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CHR S October 23, 2014 I The Lovell Chronicle 1 9 Two Lovell runners earn all-conference honors in Afton BY DAVID PECK The Lovell Bulldogs en- joyed a balmy day as they tackled the hilly course in Afton for the 3A West Re- gional cross country meet Friday afternoon. Two Lovell runners placed in the top 10 to earn all-conference honors, and two others finished in the top quarter of the racers as Lovell went head to head with host Star Valley, Jack- son, Cody, Lander, Powell and Mountain View. Senior AJ Dickson placed fifth with a time of 17:53 and ran well, Coach Caleb Sanders said. "He's running really good," Sanders said. "He's pretty strong mentally and physically and is one of the better runners in 3A and was running against some very strong runners. He held his own in 3A. I'm proud of him." Junior Jacob New- man was in the top 10 for a while, then fell back and finished 17 th with a time of 18:47.67. "I was hoping Jacob would be up there," Sand- ers said. "He had some pain and breathing issues. It just wasn't a good day for him. I would like him to be all-con- ference, but it wasn't to be." Freshman Brent Sny- der placed 22 "d out of 99 runners, running the course in 19:20.58, a solid perfor- mance, Sanders said. "Brent ran good for a freshman," the coach said. "He ran a strong race and moved up and didn't get passed during the race." Senior Andrew Mayes placed 49 m for the Bulldogs, running a time of 20:36.31. Three freshmen were the next three finishers for the Bulldogs. Ben Cor- nia ran 21:40.17 (73'd), Will Lillard ran 21:52.61 (76 th) and Kyle Wolvington ran 22:05.60 (78th). "Ben Cornia stepped up and earned a spot on the state team," Sanders said, noting that the team can take seven runners to State. "He was fighting for the seventh spot and ends up fifth. Kyle and Will had earned spots, and Ben and Joey (Bassett) were vying for the seventh spot." Bassett ran 22:46.47, Chance Wilson 29:22.19. The Lovell boys placed sixth in Afton with 126 points, well ahead of Powell with 191 points. Star Valley won the title with 32 points followed by Jackson with 69 points, Cody 84, Land- er 102, Mountain View 105 and Lovell. CALDWELL STRONG In the girls race, ju- nior Jaclyn Caldwell placed seventh with a time of 21:34.75 to earn all-confer- ence honors. "I was happy she got all-conference," Sanders said. "I think she has a bet- ter race in her. She was un- comfortable Friday. It was one of those races where you have to grit for three quarters of it. "I think running at a high altitude was an issue. I think we struggled with that a little bit more than Lovell junior Jaclyn Caldwell glides along the course at the golf course in Afton Friday as Coach Caleb Sanders keeps pace behind her during the regional cross country meet. I anticipated. I ask the run- ners at the end, 'Legs or lungs?' The feedback I got was lungs. We're not used to that. It impacts every runner, but if teams train at that altitude..." Caldwell ran in sixth place at the head of a pack for much of the race before Eiraenn O'Connor of Jack- son passed her near the end. "I could see that build- ing up the whole second loop," Sanders said, "like she was saying, 'Can I fend off the runners trying to pass me?' That's not how Rocky harriers placed two in top 10 did not qualify forhe team title, but Burlington junior Zariah Tolman placed a sol- id llth with a time of 25 minutes even. Rocky senior Denice Es- calante placed 15th with a time of 27:38, and Burling- ton sophomore Pacee Gar- za was right behind her in 16th at 27:46. STATE MEET SATURDAY The Grizzlies will trav- el to Sheridan Saturday for the state cross country meet at the Sheridan VA hospital. The 2A girls race is scheduled for 11 a.m., the 2A boys at 12:40. .......... BY.DAVID PECK The Rocky Mountain Grizzlies placed two run- ners in the top 10 en route to a second-place finish at the 2A West Regional cross country meet Thursday in Ethete. Sophomore Dominic Twomey placed fifth behind a quartet of Wyoming Indi- an runners with a time of 19 minutes even, according to final results, edging Charles Lallatin