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CHR S September 13, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle 17 Bulldogs fall at Thermop but rock Big Horn Tourney BY PATTI CARPENTER The Lady Bulldogs started their week with an away game in Ther- mopolis on Thursday. They won the first match 25-18, but fell to Ther- mop 26-24, 25-22 and 26-24, ending the day with a disappointing loss in this early season conference game. 'We get another chance to play them at home and I think that we will beat them then," said Coach Stormy Jameson. Jameson said the team had practiced passing all week after a disappointing performance the weekend before at the Wyoming/ Montana Duals in Billings. "All we worked on last week is getting good passes to our setter," said Jameson, 'cause if you can't get a good pass, you can't get a set and therefore can't get a good hit. So we really worked on that to be our main focus going into the game with Thermop and I feel we met our goal as far as passing is concerned. I was really happy with our serve/receive and I think we did a good job with it." Jameson thought the team played well and had good stats. Thermop played well, too. "I can't say there was one thing we should have done," said Jame- son. "They just found a way at the end of the game to play a little bet- ter. Other than that we were trading points back and forth with them and the games were close. Even though we lost, it was the best game we've played this year." Senior Bonnie Rodriguez had five kills and five blocks. Senior Chelsey Ellis had 15 kills, 28 digs and two aces. Sophomore Emilee Reasch was the team leader in kills with 17 and topped off her perfor- mance with 12 blocks, 19 digs, as well as serving 100 percent. Junior Mercedes Haney had a performance of note as an outside hitter with four kills, 13 digs and four aces. Out of 75 passes made by the team Ellis and Reasch made 59 of JoE SOVA Maddie Baxendale and Emilee Reasch block a hit sent over by a Thermopolis player on Thursday, Sept 6, while Megan McClure and Mercedes Haney ready themselves to provide backup if needed. Clure had 31 assists, 21 digs and four aces. The previous weekend McClure was named to the seven player all-tournament team from the Wyoming/Montana Border Wars tournament. "I'm really proud of the fact that the other coaches noticed her and named her for this honor, especially with so many players at that tour- nament," said Jameson. "This is her third year as setter and she is really owning that position. It is hard for her to get noticed often, but she deft- nitely deserves it." BIG HORN INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT them. ..... The gizls travelled to participate As the team's setter, Megan Mc- in the Big Horn Invitational in Big "Horn on Saturday. The team played in the gold bracket with teams from Wright, Tongue River, Kaycee and Wind River. The girls got off to a slow start, falling to Tongue River in both sets 25-19 and a very close 26-25. Jame- son noted that Tongue River was clearly one of the stronger teams in the tournament. Next up, Lovell played Wind River, taking them easily in two games with wins of 25-6 and 25-15. The Lady Bulldogs continued to warm up with two wins against Kaycee, 25-16 and 25-10. Jameson didn't consider this any great con- quest against a 1A team. The next challenge was Wright, the team that beat them last year at the state championships. Jameson said Wright lost several team mem- bers from last years winning team but they still fought hard. Lovell won the first game at 25-20, but lost to Wright the second go-around at 25-20. The team showed off their strength winning all three games played in the final bracket, giving them the gold bracket championship. They took Upton in the first game 21-12 and 21-15, Kaycee in the second game 21-17 and 21-7 and Burns in the third game 21-5 and 22-20. At the tournament, Reasch had 41 kills, 21 blocks, 45 digs and 11 aces. Ellis had 46 kills, 12 blocks, 68 digs and five aces. McClure fin- ished with 16 kills, three blocks, 97 assists, eight aces and 25 digs. Lau- ren Hinckley played