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CHRONICLE September 4, 2014 I The Lovell Chronicle I 7 BY PA'n'I CARPENTER The Lady Bulldogs pret- ty much stomped the com- petition during the North Big Horn Invitational tour- nament held in Lovell on Friday and Saturday. The team was undefeated in all six matches played during the two-day competition, allowing them to walk away with first place in the tournament. "We finished the week- end a perfect 6-0," said Coach Stormy James- on. "Although some of the games were competitive, we had solid control of all of our matches and proved to be the strongest team at the tournament." The team began pool play on Friday against Greybull, Kemmerer and Meeteetsee. They won 25-5 and 25-19 against Greybull, 25-13 and 25-13 against Kemmerer and 25-11 and 25-6 against Meeteetse. After sweeping pool play on the first day of the tournament, the team was seeded as the number one team in their pool, said Jameson. "That put us facing Burlington, then Wind Riv- er and a rematch against Kemmerer in the champi- onship," she said. On the second day, the team beat Burlington, 25- 15 and 25-11. They went on to beat Wind River 25- 17 and 25-14 and continued their winning streak into the championship match against Kemmerer, 25-17 KARLIE VOSS Senior Emilee Reasch sends a hit past Kemmerer's blockers Friday afternoon at the North Big Horn County Volleyball Tournament. and 25-21. Jameson was pleased with the early season per- formance of the team. "Our girls played really well this weekend and took care of business," she said. "I think we did a good job of spreading out our offense and everyone contributed." Emilee Reasch finished with a team-high of 38 kills, 12 blocks and 33 digs. She also added 7 aces and an assist. Savanna Savage had 11 kills, 8 blocks, 2 aces and 10 digs. Mykelle Nich- olls racked up 15 kills, 10 aces, 20 digs and a couple of assists. Chayli McArthur had 17 kills, a block, 7 aces, 31 digs and an assist. Lau- ren Hinckley had 11 kills, 3 blocks, 9 aces, 27 digs and 5 assists. Charri McArthur finished with 10 kills, 11 aces, 20 digs and 62 assists. Angie Hutzenbiler had an ace and 5 digs and Madison Harper ended with 2 kills, 2 aces and 6 digs. The team will travel to Montana this week for the "Montana-Wyoming Border Wars" to be held in Billings on Friday and Saturday. "Were happy with the outcome of the tournament and we are looking forward to continuing that success in Billings this weekend," said Jameson. SAM S~a Lovell sophomore Brandon Teter (4) looks for running room to the outside as Britton Woody blocks during an intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 23. The Bulldogs host top-ranked Big Horn for their regular season opener Friday at 7 p.m. BY DAVID PECK Hoping to build on last year's 9-1 Cinderella sea- son with a roster stocked with veterans, the Lovell Bulldogs head into the 2014 season with a sense of opti- mism but face a stiff test in their home and season open- er Friday night. "We know we're talent- ed, but it depends whether we come together and what other teams have - and how the ball bounces," Coach Doug Hazen said Monday. ' Lou can be better than last year but do worse. We'll find out in a hurry Friday." The Bulldogs host the defending state champion Big Horn Rams Friday night in a rematch of last season's semifinal clash in Lovell won by the Rams 28-19 - a game many considered to be the true state championship game. The Rams and Bulldogs are ranked first and third, respectively, in the pre-sea- son Wyo.preps.com poll, with Mountain View second. Asked about team strengths, Hazen said the Bulldogs have talent at a number of different posi- tions, while also facing some challenges. Junior Beau Green (6-1, 175) returns at quarterback after his play as a sopho- more a year ago answered a lot of question marks head- ing into the 2013 season. "That was huge," Hazen said of Green's play. "His confidence has grown, and his leadership is still grow- ing. He knows the offense and our expectations. Now he can get to the fine points of what we want him to do." Sophomore Brandon Teter will be the junior var- sity quarterback and will back up Green. Also backing up is sophomore Reece May. Logan Hitz is the freshman quarterback. The Bulldogs have tal- ent returning in the back- field in senior fullback Cade Bischoff, who missed most of the 2013 season with a bro- ken collarbone, and Bran- don Teter at tailback. Also in the mix are sophomores Riley Abraham and Tyler Teter. "In the last three years we've known that 'this is the guy' in the backfield with Dino (Collins) and Dillon (Pickett)," Hazen said. "We think we have an idea this season with Cade and Bran- don, and we'll mix a couple of others in there. We don't have a ton of upper class- men in the backfield, and Cade missed most of last year." Green will have some big targets to throw to in ju- nior tight end Nic Haskell (6-8, 210) and senior tight end/wide receiver Drake Welch (6-3,200). Other wide receivers will be seniors Jac- cob Mickelson, Dylan See and Tristen Snyder and ju- niors Shawn Mollett and Britton Woody. Returning to anchor the offensive line are three seniors in center Daniel Strom (5-11, 190), guard Aaron Monterde (5-10, 205) and tackle Zeke Collins (6- 1,205). In the mix on the of- fensive line will be seniors Erik Ferbrache (6-0, 250) and Garet Fowler (6-5, 275), juniors Merrill Beck and Ja- cob Winterholler and soph- omore Jaret Collins (6-1, 255). THE DEFENSE Defensively, Hazen re- turns three senior linemen to anchor his 4-4 defense in tackles Nash Jolley (6- 0, 230) and