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CHR I October 20, 2011 I The Lovell Chronicle I 7 Grizzly harriers second at regional cross country BY DAVID PECK A deep Rocky Mountain High School cross country squad placed second at the 2A West/Five Rivers Con- ference cross country meet Thursday in Ethete. While a talented Wyo- ming Indian High School squad won the meet and placed seven runners in the top 10, the Grizzlies placed four runners in the 10-20 po- sitions, led by junior Michael Bernhisel, who placed 10 m with a time of 18:42. Hot on Bernhisel's heels was Grizzly sophomore Nate Davidson of Burlington, who placed 11 m with a time of 18:48. Finishing together were the Rocky Mountain duo of senior Lance Schatz of Bur- lington and freshman Casey Banks, who placed 13  and 14 t, respectively, Schatz at 19:21, Banks at 19:21.5. Sophomore Jake Loyn- ing fmished 21 st with a time of 20:07, junior Brady Win- land 25  at 20:59, senior Jackson Stephens 26  at 21:16, Burlington sopho- more Quinten Hibbert 30 th at 22:28 and freshman Tanner Coleman 31 st at 22:47. There were 37 runners in the field. Wyoming Indian won the meet with 12 points. Rocky had 44, Lovell 46 and Ft. Washakie 77. "They dominated the meet," coach John Bernhisel said of the Chiefs. "They had seven runners ahead of our first runner, and I've got as good a team as I've had in 10 years. Hats off to Wyoming Indian for putting togeth- er such a great team. I was pleased to fmish second, and I'm hopeful of placing second at State." Bernhisel said the Ethete course is a good course for runners. "It's a fast course with no big hills," he said. "The weather was almost perfect. It was a good day. We ran as hard as I could have hoped. Michael hadn't run a meet in three weeks after messing up his foot, and for Brady it had been even longer. "It's good to have both of them back for this important week. We're going into State as healthy as we could hope to be." The Lady Grizzlies didn't have enough runners to qualify as a team, but sophomore sisters Kelly and Cassy Vezain both ran well and placed in the top dozen runners. Kelly placed 10 m with a time of 25:06, Cassy 11 m at 25:20. Wyoming Indian won the girls meet with 20 points. Lovell was second with 27 points Thermopolis third with 34. JOLIET MEET Bernhisel took six run- ners to the Joliet Invitation- al Saturday morning in Mon- tana. The meet featured nine complete teams and four oth- ers with runners, and the Grizz placed second. Red Lodge won the meet with 55 points, followed by Rocky with 87 and Colstrip with 89. "It was a really nice morning Saturday. We just needed one more meet, espe- dally for Michael and Brady, who missed so much time," the coach said. Lance Schatz was the top Rocky runner on the three-mile course, placing 13  with a time of 18:16, with Nate Davidson right with him in 14% also at 18:16. Michael Bernhisel placed 16 m with a time of 18:31, Casey Banks 18  at 18:34, Jake Loyning 46 m at 19:38 and Winland 66  at 20:50. There were 95 run- ners in the field. "We placed four in the top 20 at a meet with 13 teams," Bernhisel said. STATE SATURDAY The Grizzlies will wrap up the 2011 season at the Wyoming State Cross Coun- try Meet this Saturday in Douglas. The Class 2A boys race is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., the 2A girls race at 12:40. Running for the Grizz will be Michael Bernhisel, Davidson, Schatz, Banks, Loyning, Winland and Jack- son Stephens. Representing the Lady Grizz will be Kelly and Cassy Vezain. "The weather looks good," Coach Bernhisel said. "We did well last year, so I'm encouraged. I'm excited." DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain freshman Casey Banks cruises along during the Rocky Mountain Invitational in September. Banks is running very well right now, coach John Beruhisel said. Shumway takes first at cross country regions, May third BY PATTI CARPENTER The LHS cross country team travelled to Ethete on Thursday to compete at the 2A West Regional meet against runners from Wyo- ming Indian, Rocky Moun- tain, Thermopolis and Fort Washakie. rim Shumway was the team's shining star, tak- ing first place in the varsi- ty girls' race with a time of 21:12. "It was a close race the whole way, and she (Shum- way) just gradually sepa- rated from the two Wyo- ming Indian girls (Kianna WallowingBull and Shaylee White)," said coach Caleb Sanders. "It was less of a kick and more of a gradual pulling away." Wallowing- Bull was second with a time of 21:53, White was third at 22:11. Susie Shumway placed fourth with a time 22:34. Meryk McArthur was ninth with a time of 23:55. By placing in the top ten, the girls made all-conference. "Their times were slow- er than last time," said Sanders. "I was hoping they would get faster times, but they did well anyway." Mackenzie Jue placed 15 t with a time of 27:31. Although she didn't make all-conference, Sanders thought Jue ran a "steady race" and was pleased that she improved her time from the previous week. Colin May placed third in varsity boys with a time of 17:30. Wyoming Indian runner Alvin Spoonhunter placed first with a time of 17:03. Another Wyoming Indian runner Wilson Clif- ford placed second with a time of 17:20. The times of these top three were close, just as Sanders predicted the week before. "It was a good race for Colin," said Sanders. "He and Alvin (Spoonhunter) ran in the lead the first few miles. It was in the last mile that Alvin separated." Several JV runners bumped up to varsity in or- der to run this race. Freshman A.J. Dickson just missed all-conference with a 12  place finish and a time of 19:15. "That's spectacular for a freshman," said Sanders. "There's a level of