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10 J The Lovell Chronicle J September 16, 20"/0 www.LovellChronicle.com Grizz drop heartbreaker at Dubois Friday BY DAVID PECK It was a disappointing afternoon in Dubois for the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies Friday. One week after van- quishing Normative Ser- vices 72-0, the Grizz made the long trip to Upper Fre- mont County and played well enough to win but made some costly mistakes in a 13-12 loss to the Dubois Rams, coach David Hayes reported. Rocky built a 12-0 half- time lead only to see Dubois take advantage of short-field situations to score twice in the second half. After a scoreless first quarter, the Grizzlies put together a nice drive behind the running of junior haft- back Derik Romero and se- nior fullback Kyle Peterson, who punched in the touch- down from two yards out. Dubois stopped the two- point conversion and Rocky led 6-0 early in the second quarter. Gaining momentum, the Grizz got the ball back and scored again, this time on a six-yard run by Romero. The extra-point kick failed, but Rocky led 12-0 and car- ried that lead into the locker room at halftime. The second half was "filled with mistakes" for the Grizz, Hayes said. A mix-up in the backfield led to a fum- bled exchange on a handoff, and Dubois took advantage of the short field to score. Rocky stopped the two-point conversion and led 12-6 late in the third. A bad snap from cen- ter gave Dubois the ball in Rocky territory. The Grizz held, but on the ensuing Ram punt, Romero tried to field the rolling football and lost the handle. Dubois got the ball around the Rocky 10 and scored, then kicked the extra point to lead 13-12. Rocky came back with a strong drive that reached the Dubois 25. Quarterback Guy Jones found Luke Le- onhardt near the goal line, but the senior couldn't haul in the pass with the sun in his eyes. The Grizz ended up giving the ball up on downs. "It was a perfect pass, and Luke ran a perfect route. It was a good effort. He just didn't get it," Hayes said. But the real difference was turnovers, Hayes said. 'Te had five turnovers and forced some, too," he said. "Dubois is a pretty tough team. They have some big guys. We had 176 yards to their 82." Hayes said Romero led the team in rushing with 93 yards on 19 carries. Le- onhardt added 32 yards on seven carries, Guy Jones 31 on 10 carries. He said junior running back Logan Friedly suffered an injured knee in the first quarter and missed the rest of the game. He also said senior lineman Kaleb Hoyt was only about 50 percent playing with an injured shoulder. Romero also got banged up late in the game, the coach said. Outside linebacker Le- onhardt led the Grizz with 28 defensive points on six assisted tackles, three solo tackles, one tackle for a loss, one sack, one fumble recov- ery and one interception. Lineman Russell Roberts added 17 defensive points, middle linebacker Caleb Es- tes 14. "Our defense played re- ally well," Hayes said. "They had two short fields to de- fend (or Dubois might not have scored). "Our offense played well at times but mistakes cost us. We showed signs of grinding it out against a tough defense. Unfortunate- ly, mistakes hurt us." HOME GAME The Grizz will host the Riverside Rebels Friday night in Byron. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Riverside is 1-1 on the season, defeating Pinedale on the road in week one, 23- 20, then falling to powerful Cokeville 61-6 in Basin Fri- day afternoon. Riverside will mix it up on offense, throwing and running the ball, Hayes, said, adding, "They'll spread you out." Quarterback Jor- dan Herman will throw to Ben Anson, and Mike Miller and Clint Getzfreid will car- ry the ball. He said the team will be anxious to play a better game this week. "We felt like we gave one up (at Dubois). We felt we were the better team," Hayes said. On defense, the Rebels will play a 5-3, Hayes said, adding, "They have some big kids." The Grizz topped River- side 24-0 last year in Basin. Rocky Mountain junior Caleb Estes closes in on Normative Services back Yonathan Islas during Rocky's 72-0 win on Sept. 3. The Grizzlies host Riverside Friday at 7 p.m. in Byron. Lovell golfers place fourth at Thermop, host Kemmerer and Wright this week BY DAVID PECK The Lovell High School golf team is gearing up for the state tournament next week in Lusk and enjoyed strong competition at the