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8 I The Lovell Chronicle I October 13, 2011 LHS girls undefeated in conference Grizz BY PAr[| CA"PENTE" to Leae (Winterholler)and ter on the team, had 11 kills, Bulldogs Step one, win all of the conference games. Step two, win the regional tournament. Step three, win the state championship. These are the steps coach Stormy Jameson hopes to see her team take in the coming weeks as the vol- leyball season rolls toward the final games of the season. The team took the first step this week when it won its last conference game of the season against Riverside on Saturday (25-12,25-18,25- 17), making the Lady Bull- dogs the only team in the con- ference to play an undefeated season. The team will take its next step at the regional tournament to be played in Riverton, Oct 21-22. The fi- nal step will be taken at the state tournament in Casper, Oct. 27-29. "It's a big thing to finish undefeated and it puts us in a good position for where we want to be right now," said Jameson. "We are the num- ber one seed going into re- gionals and it sets a certain expectation for us, too. Win- ning conference is great, but it's not our ultimate goal for this year. We have our aim set higher than that." Jameson is pleased with the overall performance of "her girls" so far this season. Senior Jodi Walker has a record so far of 59 kills and 85 digs this conference sea- son. She also had one assist, eight blocks and eight aces. She served 97 percent. "Jodi is a solid, all- around player," said Jame- son. "She's not the one who you need to yell at to get fo- cused. She is going to always do her best." Junior Chelsey Ellis had 52 kills, 133 digs, four blocks and 10 aces this conference season. She served 94 per- cent. "Chelsey is third on the team with kills but where she really shines is with her digs, where she is second on digs she just has that go-getter mentality. She thrives un- der pressure and that's good. When the team is struggling she seems to always be the one that still plays aggres- sive." Senior Erin Robertson "owns the net," according to Jameson. Robertson has proven herself this season with 77 kills, 44 digs, one as- sist, 37 blocks and 12 aces. "She (Robertson) is going to get kills, and she is going to get blocks," said Jameson. "She has more blocks than anyone else on our team, and she is both an offensive and defensive threat at the net." Junior setter Megan Mc- Clure "goes unnoticed a lot, but she is one of the most im- portant players on the team," said Jameson. McClure made a whopping 224 assists in conference, plus 66 digs, 10 kills and seven aces. Jameson referred to senior Leanne Winterhol- ler, as the "backbone of the team's defense." Winterhol- ler stands out with 200 digs, one assist, five aces and a 92 percent serving record. Emilee Reasch, the team's only freshman play- er, has "amazing stats for a freshman with 51 kills, 15 digs and 23 blocks," noted Jameson. "To be a freshman playing on varsity can be a little bit intimidating for some, but Emilee has really stepped into that role and she's contributed a lot as a freshman." Senior Miranda Griffis "brings an intangible to the court with her intensity." Griffis had 41 digs, 11 kills, one assist, two blocks and four aces. 'You almost always want to have Miranda on the court because she has that inten- sity and enthusiasm, which is something you can't see in the stats." Junior Maddie Baxen- dale the only left-handed hit- six digs, three blocks and two aces this season. "Maddie has really stepped up and done every- thing I've asked her to do this season," said Jameson. "She is very consistent." Senior Schuylar Davis had six kills, five digs, one as- sist, five blocks and two aces. "Schuylar is someone you're glad to have on your team," said Jameson. "She's a good bench player to have when anyone goes into a slump. Whether it's an out- side hitter, a middle block- er or an right side hitter, Schuylar is the one that can go in and play any of those front row positions and do a good job." Senior Maci May showed her value in defense with 18 digs. "Maci plays good de- fense from the back row," said Jameson. "I just love Maci because she plays re- ally hard and is definitely a valued part of our defense." Junior Shyann Wil- ske is also the setter for the JV team but is called upon whenever needed to play varsity. Wilske showed her worth with 36 digs and one ace. "Shyann does a great job," said Jameson. "She's a setter on JV and does a great job there but then comes up to varsity and is not scared to dive on the floor and is not afraid to sacrifice her body to not let the ball hit the ground." "I feel like this team is very solid all the way around," said Jameson. "Even our bench players would be good enough to be starters on some of the other teams we've been playing this year. We have the depth this year that if someone is strug- gling we do have a replace- ment. I think that's where we will have an edge over some of the other teams." The team will play Sho- KARLA POMEROY LHS volleyball player Jodi Walker attempts to get one past a Riverside blocker at the game played in Riverside on Oct. 7. shoni this week in a non-con- ference game on Thursday on Shoshoni's home courts at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. "Shoshoni has a