outside hitter at the tournament and finished with 14 kills. Baxendale played right side hitter and had 12 kills, five blocks and five aces. Senior Cheyanne Dickey made three kills, three blocks and six digs. Dickey has been struggling with a shoulder issue. Shyann Wilske had 57 digs and three aces as the team's libero. "Shyann is working on her pass- ing and being more consistent," said Jameson, who also said she expects '%ig things" from her. Sophomore Chayli McArthur had five kills, nine digs, and three aces. Her sister, Freshman Charri McArthur, had 21 digs and two aces. "It's always good to take a look at teams from the other side of the state in a tournament like this," said Jameson. "Normally, we wouldn't even see those teams until we get to State. It's good to see that we com- pare to the other teams this early in the season and have the potential to really succeed." Jameson didn't see any team dominating the tournament and thought the win gave the girls confi- dence that they could excel at State again this year. "I think we can play well against anyone we saw at the tournament," she said. "There really wasn't any- one there who was dominating." Jameson sounded much more optimistic than the previous week- end where the girls had a rough go against the teams playing at the duals in Billings. She said the girls practiced hard all week and it showed at this tournament. "It was a positive way to end the weekend," said Jameson. Up next, the girls will travel to Basin to play Riverside on Friday with games starting at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. They will also travel to a tour- nament in Thermopolis on Saturday where the games will begin at 9 a.m. Grizz girls gain strong experience at Big Horn Tournament BY PATTI CARPENTER The Rocky Mountain High School volleyball team traveled over the mountain to participate in the Big Horn Invitational. Coach Carol McMillin thought it was a great op= ........ .... portunity for both the JV and var- sity teams to gain valuable experi- ence and to work out the kinks in their lineups. JV The JV team played on Friday, falling to Big Horn 21-15 and 21-18. "We had some good perfor- mances in the game," said Coach Carol McMillin, referring to kills by Maddie Crawford,one, Mickay- la Asay, two, and Mikaela Hocker, one. "What was nice about that game is that every girl had 100 per- cent serves and we had four aces," said McMillin. The team took on Shoshoni next. Although the girls were de- feated 21 -18 and 21-14, McMillin said she was pleased to see 100 per- cent serving in both matches and six aces. Next the team facedoff with Riverside, resulting in a win for the JV girls in the first game 21-18 but a loss in the second game 21-12. McMillin was pleased to see them with 100 percent serving in both matches. "The JV team is looking pretty good, we have some solid attacks," said McMillin. VARSITY The tourney began with pool play on Saturday morning and end- ed with bracket play later in the day. The Grizz girls were placed in a pool with Big Horn, Shoshoni, Riverside and Upton. The first game was with Big Horn, who McMillin described with one word, "tough." The girls fell to Big Horn 25-14 and 25-16. Haley Strom had one kill, Ra- chael Allred, one, and Brianna Hocker, one. Serves were 100 per- cent. Strom had two aces, Allred added two and Shauna Loman had one. McMillin noted "solid" digs from Mandee Leonhardt, 7, and Lo- man, 8. The next game was with Sho- shoni with Rocky falling to Shosho- ni 25-19 and 25-18. Allred had two aces, Loman, three, Brianna and Mikaela Hocker and Hannah Win- land one apiece. Leonhardt had five digs and Strom had three. Allred PATTI CARPENTER Brianna Hocker reaches high to get the ball over the net at an early season tournament held in Lovell recently. and Mikaela Hocker had solo blocks and there was 100 percent serving. The girls played Riverside next, winning one game 25-23 but losing the other 25-21. Brianna Hocker had five kills, and Strom, two. Win- land, Allred, Loman and Mikaela Hocker each had one kill. Strom and Winland served 100 percent. Leonhardt and Allred had