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12 J The Lovell Chronicle J September 2, 2010 www. LovellChronicle.com Re-energized Rocky cross country program features 24 runners BY DAVID PECK A re-energized Rocky Mountain cross country team boasts a stable of 24 runners between the high school and middle school programs, and coach John Bernhisel is pleased with the numbers, although he said he would like to see more girls come out for the squad. "I&apos;m excited about this year," Bernhisel said. "We have very strong runners who are working hard in practice. I wish we had more girls come out." The Rocky harriers jump into action this week, hosting a middle school meet at the Byron Park this afternoon (Thursday) at 4 p.m. Teams invited in- clude Lovell, Powell, Cody, Worland and Plenty Coups, Mont. The Grizzly high school team will travel to Billings Friday for the Billings Invi- tational to be held at Riv- erfront Park at 4 p.m. with the boys races first and then the girls. "Our team is very young this year," Bernhisel said. "For right now, I will run everyone in junior var- sity. Some of my best run- ners will move up to varsity as the year goes on and cer- tainly in time for Regionals and State. "Ethan Strom is our team captain this year. He has been running cross country for us since he was in the sixth grade and is very deserving of being cap- tain." Bernhisel is being as- sisted this season by Tim Jones, Penny Tolman and volunteer assistant Mindy Mickelson. "This is Tim's fourth year as assistant coach and Penny has been a volunteer for more than six years," Bernhisel said. "This year she's official. This is Min- dy's second year as a volun- teer. "Penny will be primar- ily responsible for our run- ners in Burlington. We will meet as an entire team ei- ther once or twice a week for practice. Tim is the head middle school coach." Bernhisel said he is enjoying the convenience of the combined school in Cowley but also misses the familiarity of the Byron area. "With the new school in Cowley we have 6-12 in one building. It has worked out well for our cross country team," he said. "The high school and middle school runners practice together by ability. "I held cross country practice in Byron for 20 years. I feel like I know ev- ery running trail and dirt road around Byron. I will miss all the great training courses there. I'm strug- gling to find new places to go in Cowley. "We chose to hold the middle school meet in By- ron again this year. The town park is a perfect set- ting for a course and the Town of Byron has been very helpful. It also helps to have a standardized course for comparing times year to year." Members of the high school boys squad are se- nior Davin Brumwell, ju- niors Travis Hatch, Lance Schatz, Ethan Strom and Jackson Stevens, sopho- mores Dalton Banks, Mi- chael Bernhisel, Bra- dy Winland and Shane Wocicki and freshmen Nate Davidson, John Dohnal, LJ Homewood, Jake Loyning, Garrick Tolman and Sam Woodis. High school girls com- peting are senior Katelyn Jewell and freshman Saha- ra Jasso. Middle school boys run- ning are eighth-graders Casey Banks and Bridger Jones and seventh-graders Peyton Thomas and Josh McCracken. Middle school girls com- peting are eighth-graders Melissa Bernhisel and Sar- ah Jones and seventh-grad- er Jill Davidson. ROCKY MOUNTAIN MS/HS CROSS COUNTRY 2010-2011 DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME Fri., Sept. 3 ....... Bi ngs nv iational ............... RiveffmniPa ............ 4100 ..................... ue,se!0 Thurs., Sept. 16 Lander invitational Lander Gc ................. 3100 ....... Mort,, Ro Mountain Invitational FosterGuichGC 4i00 Thurs., Sept. 23 Bobcat Invitational Thermopolis LGC 3:00 "urs i : 30 ffior m,dtatlonal Wortand 3:30 Sat., Oct. 2 Wright Invitational HS Haycreek GC 10:00 Frl Powel! .... 4:00 Thurs., Oct. 14 Conference Lovell 4:00 15i0 State Legion baseball Jameson, Geiser lead Powell all-state selections BY BOB GEISER With the end of base- ball season comes the an- nouncement of the All-Dis- trict and All-State teams. The North District, which consists of Casper, Gillette, Cody, Douglas, Jackson, Sheridan, Lovell and Pow- ell, selected 19 players for their all-district team. The district champion Gillette Roughriders led the team with five selections. Tourney runner up Powell had four players tabbed, in- cluding shortstop/outfielder Tyler England, pitcher/first baseman Colter Bostick, pitcher/shortstop Scotty Jameson and centerfielder/ pitcher Grant Geiser. Cody and Casper each placed three players on the select team, while Sheridan had two and Jackson and Doug- las one each. With the combined "A/: AA" tourney format, the coaches elected to choose 18 first-team and 18 second- team All-State players. Due to a tie, the first team actu- ally ended up with 19 play- ers. "AA" champion Chey- enne led the way, placing a total of 10 players on the two lists, seven players on the first team and three