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CHRONICLE October 6, 2011 I The Lovell Chronicle I 7 BY DAVID PECK The Lovell Bulldogs have survived three "big games" this season, beat- ing then number-two Ly- man on Sept. 16, 21-7, then holding on to beat always- tough and fifth-ranked Mountain View Buffaloes the following Friday on the road, 21-19. Friday, the Bulldogs traveled to Greybull to take on the third-ranked Buffs in their third consec- utive "big game" against a ranked opponent, and it was, perhaps, the Bulldogs' strongest effort of the sea- son as they defeated Grey- bull 24-13. "I told the kids after the game that we finally played hard for four quar- ters," coach Doug Hazen said. "Our mantra for the week was 'finish.' In ev- ery game, it" seems, we've been up at halftime, but we needed to finish the fi- nal two quarters and play a complete game." The Bulldogs showed their versatility against the Buffs, rushing for 141 yards and passing for 231 for 372 yards of total of- fense. Greybull rushed for 52 yards and passed for 122. Hazen noted that quar- terback Dylan Hultgren spread the ball around to six different receivers en route to a performance where he connected on 14 of 20 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns, eight first downs and no inter- ceptions. "Right now we're pret- ty lucky," Hazen said. "We have kids who don't start BY PATTI CARPENTER The LHS volleyball team continued fighting their way to the top this week, adding another two wins to their un- defeated conference season. On Saturday, Oct. 1, the girls took on Thermop in Thermopolis, winning the first two games 26-24 and 25-19, falling to Thermop in the third game 21-25, but defeating them again in the last game 25-15. Thermopolis is hold- ing on to second place in the conference standings so far. Lovell is number one and went into this game plan- ning to keep it that way. "We're just ready for it to get here," said Coach Stormy Jameson. "We're ready for Regionals. I think we're peaking at the right moment. We don't want to peak early in the season and not get any better. We've been getting better all season at a steady pace and now we're hitting our peak at the right time." The last time the Lady Bulldogs took on Thermop was at a tournament early in the season where Ther- mopolis prevailed. A lot has changed since then, and the LHS girls had no intention of letting Thermop walk away with a win this time. "Our girls definitely re- membered that they beat us before and didn't want to let that happen again," said that most teams would love to have starting for them." The Bulldogs will need that depth, however, as they lost starting senior fullback and linebacker Steven Pickett to a bro- ken leg in the fourth quar- ter. While running the ball, Pickett's leg got twisted, breaking his tibia, as well as a bone in his foot. He will miss the rest of the season. Besides a crisp passing attack, the Bulldogs also ran the ball well, despite starting halfback Dino Col- lins being a little bit ten- der with an ankle injury suffered against Mountain View. "Dino ran hard right away, then got nicked up," Hazen said. "Then Dimas (Patina) stepped up. Our line continued to block well. "Kudos to Greybull. They have a very good de- fensive line. Their D line came hard. We had some breakdowns we have to clean up. They did some twisting and stunting that kind of messed us up." EARLY DEFENSE Defense dominated early in the game. Lovell took the opening kickoff but went three and out as Brady Shoemaker sacked Hultgren on third down. A nice punt return by Austin Frazier set the Buffs up in Lovell territory, but Lovell senior Collin McArthur ended the threat with an interception at the 3-yard line. The Bulldogs were un- able to drive it out, but Jameson. "If we would have lost this game, we would have been tied for first with them," explained Jameson. "So, we knew we definitely needed to win." According to Jameson, hanging on to first place go- ing into regionals keeps the girls in an ideal starting po- sition in the regional start- ing bracket. "They defmitely wanted to win, too. They wanted the number one seed position as well." Erin Robertson had 14 kills, Jodi Walker 10, Chelsey Ellis eight and freshman Em- ily Reasch seven. "Out of the best, Chelsey (Ellis) probably had the best hitting game that she's had so far," said Jameson. "She just didn't get as many kills because they (Thermop) were really digging them the whole time." The top defensive plays came from Leanne Win- terholler with 38 digs, Ellis with 18, Megan McClure 12, Shyann Wilske 14. Wilske is the main setter for the JV team; she is also a digger for the varsity team. McClure had 39 assists, Reasch had five blocks, Ellis had two aces and Miranda Griffis had two aces. "If we get the first place seed going into Regionals it will put us in a really