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8 J The Lovell Chronicle J October 6, 2011 BY DAVID PECK Still reeling a bit from their injury-marred loss to the Wind River Cougars, the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies ran into a buzz saw in the form of the second-ranked Cokeville Panthers Friday afternoon at the RMHS Field in Cowley. The Grizzlies certainly played better than they did in a 49-2 loss at previously winless Wind River the week before, but the very efficient Panthers rolled to a 55-0 win against the outmanned Grizz. "It was great to go through a game of that caliber and leave with no injuries," coach David Hayes said. "Cokeville is an extremely disciplined team, and it shows with the way they play. They are very tough, and it was a great ex- perience for our squad. "We got a lot of experi- ence for our younger players, with four of our seniors out." Cokeville rolled up 511 yards rushing and 61 yards passing, racking up 32 first downs and eight touchdowns along the way. The Panthers led 20-0 after the first quar- ter, 34-0 at halftime and 41-0 after three periods, adding two final touchdowns in the fourth. Cokeville senior halfback Dustin Davis gained 204 yards rushing on 13 carries. Freshman quarterback Jace Petersen added 124 yards rushing on 14 carries, while senior Bronson Teichert had 96 yards on nine rushes. Pe- tersen completed four of 10 passes for 61 yards. Rocky Mountain, mean- while, recorded just 27 yards rushing and 73 yards passing. Derik Romero ran hard and finished with 22 yards rush- ing on seven carries. Kirby Winland completed eight of 24 passes for 73 yards. Bryce Ward caught three passes for 49 yards, Jake Jones three for 7 yards and Wilson Flow- ers two for 17 yards. On defense, Romero led the Grizzlies with nine solo tackles, three assisted tack- les and two tackles for a loss. TJ Willis had six solo tack- les and two tackles for a loss. Brandon Altman, Jones and Ward had six tackles each, Jaeden Herd five, Winland and Joey Jewell four each. "Joey Jewell came back from injury and showed his speed and athleticism," Hayes said in citing highlights from the game. "We have been waiting for him to be more involved on both sides of the ball. Cannon Simmons also returned from injury during last week's Wind River game and is showing some positive flashes. "Our players really played well considering the task at hand, and we feel the experience will really help us down the stretch." SHOSHONI FRIDAY The stretch run begins Friday when the Grizz host the Shoshoni Wranglers for homecoming. The kickoff has been re-scheduled to 3 p.m. (from 4 p.m.)' due to shorter fall days. Shoshoni is 3-2 on the season, starting the season strong with wins over Up- ten (45-12), Wind River (29- 20) and Burlington (41-36), but the Wranglers have since then fallen at Cokeville 49-0 and at home to Riverside, 19- 6. "We expect to get all four seniors back this coming Fri- day," Hayes said. "As long as we get them back we will be back to full strength, some- thing we have not had since the Wyoming Indian game." Getting seniors back will help the offensive line, Hayes said, with Caleb Estes (tack- le), Brady Penman (tackle) and Braden Grant (guard) returning to the lineup. And the return of senior Logan Friedly, who will move to receiver, will also help, the coach said. "Logan will battle that knee all year, as he did last year, but he is as tough as they come and will continue to fight through it," Hayes said. "Our defense will be back at full strength, also, as all four seniors play key roles. We will have a very athletic defense, which we are very excited about." Shoshoni has good speed and size and likes to throw the ball "all over," Hayes said, adding, "They run a spread offense and can be dangerous if you let them. "We plan on wrecking their pass-oriented offense and want to get back to some ground game and pound it on offense," he said. Now 2-3 on the season, 1-3 in the 1A West, the Griz- zlies still have a chance to make the playoffs with key PATTI CARPENTER Lovell player Schuylar Davis reached tall to block a hit sent over by Kallee Jo Wilson of the Lady Grizz during the Lovell-Rocky match Tuesday night in Lovell. BY PATTI CARPENTER The Lady Grizz turned a corner in their performance this week when they beat three of the four teams they played in the tournament held in Greybull on Friday and Saturday. "You never know, we could be that Cinderella team that comes back up at the