Strom and end Welch. Haskell will be the other defensive end. Return- ing at linebacker are inside backers Monterde and Zeke Collins. They'll be joined by outside linebackers Bran- don Teter, Mickelson and Green. In the mix are line- backers Ty Teter and Abra- ham and linemen Fowler and senior Payton Hetland (5-10, 330). Cornerbacks are See and Snyder. Bischoff is the safety. Also seeing time in the secondary will be Green, Woody and Mollett. Asked to evaluate his defense following Saturday's week zero game at Buffalo, Hazen replied, '%Ve're phys- ical enough, but our tack- ling was not very good. Our pad level was not very good. That's something we'll at- tempt to remedy before we see Big Horn. The effort was there, and we had some nice hits, but we weren't consis- tent with it." Brandon Teter will be the kicker, and Welch re- turns at punter and will also handle kickoffs. BIG HORN FRIDAY The Rams come to town Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff, and Hazen knows the Bull- dogs will be in for a battle. "They have some very good talent and experience, and they are well coached (Mike McGuire)," Hazen said. "They're a spread team and will run a fast-paced of- fense with no huddle." Foundation golf tourney Sept. BY DAVID PECK The 12th annual Friends of the Foundation Golf Tournament will be held Sept. 13 at the Foster Gulch Golf Course. The four-person scramble will begin at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. Check-in is at 8:30. All proceeds from the tour- nament - team, hole and flag sponsorships - will go toward the perma- nent endowment, which is matched by the State of Wyoming and will help provide for the future of the North Big Horn Hos- pital District, Foundation Director Janet Koritnik said. Koritnik said 22 teams have signed up so far. Hole and flag sponsor- ships are still available, and local businesses can still help by donating door prizes. Participating teams will receive welcome gift bags, snacks, compli- mentary beverages, hole prizes and a barbecue rib dinner at the conclu- sion of the tournament. A $10,000 hole-in-one prize is also available for just the right shot. For more informa- tion contact Koritnik at 548-5240. BY SAM SMITH The Lovell High School junior varsity foot- ball squad kicked off the 2014 season with a road test against the Greybull Buffs Tuesday in Greybull. The Bulldogs fell to Greybull 6-0. Both teams engaged in a defensive battle through three quarters until four minutes into the fourth quarter when Grey- bull scored on fourth down with a 13-yard pass play. Lovell got the ball back and tried to tie the game but was stopped on fourth down and Greybull ran out the clock, sealing the Buff victory. "This is the first time we played as a team," Bull- dogs coach Craig Lund- berg said. "We did some good things on defense and I'm pleased with their efforts. We've got some guys that haven't played football, but they're doing good." The Bulldogs will travel to Powell to face the Panthers Monday for a 5 p.m. kickoff. netters open season at NBH tourney BY SAM SMITH The Lovell High School junior varsity volleyball squad opened up the 2014 season strong, winning one and splitting two matches at the North Big Horn In- vitational in Cowley. The Lady Bulldogs opened up the tourney Fri- day by defeating Riverside 25-21 and 25-10 and split- ting two games with Kem- merer. The Lady Bulldogs lost the first game 25-17 but came back to win the second 25-16. On Saturday, Lovell fell to Greybull 25-23 and 25-17 but came back strong to split with Cody, losing the first game 25- 22 but winning the second 25-22. "It was a privilege to have an opportuni- ty to coach this group of girls," Lady Bulldogs coach Chelsey Ellis said. "They all progressed throughout the tournament and that was great to see. This tour- nament was a good learn- ing experience for me and the girls and a great way to start off the season. I'm ex- cited to see how they keep progressing throughout the season." While the varsity will be attending the Wyo- ming-Montana Duals in Billings this weekend, the JV team will travel to Lander for a JV tourna- ment Saturday. Beal, Grant and Wolvington take over coaching duties for LHS golf BY SAM SMITH The Lovell High School golf program has found a new head coach after being put on hold and not participating in the Worland Invitational last week due to the de- parture of former coach Levi Collins. Mike Grant has a head:coaching certificate and will take over as the new head coach for the Bulldogs, but Jason Beal will be the primary on- the-course coach and will travel with the team to the tournaments. "Jason Beal, be- cause of his work sched- ule, will be viewed as a head coach for the golf team because he'll be the one that will travel and take the team to tourna- ments," LHS athletic di- rector Joe Koritnik said. "Jason and Dan Wolving- ton both have head-coach- ing endorsements in other sports, which allow them to be an assistant coach to Mike Grant." Wolvington will be the assistant coach to Grant and Beal. "Dan Wolvington, who has worked with former coach Devon Parks, will provide his golfing exper- tise at the practice ses- sions," Koritnik said. "At the end of the day, it will be a team effort by the three coaches to help us keep the golf program go- ing through this season." The Bulldogs will con- tinue on with the season and travel to the Lander Invitational today (Thurs- day) through Friday. They are also scheduled to at- tend the Powell Invita- tional next Thursday and Friday, Sept. 11-12. The 3A West Region- al Tournament is Sept. 19-20 in Jackson. Lane