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CHR S September 11, 2014 The Lovell Chronicle 19 PATTI CARPENTER The Lady Grizz celebrate a good start to their volleyball season, with wins this week over teams from Meeteetse and Riverside. Awesome. week for Rocky girls BY PATTI CARPENTER The Lady Grizz are off to a good start this season, with wins this week over two opponents--Meeteetse and Riverside. On Thursday, the girls took on Meeteetse on their home court, wining all three games 25-22, 25-15 and 25-22. Marissa Arnold let the team in kills with 10, Mikayla Hocker had 7, Liv- ia Higgins had 3, and Mad- die Crawford and Mikayla McWhirter had 2 apiece. "I'm really proud of our small team, especially the sophomores who filled in," said Coach Jamie Cooley. Cooley said she was im- pressed with the serving she saw, especially from Crawford who served 19 out of 21. She noted that Arnold and Hocker served with nine successful serves out of 11. "We got off to a slow start, most likely because we creamed this team at the tournament last week," said Cooley, "but they showed up ready to play and it was a lesson learned that we have to play our best no matter who we come up against." Cooley said she was very impressed with soph- omore Summer Johnson who is called upon to play for both JV and varsity. She said Johnson brings a lot of energy to the court. On Friday night the team played Riverside in an away game. They won the first two games 25-10 and 25-14, but Riverside put the pressure on in the third game, winning 25- 21. The girls dug deep in the fourth game, winning 25-17. Cooley commented that Crawford's passing was spectacular. "We're working on pass- ing, which is something we struggle with sometimes," said Cooley. "Maddie real- ly came through for us on this." She said what pleased her most was to see the girls just go out and play and enjoy the game. She noted that Arnold keeps the girls "up" and commu- nicated very well the en- tire evening, which set the stage for a successful team effort. "They did good," said "That sort of communi- Cooley. "They played their cation goes a long way and heads off, leaving nothing on the floor." She said she was very impressed with the game Kaitlyn Hayes and Ar- nold played. She noted that Hocker, as always, proved to be someone she could count on. Arnold again led the team with 8 kills. Hock- er and Hayes had 4 apiece, Higgins had 3 and Ash- lei Carroll had 1. Johnson set for the entire game and it really took her game up to another level," said Cooley. She said the girls played hard the entire time and most important of all, they played "their game." Next up the girls will travel to Sheridan for the Big Horn Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Cool- ey said this will be a great opportunity to see other teams and what the Lady Grizz need to work on to stay on top of their game. Lady Bulldogs get a taste of 3A competition this week BY PATTI CARPENTER The Lovell Lady Bull- dogs had another successful weekend in Billings, at the Montana-Wyoming Bor- der Wars volleyball tour- nament. Friday consisted of pool play matches where each team took on an op- ponent for three sets to 25 points, whether they won the first two sets or not. "We were pooled with Miles City, Jackson and Sidney," said Coach Stormy Jameson. "We started out by winning two of three against Miles City (23-25, 25-23, 25-16) then anoth- er two out of three against Jackson (23-25, 25-20, 25- 15) before sweeping Sidney (25-13, 25-13, 25-15). "We were placed in a strong pool and had to play at a higher level than last weekend. We saw some strong individual hitters that we had to adjust our defense around, and it's nice to know we were able to do that mid-game and be successful." On Saturday, teams were seeded and ranked against the teams from their own state. "We finished as the sec- ond best record of the Wy- oming teams (behind Pow- ell), which landed us a rematch against Sidney in our opening game on Sat- urday. All games played on Saturday were best two out of three to 25 points. "We handled Sidney 25- 15 and 25-12. The hardest matches to win sometimes are the first games in the morning because the girls don't always come in as awake as they need to be, or as warmed up. But, it was nice to have an easier game to get them warmed up because we had to play immediately afterward against Jackson again, who had been a much tougher opponent the day before." Jameson said Jack- son came out firing, win- ning the first set 14-25. The Lady Bulldogs rose to the challenge, winning the last two sets 25-23 and 25-21. "That put us facing the top-seeded Powell Lady Panthers," said Jameson. KARLIE VOSS Lauren Hinckley goes for the hit against Greybull at the North Big Horn County Volleyball Tournament on Aug. 29-30. "Powell bested us 25-18 and 25-22 and then went on to win the whole tournament." In their final match, the girls played Hardin, and beat them (24-26, 25- 17, 25-22), finishing third in the tournament. "There were several times throughout the tour- nament that we found our- selves in big holes, down a set or down a lot of points, and we found ways to claw back into matches and win when a lot of teams fold in those situations," said Jameson. "That's comfort- ing to know that we have the heart to do that, but I would much rather play with a lead and keep it. "It was good to see some tougher competition and build our confidence going into 3A play." On the weekend, Lovell stat leaders were Emilee Reasch with 62 kills, 11 blocks and 12 aces. Charri McArthur also had 12 aces along with 101 assists and team-high with 47 digs. Chayli McArthur, Mykelle Nicholls, Lauren Hinckley