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10 I The Lovell Chronicle I September 2, 2010 www. LovellChronicle.com Lady Bulldogs go 3-2 at home tourney BY BRAD DEVEREAUX After testing their met- al at the North Big Horn Invitational to start off the 2010 season Friday and Saturday, the Lovell Lady Bulldogs begin regular season matches this week. Coach Stormy Jameson said she is confident that the Lady Bulldogs will play well, even with some tough competitors on the week's schedule. The Lady Bulldogs went 3-2 at the NBHH In- vite, defeating Tongue Riv- er, Wind River and Meetee- tse, but falling to Shoshone and Burlington. The Lovell team start- ed the tournament out with a W, defeating the Tongue River Lady Eagles in two short games, 25-19 and 25- 21. Jameson said she was nervous, but she felt more comfortable after the Lady Bulldogs got their first win Friday. The Lady Bulldogs did well with serve receiving against Tongue River and throughout the tourney, Jameson said. Jameson said she was confident in their serve receive even as the Lady Eagles were call- ing out "weak" Bulldogs to serve to. "Everybody was sol- id. Everybody was passing good," she said. Tongue River was a good team, but they made more errors than the Lady Bulldogs, Jameson said. Next, the Lady Bull- dogs crushed the Wind River Lady Cougars in two games, 25-11 and 25- 23. Jameson said the Lady Bulldogs took advantage of Wind River's short front row and weak blocks to hammer the ball onto the Cougars' side of the court. Erin Robertson did well with about 12 kills against WR and Leanne Winterhol- ler led in digs with 17 in the match. The Lady Bulldogs won their first game against Shoshoni, 25-13, but lost the next two, 25-21 and 15- 12 to lose the series. Jame- son said the Lady Bulldogs beat the Lady Blue easily in the first game, but Sho- shoni rallied in the second game, causing Lovell men- tal errors. The Lady Bulldogs lost two games to Burlington in a hard-fought battle, 25-27 and 26-24. Jameson said the team suffered from more mental errors, which made up most of the differ- ence between the two teams on the scoreboard. She said the Lady Bulldogs made seven or eight unforced er- rors in one game. "If we wouldn't have made those errors, we would've been right in the game," Jameson said. Ending the tournament on a high note, the Lady Bulldogs took down Mee- teetse, 25-18 and 25-12. Jameson said both set- ters Megan McClure and Brandi Abraham played well and didn't help much in determining a single set- ter for the team. McClure had 36 assists and Abra- ham had 37. Jameson said she might try having two setters on the court against Powell and possibly later in the season if the configura- tion works well. Karen Koritnik led the team in aces with 14. Ko- ritnik had 28 kills, 18 digs and 9 blocks. Jameson said Koritnik has already been hitting the ball with power this season. Robertson led the team with 30 kills and had 6 digs and 8 blocks; Ree'Dawn Ohman had 7 kills and three blocks; Jodi Walker had 9 kills, 4 digs and 3 blocks; Miranda Griffis 2 kills, 3 digs and 2 blocks; Chelsey Ellis 14 kills and 11 digs; McClure 11 digs and 36 assists; Brandi Abraham 7 digs and 37 as- sists; Libero Winterholler 53 digs and Markay McIn- tosh 4 digs. Overall, coach Jame- son said she was impressed with how the Lady Bulldogs played and said she expects them to get better the more they play together. In addi- tion to live drills, the team will work on serving a lot during practice to improve on the 25 serve errors re- corded at the tourney, she said. "I didn't expect perfect volleyball at the first tour- nament, but I still think we played well," she said. The Lady Bulldogs played Powell Tuesday on the road, winning game one and giving the Panthers a fight, but Lovell eventually fell 23-25, 25-14, 25-14 and 25-21. RIVERSIDE AND MONTANA TOURNEY The Lady Bulldogs open conference play this week, hosting Riverside to- day (Thursday) with games at 4 p.m. (freshman), 5 (JV) and 6 (varsity). Jameson said she scouted Riverside during the NBH Invite and she thinks the Lady Bull- BRAD DEVEREAtrx Miranda Griffis sends a hit off the hands of a Shoshone blocker and over to the Lady Blue side of the court while teammates Karen Koritnik (right) and Leanne Winterholler look on during the North Big Horn Invitational Friday and Saturday in Lovell. dogs should be competitive with the Lady Rebels. The team will travel to the Montana-Wyoming Du- als Friday and Saturday in Billings. The tournament includes some challenging teams from Montana and Wyoming, Jameson said. She said the Lady Bull- dogs did well at the Bill- ings tournament last year and she hopes it will help sharpen the team's skills for the season. Lady Grizz look strong at tourney, play Riverside Friday BY BRAD DEVEREAUX The Rocky Mountain Lady Grizzlies began the 2010 season at the North Big Horn Invitational this weekend, showing that they plan to be a force in the con- ference this year, with a 5-1 tourney record. Coach Carol McMillin said the tournament provid- ed them with a first look at many teams they will play during the conference sea- son or at later tournaments. While coach McMillin got a chance to scout other teams, she also identified a couple Grizz weaknesses: serving and serve receive. The Lady Grizz started out with a win in two games to Shoshone, a team that looks improved from the 2009 season, McMillin said. The Grizz worked over the Lady Blue, winning 25-18 and 25-23. McMillin said the team was getting used to new middle hitters, senior Tati- ana Sotomayor and sopho- more Brianna Hocker. McMillin said she ex- pects that Shoshone will put up a fight against the Grizz later in the season. Next up, the Grizz faced the Burlington Lady Hus- kies, who edged the Grizz for a couple losses, 25-23 and 25-22. McMillin said the Grizz