end of the season," mused Coach Carol McMillin. The girls got off to a slow start in game one of their match with Tongue River, losing 25-16. They shifted into gear in the second game, making Tongue River have to fight for their 26-24 win. "Tongue River was a good team that hit everything," said McMillin. Kallee Jo Wilson had six kills, Bri- anna Hocker five, Haley Strom three, Shauna Loman two. Wilson and Mandee Leonhardt were top diggers with 10 each. Wilson and Rachael All- red served 100 percent. "In the first game, we were just not prepared to come out and focus," said McMillin. "We've talked about that a lot, about how we have to be focused and ready to play the minute we walk out on to the courts." Their second match with Wyoming Indian was a confidence builder with a 25-10 win for Rocky in the first game and a 25-19 win in the second. Not much defense was required playing this obviously weaker team, but the win served the purpose of get- ting the girls fired up for the rest of the matches in the tournament. Allred had four kills, Leonhardt three, Wil- son four, Strom two and Hocker one. Allred, Hocker, Wilson and Strom had seven aces among them. The girls were ready to go when they faced off with Moorcroft. They fought hard in the first game, falling 26-24 to Moorcroft, but rose to the oc- casion in the next two games, winning 25-21 and 15-9. Wilson showed her confidence was back with 11 hard-hit- ting kills, Allred had three, Leonhardt three, Strom five and Hocker seven. Wilson had 11 digs, Hocker 10 and Leonhardt had eight. Hocker, Wilson and Strom all served 100 percent. In their final game of the tourna- ment, the girls took on Dubois and won both games 25-14 and 25-20. Allred, Leonhardt, Wilson and Hock- er all served 100 percent. Allred had one kill, Leonhardt three and Wilson had seven. Wilson had 14 digs, Allred nine and Hocker eight. This was the second week in a row that the girls played in the same ro- tation and their adjustment to their new roles was evident in their perfor- mance. The two sophomores Strom and Loman played all-around. On Tuesday night the girls took on their rivals in Lovell. Although Lovell prevailed for all three games the Lady Grizz didn't go down without a fight. The team will play their last con- ference game of the season on Sat- urday Oct. 8 in Riverside. McMillin hopes to see the team build momen- tum as they prepare for a play-in game that will be held on Oct. 17, pri- or to Regionals. DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain senior halfback Derik Romero breaks free for a gain against the Cokeville Panthers Friday afternoon in Cowley. The Grizz host Shoshoni for homecoming Friday at 3 p.m. games coming up against Shoshoni, Burlington and Saratoga. "Even though we have lost a few games in a row, we expect to finish strong," Hayes said. "We are excited about what is in front of us. Last year we fought through multiple ailments and start- ed getting healthy toward the end of the year. We fin- ished strong last year and plan on finishing strong this year." Lovell harriers look decent at Worland BY PATTI CARPENTER The LHS cross-country team competed at the Wor- land Invitational on Thurs- day, Sept. 29, in Worland. Defending state cham- pion Colin May placed sixth with a time of 17:49.56, which according to coach Ca- leb Sanders was a "~uch faust, er~ 'tl~~n his per~o~ance~last year. The fastest runner in the boys varsity competition was Robert Ricks of Douglas with a time 17:10.12. "Colin ran just fine in this race," said Sanders. "My con- cern is that he runs his best at State. I believe that he is still on track for a good race at State. You always want an athlete to do well at the end of the season and hopefully you can match the training with that goal." Sanders was pleased with the performance of the varsity girls. "I thought Kim Shum- way, Susie Shtunway and Meryk McArthur all ran well," said Sanders. "I was particu- larly impressed with Susie as she ran a PR (21:26.31) on that particular course. She has never run that fast at Worland. For that rea- son I have named her runner of the week. She ran with a little more intensity and I be- lieve it showed in her perfor- mance." Kim Shumway placed ninth with a time of 21:26.31. Susie Shumway placed 19th with a time of 22.30:56. The fastest time for the girls var- sity division race was by Anne Brinegar of Cody with a time of 19:23.81. He was pleased enough with JV runner Michael Stein- er's performance