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www. LovellCh ronicle.com October 7, 2010 I The Lovell Chronicle I 9 i i 'i in BY BRAD DEVEREAUX The Lovell Lady Bull- dogs beat three out of the four teams they played at the Greybull/Riverside Du- als this weekend. While the winning record boosted the team's confidence, coach Stormy Jameson said the team could be even better if they can get in sync before the Regionals. The Lady Bulldogs started with a win against Dubois, but it was a bit of luck that saved them from losing to the Lady Rams in two games, Jameson said. Dubois took game one 25-23, and the Rams were about to score another point to take the second game when the referee called a replay. Jameson said a Lovell play- er bumped the ball and it struck a basketball net in the gym before the replay was called. Lovell capital- ized on their second chance and won the second and third games, 29-27 and 15- 9. Jameson said she was surprised to see the Bull- dogs nearly lose the match, noting that most of the team wasn't playing their best against Dubois. "We should have beat- en them no problem," the coach said, noting that Kar- en Koritnik led by example and hustled to keep the team in the game. She said the Bulldogs played a lot better in the third game and beat the Rams pretty easily. Next, the Bulldogs faced the Burlington Lady Huskies, a team the Lady Bulldogs have traded wins and losses with throughout the season. Jameson said the Lady Bulldogs started all right, but once the Hus- kies got on a scoring run Lovell lost their momen- tum and let the match slip, 25-18 and 25-23. "The intensity factor just wasn't there like it was the last time we beat Bur- lington at the Thermopo- lis tournament," Jameson said. "When we beat them, it was like we wanted to prove we could. The inten- sity just wasn't there this time." The Lady Bulldogs faced Wyoming Indian next on Saturday morning, Jameson said. It was a good warm-up game for the Bull- dogs, the coach said. Wyo- ming Indian plays with a sporadic style, hitting the ball over oftentimes with- out setting up their offense first, making it an easy win for Lovell, 25-10 and 25-15, Jameson said. Koritnik had 8 kills, Erin Robertson 7 and Me- gan McClure 8 assists. Jameson said the Bulldogs played solid, but still not up to their full potential. She said the team needs to push itself to play hard no matter the opponent. "I kept telling them that Regionals is just a couple of weeks away," she said. "We're bad about just playing to the level of com- petition of the team we are against. We have been play- ing just good enough to get by in a lot of games instead of playing our own game." Wind River was the fi- nal game on the Bulldog schedule Saturday. Jame- son said Wind River is 5-0 in the 2A Southwest Con- ference, which includes all the teams the 2A North- west will see at Regionals. It was good to get a win against the top Southwest seed and to estimate how the Bulldogs would match up against other teams in the region, Jameson said. Wind River was an all-around good team, the coach said. She compared the Cougars to Burlington, with solid players in every position, especially on de- fense. The Bulldogs won 25-20 and 25-20. Koritnik led the charge with 11 kills, and Robert- son added 5 and Miranda Griffis 4. Jameson said Griffis came in cold off the bench to sustain the Bulldogs' mo- mentum and help secure the victory. "She had a lot of big kills in .the third game that really made the difference in keeping the momentum," Jameson said. "She's been my go to player to come in off the bench and help the team out in any position." McClure had 16 as- sists, Leanne Winterholler 16 digs, Koritnik 9 digs and Chelsey Ellis 8 digs. The team played better defense against Wind River, the coach said. Jameson said the tour- nament was the first time she found a rotation that worked well and Said she would probably stick with it for the rest of the season. RIVERSIDE ON THE ROAD The Lady Bulldogs will travel to Basin to play the Riverside Lady Rebels Fri- day with games at 2 p.m. (freshman), 3 (JV) and 4 (varsity). Jameson said the BRAD Dm~ux Members of the Lovell Lady Bulldogs throw their hands in the air to celebrate a hard-fought victory over Riverside in Lovell on Sept. 3. Lovell will play Riverside for the second time this season Friday in Basin. Bulldogs nearly lost the match the last time the two teams met in Lovell. After Lovell won the first two games easily, Jameson put in subs for the third game and started the team on a slippery slide, taking the match to five games before clinching the win. Jameson said she wouldn't make the same mistake again and said the Bulldogs are prepared to do what it takes to get anoth- er conference win with the Rebels. "We're definitely not that team anymore," Jame- son said about the way the Bulldogs played in the pre- vious match on Sept. 2. Jameson said the team is in good health and good spirits as they approach the end of the season. She said if most of the Lady Bulldogs can bring solid performanc- es to Regionals, the team should do well. i BY DAVID PECK The Rocky Mountain Grizzlies wrapped up the 2010 middle school football season with a busy sched- ule over the last three weeks, coach Rod Winland reported. After both the eighth- grade and seventh-grade squads lost at Burlington on Sept. 14 and at Cloud Peak on Sept. 16, the squads split on Sept. 21 at home against Burlington, with the eighth-grade fall- ing 44-22 and the seventh grade winning 12-6. In the seventh-grade win, Winland said, Cole Wambeke returned an in- terception 70 yards for a