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www. LovellChronicle.com October 21, 2010 I The Lovell Chronicle I 9 t.ady Bulldogs win conference crown BY DAVID PECK Even without Amanda, the Lovell Lady Bulldogs are tough. Sophomore standout Amanda Shumway was forced to sit out Thurs- day's 2A West Conference cross country meet at Fos- ter Gulch while recovering from a case of Achilles ten- donitis, but her teammates picked up for her to win the girls regional cham- pionship by three points over Wyoming Indian. The Lady Bulldogs would have dominated with Shumway in the line- up, but coach Caleb Sand- Lovell sophomore Meryk McArthur ran her best race of tb.e Mon Thursday to l|aoe aeeond at the regional cross country meet. Here, she glides along a fairway at Foster Gulch. ers said sisters Kim and Susie, plus teammates Meryk McArthur and A1- yssa Geiser ran well to capture the title. Lovell took three of the top four places in the meet. "We wouldn't have done it without the four of them," Sanders said. "Ev- eryone was essential. We would have been a non-fac- tor with three runners." Freshman Kim Shum- way captured the regional title with a time of 21:32, and McArthur, a sopho- more, placed second at 22:30 on the new course at Foster Gulch designed by LHS Athletic Director Joe Koritnik. Shaylee White of Wyoming Indian was third at 23:01, and junior Susie Shumway placed fourth with a time of 23:46. Gei- ser placed 11th at 26:47. Lovell's finishes add- ed up to 18 points, which allowed the Lady Bull- dogs to edge WIHS, which finished with 21 points. Rocky Mountain had only one runner so did not qual- ity for the team title. "Kim was great," Sand- ers said. "It's kind of fun to win a conference champi- onship when you're a fresh- man. That was a pretty good time. It's consistent with what she's been run- ning all year. The mid-21s for a full 5K is where she's been." Sanders said the new course at Foster Gulch was challenging for the run- ners and fun for fans. "Some of the kids liked it, some were neutral," he said. "As a spectator you couldn't have had a bet- ter course. It was also a coach's course. You could see your runners five or six times." McArthur had a "dy- namite" race," Sanders said, adding, "She looked like she could have kept going. That type of race is best, if you're stronger in the second half of the race. DAVID PCK PHOTOS Members of the Lovell High School 2A West Regional champion Lady Bulldog cross country squad are (l-r) Meryk McArthur, Alyssa Geiser, Susie Shumway and Kim Shumway. Lovell senior Kenneth Moncur turns the corner at the ninth green during the 2A West Regional cross country meet on Thursday afternoon at Foster Gulch. She seemed to gain a lot of ground in the second half. "That was a pleasant surprise. It was definitely her best race 0fthe year. It looks like she's peaking at the right time." Susie Shumway suf- fered from some stomach cramps and ran a bit slow- er than she had been run- ning, Sanders said, though she finished a strong fourth. "I'm optimistic she'll be OK for State," he said. "She's been very consis- tent all year." Geiser just missed all- conference honors by fin- ishing llth but was key to the Lovell title, Sand- ers said, noting, "I give her credit for us having four runners. We wouldn't have won without Alyssa. She's stayed consistent all year." STATE MEET The Lady Bulldogs will vie for the state title this Saturday at the Douglas Community Golf Course. The 2A girls race is sched- uled for 11:50 a.m. Sanders said Saratoga is the two-time defensive state champion and re- turns the team's top four runners, led by standout Shelby Hohnholt. Pine Bluffs was also tough a year ago, he said, but in merging with Burns for cross country is now com- peting in Class 3A. "They're going to be tough," Sanders said of Saratoga. "Every position will count with this one. Last year was decided by one point between Sarato- ga and Pine Bluffs." MAY A CHAMPION Lovell didn't have the team depth to challenge Wyoming Indian or Rocky Mountain for the boys ti- tle, but junior Colin May captured the conference ti- tle going away with a time of 17:28, 23 seconds ahead of WIHS freshman Wilson Clifford. "It was a good race for Colin," Sanders said. "It was a fai,'average 1;ae for him but it was his best race since Lander. His big- gest challenge was the Clifford kid and they knew it, too. Every time Colin tried to speed up the Wyo- ming Indian kid would go with him." WIHS sophomore Al- vin Spoonhunter was third at 18:09 and ran with Clif- ford and May for much of the race. "Alvin pushes the pace, and Wilson tried to stick with Colin," Sanders said. "I felt pretty confident with Colin's kick, but he didn't need it. He had pulled ahead and separated him- self with about a half mile to go. He didn't even need a kick at the end." Senior Kenneth Moncur placed seventh for the Bull- dogs with a time of 19:10, brother and fellow senior Peter Moncur was 16th at 22:41 and freshman Derek Phelps was 18th at 36:21. With 42 points, the Bulldogs placed third be- hind WIHS with 