lot .of intensity and they're loud. when they're at their home gym they have a bunch of fans that are loud and sup- port them, so it will be good for us because we haven't had many high intensity games like that this season. I'm excited that we have this game with Shoshoni." Next week Jameson plans to shake things up at practice by bringing in some strong girls from past teams to scrimmage with the cur- rent team. The coaches plan to also join in the fun hoping to give the girls a challenge that will take their intensity up yet another notch. "We've got the skills down but we've still got to work on that killer instinct," said Jameson. "Up until now we've been winning games just based on our ability. Now, it's going to come down to heart and intensity be- cause that is what it will take to win at regionals and at state." Bulldogs overcome Bobcat aerials,, beat Thermop, 32-13 BY DAVID PECK They're not the two-time defending state champions for nothing. The top-ranked Lovell Bulldogs got all they wanted from the Thermopolis Bob- cats Friday night before tak- ing charge for a 32-13 victory at Robertson Stadium. Thermopolis may have lost some talent to gradua- tion, but they retained their crisp, short passing attack led by quick quarterback Kaden Haun and moved the ball well on the Bulldogs until turn- overs did the visitors in. %Ve knew they would give us some problems," coach Doug Hazen said. "They're the two-time state champi- ons for a reason. They're well- coached, and they're good at breaking down film and tak- ing advantage of the things you do." Haun was spectacular in the first half for the Bobcats, spreading the ball around and completing his first 13 passes before throwing an in- completion. "We didn't keep very good contain on the quarter- back," Hazen said. "He was able to sprint out, which put our linebackers in a bind. If they came up he would throw it, and if they stayed back he would run it.. 'Tge made some adjust- ments at halftime and even before that. We made our de- fensive ends more aware and blitzed linebackers off the edge. We mixed up our cov- erages and used more man to man than we typically do." Lovell took the opening kickoff and drove methodical- ly 66 yards for a touchdown following a nice kickoff return by Mark Grant. Strong run- ning by Grant and Dino Col- lins and passes from Dylan Hultgren to Cody Savage, Grant and Hunter Hinckley set up a five-yard touchdown run up the middle by Collins. Savage booted the PAT and Lovell led 7-0. Thermop came right back to answer quickly, moving the ball 76 yards in 10 plays as Haun passed and ran the Bobcats down the field. Ther- mop capped the drive when Haun dashed left on fourth and three at the Lovell four and hit Tanner Abbott for a touchdown pass. Haun was 5-5 on the drive as Thermop knotted the score at 7-7. The ensuing Lovell drive ended when Lane Schmidt intercepted Hultgren deep down the right sideline, and the Bobcats took advantage of the short-field opportunity to drive 30 yards for their sec- ond touchdown, capped by an eight-yard touchdown pass to Colter Brown. The Bulldogs blocked the PAT, but the visi- tors from Hot Springs County led 13-7 early in the second period. It only took one play for the Bulldogs to tie the game. Grant fielded the Bobcat kick- off at the Lovell 10, picked up a nice wedge, broke to the outside and scored on a 90- yard kickoff return. The PAT was just wide, but Lovell had forged a 13-13 tie. The Bulldog defense rose up to force a punt on the next Thermop series, and Collin McArthur broke through to block the punt. Collins fell on the ball at the Bobcat 8, and the Bulldogs took advantage of the miscue to score in two plays, with Grant powering in from four yards out. The PAT put Lovell up 20-13. Turnovers marked the rest of the second quarter. A 54-yard Thermopolis drive ended with a fumble at the Lovell 14, recovered by Grant. The Bulldogs gained one first down on a nice run by Dimas Patina, but the drive stalled and the Bulldogs punted the ball away. Three plays lat- er, Haun completed a pass to Jake Moore, but Hurley lost the ball on an attempted hook-and-ladder play. Collins scooped up the fumbled ball and rumbled 21 yards to the Bobcat 18. Runs of seven and two by Patina set up a nine- yard power touchdown run by Grant, and though the PAT was wide, Lovell led 26- 13 with 1:08 left in the half. Haun completed a long pass to Abbott in the final minute, then took a couple of shots at the end zone, but on his sec- ond attempt, McArthur inter- cepted the ball at the goal line to end the threat. DAVID PECK Lovell senior Hunter Hinckley snags a pass from Dylan Hultgren along the sideline during Lovelrs 32-13 win over the Thermopolis Bobcats at Robertson Stadium Friday night. The Bulldogs host Kemmerer Friday at 6 p.m. ADJUSTMENTS PAY OFF The Lovell defensive ad- justments began to take their toll in the second half. After completing 13 of 15 passes for 166 yards in the first half, Haun was three of four for 33 yards in the second half. Hazen said his team was able to "play our defense" af- ter the adjustments, avoid- ing big plays and making the Bobcats drive the football. 