three digs each. "They played really solid and adjusted well to Riverside tipping to them," said McMillin. The girls faced off with Upton next. The gifts were defeated in both games by Upton 25-18 and 26- 24. Once again McMillin said she saw solid serving. Loman had two aces, Winland, one, and Strom, one. Leonhardt had 12 digs, Allred, sev- en, Loman, five. McMillin said she saw some good blocking from Bri- anna Hocker and Strom including some good solo blocks. Allred and Winland had some good assists. The girls moved into bracket play seeded in the gold tournament with a game against Riverside. Riv- erside won the first match 21-9, Rocky won the second match 21-11. In a third match the girls fell to Riv- erside 15-12 ending their particpa- tion in the tournament. Brianna Hocker had four aces, Loman, five, Allred two kills, Lohm- an, five kills, Brianna and Mikae- la Hocker and Strom each had one kill. Leonhardt served 100 percent. Brianna Hocker and Leonhardt had five digs each. "Though we didn't place in the tournament, we got to try different lineups and it was a first time for Mandee Leonhardt to act as libe- ro," said McMillin. We made some other changes like moving Rachael Allred from setter to right side hit- ter and tried a 6-2 formation for the first time." McMillin explained that a 6-2 formation uses two setters. She said they also worked on a 5-1 line- up, which is one setter. %Ve got to try different lineups and in the end we benefitted from the experience," said McMillin. McMillin thought Leonhardt "did great" as libero and thought Allred added so much more to the team as a hitter. She thought Strom and Mikeala Hocker improved their blocking skills playing in the mid- dle and Loman and Brianna Hock- er played strong as outside hitters. She thought Winland performed well as a setter. "The win/loss record doesn't re- ally reflect the improvement the girls made in this tournament," said McMillin. Senior Kallee Jo Wilson, who is recovering from back surgery, was gone but not forgotten. Although Wilson was not able to cheer the girls on from the bench at this tour- nament, she made her support known by giving each girl a basket of treats and a personal note of en- couragement prior to their depar- ture. She also did the same for all of the coaches and the bus driver as well. McMillin said Wilson is han- dling her recovery from her surgery well and she looks forward to seeing her back in action toward the end of the season. Next up, the girls will host Greybull at RMHS on Thursday night for their second conference game of the season with games at. 5 and 6 p.m. On Saturday, the girls will travel to Thermopolis for a tour- nament where they will have even more opportunity to refine their skills. 2A WEST FOOTBALL Conf. Overall Team W L W L Lovell I 0 2 0 Lyman I 0 2 0 Mtn, View I 0 I I Thermopolis I 0 I I Big Piney 0 I I I Kemmerer 0 I I I Pinedale 0 . I I I Greybull 0 I 0 2 RESULTS Friday, August 31 Lovell 32, Wright 21 Glenrock 40, Thermopolis 8 Big Piney 22, Burlington 12 Big Horn 49, Greybull 6 Pinedale 31, Riverside 0 Kemmerer 12, Wind River 6 Cokeville 45, Mountain View 13 Lyman 56, Tongue River 0 Friday, September 7 Thermopolis 64, Big Piney 12 Lyman 46, Kemmerer 6 Lovell 55, Pinedale 31 Mtn. View 13, Greybull 6 SCHEDULE Friday, Sept. 14 Mtn. View at Big Piney, 3:30 p.m. Lovell at Lyrnan, 4 p.m. Thermop at Greybull, 7 p.m. Kemmerer at Pinedale, 7 p.m. 1A WEST FOOTBALL Conf. Overall Team W L W L Rocky Mtn. I 0 2 0 Cokeville I 0 2 0 Shoshoni I 0 2 0 Burlington I 0 I I Riverside 0 I 0 2 Saratoga 0 I 0 2 Wind River 0 I 0 2 Wyo, Indian 0 I 0 2 RESULTS Friday, August 31 Big Piney 22, Burlington 12 Cokeville 45, Mountain View 13 Pinedale 31, Riverside 0 Rocky 36, NSI 7 Lingle 28, Saratoga 6 Shoshoni 40, Upton/Sund. 6 Kemmerer 12, Wind River 6 Pine Bluffs 49, Wyo. Indian 0 Thursday, Sept. 6 Shoshoni 13, Wind River 9 Friday, September 7 Burlington 29, Saratoga 8 Cokeville 50, Riverside 7 Rocky 52, Wyo. Indian 0 SCHEDULE Friday, Sept. 14 Saratoga at Cokeville, 2 p.m. Shoshoni at Burlington, 3 p.m. Riverside at Rocky, 4 p.m. Wyo. Indian at Wind River, 7 p.m.