to name him as runner of the week. "I was impressed with his improvement," said Sand- ers. "Every race I see some- body who really performs well. It is nice to see that go around. Runners need a race that they can look back on and gain confidence from. It was nice to see Michael (Steiner) stand out this week." JV runner AJ Dickson placed seventh with a time of 20:04.66. Mysen McArthur placed 16th with a time of 21:05.50. Derek Phelps ran a 27:48.78 and placed 57th. The fastest JV Boy was Marcus Jones, of Kelly Walsh, who ran the course in 19:13.75. Mackenzie Jue continued to show steady improvement running a 29:34.78 in the JV girls division. "Mackenzie continues to run well," said Sanders, who has been pleased with Jue's steady progress all season. The middle school boys ran a shorter 3000m race. Brent Snyder placed 21st with a time of 13:58.18. Kyle Wolvington placed 34th with a time of 15:41.22 and Kon- nor Davis placed 45th with a time of 18:11.09. The fastest time in the middle school boys competition was 11:59.06 by Jose Hernandez of Cody. Lo- gan Hitz did not race. "The middle school boys ran well" ru lr can a sport that can wear on a younger bo'd[y' almost fimre than anything," said Sand- ers. "It is good that their sea- son is coming to a close and I am hoping that they all lay it out there for this last race in Ethete on Tuesday. I did no- tice that they all managed to outkick somebody at the end. I always like that." Overall, Sanders is pleased with the progress of the team. "I hope that they are where they need to be as a col- lective group," he said. ' 'ou won't have every individual at that perfect spot all at once but you can try to get a large group of them there." "We are already making adjustments from what was previously needed," said Sanders. "We will see where it takes us." The varsity and junior varsity runners will compete again at the conference meet held in Ethete at 3 p.m. Oct. 13. Grizzly harriers compete at Worland, Wright BY DAVID PECK With the regional and state meets just ahead, the Rocky Mountain cross coun- try squad tuned up for the post-season by running at Worland and Wright last week. Thursday, the Griz- zly high school and middle school squads traveled to Worland for the Warrior In- vitational. Coach John Bernhisel chose to not run any of his young athletes in the high school varsity races, running them, instead, in the junior varsity races, where they performed very well. The Grizzlies placed sec- ond in the JV race to Casper Kelly Walsh. KW had 19 points, Rocky 36. Lander was third with 73 points, and Riverton had 82. Sophomore Nate Da- vidson placed fourth with a time of 19:35.09, with se- nior Lance Schatz close be- hind him in fifth at 19:44.56. Freshman Casey Banks placed ninth at 20:16.34, sophomore Jake Loyning 10th at 20:21.84. Others running in the JV race were Jackson Ste- vens, 17th with a time of 21:07.15, McKay Olson, 28th at 22:25.03 and Quinton Hibbert 35th in the field of 53 with a time of 22:54.31. In the middle school race, Dominic Twomey placed 16th with a time of 13:37, and Josh McCracken was 19th at 13:54.12, Dalton Wardell 22nd at 13:58.56. For the middle school girls, Zariah Tolman placed fifth with a time of 13:59.91 as she continued to place in race after race. Jill Davidson finished 27th at 16:43.72, Emily Doughty 35th at 17:22.50 and Katie Doughty 42nd at 18:39.59. WRIGHT MEET Only the high school squad ran in Wright on Sat- urday, with only varsity competition. The Grizzlies placed second behind Glen- rock with 30 points to 18 for the Herders. Hulett was third, Moorcroft fourth. Nate Davidson placed sixth with a time of 20:12.03, followed again by Schatz with a time of 20:44.67 in seventh. Banks placed 10th with a time of 21:22.38, Loyn- ing llth at 21:28.32. Stevens finished 15th at 22:29.84, Olson 19th at 24:33.41 and Hibbert 20th at 24:49.16. The Lady Grizzlies had one runner in the girls race. Cassy Vezain placed 10th with a time of 27:50.09. FINAL WEEKEND As the harriers enter the final weekend of the regular season, the middle school squad will run in Powell to- day (Thursday) at 4:15 p.m., and the high school team will compete at the Berry Bryant Invitational in Riverton Fri- day at 3:30 p.m. The 2A West Conference meet is next Thursday, Oct. 13, at Wyoming Indian High School in Ethete. The varsi- ty girls race is scheduled for 3 p.m., the varsity boys at 3:30. Coach John Bernhisel could not be reached for com- ments this week. 1 1