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8 I The Lovell Chronicle I September 10, 2015 DALE ESTES Rocky Mountain running back Brian Crawford darts through a hole for a gain during the Rocky Mountain game at Tongue River Friday night in Dayton as (l-r) Cordell McFarlane (2), Garrett Vezain (62) and Travis Banks (23) block. The Grizz host Shoshoni Friday night at 7. BY DAVID PECK For the second straight season the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies opened the sea- son with a frustrating loss to the Tongue River Eagles. This time the game was in Dayton Friday night, and like last year, the Eagles prevailed 14-7. Tongue River took 7-0 lead late in the first quarter on a seven-yard run by Dil- lon Lyons, and the score re- mained that way until early in the fourth quarter when Rocky knotted it at 7-7 on a 26-yard run by quarterback Cole Wambeke. Tongue River respond- ed with a long drive and was knocking on the door at the Rocky 11 when light- ning moved into the area and forced a delay. When play resumed TR scored on a four-yard run by Brennan Kutterer to lead 14-7. The Grizz attempted to respond but were unable to sustain a drive, coach David Hayes said. "It was a very ironic game as it played out real in season-opener beke did a great job placing the ball where our wide re- ceivers could catch it. We dropped a few passes, which could have been first downs or more. Penalties, turn- overs and dropped balls were a big reason we only put 7 on the board. We have an offense which can really move the ball and put points on the board, but we need to execute properly." Hayes said the Grizzlies held the home team defen- sively for the most part, but a couple of breakdowns led to scores. The first touch- down came after a receiv- er was left uncovered on fourth and five, and the sec- ond scoring drive was aided by the Grizz defenders on the edge getting sealed and Tongue River backs getting to the outside. "Those two drives were their 14 points," Hayes said. "They moved the ball at times, but those two drives could have easily been nul- lified if we did our job cor- rectly. At times our defense showed signs of what they we have the team to per- form well and hold our own against tough opponents. We need to get a lot better to play with the top teams in 1A. We have work to do." According to statistics kept by the home team, TR out-gained Rocky 260-194 in total offense, rushing for 201 yards and passing for 59, while the Grizz rushed for 137 and passed for 57. Wambeke completed 7 of 15 passes for 57 yards as Banks caught two passes for 26 yards, McFarlane two for 3 yards, Sweat one for 13, Cole Simmons one for 9 and Brian Crawford one for 6. Sweat led the Grizzlies in rushing with 47 yards on 10 carries. McFarlane add- ed 44 yards on 13 carries, Wambeke 33 yards on five carries and Banks 13 yards on four attempts. On defense, Hayes said, Crawford had four solo tackles and Wes Homewood had four solo and three as- sisted stops. Tongue Riv- er stats also showed Sweat with nine solo and two as- close to last year's loss to TR can do with stops in key . they got usat Rocky situatiq ,. We just need to 14-'], H yes said. "offefi2 clean ti ' assignments and sively, we moved the ball well at times only to shoot ourselves in the foot with penalties, assignment mis- takes, dropped balls and two fumbles. We ran the ball well at times with the O line opening up holes and (Cordell) McFarlane, (Geh- rig) Sweat, (Travis) Banks and Wambeke running the ball. "Our passing game was there, and Cole Wam- mistakes. We didn't cause any turnovers while giving up two on offense. We need to win that battle." Special teams play was highlighted by a strong punt return game and strong punt coverage, but kickoff coverage needs to improve as the Eagles nearly re- turned a kickoff for a touch- down, Hayes said. "Overall, it was a tough loss," he said. "We feel sisted tackles, Tristan Jew- ell eight solo tackles and Banks and McFarlane four solo and one assisted tack- le each. HOME OPENER The Grizz will host the Shoshoni Wranglers for their home and conference opener Friday at 7 p.m. The Wranglers are 1-0 after edg- ing Class 2A Big Piney 14- 13 Friday night in Shoshoni. "They are improved and will be ready," Hayes said. "They have a tough team. We'd better play!" PATTI CARPENTER Lady Bulldog Trysa Flood attempts to get a ball past her competition at a tournament played earlier in the season. BY PATrl CARPENTER The Lady Bulldogs sent a message loud and clear that they were a force to be reckoned with at the Wyoming/Montana Border War Tournament held in Cody last