confi- dence with him that's good. He sets high goals for him- self. There seems to be an excitement and a desire to run." Sanders thought Dick- son ran a smart race and sees a bright future for him. Tony Rodriquez placed 20 m at 20:03. Mysen IcAr- thur placed 23  with a time of 20:34. Jesse Bas- sett placed 32 "d with a time of 22:54. Michael Steiner placed 35 m with a time of 23:40 and Derek Phelps placed 37 m at 28:06. Sanders saw a great deal of improvement in the boys group as a whole with most of the boys improving their times from the previ- ous week. Sanders made rim Shumway his "runner of the week." "I think it's safe to say that if a runner wins the regional championship, they deserve runner of the week," said Sanders. The team will compete at the state championships in Douglas on Oct. 22. DAVID PECK Lovell freshman AJ Dickson competes during the Rocky Mountain Invitational in September. Dickson and his teammates will run at the state cross country meet Saturday in Douglas. Lady Grizz end season with play-in defeat BY PATTI CARPENTER It was a rocky road for the girls volleyball team from RMHS, a season plagued with injuries, un- certainty and a struggle to keep the momentum going that finally ended when the team fell to Greybull at the regional play-in game on Monday. The loss dashed their hopes for a chance to play in the regional tour- nament. The girls played Ther- mopolis a few days earlier, losing the first game 26-24, the second 25-22 and the third 25-18. "We did play well against Thermop," said coach Carol McMillin. "We had a lot of good things happen in that game." Kallee Jo Wilson had 12 kills, Mandee Leonhardt had three, Brianna Hocker five, Haley Strom had four, Shauna Loman seven. "They were hitting and doing well," said McMillin. "Rachael Allred, Mandee Leonhardt, Brianna Hock- er and Haley Strom all served 100 percent." "Once again we had great defense from Man- dee (Leonhardt) with sev- en digs, Kallee (Wilson) with seven and Brianna (Hocker) with five," said McMillin. "We were also better with the blocks this go-around. Kallee had two solo blocks and three as- sisted blocks. Mandee had two assisted blocks and Ra- chael had two solo blocks." McMillin thought the girls were just starting to "click" this week and saw a great deal of improvement in their games. The team travelled to Burlington on Saturday for their first and only non- tournament match win of the season. Although they they lost to Burlington in the first game 32-30, they won the second game 25-23 and the third 27-25. Burl- ington won the fourth game 25-14, but Rocky prevailed in the fifth game 15-4. "They played really well and had lots of hits," said McMillin. Allred had three aces, Wilson two and Leonhardt two. Wilson had 15 kills, Allred four, Leonhardt two, Hocker six, Strom seven and Loman two. McMillin thought the girls were fairly balanced m terms of defense and she thought they blocked well. Wilson was the strongest in blocking with several solo blocks. "They were confident, enthusiastic and they took control of the game," said McMillin. The girls faced-off with Greybull Monday, a team equally hungry for a win that would allow them to play in the regional tour- nament. "We were excited to play Greybull and took nine points right off the bat," said McMillin. They fought hard and won their third game against Greybull 27-25 but lost the other three games 25-22, 25-16 and 25-22 ef- fectively ending their sea- SOIl. Wilson had 23 kills, Hocker 11, Allred six, Strom four, and Loman three. Allred had five aces. Wilson and Leonhardt served 100 percent. "Greybull didn't real- ly hit that much, but they picked up whatever we sent to them," said McMil- lin. "We made some errors hammering hits out of the court. We had service er- rors at critical points in the game that we couldn't afford and it cost us the game." "I would hope the girls NATHAN OSTER Kallee Jo Wilson attempts to get the ball past the blockers on the Greybull side at the play-in game held in Greybull on Monday night. can walk away from this season reflecting on what kind of efforts they put into this season," said McMil- lin. "They took on a task and they need to reflect on it and decide what they need to do to make it bet- ter next season. I would hope that they will be able to honestly evaluate their efforts and come up with a method of improving next year." Sports Calendar Thursday, Oct. 20 MS boys bb - Rocky at Cloud Peak, 4:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21 HS volleyball- Regional tournament in Riverton Lovell vs. Kemmerer, I p.m., MS Lovell vs. WR or Riverside, 7:30, MS or HS HS football - Saratoga at Rocky, 3 p.m. HS football - Lovell at Big Piney, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 HS cross country - State meet at Douglas Class 2A boys, 11 a.m. Class 2A girls, 12:40 p.m. HS volleyball - Regional tournament in Riverton, TBA MS boys bb - Meeteetse at Rocky, I0 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 Pro football - Denver Broncos at Miami, 11 a.m. (CBS) Thursday, Oct. 27 MS boys bb - Rocky at Burlington, 4:30 p.m. HS volleyball - State tournament in Casper, TBA Friday, Oct. 28 HS volleyball - State tournament in Casper, TBA MS boys bb -Ten Sleep at Rocky, 3 p.m. MS boys bb - Rocky at Burlington, 4p.m. HS football - First-round playoff games, TBA Women's college bb - CSU-Pueblo at Wyoming, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 HS volleyball - State tournament in Casper, TBA MS boys bb - Thermopolis at Rocky, 9:30112:30, 7 t" then 8 th MS boys bb - Thermopolis at Lovell, 9:30112:30, 8 m then 7 m College football - Wyoming at SDSU, 8 p.m. (The Mtn.) 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