struggled with digging, cov- ering the court and serve er- rors. The Grizz went three games with Wind River, tak- ing the first 25-17, dropping the second 22-25 and taking the third, 15-6, for the win. McMillin said the Grizz were able to come back and take care of the series after the second game loss but the team continued to strug- gle with service errors and digs. The Grizz handled Riv- erside next, 25-22 and 25- 14. McMillin said the Grizz started coming together in the second game, sending over nice attacks and cover- ing every inch of the court. Against Meeteetse, the Grizz won in three games, 25-20, 17-25 and 15-6. Mc- Millin said Meeteetse gave the Grizz an unexpected tough contest, but strong hitting from Eliza Higgins and good serves including five aces by Leslie Black- burn helped Rocky Moun- tain seal the win. The Grizz "finally put it all together" against Tongue River, McMillin said, win- ning 25-19 and 25-12. "It was exciting," the coach said. "They were pounding the points and not letting down at all." The Grizz outside hitters added a lot to the attack and the team also picked up on digs, getting under would-be kills from Tongue River to set up attacks of their own, the coach said. Higgins led the team in kills with 46 for the week- end followed by Blackburn with 33, Kallee Jo Wilson 29 and Miranda Wilson 10. Many of the girls worked hard in the summer, going to camps, playing at open gym and lifting weights, Mc- Millin said, and that hard work is paying off for the team now. "They're just a group who comes in and takes care of business," she said. A strong group of se- niors has been providing great leadership for the team, McMillin said, mak- ing her job less complicated and the coaching staff has been enthusiastic, too. Sev- eral volunteers including Anna Beyer (formerly Hig- gins), a former college vol- leyball player who moved back to the area, have been helping out in practice, she said. McMillin said the JV finished strong at the tour- ney, winning five of the six BRAD DEWRAUX Leslie Blackburn hammers the ball through the Rebel defense at the NBHH Invite this past weekend. The Grizz went 5-1 at the tourney and begin conference play against Riverside on the raod. games played. RIVERSIDE The Lady Grizz have one game this week, against the Riverside Lady Rebels Friday at Riverside. Games are at 2 (freshman), 3 (JV) and 4 (varsity). McMillin said the team will have to work on their defensive game to prepare for Riverside and on placing the ball strategically on hits. She said the team would spend a lot of time drilling serves. "We shouldn't be having that many serve er- rors at this point," she said. Slots filling up for foundation golf tourney; one more team to be accepted BY DAVID PECK Spaces are filling up, but there is still room for one more team to play in the North Big Horn Hospi- tal Foundation's eighth an- nual Friends of the Foun- dation Golf Tournament to be held Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Foster Gulch Golf Course. Foundation Director Ja- net Koritnik said 23 teams have signed up for the 18- hole, four-person scramble. Sponsorships are $275 per team of four, which includes green fees, two carts and four barbecue rib dinners, or $175 per team of four, which includes the barbe- cue dinners but not green fees and carts. '%Ve still could accept one more team, but we need to know by September 6," Koritnik said. The foundation is seek- ing hole sponsors at $150 each, which includes two barbecue dinners, as well as flag sponsors at $25 each, Koritnik said. Teams are asked to check in starting at 8 a.m. Sept. 11, with a shotgun start scheduled for 9 a.m. The tournament in- cludes numerous prizes and drawings including four hole-in-one prizes: a 2010 Yamaha 450 Grizzly ATV, Nike golf clubs - a driver or set of irons, a $500 VISA gift card and a Bose Wave music system. Also awarded will be numerous flag prizes, in- cluding a cooler, Blue-ray disc player, electronic dart board, binoculars, digital photo frame and a Cabela's gift card. There are around 100 door prizes, as well, and each player will receive a coupon for $50 to Store 4 Golfers.com. The winning team will receive $50 per player, sec- ond place $30 per player and third place $10. Complimentary bever- ages will be provided on the course. Tournament partici- pants and their families are invited to a barbecue rib dinner at the conclusion of the tournament at ap- proximately 4 p.m. at Fos- ter Gulch. The public is also invited to attend at $5 per plate. Call Koritnik at 548- 5240 for tickets or to spon- sor a hole or flag prize or to enter a team in the tourna- ment. All proceeds from the tournament will go toward the purchase of new reclin- er chairs for the hospital. The North Big Horn Hospital Foundation is a nonprofit organization seek- ing financial support within the community exclusively for charitable educational purposes to enhance qual- ity healthcare for citizens of Big Horn County and sur- rounding communities. Revill, Parmer top golfers at Club Tourney The Foster Gulch Golf Course Club Tourna- ment was held Saturday, Aug. 28. Steve Revill walked away with the men's A low gross score (without handicap), while Pat Parmer took low gross in the women category. Results are as follows: A - Low gross - Steve Revill, 1st. Net score (with handicap) - Jared Cribbs 1st, Brock Frates 2nd. B - Low gross - Randy Bowers 1st. Net score - Brad Baxendale 1st, Jimmy Graham 2nd. C - Low gross - Russell Wilkerson 1st. Net score - Chase Tippetts 1st, Brandon Wolvington 2nd. Women - Low gross - Pat Parmer 1st. Net score - Vicky Asay lst; Julie Ann Frost 2nd. Deuces - Brock Frates, Wes Schmidt. Flag prizes were won by Kade Baxendale (2), Brock Frates, Wes Schmidt (2), Brandon Wolving- ton, Jared Cribbs, Todd Baxendale, Vicky Asay (2) and Pat Parmer (2).