'T/e gave up big chunk plays early, then made them drive it more," he said. "My philosophy is that if we make 'em drive it, we give ourselves a chance to make something happen." Indeed, the Bobcats took the second-half kickoff and fumbled on the second play, with AJ Montanez recover- ing at the Thermop 29. LoveU drove to the 7, but the Bob- cats sacked Hultgren with a blitz and Savage booted a 30- yard field goal that boosted the Lovell lead to 29-13. Thermop threatened once more with a 62-yard drive fol- lowing a Lovell fumble, but the Bulldogs held at their own 27. They added another 30- yard field goal by Savage mid- way through the fourth quar- ter to up the lead to 32-13. Despite a quieter sec- ond half, Haun still had a spectacular passing game for Thermop, completing 16 of 19 passes for 199 yards. He also rushed for 65 yards on 13 car- ries to lead the Bobcats. Hultgren was nearly as efficient, completing 12 of 16 passes for 131 yards. Sav- age caught five passes for 41 yards, Hinckley two for 28 yards, Grant two for 10, Col- lins one for 27, McArthur one for 22 and McKayan May one for three. Lovell rushed for 190 yards, and Collins led the way with 92 yards on 14 carries. Patina added 54 yards on 11 carries, Grant 46 yards on 10 attempts. Hazen said he was proud of the Bulldogs' special teams, noting the long Grant kick- off return, a blocked punt, a blocked PAT and two field goals. "I want to give credit to all of the kids who play on special teams," he said. "Our special teams did an excellent job." Defensively, the Bulldogs were led by Grant, who fin- ished with 24 points on four assisted tackles, six solo tack- les, one tackle for a loss and one fumble recovery. McAr- thur had 23 points on two blocked kicks, an interception and two solo tackles. Dillon Pickett had 21 points, Mon- tanez 17 and Collins 15. KEMMERER TO TOWN The Bulldogs will host the Kemmerer Rangers Friday at 6 p.m. Kemmerer is coming on. The Rangers started the season 2-2 including a 41-0 loss to Lyman and a 42-6 loss to Thermopolis, but the Rang- ers have defeated Big Pin- ey 33-24 and Greybull 21-14 over the last two weekends to improve to 4-2, 3-2 in confer- ence play. The Rangers are a pow- er running team with their double wing formation. Ha- zen said they put 11 players in the box and run student body right, student body lefL with a few dives and counters throw in. The Rangers will be a tough opponent, but if the Bulldogs can prevail, they can sew up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, Ha- zen said, giving them plen- ty of motivation for Friday's game. win gridiron battles BY DAVID PECK Both the Lovell and Rocky Mountain junior varsity/freshman football squads have won games within the past 10 days as the season nears its end. Last Monday, Oct. 3, the Rocky Mountain Griz- zlies hosted Burlington in a freshman game. Rocky won big, 42-6. Coach Brandon May said Ethan Landers scored two touchdowns as a run- ning back and one on a punt return. Cannon Simmons also had a rushing touch- down, and Caleb Horrocks scored on a 20-25-yard pass from quarterback Bill De- spain. Despain also hit Xavi: er Mangus on about a 30- yard touchdown pass, May said. The Grizzlies will host the Lovell Bulldogs Monday at 5 p.m., a game originally scheduled for Sept. 10 but postponed. Schedules call it a freshman game. On Monday evening the Lovell Bulldogs topped Riv- erside 27-21 in a junior varsi- ty game at Robertson Stadi- um. Coach Daniel Robertson said the Bulldogs scored on a long pass - around 60 yards - from quarterback Seth Kite to big end Drake Welch, then added a "pick six"- in- terception for a touchdown - by PJ Blankenship, who returned the pick about 40 yards for paydirt. Leading 13-6 in the third quarter, the Bulldogs scored on a 40-yard pass down the left sideline from Kite to full, back Calin McArthur. Bran- don Dickson booted the PAT. They later tacked on a two- yard run by Kade Englert, who fumbled but fell on the ball in the end zone. Dick- son's PAT made it 27-6. Riverside rallied in the fourth quarter to cut the fi- nal ...... to " points. margm SLX Robertson, ,s#id he was pleased thi"he was able to play a lot of players and also win the game. The Bulldogs will trav- el to Cowley for a scheduled freshman game Monday at 5 p.m., then host Greybull Thursday, Oct. 20, in the fi- nal JV game of the season. RMMS Lady Grizz finish the season strong BY CHERYL JOLLEY The Rocky Mountain Middle School volleyball squad wrapped up the 2011 season by participating in the conference tournament in Burlington Saturday. Matching up against top-seeded Ten Sleep, the A team fell 19-21, 16-21, 17- 21 in the first game of the day. The Grizzlies bested Cloud Peak 16-21, 21-16, 22-20 in the second game, a team coach Julie Winland said the Lady Grizz had not defeated during the regular season. "The girls played hard and kept their heads up af- ter their loss to Ten Sleep," Winland said. The win matched the Grizz up against Ten Sleep again to battle for third and fourth place. Rocky won 21-11, 21-19, finishing the tournament in third place. "It was awesome," Win- land said. "The girls played so well together. I am proud of them. It was a rocky sea- son, but the girls played like I kfiew they could and I couldn't ask for anything more." The Lady Grizzly B team played round-robin ac- tion in Burlington. Against Burlington, the Lady Grizz fell 14-21, 18-21, 23-25. Playing Cloud Peak next, they again fell 20-22, 18-21 in a hard-fought match.