and Savanna Savage also had a good weekend, as our offense was able to remain balanced across the board," Jameson noted. According to Jameson, Emilee Reasch was selected to the Montana-Wyoming Border Wars All-Tourna- ment team, which was cho- sen by the host tournament committee. Jameson said only seven girls from the entire tournament received this honor. POWELL The team faced PoT- ell again on Tuesday night in Powell for its first con- ference game in the 3A di- vision. After losing to Pow- ell in the tournament a few days before, Jameson said the girls went in seeking re- venge. Unfortunately, the girls fell again to the Lady Panthers. "We lost to Powell (16- 25, 18-25 and 20-25)," said Jameson. "We didn't really play our best, and against a team like that, every one of us needs to have a good day. It was a tough way to start our conference play- ing the 3A defending state champions on their home court, but we hope to learn from it and that it will fuel a fire within us." Reasch was the team- leader again with 9 kills, 2 blocks and 5 digs. My- kelle Nicholls had 7 kills, 2 aces and 11 digs. Chayli McArthur had 2 kills and 11 digs. Lauren Hinckley had 3 kills and 14 digs. Sa- vanna Savage and Charri McArthur both had one kill apiece. Savage also had a block and McArthur had 14 assists. Next up the girls will travel to Rawlins for the Rawlins Tournament, on Friday and Saturday. Veterans and freshmen impress in LHS cross country opener BY DAVID PECK The Lovell cross coun- try team made a strong first impression as the team saw its first action of the new season Friday when the Bulldogs and Lady Bull- dogs competed at the Bill- ings Invitational. Veterans and newcom- ers alike ran well in Bill- ings, either making impres- sive debuts or improving on times from a year ago. Senior AJ Dickson placed 26 th out of 169 run- ners in the varsity boys race with a solid time of 16:47.27, about 22 seconds faster on the three-mile course than he ran last year (17:09.6). Right behind him at the fin- ish was junior Jacob New- man, who placed 27 th with a time of 16:47.59, 24 seconds better than his time from a year ago (17:11.7). "Those are great open- ing times," Coach Caleb Sanders said. "Our goal for them was to go under 18 seconds, and they did. They didn't run together during the race. AJ came up from behind in the last mile. Ja- cob led AJ until the last half second." Also running in the varsity race were senior Andrew Mayes, who fin- ished 115 th with a time of 18:53.47, two minutes fast- er than a year ago, and se- nior Alex Sawaya, who placed 131 st at 19:25.63, about 41 seconds faster than a year ago. "That's a good time for COURTESY PHOTO Lovell freshman Brent Snyder and Rocky sophomore Dominic Twomey stride out during the Billings Invitational Friday afternoon. Both placed in the top 10 in the junior varsity race. Andrew," Sanders'said. "He's in better shape than I thought he'd be in." One of the high school athletes of the week named by coaches this week is freshman Brent Snyder, who made a smashing de- but by placing third out of 242 runners in the junior varsity race with a time of 17:35.95. "That's a lot faster than I thought he'd be," Sanders said. "I thought he'd be around 18:10 on that course, so it was a big surprise." The other athlete of the week is freshman Will Lillard, who placed 83 rd in the JV race with a time of 20:18.43. "He'll be right in the thick of the top seven run- ners on the team," Sanders said, based on Lillard's per- formance in Billings. Placing 108 th in the JV race was freshman Kyle Wolvington, who ran a time of 20:51.41. "He needs to go out fast- er," Sanders said. "He's got more in the tank." Close behind Wolving- ton was junior Joey Bas- sett, who placed 110 th with a time of 20:52.02, nearly a minute faster than last year. Freshman Ben Cornia placed 1364 in the JV race at 21:18.63, junior Dillon Schneider 150 th at 21:43.03, a minute and a half faster than a year ago, and soph- omore Kyle Burton 152 nd at 21:44.10. Senior Dylan Ohman ran 25:24.42, junior Chance Wilson 25:35.72. In the girls division, ju- nior Jaclyn Caldwell placed 31 st in the varsity race with a time of 20:19.28. "That's an improve- ment from last year, but I expect her to be much fast- er by the end of the season," Sanders said. "That's a de- cent start for her." Caldwell ran 22:11.9 a year ago. Strong in her high school debut was junior Ja- mie Kite, who placed 105 th in the junior varsity race out of 203 runners with a time of 25:20.82. "For her first race I was pleased with her run," Sanders said. Sophomore Jazmyn See placed 128 th in JV, cover- ing the course in 26:03.89, 42 seconds faster than a year ago, and Afton George ran 26:06.24 to place 130  in the JV race, 2 minutes faster than a year ago. Freshman Bailey Mitchell ran 30:23.93, soph- omore Mylee McArthur 30:48.42. MIDDLE SCHOOL RUNNERS The Lovell Middle School squad competed at the Rocky Mountain Mid- dle School Invitational last Thursday in Cowley, and although he had not re- ceived results as of Monday afternoon, Sanders did say that seventh-grader James Caldwell did place sec- ond to earn middle school athlete of the week hon- ors along with sixth-grader Zeke Newman, who placed fourth. "Both of them ran well," Sanders said. "I knew James would run strong, but Zeke was a little bit of a surprise." The Bulldogs and Mus- tangs will travel to Sheri- dan Saturday to compete in the Michelle Ludwig Invita- tional. Running begins with the middle school girls race at 10 a.m. followed by the middle school boys at 10:30, varsity girls at 11 a.m., var- sity boys at 11:30, junior varsity girls at noon and JV boys at 12:30.