touchdown and caught a 40-yard pass from Cole Simmons that set up a five-yard touchdown run by Travis Banks. Burlington was driving for the tying or go-ahead score as time was running out and a Husky player broke loose on a long pass play, but Win]and said he was run down by "a host of Grizzlies" to preserve the win. The team suffered two more losses at Powell on Sept. 25, Winland said. "The eighth-grade schedule is always a tough schedule because the teams we play field straight eighth-grade teams, but we play with some sev- enth-grade players who then turn around and play an entire seventh-grade game," Winland said, add- ing that the team has 10 eighth-graders and fills in with seven seventh-grad- ers. BATTLE AT LOVELL At Lovell on Sept. 28, the Grizz scored first on a long pass from Bill De- spain to Kirby Winland and made it 8-0 when De- spain ran in the two-point conversion. Lovell took a 14-8 lead, but the Grizz tied the score just before halftime on a one-yard run by Despain then converted the extra two-pointer to lead 16-14 at the half. Lovell rallied in the second half to win 28-16, then captured the seventh.grade game 8-6. The Grizz hosted the Greybull Buffs Saturday for the final game of the season, a seventh-grade only game. Greybull won 22-0, but Cole Wambeke gave the Grizz a chance to score late in the game by picking off a Greybull pass and returning it deep into Buffalo territory. "I was pleased with the kids' competitiveness this season," Winland said. "They never did quit playing. They were always competitive, right to the end. "The eighth-grade class has some good, skilled kids, but they're missing some size and don't have any real speedsters. That hurt us against bigger schools when you need speed to get a key tackle." The Grizz were "three catches away" from beat- ing Lovell, Win]and said, noting that Despain threw three balls that could have been touchdowns had the receiver hung on. "They battled well," he said. "They ran out of gas near the end of the game." Winland said he was very pleased with the de- fensive improvement John Higgins made at defensive end this season, noting that Higgins "caught on to his position" this season. He also noted the play of skill players Bill Despain (wide receiver then quar- terback), Cannon Sire- mons (running back) and Kirby Winland (quarter- back then wide receiv- er). Despain and Winland traded places this season after Winland injured his arnl. "Kirby, Cannon and Bill have carried a lot of the load for us this year," Winland said. "Bill is a very versatile player. He didn't get any reps in prac- tice (before the switch to quarterback) but picked it up pretty easily." He also said Anthony Estes was strong on the line for the Grizzlies on both offense and defense, providing the team with "some solid blocking and tackling," Winland said. Winland said this was his fourth season coaching with Mike Higgins, and he said Ryan Boettcher joined the staff this season. "We're all of the same mind when it comes to DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain Middle School seventh grader Cole Wambeke picks off a Greybull pass Saturday morning in Byron. football and having fun on the field," Winland said. A planned six-man game against Meeteetse today (Thursday) has been cancelled, Winland said. Busy Lady Grizzlies head to conferen tourney rday BY CHERYL JOLLEY The RMMS Lady Griz- zlies met up again with Cloud Peak last Monday in Manderson, dropping all of their matches. The eighth- grade fell 21-12, 15-21, 17- 21, seventh-grade 21-13, 9-21, 13-21, sixth-grade 12-21, 14-21. Traveling to Burlington on Thursday, the eighth-grade fell 19- 21, 21-14, 1721, as did the seventh-grade 18:21, 15-21. The sixth-grade won 21-16, 21-16. Hosting TenSleep at home on Saturday, the eighth-grade bested them 21-19, 25-23 followed by the seventh-grade 21-12, 21-14. There were no sixth-grade games played. The Grizz have one more regular season game in Cody, today (Thursday) at 4:15 pro, before tournament action begins in Burlington Saturday, with matches be- ginning at 10 a.m. LADY MUSTANGS The eighth-grade Lovell Lady Mustangs traveled to Greybull last Tuesday for their matches of the week. The A squad bested the Buffs 21-13, 21-10,15-12, and the B team won 21-9, 19-21, 21-11. The seventh- graders hosted Greybull in Lovell, also besting the Buffs. A squad scores were 21-17, 21-17, 13-15, fol- lowed by the B squad 19-21, 21-10, 21-6. The eighth-grade trav- els to Worland for matches against Thermopolis and Worland this Saturday, Oct. 9. Seventh-grade games will be played in Greybull, also against Thermopolis and Worland with games begin- ning at 9"30 a.m. Continued from page 7 thur 11 apiece and Darren Ballard 10. "This game was huge for playoff implications," Hazen said. "We control our own destiny. If we win out we're going to host (a play- off game)." The Lovell JVs traveled to Powell Monday and fell to the Panthers 30-0. Next up for the Bulldogs is a trip to Ethete to face the winless Wyoming Indi- an Chiefs. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Friday. The Chiefs are 0-5 but have put some points on the scoreboard, falling 47-32 at Wind River and 49-32 at home last Fri- day to Lyman. "They have some very good athletes," Hazen said. "They have guys who can run, jump and catch, and they run a ton of different formations. They'll run, pass and spread it out on you. They're not a smash- mouth team. They're a mis- direction type of team. "I hope we go down and make sure we don't let our- selves slack off on this one. 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