of Lyman at the fin- ish line. Senior Casey Banks also ran strong and placed seventh with a time of 19:29. Two other Grizzlies fin- ished in the top.20, Fresh- man Scott Banks placed 14th with a time of 21:40, and junior Josh McCracken was 16th at 21:47. Sophomore Zack Mil- brad was 21st at 22:45, ju- nior Seth Fuller 22nd, cov- ering the course in 23:28. Sophomore Trevan Lytle placed 25th with a time of 24:19. Wyoming Indian won the boys team title easily with 10 points, but Rocky placed second, edging Ly- man by one point with 38 team points, Lyman 39. In the girls race, Rocky had only three runners so DAVID PECK PHOTOS A quartet of Lovell cross country runners - (l-r) Jacob Newman, Andrew Mayes, AJ Dickson and Brent Snyder - hit their stride shortly after the start of the Class 3A West Regional cross country meet Friday in Afton. she usually runs. Some- times you don't feel good and some crumble under that, but some are like Jackie and just grit their teeth." Sanders said junior Af- ton George solidified her status as the team's sec- ond runner, finishing 46 th with a time of 26:19.53. Sophomore Jazmyn See ran 27:13.88 (52nd), junior Jamie Kite 27:56.98 (55th), sophomore Mylee McAr- thur 30:21.66 (60 th) and freshman Hannah Sawaya 36:35.33. The Lovell girls placed seventh out of seven teams with 163 points. Jack- son won the meet with 30 points followed by Star Val- ley at 64, Powell 92, Cody 93, Mountain View 127 and Lander 155. STATE MEET The Bulldogs will trav- el to Sheridan Saturday for the state cross country meet at the Veterans Adminis- tration Hospital grounds. There are six races, 2A through 4A, girls and boys. Here's Saturday's schedule: 10:30 a.m. - 3A Girls 11 a.m. - 2A Girls 11:40 a.m. - 4A Girls 12:10 p.m. - 3A Boys 12:40 a.m. - 2A Boys 1:10 p.m. - 4A Boys "Our boys have to do better to compete as a team," Sanders said. "We'll have to move up." Sanders said the team will taper this week to get ready for the race. "We've got to recover and refresh and wake up the legs," he said of this week's practice goals. RIVERTON RANGER PHOTO Pacee Garza and Zariah Tolman keep pace during the 2A West Regional cross country meet in Ethete Thursday afternoon. The Rocky harriers will compete at the state cross country meet in Sheridan Saturday. Grizz clinch home playoff game with big win over Riverside BY DAVID PECK The Rocky Mountain Grizzlies reached one of their major goals Friday, clinching a home playoff game by defeating the Riv- erside Rebels in a key con- ference game Friday night in Basin, 21-0. The Grizz moved the ball all night and also con- trolled the game defensive- ly, Coach David Hayes said, outgaining Riverside 412- 135 in total offense and av- eraging 7.6 yards per play to Riverside's 2.9 yards. Rocky got on the score- board first when senior Ca- leb Horrocks broke free for a 58-yard touchdown run just a minute and a half into the game. A two-point conversion run was short, but Rocky led 6-0. The Grizz scored again early in the second quarter after Cole Simmons picked off Rebel quarterback Cole Hill at the goal line to end a Riverside scoring threat. The Grizzlies drove 98 yards to score as Kirby Winland connected with Simmons for a 48-yard gain during the drive. Horrocks punched it in from a yard out and Sim- mons hit Bill Despain for the two-point conversion, giving Rocky a 14-0 lead that the Grizz carried into the locker room at halftime. Rocky sealed the win with a third touchdown late in the third quarter KARLA POMEROY Rocky Mountain senior running back Tyler Lindquist looks for a hole as Shay Bond (57) and Caleb Horrocks (44) block during Rocky's 21-0 win at Riverside last Friday night. The Grizz host Burlington Friday at 7. when Winland hit Horrocks for a 15-yard scoring pass. Despain booted the PAT, putting the Grizz up 21-0, a lead they held until the end. Hayes was pleased with how his team responded to the challenge Friday. "Offensively, we moved the ball well," the coach said. "With great play call- ing, we ran the ball well while mixing in a pass here and there to form a bal- anced attack. This starts with the offensive line do- ing