weekend. The la- dies triumphed over three of the four challengers, los- ing only to Billings Cen- tral in four relatively close matches. The team opened the tournament on Friday, playing a tough Miles City squad, winning all three sets 25-23, 25-20 and 25- 20. Next, the girls took on the Laurel Locomotives, beating them 25-23, 25-17 and 25-20. Then in an early Satur- day morning game against Billings Central, the team took its first loss of the tournament in four sets 17- 25, 22-25, 25-23 and 23-25. After the loss, the girls re- grouped and regained their momentum against Glen- dive, sweeping the Mon- tana team 25-19, 25-8 and 25-9. "Overall, I think this tournament was a suc- cess," said Coach Stormy Jameson. "We improved in some areas from last week- end, but have discovered some new areas we need to improve on. The only time I really didn't feel like we played well was against Billings Central, and we missed an opportunity to remain undefeated had we played to our potential." Unlike previous years, the tournament was a three out of five games for- mat instead of a two out of three games format. Jameson said she felt it made each match more like a "real game." The tournament championship team title was awarded to the team with the best winning per- centage from the state that also won the most games in the tournament. Though not the tournament cham- pions, the Lady Bulldogs finished near the top of the teams that played in the tournament. "It was good to face high-level, competitive teams that we won't see again during the year," said Jameson. Weekend stats include: Mykelle Nichols 30 kills, 59 digs, 10 aces, two as- sists and two blocks. Kar- lie Keller 35 kills, 53 digs, four aces, four assists. Sa- vanna Savage 25 kills, 10 digs, five aces and 13 blocks. Kaitlyn Mickelson four kills, nine digs, eight aces and five blocks. Ken- dra Price one kill, three digs. Mandi Jo Baxendale 23 kills, six digs, one as- sist, three blocks. Trysa Flood 40 digs and five aces. Charri McArthur 11 kills, 26 digs, eight aces, 100 assists and three blocks. Madison Harper 53 digs and one kill. Next up, the team will travel to Rawlins to com- pete in the Rawlins Invita- tional, a 3A tournament. "We'll see where we match up at this point in the season against all the other teams from our divi- sion," said Jameson. "We are seeded in a very diffi- cult pool play on Friday that will test our skills and hopefully we can rise to the occasion." BY DAVID PECK The 13thannual Friends of the Foundation Golf Tour- nament will be held this Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Foster Gulch Golf Course near Lovell, sponsored as a fundraiser by the North Big Horn Hospital Foundation. The four-person scram- ble will begin at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. Check-in is at 8:30. All proceeds from the tournament - team, hole and flag sponsorships - will go toward a new stress test treadmill for North Big Horn Hospital, Foundation Direc- tor Janet Koritnik said. Koritnik said 20 teams have signed up for the tour- nament. Hole and flag spon- sorships are still available, and local businesses can still help by donating door prizes. Participating teams will receive welcome gift bags, snacks, complimentary bev- erages, hole prizes and a barbecue rib dinner at the conclusion of the tourna- ment. A $10,000 hole-in-one prize is also available for just the right shot. For more information call Koritnik at 548-5240. Lady Bulldog JVs go 3-1 in Lander BY SAM SMITH The Lovell Lady Bull- dogs junior varsity volley- ball squad went 3-1 at the Lander JV Tournament Saturday. Lovell fell to Star Val- ley, hen defeated Jackson, Thermopolis and Lander to finish 3-1 in the tournament. "They are making great improvements and working hard," coach Tiffani Ander- son said. "I am really proud of them." The Lady Bulldogs will participate in the Rawlins invitational Friday and Sat- urday, then will meet Rocky in Cowley Tuesday with the freshman game at 4 p.m., JV at 5 p.m. and the varsity at 6 p.m. OF LOVELL WEEKENDS ONLY: Now through November 29, 7 AM - 4 PM You MUST contact the LPD dispatcher (548-2215) to get permission PRIOR to burning. Residents who are sensitive to smoke may call and register with the dispatcher and those who plan to burn will be notified if there is a sensitive resident in the area. If a complaint is received by the dispatcher a police officer will be sent to investigate and may require afire to be extinguished. There is a 2 hour burn down period4-6 eM SATURDAY. SEPTEI, IBEI 12 2 P.I,I. IAlt HEM01IlAL STADIUH HALF SEASON MINI-PLANS STILL A rAILABLE!