15 points and Rocky Mountain with 36. "I was excited for Ken- neth getting all-confer- ence," Sanders said. "His final race is coming up Sat- urday - both for him and Peter. They've prepared well to have a good finish to their season. They've been the staple of the program. This is Kenneth's first year, Peter's second. They're our two seniors. "They're set up to run well. Kenneth is good at hills (a long hill is featured at the Douglas course). It's a great course for Kenneth to finish out on. Colin's good at hills, too. "Colin's pushing for a state title, Kenneth is push- ing for all-state and Peter is pushing for a great time. He's a much-improved run- ner. He'll leave it all out there." Wyoming Indian is the three-time defending state champion boys cross coun- try team. The boys race is sched- uled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Douglas. Grizz flood the conference course, place second Sports Calendar BY DAVID PECK The Foster Gulch Golf Course was swarm- ing with Grizzlies Thursday as the Grizz flood- ed the course with 13 runners en route to a second-place finish in the 2A West Conference cross country meet held west of Lovell. Three Grizzlies earned all-conference sta- tus by placing in the top 10. Rocky Mountain sophomore Michael Bernhisel placed fifth with a time of 18:23, trailing only Colin May of Lovell and three Wyoming Indian runners. Nate Davidson of Burlington crossed the finish line in ninth place with a time of 19:58, and Lance Schatz was just 10 seconds behind Davidson to place 10th at 20:08. Rocky Mountain placed second Thursday behind Wyoming Indian and ahead of Lovell. The deep WIHS team finished with 15 points, Rocky 36 and Lovell 42. "My team exceeded my expectations for them," coach John Bernhisel said. "I was thrilled. It has been a long time since I've had three boys in the top 10 of the region, and to have a fresh- man (Davidson), a sophomore (Bernhisel) and a junior (Schatz), it makes things look good for next year and beyond. "Mostly, I was happy to have so many run- ners come out and stay out all season. It is a long season with lots of miles run. I've had very few injuries and we are in great shape forthe state championships." Four other Grizzlies ran in the varsity di- vision Thursday and six Grizz ran junior var- sity. In the varsity division Ethan Strom placed 12th with a time of 21:02, Lucky Homewood was 13th at 21:44, Shane Wocicki 14th at 22:05 and Jake Loyning 15th at 22:13. In the JV divi- sion Jackson Stephens ran 22:14, Travis Hatch 22:35, Garrick Tolman 22:58, Dalton Banks 23:53, John Dohnat 27:23 and Davit/Brumwell 30:10. The lone girl running for theLady Grizz was senior Katelyn Jewell, who placed 12th with a time of 34:05. The Wyoming State Cross Country Meet is Saturday in Douglas at the Douglas Commu- nity Golf Course. The 2A girls race is scheduled for 11:50 a.m. and the 2A boys race is set for 1:30 p.m. Bernhisel said he is looking forward to his team gaining some valuable in state com- petition. "Our goal this week is to stay focused, avoid injuries and be ready to do our best in Douglas, he said." DAvm PECK Rocky Mountain freshman Nate Davidson of Burlington finds his running pace during the conference cross country meet Thursday afternoon at Foster Gulch. Michael Bernhisel glides along the new cross country course at Foster Gulch Thursday. The sophomore placed fifth in the conference meet. :: : : :::00rday, Oct. 23 :: : i: 00ugiasCommunity Golf 00urse : :  ,i " - "  . " - Friday, Oct. 22 HS volleyball - Regional Tournament in Lander Lovell vs. Kemmerer, Field House, 10 a.m. Rocky vs. Big Piney, Field House, 11:30 a.m. 2 nd round games, 6 p.m. HS football - Rocky at Saratoga, 3:30 p.m. HS football - Big Piney at Lovell, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 HS volleyball - Regional Tournament in Lander, 9:30 a.m. HS cross country - State meet in Douglas 2A girls 11:50 a.m., 2A boys 1:30 p.m. College football - Wyoming at BYU; noon (The Mtn.) Freshman football- Powell at Lovell, 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24 Pro football - Oakland Raiders at Denver, 2 p.m. (CBS) Thursday, Oct. 28 MS boys bb - Cloud Peak at Rocky Mtn., 4 p.m. HS volleyball - State Tournament in Casper, TBA Friday, Oct. 29 HS football - First round playoffs, TBA HS volleyball - State Tournament in Casper, TBA Saturday, Oct. 30 MS boys bb- Thermopolis at Lovell, 9:30 a.m. MS boys bb- Thermopolis at Rocky, 12:30 p.m. HS volleyball - State Tournament in Casper, TBA College football- San Diego State at Wyoming, noon (The Mtn.) Sunday, Oct. 31 Pro football - Denver vs. SF in London, 11 a.m. (CBS) ......... r .............. I ' ' ' .................. P , '1 q , I .............................................. I]IliJlll!i,l,..I] ..................................................... l.,], L,I ............................................................................. ................................... ! ............................................................. 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