wyo- ming Indian for the state title but now have a much tougher hill to climb in 3A. "Thirty-six is definite- ly the most we've had, which was really a sur- prise to me and Coach George," Sanders said. Asked about the growth of the program, Sanders said, "We have a lot of fun. I make prac- tices fun but challeng- ing. The kids are good at recruiting other kids, as well." This is the first year both the boys and girls squads will field a full sev- en-person team for var- sity competition, Sand- ers said, with the top five scoring team points in 3A. "The challenge of 3A is that it's obviously a deeper field so you have better runners and more competitive teams," Sand- ers said. "If you were an all-state runner in 2A (top 10), it's going to be a chal- lenge to be an all-state runner in 3A. It's a tough transition. "We were rebuilding for a run at the 2A (boys) title. We heard (about the move to 3A) about a year ago, so we've had time for it to soak in, but it still stings a little bit. We won't be in the running for a 3A title." Sanders noted that the team was in 3A when he first started coach- ing in Lovell seven years ago, but there were only a handful of runners. BULLDOGs The Lovell boys grad- uated Derek Phelps and McKay Mayes but have six runners, including two all-state runners, re- turning. Senior AJ Dick- son placed second at the 2A West Regional with a time of 18:16, then ran 17:29 at State to place third at State. "It's hard to believe (he's a senior)," Sanders said. "He's in his fifth year in the program." Dickson is fighting through a stubborn low- er leg injury, Sanders said, but he is cautious- ly optimistic that Dickson will have a strong senior season. Junior Jacob New- man placed third at Re- gionals with a time of 18:18 and eighth at State at 18:10. He also won the 2A title in the 1,600 me- ters at state track during the spring and was second in the 800. Also back with state meet experience are se- niors Andrew Mayes and Alex Sawaya and juniors Dillon Schneider and Joey Bassett. Senior Dylan Ohman also returns. New to the team are ju- nior Chance Wilson, soph- omore Kyle Burton and freshman Will Lillard, along with three other freshmen who are each in their fourth year with the program and have great potential: Brent Snyder, Kyle Wolvington and Ben Cornia. "They have been run- ning since the sixth grade and right away will be challenging for the top seven spots," Sanders said. "Some of the upper classmen are going to be pressed." A strong middle school team is led by re- turning eighth-graders Brenden Lundberg and Hunter Steenbakkers and seventh-grader James Caldwell. New to the pro- gram are eighth-grad- er JR Dickson and sixth-graders CJ Lindsay, Aden Mayes, Tyler Nich- ols and Zeke Newman. LADY BULLDOGS University of Wyo- ming-bound Kim Shum- way has graduated, but the Lovell girls team re- turns five other runners with state experience led by junior Jaclyn Cald- well, who placed third at Regionals with a time of 21:28 and fifth at State, running 21:31. She was also a state champion in the 1,600 and 3,200 in the spring at state track. Even with all of that success, Sanders said Class 3A will be a differ- ent challenge for Cald- well, noting, "Jaclyn is go- ing to have to fight to get all-state in 3A. Some of the best girls runners in the state are in 3A." New to the team but showing a lot of promise is junior Jamie Kite, Sand- ers said. "She may be our sec- ond-fastest runner, based on practice," he said. "She ran a lot this summer and enjoyed it, so she decided to try cross country." Also returning with state experience are ju- niors Caitlyn Lund- berg and Afton George and sophomores Jazmyn See and Mylee McAr- thur. Freshmen are Bai- ley Mitchell and Hannah Sawaya. Mitchell ran in middle school, Sanders said. Members of the mid- dle school team are eighth-grader Megan Cor- nia, seventh-graders Pat- ti Sanders, Lauren Mitch- ell and Adaline Dickson and sixth-graders Ades- sa Lundberg, Brooklyn Walker and Maddison Steed. "Lauren ran the fun runs this summer and was impressive," Sand- ers said. "Megan is in her third year with the program and is running stronger than she ever has. Patti will be in the top three. Adaline ran with Rocky Mountain last year." Sanders said practice has been going well, not- ing that the school gave the team a huge boost by allowing the use of a bus to take the runners to dif- ferent places to work out, where they would run on softer dirt roads, saving wear and tear on their legs. "We can decide to run on the river bottom or at Eagle Rock, the Sheep Mountain Road or John Blue," he said. "That's huge. Last week we hiked Heart Mountain." The team will take its annual Five Springs Challenge this Thurs- day, where runners have 20 minutes to see how far they can make it up the steep Five Springs Road. "It's painful, but the kids love it because it's a challenge," Sanders said. SEASON SCHEDULE The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs will start the season next Friday, Sept. 5, at the Billings Invitational. Running begins at 4 p.m. Other scheduled meets are Sept. 13 in Sheridan, Sept. 19 in Douglas, Sept. 22 at Foster Gulch, Sept. 23 in Worland, Oct. 3 in Ther- mopolis, Oct. 9 in Pow- ell, the 3A West Regional Oct. 17 in Star Valley and the state meet Oct. 25 in Sheridan. The middle school team opens the season next Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Rocky Mountain Invi- tational in Cowley at 4:30 p.m. and will also run at a middle school meet in Cody on Sept. 11 at 5 p.m.