Thermopolis Invitational Friday - a one-day, varsityanly event that drew six schools. The Lovell boys placed fourth at Thermop, defeating both the host team and Worland. Cody topped the field with a score of 312 followed by Powell at 319, Buffalo 351, Lovell 372, Thermopolis 378 and Worland 404. "It was a good meet for us again. We stayed in the middle of the pack," coach Ben Fowler said. Four Bulldog golfers shot in the 90s Friday. Cody King shot 90, Jared Minchow 92, Chase Tippetts 94, Jeff Lewis 96 and Brandon Wolvington 115. For the Lady Bulldogs, Mason Fowler placed fifth with a 102, and Jor- dan Frost shot 117. "We're consistent, but we're not breaking into the 80s," Fowler said. "The question is, what will it take to shave a few strokes? With some it's driving, for some it's the second shot. We'll have well-rounded practices to work on everyone's weak spots this week. It's a team sport, but it's also an individual effort." The Bulldogs will host Kem- merer and Wright for the Lovell Invitational this Friday and Sat- urday. Though the meet is small, it will feature the teams likely to place first, second and third at the state tournament the follow- ing week in Lusk. "We'd like to see how we com- pare to Kemmerer," Fowler said, noting that the Bulldogs saw Wright on Labor Day Weekend. "Kemmerer is the defending state champion. They're definitely the team to beat. It'll be good to see where we stand with them." Action begins Friday at 10 a.m. and should start Saturday at 9 a.m. if the frost comes offthe greens in time for early-morning mowing, Fowler said. The Bulldogs will be almost at full strength with Mason Fowl- er and Jordan Frost as the top two girls and, in order, King, Minchow, Tippetts, Wolvington, Jesse Bassett, Kaleb Hitz, Isaac Schroeder, Daniel Gran and Mor- gan May competing for the boys team. Lewis will miss the tourna- ment. It will .];first tournament for Schroeder, Grhn and May. With the ypunger kids or their home course, it's a good op- portunity for them to see some ac- tion," Fowler said. "They're excit- ed, and I am, too." The state golf tournament in Lusk will include a practice round next Thursday, Sept. 23, and state competition on Friday and Saturday. Middle school gridders open new season BY DAVID PECK Local middle school football teams have jumped into their September sched- ules with a number of games in recent days. Lovell coach Kevin Walker said the Mustangs dropped a pair of games against the Cody Cougars on Saturday in Cody. The seventh grade lost to Cody 34-12, and the eighth grade fell 4O-8. In the seventh-grade game, Walker said Salimon Nava scored on a pair of long runs for the Mustangs and the whole team played well considering that it was their first game of full-con- tact football. "Cody started their Lit- tle League program four or five years ago, and those kids are now starting to come through and are ready to hit," Walker said. "It took our kids a quarter or two, and I thought they did pret- ty good." Walker said Lovell has now started a youth league football program for fifth- and sixth-graders, and the first games are in Worland Saturday at 2:30 and 4 p.m. Walker said coaches in- clude himself, Ryan Nich- olls, Troy Teter, Paul Roth and Michael Jameson. The youth league pro- gram will improve the mid- dle school program, Walker said. In the eighth-grade game Saturday, Lovell's lone touchdown came on a 50-yard play-action pass from quarterback Tanner Coleman to tight end Drake Welch, Walker said. He said the Mustangs played short- handed after starting full- back Aaron Monterde and halfback Dylan See went out with injuries in the first quarter and backup full- back Richard Walker left the game later with an an- kle injury. "We had to move kids around," Walker said. "We were pounding it (with the running game) early." The Mustangs are scheduled to host Burling- ton today (Thursday) at 4:15 p.m. with the eighth- grade game first and sev- enth-graders playing a cou- ple of extra quarters. The Lovell squads trav- el to Thermopolis Saturday for a 9:30 a.m. kickoff with the seventh grade sched- uled first, followed by the eighth grade. GRIZZLIES MIXED RESULTS The Rocky Mountain Grizzlies opened the sea- son in Byron last Thursday, Sept. 9, hosting the Cody B squad. Cody won the eighth- grade game 29-12 and the seventh-grade contest 14-0. Coach Rod Winland said Bill Despain scored on a four-yard touchdown sweep in