their job, opening up lanes for the running game to work. "Lead backs and receiv- ers did a great job blocking, and the running backs ran with determination. With two backs gaining over 100 yards, it shows we can get the job done in the trench- es. It's very encouraging to work hard during the week and then come out and per- form the way we practice." The Grizz averaged 7.8 yards per carry in racking up 334 yards rushing. Ju- nmr Cordell McFarlane gained 125 yards on 15 car- ries, and Horrocks added 119 yards on 13 attempts, scoring two touchdowns. Despain added 37 yards on four carries, Tyler Lind: quist 30 yards on five car- ries and Winland 23 yards on five attempts. Winland completed three of nine passes for 69 yards and one touchown, with one interception. De- spain completed his only pass attempt for nine yards. Simmons caught one pass for 48 yards, Hor- rocks one for 15 yards and a touchdown, Cole Wambeke one for nine and McFarlane one for six. Horrocks led the Grizz with nine tackles, one solo and eight assisted, while Simmons had eight tackles, two of them solo and two interceptions. Despain had seven tackles including five solo stops. McFarlane and Lindquist had seven tack- les each, Travis Banks and John Higgins four tackles apiece. "We had a great game defensively," Hayes said. "The players carried out their assignments, played with intensity and flew around making plays. Once again this starts up front with solid play from our D line, allowing lineback- ers and defensive backs to make plays. Riverside likes to spread you out and mix it up, and the Grizz did a great job defending the of- fense. It was fun to watch. "All in all it was a great win and we are really look- ing forward to hosting Bur- lington at home this Friday and then preparing for our home playoff game." The Grizzlies will host the Burlington Huskies Friday at 7 p.m. to close out the regular season. Burl- ington is 3-4 on the season, 3-3 in conference play with wins over Riverside, Wyo- ming Indian and Saratoga and losses to Wind River, Cokeville and Shoshoni. The Grizz will host a first-round playoff game ei- ther on Friday, Oct. 31, or Saturday, Nov. 1, against the 1A East three seed. BIG LOSS Rocky's win Friday came at a price. Senior quarterback Kirby Win- land, a four-year starter, dislocated his thumb in the fourth quarter and could not finish the game. He is likely lost for the season, his father, RMHS Principal Tim Winland, said Monday. Tim Winland said Kir- by injured his right thumb - his throwing hand - when he fell on the ball after a bobbled snap and his full weight landed on the thumb and the ball. He is likely out four to six weeks. A doctor at the South Big Horn Hospital put the thumb back in place, but he can't grip the ball, Tim said. "It's tough when you work so hard and go through four years of football and then it concludes with a snap gone wrong and an in- jury during the recovery," Hayes said. "Kirby has had a very successful four years of football as our quarter- back and we will miss his physical and mental tal- ents. He is a solid leader, dependable captain, a great teammate and so fun to coach; he will be missed. As with any sport and life in general you learn to adapt and adjust accordingly. "On the up side, Kir- by will be with us helping from the sidelines and sup- porting our team as much as possible. He will be an impact during practice and games as we prepare and play each week." Senior Bill Despain filled in at quarterback when Winland was injured Friday, and Cole Simmons and Cole Wambeke can also play quarterback, Hayes said, and Lathan May has been the JV quarterback. "We have multiple play- ers who have had experi- ence playing quarterback," Hayes said. "Bill Despain has had quality time play- ing the position and will have the opportunity to ful- fill the position. Cole Wam- beke and Cole Simmons have also had experience in the past and could be called on to play and be the signal caller. "As we prepare for Bur- lington and the playoffs, things will work themselves out and we look forward to improving each week and finishing strong. We have a solid team."