on the second team. Second- place finisher Gillette had five players included, three first teamers and two second team. Powell, third place overall and the state "A" champion, had four play- ers cited, two on each team. Laramie, the fourth-place team and class "A" runner- up, also had four players se- Grant Geiser lected, two per team. The two all-state lists were rounded out by three players each from Casper and Cody; two each from Sheridan and Rock Springs and one each from Wheat- land, Jackson, Torrington and Douglas. For the Pioneers, Scot- ty Jameson was selected to the all-state first team for a fourth consecutive season. Jameson was the team's top pitcher following up a 13-0 2009 season with a 10-2 record this year. The big right-hander pitched 87.67 innings, striking out 127 batters, gave up 75 hits and only walked 35. There were five unlucky batters who had the joy of being plunked by the hard-throwing Pio- neer ace. He also came in and earned saves in three games this year. Equally dangerous at Scotty Jameson the plate, the smooth field- ing shortstop finished the year with a .498 batting average. He had 101 hits, scored 90 runs and knocked in a remarkable 77 runs. He was second on the team with 27 doubles, which combines power with speed. He also tied for second with nine homeruns. In a total of 203 at bats, the five-year Legion veteran only struck out 15 times, a team low. Jameson, a red-shirt freshman at Ar- kansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark., will put his baseball career on hold for a couple of years. He is slated to travel to the Dominican Republic this fall to serve a two-year mission before re- suming his baseball career. Also nominated to the all-state first team was fel- low Big Horn County ath- lete Grant Geiser. For Geis- er, a four-year veteran of the Legion program, it was his third all-state honor. Geis- er, like Jameson, was a ver- satile player who could play any position, and has. He is most noted for his play in centerfield. The speedy out- fielder laid-out to catch nu- merous shots to the outfield this year and rob the batter of an extra base hit. His ri- fle arm allowed him to have more than a handful of put- out assists from his center- field position. Geiser led the team in numerous offensive catego- ries, including batting aver- age at .514, hits with 114, runs scored with 93, dou- bles with 33, triples with nine and RBIs with 87. He also was tied for second in homeruns with nine and was second on the team in drawing walks with 34. Gei- ser was also second in few- est times struck out, fan- ning only 16 times in 222 official at bats. In addition to center- field and batting, Geiser also filled a valuable posi- tion on the mound, able to eat up innings and keep his team in position to win the ball game. Geiser sported a 7-2 record on the mound this year with one save. He threw 61.33 innings, strik- ing out 51 batters while sur- rendering 94 hits, 27 walks and hitting only three bat- ters. The outfielder turned pitcher had an overall re- cord of 25-17 in his four years of Legion bail. Gei- ser, who played his fresh- man year of college ball at Dakota Wesleyan Universi- ty in Mitchell, S.D., recent- ly transferred to Williston State College in Williston, N.D. Coach Michael Jame- son had some high praise for Geiser and Jameson. "Those two are amazing players, they have so many intangibles that you just can't coach. Those intan- gibles really make them stand out as players. They are both very similar in that they are very quiet and like to lead by example, they are not the rah, rah type play- er." On his brother Scotty, Coach Jameson comment- ed, "Scotty has one of the strongest arms in the re- gion and when he was well rested and on the top of his game he was nearly unhit- table. His arm strength also allowed him to make some pretty incredible plays at shortstop. "Geiser", he said, "is (: mJm!:ll widely regarded as one of the best outfielders in the state and the northwest re- gion. He routinely turned base hits into outs and used his strong right arm to gun down runners who wan- dered too far offbase or tried to take an extra base. Grant is the rare player that could make a huge impact on the outcome of a game from centerfield." Also making all-state as second teamers were Colter Bostick and Tyler England. Of the four, only England can return to help the Pio- neers defend their back-to- back state championships. "Our five seniors have set the bar pretty high for future Powell Pioneer teams as well as the other class "A" teams in the state. I am sad to see them go be- cause it has been a great run for us and a lot of fun;_" Jameson concluded. Advertise your business for just $14 per week I (3 month minimum) .  Call Erin, 548-2217, to 'guide' customers lp.. to your business today! ':: i! :) ,._/. . c,; ., Ross FULLER, DC !i } Office: 30Z548.9338 ! :' Cell: 307.272.9337 223 E. 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