good spot to win the Regionals," Cody Savage boomed a punt some 84 yards to get the Bulldogs out of trou- ble, and the Lovell defense forced Greybull three and out. Greybull capitalized on a Lovell fumble on a mis- handled exchange from cen- ter to quarterback to score the first points of the game. The Buffs drove 32 yards to score. Frazier ran well at quarterback and hit Victor DeCabooter for a 15-yard gain. Jesse Chestnut pow- ered off left tackle for the touchdown. A motion pen- alty set the Buffs back on the extra point, and Lovell blocked the PAT, leaving Greybull up 6-0 late in the second quarter. "That was our slowest start of the season, the first time we've trailed this sea- son," Hazen said. "But we put together a long drive to take the lead and didn't look back. We rattled off 24 straight points." Lovell came back to drive 71 yards for a touch- down, converting a fourth- down fake punt along the way on a direct snap to Pickett at midfield that gained the necessary three yards just barely. "That's been in our bag for a couple of years now," Hazen said. "At the time it just felt right to me. I told Steven and he just went out and executed." After the fake punt, Mark Grant burst for 15 yards, Collins picked up five and Grant gained six more before Hultgren found McKayan May for 13. On the next play, Collins walked into the end zone explained Jameson. "That will put us in the best place for state because it will put us in the best position at state to do our best." The top seeded team go- ing into Regionals begins the tournament by playing the number four seed from an- other district. The number four seed is usually the weak- est team at the tournament. This gives that team a dis- tinct advantage in the tour- nament. If the team beats the number four seed, they could go on to play the num- ber two seed. This is the eas- iest road to the top, accord- ing to Jameson. The same system applies at the state level, with the top seed from the west playing the num- ber four seed from the east in their first match in the tour- nament. ROCKY RIVALS On Tuesday night, the girls faced off with local ri- vals from Rocky Mountain High School. The RMHS girls came in fighting hard, but the Bulldogs prevailed in three games, securing their position as the num- ber one seed at Regionals. Robertson led with six kills, three aces and five blocks. Walker had five kills. Schuylar Davis had four kills and one block. Griffis had 17 digs and two kills. El- lis, Reasch and McClure all DAVID PECK Lovell senior defensive tackle AJ Montanez (75) breaks through to put pressure on Greybull quarterback Austin Frazier during Lovell's 24-13 win in Greybull Friday night. The Bulldogs host Thermopolis Friday at 7 p.m. untouched, Savage booted the PAT, and Lovell led 7-6 early in the second. Greybull picked up two first downs on the ensuing series but then had to punt, and Lovell took charge of the game with an 88-yard drive that featured precise passing by Hultgren includ- ing a 19-yard dart to Sav- age, a 13-yard completion to McArthur and a strike to Hunter Hinckley down' the right sideline that the speedy senior broke for a 33-yard touchdown. Lovell led 14-6 with 2:23 left in the half, and the Bulldogs threatened again in the fi- nal minute when Hultgren hooked up with Hinckley again for a 49-yard gain. A key sack by DeCabooter ended the threat for the Buffs, however, and Lovell led 14-6 at the half. Lovell seized first con- See 'BULLDOGS,' page 9 JOE SOVA Maddie Baxendale and Erin Robertson block the ball as it comes over the net in Thermopolis on Saturday, Oct. 1. Megan McClure covers behind them. had three kills. Winterholler served 100 percent and had an average of 2.72 in passing percentage. This was the last home game for the senior players on the team. "I just wanted to say that I appreciate all of the seniors on our team," said Jameson. They've been great leaders to the younger classmen and are leaving big shoes to fill." The girls will play their last conference game of the season against Riverside in Basin at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. on Friday. "Last night clinched us for first place seed at Region- als, but we'd still like to end with a win against Riverside for a perfect conference sea- son." They will play one last game against the non-con- ference team in Shoshoni on Oct. 13 at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. The regional tournament will take place in Riverton this year Oct. 21 and 22. The state tournament will be held in Casper Oct. 27-29. '1 I, A $3000 reward is being offered for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person/persons responsible for taking money belonging to Big Horn Engraving. Tailgate Party All proceeds benefit the RMHS volleyball team. Quilt raffle will be drawn at halftime of the football game. Homecoming football game