the first quarter that was set up by a 60-yard run by Cannon Simmons. Quarter- back Kirby Winland added a touchdown in the third. "Cody was fast and big," Coach Winland said. "We played consistent the whole game. Kirby scrambled most of the game for our of- fense." The Grizzly seventh- graders just couldn't move the ball on offense, Win- land said, adding that Cody scored on two long runs. On Saturday in Byron, Rocky Mountain split with the .Thermopolis Bobcats, winning the eighth-grade game 24-8 but dropping the seventh-grade game 14-8. Despain scored on a 70- yard interception return, a yard dive for the Grizz in the eighth-grade battle. Simmons also scored on a 12-yard sweep. Thermop dominated the line of scrimmage in the seventh-grade game, Win- land said. Cole Wambeke scored late in the first half on a sweep, and Simmons made the two-point conver- sion on a quarterback keep- er. The Grizzlies were scheduled to travel to Bur- lington Tuesday afternoon and are scheduled to travel to Cloud Peak today (Thurs- day) for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff. Burlington is scheduled to play the Grizz in Cowley next Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 30-yard sweep and a four- 4:30 p.m. Lady Mustangs start season on fire BY CHERYL JOLLEY The Lovell Lady Mustangs opened the volleyball season by hosting Grey- bull Tuesday Sept. 7. The seventh grade dominated the Buffs 21-7, 21-18, 16-4 in the A match and 21-8, 21-5, 15-9 in the B match. The eighth grade squads also dominat- ed 21-11, 21-12, 21-4 in the A match and 21-18, 21-11 and 21-13 in the B match. In a round robin among Lovell, Powell, Greybull and Cody held on Sept. 9, the seventh grade A squad beat Cody in Lovell 21-8, 21-2, 21-17 followed by Powell 15-21,21-11, 21-16. The B squad also did well against Cody 21-13, 21-14, 24-22 and again against Powell 21-17, 13-21, 21-10. The eighth grade A squad continued their winning streak against Cody in Cody Thursday 21-1, 21-11, 17-15 but fell to Powel121- 23, 14-21, 15-8. The B squad followed by beating Cody 21-13, 21-6, 15-7 but also fell to Powell 18-21, 21-10, 8-15. The Mustangs travel to Worland and Greybull for round robin action Saturday. Seventh graders play in Worland, eighth graders in Greybull. First matches start at 9:30 a.m. RMMS Lady Grizz have busy stretch The Rocky Moun- tain Middle School volley- ball team has had a busy week as the Lady Grizzlies get into the meat of their schedule, playing four se- ries of matches in six days. The Lady Grizz opened the season on Sept. 3 against Powell. Playing in Powell, the eighth-grade A team fell 12-21, 16-21, 15- 21, while the B team lost 7-21, 21-10, 4-21, coach Julie Winland reported. She said she didn't have scores from seventh-grade matches played in Cow- ley, but Powell swept the matches. Then came the busy stretch. Hosting Meetee- tse on Sept. 9, the Rocky A team won 21-17, 6-21, 21-16, and the B team won 12-21, 21-15, 21-12. The Lady Grizz traveled to Ten Sleep the next day, Sept. 10, where the A team fell 10-21, 19-21 and the B team won 25-23, 21-14. Rocky hosted Greybull on Monday, winning the A match 17-21, 21-8, 21-13, dropping the B match 16- 21, 11-21 and winning the C match 21-13, 15-21, 21- 17. Finally, the Lady Grizz hosted Burlington Tues- day, losing the A match 15-21, 21-19, 14-21, drop- ping the B match 19-21, 11-21 and winning the C match 21-12, 21-18. The Lady Grizzlies host Cloud Peak today (Thursday) at 4 p.m. FOOTBALL STANDINGS 2A WE T FOOTBAI L Conf. Overall Team W L W L Bin Pinnv I 0 2 0 Lovell I 0 2 0 Grnvbull I 0 1 I Lvmen I 0 1 I Kemmerer O 1 0 2 Pinedale n 1 0 2 Mtn. View O 1 0 2 Wvo. indian O 1 0 2 RESULTS Friday, September 10 Greybull 28, Mtn. View 13 Lyman 41, Kemmerer 6 Big Piney 51, WIHS 6 Lovel127, Pinedale 6 SCHEDULE Friday, September 17 Mtn. View at Big Piney, 4 p.m. Lovell at Lyman, 4 p.m. Wyo. Indian at Greybull, 7 p.m. Kemmerer at Pinedale, 7 p.m. 1A WEST FOOTBAL L Conf. Overall Team W L W L (oknville 1 O 2 0 Wind River 1 O 2 0 Dubaia 1 O 2 0 Iturlinoton 1 0 1 I Rotkv Mtn. 0 I 1 1 Riverside 0 ! 1 I raratona 0 I 0 2 Shoshoni 0 I 0 2 RESULTS Thursday, September 9 Wind River 34, Shoshoni 6 Friday, September 10 Cokeville 61, Riverside 6 Burlington 12, Saratoga 7 Dubois 13, Rocky Mtn. 12 SCHEDULE Friday, September 17 Saratoga at Cokeville, 2 p.m. Shoshoni at Burlington, 3 p.m. Riverside at Rocky (Byron) 7 Dubois at Wind River, 7 p.m.